The Beat of a Different Drum

The Beat of a Different Drum
Posted by FoM on January 26, 2000 at 10:03:12 PT
Report January 17, 2000 by Kay Lee
Source: Journey for Justice
For the Sake of The Prisoners, Their Families, and The People of Our Nation: End the Drug War November Coalition Tennessee Vigil Report.It was cold in Nashville, and the wind was brutal. The pale sun cast long shadows off the Estes Kefauver building, as our small band of shivering warriors, armed only with the truth, marched to the sunnier side of the block to continue the often heartbreaking task of educating the misinformedpublic.
The vigil for drug war prisoners got started right on time. People had come from Florida, Kentucky, and all parts of Tennessee. We marched united under the banner of the November Coalition which reads: "There is no Justice in the War on Drugs."We braved the weather, the wind, and the apathy to raise our voices against America's war on its own people. The traffic was heavy and the red light long, providing time for the curious people staring from their warm cars to understand that we were there protesting the interminable, destructive war on drugs. Our frozen hands held pictures of the drug war victims and signs proclaiming the social injustice."It has," we called out to motorists, "been going on for over 30 years. We build a new prison every week in America," we told them, "and we are currently housing two million of our fellow citizens, 3/4s of whom are non-violent offenders of the drug laws."We explained how much this war is costing. "After all, 1.3 billion per year to fund the drug war is coming from the most vital sources; our children's education, the military, from ultimately our own wallets."We asked if they thought our children were any safer from drugs now than ten years ago. "Are there fewer drugs," we asked. Are they harder to find? Do you see any improvement after 30 long years?"We told them that we needed their support if we were to ever find a less harmful solution to ourselves and the 70 million or so drug users in America.We told them all we could in the brief moments before the light turned green and they sped out of our lives.Then we proceeded to the Al Gore National Headquarters and traded bumper stickers. His said, "Gore 2000." Ours said, "Stop The Drug War."We put our hearts into planting seeds in Nashville. We will continue planting seeds until the wrong is right. We pray for a quick, rich, and productive harvest.ALERT: The Journey for Justice continues.On February 15th, we will once again set up vigil at the gates of the Florida Starke/Raiford Prison Complex near Gainesville on Rt 16. We will be joining with others across the nation to mourn the caging of 2 million American citizens, mostly in the name of the Drug War.Contact Kay Lee or Jodi James for more information321-253-3673 or Email KLee or cfcflo ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~Journey For Justice III Florida Style"From the Big House to Your House, Brother Jeb"*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~A Smuggler's Tales From Jails*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~Flying the Banner of the Global Peace Walk*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~November Coalition*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~Remember, Defeat is NOT an option!In memory of Joe HartJoseph A. Hart, Medical Marijuana Activist! for Justice III Florida Style Allison AvengerAlly's Freedom Page
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on January 27, 2000 at 16:22:58 PT
E-Mail From Kay Lee
On February 15th, 2000, we will mourn Two Million Americans who have lost all freedom and now live in cages, well over half because of the drug war. Two Million is Way Too Many!!! Please take this day to ask for an end to the drug war and imprisonment of non-violent offenders. Thirty years of war, not on drugs, but on people, has done nothing constructive: The drugs still flow heavily, the corruption is mounting, prisons are more brutal, and the rights of the people are just a pale shadow of real freedom. More children are using drugs or loosing parents who do, and millions of lives have been horribly altered while the private prison industry goes to Wall Street. The wisdom within your hearts know this is terribly wrong. When a law is in such violent conflict with common sense and compassion, it is a BAD LAW. It's our time to do something about it. On February 15th, 2000, if you can find a vigil near you, go. If you can't, get a couple of friends and make a couple of signs and go stand at a prison, a courthouse, a capitol building, or in the park.  One Florida vigil is at the gates of Starke prison just outside of Gainesville on SR 16.  Two million IS too many. For the sake of the prisoners, their families, and society, Stand out on February 15th, 2000. Let's End the drug war now! Kay Lee~*~*~*~The Truth As I See It`lee/home.htm~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~A Smuggler's Tales From Jails`lee/garywaid.htm~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~The Journey for Justice III Florida Style*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~November Coalition*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~Patrick Crusade*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~Fear in the caveBy Happy Hombre Deep, in the dark place it awaits,laying low to the ground. Breathing slowly,it's breath barely heard, but the scent unmistakable.It's eyes are slits of green, moving from side to side,looking, but not looking. I can feel it, but I can't touch it.No light shines in this place deep within, only the cold, dampness surrounds me like a blanket. Oh great spirit,I need your help, I am lost in this place and can't find my out.How did I get here? Where can I run? Oh great spirit,what should I do? Please show me the way out of here. Then the great spirit spook in whispers to me, saying"My son, standup and be brave. You are free. The only thing that can hold a warrior is the fear from within himself, the fear that he will not die an honorable death, as the ancient ones.""Be at peace with yourself and others." My face now looks for the morning sun.*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on January 26, 2000 at 14:44:50 PT
I'll second that!
I'll second that! God Bless Kay Lee!
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Comment #2 posted by Ally on January 26, 2000 at 12:41:43 PT
God Bless Kay Lee, My sentiments exactly!!!
Great, that is wonderful thank you I will check them out now...bon jour Ally
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Comment #1 posted by THC on January 26, 2000 at 10:58:04 PT
Here's a url for some of the pictures taken. Bless Kay Lee
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