Peaceprints of WNY

Peaceprints of WNY Strengthening Communities by Rebuilding Lives Peaceprints of WNY is a 501c3 non-profit organization offering comprehensive reentry services to men and women involved in the criminal justice system.
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The modern prison industrial complex does not function to rehabilitate. Rather, it exists to punish, but the punishments...
04/20/2021
Slavery to Mass Incarceration

The modern prison industrial complex does not function to rehabilitate. Rather, it exists to punish, but the punishments continue long after the individual has paid their time.

There is a reason our country has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with 2.3 million individuals held in prisons and jails and an additional 4.5 million individuals under post-release supervision. It's the same reason that despite comprising only 13% of the nation's population, African Americans make up 40% of the incarcerated population. Our nation's dark history of slavery continues to shape our modern systems and oppress our people.

Watch the video below to learn more about how we got here, and consider donating to Peaceprints of WNY to aid our work in combating and dismantling the cycle of incarnation.
https://secure.givelively.org/donate/hope-of-buffalo-inc/second-chance-month-2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4e_djVSag4

The myth of racial difference created to sustain American slavery persists today. Slavery did not end in 1865, it evolved.The Equal Justice Initiative works...

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/hope-of-buffalo-inc/second-chance-month-2021Throughout the month of April, the staf...
04/19/2021

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/hope-of-buffalo-inc/second-chance-month-2021

Throughout the month of April, the staff of Peaceprints has been hard at work raising money in celebration of Second Chance Month. If you are able, please consider making a donation to help us meet our goal!

Donations made to our Second Chance Month campaign cover the expenses of the resources, supplies, and supports that allow our clients to make the most of their second chances. By making a gift today, you help us live our mission of strengthening communities by rebuilding lives.

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/hope-of-buffalo-inc/second-chance-month-2021

#secondchancemonth #secondchances #ileavepeaceprints

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/hope-of-buffalo-inc/second-chance-month-2021

Throughout the month of April, the staff of Peaceprints has been hard at work raising money in celebration of Second Chance Month. If you are able, please consider making a donation to help us meet our goal!

Donations made to our Second Chance Month campaign cover the expenses of the resources, supplies, and supports that allow our clients to make the most of their second chances. By making a gift today, you help us live our mission of strengthening communities by rebuilding lives.

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/hope-of-buffalo-inc/second-chance-month-2021

#secondchancemonth #secondchances #ileavepeaceprints

http://ow.ly/NagI50EryrH Have you registered for our April meeting of the Just Buffalo Book Club? Join us this Wednesday...
04/19/2021

http://ow.ly/NagI50EryrH
Have you registered for our April meeting of the Just Buffalo Book Club? Join us this Wednesday as we celebrate Earth Day with our friends from Tifft Nature Preserve and discuss the intersection of environmental and social justice. Haven't read the book yet? Don't be afraid to join us anyway, we promise you'll learn something and still be able to participate in the discussion!

https://secure.givelively.org/event/hope-of-buffalo-inc/just-buffalo-book-club/just-buffalo-book-club-april-discussion

http://ow.ly/NagI50EryrH
Have you registered for our April meeting of the Just Buffalo Book Club? Join us this Wednesday as we celebrate Earth Day with our friends from Tifft Nature Preserve and discuss the intersection of environmental and social justice. Haven't read the book yet? Don't be afraid to join us anyway, we promise you'll learn something and still be able to participate in the discussion!

https://secure.givelively.org/event/hope-of-buffalo-inc/just-buffalo-book-club/just-buffalo-book-club-april-discussion

The Shawshank Redemption, the 1994 film directed by Frank Darabont based on a short story by Stephen King has been toppi...
04/18/2021

The Shawshank Redemption, the 1994 film directed by Frank Darabont based on a short story by Stephen King has been topping the IMDB charts for decades. Staring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins as fast friends inside a corrupt prison in the Maine throughout the 40's and 50's. While a work of fiction, the film highlights some of the enduring problems with our criminal justice system-- particularly institutionalization. as told through the legendary James Whitmore's portrayal of Brooks.

