Petition in Support of Alternative to Incarceration for Dorian Brooks
Dorian "Author Malik" Brooks is a positive influence in our community and touches the lives of many through his inspiring talk show "Just A Jewel," as well as through grass roots organizations like Operation SNUG in Yonkers, New York. His motivational presence on social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram has allowed his positive impact to transcend geographical limitations.
Although Dorian acknowledges the very real consequences of his past bad decisions for himself and his community, he harnesses the lessons learned from those decisions into a force for effecting positive change. Among other things, Dorian has spoken at colleges, schools, and jails. He has spoken at NYU Law School, Columbia University, and Fordham University, just to name a few.
Dorian assists audiences in recognizing and redirecting negative thought patterns and practices in order to achieve optimum personal growth. His inspiring and motivational messages, often conveyed through clever analogies and relatable storytelling, have touched many.
While there is no doubt that Dorian's current legal issues and the charges he faces are serious, it would be a disservice to the community to simply end the positive work he is currently doing for others by incarcerating him. On the contrary, Dorian should be held accountable and responsible for his choices by continuing to inspire others not to make the same mistakes he did and continuing to share how he has grown into a person who will never make such mistakes again.
As a person who has been directly impacted and touched by Dorian's positive influence, I sign this petition in support of an alternative to incarceration for Dorian Brooks.