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A Second Chance for Ronnie Nakashima

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April 17, 2013

Community Fundraiser for Hope and Celebration, $15 donation & silent auction. Sat May 4, 2013 2–5pm AADAP, 2900 Crenshaw Blvd. LA 90016  See more

BENEFITING: ASIAN AMERICAN DRUG ABUSE PROGRAM INC

EVENT DATE: Apr 29, 2013

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THE STORY:

Ronnie Nakashima, who is now 61 years old, has spent the past thirty-eight years incarcerated for an offense he committed as a youth under the influence of drugs. After suffering a stroke in 1984, he has been wheelchair bound and partially paralyzed. For the past four years, friends, family, and community allies have mobilized and formed the Ronnie Nakashima Support Committee (RNSC). Believing that Ronnie deserves a second chance, the committee has been helping him secure legal representation. In addition RNSC has held a number of public events to bringing attention to Ronnie’s case and also to the broader issues of Japanese Americans in prison. It has garnered support from figures like Yuri Kochiyama and Warren Furutani.

Ronnie’s friends and family think he has suffered enough. We want him to live the rest of his life in freedom. We are raising money to hire a lawyer to represent him at his upcoming parole hearing.

Backstory:
After being turned down for parole 14 times, and nearly giving up hope, Ronnie reached out to AADAP, the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, which had treated him in his youth. One of Ronnie’s friends happened to be in the office when the letter arrived. This chance encounter led to the mobilization of Ronnie’s friends and family and the formation of the Ronnie Nakashima Support committee that is currently helping him secure legal representation and resources on the outside. If paroled, AADAP is committed to provide Ronnie with residential care and treatment. Other individuals and community groups will also help Ronnie find supportive counseling, physical rehabilitation, and community integration.

Ronnie’s parole hearing is coming up in April. A lawyer has agreed to take on his case at a nominal rate. After a series of fundraisers we are still $3,000 short of our goal. We are asking you to contribute whatever you can towards this goal. Every dollar helps.

Thanks very much,
The Ronnie Nakashima Support Committee

 

PS - You can also donate by mail. Make your check out to AADAP and send to:

Asian American Drug Abuse Program

c/o Dean Nakanishi

2900 Crenshaw Blvd  Los Angeles, CA 90016

Be sure to write "For Ronnie" on the check or envelope.

 

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To This Fundraiser

$750

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $45

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Tamiko Hirano

    $50

  • H.C. Taga

    $50

  • Michael Yanagita

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Nancy Tsuboi in memory of Victor Shibata

    $200

  • Sam Shimoguchi

    $15

  • Gary Yamauchi / Tri-Star Vending

    $50

  • Dignity and Power Now

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $20

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    $20

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25% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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The Team: $750 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $75

In Memory of Victor and Greg 4 years ago

Dignity and Power Now

Dignity and Power Now

DONATION: $40

<3 4 years ago

Sam Shimoguchi

Sam Shimoguchi

DONATION: $15

4 years ago

Gary Yamauchi / Tri-Star Vending

Gary Yamauchi / Tri-Star Vending

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Nancy Tsuboi in memory of Victor Shibata

Nancy Tsuboi in memory of Victor Shibata

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Michael Yanagita

Michael Yanagita

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

H.C. Taga

H.C. Taga

DONATION: $50

In Memory of Greg Fukuda 4 years ago