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James Thomas: A Beacon of Change and Compassion in Detroit Communities

James Thomas: A Beacon of Change and Compassion in Detroit Communities

Meet James “Jamo” Thomas, a dedicated advocate, mentor, and CEO/Founder of Rising Sun Ink, a non-profit organization committed to alleviating the hardships faced by economically depressed communities in Detroit, Inkster, and surrounding areas. Through his relentless efforts, James is transforming lives and fostering positive change by addressing issues of poverty, mass incarceration, social injustice, and failed community development.

The Journey of Advocacy and Reentry Services:

As a formerly incarcerated juvenile lifer, James is on a mission to promote social change and improve the well-being of individuals in our society. He actively contributes to Chance for Life Organization and Nation Outside, providing crucial reentry services as a Transitional and Peer Recovery Coach. His passion for serving others and belief in collective action drive his commitment to addressing systemic issues and advocating for marginalized communities.

Championing Affordable Housing and Inclusive Policies:

As a Housing Commissioner for the City of Inkster, Michigan, James tirelessly works to ensure that everyone has access to safe and affordable housing. His expertise in program development, policy implementation, and community outreach reflects his dedication to advocating for the rights of marginalized populations. James aims to create inclusive housing policies that promote equity and opportunity for all.

Building Partnerships and Advocating for Change:

James’s commitment to collaboration and partnership building has made him a visionary leader in movements addressing extreme sentences for children, Clean Slate Legislation, and poverty. Serving as the Public Relation Director and Co-Coordinator for the Nation Outside Detroit Chapter, he aims to raise awareness, mobilize resources, and create lasting impacts in education, healthcare, and social justice.

His role as a ICAN Regional Connector and Council member of National JLWOP Leadership Council is to ending harsh and life in prison without parole sentences of juveniles.

Rising Sun Ink: A Vision Born from Necessity:

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Upon his release from prison in 2017, James witnessed the dire conditions of his community — poverty, homelessness, and abandoned buildings. In response, he founded Rising Sun Ink, initiating a food program that now feeds 600 families weekly. Beyond addressing immediate needs, James envisions educating the community on ending systemic injustices.

Empowering the Formerly Incarcerated:

Having faced reentry challenges himself, James is dedicated to helping others overcome barriers. His role as a Program Manager at Nation Outside TIPLR Program reflect his commitment to assisting system-impacted individuals in gaining housing, job opportunities, and addressing the trauma they experience.

In Conclusion:

James “Jamo” Thomas exemplifies resilience, compassion, and a profound commitment to social justice. Through Rising Sun Ink and various roles, he is not just addressing immediate needs but actively working towards lasting change. His journey from incarceration to advocacy showcases the transformative power of compassion and determination. Join James in his mission to create a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

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