by Steve A. Champion and Craig Anthony Ross
Palewell Press - September 2019
The Architect - Words of Transformation from Death Row.
Steve Champion and Craig Ross have been prisoners on death row in San Quentin, California for more than 37 years. The Architect is written for gang members both former and active. Throughout their time in prison the Authors have never lost sight of their profound need to awaken the consciousness of gang members and promote self-transformation and social change. After years of hard work, perseverance, determination and a strong belief that what they have to say is important and can make a difference, Craig Ross and Steve Champion are excited to share the news that they are publishing "The Architect" in September 2019. For the past year, they have been working with Camilla Reeve, Senior Editor from UK based Human Rights publisher Palewell Press Ltd. Camilla Reeve immediately understood their vision for this book, and worked with them throughout the challenging obstacles that can be faced whilst trying to make your voice heard from behind the prison walls of death row. The result is an enlightening and groundbreaking book which they hope will reach the far corners of the world and will help to bring about positive change and personal transformation. The official press release about the book is here below. And there is a downloadable press release at the bottom of this page. Please spread the word!
A radical social treatise about African American gangs in the 21st century. This book is more than just a blueprint for selftransformation and the reconstruction of gang culture. It is also a unique step-by-step guideline that shows gang members themselves how to do it. Ross and Champion’s analysis builds upon – and expands – the work that Crips gang co-founder and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Stanley “Tookie” Williams was committed to before his death. The Architect seeks to change the narrative about gang members by providing them with an independent and selfsustaining plan of action and empowerment. This book is the first of its kind. The authors are two well-respected Crips emeritus from Los Angeles, who are now prominent in the criminal justice reform movement. They also reside on death row at San Quentin State Prison. Ross and Champion’s street and prison experience enables them to offer in The Architect authentic, honest dialogue about the problems gang members face and the potential solutions to those problems. The Architect was written for gang members. But anyone working for real community change should read The Architect. The triumph over violence requires extreme responsibility—not just from gang members, but from everyone.
The Architect from Palewell Press, London, UK ISBN: 978-1-911587-14-9 Publication: September 2019 $11.45 and £9.25 From www.amazon.com and www.palewellpress.co.uk/Palewell-Publications.html#The-Architect
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