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Child Support, Fail, and Jail: Jay-Z and Roc Nation to Invest $3 Million in App That Combats Mass Incarceration @balleralert Jay-Z and Roc Nation to Invest $3 Million in App That Combats Mass Incarceration-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Jay-Z and Roc Nation will reportedly make a $3 million investment in an app called Promise, that combats mass incarceration. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ According to the website, the app was created by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Diana Frappier to “get people out of jail and provide ongoing support and supervision to help keep them out.” The hope is that the platform will exist as an alternative to incarcerating individuals who cannot afford bail or who miss court dates by mistake. It will provide services to users that will help them log upcoming court dates, counseling appointments, and drug tests. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ When it comes to rehabilitation, Promise plans to provide programs to users that assist with job training and getting information about housing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ As a rapper, Jay-Z has used his platform to consistently speak about how the jail system is designed to fail those of low class and people of color. Last year the rapper wrote an opinion piece on Father’s Day about the exploitative bail industry. For many individuals, they are jailed due to their inability to afford bail, despite not being convicted of crimes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ During an interview with TechCrunch, Ellis-Lamkins spoke on the small infractions that lead to many people of color ending up behind bars. “People are going to jail because they look at a piece of paper and misread it, or are going to jail because they can’t afford a class because they’re instead paying child support. If we’re putting people in jail because they’re poor, brown or black, we’re spending money the wrong way.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system,” Jay-Z said in a statement confirming his involvement with the app. “Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It’s time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promise’s team, led by Phaedra, is building an app that can help provide ‘liberty and justice for all’ to millions.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀

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Advice, College, and Desperate: SIXPENCEEE HEALS <p><a href="http://v1als.tumblr.com/post/161106034847/sixpenceee-introducing-sixpenceee-heals-so-i" class="tumblr_blog">v1als</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="http://sixpenceee.com/post/161105641309/introducing-sixpenceee-heals-so-i-noticed-how" class="tumblr_blog">sixpenceee</a>:</p> <blockquote> <h2><b>Introducing Sixpenceee Heals</b></h2> <p>So I noticed how unhappiness can really plague us. Sometimes life throws so many curveballs at us. It prevents us from being happy and free-spirited. I really want to reach out and help people break free of certain negative patterns in their lives, so I’ve created <b>Sixpenceee Heals. </b>I am an extremely intuitive and empathetic individual. I will never judge or disclose any of your problems to anyone. I will help you transcend confusion, and self-limiting beliefs so that you can be the best version of yourself. </p> <p>Here’s <b>how it works:</b></p> <ol><li>You shoot me an e-mail at <b>sixpenceee@gmail.com</b>, saying you’d like to participate in the Sixpenceee Heals program. Please include “Sixpenceee Heals” on the title line.<br/></li> <li>I will send you a short survey that you can fill out, that will let me know more about you. It’ll help me to pick up patterns and habits that may not be so clear to you.</li> <li>You will type up all your major/minor doubts, anything at all that you want clarity on in the present time.</li> <li>I will take out time to write you an individualized and personal report that will really help and guide you. I will include resources if you need. </li> <li>I will also keep in touch with you and follow up with you. I will do my best to help you with the cards that you’ve been dealt. </li> </ol><p>Some <b>regulations:</b></p> <ol><li>The pricing is $30 per person. <br/></li> <li>I will only be taking 10-15 people a month because I will really be spending a lot of time on each person’s reports. It’s a first come-first serve basis. </li> <li>This is not in any way a substitution for mental health or medical treatment.</li> </ol><p>Thank you guys for reading and I really hope to be of service to you all. </p> </blockquote> <p>I know your heart is in the right place but this is rubbing me the wrong way for multiple reasons.</p> <ol><li>This is kind of exploitative. You can’t ask people to spill their worries to you and then charge them $30 for it. It just doesn’t seem right. It’s taking advantage of someone who is so desperate that they’ll go to a horror blogger rather than a professional, and yes, I know that this rate is cheaper than practically any therapist but this brings me on to point 2:<br/></li> <li>You’re not qualified. At all. As far as I can tell you’re college aged. You need to have qualifications to act as a therapist to someone and as far as I know you don’t have any psychological qualifications. Psychology is a wide subject and even fully trained therapists focus on a few particular aspects. They specialise. You have no training at all, and yet you’re charging for advice? This seems so wrong to me.</li> <li>This is a lot of pressure and it doesn’t seem appropriate. You don’t know what people are going to confess to you and you don’t know if you’re going to cause yourself distress. Even therapists have therapists, because what they hear can be so troubling that it puts them at risk of stress related breakdowns or depression. You are completely untrained with no professional support system. You cannot be 10-15 people’s therapists.</li> <li>It’s not fair to the people you talk to. They’re in a very desperate place and to make them rely on you when you have no training and, at best, generic Google resources that they could probably find themselves is really not a nice thing to do. Fair enough if some people just want a shoulder to cry on or someone to rant to, but you’re going to get people with serious issues, too. They deserve better. You mean well but again, <i>you’re not qualified</i>.</li> <li>It’s dangerous to give advice to people with issues when you only know the bare minimum about them. Therapists and other professionals spend a lot of time with people and really get to know them face to face before they start building up a potential plan. You want to have people fill out a survey and exchange a few emails and write them a report like one of those weird agony aunt websites. It’s not enough.</li> <li>It’s sort of naive that you think the advice of one unqualified college student (I’m assuming, from your posts) will help and guide people. You mean well but see the above point – if you don’t have a lot of context and knowledge and you’re not qualified, even the most well-meaning advice can be dangerous. Especially when it’s in regards to subjects and issues you have no experience with.</li> </ol><p>This would be a really lovely thing to do if you were just offering an ear but you’re taking so much responsibility and putting so much liability on yourself. You’re also providing paid therapy services to people when you have no qualifications, and that’s just so exploitative to me. If you want to help people lend an ear, but you can’t charge for being a friend. You certainly can’t charge people for services you have no right to be giving.</p> <p>I know you mean well but please think about this.</p> </blockquote>

v1als: sixpenceee: Introducing Sixpenceee Heals So I noticed how unhappiness can really plague us. Sometimes life throws so many curveballs...

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Memes, Rey, and Radar: Yosimar Reyes Jan 23 at 10:18pm love my undocumented people ove us because everyday we wake up to a country that hates us. We wake up, give thanks to god and go to work. We come home watch the news, hear how our own TVs deme us criminals, we change the channel and pray that tomorrow will be a better day for us. When they give us a little breathing room like DACA we make the most of it. We are so grateful that often we forget we deserve better. We stay low on the radar because we want peace, want to exist without the added stress of having to be public about where our spirits ache We just want to work to feed our families and yet we become the scapegoats to a system that is addicted to exploiting the poor I love my undocumented people because the way our spirits are toyed with you need some unfathomable strength. I love my undocumented people because we have constantly have had to prove our humanity and we have constantly done it beautifully because to stay human under these conditions you have had to have an understanding of beauty I love us even when our stories are manipulated and exploited. love us because at the end of the day somehow we always manage to make something out of nothing. There is nothing beautiful about being undocumented, nothing at all but y'all mothafukas help me know that no matter how the this country breaks I know strength and strive Dios aprieta pero no ahorca "No matter how this country breaks us I know strenght and strive" ❤ To those having a rough day may you draw strength. 🌒 To those who wake up to this post may you find some light. 🌄 undocumentedunafraid heretostay

"No matter how this country breaks us I know strenght and strive" ❤ To those having a rough day may you draw strength. 🌒 To those who wake u...

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