On Sunday, November 3, 2013, I will be part of a team that will run for the Innocence Project in the ING New York City Marathon, raising awareness about wrongful convictions and fundraising to help free the innocent.
I am deeply inspired and moved by the work of the Innocence Project. As a young girl I became furious and disheartened by the American criminal justice system after reading the biography of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter called The Sixteenth Round. I was sad to discover that the system I was taught to be inscrutability proud of could steal the life and dignity of an innocent man. Rubin was wrongly imprisoned almost 50 years ago, and yet there is still a lot of work that needs to be done today to right the wrongs in our prison system around the nation.
I have made a commitment to raise $3,500 for the Innocence Project to work on this important issue and I am training rigorously to complete the 26.2 miles of the race.
Your support would mean the world to me and would directly support those who are wrongfully imprisoned. If I reach my goal, then each mile I run will be worth $134 to free the innocent. Please consider sponsoring one of those miles! Any amount you can donate to help me reach my goal would be greatly appreciated--no amount is too small (or too large).
Here is some more information on The Innocence Project:
The Innocence project is an organization which exists to exonerate prisoners who are in prison for crimes they did not commit. Not getting them because of a technicality but because that are actually innocent. They do this by using DNA to prove that the prisoner did not commit the crime. To date 290 people have been exonerated -- many of whom were wrongfully imprisoned for over 15 years, some for over 25 or 30 years.
You can find out more about the Innocence Project at http://www.innocenceproject.org/and read about many of the exonerees athttp://www.innocenceproject.org/know/Browse-Profiles.php
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