Reentry can be overwhelming for individuals who lack the resources and supports to help them succeed back in the community. While we celebrate Second Chance Month, we must also work toward systems changes that fully equip and support Second Chances.

#secondchancemonth #secondchances #endmassincarceration #ileavepeaceprints #reentry

The Shawshank Redemption, the 1994 film directed by Frank Darabont based on a short story by Stephen King has been topping the IMDB charts for decades. Staring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins as fast friends inside a corrupt prison in the Maine throughout the 40's and 50's. While a work of fiction, the film highlights some of the enduring problems with our criminal justice system-- particularly institutionalization. as told through the legendary James Whitmore's portrayal of Brooks.

Reentry can be overwhelming for individuals who lack the resources and supports to help them succeed back in the community. While we celebrate Second Chance Month, we must also work toward systems changes that fully equip and support Second Chances.

#secondchancemonth #secondchances #endmassincarceration #ileavepeaceprints #reentry

04/17/2021

Meet another one of our clients as he shares his story for Second Chance Month!

#secondchances #secondchancemonth #ileavepeaceprints

Education can give people a voice, open up doors to a better future, and restore individuals’ self-esteem and social com...
04/16/2021

Education can give people a voice, open up doors to a better future, and restore individuals’ self-esteem and social competence. While providing opportunities for incarcerated individuals to earn a high school and eventually college degree may not fix all the systemic issues seen within the criminal justice system, but it can be a significant starting point.

CALL FOR ARTISTS!Peaceprints of WNY, in partnership with Leadership Buffalo and Masten District Councilperson Wingo, are...
04/16/2021

CALL FOR ARTISTS!

Peaceprints of WNY, in partnership with Leadership Buffalo and Masten District Councilperson Wingo, are seeking local artists interested in joining us in telling the story of our criminal justice system through a mural art project.

Check the link below for more information and the application.

http://ow.ly/lzqG50EpvVi

#ileavepeaceprints

CALL FOR ARTISTS!

Peaceprints of WNY, in partnership with Leadership Buffalo and Masten District Councilperson Wingo, are seeking local artists interested in joining us in telling the story of our criminal justice system through a mural art project.

Check the link below for more information and the application.

http://ow.ly/lzqG50EpvVi

#ileavepeaceprints

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new and exacerbated existing barriers to reentry. Ranging from education to employment...
04/15/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new and exacerbated existing barriers to reentry. Ranging from education to employment to mental health, those who are incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and their family members are battling on multiple fronts.

Meet Raheem! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints
04/15/2021

Meet Raheem! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints

Meet Raheem! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints

CALL FOR ARTISTS!Peaceprints of WNY, in partnership with Leadership Buffalo and Masten District Councilperson Wingo, are...
04/15/2021

CALL FOR ARTISTS!

Peaceprints of WNY, in partnership with Leadership Buffalo and Masten District Councilperson Wingo, are seeking local artists interested in joining us in telling the story of our criminal justice system through a mural art project.

Check the link below for more information and the application.

http://peaceprintswny.org/mural/

#ileavepeaceprints

CALL FOR ARTISTS!

Peaceprints of WNY, in partnership with Leadership Buffalo and Masten District Councilperson Wingo, are seeking local artists interested in joining us in telling the story of our criminal justice system through a mural art project.

Check the link below for more information and the application.

http://peaceprintswny.org/mural/

#ileavepeaceprints

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic passing of our founder, Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ. We continue to celebr...
04/14/2021

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic passing of our founder, Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ.

We continue to celebrate the life and legacy of Sister Karen through our commitment to equity and justice.

#ileavepeaceprints #secondchances #hope #justice

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic passing of our founder, Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ.

We continue to celebrate the life and legacy of Sister Karen through our commitment to equity and justice.

