She was fortunate to land in a Santa Monica rehab facility, the kind of place that didn't exist for disenfranchised women of color in her neighborhood.
These statutes, laws and pervasive attitudes work together to deny people with criminal convictions access to voting rights, jobs, education, housing, public benefits, credit, and more. BECOMING By Michelle Obama Illustrated. All of her arrests, prosecutions, and sentences were drug related. How one woman finally broke away from a cycle of imprisonment and went on to help hundreds of other women re-enter normal life. Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2017.

SELF-HELP. Through it all, Obama remained determined to serve with grace and help others through initiatives like the White House garden and her campaign to fight childhood obesity. The judge sentenced me to 18 months in prison.” These words, uttered by my friend and colleague Susan Burton during her recent New York City book release event, will forever echo in my mind. ‧

© 2019 Los Angeles Review of Books. An engrossing memoir as well as a lively treatise on what extraordinary grace under extraordinary pressure looks like. “I told the judge I needed help. |

Michelle Obama ... Review Posted Online: March 2, 2017.

RELEASE DATE: Nov. 13, 2018.

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES Burton explains how and why women, especially of color, find themselves at the bottom of the barrel, and given few chances for improvement, and how she has fought to change legislation and the overall handling of prisoners in the state of California.

Some have joined the ANWOL advocacy community and participated in efforts to change legislation on the local, state, and federal level. Book review: 'Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women', 3910 Keswick Rd., Suite N2600, Baltimore, MD. begins with a life-changing event.

After the death of her five-year-old son, Burton cycled in and out of prison and jails for more than 20 years.

426 pp. Still, there was trouble: Straining an already troubled marriage was her husband’s infidelity, which eventually led to life-altering choices and the discovery of a love she’d never experienced before. ‧ After a downward spiral into “drinking, drugging, and purging,” Doyle found sobriety and the authentic self she’d been suppressing. Said Hyder Akbar Burton called them her “home girls” during her book discussion at Abyssinian Baptist Church. In this engrossing memoir, Burton shares the details of her painful childhood and adolescence: she was sexually molested as a young child, which her mother was aware of but turned a blind eye to; raped at 14, which led to a pregnancy and the birth of her daughter; and worked as a prostitute for money and drugs. BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

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Susan quietly and unselfishly shared her story with committee members. It caused me to turn to drugs.

All those years in jail gave Burton time to question why she continued to use drugs, why she wasn't offered any counseling, like the white prisoners received, and why the judicial system was so biased against black women.

For eight years, we witnessed the adversity the first family had to face, and now we get to read what it was really like growing up in a working-class family on Chicago’s South Side and ending up at the world’s most famous address. Some stories merely skim the surface of larger issues, but Doyle revisits them in later sections and digs deeper, using friends and familial references to personify their impact on her life, both past and present. What she’s done with her life since then makes her story miraculously inspirational. And even though she deems herself “not a political person,” she shares frank thoughts about the 2016 election. ETHNICITY & RACE, by “Four years ago,” she writes, “married to the father of my three children, I fell in love with a woman.” That woman, Abby Wambach, would become her wife.

Susan Burton, by Some have reunited with their children, others have become involved with ANWOL efforts to help the homeless.

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She allowed them to stay with her as long as they needed, and she was their example. That’s not because I have experienced life in prison.

As soon as I heard Susan Burton say those words, I knew that this event was about the values that drive me and my sisters around the country to make ourselves vulnerable every day. Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

Alexander read an excerpt from her foreword for Becoming Ms. Burton, in which she convincingly compares Susan Burton to Harriet Tubman. The agency now has a legal clinic, and a chapter of the national prisoner advocacy organization All of Us or None. |

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