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MY RESIGNATION

Posted on March 31, 2018 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)


On January 31, 2018 I submitted my resignation as the Executive Director of WITO Inc. With a heavy heart, today is my last day. Our Board of Directors accepted my resignation and, effective immediately, our own Sylvia Glazer will take over as Director of Operations until the position of Executive Director is filled

I want to express enormous appreciation for the Boards dedication and service as we grew into a solid organization closing out the year in the black for 3 consecutive years. Over the last five and a half years we have grown WITO from a small nonprofit to a movement in the fight for prison reform and second chances. There are so many people who attributed to the transformative lives our members experienced. The perspective labor and financial contribution allowed us to fill our mission of eradicating the cycle of incarceration. I was able to tap into my fullest potential and experienced creativity, relentless work ethic, vulnerability, and courageous advocacy to embody our mission. I will continue to contribute into WITO Inc. from afar as I transitioned into building the next chapter in my career and the mission God has placed in my heart.


In conclusion, the work has not been completed. Instead, we’re starting to enter in unchartered waters. We have the potential to really change the dynamics for our brothers and sisters coming home. The limits are unlimited, only we get to decide how far we’re willing to go and how high we want to strive.


I will be taking the next 30-60 days to create a new board of directors for my new nonprofit in Rhode Island and all the intricacies that are required to start the flow of business. Our primary focus will be to concentrate in areas for immediate improvement and impact. We are committed to making necessary changes in a way that optimizes our members efforts to remain, JAIL FREE!


Thank you all for the years of love, support, time and funds to make WITO Inc. a reality. On behalf of all the WITONIANS we served over the years, we sincerely appreciate every single contribution that made all the great outcomes possible. Ironically, today is WITO’s 25th year anniversary when he left us to be with the Lord. In honor of his sacrifice, his story and his name, we salute you WITO!

RIP, always in our hearts, we love you and will never be forgotten.




PLEASE SUPPORT THE MARCH FOR PUERTO RICO

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (1)



WITO Inc. Supports the Unity March


We are supporting the Unity March for Puerto Rico to stand in solidarity - ONE people - ONE voice - against unjust laws that have been systematically oppressive and crippling to the people of Puerto Rico and the socio-economic growth and sustainability of the island. We must create forceful, sustained political pressure on our leaders until they act on behalf of their fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. We support a commitment to sustainable rebuilding efforts, transparency and accountability in the delivery of aid, and the elimination of Jones Act and the cancellation of Puerto Rico’s debt which are crippling Puerto Rico’s recovery. If you interested in attending please email at r.baez@witoinc.org with the subject line tag SUPPORT PR. 



MINISTRY THAT COMES ALIVE, FULL CIRCLE!

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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Not long after being hired at Chick-fil-A, Katie met Angela, a hardworking mom who took Katie under her wing. One day Katie heard Angela talking about a nice man that had delivered Angel Tree gifts for her kids, and he sounded familiar. Well of course he did, it was her dad!

WE ARE WITNESSES

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.themarshallproject.org/witnesses?page=choose&utm_source=The+Marshall+Project+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4377ce4bbf-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5e02cdad9d-4377ce4bbf-174327501" target="_blank">http://https://www.themarshallproject.org/witnesses?page=choose&utm_source=The+Marshall+Project+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4377ce4bbf-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5e02cdad9d-4377ce4bbf-174327501


These videos  expose the profound injustices of the criminal justice system by bringing to life the stories of all the players. This project features 20 individuals whose lives are enmeshed in the criminal justice system, including the formerly incarcerated, crime victims, officers of the court, and more. Together, their stories provide a rare 360-degree portrait of crime and punishment in America today. Working with director Jenny Carchman, each witness sat against a plain backdrop and were asked to simply share their experiences. Their answers touch on some of the most elemental questions about the human psyche: How do people recover from trauma? How do they endure the pain – of violence, injustice or loss of a loved one – and not succumb to anger and despair? How do they rebuild their lives? 

HOT JOBS!!!

Posted on October 25, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

FedEx will be conducting interviews Friday, Oct 27th from 1030 - 130 PM in Jamaica Queens. Please email me if you are interested in applying for the


Qualifications:


-one year of van delivery or box-truck-driving experience within the past 3 years 2014-2017

-This experience must be verifiable (you must provide references)

-You must also be computer literate, as the job involves some basic interaction with computers.


