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To avoid burnout (as we volunteer our time to do this amazing work without compensation and with little to no funds), we are currently on a wellness break to allow us time to rest, reflect and refocus. We will not be available by email, phone or social media and we will not be sending any resources during this week. If you are in need of basic need assistance such as food, clothes, healthcare, legal or assistance with rent or utilities, please call 2-1-1 or visit www.211.org.

In case you missed it! Calling All Crows' Sept 22nd #UnlockedVoices ATL benefit Concert for Georgia orgs working to end mass incarceration: NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc., National Incarceration Association & Comunity Estrella. 

Thanks Calling All Crows for allowing us to be a part of such an amazing event tonight. In cased you missed it, you can watch the concert on Calling All Crows Facebook Page. You can watch the promo video, featuring our founder, Waleisah.
 
Our work was highlighted at 58:40. Board Director, Andrea Atkins, spoke on recidivism and the challenges that formerly incarcerated people encounter once released. At 1:01:10, our founder Waleisah Wilson was introduced and told her story!
 
You can still donate by texting UVATL to 44321 or by visiting https://secure.givelively.org/donate/calling-all-crows/unlocked-voices-atlanta-virtual-benefit-concert Proceeds from the event will go to us, NIA & Comunity Estrella.
 
Here's the earlier part of the event:
 
1:53- Welcome, statistical impact and agenda from Rabbi Lydia Medwin, The Temple
3:51- Overview of Unlocked Voices & the multifaith partnership to end mass incarceration- Rev. John Vaughn, Ebenezer Baptist Church
7:00- song selections by Justin Nash Fisher
14:10- Estrella Sanchez, of Comunity Estrella, a trans, Latinx & Indigenous activist whose asylum case of the abuse of undocumented, trans women was national news. She shared a powerful testimony of her experiences in immigrant detention centers and being placed in solitary confinement.
24:40 Song selections by Dr. Patrice Turner, a classical and jazz pianist & the 1st ever woman musical director of Ebenezer Baptist Church
34:08 the work of Kate Boccia & the National Incarceration Association along with testimonies of the women and families it has helped.
39:59 5 song selections by Crys Matthews & Heather Mae. Their provocative songs address mental health, self love, and LGBTQIA+ issues, racial justice, social inequality & women rights.
1:06:00 Announcements, Thank You & Call to Action-Rev. John Vaughn
1:10:00 3 song selections by Tommy of Jesus The Dinosaur

New Service Coming Soon- Assistance with IDs, Birth Certificates & Bus Passes (for work, interviews or school)

Thanks to generous supporters who donated during our july "$2 for 2nd chances" fundraiser, we will now be able to assist individuals who have recently returned home from incarceration with obtaining the key things needed to gain and keep  employment: identification and transportation. 

 

Because of YOU, we will assist with paying for the associated fees to get IDs, birth certificates and bus passes to get back and forth to work or school. More details to come after the 10/23/21 Board Meeting. Stay Tuned! 

                     Don't Shop Where You Can't Work

Here at NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc. we believe that EVERYONE deserves a second chance and that everyone has dignity and the potential to be productive community members when given the chance to. As an organization that EXCLUSIVE serves those impacted by a criminal conviction, we are committed to empowering those we serve who deserve second chances get the opportunities they are so often denied. We have put out a call to action for direcly impacted individuals, our familes, friends and allies to be intentional in where we spend our money by ONLY supporting businesses that support us.

 

Therefore, we are asking that you NOT shop where you and your loved one cannot work! Going forward, we will be highlighing businesses throughout the country that are 2nd chance employers and are asking that you support them and to thank them for believing in 2nd chances. We want to get the point across that despite being locked out of employment oppoortunites because of a criminal conviction, we are still consumers and if businesses will not support us, we will support those that do! You can read more about our campaign to support 2nd chance employers on our Facebook call to action campain page: Don't Shop Where You Can't Work.

In case you missed the March 9th Talk Justice Tuesday conversation on reentry featuring our founder, Restore Georgia, Recovery Warriors, Georgia Justice Project, Liberty County Reentry Coalition and Albany Second Chance. 

Justice Day 2020: Columbus Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Ride the Bus to the Capitol 

Along with other Georgia organizations, we co-hosted Justice Day 2020! Our founder, coordinated and led efforts for Columbus supporters and others directly impacted by the criminal justice system to be transported to the Capitol to attend Justice Day 2020's day long advocacy event. You can watch WTVM's news interview of the bus boarding and Waleisah's interview here.

Founder Urges City Council To #EndCashBail in Columbus, GA on 1/14/20

Our founder, Waleisah, spoke before city council urging them to stop supporting the criminalization of the poor and to #EndCashBail and pretrial detention in Columbus, GA. You can watch her news interview here