MELM Public Relations
Coalition of Ex-offender Organizations

.......... 60,000 strong Ex-offenders in Washington, DC
MELM Public Relations Announces
Press Conference, Thursday, January 8 at 3:00 p.m.

Washington, DC Jan 07, 2009 Coalition of Ex-offender Organizations (CEO) convene its first Press Conference to be held at New Commandment Baptist Church, 625 Park Road, NW, Washington, DC. This Press Conference will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2009, at 3:00 p.m.

The objective of the Press Conference is to address Mayor Adrian Fenty on the Office of Ex-offender Affairs and his position and policy on Ex-offender issues. The CEO would also like President-Elect Obama to include Offender and Ex-offender issues in his transition agenda. Nationally there are 25 million ex-offenders who feel forgotten, dismissed and ignored.

Primary Issue
The Office Of Ex-offender Affairs was established in 1994 and re-established in 2008 by legislation from the DC City Council. Originally an ex-offender headed this office, Rodney Mitchell, Esq. Atty. Mitchell was abruptly terminated by the Mayor, with no official explanation given. Currently this position is manned by a non ex-offender. The Office of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Affairs would never be manned by a non gay, lesbian or transgender. The Office of Asian Affairs would never be headed by a non Asian. Why is the Office of Ex-offender Affairs led by a non ex-offender? Why are we being so disrespected?

CEO Members and Partners: ThinkB4U Move Alliance; Cease Fire/Don't Smoke the Brothers; Returning Citizens United, Inc.; Families of Prisoners Coalition; New Commandment Baptist Church; Life Directions; Right Way, Inc.; R.E.A.C.H., Inc.; Ozziddi Project; NuLeadership Policy Institute; W.I.T.T. (Women In Transition & Transformation) Initiative; Miracle Hands; CDC; Solutions VII; REentry Legal Services, PLLC; Justice Maryland; ACLU-DC

Press Conference: Thursday, January 8, 2009, at 3:00 p.m., New Commandment Baptist Church, 625 Park Road, NW, Washington, DC.

Contact Info:

Ray Wyder, 202-494-1210,; Roach Brown, 240-988-3548,; Wallace Kirby, 202-396-1780,

About Coalition of Ex-offender Organizations

The Coalition of Ex-offender Organizations (CEO), coordinated by Strategic Options and Solutions Re-entry Consulting Group (S.O.S.), is established as a recognized collaborative based voice for ex-offender reentry issues and key player in channeling civic participation in a re-structured ex-offender focused re-entry strategy uniquely designed for the District of Columbia, together with like-minded reentry stakeholders from other public and private entities not member signatories of CEO.

MELM Public Relations
Mertine Moore Brown
phone: 202-460-4653
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