Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign

March 30-31st 2018- APP-HRC, VSU Psychology Department, and Richmond Association of Black Social Workers is co-hosting: The Black Family Summit; Dismantling Mass Incarceration: Creating Paradigms of Healing, Justice, and Transformation"  at Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA.

December 10th 2017-UN Human Rights Day -Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” Eleanor Roosevelt  

December 7-10- US Human Rights Network; Advancing Human Rights 2017. Atlanta, GA. https://www.ushrnetwork.org/events/ushrn-national-conference-advancing-human-rights-2017  

Thursday, November 30, 2017- PA (Women Lifers)APP-HRC will participate on panel"Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Without Parole" 25th Annual Forensic Rights and Treatment Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey, Grantville, PA which begins 1-2:30pm. http://drexel.edu/medicine/Academics/Continuing-Education/Behavioral-Healthcare-Education/Conferences/

Thursday-Friday, November 23-24, 2017-APP-HRC participated in 2017UN International Decade for People of African Descent Regional Meeting. Geneva, Switzerland. http://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/2017-Europe_Central_Asia_and_North_America.shtml

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - APP-HRC will present "Excavating the English Language; Carceral Linguistics as a Geo-Political Space of Contained Identities and Narratives" at The American Society of Criminology 73rd Annual Meeting; Crime, Legitimacy and Reform: Fifty Years after the President’s Commission. http://asc41.com/index.htm .Philadelphia, PA.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017- Shenandoah Valley APP-HRC invited to show their film "Rocktown Justice: UNLOCKED" Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA to kick off the Community Criminal Justice Days (see below).  The showing will be at 7:00, in the Francis Auditorium, with Q&A discussion with director Wynonah Hogan, Steven Thomas, and Dr. Nancy Insco.

Thursday, October 12, 2017- MDAPP-HRC, DCAPP-HRC, MIAPP-HRC, and VAAPP-HRC host panel " Virginia's Aging People in Prison; Developing Human Paradigms for Punishment, Rehabilitation, and Healing" at  Virginia Correctional Association 2017 Training Institute "STOP BLOCKING THE EXIT".  http://www.vca-aca.org/training-institute/. Williamsburg, VA.

Thursday, October 5, 2017- PAWAPP-HRC will join panel; "Second Looks, Second Chances for Pennsylvania Lifers: Communtation by the Numbers" 5:30pm-8pm. University of Pennsylvania Law School; Fitts Auditorium. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. https://www.cvent.com/c/express/827deeee-621b-4b67-ac19-69f2f90c7367

Sunday, October 1, 2017- AUDCAPP-HRC, DCAPP-HRC and MDAPP-HRC co-host teach-in: "Cotton Fields to Prison Cells: An Anthropological Lens on the Making of Us" @5pm-6:30pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1850445415270019/

Wednesday, September 27, 2017-DCAPP-HRC & DCSTAMPEDE host a Letter Writing Night for Elderly Prisoners at Potter's House 6:30pm-8pm; 1658 Columbia Road Washington DC 20009. https://dcstampede.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/prisoner-letter-writing-night-solidarity-with-aging-prisoners/  

Saturday, September 9, 2017- PAWAPP-HRC and the women's lifers they advocate for will be apart of exhibit Philadelphia Assembled; which tells a story of active resistance and radical community building through the personal and collective narratives that make up Philadelphia’s changing urban fabric.  https://www.facebook.com/events/229360010922194/ -http://wmra.org/post/doing-life-and-coping

Saturday, August 19, 2017- Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in Washington DC (March begins at 11:30am, Rally begins 12-5pm) -https://multiracialunity.org/2017/09/01/millions-for-prisoners-human-rights-march/ 

MDAPP-HRC & UJIMA People's Progress Party- Breaking the Cycle of Generational Incarceration Through Literacy Tours in BaltimoreCity Literacy Tours-Thursday, July 30th 2017Roosevelt Rec& Pool--Saturday, August 2, 2017, CC Jackson Rec & Pool--Sunday, August 6, 2017, DruidHillPark & Pool

