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Beyond Hopelessness: Moving Past a Juvenile Life Sentence with Troy Spann

November 30, 2021 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm PST

As part of Chanukah as well as Nefesh’s Emet Speaker Series, we will light candles, and hear Troy Spann in conversation with Nefesh Kin Socket Klatzker about hope, freedom, and organizing for a better world. 

Beyond Hopelessness: Moving Past a Juvenile Life Sentence with Troy Spann

Troy Spann, originally from South Central Los Angeles, currently works for Urban Alchemy, supporting the unhoused community in Hollywood. His work in the world is redemption, healing and re-humanization. Troy was incarcerated at 16 and given a sentence of Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP) and was caught in the school to prison pipeline. While incarcerated Troyworked on himself around personal accountability, healing from trauma, feeling remorse, doing repair, his own spirituality and self-respect. As he matured, he started wanting more out of life than just merely existing and doing time. He became connected with Human Rights Watch, various campaigns, projects, education opportunities, mentorship and leadership roles and was ultimately re-sentenced and released in late August 2021 after serving nearly 30 years. Troy feels a deep gratitude, inspiration and comradeship towards the largely Jewish individuals and institutions that showed up to support him through this process. His hobbies include allowing himself to dream big about his own future while wanting to give back to the community and be part of real systemic positive social change.

Socket Klatzker, MA, LMHC, LMFT is a community organizer, ritualist, trauma therapist and longtime prison abolitionist and radical activist. They work with various communities that experience trauma as a result of oppression as a mediator, facilitator, teacher and counselor. Socket is passionate about healing and community with a focus on Refuat Ha Nefesh– the healing of the soul from trauma, grief, conflict, and oppression and are obsessed with collective liberation. Socket is Nefesh Kin and are a long-distance Nefesh community member, having recently returned to be with beloved community in rural TN.