February 2019 Newsletter

Mar 5, 2019 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Do you HEART the Sunny Center? It’s Valentine’s Day – the one day of the year set aside to celebrate all things LOVE. But for us, we like to celebrate love all year round at the Sunny Center. It is our mission to spread love, peace and joy to the exonerees who so desperately need that spark of hope and healing in their lives.
 
In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, we ask you to honor love with a donation to the Sunny Center. You can help in one of two ways – or both! You can make a donation to support our daily operations at the Sunny Center. Or you can join our special campaign to Save the Sunny Center. The home where we have been living is about to be sold and we urgently need to find a permanent home so that we can continue to assist exonerees as they transition to life on the outside.
 
We feel your love and appreciate your support and we pledge to you that we will continue to work hard on behalf of the wrongly convicted. Happy Valentine’s Day to you!


OUR EXONEREE GUESTS AND VISITORS

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Old pals inviting you to the Sunny Center.   

Although we have a wait list of exonerees who would like to visit the Sunny Center, we have had to temporarily suspend our guests until we secure a permanent home. In the meantime, our residents at the Exonerees for Exonerees community residence continue to thrive. We are now at near capacity! 


OUR VOLUNTEERS 

Charles and Samantha, our newest volunteers.

This month, our volunteers Samantha and Charles Bookman arrived to take care of the goats, walk the dogs, feed the chickens and tend to the garden, along with assisting keeping the Sunny Center operations running smoothly. We are happy that they have become valued members of our Sunny Center family.


OUR FURRY AND FEATHERED FRIENDS

A peaceful coexistence. 
 
All our furry and feathered friends have been keeping warm and dry. For the love that they bring to our lives, and to those of our guests and visitors, we wish them Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

OUR ACTIVISM 

Sunny and Peter speaking before the UN. 

We were very busy this month and just concluded a very ambitious and productive trip around the US. We appeared before the UN for a special screening of the film Fallout, which highlights the challenges in adjusting to post-release life. We spoke about the need to recognize the wrongfully-convicted as torture victims by international authorities.

Fallout director Mark McLouglin, Sunny Jacobs, Ekow Yankah and Peter Pringle. 

We also spoke at the Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University and the Columbia University Law School, both in New York City.
 
We also stopped by our new Exonerees for Exonerees community and visited with the residents. We held our first community meetings. Our community is growing and we are grateful to be able to provide such a special place to each of our residents.
 
The Sunny Center and our work were featured in a number of media outlets recently, including the New York Times and Now This. It is important to keep getting the word out about the human rights issue of wrongful convictions. And it is important to keep sharing our message and raising funds to keep the Center going!

STAY CONNECTED 

Our Sunny Center family has spread to the UN! 

We know that, on Valentine’s Day and every day, love and compassion lead the way to peace and hope.
 
We are grateful for all our supporters out there who have joined us in this campaign to help heal all those who have been robbed of their lives, their liberty, their families and friends. For that, we thank you and keep you in our hearts. 
 
Peace and Love, 
 
Sunny and Peter 

Wishing You a Summer of Healing, Hope and Joy

While the start of summer certainly feels much calmer and more certain than it did last year, plenty of activity is going on at The Sunny Center!

More Than 2,700 Exonerees Need Your Help

The need for resources and change within the system is immense. But together, we can start making a difference right away!

You Can Make A Difference for Exonerees Right Now

We are happy and hopeful that we can soon return to working in person with fellow Exonerees. But you can help us right now, even from far away.

You Are Beautiful

It doesn’t matter what shape you are or what size you are. It matters how you feel inside. You are who you are. That’s you. The beauty comes from the energy that you radiate from within.

Exoneree Terry Wanzer, In His Own Words

Terry Wanzer was exonerated in 1996. But it took more than 24 years for the state of Georgia to clear his record. Read Terry’s story.

Celebrating Spring With Our Furry & Feathered Friends

With spring well underway, we thought it a great time to update you on how all of our friends at the Healing Center are doing!

Our Activism: Moving the Needle for Exonerees

March was another great month for activism. We got the word out about the struggle that Exonerees face after being freed, and raised awareness of the need for housing, counseling, medical care, and more – all the things that humans have a right to, and that have been denied to Exonerees for so long.

Watch: Dealing With Grief

It seems these days there is more and more to grieve about: the loss of our normal way of life, the inability to gather together. And sometimes we have to grieve over the emotions that we have to put aside until another time.

One Year On, A Silver Lining During the Time of Covid

Finding a connection even during social distancing. Connection is at the heart of what we do at The Sunny Center. And the pandemic, while making it harder to connect for everyone, made things especially hard for Exonerees. Whether they were recently released or have...

Exoneree David Stonecypher, In His Own Words

David Stonecypher was exonerated in 2019 after more than a decade behind bars in the Philippines. Like many Exonerees, he is facing the challenge of building a new life in a world that has changed dramatically while he was struggling to prove his innocence.

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