#ileavepeaceprints #secondchances #hope #justice

Knowledge is power. Sadly, canceling and/or pausing important and necessary educational resources rather than developing...
04/14/2021
COVID Shut Down Most Prison Education Programs. Here's How Incarcerated Students Have Kept Learning

Knowledge is power.

Sadly, canceling and/or pausing important and necessary educational resources rather than developing or adopting new and innovative ways to collaborate with partners to ensure access to educational opportunities seems to be the method of choice.

#ileavepeaceprints #secondchancemonth #knowledgeispower #justicereform #education

Over 10,000 people incarcerated in Illinois prisons have tested positive for COVID-19 during the pandemic -- that’s one out of every three people serving

04/13/2021

Peaceprints Press Conference.

On the 15th anniversary of the passing of founder, PPWNY announces new public art installation collaboration.

Ava DuVernay's 2016 documentary explores "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States," a...
04/13/2021

Ava DuVernay's 2016 documentary explores "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States," and is titled after the US Constitution's thirteenth amendment.

The documentary was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

It is available to watch on Netflix or on Youtube, linked below.

http://ow.ly/SkC750EjS2s

Ava DuVernay's 2016 documentary explores "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States," and is titled after the US Constitution's thirteenth amendment.

The documentary was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

It is available to watch on Netflix or on Youtube, linked below.

http://ow.ly/SkC750EjS2s

04/12/2021
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We've been spending the month celebrating reentry and second chances, but what that does that actually mean to those we serve?

#ileavepeaceprints #secondchancemonth #secondchances

Did you know that by regulation, the Veterans Administration (VA) cannot provide health care services to Veterans who ar...
04/12/2021

Did you know that by regulation, the Veterans Administration (VA) cannot provide health care services to Veterans who are patients or inmates of another government agency’s institution, if that agency has a duty to provide the care? Because jails and prisons must provide health care for their inmates, VA cannot treat Veterans while they are incarcerated. Swipe to learn what other resources there are for veterans who are looking for a second chance!

#Secondchancemonth

Employment is foundational in rehabilitation for the millions of Americans with records. When employers and businesses u...
04/11/2021

Employment is foundational in rehabilitation for the millions of Americans with records. When employers and businesses understand that their future workforce will include people who are involved in the criminal justice system, policy reform will surely follow.

Even businesses that have regulatory constraints on who they can hire can contribute by supporting reentry, workforce development and advocate for policy. Businesses should spearhead these efforts because they can and must to keep the American dream alive.

Looking for a new book to add to your collection? The book discusses race-related issues specific to African-American ma...
04/10/2021

Looking for a new book to add to your collection? The book discusses race-related issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the United States, but Alexander noted that the discrimination faced by African-American males is prevalent among other minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged populations.

This is an important piece of work for the current generation - it highlights why we need to educate the public on crime and justice, and how important it is to be involved in your local community.

#secondchancemonth

Looking for a new book to add to your collection? The book discusses race-related issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the United States, but Alexander noted that the discrimination faced by African-American males is prevalent among other minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged populations.

This is an important piece of work for the current generation - it highlights why we need to educate the public on crime and justice, and how important it is to be involved in your local community.

#secondchancemonth

Created in 2017, Ear Hustle was the first podcast both created and produced in prison, with stories of the daily realiti...
04/10/2021

Created in 2017, Ear Hustle was the first podcast both created and produced in prison, with stories of the daily realities of life inside California’s San Quentin State Prison. The show was created by Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, both formerly incarcerated, and Nigel Poor, an artist who volunteers at the prison. In 2019, Rahsaan “New York” Thomas joined Ear Hustle as a co-host inside San Quentin.

The podcast can be found on Apple podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify as well as on Ear Hustle's own website, linked below.

http://ow.ly/r0XD50EiIAP

Created in 2017, Ear Hustle was the first podcast both created and produced in prison, with stories of the daily realities of life inside California’s San Quentin State Prison. The show was created by Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, both formerly incarcerated, and Nigel Poor, an artist who volunteers at the prison. In 2019, Rahsaan “New York” Thomas joined Ear Hustle as a co-host inside San Quentin.

