Clemente Course: Literature, Women and Myth – Whitworth Women’s Facility, Winter 2022

Clemente Course: Literature Common Good Atlanta, Clemente Course Whitworth Women’s Facility, Winter 2022 Instructor: Amy Bonnaffons amycbon@gmail.com   Women and Myth Image: Cecilia Bonilla   Course Description This course will engage with myths written by and about women, from various cultures, from ancient history to the present.  The authors of our texts—most of whom identify…

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Pain in our Stories by Michael Clark

I was reminded of a bit of wisdom I gained in prison recently. I had a friend going through rough times, and he started venting some of his frustrations and concerns to me. After a minute, he stopped and laughed, then said, “You know, Mike, I almost forgot you were in prison. Here I am…

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YOU ARE INVITED: CGA Documentary

YOU ARE INVITED! We are excited to announce two upcoming screenings of Common Good Atlanta: Breaking Down the Walls of Mass Incarceration. Wednesday, January 19, 7 p.m. @ Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival, Virginia Lacy Jones Exhibition Hall, Robert W. Woodruff LibraryContact: Kara Walker or Jenn Sapp, morehousefilmfest@morehouse.edu, 470-639-0531   Thursday, January 20, 7…

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An Interview with David Evans, CGA Alumnus

  How did you get involved with CGA? I was working at the prison’s “print shop.” This was my work detail. One of my co-workers, Kane Miller, would take Wednesdays off every week and go to some “literature class.” I thought that was interesting, but I knew they wouldn’t let both of us stay out…

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Different Reentry Approaches: Part 1 by Michael Clark

The numbers are clear. Incarceration rates are high (810 per 100,000 as of 2019) and have grown for decades. The number of prisons in each state is growing (1,833 state prisons, 110 federal prisons in 2020 versus 1,584 state prisons, and 84 federal prisons in 2000). The amount of money spent has significantly increased in…

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Meet the CGA Interns

Name: Lola Cleavaland (She/Her) School: Emory University Major: Political Science and Economics “I had the pleasure of interning for Common Good Atlanta for almost two years while studying at Emory University. I worked with CGA in multiple capacities as a peer tutor in the classroom and an assistant site director researching pedagogy in prison classrooms.…

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I Remember by Jerry Smiley

I Remember I remember sixteen in ninety-three. I remember seventeen in ninety-four. I remember hearing boy you losing your mind? I remember Incarceration in ninety-five. I remember ooh-wee you going to that Alto spot. I remember hearing those words and my heart nearly jumping out my chest. I remember diesel fumes and cigarettes smoke. I…

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US History: Changes in the Land

Instructor: Louise Milone Fall 2021 Whitworth Women’s Facility The Whitworth students will be studying America’s development and its impact on the environment. Description: “In the late 1970s, a young graduate history student wrote a paper that in 1980 became an award-winning book. It is slim volume, but it makes a singularly important point – every…

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Words Matter by Patrick Rodriguez

“Put your hands behind your back!” “Stop right there, inmate!” “Everyone on the ground!” “You have 3 minutes to eat. Hurry up! Let’s go!” “Wake up. It’s time to go to court!” “I have Mr. Rodriguez here for the crimes listed. Mr. Rodriguez, were you using those drugs? Mr. Rodriguez, were you selling those drugs?”…

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