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Bill Andersen November 28th 03 05:59 AM

susan, instilling order
 
Stop feeling sorry for yourself and making excuses for your failures. Make a
decision to join the rest of society in working to pay your own way. When
you are successful, you can help others. Help them to have a future - not
enable them to keep complaining and blame their past on others.

"Bruce Reilly (a.k.a Bruha)" wrote in message
...
Dear Judges, Lawyers, Policemen, Guards, Counselors, Taxpayers, et. al.,

We are here. Like it or not, for good or bad, we are here. Who are we?

We are the
downtrodden and dispossesed, the self-torturing, the disenfranchised

convicts,
drug and alcohol addicts, the unemployed and unemployable. We are the

children of
poverty, financial and spiritual. We have and will have children of our

own,
grandchildren too. We are ex-cons, uninsured, homeless, of many colors

and speaking
many tongues. We are the enemy in what has become a domestic war against

ourselves.

And who are you? You who like the tough talk of Tough on Crime? You who

watch as
budgets are cut in education and health care while you militarize a police

force?
Bullet-proof vests, automatic weapons, helicopters, tanks, robots ... the
testosterone is oozing through the streets, more prisons, longer

sentences, tighten
the belt, spartan conditions, task forces, gang units, gun courts. And

what is there
to show for it? Unemployent stays low because half the population

oversees those
"out of the workforce", the dregs, the rabble, the enemy? Please tell me

there is a
deeper reason. Do you feel safer? More humane? More like a cohesive

society with a
shared sense of purpose, who can identify Us and Them? Do you live in a

gated
community or gentrified neighborhood? By the way, have you read the

Declaration of
Independence and US Constitution - or do you only know the first phrases?

It's about time we got together. Please know that I have yet to meet a

convict who
wants their child to be a thief, an addict, a dealer, a prostitute, or a

violent
individual. Most of us still have hope for ourselves even when stuck in

the darkest
dilemmas, ruts and catch-22s. Most of us believe in crafting laws and

instilling
order. Many of us have burrowed beneath the surface to find a spiritual

sense of
being, an understanding force at least as powerful as those we succumbed

to, and many
of use wouldn't escape if you opened the front door. Did you know that

approximately
10 million Americans are either incarcerated, on probation, on parole or

once were in
those categories? Each of those 10 million have families, friends,

neighbors ... and
so closer and closer does the We interface with the You. Don't you think

it's time we
talked?

Are you ready? Can you accept that the road we are travelling points

toward a grim
and painful future? Do you have the heart to face monumental failures

while bravely
struggling beyond where we are now? I know that some of you are, and that

some of us
are, and this is what gives me hope. You need our insights just as we

need your
structure. It is never over, especially when a real solution, a real

treatment for
our sickness, is yet to begin.

In Solidarity,

Bruce Reilly (a.k.a

Bruha)
P.O.Box 8274
Cranston, RI 02920 USA

P.S. - I am trying to conceptualize an effective guerilla media campaign

to promote
this cause. Ideas are welcome. Collaboration is prayed.














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