Invitation to Friends, Comrades, Families, and Allies

To Our Friends, Comrades, Families, and Allies:

No matter how you refer to yourselves, you are the ones who kept us going when we needed support.  Although you may not have stood before the judge and had your name called out, you stood beside us.  Although you did not spend a night in lock-up, you spent your nights tossing and turning from the pain of being apart.  Although you have not had to admit to a conviction when filling out countless forms, you are experiencing the effects of your community being under-educated, under-employed, and in a dire search of affordable places to live.

We love and respect you in the same manner you love and respect us.  We are one entity, one Movement, gaining momentum as we gain unity.  Every mother who has stood outside the courthouse and every civil rights attorney who may feel like nobody cares, like it is the same old fight: join us as we coalesce in a new national civil and human rights movement.  This is not the same old fight, and there are millions who care from far and wide.  We see you with your sign, your petition, and your shout-out on the radio station.  We see you in an office full of people trying to train us for work.  We see your blogs, your Facebook, and at the mailbox pulling out a letter with a stamp on it: “Department of Corrections.”

For some of us, we literally would not be here if not for you.  Your books, briefs, photographs, visits, and tireless advocacy won our freedom or kept us from the dark abyss of hopelessness.  We aim to build an inclusive Movement, one that never loses sight of, nor the voice of, those living at the bottom of this American underclass; yet one that takes no voices for granted.  The Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People’s Movement developed from a core of people who have worn a number, but it cannot, and will not, stop there.  It continues to include every person who knows that our criminal justice system is greatly lacking “justice,” and millions of you know who you are.

We ask that you share this with your own circle of caring people, and bring them into our ranks.  We ask that you bring as many affected people as you can, as the legitimacy of our platform is defined by those who adopt it.


5 Responses to Invitation to Friends, Comrades, Families, and Allies

  1. Amber A says:

    How do we get involved? I served almost 2 years and have since turned my life around and want the same rights as everyone else as well as help others!

  2. Benjamin Edwards says:

    Hello my name is Benjamin Edwards. I am a graduate student at the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work. I am interested in working in re-entry programs so that previously incarcerated people have the best chance possible of living a normal life upon release. However I know this is not possible until policies that deny former inmates of there constitutional rights and promote mass incarceration of people in poor communities are reformed. I want to help spread the message of your organization in my community so that more motivated people can be enlightened to the struggles faced by those in the criminal justice system and be inspired to make a difference. I am planning an event on campus for later this fall (around the 20th of October) to educate people about this issue and would love it if someone from your organization could come and give a speech about their experiences and what needs to be done to bring the injustice to an end. If you have any questions or are interested in making an appearance please email me. I wish you the best of luck with your mission and hope to hear from you soon.

  3. Yusef Shakur says:

    Comrad Fanya, this is Yusef Shakur connect with me on Linkedin imhtp9@yahoo.com

  4. Jared Dobkin says:

    Hi i am a student at central high school in philadelphia and am doing a project on felon and ex felon disenfranchisement and would love to get involved with your group. It would be amazing if you could shoot me an email or something. Thanks so much.

  5. Curt Griffin says:

    I am an ex felon located in GA and I have been pushing the discrimination in hiring . I have a great case study with documentation from company HR and declines from EEOC. The company is CSXT located in Jacksonville FL. But are companies using Green Factors and other guidelines out lined by local, state, federal laws??? EEOC would not even look into the discrimination even by EEOC guidelines. Even better was who was included in a private meeting to evaluate my criminal history. Has a new society been created?? We have to get the word out. These case studies need to be complied for use?

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