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At a podium inside the Roosevelt Hotel last week, Wilbert Rideau, 69, stood before an audience of academics and journalists, as he prepared to deliver a speech more than three decades in the making.
"After 31 years they invited me back," Rideau said. "They remembered me."
Thirty-one years ago, while Rideau was serving a life sentence in prison for murder, he was awarded a George Polk Award for his work in journalism, one of the most coveted awards in the industry. He was not able to receive the award in person, until just last week.
When an incarcerated person has paid a debt to society by serving jail or prison time, is released and ready to start a new life, many will have to wait a few years to be considered a real citizen.
New York’s Former Governor David Paterson signed into law groundbreaking legislation that corrects the ills of the redistricting process concerning the counting of prisoners. The legislation signed by Paterson places into law a revamped process for counting prisoners in their home districts instead of districts where the prison or housing unit is located.
4/08/11Related Case or Issue:
Joint Statement from Plaintiffs and Counsel on Recent Decision in Road Home Case
(New York, NY) – Today a federal court of appeals issued a ruling explaining its decision to set aside preliminary injunctions previously granted against the State of Louisiana regarding its administration of the Road Home program. The preliminary injunctions were granted at the request of two fair housing groups and African American homeowners in New Orleans who filed suit on behalf of families displaced in the wake of hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
"Instead of leadership from above, democracy from below.”- Dr. Manning Marable
A few weeks ago, I had dinner with Dr. Manning Marable and his wife, Leith Mullings, whose voluminous books, papers and op-ed columns comprise a critical collection of today’s discourse on race in America.