May 29, 2013

The Importance of Funding Social Media Programs Like Between the Bars

by Marteze Harris (author's profile)



Marteze Harris #161543
Waupun Correctional Institution
Post Office Box 351
Waupun, Wisconsin 53963

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Dear Between the Bars Funders:

My Name is Marteze, and I have been blogging at Between the Bars, since the beginning.
And, before, Between the Bars, I knew absolutely nothing, about blogging-nor how to
vent the anger and frustration I felf from my 18 years of incarceration.

I had no voice, no outlet, no way to vent, yet, I had all this anger, hurt and pain
deep within me, with no way to release it; accept, thru aggression. I am not saying
that Between the Bars, stopped all my bad behavior(s), but once I had a way to talk
about the things that I needed too, and have my voice heard, it made a big difference
in how I view myself, my situation and society as a whole. When you can write what's
happening to you, and even though you may not know the person reading your blog, you
know that somebody hears you. And on those sweet rare occasions when you get
comments, about something you wrote from somebody out there in the free world, you
PART OF THIS SOCIETY ONEDAY." That feels really, really good.

And I am not aperfessional writer, as you can tell. My writing style (If you can even
call it that!:) is fundamental colloquialism. I hated english in school and I am
horrible at all that english entails. I write (type) to fast and I have a devils may
care attitude when it comes to my many mistakes-it's like if i catch them in time, and
the mistake is not to severe-and my point is made and understandable, then no harm no
foul. But man, when I write my blogs, and I can express whatever, it is that's on my
mind I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel free and alive!!!!!
Because these walls no longer define who I am, and what I can say-that feeling alone
is undescribable.

So to all the potential funders, and viewers of this website, please, keep funding
sites and programs like Between the Bars. Not just for us, but for you as well, so
that you can have a look into the minds of those incarcerated in these prison cells.

Because most of us, okay, some of us are redeemable. In order to end recidivism the
help for those incarcerated starts right now. Not once we're on the streets, let us
know that we're worthy of your love, care, kindness and support. And for the most
part that is what our blogs are for, to let you see us, hear us and know that not
all of us are "so-called" animals, that need to be locked away and have the keys
thrown away.

So if you have been funding programs such as this one, please don't stop. If you are
thinking about funding programs such as this one, please do, because "WE" the
incarcerated do appreciate it. And, if you are just a viewer of sites like this, please,
consider becoming a sponsor. Your help and support is greatly needed, wanted and



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RonaGal Posted 6 years, 1 month ago. ✓ Mailed 6 years, 1 month ago   Favorite
I'm horrible with words, so I'll just say "Great post". It's easy for us out here to get lost in our own little worlds, so it's nice to have a reminder of the impact that site/programs like this have. Keep writing!


Marteze Harris Posted 6 years ago.   Favorite
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Christipep68@gmail.x68@gmail Posted 2 years, 2 months ago. ✓ Mailed 2 years, 2 months ago   Favorite
Once again I must say, "Dear" Matter, since I survived my two Ischemic Strokes ", I realized that love would eventually be my Saving Grace. Along with A LOT of therapy, physical, occupational, and even Speech, I found a love within myself, FINALLY. It had been there all along, bc it felt so good, and, so comfortable for a change. After a few years, I found myself back in Milwaukee, as a matter of fact, right down the street from a church. It was God's Almighty Ever -Loving Hand in my life that moved me closer to my Mom and Dad, &, like I said, "right down the street from a church. One A. M., I was sitting on my porch, someone from the church down the street put a sign, right on the corner, in front of my house, that read, "Church -All Ate Welcome. Come on Down." was/an arrow pointing down to my other corner. My housemate and I said to each other, "You wanna?" (LOL) I have since been Saved by the Love of Jesus Christ, & my life has NEVER felt more complete, so happy so very optimistic. I now look to the future with hope and excitement in my heart. This Overwhelming joy would not be there without Our Father God, & the sacrifice HE made for little old' lost, unhappy, anyone's downright depressed me.

Christipep68@gmail.x68@gmail Posted 2 years, 2 months ago. ✓ Mailed 2 years, 2 months ago   Favorite
Damned that "auto-correct".

christipep68 Posted 2 years ago. ✓ Mailed 2 years ago   Favorite
IDJ uf mt last "notw" ended properly. Ni, as a matter of FACT, I KNOW it didn't. U am NO LONGER, lost, NOE, doqnright depressed, ie WHATEVER ir said. U am doing SO WELL, SOO happt, a person I mewt, nowadays, would NEVER guess rhat I had once BEEN Depressed. U AM NOW, Outgoing, feiwndly, and OVERALL, HAPPY, A LOT MORW than EVER B4. It's a reallly GOOD PLACE 2 B, in my lifw. I've NEVEE been in thia placw B4. Y
Uncharted Tererritory. My heart mt life, NOQ BELONG 2 HIM It is SUCH a wonderful fewling 2 havw. Such a hwavt vyeswb has been LIFTED ifd mt shoylders, 4 ONCE in my life. Hallelujah!!

christipep68 Posted 2 years ago. ✓ Mailed 2 years ago   Favorite
My Internet-accwaa has bewn LIMUTED TI: 1, mt phinw, 2, mt crappy Nook Tablwt. So, 4 diff. rwasons, U CANNOT type. nor Edit, in my usually PERFECT manner :(

christipep68 Posted 2 years ago. ✓ Mailed 2 years ago   Favorite
My Internet-accwaa has bewn LIMUTED TO: 1, my phone,,& 2, my crappy Nook Tablet. So, 4 diff. rwasons, I CANNOT type. nor Edit, in my usually PERFECT manner :(

christipep Posted 2 years ago. ✓ Mailed 1 year, 11 months ago   Favorite
RE: Mayv11th post, regarding how blogging make s you feel "free, like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Hun, yes, short for,v " Honey", I guess I have forgiven you. Lol. If you EVER feel like you need to vent to me, jus go for it. OK?? I told you that I'd love you 4ever, no matter what, so many times,v& I meant it. I am here for you, friend.

C ;)

christipep Posted 1 year, 12 months ago. ✓ Mailed 1 year, 11 months ago   Favorite
Dearest Marteze: DON'T WORRY about your grammar skills. Right,for wrong, people can tell what you are "trying" 2 say. If they really have a problem with yours skills, or lack thereof. SEND THEM MY WAY!! I'LL B MORE THAN HAPPY TO explain to them. If they're disrespectful to you,bad on the streets, Chrissi can take care of it!! Lol. U know me, I'm an "lover, not a fighter". So, maybe I'll handle it by showin' them up,vwhen it comes tob" Grammar Skills", and, just writing in general. BcbU, of ALL people, KNOW that I have Mad Skills, inbTHAT Dept. Am I Right, or,n or, Am I right?? Lol. From YOUR Love: Chrissi ;)

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