March 2019 FEARLESS Minutes

Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker, Dr. Grace Gamez, shared her personal journey on the registry.  Her hard work and determination which led to her position as Founder and Director of ReFraming Justice at American Friends Service Committee – Arizona was inspirational to everyone.  She offered hope to all of us despite the restrictions and challenges of being on the registry.

Business Update

  • April is National Reentry Month.
    • Re-entry award application is available on our website.
  • NARSOL National Conference
    • June 6-9 in Houston, register now at narsol.org.
    • AZRSOL is donating a handmade quilt for a raffle. More info on how to get tickets soon.
  • Please let us know if you would like to donate items to the silent auction to raise money for Vivante Espero, NARSOL’s legal fund. We are also looking for inmates to donate original art. Keep in mind, the best selling items can be easily transported in a suitcase.
  • Humans on the Registry is a NARSOL project to tell the real-life stories of people on the registry. Paul Hanley’s story is one of many.  Please consider submitting yours.
  • Vicky Campo was interviewed by KJZZ on how the Department of Corrections impacts those who come into contact with the agency. Her very compelling story can be found here.
  • PHX Works @ Burton Barr Central Library is hosting a variety of Reentry Workshops and events. More information can be found here.
  • Paul’s article on Fearless meetings will be published in an upcoming Lifetime’s Magazine.
  • We are working on writing 2-minute stories and categorizing them for when we speak to our legislators, at committee hearings, etc. Please let us know if you would like help writing your story.
  • Accidentally Brave is a stirring new play about discovering a new normal when everything you thought you knew comes undone after your husband is arrested on child pornography charges.  (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/06/theater/maddie-corman-accidentally-brave.html).

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be Thursday April 18 @ 6pm. Our guest speaker will be Amy Love from the Arizona State Supreme Court.

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