ON-Lion Letter

Comeback, a new series of short films, tells the inspiring, true stories of real-life Americans overcoming adversity in our nation's cities and communities.  In the first episode, Bradley Prize recipient Robert L. Woodson, Sr., talks with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan about the war on poverty and how it has failed to impact many communities.  People are inspired by the victories that are possible, according to Woodson, and we have discovered solutions that work among those experiencing the problem.

Woodson is founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) in Washington, D.C.  Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially supports CNE and its Violence-Free Zone (VFZ) Initiative in Milwaukee.  Woodson also appears in subsequent Comeback episodes.

In the second episode, Greg Bradford of Ohio tells the emotional story of his transformation from a drug addict to a man in recovery.  The third episode covers Pastor Omar Jahwar, who has recruited former gang members in Dallas to serve as active VFZ role models to at-risk youths to advise and guide them away from gang culture.  In the fourth episode, Pastor Daryl Webster teaches the importance of manhood and community to the men of Indianapolis.

The fifth episode tells how Shirley Holloway of Washington, D.C., provides a new start for people by bringing them in-residence and teaching them life skills.  In the sixth, Jubal Garcia of San Antonio's Outcry in the Barrio helps addicts assimilate back into the community.  And in the seventh, Rev. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., of New Jersey takes the principles of transformation and applies them to the remake of an entire community.

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