Speak Your Peace 2018 with Susan Burton

Speak Your Peace 2018 with Susan Burton

Monday, May 7, 2018

6:30pm to 8:00pm, book signing to follow

AB Tech Ferguson Auditorium

Tickets $12
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About Susan Burton

Susan Burton was incarcerated six times, after which she began to rebuild her own life and then started helping others in the Los Angeles neighborhood where she grew up. She describes this journey in her memoir, Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women.

Susan Burton is now the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, a nonprofit that provides housing and other support to formerly incarcerated women. She is a nationally known advocate for restoring basic civil and human rights to those who have served time in prison.

Ms. Burton received the 2010 Citizen Activist Award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Law and in 2015. On the 50th Anniversary of Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, she was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of eighteen New Civil Rights Leaders in the nation.

Ms. Burton has been a Starbucks® “Upstander,” a CNN Top 10 Hero, a Soros Justice Fellow, a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow at the California Women’s Foundation, and a Violence Prevention Fellow with the California Wellness Foundation. She lives in Los Angeles.

Ms. Burton has been featured on national television programs and major news outlets like The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, CNN, and PBS. Read (or listen to) her NPR interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Donate a copy of Susan Burton’s book to a local woman in prison

The evening before Speak Your Peace, Susan Burton will be speaking and signing books at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women.  We would like to provide a copy of Susan’s book to each of the 366 women incarcerated there.  Special edition books for incarcerated women are provided by the publisher for $13 each. You can make a donation of any amount at the “Tickets” button above.  Donations are tax deductible. 

You can make a donation at the registration link (whether or not you buy a ticket).  You can also mail a check to 40 N French Broad Ave, Suite B, Asheville, NC 28801. Please write “books” on the memo line.

Click here to learn more about The Mediation Center’s re-entry work with the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women.

Questions? Contact The Mediation Center at info@mediatewnc.org 

Click here for directions to the Ferguson Auditorium on AB Tech’s Asheville Campus.

Eventbrite - The Mediation Center: Speak Your Peace 2018 with Susan Burton

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, on Susan Burton

“Day in and day out, Susan is always there, welcoming women returning home from prison, providing them with as much support and guidance as possible, and walking with them into the courthouse. Over and over again. Like Harriet Tubman, who famously helped to build the underground railroad for runaway slaves who yearned to be free and reunite with their loved ones, Susan has committed her life to helping those held captive today make a genuine break for freedom, attempt to rebuild their lives and families, and hopefully begin to heal from the trauma of it all.” 


Buncombe County

40 N. French Broad Ave., Suite B
Asheville, NC 28801


fax: 828-232-5140

Henderson/Polk Counties

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Hendersonville, NC 28792


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Transylvania County

137 North Broad St., Suite 1
Brevard, NC 28712


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