I Hereby Dedicate My Next Incarceration to the 2500 Immigrant Children Victimized by Trump’s Cruel Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy

So, I’ll be going to jail again soon…

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Soon, I’ll be doing this again, but in my mind I’m going to dedicate the experience to all the immigrant children who have been cruelly kidnapped from their parents by the Trump Administration and held in border detention centers.

I’m not sure when or on what grounds exactly, but apparently I really botched up on June 14, 2018 by strolling peacefully and politely throughout two of the office buildings on the MetLife campus in Cary, NC.

It might have been the hat I wore. MetLife has a dress code policy that prohibits the wearing of hats, and I had forgotten to remove mine after entering the buildings.

Lesson learned:

Always obey the rules of the MetLife dress code.

Joking aside, I’m now facing some serious misdemeanor Breaking or Entering charges which carry a maximum penalty of 3 months incarceration, and I have reason to believe that the rich and powerful white folks who are actually running things are going to take this opportunity to “teach me a lesson”, so to speak. I don’t think any of them even understand the first thing about Autism, let alone give a crap that I’m actually autistic, but maybe they’ll take into consideration the fact that I am also white and “pull their punches” a bit. Not that I’m seriously hoping to benefit in that way, but I may not have a choice. The sad truth is that white privilege makes everything easier, even crime.

My trial isn’t until August 7, but the rich and powerful white folks actually running things have made it incredibly easy for me to get locked up again before then. At this point I’m pretty sure all I have to do is forget to wash the dishes and back to jail I go. I’m pretty good about washing my dishes, but there are so many other rules I have to follow now. Two days ago a District Judge ordered me to give MetLife a copy of all the videographic footage I shot while touring harmlessly through the buildings. I have until 2:30 today to comply or I’ll be held in Contempt of Court and probably arrested immediately. Although I definitely plan to comply with the order, what if something happens to stop me? What if I get stuck in traffic on my way to their lawyer’s office? What if my daughter has a seizure and I have to spend the day with her in the hospital while she gets checked out? At the moment I’m trying to encrypt the file, and the process is taking forever.

Although a good excuse might earn me eventual forgiveness, that forgiveness would only come after I’d already been arrested, booked, and incarcerated for many, many boring hours.

I’m in a precarious situation right now. One way or another I’m going back to jail soon,  and so I want to try to make the most of it all by dedicating the experience to a worthy cause. In fact, I think I’ll go ahead and dedicate it to every worthy cause — every cause that a rational and morally mature person should support — but I’ll also pick a particular cause as well,

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Central Processing Station in McAllen, Texas. Center for Border Protection (CBP). Found here.

which is the 2500 kids who were recently kidnapped from their families and jailed in border detention centers as a result of the Trump Administration’s cruel Zero-Tolerance immigration policy.

Yes, of course, I realize that Trump has agreed to stop treating any more children in this Draconian fashion, and that 500 of the children have been thus far re-united with their families, but there are still some 2000 kids trapped in these detention centers and in any case, even those who have been reunited with their families were probably so traumatized by the experience that they are going to need lots of support to get over the trauma. All 2500 of them have been victimized by the Trump Administration, and I hereby dedicate my inevitable next incarceration to all of them, specifically; and of course their families too, who have all suffered unjustly; and most generally, I dedicate my inevitable next incarceration to all charitable causes that a rational and morally mature person should support.

Now, in order to make this dedication financially useful to the actual victims, I’m asking my readers here to consider making a contribution to one of the organizations dedicated to helping them. If you happen to have a favorite, then I encourage you to choose that one. And if you would like some suggestions, I invite you to consider those discussed in Here’s how to help immigrant children separated from parents at U.S. border.

I’m also open to any suggestions you’d like to share for good organizations to give to. Please leave their links in the comments below.

Thanks in advance!

 


Header Image Credit: By U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP Processing Unaccompanied Children) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

8 Comments

  1. B & E?? Damn! That bites. I’m sorry to hear this, brother 💐💐. Throughout my childhood I was told I’d make a good lawyer (guess I knew how to argue 😉); I wish I had followed that advice now! The court should appoint you proper counsel; quality varies. I wish I had some good advice to give! But alas, all I know how to do is send you vibes of strength and luck. I wish you all the very best, my friend 💞💟🍀

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  2. I’m pretty sure there are a bunch of go fund me, charities, etc already set up for those families. I don’t have any of the info but I’m sure it’s on line somewhere.
    It’s not surprising that the US government stole brown children away from their parents. It’s something they’ve been doing for centuries. Slave children were sold, Native children were stolen and sent to special schools where they had their hair cut (very traumatic), given “white” names, dressed in “white” clothing and forbidden to speak their native language. They were beaten if they disobeyed.

    In all honesty, I don’t think the police or the courts view your “crime” as high risk. You’ve probably got a bit of a grace period before the cuffs come out. They’d rather tack on a hefty fine. It’s all about the money!!

    And how could you forget about the dress code?!? I believe we’ve discussed dress codes before. At least you remembered to wear your underpants. LOL

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    1. Hey, thanks for that suggestion. Much easier to post a few links to existing fund raising efforts than to create another one. I’ll definitely follow up.

      And thanks for your helpful comments on the history associated with these modern kidnappings. It reminds us that the whole idea of “progress” is really not as clear as we like to imagine. There’s nothing permanent about the advance of civilization. But hopefully it’s just a 2 steps forward 1 step back kind of thing.

      Regarding the cuffs: I actually missed the 2:30 deadline earlier because the data encryption program I’m using is taking a very long time. I actually started it last night and it’s still not even 75% complete. I think it somehow stopped running during the night, however. Anyway, when I saw that I was going to miss the deadline and was slipping rapidly into a state of Contempt of Court, I drove over to my ex’s apartment, dramatically kissed my kids farewell, and then drove to the nearest police department to turn myself in. The police were extremely cool about it, informed me that there had been no warrant issued yet and sent me home. They told me they’d be in touch with me if a warrant came out. Whew!

      And of course, I was careful to wear underpants!!!! LOL 🙂

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