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Episode 10 HANDCUFFS OFF EPISODE 10 - Jerome Jones & Pastor Kenny Simmons Rise Uniting People for Progress presents "Handcuffs Off", hosted by Jihad Siddiq, featuring segments by Juan K Rogers, Marcellus Morris, and Toni Brown.
Jihad Siddiq did 28 years in prison for murder before changing his life and becoming a productive, law abiding citizen, a mentor, youth advocate, Projects Manager for the Rise UP organization.
Today's interviews are with Jerome Jones who served over 20 years in NY State & Federal penitentiaries, has returned to citizenship and became a thriving member of society, and business owner in his community. He is candid about what led to his incarceration and what has helped set him free to thrive and continue to grow as a part of his community and loving member of his family.
The second interview is with Pastor Kenny Simmons of ColdSpring Bible Chapel, who also works as the director of Youth and Family Services fo rthe city of Buffalo, among many othr positions of responsibility and advocacy for troubled youth and in support of his community. He talks of is childhood and how he was inspired to be the force that he is in his community.
Handcuffs Off is raw, riveting and honest. It doesn't glorify or sensationalize incarceration, Jihad will be speaking candidly with folks who served over two decades in prison and have honest conversations on the effect of long term incarceration and how we can help folks avoid the trap of cycling in and out of the justice system.
If you want to know the truth, the secrets of navigating the criminal justice system and hear exclusive interviews of people who have beat the odds and are out in society helping to make a difference, listen to Handcuffs Off.
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Join Pastor E for a variety of Real Talk Discussions, dynamic principle based on ongoing issue in this current day.
Family we are fully devoted to Jesus. We believe that the door of salvation is always open to those in search of the truth. With open arms our ministry demonstrates Gods love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and by actions in love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and will reach the lost and unsaved.
Patrice is a retired Vocational Teacher from the Los Angeles Unified School District. After spending 30 years in education, she volunteered in the non-profit world helping At-Risk Youth and the chronically unemployed.
She just recently began her own non-profit, Your Image 20/20. The mission of her organization is to help marginalized individuals who have been affected by incarceration, drug/alcohol abuse, and homelessness regain their place in the workforce. Veterans are a big priority as they return to civilian life. Her closet provides clothing to improve self esteem and build self confidence to everyone that walks into her organization.
Black women deliver wins year after year for the Democratic party while they continue to keep us bankrupt. With our country growing more hateful and more restrictive to our needs, our political leaders appear nonexistent. It's time to realize hope and change and the dream one great man had will no longer sustain us. We must be and demand the change we want to see. Join us each week as we work together to do a few things:
1. Develop a political platform that serve us first and the people whose job it is to serve us, second.
2. Discuss our needs, our true needs, and develop a concrete plan to express those who propose to lead us
3. Develop an action plan to present our need to Washington and like it happen.
Look, those other people have, and for some time, governmental racists, institutionalized racism, militia groups and legal societies working on their behalf for centuries while we build our families and this country. The ones who SHOULD have a plot, never will because we love this place too much. Today we must realize no one here is out there loving us, even some of our own. So, we must do like an ancestor did when they realized freedom for the first time, get together, find each other and each one teach one.