Saturday, December 14, 2013

What are you going to do about it?

So here's the deal.

HUMANITY FOR PRISONERS can keep right on bringing up important issues involved Michigan prisoners, but if we're standing alone in this fight, it's an uphill battle.

For weeks and weeks we've been talking about the shameful toilet paper and sanitary napkin policies that affect all of the women incarcerated in Michigan. People who learn about this through HFP have been understandably outraged. They stop Matt and me on the street. They send us email messages. They click "like" on Facebook. They make strong comments of support. And that's where it stops.

My guess is that you could count on one hand the number of people who actually did something about it...sent a message, or a letter, or made a telephone call to a state representative, a state senator, the Governor, or the MDOC itself.

That ain't gonna cut it! We need help.

The reason I bring this up today is that we have just received another complaint from prisoners in the UP, where Michigan winters are at their harshest. These guys are issued thin shirts and pants...short-sleeved no less. They get a thin cap, a windbreaker jacket, thin gloves and inadequate footwear. This even though they must wait in some lines out-of-doors for meds, chow, etc. And how do the guards dress? You guessed it: heavy parkas, heavy-duty boots, big warm gloves, warm caps.

We've said it time and again: The incarceration is their punishment. Once there, these inmates deserve humane treatment.

Now we need support. We don't need "likes" and strong comments and "shares." We need pressure on state legislators and even the Governor's office. Please don't just cluck your something! Not for us. For them!


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