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Conversation with Susan Burton, advocate for formerly incarcerated women

Susan Burton in conversation with Alice Green

Premieres 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14

Video will be available for viewing at your convenience following the premiere.

Susan Burton is the Founder and Executive Director of A New Way of Life, a nonprofit that provides housing and other support to formerly incarcerated women. She is the co-author, with Cari Lynn, of Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women (The New Press).

For more information on the symposium visit:

Becoming Ms. Burton is available to order from The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza:

Susan Burton is nationally known as an advocate for restoring basic civil and human rights to those who have served time. In 2015, on the 50th anniversary of Selma and the Voting Rights Act, Susan Burton the Los Angeles Times named her as one of 18 "New Civil Rights Leaders" in the nation. Susan has been a Starbucks® “Upstander,” a CNN Top 10 Hero, a Soros Justice Fellow, a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow at the California Women’s Foundation, A Violence Prevention Fellow with the California Wellness Foundation.

To learn more about A New Way of Life Reentry Project, visit

The Time for Reckoning: Confronting Systemic Racism, Seeking Justice and Reimagining Society presents four themed weeks addressing community concerns. The symposium culminates during the week of October 26, when public TV station WMHT will air a segment of its New York Now program devoted to The Time for Reckoning symposium.

Through a generous gift from the Steve McKee Foundation of Troy, the symposium will award microgrants to local activists, grass-roots community groups, artists, writers, filmmakers and people of all ages, especially students, who are actively engaged in collaborative efforts to address systemic racism and to create work and actions to overcome it. Proposals are being accepted through the end of October.

The Time for Reckoning is a production of The NYS Writers Institute and The Center for Law and Justice and collaborators WMHT, the Times Union, the Justice Center of Rensselaer County, All Of Us, Youth FX, Amnesty International USA, and other community partners.

Visit for event information and more resources for further study and action.

Themes for the month-long Time for Reckoning series

Week 1 beginning October 5:

The impact of systemic racism in Capital Region communities.

Week 2 beginning October 12:

Highlight issues of trust between community members and the government officials who serve them -- particularly police.

Video premiere Wednesday, Oct. 14: Susan Burton, the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, and co-author, with Cari Lynn, of Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women.

Video premiere 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18: Amnesty International USA's Roger-Mark De Souza in-conversation with Paul Grondahl

Week 3 beginning October 19:

Explore possible avenues of reform to ameliorate systemic racism.

Video premiere 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21: Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All with Mindy & Robert Fullilove and Alice Green

Week 4 beginning October 26:

The final week will address accountability --- how can the community monitor government actions to guard against further injustices due to systemic racism?

9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26: A New York NOW special edition: Time for Reckoning panel discussion

Video premiere 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28: Derik Smith, executive board member for Albany’s Center for Law and Justice, in conversation with Paul Grondahl

We invite everyone from the Capital Region and beyond to visit


Coming up tonight:

Soccer icon Abby Wambach, author Glennon Doyle discuss women empowerment

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

This special event, hosted by Debbie Millman UAlbany Class of ’83, is presented by the University at Albany’s virtual Fall 2020 Speaker Series

The event is free and open to current UAlbany students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public. It will be broadcast via YouTube. Pre-registration is required.


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