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Back again! If you are familiar with my prior projects, you'll know that most of the time I am asking for contributions in connection with a run or bike ride, but this time, I thought I'd shake it up a little bit. Until I reach my goal, I will be selling my books, clothes, toys and other items on Craigslist or Ebay in an effort to raise money for the Innocence Project. UPDATE:  As of the end of 2014, I've sold over 30 items and contributed $666 toward my goal.  I have a long ways to go but I am confident I will get there eventually!  I'll be back in 2015.  UPDATE:  Happy New Year 2015:  I've been busy raising money for the Innocence Project in connection with the IP Team for the NYC Half Marathon held in March.  I'm pleased to say I raised $2000 and the TEAM raised over $15,000!  I've also been busy selling things on eBay and I'm now up to $1000.  UPDATE September 2015: I'm up to $1500 and still have more to sell....I recently started using Spinlister.com to rent my bike and donate the money to the Innocence Project:  so far, two rentals and $40!

(By the way, I took a 400 mile bike ride in July 2014 and in September I participated in the NYCentury bike ride, a one-day 100-mile bike ride through NYC sponsored by Transportation Alternatives and in support of traffic safety, especially for cyclists and pedestrians -- but enough about me, and these personal adventures only make me think more of those who are wrongfully imprisoned and can't experience the joys of freedom like the rest of us do.)

If you're not already familiar with it, the Innocence Project is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to obtaining freedom for wrongfully convicted citizens in prison. Most of the exonerations achieved by the Innocence Project occur through the use of DNA evidence to prove innocence;  since the first DNA exoneration in 1989, 330 people have been given the freedom they deserve through the use of such evidence. After achieving freedom, however, many exonerees struggle with getting back on their feet, mostly due to a poor financial predicament. The Innocence Project is also dedicated to helping exonerees obtain a higher quality of life. I am positive that each individual dollar raised for the Innocence Project helps make a small difference, but when thousands of dollars are raised, the change is even more dramatic, as witnessed by the hundreds of people the Innocence Project has helped.

The Innocence Project has estimated that roughly 4% of convicts on Death Row are innocent, although the actual number could be much greater. The fact that 1 in every 25 people (or possibly more) convicted of the most heinous crimes, which under our country's laws result in capital punishment, are innocent is an absolute atrocity. 20 of the 330 people exonerated by DNA evidence served time on death row and could have been executed.  We all must come to the realization that sometimes, despite promising fairness, our systems fail, and when this occurs, we must fight to make it right. We must stop the wrongful discrimination against minorities that has characterized our justice system throughout U.S. history. We must stop the mindset of some politicians who believe that our system always works. We must stop the government from confining people to 6' by 9' cells for decades at a time. And most of all, we must come together to get innocent people out of prison and back to living their lives.

The POPE recently spoke in Washington D.C. about the death penalty and the flaws in the criminal justice system that could lead to an innocent person being executed in the US.  Here are some recent facts about exonerees:

http://www.innocenceproject.org/free-innocent/improve-the-law/fact-sheets/dna-exonerations-nationwide

The Innocence Project also is working hard to change the laws and procedures to make the criminal justice system more fair and to prevent wrongful convictions. 

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Ray Fishman

Ray Fishman

DONATION: $500

I am privileged to contribute $500 to my fundraiser today, the last day of the year, in honor of the work done by the Innocence Project and its affiliated organization this year, and in honor of the persons who have been exonerated this year and in the past. Also, on a very sad note, one potential exoneree, Billy Glaze, died in prison after serving almost three decades for crimes he did not commit and while he was awaiting exoneration. Thank you, Innocence Project, for all your efforts on behalf of the wrongfully incarcerated. 3 years ago

Ray Fishman

Ray Fishman

DONATION: $500

I have been out of touch for awhile, but I've still been selling on eBay and now want to contribute the $500 I've made since my last contribution. Recently, I listed my family's bikes on Spinlister.com, which is a website to rent bikes, surfboards and snowboards. I've had two rentals and made $40.00 for the Innocence Project. And the Innocence Project continues their great work -- here are some facts and figures: http://www.innocenceproject.org/free-innocent/improve-the-law/fact-sheets/dna-exonerations-nationwide 3 years ago

Ray Fishman

Ray Fishman

DONATION: $334

I'm now up to $1,000 total raised through sales mostly on eBay! I'm selling all sorts of things we don't need. Look around -- most of us have so many THINGS we don't need, and others need your help like those who are wrongly incarcerated. I can help you sell THINGS and contribute the money to a worthy cause like Innocence Project. 3 years ago

Ray Fishman

Ray Fishman

DONATION: $147

Wow! In the past weeks, I've made some surprising sales. People must be buying Christmas presents. I finally sold the old cross country skis, the Japanese kimono, some old kids shoes, some pants, a scarf, a jacket and a menorah. Next year I'm going to be more prepared for the holiday season and put everything I can on eBay! So this is my last contribution of 2014. School's out and we're going out of town, so I won't be around to sell and ship. See you next year and let's hope more innocent people get freed in 2015. Happy Holidays to all the people who contribute to the Innocence Project and everyone who works there. 4 years ago

Ray Fishman

Ray Fishman

DONATION: $102

In the last 10 days, I've made a few surprising sales. Some items that had been posted on eBay for weeks with no one showing much interest all of a sudden found a buyer. I only netted about $5 on several items, but it all adds up. Sold recently: pants that are too small for me, old xcountry ski boots my mom hadn't used in years (still trying to sell the skis...), fabric she was happy to get rid of. Looking for more "stuff" to sell. 4 years ago

Ray Fishman

Ray Fishman

DONATION: $50

Today is Giving Tuesday so I'm donating $50 to the Innocence Project. Lately I sold two kids' sweaters and my Biology textbook, all on eBay! 4 years ago

Ray Fishman

Ray Fishman

DONATION: $109

Sold several items recently: kids snow pants; a sweater; wool fabric; a robe; and an Under Armour polo shirt that I never wore. New clothes with or without tags sell well, and brands like Under Armour and Columbia also do well. I’m looking for more “stuff” to sell! 4 years ago

Ray Fishman

Ray Fishman

DONATION: $71

Sold 5 items in the last week or so: 2 pairs of pants; 1 ski pants; a CD; and a sweater -- netted $71! 4 years ago

Ray Fishman

Ray Fishman

DONATION: $17

Just sold a piece of silk cloth my mom didn't want. $17 netted after postage and eBay and PayPal fees. 4 years ago

Ray Fishman

Ray Fishman

DONATION: $20

Sold my NY Knicks basketball pants on eBay. $20.00! 4 years ago