Thursday, May 19, 2005

[PRISONACT] FOR THE MILLIONS WHO CARE!

US: Washington: Hello. My name is Kay Lee and among other things, I am currently a coordinator for Prison Reform's first 'Call to Arms': A massive march which is scheduled to take off from Lafayette Park in Washington DC on August 13, 2005.

A Call to Arms

Groups and individuals focused on many issues nationwide are making an exciting effort to bring a million concerned people together. The time has certainly come:

Too many citizens have been cruelly touched by the flawed system of justice in our country - because 'justice' apparently no longer means truth and equality and basic human rights for all.

Two and a half million people incarcerated in a free nation means most of us know someone who has lived or is living in a jail or prison or on probation. Millions have watched the burgeoning system cripple prisoners, destroy families and do something terrible to the humanity of so many of its employees. And it's just getting worse.

We're striving to have at least a million people stand together in DC. If we can pull this off, never again will anyone be able to say or believe that "Nobody cares about prisoners."

We need every one in the country to know they have this one big chance to prove that people do care about prison reform and prisoner rehabilitation - True Safety - It's what we're paying for.

If you're going to make only one pilgrimage in your life on behalf of reform, this is the one.

Journey for Justice

Get all details on the Journey for Justice website. Sign up to sponsor or speak or find your state organizer onsite. If you have anything to offer or need help getting there, see the site. If you are from Georgia, see the site and contact me, Kay Lee. We'll see what we can do together to get there.

If you just can't attend, please help out by forwarding information and posting the link to Journey for Justice website everywhere.

With great faith in the power of truth, and in you.

Journey for Justice History

By Kay Lee posted 19 May 05

~Kay Lee
kaylee1@charter.net
2683 Rockcliff Road S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30316-4013
404-212-0690


Related Links:
Making The Walls Transparent
Prison Reform March in Dc August 13, 2005
(Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform W.O.N.P.R.

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