Common Ground

Operation Restoration: Syrita Steib

Featuring Steib and JoAnne Page


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Syrita Steib, founder and executive director of the non-profit Operation Restoration, joins criminal justice activist JoAnne Page for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Urayoán Noel.

In this talk

Syrita Steib

Portrait of Syrita Steib.
Founder and executive director of Operation Restoration, Syrita Steib started the nonprofit to create opportunities for formerly incarcerated women and eradicate the roadblocks that she faced when returning to society after incarceration. Steib wrote and advocated for Louisiana Act 276, which prohibits public post-secondary institutions from asking questions relating to criminal history for purposes of admissions. Syrita has continued to work with advocates in five states to pass legislation to ban the box in college admissions. As a policy consultant for Cut50’s Dignity for Incarcerated Women campaign, she worked on the passage of the First Step Act. The 2020 recipient of the Rubinger Fellowship, Syrita earned her B.S. from Louisiana State University.

JoAnne Page

A photo of JoAnne Page
JoAnne Page
Criminal justice activist JoAnne Page has more than 45 years’ experience in criminal justice, with the last 30+ at the helm of The Fortune Society. Under her stewardship, The Fortune Society has been recognized by researchers and policymakers as a pioneer in assisting former prisoners reintegrate into society—serving more than 8,000 people annually through programs including ATI, permanent, supportive and scattered site housing, mental health services, education, employment services, substance abuse treatment, counseling, care management, a recovery center, and HIV/AIDS health services. In 2018 JoAnne was honored by City & State New York as one of the top 50 nonprofit CEOs in NYC.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Urayoán Noel reading.

Urayoán Noel

A photo of poet Urayoán Noel by Luis Carle
Luis Carle
Urayoán Noel is a Puerto Rican poet, performer, translator, and critic living in the Bronx. He has published seven books of poetry and the prize-winning study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam, and he has been a finalist for the National Translation Award and the Best Translated Book Award for his translations of Latin American poetry. Noel teaches at New York University and at Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas.

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