A New Way of Life to Honor Sen. Holly Mitchell and Benjamin Crump
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 11/30/2017, 9:59 a.m.
A New Way of Live Re-Entry Project is scheduled to honor Sen. Holly J. Mitchell and civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump at its Progression Gala on Dec. 3 at the LA Hotel Downtown in Los Angeles. The gala is co-hosted by Val Zavala, vice president of News and Public Affairs at KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, and Margaret Prescod, host of “Sojourner Truth,” a public affairs program on Pacifica Radio stations KPFK 90.7 FM in Southern California, WPFW in Washington, D.C., WBAI in New York City and several affiliate stations across the country. ANWOL will honor California State Sen. Mitchell (Community Champion Award) and civil rights attorney Crump (Industry Impact Award). Each of the 2017 recipients understand and support the organization’s mission to restore the civil rights of formerly incarcerated people and to empower, organize and mobilize formerly incarcerated people as advocates for social change and personal transformation. This year’s theme, “The Progression,” exemplifies ANWOL’s vision of a world where every person can make decisions for his/her own life, is accountable for those decisions and is valued as a contributing member of the community. “The Drug Policy Alliance stands as the title sponsor for the 19th Annual Gala,” said Maria McFarland Snchez-Moreno, the Drug Policy Alliance’s executive director. “We have been delighted to support an organization that has done so much to defend and secure rights and equity for formerly incarcerated women and girls, allowing them not only to re-enter society, but to thrive and develop as social justice advocates in their own right.”