Dear President Ruth Simmons,

I would like to ensure that I am a Brown transfer student next year by letting you know who I am and what I bring to College Hill every week. My name is Bruce Reilly and most recently I organized for Question 2 on the ballot, which restored my right to vote (along with 15,000 more convicted felons). I had the fortune of working amongst many Brown grads and students, an experience which ultimately led me to quit planning on how to leave Providence.

Last spring I produced, directed, and performed in a play at McCormack Theater, "Voice of the Voiceless." The play is composed of prison writings from inside the ACI, and has packed houses at several colleges. We have been invited to The Black Rep for MLK Jr. Day, and The Met School, but this is just the beginning. This spring I have a new play, "House of Death," at Perishable Theatre. If not for my time doing work study in the RIC theatre, I may not have had the technical savvy to start a theatre company. However, my education at RIC offers few challenges and horizons.

In the 18 months since my release from prison I've also had an art exhibit and created original artwork for a Hollywood movie. As a writer and visual artist, I'm always looking for unique ways to bring awareness on a sociopolitical level. Collaboration is my preferred style of operation, allowing people of various talents to create something far more expansive than themselves. What I appreciate most about my Brown friends is their work ethic and vision. One without the other is useless. I want to build with that.

I beseech you to speak with anybody willing to sign this petition. Ask them if Bruce Reilly will bring an energy to the campus which you lack. Ask if he will inspire others, develop new projects, and be an asset to the community.

Thank you for taking the time and consideration.

Bruce S. Reilly

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    Organization Brown '04, Family Life Center bruce is more talented and energized than most brown students, brown would be lucky to have him
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    Organization Mystic Innovations Group, Inc. Ive had the pleasure of working with many young professionals as an executive in the professional services industry. Against the many hundreds Ive mentored or evaluated, Bruce Reilly is destined to be a great
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    Organization Brown '97 and '06 I have know Bruce for the past 2 months through the Right To Vote campaign. He helped organize the youth I teach in CF and Pawtucket to volunteer for the campaign. I was impressed by and grateful for his dedication and foll
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    Organization Brown University There's no question that Bruce would be good for Brown. I worked with him on Question Two, and his passion was immediately apparent. This is the chance for Brown to prove its espoused values: creativity, passion, and agency
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  • 25 June 201482. Joy Cj
    I've known Bruce since he was in second grade and I drove him to Boy Scouts in later years. Bruce has great energy and drive to compliment extremely high intelligence. He has overcome so much adversity it is amazing. It would be wonderful if he could have
  • 05 April 201481. Matthew A
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    Organization В Brown would be lucky to have you, and should consider the balance and creativity you would cultivate inside their institution. Bruce, with or without Brown, you will do amazing things... Brown should jump on board and join the reality of o
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    Organization (DARE) Direct Action for Rights and Equality You would be doing the school a favor by enrolling Bruce.
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    Organization Brown University '05 Bruce is incredibly smart, energetic, passionate, and driven. Brown would be lucky to have him.

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