One of the first issues taken on by CitySquare was the plight of the wrongfully convicted, freed by DNA evidence.
It has been one of the great privileges of my life to get to know these men. It has also been an honor to join former University of Texas at Arlington sociology professor Jaime Page, along with the Texas Innocence Project in getting the compensation for these men increased.
Dorothy Budd an Episcopal deacon at CitySquare friend and ally Church of the Incarnation and her daughter Peyton, have co-authored a book about these men and their experiences. The book is entitled, 'Tested - How Twelve Wrongfully Incarcerated Men Held on to Hope'.
On August 25 at 12 noon, CitySquare's Public Policy Department will proudly host a special Urban Engagement Book Club in which we will review the book, hear from the authors and the men themselves. We know it will be an absolutely fascinating experience and it will also show why justice misapplied is a barrier to lifting people out of poverty.
Normally the Urban Engagement Book Club is held on 1st Thursdays at Highland Park United Methodist Church and on 3rd Thursdays at First United Methodist Church in downtown Dallas. This special UEBC will be held at CityWalk@Akard, CitySquare's vertical community at 511 Akard Street.
If you'd like to be a part of this very special event, you can RSVP here. Paid parking is available and seating is limited.