Mitchell started the Midnight Mission Running Club. When he’s not out pounding the pavement with the group, he’s behind the bench at LA’s Superior Criminal Court house. He says, “It certainly provides a great balance for me as a judge to realize that in a different setting, the same people that I sent to state prison or to county jail, with the right supportive services in a different context, their lives can be rebuilt.” Since the program started four years ago, there have been numerous success stories. Judge Mitchell says it comes down to realizing that one person’s mistake does not define them in their entirety. He says, “There are times as a judge that I have to lower the boom and it’s appropriate to protect the community to punish someone for what they did, but before I was a judge, before I entered the law, I was a high school teacher for 17 years and it instilled in me a sense of what people are capable of if they’re given the right tools set.” Most of the men in this club were not really into running until they met Judge Mitchell, since then, some have completed international marathons. This year, they plan to run the LA Marathon and another one in the Vietnam. No doubt, Judge Mitchell is making a difference.
It’s expensive to run international marathons. Judge Mitchell pays for a lot of the costs but the group keeps growing and funds are in need. If you wold like to help, you can make donations to the MidnightMission.org and specify for running program or text Run16 to 71777.
Rush: "For 15 years, I worked with computers, I started my IT career with IBM. I worked for Exxon Mobil and I worked for the government of Canada".
Gina: "How do you go from having a job like that to being homeless?"
Rush: "My ex found someone else and I could not cope with the idea and that slowly eroded my sanity to the brink where I was about to do something bad.
(Rush says he left his home and began using drugs. Shortly after, he says he had a mental breakdown because he began hearing voices.)
Rush: "Yes, many at the same time."
Gina: "What are these voices saying to you?"
Rush: "All kinds of things. It’s like a feeling that starts with uneasiness. Somewhere at the edge of your consciousness and then it creeps in, to the moment that you feel that’s not you anymore. Your thoughts are overwhelmed by some thoughts coming from the outside but it's not your thoughts because you could never think of something like that."
(Rush has moments of clarity. He says most people he comes across, have no clue the kind of hardship he or any homeless person is dealing with.)
Rush: "They can try it for a weekend... just pretend they’re homeless... leave their house alone and just go outside with no money and poorer clothes to see how they are treated and maybe they'll be a little bit more compassionate next time when they see somebody, shriveling and miserable and yearning for a little bit of warmth."
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"I’m living on the street because my girl died of cancer of the uterus in 2012. When she was sick, I wasn’t going to leave her in the hospital for two months battling the disease that she had. I lost everything because of her and I didn’t care. It was all material stuff, the one thing I miss is her. I would have sold my soul to the devil for her, that’s how much I loved her. Her name was Flor Marlene Bryant. When you lose material things, it’s just material things but when you lose somebody you love, it hurts more than anything.”
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Fox 11 News has learned that a San Bernardino County Grand Jury investigation into the Department of Children And Family Services has ground to a halt. Sources tell us that the very people who were supposed to help the grand jury investigate DCFS, threatened witnesses who wanted to testify and pressured grand jurors to drop the investigation. Sources say those threats are coming from the San Bernardino District Attorney's office. Tonight at 10 on Fox 11, DA Mike Ramos responds to those allegations. #CFS #SanBernardino #MIkeRamos #DeadBabies
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