Nick is a founding member of the Criminal Justice Initiative. Read more about Nick. >>
Cathy is a founding member of the Criminal Justice Initiative. Read more about Cathy. >>
CeCe is an activist, speaker and icon in the LGBTQ community. Rising to international recognition after surviving a white supremacist and transphobic attack, CeCe has graced stages across the country where she uses storytelling to articulate the personal and political implications of being both black & trans. CeCe has worked with Trans Youth Support Network in Minneapolis and is now working as youth organizer around gender and sexuality with The Link in Minnesota. She fosters important conversations around mass incarceration, sexuality and all violence and is the star of the recently released feature length documentary about her life & story, Free CeCe!
Phillip "UcciKhan" Sample
Phillip (author, artist, activist and formerly incarcerated person) was born to a single young mother December 10, 1975 in impoverished Detroit Michigan. He was raised between the slums of Detroit, Michigan and the gang ridden Southside of Chicago, Illinois. As a result of dysfunctional and unstable housing, ill-education and violence, Phillip became his environment. He joined a gang at 11 years of age and became the leader of his own gang by the time he was 14. Phillip caught his first felony as a juvenile and continued to expand his criminal record until he was convicted of 3 counts of assault with intent to commit murder at 18 years of age and sentenced to 12-20 years in the MDOC. While in prison he began to undergo self-evaluation and inevitably would begin the process of self-transformation. He became heavily involved with prison politics and experienced the horrors of incarceration to the fullest extent. Released after serving 15 years, Phillip has returned to society with intent to amend his past actions and contribute to the re-building of the community he helped to destroy. He is currently the owner of The Passion of The Life LLC.; Founder/Executive Director of RAHAM Inc. and Co-Owner of HMI Ent. The first installment of his autobiography, The Passion of The Life; Pt.1 The Life is now available @Amazon.com. Phil joined the CJI Circle in 2015.
In Memoriam: Jean Hardisty (1949 - 2015)
A political scientist and social activist, Jean Hardisty respected the power of political conservatism as adamantly as she opposed it. Read more about Jean. >>