MAKE A DIFFERENCE

This page will continue to be a work in progress, and dedicated to action.  Specifically, things you can do to make a difference to a system, or an individual’s life.

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SIGN A PETITION in support of the Commutation of Sentence/Release for Jack Allen, a man in his sixties, who has served twenty years of a Life Sentence for Burglary and Simple Battery.   You can read more of his story here.

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SIGN UP TO BE ON THE EMAIL LIST OF Virginians For Alternatives To The Death Penalty.  By staying in the loop, you will know when there are specific actions you can take – making the collective voice louder.  Donations can also be made on the site.

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ONCE AGAIN, URBAN FICTION FANS,  Robert Booker has written two more books from prison.  He has four books now that are available through Amazon, in print and in e-book form.

You can purchase his books by clicking on their titles, PushTony Jones, The Janitor, and Who Is Karma?

He continues to write, and he will have another novel coming soon.

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IF YOU LIVE IN THE RICHMOND, VIRGINIA AREA, OAR is seeking donations for their clients who are getting a fresh start outside of prison.  They are in need of travel sized hygiene items such as bars of soap, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, toothbrushes, and deodorant.  Items can be dropped off at their office at 3111 West Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23230.  

OAR is a nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals preparing for release or recently released from jail or prison.  Their work is invaluable.   Regardless of where anyone stands on crime and punishment, successfully leaving prison is what we should all be hoping for.

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URBAN FICTION FANS,  there is an author living in federal prison who hasn’t let two decades of incarceration break his determination to write stories.   Although he is not able to earn an income through writing, his books are available on Amazon, one of which is only $1.99, in Kindle form.

I wrote about Robert Booker in March of 2016.  At that time, he had already served over twenty years, and he is still not scheduled for release until 2027.  Robert Booker should not be in prison any longer.  He did not commit a violent crime, and he has proven he deserves freedom over the last twenty years.  He inspires me.  His spirit has never been broken.

You can purchase Robert Bookers stories, Push and Tony Jones, on Amazon.  He continues to write, and I am excited to see his collection of work grow.

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THIS IS A SIMPLE LETTER, ONLY COSTS THREE MINUTES.  If you believe Travion Blount deserves a second chance after serving ten years in the state of Virginia for a crime he committed at the age of fifteen, in which no one was injured, write to the Governor of Virginia and tell him.  If you would like to read more about Travion, there are three articles about him right here on my blog.  But  – it is also easy to find out about him through a simple internet search.  The punishment he received was harsh.  I believe it was too harsh.

If you believe that also, please click here, and write an email to the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe.

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HAVE SPARE BOOKS AND LIVE IN THE CHICAGO AREA?  Or willing to mail your books or make a monetary donation.   Chicago Books to Women in Prison is a nonprofit that helps get paperbacks to incarcerated women nationwide.   They accept books, mailing supplies and also monetary donations.  You can also earn money for them when you shop on Amazon.  Check out their site.  They do good things.