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A benefit for Returning Citizens Association

Film and Discussion Feb 24 at the SFBC

Please join us to watch and discuss a special filmed Interview with Richard Gaines, founder of Returning Citizens Association, an Oakland based organization that is run by and aims to support those impacted by incarceration - "system impacted".  Their work highlights the importance of giving returning citizens a voice and agency in their own rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

Nanasiri conducted this interview.  When she got to know Richard through her work she was deeply inspired by his story, and enthusiastic to share it with a wider audience.

Everyone welcome. Pre-registration required - register through Eventbrite here.  (Since the event is in person please follow our safety requirements - thank you!)

System Impacted means: any individual impacted by the carceral system; but it does not mean that the individual has been arrested or sentenced to jail/prison etc. For example, children of the incarcerated, spouses, relatives, etc. are all system impacted individuals."

We recommend watching the documentary 13th by Ava duVernay (currently on Netflix) for background on why this work is so important. 

Rates of incarceration are high in Black and Brown communities due to a long history of structural injustice. Returning Citizens Association celebrates the resilience of these communities by helping people build networks and get the support they need to blossom when they return home. Everyone benefits when we are all given the chance to contribute.

All donations from February Sangha Nights and from this event will go to this group to help support their work.  

If you cannot make it to Sangha Nights or or to the film on Feb 24 you can still donate directly on their website or through the SFBC here - just choose "special benefit". Suggestion is $25 but whatever you can afford is appreciated. 

Returning Citizens works with Unfolding New Ideas Towards Yourself (U.N.I.T.Y), an incorporated non-profit, as their Fiscal Agent, making donations are tax-deductible. 



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