The Search for Restorative Justice ON THE SCALES OF JUSTICE will bring to the microphone experts, victims, perpetrators, advocates, and so many more to talk about the plight of men and women who have spent years or even their entire lives incarcerated; people who have repented from their wrong actions and are now changed human beings, We will discuss the changing of laws so that the world can began to realize how powerful we all are, that we speak up, our united voices bring about change, So many of us still have to struggle against bigotries that go along with our freedom. The Scales will interview many beloved icons who work closely with victims and offenders to heal wounds. Expect to be amazed by what you hear on this show and be prepared to fall in love with the people who are fighting in the heat of the battle to restore justice in our country.
On The Scales, Shirley will be bringing the good news of the people and programs that are impacting children, care givers, decision makers, and more, out here in the trenches. We must begin to realize how thoroughly we can effect change. Once a week the show will be shedding light onto topics that many others won’t touch. America must be reminded that children are the future and that the future is RACING toward us…We can’t delay any longer, or confused children will become adults…Then What?.
Shirley will bring to the show renown psychologists who specialize in the fields that revolve around children who face horrors such as incarcerated parents, murder, mayhem and the like. The talk will be more about the macro issues behind the needs of adults and children who face atrocities and what can be done to help. We all here at the The Scales of Justice are excited for the conversations coming our way by experts who will answer questions plagueing our nation…Tune in April 20th at 8:00 PM…
HERE IS THE POWERHOUSE GUEST LIST FOR THE SCALES’ APRIL 20TH PREMIER SHOW
MEET FIONA MA…
Fiona was elected to the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) in November 2014, She is uniquely qualified to represent and serve the 23 counties and nearly ten million Californians in the second Equalization District. As one of the few certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to serve on the BOE, Fiona is a strong voice for businesses and taxpayers to help them navigate California’s complex tax laws.
Fiona served as the Chairwoman of the BOE in 2016 and is currently the Vice Chair. Fiona has supported or sponsored a variety of legislation geared towards helping women and families – sponsored legislation to create an income tax check off box to provide funding to help erase the rape kit backlog in California, supported a tax break for female sanitary products, protected children from dangerous chemicals called phthalates, established the Nurse Family Partnership pilot program, authored the “Sin by Silence” bills to help victims of domestic violence, advocated for paid sick days to help working families, and co-authored a bill to prevent school bullying by requiring school officials to report student harassment that could lead to student expulsion.
Fiona was inspired to help domestic violence survivors convicted for simply defending themselves from their abusers by introducing AB 593and AB 1593, known as the “Sin by Silence” bills. At the time, she was the Chair of the Select Committee to End Domestic Violence, which heightened her ability to be a voice through legislation to help these domestic violence survivors. Fiona attended emotional, heart-wrenching parole hearings; hosted informational hearings to understand the issues and challenges faced by domestic violence survivors, spoke to the women and heard their stories first-hand. Ultimately, she spent most of 2011 and 2012 fighting for the rights of these survivors and was successful in having these bills signed into law by Governor Brown. Fiona was able to give these women a fighting chance for justice, and today 100 women are free thanks to her legislation.
Fiona was elected to represent District 4 on the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors from 2002-2006. During her tenure in the Legislature, Fiona represented the 12th Assembly District from 2006-2012. Her leadership on many high-profile topics, as well as her bipartisan approach with her colleagues, led her to be appointed to Majority Whip and then as the first Asian-American female Assembly Speaker pro Tempore in California history.
She is currently the Co-founder, Honorary Chair, and Spokesperson of the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign and California State Director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Girls and has served as the President and Treasurer of California Women Lead. Fiona received her B.S. in Accounting from the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), her M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University (SF), and an MBA in Business Taxation from Pepperdine University. She has been licensed in California as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1992.
MEET CRYSTAL WHEELER
Crystal Wheeler was choked and beaten, tormented
and isolated by a violent husband who forced her to
quit her job as a training law enforcement officer. One
night she fatally fought back, which lead to her
serving 22 years in prison. Pro-bono lawyers
advocated for her release as a battered woman
defending her life. She is now the Executive Director
of Every 9 Seconds, a non profit organization for
abused women, founded by her former cellmate and
fellow survivor, Brenda Clubine.
MEET THE POETIC JUSTICE PROJECT CAST AND FOUNDER DEBORAH TOBOLA
Poetic Justice Project, the country’s first theatre company of formerly incarcerated actors, was founded by Deborah Tobola in 2009. A program of the William James Association, PJP was created with the vision of “unlocking hearts and minds with bold, original theatre.” Located in Santa Maria, California Poetic Justice Project performs regularly on the Central Coast and on Alcatraz Island. Plays have been performed in a prison in the Central Valley, jails, homeless shelters, churches, universities and high schools. Almost 100 actors have appeared in 17 productions since the project began.
Deborah Tobola is a poet and playwright who has taught in the prison system since the early 90s. She is currently in production with two plays, THE TIME MACHINE at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo, and CROSSING THE LINE, with Poetic Justice Project in Santa Maria.
Leonard Flippen has been with Poetic Justice Project since 2009, appearing in PJP’s first play, BLUE TRAIN. He works as a Restorative Justice facilitator. Since his release from prison, he’s earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is now pursuing a Master’s degree.
Morry Talaugon started with Poetic Justice Project in 2011, with the play OFF THE HOOK. He lives on the Chumash Reservation and works for his tribe. He gives thanks to the Creator for this opportunity to share his journey.
Rich Sheppard has appeared in Poetic Justice Project’s play BLYTHE and appeared with inmates at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in their play ALL ABOARD. He narrowly averted prison time, instead serving a jail sentence.
Guillermo Willie has been with Poetic Justice Project since it began. He served 38 years in prison before being released in 2008. He’s an artist who regularly exhibits his work on the Central Coast. One of his gifts is creating magical journeys for everyone who knows and loves him.
To Deborah – What gave you the idea to start Poetic Justice Project?
To Leonard- How does Poetic Justice Project help in the reentry process?
To Morry- How have you changed since your first stage experience with Poetic Justice Project?
To Rich – What would you tell people who’d like to do this, but have no theater experience?
To Willie – How important is creative expression for people in prison and on the outside?
MEET GEORGETTE BRELAND
Georgette is a 59 year old woman who went to prison in 1980 for defending herself against her abuser. She was 22 years old at the time of her conviction and 50 when she came home, which she refers to as her jubilee. Georgette began working for the Center for Restorative Justice shortly after her release, currently she is working for The Fair Chance project and Collective Remake. Since coming home she has had some struggles that she has had to overcome, which she will share some of those with us tonight.
HERE ARE OUR MINISTERS FOR THE SCALES OF JUSTICE
MEET KEVIN HOLLAND
Kevin serves as the lead pastor of Turning Point Church in Los Angeles. He has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree from the Harding School of Theology, in Memphis Tennessee. His wife Tracena serves alongside him as a Women’s Ministry Leader. Together, they mentor church leaders in Los Angeles as well as in others parts of the United States. They have two daughters, Tory and Kennidy, and a son-in-law, Tory’s husband, Derrick Hinton.