I would like to extend a big thank you to all of the individuals who got involved on this phone issue by writing letters, making phone calls, showing up to the protest and researching the details that ultimately are in the process of being changed.
There were many who wanted to attend the protest on Tuesday but were unable to due to travel distance, the high cost of fuel and work restraints. Though they weren't there in person, they did what they could in other ways that brought attention to this matter and as a result we received an equal amount of interest from the media which helps tremendously on educating the public as well.
A big thank you to Michael Steinburg of the ACLU for his help and sending and Beile his wonderful legal intern to the protest to support us, Diane Bukowski for her coverage of the protest in the Voice of Detroit and for her future publication of my articles from the Broo and definitely for standing with us in the humidity for half the day! To Barbara Levine and the entire CAPPS organization, members of Mi-Cure, the media who allowed our voices to be heard and last but definitely not least the prisoners who supported this endeavor and sent me the thank you card for fighting for their need to communicate with their families.
A special and most grateful thank you to the Editor and the Writers on Broo, without this "Treasure Trove" the publicity brought to this issue would have been significantly less powerful. The parents, spouses and children involved with a loved one in the system extend their deepest gratitude to this outlet as well. The amount of awareness brought to this issue, directly from this site is immeasurable!
Cher, you are a gem.
It is my hope that what we have worked hard at over the last 30 days, continues to make a difference in the lives of those who struggle through the mental and emotional stress of incarceration and the additional financial burden that the high cost of communication can add to the top of it. It is very promising that the bill passed legislation and has made it in front of the governor, we can only hope that the resolution is a long term resolution and there are no more ambiguous terms, exceptions, justifications or last minute changes.
In closing, I would like to say that it took the collaboration of many people from many walks of life to make this happen, from the head of organizations and legal teams, to the families enduring a loved one in the system- right down to the prisoners themselves, to bring light and justice to all lives that are involved with the DOC. I certainly hope that this action sets the stage for future changes, not only in how the Department moves forward in making promising changes but in how actively we all get involved on important issues as well.
Again, my gratitude to those who were diligent in supporting the families and the prisoners in any way they could.