Needed: Advocates and Volunteers

My name is Amber and I’m serving a double life without parole – but they’re only going to get one out  of me.

I’m writing both for myself and the other inmates here in Washington state and particularly those of us in Walla Walla. We are in dire need of advocates and volunteers.

Without volunteers we can’t have any religious or self-improvement programs. No art classes. No self-awareness classes. No toastmasters. None. I’m a Wiccan and I haven’t been able to meet with my fellow initiates since I got to Walla Walla because we don’t have a sponsor for a circle or study group. Even the christians have been forced to cut back on their services due to a lack of volunteers. We don’t even have A.A. or N.A. We NEED volunteers.

Then there is the lack of advocacy groups in Washington state. There are a few on the other side of the mountains fighting for parole, post prison education and such, but somewhere on the road from Shelton to Walla Walla, prisoners disappear from the agenda of those who would help us.

Access Secure-pak/Correctional Industries has a monopoly on selling prisoners everything from food to property and even religious items.

And don’t even get me started on medical. I’ve seen too many friends suffer for years because medical refused to give them physical therapy or meds or [needed] surgery. I’ve been trying to get hormone therapy and am being told “NO’ simply because I don’t have an advocate to make my case for me.  We NEED advocates.

So please if you know someone who knows someone that may be willing to help, we desperately need their help.  Thank you and bright blessings.  Amber Fayefox, Walla Walla WA

Author: lagai

LAGAI-Queer Insurrection is one of the oldest radical queer liberation groups in the U.S. We publish UltraViolet, a more or less bimonthly newspaper, which is mailed free of charge to over 1500 people, including over 800 prisoners. Our website is www.lagai.org.

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