" 2011 PETRA Fellow Humanitarian
"Change comes from the people, not the politicians"
Justice - Equal Rights
Reform - Accountability
A statewide all volunteer prisoner and family support group advocacy.
R.I.H.D, Inc. supports realistic and genuine rehabilitation "earned second chance" efforts that afford prisoners, formerly incarcerated and convicted felons successful reentry.
Some of our on-going services include partnering with other groups, public awareness, legislative advocacy, transportation for families to faraway prisons, restore my civil/voting rights application and filing assistance.
As a preventive and deterrence to crime and violence, we provide programs and events for youth at risk.
"Speak Truth to Power" Meetings
Former Felons - Prisoner Families - Concerned Citizen
"Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering." Hebrews: 13:3
Monthly Every 3rd Tuesday
6pm to 8pm - Fall/Winter
7pm to 9pm - Summer/Spring
SPECIAL PUBIC MEETING
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013
7PM TO 9PM
AGENDA: Prisoner literacy with earned sentence credit allowance. New Law/65%
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Richmond, Virginia 23223
the Nation Inside
Community Restoration Campaign
City to City Awareness Tour
June - July - August
Earned Second Chance Advocacy
Parole and non-Parole Legislation
Ban the Box Employment Application Reform
Restore My Rights Application Assistance
For awareness/informational meeting in your area, call (804) 426-4426 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Amazing Partners
"Community Restoration Campaign"
Prisoner and Family for Equal Rights & Justice
(Sentence Disparity Project, Prison Reform)
Janet Taylor (Queen Nzinga)
Newport News Area
(Prison Reform, Reentry)
Christopher M. Brunson, Organizer
Telephone: (757) 240-7818
Mothers On A Mision (MOM)
(Restoration of Rights, Prison Reform)
Ruth Bray, Facilitator
(Parole Board Reform (Old Law), Prison Reform)
Peggy Email: Stand4.Justice@yahoo.com
Bridging the Gap
(Reentry, Restore my rights, Ban the Box)
Richard Walker, Executive Director
Now is the time to take action for your community. Help us speak out in Virginia for common sense polices..
The Community Restoration Campaign is dedicated to sparking an active dialogue in and about Virginia about our criminal justiceand prison system. For too long Virginia has been negatively impacted by a harsh criminal justice system that fail our communities. We cannot be scared away from having the tough discussions and doing the heavy lifting required to change how we govern ourselves. We ask you to join us in our effort to pass the "Earned" Second Chance Provision and take a step to bringing our families and communities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia together.
"Change comes from the people, not the politicians"
"From your voice to the politicians"
Call, write, email, visit your district state legislators
(Senator, House Delegate and Governor) in support of the below listed Nation Inside "Community Restoration Campaign" Legislative Focus for 2014 General Assembly Session.
- Laws that keep Juveniles out of Adult prisons.
--Increase year-round youth programs and centers
-- Day one Prisoner Literacy, Education, Therapeutic, Vocational Rehabilitation and “earned” sentence credit allowance (New Law/incarcerated after Jan 1, 1995)
-- Legislative oversight committee for fair and consistent parole board decisions affecting 5,000 prisoners under the old law/incarcerated prior to 1995.
-- State-wide Ban the Box Employment/Housing Application laws.
-- Reentry laws that expand to include employment, housing and tanf reforms
--Constitutional amendment legislation for Automatic Restoration of Civil/voting rights to over 350,000 disenfranchised Virginians and/or Governor Executive Order to restore all.
It is extremely important that you contact your legislators in support of the above listed legislatie focus now (April - November) to enable the Community Restoration Campaign and other groups/campaigns to acquire legsative support, sponsors/patrons prior to the 2014 General Assembly Session.
Show your Support by being Proactive Today.
STAY INFORMED - STAY PROACTIVE - VOLUNTEER TODAY!
Join our effort to build grassroots power for criminal justice reform in Virginia. Register at the Campaign: www.communityrestorationcampaign.org
"Ban the Box" Press Conference, Richmond VA
Richmond Times Dispatch Article
"Fair and Commonsense" Legislation
Thanks to the efforts of Councilwoman Michelle Mosby (9th District), Richard Walker with Bridging the Gap, RIHD, NAACP-Richmond and other groups and following the success of the City of Newport News, we are pleased to announce on March 25, 2013 employer City of Richmond PASSED "Ban the Box" Employment Application Reform (Felony) Ordiance.
"The “Ban the box” movement was started by a group of formerly convicted people in Oakland, CA – called “All of Us or None.”
"Ban the box" legislation first passed in Newport News, Virginia by the nonprofit group "Good Seed, Good Ground" and a member of the "Community Restoration Campaign.
Another example how "change comes from the people and not the politicians" -- Thank you to All.
A National Campaign To Lower the Cost
of Prison Phones Rates Support the Campaign
"Without a vote, a voice, I am a ghost
inhabiting a citizen's space."
-- Joe Loya, disenfranchised former felon
Restoration of Voting Rights Application/Filing Assistance
Automatic Restoration of Rights Lawsuit: Virginia
In An Effort To Keep Families Connected --
Transportation to Faraway VA Prisons
Red Onion/Wallens Ridge
Pocahontas /Keen Mountain
Currently accepting reservations for all the above prisons
Click below for upcoming trips & additional information/reservation click below:
5th Annual Virginia People's Assembly
Saturday, January 5, 2013
9am to 9:30pm
Over 300 progressive activists, families and concerrned citizens from across Virginia gathered in Richmond for a one-day networking conference. The VPA hosted it's fifth event, and this one shaped up to be the best one yet.
Click above for additional information.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here's how you can SUPPORT our work.
Support our volunteers whom give continuously of their time and efforts to protect and define the rights, responsibilities and privileges for the poor, disadvantaged and disenfranchised.
RIHD, Inc. is dependent solely upon member dues and private donations.
Join Us Today, Become a Member or Make a Donation.
Prisoner: $2.00 or 6 stamps
Family Member with Prisoner: $25
$25 or more is tax-deductible to you per IRS 501(c)3 public charity and a copy of "Up the Ridge Documentary"
Mail support to:
RIHD, Inc.; PO Box 55 - Highland Springs - Virginia 23075
Meet Ms. K and Queen Nzinga
RIHD & PAFERJ
Assisting disadvantaged people, regardless
of race, color, creed and ethnic background
overcome desolate odds;
to make a difference in their lives --
an "earned second chance!