Second Chances Take Many Shapes at Inc. Magazine Startup Event

Small business and startup-focused magazine Inc. is hosting its annual gala this week. One of the topics up for discussion? The role business can play in the formerly incarcerated reentering their communities. One panel in particular explores how different businesses have approached the opportunity. Inc. editor Maria Aspan will moderate the discussion, which will include CommunityWorks President and CEO Robert Andrews; All Square founder and CEO Emily Turner; and Dave’s Killer Bread Executive Director Genevieve Martin.

A recent Saturday Evening Post article featured Dave’s Killer Bread’s efforts to employ formerly incarcerated individuals, including Rahsaan Sloan, who was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for a gang-related felony. Sloan found a job at Dave’s after using his time behind bars to sign up for college courses and other training programs.

The Inc. panel illustrates one of many ways the Charles Koch Institute is working to elevate greater understanding of criminal justice issues. Earlier this year, the Institute and Society of Human Resources released a survey that found hiring managers and other company leaders are increasingly open to bringing formerly incarcerated individuals onto their payrolls. Read more about the partnership here.

06-30-2020 10:40am

Supreme Court strikes a blow against free speech in Soros case, Charles Koch Institute fellow says

"At the heart of the First Amendment lies the principle that every person should decide for themselves what they want to say, or whether they want to say anything at all."

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06-18-2020 12:12pm

Conversations about race, equality, and the American experience

Organizations such as Braver Angels offer a path forward—driving a movement that seeks to create a space for dialogue to help us better understand each other and learn from each other. In a time where we’re having important conversations about race, equality, and the American experience, hearing each other’s voices is incredibly important.

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06-17-2020 10:15am

Lessons from Tiananmen Square for American Protesters

While Beijing pushed for measures to prevent protests, vigils, and other speech around the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Americans across the country started raising their voices to speak out against long entrenched injustices. Charles Koch Institute Director of Free Expression Sarah Ruger spoke to this essential component of progress in a recent commentary in Real Clear World.

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