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'Be the Change' Creates Network of Change in Tennessee Prisons

Updated: May 13

Meet Tavaria Merritt and the "Be the Change" community

As published in Autostraddle, June 13, 2023


"Today, Be the Change offers programs inside like support groups for trans women, addiction and recovery support, and those facing lengthy or lifetime sentences. They work to prepare folks for release by connecting them with outside resources and supporters. They host weekly services in affiliation with the Unitarian Universalist Church where all are welcome to connect with their spirituality — it’s the first and only affirming religious service at the prison. Varia uses her experience as a pastor and preacher to motivate the community."


 


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