Inhumane conditions and poor decisions continue to mar the trajectory of Morgan Geyser’s life, as Judge Michael Bohren rules against the reverse waiver plea on August 10th, 2015. While Bohren acknowledges that Morgan Geyser will not receive adequate mental health treatment if she ends up at Taycheedah Women’s Prison when she turns 18, he maintains that moving the case to juvenile court will “unduly depreciate the seriousness of the offense” (Journal Sentinel). In defense of his ruling, Bohren further stated, “There has to be assurance to the public — and to these defendants as well — that a serious offense has to be dealt with on a serious basis that offers protection to everyone” (Journal Sentinel). For my more adept readers, there seems to be an inherent contradiction here: Bohren recognizes that Geyser will not receive adequate mental health treatment if tried as an adult, yet maintains that his ruling “offers protection to everyone”.
This is not the first incidence of hypocrisy in the Slender Man case. Both in and outside the court the facts have continually been obscured, and in some instances entirely misrepresented! For instance, during the August 10th ruling, Bohren stated that Morgan is refusing medication. In fact Morgan has not been offered medication over the ensuing 15 month period of incarceration. Morgan has maintained that she does not want her “friends” to go away, so does this mean that she is refusing medication? It would seem that is Bohren’s interpretation, and his conclusion follows: why offer her medication at all, she has implied that she would refuse. By this logic one could surmise that if a person is fasting and starving, then why even offer them a meal? Morgan is in fact starving, albeit mentally! She is being held in isolation and has very limited contact with humans. She has no access to the outdoors, no windows, no physical contact with her family. She is also being denied medical treatment. She is cold and hungry. If a parent treated their child in such a way they would be arrested for abuse.
Again Bohren recognized and stated that these conditions are unacceptable, which is why he ordered “visits and recreation” at the Waukesha Juvenile Center. On the surface this sounds good, but as in the case of statements concerning Morgan’s “refusal” to accept medication, the reality is much different. These “visits” occur every two weeks, and last only two hours. “Recreation” seems to just be a word, as she is not allowed any recreation during this time, and is not allowed to spend ANY time outdoors. As we begin to see the bigger picture, we should not be surprised that this child is desperately lonely, and can turn only to her “friends” for company. Which brings us to the elephant in the room: paranoid schizophrenia.
Bohren’s willingness to acknowledge that Morgan is suffering from a severe illness — childhood onset paranoid schizophrenia — while simultaneously refusing to treat it as the mitigating element that it is, leads us to draw questionable conclusions about his character. He is either more interested in retribution and public opinion, or he lacks a full understanding of the disease that Morgan Geyser suffers from. In his oral ruling he “kept coming back to the disturbing, premeditated nature of the crime, an offense he described as, ‘frankly, vicious'” (Journal Sentinel). For those who posses a greater knowledge of paranoid schizophrenia, this defense is thin. A person suffering from paranoid schizophrenia is quite capable of premeditation, as discussed in the National Institutes of Health Library of Medicine, “Violence due to a mental condition such as schizophrenia is considered medical, but even aggression motivated by delusions or hallucinations can also be characterized as impulsive, premeditated, or compulsive.” It is further suggested, “Assessment of a violent act committed by an offender with schizophrenia typically focuses on whether the act was due to distortions in thought or perception, i.e., delusions or hallucination”. And yet, the now 13 year old Morgan Geyser, who suffers from debilitating delusions which provoked the non-lethal yet tragic event, faces inhumane conditions.
We must ask ourselves if Judge Michael Bohren is truly interested in a decision that “offers protection to everyone”? Deeper still we must wonder if his goal is actual justice? In fact his ruling has grave consequences for Morgan Geyser, “The teens face dramatically different treatment because of the judge’s decision. Children tried as adults face longer sentences and fewer resources while incarcerated, and they’re more likely to be assaulted in adult prisons than juvenile facilities” (Huggington Post). In an increasingly chaotic world with dwindling resources, where overcrowding is the rule not the exception, we can expect to see more and more mental illness. It is easy to dismiss until it touches down in your life, but the devastation it can create is terrifying. As a society we need to take responsibility for our own, and learn to look past our emotional reactions, or what people will think of us (Judges included). We must learn to do the right thing!
