Tracey D. Syphax, entrepreneur, author & activist, From the Block to the Boardroom LLC, Trenton, NJ, announced today, “June is National Re-entry Awareness Month. So please join us in Trenton for the third annual kick-off rally on Saturday, June 3rd at noon, at Battle Monument Park.”

June was established as National Re-entry Awareness Month in 2014, by Tracey L. Fisher, CEO of Gateway to Re-entry in Philadelphia and Tracey D. Syphax. Every year, over 600,000 Americans are released from prison. Difficulties in finding housing, employment, healthcare, and other basic needs, keeps the recidivism rate high. Social support services are key to successfully transitioning back into the community, and breaking the harmful cycle of repeated incarceration. It is estimated that some 70 million Americans have a criminal record, and one in three adults has been arrested. There can be many negative consequences to having a criminal record: losing the right to vote, loss of professional licenses, inability to find employment, being denied loans and housing, ineligibility for services and subsidies, losing parental rights, and more. What’s needed for successful re-entry? Returning citizens deserve a fair chance at getting their lives in order, with dignity and respect. “A real smart re-entry initiative would reunite families, reduce crime, and make our communities safer,” stated Syphax. Re-entry Month 2017 events will be presented in Trenton in partnership with the following organizations: The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow – Trenton/Princeton chapter, Mercer County Reentry Task Force, A Better Way, Union Baptist Church, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Ivy League Educational Foundation of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Epsilon Upsilon Omega Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, National Congress of Black Women – Trenton/Mercer Chapter, and Mercer County Community College. Scheduled events include a kick-off rally at Battle Monument on Saturday, June 3rd at noon, and will continue every Saturday in June. June 10th – a workshop on staying in touch with family and friends in prison, at Mercer County Community College Kerney campus at 10am. June 17th – “13th” film screening and panel discussion at Union Baptist Church at 9:30am. June 24th – Re-entry conference at Mercer County Community College Kerney campus from 11am to 4pm, which includes service providers who will provide information on assistance available to returning citizens.

FREE admission to all June Re-entry Month events – open to the general public For more information email ftb2tbllc@gmail.com or visit www.ftb2tb.com