Mobilizing others to fight the expanding criminal justice system is a gift Robert realized he had during his seventeen years in prison. There, he taught himself how to read and devoured books that gave him a historical and political context for the criminal justice issues his community faced. It wasn’t long before he began organizing demonstrations and circulating petitions demanding better treatment and living conditions for prisoners. From those experiences, Robert knew it was his destiny to bring about change in the criminal justice system once he was released. When the New Orleans police killed his unarmed, mentally-disabled brother, he moved back to his hometown of New Orleans. A 2007 New Voices fellow, Robert has served as Director of Organizing with Safe Streets-Strong Communities, a post-Katrina community-based group of people like him who have experienced harassment, discrimination, and brutality by the police and justice system; a founding member and organizer for Brothers in Christ, These Are They Church in Dallas, TX; a member of Black Men United for Change; and a member of the Greater New Orleans Organizer’s Roundtable.