Wednesday, June 1, 2011

We are everywhere/families of the imprisoned

For those who forget that the incarcerated humans in this country are indeed
just that – HUMAN – I would like you to think on this the next time you talk
about “inmates, criminals, convicts, etc…”. These humans have families and
those who love them despite whatever they did. Look around you and wonder,
because this is who we are….

We take care of your children and grandchildren in nursery schools, we give
them shots in the doctor’s office, we are dental assistants, we are school
teachers and Sunday school teachers, we stand behind you in the grocery
store, we prepare your medicine in the drug store, we work in banks, we
approve your loans, we service your insurance claims, we work for newspapers
TV stations and radio stations, we read your electric meters and water
meters, we are your landlords, your neighbors, we take care of your elderly
parents in nursing homes, we are nurses, lab technicians, X-ray technicians,
we own beauty shops, flower shops, printing shops, we are welders, plumbers,
tree trimmers, we work for the IRS, the State Dept., in the courthouse,
schools, churches, drug stores and toy stores, we are legal secretaries,
lawyers, school board members, we are bus drivers, we prepare meals for your
kids in school, we are city council members, bank tellers, we process your
checking account, your saving account, we work at your Social Security
office, your insurance company, we take care of your IRA, stocks, bonds, we
sell your kids bikes, school supplies, clothes, shoes, eyeglasses, we repair
your cars, we are real estate agents, car dealers, college professors,
psychologists, administrative assistants, safety engineers and ranchers. We
work at Ralph’s, Albertsons, Trader Joe’s, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, Macy’s,
Nordstrom and Saks 5th Avenue. We sell Avon and Tupperware. We are not all
on welfare”, no matter what the government would like you to think.

There are two million people in prison in America and twice that many on
parole and probation. Add in mothers, fathers, children, sisters, brothers,
aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends and about sixteen million people are
personally affected by the prison system in the United States.

We are tired of letting ourselves feel humiliated or embarrassed because our
loved one is in prison. WE did nothing wrong, and they are paying for their
crime!

We are tired of fearing the loss of our jobs or evictions from our housing
should anyone find out we have a loved one in prison.

We are tired of being made to feel inferior or unwelcome in churches, clubs,
organizations or society in general simply because we refuse to abandon our
loved ones.

We are ready to unite, to come out of hiding and openly support each other
and our loved ones. It’s a new day, America and we’re here to prove it!

We are ready to speak out against the “they deserve what they get” attitude
we hear you talk about in stores, theaters and restaurants.

We number in the millions, we are everywhere, every state, county, city and
town. We may even live next door to you.

Sixteen million & counting.

We are everywhere.

Think about it.

(author unknown)

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