Tonight: Van Jones’s “We Rise Tour” coming to Philadelphia

Author and CNN host Van Jones and his “We Rise Tour” are scheduled to stop in Philadelphia Thursday night.

Dream Corps

The Dream Corps brings Americans together to solve our common problems.

The event “will bring together Philadelphians, leaders in the criminal justice reform movement, artists and performers for a conversation on criminal justice reform and the importance of recognizing commonalities among people in order to increase dialogue and affect change,” according to a press release, which adds that “100 percent of net ticket proceeds will go to Jones’ Dream Corps nonprofit, its initiatives, and local partner charities.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the event begins at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fillmore. Follow the link above for tickets and more information.

Organizations seeking to be involved should contact:

Church provides support for formerly incarcerated

A Fairhill church is redemption central for ex-offenders

The sanctuary of Christ Centered Church is a small and spare 65-seater in a storefront in Philly’s Fairhill section, more than packed on Sundays for sermons and Bible studies that empathize with the members’ challenges without excusing the life choices they’ve made.

Pa. begins first statewide effort to help returning citizens

Taking On Recidivism: Larry Platt speaks with Attorney General Josh Shapiro

Last month, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said something a lot of the previous inhabitants of his office would never have said. “For too long, we’ve relied solely on incarceration to prevent crime and violence,” he said at a press conference along with Governor Tom Wolf to announce the statewide Pennsylvania Reentry Council (PRC).

Screening prompts community conversation

Above: The opening speakers at Tuesday night’s event have spent nearly 150 combined years in prison.

Dozens of community members turned out Tuesday night for The Re-Entry Film Festival, including a screening of “They Call Us Monsters” and a long discussion at The Rotunda in West Philadelphia.

An expert panel addressed questions and comments from the audience which included many returning citizens.

Frontline Dads, Inc. and The Center For Returning Citizens (TCRC) organized the event.

Reentry Project editor Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, right, listens as Hassam Freeman of Frontline Dads speaks on a panel addressing the needs of people returning home after incarceration. Also pictured are Pam Superville from Philadelphia’s Office of Reintegration Services (R.I.S.E.) and Johndi Harrell from the The Center for Returning Citizens.