To re-enfranchise and educate through advocacy and outreach.
Objective 1.1 - To assist inmates and ex-offenders and their families in learning how to effectively become re-enfranchised.
Objective 1.2 - To provide the "At-Risk" community, i.e. low income families, African Americans, and other Minorities with relevant information regarding the importance of education over incarceration.
Objective 1.3 - To counsel the community in the area of housing.
Re-enfranchisement, Education, Advancement, Counseling, Housing.
To use a proactive approach as a method to empower families by addressing issues surrounding drugs, gangs, violence, recidivism and the pipeline from schools to prison.
ADVOCACY AND OUTREACH:
Our team comprised of experts, present at townhall meetings and empowerment forums across the country on topics of Education, Gangs, Drugs, Violence, Criminal Justice and the Prison Industrial Complex.
Also, our Prison Initiative helps to educate the community and faith-based organizations to effectively implement planning for the release of inmates and former inmates.
Education Workshop St. Augustine, Florida
Dr. Robert B. Hayling, along with Youth from Epiphany Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida - January 2008
At the mike:
Richard P. Burton, Sr. Director
PROJECT R.E.A.C.H., INC.
Assembled were many organizations protesting against the killing of a youth at a Juvenile Detention Center in Panama City, FL
mcall.com | Photos, from The Morning Call Copyright © 2007,
The Morning Call On the steps of the Lehigh County Prison Saturday, June16, 2007, people join hands in prayer in an Allentown, PA sponsored prayer meeting to celebrate Juneteenth.
From left: James Malone of Allentown; Juanita Michael of Allentown; Rev. Earl Cary of Allentown and Wanda McCaulley of Allentown
June 16, 2007
(DON FISHER, Allentown Morning Call)
The Nationwide event was Coordinated by Richard P. Burton, Sr., Director of PROJECT R.E.A.C.H., INC., and LaFonda Jones-General Director of the Freedom Project, Burton is also a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors and Chairman of the National Prisoner Rights Sub-committee.
The Allentown Branch NAACP along with over fifty church and community groups nationwide, participated in the 2007 Nationwide Juneteenth Criminal Juvenile Justice Outreach and Inreach efforts.
The event is designed to call attention to the ongoing crisis and disparities facing African Americans and the poor within the Criminal/Juvenile Justice System. The recent Paris Hilton saga is a stark contrast to what young African Americans face once they become entangled with the system.
In Jacksonville, FL ...
Burton participated in the Juneteenth event on the steps of the Duval County Detention Center downtown, along with local Pastors including Rev. R.L. Gundy, Elder Lee Harris, Rev. William L. Robinson and Rev. Juan Gray, also the President of the Jacksonville SCLC and other church and community leaders. All were invited.
Prayers were offered for those deserving true freedom and for boldness on the part of leaders in Jacksonville and through out this Nation.
The events also provided the history of Juneteenth, along with dialogue on the historical perspectives of The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 which forever changed federal sentencing laws and mandatory minimum sentencing laws. These changes have created disparities and a rapid growth rate of the Prison Industrial Complex.
As the event ended in Jacksonville, Angie Smaw a participant, pointed out two young African American men in orange suits with chains and shackles being lead out of the jail, and with a sigh from Burton's 17 year old grandaughter, Shakarah Burton, a senior at Forrest High... "those boys are from my school".
St. Augustine Florida NAACP Banquet...
Richard P. Burton & Barbara Allen