Join us for Book-to-Action 2021: a community-wide reading of the award-winning book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, the widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama. EJI has won reversals, relief, or release from prison for over 140 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row, and has won relief for hundreds of others wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced, including Walter McMillian, who spent 6 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. Watch a short video introduction of the book by Bryan Stevenson.
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Teens and adults are encouraged to participate in an art challenge inspired by Just Mercy. Create an original work of art inspired by and/or including a quote from Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.
Community Voices is a recently launched video series featuring interviews with formerly incarcerated community members. The video interviews provide a platform for community members to share their personal stories of both adversity and triumph. Often misunderstood and judged by public opinion, the formerly incarcerated share painful experiences and their encouraging paths toward recovery.
If you are formerly incarcerated and would like to share your story with us, please contact Michelle Gee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will be compensated for their time with a gift card (sponsored by the Alameda County Community Food Bank), while supplies last.
Watch an excerpt of a Community Voices interview with Ronnie Forbes, a veteran of foreign wars who now runs a free food pantry at 20 delivery sites in Alameda County, following a decades-long struggle with drug addiction that led to homelessness and periods of incarceration.
For more details, see our Full Calendar of Book to Action Events
As a Directing Attorney of the Tenants’ Rights Practice at the Centro Legal de la Raza, Monique Berlanga leads a dedicated team of attorneys and advocates working to prevent evictions of low-income tenants in the East Bay. This presentation will be presented in English with Spanish translation available to those who request it.
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Hayward Public Library; Friends of Hayward Library; Hayward South Alameda County NAACP; Alameda County Community Food Bank; California State University East Bay Center for Community Engagement; Eden Housing; Centro Legal de la Raza; Raising Leaders Workshop & Internships of the Hayward Adult School; Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS); Restorative Integrated Self-Education (RISE) of Chabot College; Bay Area Systems Impacted Consortium (BASIC) of the Urban Strategies Council; Hayward Promise Neighborhoods; The Village Method; Eden Area Interfaith Council; Youth and Family Services Bureau of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office; First 5 Alameda County; Community Child Care Council (4Cs) of Alameda County; Promotores Program of the Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center.
Funding for Book to Action is provided by California Center for the Book, a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.