Pay:

$14-$15/hour (full time hours)

Please bring a valid photo ID, a pen, 2 copies of your résumé, and dressed professionally. 



EXPLOSION OF CURRENT DRUG EPEDIMIC FUEL BY ????

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

If you have been impacted by drugs, in anyway, please take a moment to view this video by 60 minutes in its entirety. It is profound and extremely disturbing. Especially for those impacted by the lost of life experience  as in my family's pervasive history. 


An investigation by 60 Minutes and The Washington Post, Rannazzisi tells the inside story of how the opioid crisis was allowed to spread -- aided by Congress, lobbyists, and a drug distribution industry that shipped, almost unchecked, hundreds of millions of pills to rogue pharmacies and pain clinics proving the rocket fuel for a crisis that, over the last two decades, has claimed 200,000 lives. 

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WOMEN PARENTING FROM PRISON

Posted on October 14, 2017 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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Who are the fastest-growing group of prisoners in the U.S.? Women and girls!

The U.S. makes up just 5 percent of the global population, yet nearly one-third of all the female prisoners in the entire world are here in America.There are more than 200,000 women and girls incarcerated nationwide, a number that has increased by more than 700 percent since 1980. Women in prison face unique challenges. Most are mothers. Prisons limit or charge money for basics like tampons and pads. Women are also more likely to be sexually assaulted, particularly by guards.

Teen Vogue and The Marshall Project sat down with Ayana Thomas and Sarah Zarba, who were both formerly incarcerated; Kyndia Riley, a student whose parents have been in prison since she was a toddler; and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey who introduced legislation this summer to ease some of the burdens for women in federal prisons.

NEED YOUR SUPPORT PLEASE!!!

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Please join members of the Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP Campaign, other advocates and City Officials for a press conference on issues faced by formerly incarcerated older adults tomorrow, September 20th at 9am on the steps of City Hall. The press conference will be followed by a 10am City Counsil hearing where the community and Council Members will discuss the CARE Act~the Compassion & Assistance for Reentering Elders Act. This would create an interagency task force to examine the needs of older adults returning from incarceration. If you are able to attend, we urge you to support this much important endeavor. Every voice present does make an impact leading to the changes we aspire for. For any additional questions or concerns, including transportation please email ASAP: r.baez@witoinc.org



YOU HAVE ALL THE TIME YOU NEED

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Now you can focus on adequately and expeditiously getting Riker's close!

VOLUNTEERS FOR HOUSTON

Posted on September 4, 2017 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Rev Q is in ned of 1,000 volunteers to assist with hurricane Harvey victims. Flight, lodging and meals fully paid for. Just need 1-4 week commitment. Please email at info@shnintl.org if you are interested and they will send you necessary documentation.



 

HURRICANE HARVEY'S IMPACT IN A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

Posted on September 1, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)


As if being incarcerated isn't stressful enough, imagine these brothers enduring the incarceration experience and the powerlessness felt to be remove from contributing, serving and building up their perspective communities. I just can't imagine what their thoughts are. Let's not forget they also need prayer. Please lift them up in your daily petition to the God of great Mercy and Grace, Praise The Lord!!!


Prison Fellowship staff at the Prison Fellowship national office in northern Virginia gather to pray for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.


In the following video, take notice of their living conditions and quarters, the number of men house closely together and the lack of movement, privacy or comfort. 

http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/video/video_harvey_update.html

SHOOT HOOPS ~ NOT YOUTH!!!

Posted on August 9, 2017 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)


I love this event, the people running it, the mission and the way the community came out in support last year. This is a must if you are a teenager in the Bronx or Parent with a teenager. Lot's of fun and a strong message to take home. Please support Rev Q and her ministry whom continues to meet the core issues of the streets headon. 

MAJOR de BLASIO'S OVERDOSE PLAN

Posted on August 8, 2017 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

$143 million has gone into the plan, but nearly HALF of the money has been designated for the NYPD. This will turn emergency rooms into crime scenes! We demand that City Hall stop funding the drug war and immediately return and invest money for a community health response to the overdose epidemic!