Some are familiar with “A Beautiful Mind“, the famous Ron Howard film starring Russell Crowe, which depicts the life and work of John Forbes Nash Jr., who was afflicted with Schizophrenia. Recently Nash, who won the Nobel Prize in 1994 for Economics, died in a car crash along with his devoted wife Alicia Nash – the woman who provided Nash the support he needed throughout his lifelong mental illness. Sylvia Nasar, the couple’s biographer and author of “A Beautiful Mind”, managed to capture a strange truth which many people struggle with: madness and genius can, and often do, reside in the same person. Nash was perhaps one of the most brilliant Mathematicians of the twentieth century, whose game theory showed mathematically that by cooperating instead of competing, everyone involved can succeed. At the same time Nash was also struggling with his sanity, and was hospitalized on numerous occasions. Despite the battles that waged between his delusions and our reality, with the proper support, care and compassion Nash was able to not only live a productive life, but a successful one in which his groundbreaking work paved the way to a better world.
I cannot help but reflect on the genius that may be locked in Morgan Geyser, and imprisoned in the cage of Schizophrenia. It was not until later in Nash’s life that he was diagnosed with Schizophrenia, while in the Case of Morgan it has been detected very early, early enough to be classified as “childhood onset Schizophrenia”. Morgan is an exceptional student and an incredible artist – two signifiers of a gifted asset to society – while she is also afflicted with paranoid delusions, due to the organic brain disease she suffers unto. Historically we have seen this interesting concoction, time immemorial. We can look back through the rolodex of historical figures and see those who were able to manage their disease, in order to bring about productivity, and those that became victims to their disease, and brought about destruction. Yet it is never too late to offer the key ingredient of success: support and understanding! Nash had an incredible support structure in Alicia and his colleagues, and as a consequence was able to overcome and channel his madness into productive genius; in fact Nash was eventually able to function and prosper without medication (a fact omitted from the Ron Howard film).
I also cannot help but see the parallel between Alicia Nash and Morgan Geyser‘s family. Morgan’s family is incredibly supportive and loving, and now armed with the diagnosis of Schizophrenia, much more capable of ensuring that Morgan’s genius manifests productively! Coupled with medical treatment it is quite possible that Morgan, like many of us in the world, can rise above her mental illness and become a highly productive member of society. Now as a society, we stand on the precipice of perhaps the most important topic of the twenty-first century: how to deal with the ever-present and far reaching ramifications of mental illness, not as an individual problem, but as the great hindrance of humankind. How can we, as a society, shift from a reactionary role into a proactive role, knowing that our prison system has become the receptacle for our mentally ill? Their behavior is criminal – a symptom – while often the problem itself is mental illness. To shift from a reactionary role (addressing the symptom), to a proactive role (addressing the problem), requires a grandiose shift in societal perception, and in turn behavior.
As I think about these things I have come to realize that in order to achieve this grandiose societal shift, we must begin with individuals, and set precedents that will pave the way towards a more compassionate and effective world. So on this day, July 17th, 2015, while Morgan Geyser’s Reverse Waiver Hearing is transpiring inside the courtroom of Judge Michael Bohren, please take a moment to make your voice heard, and use our Letter Writing Pool resource as your sounding box. Between now and August, Judge Michael Bohren will determine, based upon the hearings today as well as your Letter Writing contributions, whether to remand Morgan Geyser to Juvenile court, or to process her as an adult. Let’s give this child the gift of a second chance, and perhaps by being her slender chance, we can make this a better world for everyone!
