Many folks have been asking us how our work is going in the jails and prisons. Due to some changes in regulations, we have not been able to take pictures inside as freely as we had been in the past, so we have not been able to share images of our work. But the amazing, inspiring stories continue to flow.
We are excited to start thinking about moving into the next phase of our work inside – certifying men and women to become presenters in Kingian Nonviolence, so that they can become peer educators and help us with the workshops. We will be sharing more on that work later, but in the meantime we wanted to share with you a few of the most inspiring stories we’ve seen recently.
Recently, I had the honor of bringing in author/poet/activist Luis Rodriguez into the San Bruno County Jail and to San Quentin State Penitentiary to share some of his work and talk to the guys.
For those who may not know, Luis is a man who has gone through many of the challenges that these men have gone through. In his own words, he has been involved with gangs, battled addiction for years, served time, has a son who served 15 years, has shot at people, been shot at…..
Yet he was able to turn his life around to become an incredible peace activist, mentor to countless youth, an internationally known poet and best selling author. I knew his life story would really connect with the men we’ve been working with, and it was a real treat and an honor for all of us, myself included, to be able to spend time with such an inspiring man. I encourage everyone to check out his work here. Read the rest of this entry »