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These women are definitely working for a change

Shari talking to the group

EJUSA Executive Director Shari Silberstein traveled to Philadelphia last month to connect with our one of our partners, Mothers in Charge, about our future work together to demand services for crime survivors.

While there, we had a few moments to address a group of women recently released from prison. They were participating in a unique new program called “Women Working for a Change,” a 10-week curriculum at the Mothers in Charge office that includes assistance and workshops in interviewing, resume writing, time management, job searching and applications, life and parenting skills, anger management, substance abuse prevention, and peer negotiation skills – all while providing them with an hourly wage.

EJUSA is excited to welcome two new board members!

Sonya and JamesThis summer, EJUSA elected two new members to its Board of Directors, rounding out our incredible group of leaders to eight.

Sonya Shah and James Queen (pictured at left) bring two unique but invaluable sets of skills and experiences to the organization, and we are thrilled to have them on our team.

Another botched execution amidst a shroud of secrecy

Entering Arizona on I-10 Westbound

On July 23rd, Arizona executed Joseph Wood even though the source and dosage of the drugs to be used was kept secret. The lack of government transparency in a process as serious as life and death has led to a number of botched executions, and this one would be no exception.

Ninety minutes after the execution began, Wood was still alive, and, in the words of one witness, gasping "like a fish on shore gulping for air." He was finally pronounced dead almost two hours after the execution started.

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