On The Count is an independent progressive radio program and news gathering collective created by formerly incarcerated activist academic professionals in 2002. It was created to provide a platform for the discussion of alternative global narratives on crime, punishment and community well-being that travel beyond current criminal, economic and social justice practices to arrive at new models for attaining human justice. It seeks to present the free and fair expression of democratic communications that challenge corporate media’s information monopoly and the values that undermine collective resistance to injustice. It serves to articulate a non-traditional vision, analysis and recommendations that propel public policy past mass incarceration and reentry social service solutions, to a new paradigm for achieving public safety and human justice.
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Each month we will feature two formerly incarcerated people, a woman and a man, who we have selected as our Citizens of the Month. We highlight these two to celebrate their success, but equally important for their selfless commitment to social change, their dedicated advocacy or social service provision on behalf of our population and their personal achievement. They represent the best of us and serve as role models for what we can each aspire to become.
Gabriel Torres Rivera is director of reentry initiatives at the Community Service Society. He first joined CSS in 2000 to head the nonpartisan voter registration campaign. Since 2005, he has directed the CSS Reentry Initiative, chairing monthly Reentry Roundtable meetings to determine what policies and resources are necessary to facilitate the successful reentry of formerly incarcerated Individuals back into their communities. He is also the founder and director of CSS’s Youth Roundtable, an innovative curriculum and discussion forum to help youth take an active role on issues that impact their daily lives.
How the Myth of the ‘Negro Cocaine Fiend’ Helped Shape American Drug Policy
By Carl L. Hart
NY State Senator Bill Perkins'
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We know from first hand experience, that when people unite and organize, big ideas and dreams can turn into reality.
This is why we are proud and excited to announce the launch of our 2015 dream-come-true campaign: the Eddie Ellis Academy for Human Justice, in honor of our founder and president. If 5,000 people in our network donate $50 each, we can reach our goal of raising $250,000 for the Eddie Ellis Academy for Human Justice. We believe, with your help, that we can reach this goal. It is possible. We are honored to call on you as our friend and family to help power this together.