Guest Speaker Ramona Brant on Sunday, February 25th
What do you do when you are sentenced not to days or years – but a word???
That is the question Ramona Brant asked herself after she was sentenced to LIFE in prison for a first-time, non-violent drug offense.
In 1995, Ramona was convicted of a nonviolent drug conspiracy charge related to her then boyfriend’s drug dealing. Ramona was a victim of domestic violence and had no prior criminal record. Nonetheless, she was charged, tried, and convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
After spending over 20 years in prison, Ramona received a commutation from President Barack Obama and was released in February 2016. Ramona now travels around the country telling her story and educating communities about the impact of domestic violence, mass incarceration, and mandatory minimum sentences on families and communities. Ramona has spoken at the White House regarding reentry; at Columbia Law School’s Real Women Real Voices Symposium; and at symposiums at Yale University and Seattle University. She has also served as a panelist in numerous church and community conferences. Her story has been featured in national and local media including National Public Radio (NPR), TIME, Newsday, People Magazine, The Guardian, and North Carolina’s WSOC-TV.
Ramona Brant will be at both the Salisbury and University Gathering Sunday service on February 25th. The University Gathering service is at 9:30, and the Salisbury Gathering service is at 11:30.