Law & Disorder

From Prisoner to Reform Movement Leader; Plus Resistance in Residence Artist Ashley Smiley

Before becoming a national leader in efforts to improve conditions for prisoners as well as people who’ve been recently released, Dorsey Nunn spent a decade behind bars. That experience spurred his fifty powerful years of political and legal battles for freedom and human rights, including as the founder of All of Us or None and the longtime Executive Director of Legal Services for Prisoners With Children. Today we discuss his new memoir, What Kind of Bird Can’t Fly: A Memoir of Resilience and Resurrection, in which Dorsey Nunn links the politics of Black Power to the movements for Black lives and dignified reentry today. His story underscores the power of coalition building, persistence in the face of backlash, and the importance of centering the voices of experience in the fight for freedom—and proves, once and for all, that jailbirds can fly.

Our Resistance In Residence Artist this week is Ashley Smiley.


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