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Aswad
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" I DECIDED that I wasn't going to be a product of my environment. 

“I DECIDED that I will excel in the classroom and on the basketball court"

" I DECIDED that I was going to be the first male in my family to graduate from college" 

" I DECIDED that I was going to fight and live" 

“I DECIDED that I was NOT going to let an act of violence keep me down"

"I DECIDED that I was going to use my voice to share my story with the world"

"I DECIDED that I was going to dedicate my life to help build my community"

"I DECIDED that I was going to make a difference in the world in any way that I could."

"I DECIDED that I was going to channel my PAIN to POWER"

 
 
As an African-American male who has endured poverty, success on the basketball court, life-threatening violence at the barrel of a gun and witnessing numerous family members imprisoned, I have channeled my personal pain and strength into helping young men overcome trials and tribulations throughout the country......

 

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"When I see the scars on my body from that night in 2009, I often think I should not be here. But when I look at the faces of survivors struggling to recover and think about our growing movement for new priorities, I am reminded of what I am here to do” - Aswad
 
 

News Stories (Articles) 

August 2018: I'm a shooting victim, and I know harsh prison sentences don't work: Article by Aswad Thomas 

April 2018: Expanding the Circle of Those Being Heard and Being Healed: Article by Aswad Thomas

April 2018: Column by Aswad Thomas: Focus on Rehabilitation 

May 2017: The Detroit News: Column by Aswad Thomas: Focus on Rehabilitation   

Dec 2016: VICE/The Marshall Project: How I Came to Terms With the Man That Shot Me

Aug 2016: California Health Report: Most Survivors Want More Rehab, Less Punishment for Victimizers

June 2016: Public Welfare Foundation: From Heartbreak to Healing 

Apr 2016: Sacramento Bee Op-Ed: California's Crime Survivors Must Speak Out for Smart Justice 

Oct 2015: Hartford Courant Op-Ed: Hartford Shooting Survivor Stands Against the Violence 

Oct 2015: The New Yorker: Black Wounds Matter

Nov 2014: University of Connecticut: Aswad Thomas Organizes Rally on Stand Up Day 

Sep 2014: Elms College: Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Announced 

Sep 2014: Elms College: Aswad Thomas named Elms Convocation Speaker

Sep 2010: Hartford Courant: On Hartford Streets, A Life Nearly Derailed By Bullets

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 VICE & The Marshall Project "Life Inside Series"

VICE & The Marshall Project "Life Inside Series"

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