I met My hero last year. Piper Kerman a role model designed just for me, or at least that’s what I believe. When I watched “Orange is The New Black” i was so interested I meeting the the real “Piper” and felt like we would at so e poi t need to work together. A women that is doing similar work as I am just made me excited its rare to find Some one who has a desire change the system one day at a time. Telling our community’s the truth about incarceration and women who travel through this system and face freedom with no life skills.
Well my dreams continue to come true and I keep connecting with incredible individuals doing incredible work. This coming March I will get the privilege to speak on a panel in New York a event hosted by Piper Kerman check out this link
It’s finally here a booklet of stories told by women in our women’s support group look for it soon on line!
My life has been pretty much a roller coaster ride,the ups and downs unexpected turns and terrifying drops. I’ve shed many tears and a whole lot of smiles long store short I’ve been to hell and back.
Completing the sisters that been there program has taken my life and swerved it into the right direction I’m moving onto better things for my self and for my family.
Walk a mile in our shoes I guarantee you’ll feel the blues and get a gimps of the battle your bound to loose
walk a mile in our shoes and time will drag people on the outs are destined to lag
walk a mile in our shoes feel the importance of mail feel the way it warm’s up even the coldest cell
walk a mile in our shoes you will see the unseen you will find your self walking in the land of lost dreams
walk a miles in our shoes and you will come to a stop you find a sisterhood that will take you to the top
walk a mile in our shoe and your destined to win your destined to have the chance to never go back in
walk a mile in our shoes you wouldn’t change a thing take the shoes your wearing and then start comparing
similarity of the women that walked in those shoes are indeed the same women that felt that same exact blues
walk a mile in our shoes you’ll see the time that dragged is the same time we all had and those people that lagged
were the only people any of us had and the importance of mail is why we can’t fail the warmth of that cell is what keeps us from jail
the unseen remains the same no need to take on all that shame
that land of lost dreams no longer serves the rehabilitating team
we are on our way to the top because we hold the keys to our own locks
destined to win as long as we don’t run in old circles again
walk a mile in our shoe — sisters that been there.
By Steeda McGruder
“I am always in quest of being open to what the universe will bring me.”
— Jill Bolte Taylor
How willing are you to learn something new? How open are you to new perspectives?
When we are open, we are willing to move to places we’ve never been before. We are willing to continually review our belief systems so we can test out new ideas….
Be open to seeing things:
– from another’s point of view,
– from a higher and more inclusive perspective
– with a beginner’s attitude of wonder.
I believe that we can make a difference by doing the unseen things that it takes for situations to change. I decided to stop in at the Chowchilla Prison for women to send the ladies love through prayer and meditation. They will never know I was there but I know and by doing this I keep my dream a living reality.
I felt connected to a power greater than me and felt like my vison was cleared, my soul desire this journey. I could have stayed there a whole day and night, I almost fell asleep there. I remember watching dances with the wolves as a little girl and I can remember how people felt connected to certain lands as if their soul belonged there and if they felt this they would claim the land as there own.
This is my reality when it comes to my work with these gifted women, I am claiming the land because my soul has chosen this land, “Land of lost dreams” I’m most clear headed when i’m on the grounds of a institution that holds souls that have lost there way and there dreams there is a peace about the stillness of this land. After all, this is where I got the greatest idea of my life Sisters That Been There!
Recently attended the annual women rising night of empowerment and served as a panelist I was able to tell attendees how Stbt got started and where it comes from a great opportunity to receive feed back from you all and I must say I had a great time.
I was asked if I had three demands or wishes for the community what would they be.. my first thoughts were crazy wild and extreme but my heart spoke up and said TELL THE TRUTH!
Demand #1 was, I demand that you all love the next person you meet that has been recently released weather you think they want it or no I gave full permission for you all to love the next person you meet that has been released. And demanded you do so no matter how much fear fills you we want it and need it.
Demand #2: I demand that all you managers and business owners out there hire the next felon that has the balls to walk into your establishment and ask you for a job. Because if they find the courage to do something so uncomfortable to us than I can tell you on there behalf that they really want it so please fucken hire them and put there fears of rejection to rest!
Wish#1 My wish is to have a house just like the one where the event was held at” BackWater Arts Gallery” to have a drop inn center for women recently released. The home would serve has a home base for the women to help navigate them through their rehabilitation period we would hire women that had the familiar back ground and we would run nightly groups that would provide a family atoms fear for women alike.
The food was great, the creativity was high and energy was pure and women were gifted if you didn’t make it this year theirs always next year. Thank you again to the committee for having me!