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David Rothenberg: The Crime of Punishment

By January 9, 2022January 10th, 2022No Comments

The Fortune Society’s David Rothenberg joined us to speak about what new Mayor Eric Adams will be facing, along with the rippling effect of the failure of our criminal justice system, including employment, housing, health care, and more.

This week’s musical guest was John Michael Hersey, Manager of Creative Arts at the Fortune Society and a singer/songwriter. Visit his website at

David Rothenberg is a producer, director, author, activist, and the founder of The Fortune Society. He was inspired to start Fortune after producing a play called Fortune and Men’s Eyes which revealed the horrors of life in prison. Over the past 50 Years, Fortune has become one of the nation’s leading reentry service organizations, serving nearly 7,000 individuals annually, with a wide range of holistic services to meet their needs. It has secured a position as a leading advocate in the fight for criminal justice reform and alternatives to incarceration. David has hosted a weekly radio program on WBAI for nearly 50 years. His autobiography is titled Fortune In my Eyes.

Shared Charity: Students for Justice

Sunday Platform is our most important and long-standing community event. These gatherings educate, stimulate personal growth, inspire reflection and action, and strengthen our community. Sunday meetings usually begin with music, followed by greetings and a talk given by a Society Leader, member, or guest.  Platforms cover a variety of topics that reflect current events, pressing social issues, and Ethical Culture philosophy. A collection basket is passed and money is shared between the Society and a charity selected for that day.  While contributions are always appreciated, Sunday meetings are free and open to the public.  Each Sunday meeting is followed by a luncheon and social hour.

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