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Nov 8

Sam Williams: Social Justice and Prison Reform

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Current strategies for racial and economic equality and mental health care in the community and in prison

Men and women in prison are among the most vulnerable population. In the U.S., 67 per cent of the incarcerated are people of color and come from poor and working-class backgrounds. Many also live with mental illness and are denied autonomy over their own mental health treatment.

Most community leaders believe that the social justice and prison reform battle will need to be fought on newer platforms. In the past, talk therapy, counseling, and group work assisted people through crisis and change. But now, the uncertainty and fear due to COVID-19 are demanding more innovative health empowerment. From a mind and body lens, Sam Williams will provide examples of current strategies being used to address these challenges in community and prison.

Sam Williams is the Executive Director of Concord Prison Outreach and co-chair of the Community Advisory Board for Northeastern University’s Institute of Race and Justice. Over more than two decades in the non-profit sector, he has served as Chief Operating Officer of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, and Senior Program Manager for both Summer Search Boston and the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative of the Commonwealth Corporation. He has served on the Board of Directors of Action for Boston Community Development, and as an appointed member of the Executive Office of Public Safety, Massachusetts Racial Profiling Task Force. A native Bostonian, Mr. Williams is a graduate of Boston University with a master’s degree in City Planning.

Sponsored by the Transcendentalism Council of First Parish in Concord, MA. Suggested donation $5. To receive a link to the online presentation, please register by clicking the Ticket button above.

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