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Kat’s blog: Hope

When I read the most recent “Janice’s Journal: The Big Picture” piece, it reminded me why so many of us have sought out websites like ACSOL, WAR, NARSOL and other advocacy group sites.

Each of us was looking for HOPE.

Hope that there were others like us somewhere out there that understood what we were going through. Hope that someone had answers, information or solutions to the mountain of questions and concerns we had. Hope that someone somewhere was trying to do something to change things. Hope that there was someone who would listen. Hope that someone could point us in the right direction, tell us what to do so we could help initiate change. Hope that there was a light at the end of the dark tunnel we were traveling through.

We were all searching for HOPE of one sort or another.

We found HOPE in ACSOL and in the other organizations that are out there working on behalf of all registrants and their families. No matter what state they are located in, the changes that come forth from the efforts of these various groups will eventually affect all of us.

HOPE: To desire with expectation of fulfillment.

We want the answers, the solutions, the knowledge of how to take down the registry. We want to know our rights and how we can best live in the world while the registry is in existence. We want to see giant steps and not baby steps taken in the fight to bring the registry down. We want it all and we want it now because so many of us have been fighting this fight for so long already, we’re tired, we just want to go home, to our real homes, not the tents under bridges or encampments in back alleys that we’ve been forced to call home.

We all dared to Hope for change.

But even HOPE has its price.

If we have HOPE and the expectation that ACSOL can lead us in the fight against the registry and the injustices that we are all suffering while we wait for its demise, then in order to fulfill that expectation ACSOL needs help from all of us.

The price of HOPE is whatever you can afford.

I’ll be honest, I thought voluntarily writing blogs for different advocacy organizations was enough of a contribution, I thought I was doing my part to make a difference. But after reading Janice’s article I realize I was wrong. It’s not enough. Janice and others like her are working on our behalf, they are the movers and shakers, the ones making waves, fighting in the courts, the people on the front lines fighting for us. The ACSOL website keeps us informed about what’s going on in court cases, what new challenges we are facing, what is happening throughout not just this country but the world regarding those accused of offenses that put them on a punishing and life altering registry. A registry that must be taken down.

Without contributions what right do any of us have in expecting advocacy groups to be able to continue? ACSOL is fighting for all of us, not just those living in California. Precedents set in one state set in motion precedents to be set in other states, the work done in California affects the rest of the country, change is happening.

I know that for a lot of us money is tight, there are prison costs, restitution payments, registry fees, attorney fees, polygraph fees, you name it, registrants are paying it. But if we want to put an end to the registry, the fees, the ongoing punishment we are all dealing with, then we need to contribute to organizations that are trying to get the weight of the registry off of our backs. If we hope to live our lives to the fullest and not settle for the measly crumbs that the states say is the only kind of life we can have, then we all need to help.

If you want to continue to HOPE and expect that desire to be fulfilled, then DONATE whatever amount you can. There are nearly one million registrants and those registrants have family and friends and they are all Hoping for change.

Imagine what the Hope we all have could become if ACSOL had a contribution, large or small, whatever you can afford, from each of those one million registrants, their family and their friends.

Money talks. If that’s what it’s going to take to keep our HOPE alive and kicking, then donate what you can. I thought donating my time was enough. It’s not. I can’t afford a lot, but I can donate something.

My check went in the mail today. I hope everyone reading this will follow suit.

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  1. Billy Jack

    Thank you Kat for your blog. Hope is all I have anymore. Lost it all and there is no redemption it seems. Thank you for giving us hope. I do contribute when I can however tomorrow is my last day at work.

  2. H

    Dear Kat,
    I live in Texas and have spent time on the website and appreciate all the things your organization does for us. I get off probation in less than a month and have always worried about making a contribution because of the potential ill effects it may cause me. Today I sent a contribution via PayPal, as you and Janice are absolutely correct, you and your team fight for everyone around the country and I will no longer sit on the side lines. Thank you, H

  3. Harry

    As for me I have lost hope. 27 years ago I had more freedom when I was probations than now, 30 years crime free. I am 71 years old and not really expecting anything to change. I do appreciate what is these organization are trying to do, however, it seems like very little.

    • Bill

      @Harry
      If you can’t hope anymore than I will hope for you.

      Watch “Shawshank Redemption” even though it hasn’t anything to do with your case but spiritually I find it very uplifting.

      And whatever you do, don’t give in to despair because that’s what they want. Don’t give them the satisfaction! Deny them that pleasure!

      Put on a smile and stick out a BIG MIDDLE FINGER to the system and say to them, “No, you break first!”

      • Michael

        @Bill
        Well stated Bill. Thank you Janice. The registry is a mountain “Mt. Everest” …and you are moving it. Thank you Kat, for all you contribute, as you have just done with illuminating the word and meaning of “hope.”
        @Bill. I understand @Harry, having lost his ability to hope and your instinct to pick him up and carry him from this battlefield. My instincts are like yours and I’m not letting you carry him by yourself. I’m not letting Janice fight this battle by herself. I have many ways I can contribute to ACSOL. I still have value and resources; I’m 61 years young with a healthy body and a healthy mind. It’s my intention to invest everything I have and everything I am to first, assist Janice, Chance, and the ACSOL, and then any subsequent organization in the dismantling, and elimination of the registry.

        @Bill, about 28 years ago I absconded parole from a prior commitment and was at large for 7 years, interestingly enough, right where (area) I am today as a law abiding, tax paying citizen. Back then as an inside joke with family and friends, in any communication I went by the name “Andy” as in Andy Dufrane. And we all are now “William Wallace” Secured to an old battered cart, on our knees captured by the King, defeated and dragged before the masses to be further humiliated as they hurl everything imaginable at us as we’re being carted to the spectacle of torture and our eventual deaths.
        These battles have been fought before. My love goes out to each and everyone you. There is a good chance I will be on the registry for the rest of my life. I also never thought a person like Janice, or any of the thousands of people in this fight against the registry, existed. Never in a thousand years. But here she is. Had she not won a single case I will support her just because she’s here, where I thought no one would be, and she is trying. Think about it people. One courageous woman fighting against thousands and thousands of people, who, like Janice herself, have also taken an oath – overlapping multiple time – to protect to the Constitution. The difference being, Janice took the Oath seriously, and all of the did not. At least not the part that protect us.

        • Bill

          @Michael

          I have reason to hope. Everday as more regular citizens get scooped up into the Registry the more it impacts our society in a negative way that cannot be ignored.

          The current conditions set by our Registry alienates registrants from their community, deny them financial stability, thin out resources from our law enforcement from effectively policing real predators, and hurts their families in a profound way.

          Because the growing Registry has a tremendous ripple effect, awareness is growing too. Friends and families of registrants are also understanding the negative impacts and are likely wanting to support change.

          And I also foresee unlikely allies in the cause:

          Former lawmakers, politicians, and law enforcement that are also on the Registry.

          It is ironic yet fitting that the very people that were passing and enforcing the Registry are experiencing all that is wrong with it.

          I’m willing to bet that they feel differently now than they have then.

          And when they truly experience clarity I’m willing to bet that they will use the very same skills that created the Registry to undo it by reforming it.

          It is only a matter of time.

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