Nothing about us, without us!

A Celebration and Benefit for Returning Citizens Association

Thank you to everyone who attended this event and/or donated - we were able to send $706 to support this amazing local organization. 

Film and Discussion, Friday Feb 24, 7pm

In person at the SFBC

This event is over but you are still welcome to donate and to watch the video here

Please join us to watch and discuss "Nothing About Us Without Us", a special filmed Interview honoring Richard (Ricky) Gaines, founder of Returning Citizens Association

This Oakland based organization is run by, and aims to support, people impacted by incarceration. Their work especially celebrates the contribution and resilience of communities who have been disproportionately affected by systemic injustice, highlighting the far reaching benefits of giving all returning citizens a voice and agency in their own rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

Nanasiri conducted and filmed the interview earlier this month. When she got to know Ricky through her work she was deeply inspired by his story, and enthusiastic to share it with us. We're delighted to announce that Ricky is available to be there in person, to answer any questions about his amazing work, so it promises to be a doubly engaging and enjoyable evening.

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

If you cannot make it on Feb 24, or to Sangha Nights, 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 tax-deductible.