Tamms Year Ten


Updates by ljhopes
February 10, 2008, 7:19 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

1. LEGISLATIVE WINS
We are so relieved that two great legislators on the Prison Reform Committee won their primary elections yesterday. Thye are independent thinkers who care about rehabilitation and lowering recidivism, and are willing to fight for people–like prisoners and their families–who aren’t going to bring them a lot of money or votes.

2. ENDORSERS
We are creating a list of organizations who back our mission and would like us to list their name in solidarity with this effort. If you know any such organization, please ask them to join the Year Ten coalition! Or feel free to direct us about how we might propose this to the group. We would love to have some prison ministries and ex-offender ministries and churches on the list. See the list of endorsers.

3. WEBSITE
There is an official totally lovely website underway thanks to Dave, Dmitry and the Crossroads Fund. In the meantime we have this wordpress site which is getting fatter and healthier every day thanks to Frank who is also busy doing a ton of other stuff, as is Toussaint who has been researching!

4. GRANT
Kristen and Donna cranked out a grant application to RESIST!

5. PLAY
Jacob Juntunen wrote an original play about Tamms! Expect more details soon about when it will be at Prop Thtr.

6. SUPERMAX SUBSCRIPTIONS
Temporary Services, Sara Ross and Tamms Poetry Committee are working on the magazine drive to get a magazine subscription for each Tamms prisoner–by asking people to buy magazines with their Frequent Flyer points! Marc actually called the prison and went through the list of magaiznes with the mailroom–which is so awesome!

7. Larry, Ruby, Reggie, Melvin
As always, we are honored to be working with these men who spent years in Tamms, and are now on the outside doing great things and taking the time to help the guys who are still there. As you know already from meeting them, these men are the best argument that Tamms should be closed–and there can be no campaign without them. If you know anyone else from Tamms, please let us know.

8. MORE YEAR TEN EVENTS ORGANIZED! (Thank you Amy, Cynthia, Tom, Joe, Kent, Kristen, Stephen) See the event list! And just wait until you see the poster that Dean Rank is making for the blues benefit!

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