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Happy almost Thanksgiving! Our THRIVE family is growing and our community members are talking more and more about the impacts of incarceration. I truly believe that your voice, your healing presence, and the ultimate power of community will be the catalyst needed to pursue real change in our broken systems. This holiday season, THRIVE challenges you to make it a point to talk about incarceration with at least one family member or friend. Report your reflections by emailing me or by posting on Facebook or Twitter @ThriveMA. Keep this vital conversation rolling. 

Read on for Upcoming Events, THRIVE Community Updates, and Incarceration in the News.

Kim Yeasir
Chief Empowerment Officer
THRIVE Communities
KimYeasir@ThriveMA.org

Upcoming Events

#GIVINGTUESDAY
Giving Tuesday: November 27th
Celebrate the organization’s and causes you believe in with millions who give each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Your gift to THRIVE Communities is an investment in our shared vision – When wholeness and justice replace cycles of incarceration and oppression, communities THRIVE. www.ThriveMA.org/support
Circle Up Flier
THRIVE'sGiving:
December 21, 5:30 - 9:00PM

The holidays can be difficult for many of our community members. Come celebrate the power of community as we navigate the season together. Please bring a side or desert to pass, THRIVE will provide drinks and the main course. We hope you will come! 
RSVP: communication@thrivema.org

Community Updates

Celebrating 100 Members
THRIVE’s first Circle of Support and Accountability launched in November of 2016. In just two years THRIVE has grown from a team of 5 visionaries into a community with more than 100 members –  returning citizens, volunteers, and trained community allies. When we add invested sponsors, community partners, and donors who support the mission, THRIVE Communities exceeds 200 members! We have so many amazing people to be grateful for! Thank you!

Incarceration News

The following are stories shared within the THRIVE Community to spur on discussions about incarceration. Take a peak and start a conversation with someone you know. 

How to Make Prisons More Humane – a Future Perfect podcast (October 17, 2018): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/future-perfect/id1438157174?mt=2&i=1000422005739

The Newest Jim Crow - New York Times with Michelle Alexander on e-carceration (November 8, 2018):
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/08/opinion/sunday/criminal-justice-reforms-race-technology.html

Follow stories with the ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/issues/smart-justice/mass-incarceration

Please send stories you would like to share to communication@ThriveMA.org
Community Training - Sept. 2018
Stride for Our Neighbors a colaborative walk and fundraiser - Oct. 2018
Give to THRIVE online via Communities for Restorative Justice


THRIVE Communities Massachusetts
175 Cabot St., Suite 100
Lowell, Ma 01845
617-642-4553
www.ThriveMA.org

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