Six mentors from Bridges to Change focused their discussion on released prisoners who had been addicted to alcohol and/or drugs and now had to meet the challenge of fitting back into society. They all had been incarcerated at one time or another, and recovered from addiction. Several had families—they all wanted a better life and to help others avoid recidivisim.
August 8th, 1978, The MOVER 9 were arrested for a murder they did not commit, and have been in prison ever since. In a telephone interview, Consuelo Africa described the event. After serving 30 years, the MOVE 9 became eligible for parole, however, their parole has been denied. Consuelo urged us to exert public pressure to release these political prisoners. She urged us to contact Pennslyvania Governor Edward Rendell, Philadelphia's Mayor and others to support these folks. For more information you can visit Move's website and/or email on
Last month, President Obama sat down over beers with a Cambridge cop and a Harvard professor to talk about an ugly incident that brought home how deep racial tensions still run in our nation. The president saw the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. by Sgt. James Crowly as a "teachable moment" that could help Americans in their struggle to understand race and its impacts. But can talking about race make a difference?