“Demetri Makes a Memory Quilt” author Renée Menart and expert panelists gather with community members to celebrate the launch of this exciting children’s book. It is available for purchase at https://bit.ly/demetribook. All author’s book sale profits are being donated to non-profit organizations supporting children and families impacted by incarceration.

Video chapters

0:00 Book intent and overview

5:00 Story development

10:13 Acknowledgements

14:37 Preview book reading

24:41 Panel discussion

1:02:56 Panel Q&A with audience


Watani Stiner is a civil rights activist and speaker in the Bay Area, who shares his experience reintegrating into society and back into the lives of his children after spending a total of 26 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He is a Board member of California Prison Focus and Root and Rebound. He works in schools using the power of storytelling to inspire young people to create meaningful social change.

Nancy Juarez is a Communications and Policy Analyst at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ). She is a daughter, a sister, and a friend to one too many loved ones taken by the system. She graduated from UC Davis in the field of International Agricultural Development with a specialization in Economics and Trade Development. Nancy is also a former fellow of the Next Generation Fellowship.

Rebecca Jackson is the Program Director of Cameo House, a residential alternative sentencing and reentry program that supports homeless, justice-involved women and their children in San Francisco. She utilizes her direct experiences in the justice system as she leads all Cameo House programming, operations, and services with strong will and dedication.

The book launch event was recorded on November 7, 2021.

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