Morgan Geyser’s co-defendant, Anissa Weier, has her own reverse waiver hearing today, Tuesday, May 26th, to determine if she will be remanded to juvenile court. While this hearing is independent of Morgan’s reverse waiver hearing next month, Judge Michael Bohren’s decision concerning Anissa Weier may be indicative of his willingness to come to a similar ruling for Morgan. Weier’s defense, based on an article in the Journal Sentinel by Bruce Vielmetti, is approaching the reverse waiver hearing from a constitutional angle, and recently filed a motion claiming that it “violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and that keeping her from the juvenile court system violates her rights to equal protection and due process” (Journal Sentinel article). According to Vielmetti’s article, Weier’s attorneys are arguing “that science has shown that areas of the brain associated with impulse control, risk assessment and moral reasoning develop last, often not until a person is in her 20s”, which is widely recognized by the courts. While we at SlenderChance.com do not know whether Anissa Weier is, like Morgan Geyser, suffering from an organic brain disease like schizophrenia, we still stand firmly behind her case being remanded to juvenile court. The lengthy motion filed by Weier’s attorney’s provides ample reasoning, “…There is strong evidence that ‘adult time for adult crime’ laws actually increase recidivism because juveniles sentenced as adults become vulnerable to adult criminals (and) are mentored by them”.
In an associated local article published by WISN 12, our efforts at SenderChance.com were recognized, although it is clear that Nick Bohr (the author of said news report) did not thoroughly research the contents of the website. Bohr reports that, “WISN 12 News has learned of an online effort, SlenderChance.com, portraying Geyser as a child diagnosed with schizophrenia — someone in need of help and not as someone who tried to kill”. Had Bohr taken the time (as we recommend that everyone visiting our site do) to select the About tab and further investigate the purposes of the page, he would have quickly located a section titled The Facts… which includes both a short recapitulation of the crime and this passage, “While we DO NOT condone or support any violent crime, let alone this particular event, we believe that this crime is a symptom of a greater, and deeper social issue: mental illness. We believe that Morgan is a child with mental illness who needs help, not exile”. It is also interesting that Bohr states we are “portraying Geyser as a child diagnosed with schizophrenia”, when it is a fact that Morgan Geyser has been diagnosed with childhood onset schizophrenia, this fact being recognized in Judge Michael Bohren’s courtroom. It would seem that local news is continuing to perpetuate the notion that Morgan Geyser’s mental state is not legitimately a mitigating circumstance in this case, when in fact it is!
Last but certainly not least, we would like to remind our readers that the opportunity to write letters to Judge Michael Bohren is coming to a close, as the amassed letters will be provided to the judge on June 1st. By joining our Letter Writing Pool you will have the opportunity to directly assist in our efforts to be Morgan Geyser’s slender chance!
“I have no idea what’s awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.” ~ Albert Camus
Morgan Geyser is turning thirteen in jail today! Can you imagine when you were twelve going on thirteen, or when your child was, and celebrating that transition in a windowless cell? Her family does not get to see her today, to hold her close in embrace, to light thirteen candles atop a cake. Gifts will not be exchanged, and it is likely that it will go unnoticed on “the inside”. We ask why – why must it be this way? But we know the answer: our society is ill-equipped to deal with mental illness! Morgan Geyser is a schizophrenic child, suffering from debilitating delusions; she is sick and needs our help, but our “justice” system deems otherwise. They believe that this delusional child should be isolated and denied treatment, interaction and stimulus. As we all know, this is hard for anyone to deal with – near total isolation, only your thoughts bouncing around your head – but even more so for a person suffering from schizophrenia, and a child at that.
We at SlenderChance.com believe that Morgan Geyser deserves treatment for schizophrenia, and her case should be remanded to juvenile court. Today, on her thirteenth birthday, we ask two things of you: if you have not Written a Letter or utilized our Template Letter to contact the Honorable Judge Michael Bohren, we ask that you do so; this is the most valuable birthday gift that you can provide! Second, we ask that everyone (regardless of whether you are a supporter, or not) take a moment in your day and silently wish Morgan a peaceful birthday in jail! If you are anything like us, call it prayer, meditation, invocation, or wish, we believe that she will be able to feel our sentiment, and that may be the only solace she receives on her thirteen birthday. Together we can be her slender chance!
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop
Those of us with busy lives need letter writing made easy, and so we introduce yet another efficient way to support Morgan Geyser. Simply download the attached document, print, sign and send! A little background on the document: this letter was prepared by a SlenderChance.com supporter who is also a professional psychologist. The idea is that we are all very busy, so the thought of penning a letter and sending it can seem daunting, but if we could provide potential supporters an option that is both intelligent and, more importantly, pre-existing, then the likelihood is greater that more people will take the time to stuff an envelope and lick a stamp.
