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Project 180 then Gender Equality – Wednesday, May 1 at 9am on Peace & Justice

Written by on Saturday, April 27, 2019

This Wednesday, Bob will first talk to Tracy Pratt, Chair of Project 180.

About Project 180:

Over 30,000 Florida prisoners are released annually and reenter our communities. Many wish to become law-abiding citizens and have the best intention of living a conventional life yet have few job skills, lack a formal education, and experience discrimination in housing and job markets because of their felony records.

As a result, they become our local statistics—the homeless,the unemployed, the under-educated, the impoverished. Unable to make it in the conventional world, over 76% are rearrested for a new crime within five years which contributes to victimization and drains community resources.

Project 180 seeks to break this cycle by providing workforce education and financial literacy classes for inmates, an annual reentry lecture series for the general public, information and referrals for felons seeking housing, programs, and employment, and a comprehensive, whole-life Residential Program for men in recovery. Project 180 seeks to build community, not prisons

And on May 10 the Acting Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Ralph M. Diaz, will discuss the outstanding progressive programs available in the California prison system in “State Solutions.” Tickets are here.

Our second guest will be Jennifer Bieselin

Jennifer is an associate professor at the State College of Florida teaching courses in Communication. We’ll be talking with Jennifer about one of her research papers, ‘Women and Gender Inequity Across the Spectrum’. She has presented her research at the Florida Communication Association Conference on Gender Inequity and the Double Standard Women Face. This spring she gave a talk at the State College of Florida: ‘The 51 % Minority: From Lower Wages to Memes and Misogyny – Gender Inequity Persists in the 21st Century’.