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Helping Others After the Hurricane

My heart broke as I watched footage of Hurricane Michael devastate cities and towns throughout Northern Florida. Right away, I began calling and texting friends in the area. Talking with friends reminded me of how Hurricane Irma roared through my hometown of Fort...
150 Years – Time For A Change

150 Years – Time For A Change

Slaying the “Giant of Past Mistakes” All of us make mistakes. It is a part of being human, and something people from all walks of life have common. Through the lens of history, we see that many of the world’s greatest leaders have experienced failure at one time or...
Hope, Motorcycles and People

Hope, Motorcycles and People

-Slaying the Giant of Apathy- A few days ago, I was talking with the mother of a 38-year-old man who was calling me because her son was battling “the giant of apathy.” He was in need of hope. I could relate. Sometimes I get apathetic when my life isn’t progressing the...
Billy Graham, MLK and the Power of Unity

Billy Graham, MLK and the Power of Unity

-Slaying the Giant of Division- United teams win. Divided teams lose. We all grasp that when we think about our favorite sports teams. But it can be easy to forget when we think about our own challenges, our own communities and our own life, especially in such a...
Courage to speak on an issue!

Courage to speak on an issue!

Voice, according to Merriam-Webster, has several definitions. For the purpose of this piece, I’d like to highlight two of those definitions. First, voice can be defined as an instrument or medium of expression. Secondly, voice can be defined as a wish, choice,...
Change is on the horizon!

Change is on the horizon!

2017, ended on a high note with the development and subsequent empowerment of individuals throughout the State of Florida united in the pursuit of restoration for Florida’s disenfranchised due to the State’s clemency process. Over 1 million signatures were...
Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year 2018!

2017, was a wonderful year in every sense of the word.  Yes, there were ups and downs, challenges that needed to be overcome, and stumbling blocks turned into stepping stones.  Somehow in the midst of it, 2017 felt different.  It felt as if the seeds planted years ago...
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

  We at the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) want to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, our extended family. As you celebrate this season in the manner that is most authentic to your families belief and culture we’d be remised if we...
College Programs Bridging Skills Gap

College Programs Bridging Skills Gap

It’s one thing to come to a conclusion that the recidivism rate is high and brainstorm what can be done to create opportunities for returning citizens to flourish post-incarceration and another thing entirely to implement said ideas which can be challenging....