“My Voice Series” is created by Betalham B. in partnership with the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition. The series are designed to discuss prison impact, transitional phase, and what advocacy looks like when it is led by those directly impacted by the system. The goal is to create a brave space for system impacted panelist to share their stories. This month, we are honored to have the following moderator and panelist:
Elizer Eugene Darris: After being sentenced to natural life in prison as a juvenile and violently struggling for years in adult facilities, Elizer Eugene Darris fought to turn his life around. Self-education became his vehicle of self-discovery and through it, his life was redeemed. Through studying law and working with his state-appointed counsel he successfully fought to get his life sentence reversed on appeal. Upon being released Elizer became a business owner, consultant, educator, IT specialist and motivational speaker. For years, he served as a Student-Teacher in the Power of People Leadership Institute under the direction of Shane and Dr. Verna Price, where he developed as a servant, speaker, and activist. Under Dr. Verna Price, Elizer was chosen to be a Lead Mentor in the Boys of Hope, a program designed to empower young men in high schools across the Twin Cities. Elizer was selected as a 2017 AALF Josie R. Johnson Leadership Fellow where he studied Community Leadership and Combating Unconscious Bias. In 2017, he served as Field Operations Director for the Nekima Levy-Pounds for Minneapolis Mayor Campaign. He worked as a Lead Mentor in the Boys of Hope Program. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Appetite for Change, a social justice and food advocacy nonprofit. Currently, he works as a Field Organizer with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Deneal Trueblood-Lynch: is a current student at Metropolitan State University seeking a Bachelors' degree in Fine Arts. A recent graduate of Minneapolis Community & Technical College (Minneapolis College). As an Actress, Director and Playwright, she has been in memorable and colorful productions: Intimate Apparel, Jar the Floor, Hedda Gabor, 12 Angry Jurors, Children's Hour and Anonymous. And has finished her first play titled Muna-Lisa. She has had numerous speaking events at Goodwill Easter Seals and MCF-Shakopee speaking to a diverse audience as a motivational speaker, As a former inmate, I understand policies, but I understand that we are all human and how we communicate and understand others are on different levels.
Sayveon Clifton: is currently a supervisor transforming his life by eliminating old habits. He believes life is as you treat it. After his incarceration, he started reevaluating his life and the things that no longer served him. He made a promise to himself to change and recreate his life by moving to Minnesota. Growing up in Chicago was not easy but taught him to see life differently. By keeping a positive attitude and taking the transitional phase one day at a time, he is grateful to have the opportunity to make his goals his reality.
Tierre Caldwell: is an employment navigator with the Power of People Leadership Institute and is a member of the ACLU Smart Justice Advisory Board. He is a Lead mentor for Boys of Hope, a frequent speaker with the FBI Community Outreach Program to students about drug prevention, and an advocate for criminal justice and prison reform to end mass incarceration.
Complimentary registration available for system impacted people.
Please RSVP by contacting: Beth B. at 612.419.1712
ADDRESS: 553 Fairview Ave. Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104