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Grantee Partners Testify in Support of Closing Rikers Island Jail Complex

Representatives from the Fortune Society as well as the Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice provided public testimony to the New York City Council in opposition to any delays in closing the notorious Rikers Island Jail Complex. Read the testimony of Andre Ward, associate vice president of The David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy … Continued

“The Best We Could” Wows Audiences and Critics

Tow Playwright-in-Residence Emily Feldman “achieves a captivating depth of field beyond her characters’ surface actions,” according to a review “The Best We Could (a family tragedy)” in the New York Times. The show will run through March 26, 2023 at Manhattan Theatre Club. Read the review here.

JP Howard to Serve as Brooklyn College’s Tow Mentor-in-Residence

Poet, educator, judge, literary activist and curator JP Howard was appointed by Brooklyn College to serve as the Tow Mentor-in-Residence for the Spring 2023 semester. The program selects high profile, senior scholars and practitioners to work with students and faculty to help them fulfill their academic and personal endeavors. Learn more about JP Howard and the Tow … Continued

The Marshall Project Launches TV Series Taking Viewers Inside Prisons and Jails

The Marshall Project and VICE News have teamed up to produce an eight-episode video series examining the realities of the US criminal legal system. Developed by people who were formerly incarcerated, “Inside Story” explores issues of crime, punishment and the prison industry through investigative journalism, animated first-person essays and more. The series builds upon “News … Continued

Medicine Monday: Richard O’reilly, Md

  For over 40 years, Dr. Richard J. O’Reilly has been in the business of saving children’s lives. A long-time leader in the fight against childhood cancer, Dr. O’Reilly has served as the Claire Tow Chair in Pediatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) since 2001. In this role, Dr. O’Reilly conducts clinical and laboratory … Continued

Changemakers: Common Justice

In our seventh edition of Changemakers, we’re highlighting Common Justice, a New York nonprofit that operates alternative-to-incarceration and victim service programs. Read below to learn how Common Justice translates its vision into innovation and impact. Common Justice… Envisions a world where accountability, dignity and healing are central to justice, and the system is shaped by … Continued

Medicine Monday: Leonard Tow Humanism In Medicine Award

Dr. Arnold P. Gold believed that truly great doctors care just as much about their patients as they care for them. A world-renowned pediatric neurologist, Dr. Gold defined this compassionate medical philosophy as “humanism in healthcare” and led the movement to make it an essential part of medicine. Today, Dr. Gold’s legacy lives on through … Continued

Changemakers: Sparkaction

It’s time for another Changemakers! Today we’re featuring SparkAction, a storytelling collective and advocacy platform with a focus on youth justice. Read below to learn how SparkAction translates its vision into innovation and impact. SparkAction… Envisions an equitable future for rising generations. Because it believes young people are the leaders of today, not just tomorrow. … Continued

Medicine Monday: Clifford Beers And Mental Health

This week’s edition of Medicine Monday focuses on a different kind of health: mental health. For over 100 years, the Clifford Beers clinic in New Haven has served the holistic mental health needs of Connecticut children and families. In the early 20th century, mental illness was treated almost exclusively through long-stay psychiatric hospitals. Although modern … Continued

Changemakers: Family Reentry

Next up in our Changemakers series is Family ReEntry, a Connecticut nonprofit committed to breaking the cycle of incarceration. Read below to learn how Family ReEntry translates its vision into innovation and impact. Family ReEntry… Envisions strong communities free from violence and crime, where resilient individuals and families are able to thrive and grow. Because … Continued