Many of you have already heard this message, in one form or another, and perhaps you have sent a letter, or maybe you are still finding time do so. If you have not then we urge you take the time to download the attached letter, print, sign and send it to the address below. Next month heralds Morgan Geyser’s slender chance – the reverse waiver hearing, during which she will have one last opportunity to be remanded to juvenile court. We believe that by bombarding judge Michael Bohren with letters (prior to June 17th, 2015) attesting to the importance of remanding Morgan Geyser’s case to juvenile court, he will have the realization that a logical, rational citizenry is calling not for leniency, but justice for a child with schizophrenia.
As I have said before and will likely say again, we cannot undo the damage that has already transpired, but we can work towards reducing or eliminating further damage from occurring. We need to put our emotions aside for a moment and recognize that Morgan Geyser is a sick child who needs our support, care and compassion. She needs us to rally our collective voice and be her slender chance at both treatment and justice!
Support for Morgan Geyser
P.O. Box 865
Waukesha, WI 53187-0865
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV
The Reverse Waiver Hearing is nearly upon us! Next month, June 17th – 18th, court will be convened under the order of Judge Michael Bohren, to determine if Morgan Geyser’s case will be remanded to juvenile court. Now is the time to join our Letter Writing Pool and express the importance of moving Morgan Geyser’s case to juvenile court! When the crime occurred Morgan Geyser had just turned 12 years old, and was suffering from undiagnosed and untreated schizophrenia, yet she is currently facing charges of first degree attempted homicide, in adult court. We at SlenderChance.com believe that this is a flagrant miscarriage of justice. We urge you to join our efforts in Petitioning Judge Michael Bohren to remand Morgan Geyser’s case to juvenile court, where the infrastructure exists to properly address the intricacies of her situation. We ask that you address the judge directly as the Honorable Judge Michael Bohren, and that you opt for the Snail Mail delivery system, despite the additional energy that it requires to pen a paper letter. The impact of actual letters versus emails is profound!
Yesterday heralded some successful news for Morgan Geyser, which was inappropriately reported via the majority of mainstream news channels, so here is the scoop: Judge Michael Bohren upheld a motion filed by Morgan Geyser’s attorney, granting her an evaluation by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Why is this important? Normally children who are involved in the justice system are assigned a social worker. This social worker evaluates the child on a semi-regular basis and helps determine the services a child may need, for example, treatment for mental illness. Because Morgan Geyser is being charged as an adult, DHHS was not scheduled to do an evaluation, as they do not work with adults. This does not necessarily mean Morgan Geyser will receive treatment for her now diagnosed, yet still untreated childhood schizophrenia, but it does bring her one step closer. It is also, seemingly, an admission that at some level Judge Michael Bohren recognizes that he is dealing with a child, not an adult, as she is being charged. One must ask, why would Judge Michael Bohren grant a motion allowing Morgan Geyser access to the resources a child is entitled to, if in fact he presides over a case where she is legally an adult? Hopeful speculation perhaps, but a success that paves the way to the possibility of treatment in the case of Morgan Geyser!
“Compassion is the basis of morality.”
~ Arthur Schopenhauer
Take the Mental Illness Quiz and determine if you (a) believe that mental illness is a disease, and (b) if you support Morgan Geyser! There is much conjecture and controversy surrounding the case of Morgan Geyser, and it has become apparent that people support her without even knowing it. After asking a few questions, most people (even those whose knee-jerk reaction is to damn Morgan) agree that she deserves proper health care, and her case should be remanded to juvenile court. We have recently seen a dramatic increase in support for Morgan Geyser, both nationally and locally, and we believe this is owing to a rational and logical citizenry, willing to reevaluate the circumstances.
