“Families whose loved ones are in jail are in crisis and that crisis can last for months, years, decades….It can echo for life, particularly when you’re dealing with young children.”
Today August 10th, Prisoner Justice Day, we honoured the memory of prisoners who have died and tried to raise awareness for those who suffer still. Thank you to those who courageously spoke and shared their thoughts with us. Huge appreciation to all who joined us; CBC Edmonton, The John Humphrey Centre for Peace & Human Rights, The Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton, CreArt Edmonton, Support Don’t Punish, Criminal Defence Lawyer Mac Walker, Terry Paskemin from Sweetgrass Saskatchewan; founder of Blackstone singers, Leo Paskemin, Aaron Bird and everyone else in attendance. The support and solidarity shown proves that prisoners are not alone and that they have allies. Together we can bring change.
I am writing on behalf of the T.O.D.D. Support & Advocacy Foundation to invite you to join us on Prisoner Justice Day at The Alberta Legislature for a day of remembrance and awareness. Prisoner Justice Day is August 10th and it is intended to honour those who have died and who suffer while in custody. We will honour these people by sharing their stories, raising awareness about the conditions of their confinement and asking for meaningful changes through music, art and speech.
Some of the issues that are affecting prisoners, their loved ones and our communities that we will be focusing on are human rights, aboriginal and female overrepresentation, mental health, addictions, trauma, solitary confinement and segregation, access to healthcare, neglect, suicide, family and public notification, enhanced training, community responsibility and alternatives to incarceration. We will be meeting at four in the afternoon, at the bottom of the main legislature stairs in front of the fountains. We will share, listen, invite others to do the same and hope to help educate.
We would be delighted to hear from you with any questions, concerns or feedback that you may have. Thank you for your consideration, we look forward to seeing you and those you choose to share this invite with on Prisoner Justice Day.
Take good care,
T.O.D.D. Support & Advocacy Foundation
Phone: 780 – 991 – 8402
Fax: 780 – 638-1749
A few photos of our members walking a mile, showing their glow, raising awareness and supporting kids with incarcerated parents. Thank you to all who joined in. Together we can make a difference; change is coming! #featmilechallenge #koip #walkamile #allkidsmatter #forgottenvictims #prisonfamily #showyourglow #endthestigma #change #hope #healing