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Theme: Infinite Possibilities

Blythe, CA, United States
May 10th, 2014

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About this event

The most effective way to end mass incarceration in this country is to begin mass education in our communities, as well as in our prisons. Even though we may be confined in prison, we are not confined in our dreams and aspirations. And the moment that we realized each of us has the power to actively shape our conditions, instead of being shaped by them, a world of infinite possibilities emerged...hence our guiding principle and theme.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Hakeem Oluseyi
    Astrophysicist, educator, and humanitarian TED Fellow Hakeem Oluseyi trounced race and class to become an important contributor to computer technology and space research. Back on Earth, he’s doing all he can to give young and underfunded scientists a chance to reach for the stars.
  • Sir Richard Branson
    Richard Branson bootstrapped his way from record-shop owner to head of the Virgin empire. Now he's focusing his boundless energy on encouraging his Virgin group of companies to employ people freshly released from prison, and even some who are still inside and working towards release. "Everybody deserves a second chance," he says.
  • Douglas Wood
    Douglas Wood is a program officer with the Ford Foundation, working on higher education issues with an emphasis on the needs of students from poor and marginalized communities in the United States. His grant making focuses on helping students transition from high school to college and improving the college completion rates of underserved students.
  • Dr. Robert K. Ross
    Robert K. Ross, M.D., is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, During his tenure, the foundation has focused on the health needs of underserved Californians by championing the cause of health coverage for all children, strengthening the capacity of community health centers, improving health services for farm worker and ex‐offender populations, and strengthening the pipeline for bringing racial and ethnic diversity to the health professions
  • Hill Harper
    He's best known for starring in hit TV shows like CSI: NY and Covert Affairs, but actor Hill Harper's most significant role may be off the screen. After writing several advice books, including the best-seller Letters to a Young Brother, Harper began receiving letters from young men in prison. He documents his relationship with one of them in his new book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother.
  • Carmen Perez
    As Executive Director of Harry Belafonte’s social justice organization “The Gathering for Justice,” Carmen travels across the nation and internationally promoting peace, interconnectedness and alternatives to incarceration and violence while collaborating in national policy presentations. She has organized cultural, spiritual and educational events and provides support to individuals incarcerated in juvenile hall and inside California’s and New York’s prisons.
  • Lenore Anderson
    Lenore is an attorney with extensive experience working to improve our criminal justice system. She is a regular commentator in the media and at events about challenges within our prison and justice system and the smart justice policies and practices that can overcome those challenges. Before launching Californians for Safety and Justice, Lenore was Chief of Policy and Chief of the Alternative Programs Division at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, where she spearheaded initiatives to reduce recidivism and improve public safety.
  • Gloria Bridget
    Gloria Bridget has been working in the Criminal Justice Field for over 10 years as a Case Manager for The Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program (FOTEP), Transitional Counselor for the Re-Entry program at Ironwood State Prison, and as well as a Motivational Speaker. She has assisted thousands of people, including offenders, change their lives and reintegrate into society.

Venue and Details

Ironwood State Prison
19005 Wiley's Well Road
Blythe, CA, 92225
United States

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Delia Cohen
Oakland, CA, United States

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Sylvia Abril
Blythe, CA, United States

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Scott Budnick
Captain Patrick Covello
Ironwood Operations
Sgt Mike Smith
Ironwood Public Information Officer
Anna Cho Fenley
Event Production
Captain Brian Roe
Ironwood Operations
Ben Yano
Production Coordinator
Mark Taylor
ISP Core Team Curator
Steve Duby
ISP Core Team Master of Ceremonies
Reggie Ware
ISP Core Team Rule Maven
Robert Espinoza-Matthews
ISP Core Team Production Director
Ernest Harmon
ISP Core Team Rule Maven
James White
ISP Core Team Story Teller
Sherman Jackson
ISP Core Team Speaker Coach
Raymond Smith
ISP Core Team Speaker Coach
Ron McClain
ISP Core Team Volunteer Coordinator
Johnson Le
ISP Core Team Speaker Coach
Associate Deputy Warden Sue Smith
Ironwood Operations
Gloria Bridget
Speaker Coach
Anne Rice
Speaker Coach
Marla Mitchnick
Production Consultant
Matt Halmy
Video Producer