 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12-1pm. NAACP National Convention, Baltimore   MD Starting Over: Re-entry in an Era of Mass Incarceration Baltimore Convention Center, Expo Hall Stage Speakers: Shae Harris; Policy Advisor,Office of Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Washington, DC. -- Jade Mathis, Esq.Back on Track Program Director and Assistant State's Attorney at Prince George's County State's Attorney Office --Michael Pinard, Esq.Francis & Harriet Iglehart Professor of Law and Co-Director, Clinical Law Program University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law  MD --Tomiko Shine; Lead Organizer; MDAPP-HRC (Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign) Baltimore, MD

Monday, July 24 2017 1:30-3:30pm. Washington DC State Dept/CERD (Committee Eliminate Racism Discrimination) Civil Society Oral Testimony; DCAPP-HRC (Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign) gave oral testimony.

SATURDAY, July  22, 10:00 am • VA APP-HRC Coalition meeting • Central Library, 101 E Franklin Street, RichmondVA • for more information, please contact Olufemi Shepsu.

SATURDAY, July 22, 3:00-6:00 pm Harrisonburg/Rockingham VA APP-HRC and MDAPP-HRC hostVirginia’s Aging People in Prison; Creating New Pathways for Release and Re-Integration to Family, Community, and Society” • The Church of the Incarnation, 292 N. Liberty Street. Harrisonburg, VA22802, Town Hall and Membership Drive; For details contact: harrisonburgrockinghamrapp@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2:15-3:30 pm • Philadelphia, PA • “Our Elders Behind Bars: The Fight to Bring Aging People in Prison Home” workshop at Beyond the Walls: Prison Healthcare and Reentry Summit , 8:00 am-5:00 pm • Pennsylvania Convention Center (13th and Arch Streets on the NW corner) • Philadelphia FIGHT—NYRAPP and PAWRAPP

SATURDAY, June 17, 2:00-5:00 pm • 1st Annual West Baltimore African American Children’s READFair • Coppin State Health and HumanServicesBuilding • contact MDRAPPCampaign@gmail.com

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 • 2:00-4:00 pm • Harry S. Truman Building, Room 1105 • U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC: DC RAPP testifies at a Discussion regarding priorities for the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council • hosted by The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Department, The International Organizations Affairs Bureau 

MAY 5-7, PhiladelphiaA Conference Presented by the MOVE Organization • UniversalAudenreidCharterHigh School, 3301 Tasker Street, Philadelphia, PA • MDRAPP will exhibit/table

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 • MD RAPP and Richmond RAPP Workshop: “The Black Family After 500 Years of Trauma; Re-Constructing a Paradigm of Human Rights, Freedom, and Healing” • part of a conference, An African Centered Approach to Trauma Informed Care: Pulling Together and Navigating Systems, sponsored by Richmond Association of Black Social Workers • L. Douglas Wilder Building, Virginia State University (VSU), Petersburg, VA

SUNDAY, April 23, 12:15-1:45 pmRichmond, VA • “A Quest for Justice and Humanity; Art as Confession” • ART 180, 114 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA23220 • workshop presented by MD RAPP and VA RAPP during ROOTS Weekend, Richmond, VA: Creating a World Without Prisons

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 6:30-8:30 pm • DC • Letter Writing in Solidarity with Aging Prisoners the Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC20009 • sponsored by DC Stampede Photos

FRIDAY, March 10, 9:00 am-5:00 pm • Washington, DC • First Annual DC Prisoner & Reentry Symposium: The State of Our Union• UDC David Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, DC 20008 • Sponsored by Corrections Information Council & D.C. Public Defender Service (DC RAPP will have table)

THURSDAY, March 2, 7:00 pm • MD RAPP Teach-In • The Last Vestige of Slavery: Prisons and the Punishment Paradigm; a Challenge to Humanity • ArtSociologyBuilding; 1st Floor, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD

THURSDAY, February 9, 12:00-3:00 pm •  Virginia • “Reforming the Criminal Justice system and Reducing Incarceration” • Film: “Rocktown Justice” • Trinity Presbyterian Church, 725 South High Street, Harrisonburg VA • Valley Justice Coalition and MDRAPP co-sponsoring

