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Voices of Vets with Michael Meade

Mosaic’s recent Voices of Veterans retreat and Welcome Home Ceremony brought together veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the local community. Its purpose was to help heal the distance between the warriors and those they protect, and … Continue reading

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Greek Tragedy Mirrors Women Prisoners Lives

The women prisoners at the Homestead Correctional Institution in Florida use art and acting to soothe troubled souls through the Artspring program. By Celeste Fraser Delgado, Miami Herald, April 16, 2011 Read more>> NPR feature, aired April 8, 2011 Listen>>

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Insight Prison Project Supporter Karen Jandorff Wins Volunteer of the Year Award

Contributed by Jennifer Thompson, Insight Prison Project, CA

Congratulations to the very dedicated volunteer Karen Jandorff for winning the 2011 Center for Volunteer and Nonprofits Leadership’s “Volunteer of the Year” Award! Not only did Karen get acknowledged for her work, IPP received a generous $5,000 gift from Brayton Purcell LLP in Novato, California.

Karen’s outstanding work within IPP includes facilitating weekly Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) classes inside San Quentin State Prison and inside FCI Dublin, serving as chief editor of IPP’s first ever Annual Report and supporting fundraising endeavors. Many thanks to Karen for her heart felt and continued support of IPP. She is IPP’s volunteer extraordinaire! Continue reading

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What is Something That You Have Done, Recently, for Someone Else?

Insight Prison Project Volunteer Becky LoDolce writes about her experiences inside San Quentin State Prison in this month’s New Cartographer magazine. For the complete story, click here: http://newcartographer.net/2011/01/what-is-something/

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Katonah’s Katherine Vockins changes lives
behind bars

by John Roche

Katherine Vockins and Manny Borras

When Katonah resident Katherine Vockins was recognized by The Huffington Post last week as its “Greatest Person of the Day,” she immediately thought of how the honor might translate into greater awareness for Rehabilitation Through the Arts.

Her work with RTA, the program she founded in 1996 that uses theater and other creative arts as tools for transformation behind prison walls, garnered her the accolades. But Ms. Vockins saw the national publicity as yet another chance to draw attention not to herself, but to RTA’s mission, as well as a fundraiser for the program in Manhattan this week.

“Huffington Post’s ‘Greatest Person of the Day’ was a wonderful surprise — I don’t even know who nominated me,” Ms. Vockins said. “Being handed an opportunity to talk about RTA is the best thing an executive director could wish for, and Huffington Post did an excellent job in accurately reflecting what we do. But my one day of fame is over, and now it is back to managing multiple programs and facilitators in five prisons, organizing for our benefit, and finding new supporters who can be inspired by investing in changing the lives of people behind prison walls.

From: ”The Bedford Pound Ridge RECORD REVIEW, Vol. 15, Number 52 Continue reading

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Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Restorative Justice:

a Conversation with James O’Dea, by Richard Whittaker, August 6, 2010 – My introduction to James O’ Dea came at a dinner party two and a half years ago. I’d heard he was the executive director of the Institute of … Continue reading

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Transforming Our Communities to Heal Our Veterans

by Edward Tick, Ph.D., founder, Soldier’s Heart

There is a necessary, proper and reciprocal relationship between any society and its warriors. Our warriors willingly go into harm’s way in order to preserve and protect the rest of us. In response, we must provide everything they need in order to return, recover and be restored to full functioning and life. They gave all; so must we.

War wounds and distorts our thinking, feeling, perceiving, our aesthetics, intimacy and sexuality, or will and concentration, our participation in society. War wounds every function ever attributed to the soul. Socrates taught that the soul is the seat of morality. Many veterans are anguished over what they have seen or done, and what has been done to them both abroad and at home. Thus, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a soul sickness. The acronym PTSD could be translated Post-terror Soul Distress. Continue reading

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Film: Courageous Liberian Women

This new film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. more>>

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