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February 5, 2021 at 10:34 am #80267
By Sandy . . . Over the past almost ten years, I have written many editorials and expository articles based on things that are happening in the world
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February 5, 2021 at 1:15 pm #80278
Good piece. Engaging and rich perspective.
February 9, 2021 at 7:53 am #80356
Thank you for this piece and for writing as the voice of so many. My son is a registrant, and it helps to know that people like you and NARSOL are fighting against this unfair treatment and shaming. Until my son went through the court, prison, and now registry process, I was not aware of how ineffective and inefficient the system is. I am lucky, because my son persevered and made the best out of his bad situation. I am so proud of the man he became, but so sad that now that he has served his whole sentence, and is no longer on probation, that he is still being held back by the registry requirement. He is eligible to apply for removal from the SOR in 2025, which will mark 10 years from the time he was released, and 15 years since his arrest at 19 years old, for a crime that did not involve any physical contact. He cannot effectively move forward with his career, marriage, and life until he is removed from the SOR. He didn’t harm anyone physically or emotionally, yet on the SOR, everyone listed is considered a threat, and many others like him are not any threat at all. The registry is diluted by so many people who do not need to be monitored, that it makes it hard to identify the ones who are a real threat to the community.
February 5, 2021 at 4:17 pm #80283
How about the mass killing of innocent people disguised as covid19? What’s to say this wasn’t all just a coverup to specifically target people who were/are a threat to the state, such as the cases of the falsely accused that went to trial?
2020 was more than it seemed…
February 6, 2021 at 12:55 pm #80296
Keep going Sandy, I like to be informed that I’m not alone in my ow struggles with survival. From your stories, my thoughts and frustrations become more real through validation from other people’s stories of survival. I’m not imagining how insane lifetime probation sounds to me. I hear how insane it sounds from those around me I feel safe enough to share with.
NARSOL in its entirety, covers the good and the bad, gives hope, and shares the progress of it’s uphill battle to help the oppressed. Yes, I don’t like a love story that ends badly, but this isn’t fantasy, this is real. I have so many things that go through my head, NARSOL does bring me some hope. Sandy your stories are depressing to some, but I’m glad to hear that I’m not alone in my own struggles. Thank you for your stories you write, I’m forever grateful there is someone like you that has the courage to write on what i believe to be such difficult matters.
February 6, 2021 at 12:56 pm #80297
I for one want to thank you Sandy, for all you have done and are doing on our behalf.
People in our situation need and want a cathartic way to express themselves. I am not alone, is what you have written, tells me! As for the negative, well we deal in the everyday of it.
What I am forced to be represented as, does not define me, or any of us.
I served 10 years day for day in a Texas state prison system on 14 different Units. If that’s not Hell, I don’t know what is.
But you know what, in all of that, God was always with me. Better jobs, better housing, better friends, better protection, good health, added education.
No agencies help you when you get out as a Registered citizen. What’s offered to other Felons is not available to us.
However, my Church, and it’s membership welcomed me back and lifted me up. I was re-baptized and just recently had my Temple blessings restored and the Priesthood. I have been in a wonderful relationship with the sweetest woman I have ever known, who I plan to marry in September of this year. She knows what I have gone through and loves me anyway.
The Florida county I live in treats me firmly but fairly. I have yet to have a compliance check in 14 months. I register quickly, twice a year and that’s all there is to it. Believe me, I’ve had it worse in other jurisdictions since I got out to the Free World in 2013. I have been truly blessed in the last six years. It just takes time and a plan to get things going. I have a wonderfully supportive brother who has stood by me all this time. We have maneuvered through all the unjust restrictions over the years and have a Handyman business now.
FAC and NARSOL are the the best, of which I am proudly a member of. I pray 🙏 for all your efforts Sandy. God bless you all!
February 6, 2021 at 10:09 pm #80312
Robin Vander WallAdmin
Thank you, Sandy. Like all writers, you work with the material that’s available to you. To anyone who complains about what you write I say this: “Go read something else, for God’s sake! OH–and if you don’t have anything good to say, STFU!”
We appreciate you, Sandy, and I am thankful for your devotion to the work you do, to NARSOL, and to the tens of thousands of people who are unable to give a voice to the pangs of their hearts and the thoughts of their minds. God bless you!
February 6, 2021 at 10:13 pm #80311
H n H
So, will a moderator please reply to this post? Why isn’t NARSOL following the fight going on overseas in Germany as it directly relates to the registry and civil commitment? Right now on the “Common Sense Laws” channel of the tube of you there’s an individual going to the United nations in Japan over our sex laws, actually fighting for us! I’ve brought this up on 2 separate occasions, this is the 3rd. Why won’t NARSOL cover this? I’d like to think everything we fight for, all the pain and misery being made known worldwide would be front page news, but…. crickets.
Can someone please explain this?
February 6, 2021 at 10:19 pm #80314
Robin Vander WallAdmin
H n H — I’ve no idea how frequently you have begged this question, but if no attention is being paid to what you perceive as worthy of our attention, my suggestion would be to contact us through email and not through a comment on a blog posting. If you would like to bring this to the immediate attention of someone on our volunteer staff (and I stress, VOLUNTEER), then I suggest you send this information to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. This is simply not the place where you are likely to get the engagement you are seeking (except from other people who are commenting on a blog posting).
February 7, 2021 at 6:48 pm #80331
You’re not being a downer. Until the war is won, all one can do is fight the good fight.
February 9, 2021 at 5:55 pm #80373
We’re all joining the effort to make known what’s happening to PEOPLE in this country. Not just names on paper but real people. These injustices are being challenged by regular American citizens who put their own lives and careers on the line. Many who have to say goodbye to their old lives…and even some who’ve actually lost their lives.
So if you’re able to fight, fight on.
February 21, 2021 at 10:22 am #80832
Go Girl! Keep Writing, because I need you to do so. Keep Writing. because those Idiot Crooked Lawmakers, Crooked Judges, Crooked DA’s , Crooked Cops, and yes even those ‘Crooked Media Stars’-and we know who some of them are-will keep on piling on because in the end for them, it’s all about MONEY!