The podcast can be found on Apple podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify as well as on Ear Hustle's own website, linked below.

http://ow.ly/r0XD50EiIAP

Did you know that individuals convicted of a felony can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerl...
04/09/2021

Did you know that individuals convicted of a felony can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) benefits in certain states?

The only places where there is a lifetime ban inflicted is in Guam and South Carolina. The rest of the states that were not listed have modified the ban.

#secondchancemonth #factfriday #didyouknow?

Adjusting to life after prison can be difficult. They will most likely have to deal with culture shock, depression, and ...
04/09/2021

Adjusting to life after prison can be difficult. They will most likely have to deal with culture shock, depression, and anger. In addition, they will also have challenges with the social stigma and the collateral consequences that come with a criminal record.

All the information is from the Prison Fellowship.
#secondchancemonth

Adjusting to life after prison can be difficult. They will most likely have to deal with culture shock, depression, and anger. In addition, they will also have challenges with the social stigma and the collateral consequences that come with a criminal record.

All the information is from the Prison Fellowship.
#secondchancemonth

Celebrate second chances and join Peaceprints in signing this petition that  LESS IS MORE. https://www.lessismoreny.org/...
04/08/2021

Celebrate second chances and join Peaceprints in signing this petition that LESS IS MORE. https://www.lessismoreny.org/sign-on

New York imprisons more people for non-criminal “technical” violations of parole like missing an appointment with a parole officer, being late for curfew, or testing positive for alcohol and other drugs than any state in the country. This not only harms individual lives and families without commensurate public safety gains, but also drives up the population in the state prisons and local jails, wasting taxpayer money.

Learn more about the Less Is More: Community Supervision Revocation Reform Act that aims to restrict the use of incarceration for technical violations, bolster due process, provide speedy hearings, and provide earned time credits at https://www.lessismoreny.org/.

#secondchances #lessismore #secondchancemonth #ileavepeaceprints #endsecondprison

Celebrate second chances and join Peaceprints in signing this petition that LESS IS MORE. https://www.lessismoreny.org/sign-on

New York imprisons more people for non-criminal “technical” violations of parole like missing an appointment with a parole officer, being late for curfew, or testing positive for alcohol and other drugs than any state in the country. This not only harms individual lives and families without commensurate public safety gains, but also drives up the population in the state prisons and local jails, wasting taxpayer money.

Learn more about the Less Is More: Community Supervision Revocation Reform Act that aims to restrict the use of incarceration for technical violations, bolster due process, provide speedy hearings, and provide earned time credits at https://www.lessismoreny.org/.

#secondchances #lessismore #secondchancemonth #ileavepeaceprints #endsecondprison

Another inspirational quote from one of Project Blue clients about what a second chance means to him. #secondchances #il...
04/08/2021

Another inspirational quote from one of Project Blue clients about what a second chance means to him.

#secondchances #ileavepeaceprints #ibelieveinsecondchances

Another inspirational quote from one of Project Blue clients about what a second chance means to him.

#secondchances #ileavepeaceprints #ibelieveinsecondchances

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#LessIsMoreNY Campaign

Did you know that our nation currently holds over 4.5 million men, women and young people under some form of community supervision?

Peaceprints of WNY proudly supports the proposed New York State, Less Is More: Community Supervision Revocation Reform Act. This comprehensive new legislation addresses the current problems of how technical violations in the parole system lead to re-incarceration.

New York re-incarcerates more people on parole for technical violations - - missed appointments, broken curfew, or positive test for alcohol - - then any other state in the country except Illinois. In 2016, over 65% of those on parole sent back to prison - went back for technical violations.

The new legislation adopts the following recommendations to reform New York’s antiquated parole system:

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