Kempis "Ghani" Songster

Kempis Songster, also known as Ghani, is a founding member of Right to Redemption, the Redemption Project, and the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI), and co-founder and director of Ubuntu Philadelphia. Since his release in 2017 after thirty years in prison - starting when he was 15 years old - Ghani has emerged as an outspoken voice in Philadelphia's movement to end mass incarceration and to create transformative and restorative responses to harm and violence. His first three years out he worked as the Healing Justice Organizer for the Amistad Law Project, during which time he co-created and hosted ALP’s Move It Forward podcast. Ghani is currently on staff with the Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (“YASP”) as leader of their pilot Restorative Justice Diversion program called Healing Futures.