SUNDAY, January 22, 1:00-3:00 pmWashington, DC Meeting with co-founders of Millions for Prisoners March (see August 19, below) to discuss and plan the march. Open to all. Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Avenue, NE Wash. DC 20011; about two blocks from Fort Totten Metro

SATURDAY, January 21, 6:00-9:00 pmBaltimore, MD Meeting with co-founders of Millions for Prisoners March (see August 19, below) to discuss and plan the march. Open to all. Coppin StateUniversity  (for further details email mdrappcampaign@gmail.com)

WEDNESDAY, January 18, 12:00-2:00 pm, DCRAPP “How Can We Respond to Police Violence as a Public Health Crisis?” George Washington Milken School of Public Health (Lecture Hall B on the B1 level), 950 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC20052

SATURDAY, January 7, 2017, 3:00-7:00 pm • Baltimore • Maryland Justice Project, MDRAPP, the Eraina Pretty Project, and the National  Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls present the First Honoring of Chaplain Lettie Carr • at The Answer Inc., 1212 E. 25th Street Baltimore, Md 21213

MONDAY, December 5, 2:00-3:30 pmBaltimore, MD • MDRAPP workshop, “Growing Up in the System: From Juvenile to Aging Prisoners,” at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice Conference (registration required)

FRIDAY, November 4, 4:00-6:00 pm • MD RAPP on “Social Change and Public Health” panel discussion/teach-in • George Washington University Milken School of Public Health, 2400 Eye Street NW, WashingtonDC

TUESDAY, October 25, 5:30-8:30 pm, Arlington, VA“Revitalizing Vulnerable Communities: A Networking Session and Eco-Café” • DC RAPP • Career fair, poster session, exhibits and resource vendors • gather information, meet other experts in your field and share information. CrystalCity Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA22202

MONDAY, October 24, 11:30 am, DCUN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Press Conference, preliminary observations (DCRAPP has testified to the Working Group) • United Nations Information Center, 1775 K Street NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20006

WEDNESDAY, October 12, 7:00 pm-8:30pmBaltimore, MD • MD RAPP Coalition Meeting (Coppin State Criminal Justice Department, 2500 W. North Avenue) For details, email MDRAPPCampaign@gmail.com. (MDRAPP meets on the second Wednesday of every month.)

TUESDAY, October 11, 6:00 pm – DCRAPP presenting on panel to UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Washington, DC

SUNDAY, October 9, 10:45 am-12:15 pm • DC RAPP panel, “Transcending Historical Oppression and Injustice through Agents of Change and Imagination from Palestine to Colin Kapernick to American University,” at the 2016 Public Anthropology Conference, American University, Mary Graydon Center, Butler Boardroom

WEDNESDAY, September 28, 6:30-8:30 pm • DC • “Solidarity With Aging Prisoners” DC Stampede and DC Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP sponsor an evening to write letters to older people behind bars • The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009

FRIDAY, September 23 20164:00-5:30 pm, DC • DC RAPPCollege Coalition Meeting •University of MarylandCollege Park, StudentStampCenter

SATURDAY, September 17 • Philadelphia, PA8:00 am (regional meeting); 5:30-7:30 pm (Tribunal); 7:30 pm (Dinner and Closing) • US Human Rights Network • RAPP chapters from NY, Baltimore, and DC will present testimony at the tribunal  • FACTSCharterSchool, 1023 Callowhill St., Philadelphia, PA19123

THURSDAY, September 15, 10am-3pm each day • College Park, MD • DC RAPP at the First Look Fair at University of Maryland College Park

THURSDAY, September 15, 1:00-3:00 pm • DC • DC RAPP will present at the UPR (Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review) Working Group 5 hearing on recommendations related to immigration, trafficking, labor, and children • U.S. Department of Labor’s Francis Perkins Building at 200 Constitution Avenue., N.W., Washington, D.C.  20210

SATURDAY, September 10 2:00-5:00 pm • Jessup, MDProtest and Noise Demonstration at (MCI) Jessup in Support of National Prison Strike • Women’s Maryland Correctional Institute , 7943 Brock Bridge Rd, Jessup, MD 20794 • carpools will be arranged (see Facebook event page for details)

 SATURDAY, June 12 • 3:00 pm • Baltimore, MD • Re-Intergration Workshops: Aging Women in/out of Prison (By invitation only) These workshops will assist in reconnecting the aging woman in/out of prison to self, family, and community. Any aging woman in/out of prison interested in attending can email mdrappcampaign@gmail.com. Workshops are held every 2nd Saturday of the month at Coppin State University/Criminal Justice Department,  2500 W. North Avenue, 5th Floor.

