Not everything is as it seems, sometimes it’s better

As I made my way through the aisles, I got a stare from a white male, maybe in his mid-30s to early-40s. He had a scraggly beard, work boots, faded jeans, and a worn T-shirt.  On his waist, an open-carry but holstered handgun. I’d made my complete assessment of him within seconds: Proud Boy member, Pro-White hate group, Far-right conservative.  I just knew that in the parking lot, he likely had a 4×4 pick-up truck that was plastered with inflammatory and divisive slogans, topped with at least 16 American flags. I’ve seen this all before. READ MORE

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I’m a Father. Indoors, mostly, domesticated if you will

My fatherhood experience is both grueling and beautiful. It’s both a learning and teaching experience. It’s pain and love. My deepest fears and insecurities arise as I look at our vulnerability in what can be an ugly society at times. This isn’t 1950 Mississippi, but we are a family of color in New Hampshire. Although Manchester is pretty diverse, I would still feel out of place venturing into territories that may have hostility towards us READ MORE

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How to be an ally

We are approaching our next event on Thursday, April 22 at  7 p.m. Felon to Freeman, “How to be an ally.” Like our event last month, we are looking to make this one just as impactful and monumental. We have a panel that includes the American Friends Service Committee (A.F.S.C), Rights and Democracy (R.A.D), Upper Valley, Showing Up for Racial Justice (S.U.R.J) and New Hampshire State Rep., Nicole Klein Knight. READ MORE

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Lost Girl

he walks up and down the blocks of my neighborhood almost daily. Everyone in this area has seen her…getting in and out of cars, yelling and screaming to herself throughout the day and night. I’m not one to make assumptions, but I grew up in a neighborhood that was filled with addiction, violence and despair. With that being said, it’s safe for me to assume that she’s soliciting herself for money, and more times than not, she’s under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.   READ MORE

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Fore those living life after incarceration, the New Year brings hope, support and opportunity

Things will get tough upon release, and I can identify with that. You fought through your sentence and made it out in one piece, so that same hustle, grind, and fight has to be applied post-release. You’ve had months or years of (hopefully) strategic planning. It’s time to execute. It’s now the time to capitalize on opportunity. Whether this opportunity comes in the form of a job, training, or living with someone rent-free. READ MORE

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Changing inside

We have the highest incarceration rate in the world, so just by sheer statistics, there’s a great chance that you know someone who’s incarcerated. Outside of the greatly appreciated phone calls and commissary, what can you suggest to them that will give them the greatest chances of success upon release? Let me help guide you. READ MORE

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Halfway Out: Life after incarceration

I write this from a room of which I share with three other residents. We’re all grateful to at least be halfway out of the prison, and we look forward to the next step, which is getting our own places. I’m lucky to have a supportive family, and safety net. Even with the aforementioned weapons, it’s still hard. The transition isn’t easy. A lot of it comes down to resources, ego, humility and discipline, but also the want and need to stay the course. So I continue to trust the process and follow the game plan that I made while doing time.  READ MORE