Jan. 31, 2021

Where Do We Go From Here?

by Charles Douglas Owens, II (author's profile)

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

How should we respond when we are shown over and over again,
that, as prisoners, our lives do not matter??
Being a human being in the United States should mean not needing to state that your life matters and not having to convince those in authority,
and even your fellow citizens, that your life matters.
If you are a non-incarcerated citizen, you have power.
Now is the time to use it!
Believing in or supporting prison reform or criminal justice reform is simply not enough.
Now is the time to be pro-active, to demand change, to cause change.
Read. Listen. Volunteer. Donate. Plan. March. Vote. Fight.
Speak out.
Step in.
How you use your power is a choice.
Here are some good places to start:

curenational.org
nlg.org/plan
afsc.org
aclu.org/prisons

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FatherJohn Posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago. ✓ Mailed 2 months, 1 week ago   Favorite
Thanks for writing! I finished the transcription for your post.

Reading your post Charles made me to feel talking about change is not enough.

I am investigating your links to see what else I might do besides talk.

Thank you for being a spokesperson for all those incarcerated inhumanely. Your resiliency and strength in the face of terrible conditions is an inspiration to all those who suffer injustice. FJP

Charles Douglas Owens, II Posted 1 month, 1 week ago.   Favorite
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alyssat216 Posted 1 month ago. ✓ Mailed 1 month ago   Favorite
Thank you, Father John, for the transcription and for your kind words.
Margot Mead famously said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever does."
We can ALL do way more than we think we can; we just have to get involved.

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