SATURDAY, June 4 •  Albany, NY8:00 am-12:00 pm (tentative schedule) • “The Womb to the Tomb: The Containment of Black Life” at Justice Studies Association Conference, University at Albany, SUNY • A panel will discuss the historical continuum of the confinement, containment, and imprisonment of Black lives and the impact on family, community, and society • Sponsored by MD RAPP, with Tomiko Shine and other MD RAPP speakers, and René Valdez (NY RAPP)

TUESDAY, May 3 • Washington, DC • 11:45 am-2:25 pm • DC RAPP’s Alexandra Warren at American University Senior Anthropology Majors’ Capstone Presentation, presenting “The Willingness To Maintain the Struggle No Matter What: Elder Incarceration in the United States”

WEDNESDAY, April 27 • 4:00-6:00 pm • DC RAPP • “Aging Prisoners Dying To Be Free:  A Public Health Crisis” panel discussion • George Washington University Milken School of Public Health, 2400 Eye Street NW, WashingtonDC

MONDAY, April 25 • 7:00 pm • Washington, DC • Beyond our Criminal Justice System: A Panel on Prison Abolition and Drug Reform, with DCRAPP’s Nathan Brandli & speakers from MD RAPP • #0102 Tydings Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

SATURDAY, April 23 • 6:00-8:00 pmBaltimoreWilliam Gardner of MD RAPP on a panel UPP_ReturningCitizensFlyer-MDRAPP • CoppinStateUniversity, Health & HumanServicesBuilding (HHSB 103)

SATURDAY, February 20 • 7:00 pmWashington, DC • Aging in Prison, Mass Incarceration, and the Legacy of COINTELPRO (FBI Counterintelligence Program)La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant NW, Washington, DC • Sponsored by DCRAPP; RAPP speakers include Tomiko Shine and Alexandra Warren of DC and MD RAPP.

WEDNESDAY, February 10 • 7:00 pm  to 8:30pmBaltimore • Meeting of MDRAPP (Coppin State Criminal Justice Department, 2500 W. North Avenue) For details, email MDRAPPCampaign@gmail.com. (MDRAPP meets on the second Wednesday of every month.)

SATURDAY, January 30, 2016 • 8pm-11pm • DCRAPP celebrated the homecoming of returning citizen Abdus-Shahid Ali, released after serving 50 years in prison. Sadly, Bro. Ali was too ill to attend, and he passed on March 3rd. Bro. Ali’s funeral was held on Monday, March 7 at Islamic Heritage Foundation, 3765 I Street SE Washington, DC; he is buried at Al-FirdausMemorialGardens, Frederick, MD. All RAPP chapters mourn his loss. In his memory, we will work harder than ever to release aging people in a timely manner.

FRIDAY, January 16, 201612:00 to 2:00 pmWashington, DC • DC Prisoners Matter Rally • US Parole Board Commission, 90 K Street NE, WashingtonDC. Check out the PHOTOS of the rally. For background, read “DC’s Forgotten Residents” and “Visitation Slights: How Two Policies Stack the Deck Against D.C. Inmates”

WEDNESDAY, January 13, 20167:00 pmBaltimore • Meeting of MDRAPP (Coppin State Criminal Justice Department, 2500 W. North Avenue) For details, email MDRAPPCampaign@gmail.com. MDRAPP meets every other Wednesday.

Saturday, October 3 201512:30-2:00 pmAmerican University, Washington, DC • RAPP’s René Valdez spoke on “America’s Aging Prisoners: The Imprisonment of Black Life” at the Public Anthropology Conference on “Shifting Climates” •