WHAT: Rally to End Overdose

WHEN: Thursday August 10th 10am

WHERE: 1 Police Plaza in Lower Manhattan (Enter at Center St and Chambers St) TRAINS: 4,5,6 to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall.


Contact: Fred Wright 646-321-5282 fred@vocal-ny.org

 

PEDRO IS FINALLY RELEASED!!!

Posted on August 4, 2017 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Pedro Hernandez spent a year in Rikers Island for a shooting that multiple witnesses and the victim say he didn’t commit. Like the families of most people in Rikers Island, Pedro’s family couldn’t afford to pay his bail while he awaited trial. What is unique about Pedro is that he resisted the consistent pressure to accept a guilty plea agreement, determined to prove his innocence in court. Last week, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights posted the $100,000 bail that Pedro needed to return home to his family and prepare for college, for which he has a full scholarship.


Welcome home, Pedro!

Stop Homeless Shelter Warrant Sweeps

Posted on August 1, 2017 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

NYPD Bucking City Policy that Prohibits Raids at Local Shelters


The Legal Aid Society, defender organizations, homeless advocates and elected officials will gather on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York Police Department to immediately stop warrant sweeps at area homeless shelters. This press conference comes in response to a recent NYPD raid at a homeless shelter in Washington Heights. This was the sixth reported shelter warrant sweep the NYPD has conducted this year despite these tactics being in violation of official City policy. Shelter warrant sweeps discourage the homeless from seeking services, especially non-citizens who fear deportation under President Trump’s crackdown on immigrants.


What: Press conference calling to stop homeless shelter warrant sweeps


Who: The Legal Aid Society, Coalition For The Homeless, VOCAL-NY, Communities United for Police Reform, NYC Council Members

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When: Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.


Where: Steps of City Hall, New York, NY 10007

PRISON FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY

Posted on July 30, 2017 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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God's awesome Power of Transformation can manifest anywhere, especially in the dark places. 

Praise the Lord!!!

WE NEED TO COME OUT FOR PRAYER!

Posted on July 27, 2017 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)



With all the recent political events transpiring the last couple of days and weeks, the buzz, anxiety and stress it's creating, the need for coming together in prayer is necessary. Please come out tonight and join us for fellowship and like minded conversation on how we can come together to navigate the ensuing days and weeks to overcome in victory against these draconian policies and strategies. 

FED EX HIRING

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

  


FedEx Ground to hire Full Time Package Handlers

(Woodbridge Hub – Less than 5 Minutes from Outer Bridge Crossing)


Full-Time Qualifications

Must be at least 18 years of age

Must be able to load, unload and sort packages, as well as other related duties

Monday-Friday 12:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Compensation Pay Rate $13.30 Per Hour

Multiple pay increases within the first six months of employment

Tuition reimbursement program & Career advancement opportunities

 

To apply, please come to recruitment event:

 

Date: Friday, July 28th 2017

Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennet Street, SI, NY 10302


Please come dressed professionally with Photo ID, SS Card, Resume. and WITO Inc. referral slip

START OF ANGEL TREE CAMPAIGN

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)



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The Angel Tree season is officially under way. In pprisons across the country, incarcerated parents are signing up their children to receive gifts for the holidays. I can identify with these brothers and sisters. Angel Tree was instrumental in delivering a Christmas gift while I was incarceracted and to this day, they reflect on the joy experienced those difficult years of not seeing me. Please give Christmas to kids who won’t get to have it any other way. One small gift can impact in a big way and move a kid forever!

CHILD SUPPORT WORKSHOP

Posted on July 15, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Workforce 1 is partnering up with New York City of Child Support Enforcement. If anyone needs help with child support ,or have any questions or can't drive cause of child support issues please consider this workshop if you are able to attend. You can take advantage of this free workshop. It will be held at the hub center in Jamiaca: Workforce1 Industrial & Transportation Career Center 168-46 91st Avenue, 2nd Floor Queens, NY 11432. It will be this Wednesday Jul 19th from 1:30pm-3pm. Please confirm the attendance of your participant with Latoya Dobson, Career Adviser at Ldobson@grantassociatesinc.com. 

Come talk about How Child Support works

Get answers to questions you have

Get help to manage your child support

First 25 candidates to RSVP will be guaranteed seating


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