Do you believe:
- A disease prevents the body or mind from working normally? (yes) +1, (no) -1
- A disease has harmful symptoms? (yes) +1, (no) -1
- Disease affects both individuals and groups of individuals? (yes) +1, (no) -1
- A person with a disease deserves treatment? (yes) +1, (no) -1
Tally your score, and let’s review the definition of disease:
- “An illness that affects a person, animal, or plant: a condition that prevents the body or mind from working normally.” Merriam-Webster
- “A pathological condition of a body part, an organ, or a system resulting from various causes, such as infection, genetic defect, or environmental stress, and characterized by an identifiable group of signs or symptoms.” Dictionary.com
- “Any harmful, depraved, or morbid condition, as of the mind or society.” Dictionary.com
- Antonyms: “Health, Wellness” Merriam-Webster
If you scored a 4 then you understand the definition of disease (Yay YOU)! If you scored anything less than 4, take a moment to review the definitions from Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com before moving forward. The study of disease has been around as long as humankind, so there is a wealth of information available on the subject. You should now have a strong understanding of what a disease is, and what the repercussions are. So now let’s see if you believe that childhood schizophrenia is a disease.
Do you believe:
- Schizophrenia prevents the body or mind from working normally? (yes) +1, (no) -1
- Schizophrenia has harmful symptoms? (yes) +1, (no) -1
- Schizophrenia affects both individuals and groups of individuals? (yes) +1, (no) -1
- A person with schizophrenia deserves treatment? (yes) +1, (no) -1
Tally your score, and let’s review the definition of childhood schizophrenia:
- “Childhood schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder in which children interpret reality abnormally.”
- “Schizophrenia involves a range of problems with thinking (cognitive), behavior or emotions. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking and behavior. Signs and symptoms may vary, but they reflect an impaired ability to function.”
- “People can describe symptoms in a variety of ways. How a person describes symptoms often depends on the cultural lens she is looking through. African Americans and Latinos are more likely to be misdiagnosed, probably due to differing cultural or religious beliefs or language barriers.”
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
- “Schizophrenia requires lifelong treatment. Identifying and starting treatment for childhood schizophrenia as early as possible may significantly improve your child’s long-term outcome.”
If you scored a 4 then you clearly understand childhood schizophrenia AND believe that childhood schizophrenia is a disease (as you can see by looking back, it fits all aspects of the definition of disease). If you scored anything less than 4, take a moment to review the definitions from the Mayo Clinic and NAMI.
It is well publicized at this point that Morgan Geyser, a now 12 year old child, has been diagnosed with childhood schizophrenia, and as a consequence exhibited and exhibits the symptoms of the disease. Sadly, this brain disease resulted in a delusional state, during which a violent and tragic act occurred. When a person with undiagnosed and untreated narcolepsy causes a near fatal incident, they are not denied treatment and jailed; nor is it the case that a person with undiagnosed and untreated diabetes is charged with a crime when a near fatal incident occurs as a result of their illness. While we are not calling for a pardon in Morgan Geyser’s case, we are calling for this 12 year old child to be allowed treatment, and to face charges in juvenile court. Currently she is facing charges of first degree attempted homicide in adult court. Please take a moment to sign the Petition at Change.Org, Write a Letter to Judge Michael Bohren, or Donate to Morgan’s treatment and legal defense; together we can be her slender chance!
“The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it.” ~ Maimonides
Today Morgan Geyser remains in jail after Judge Michael Bohren decided that she is “a danger to the community and a flight risk”. The results of this ruling are tragic at best! Concerning the community, I believe that Morgan’s mother Angie Geyser stated it best in her Petition at Change.Org, “Morgan had no history of violence prior to the incident in May, and has displayed no violent behavior since. Her actions that tragic day were a direct result of the delusions she suffers because of her schizophrenia. In reality, the longer Morgan goes without treatment, the more dangerous she becomes.”
Many are quick to turn a scrutinizing eye on Morgan’s parents, positing that they should have known that Morgan was suffering from mental illness. On the contrary, as stated in the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “A young person may be unwilling to talk about their feelings or share much about what’s happening in their life. This is normal since all adolescents must separate from their parents and establish themselves as young adults. During this time, it may be difficult to see the early warning signs of a mental health condition like depression or even the early symptoms of a developing psychosis.” As in the case of Morgan Geyser, who has now been diagnosed with early onset schizophrenia, research strongly suggests, “With support, medication, and therapy, many people with schizophrenia are able to function independently and live satisfying lives. However, the outlook is best when schizophrenia is diagnosed and treated right away. If you spot the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia and seek help without delay, you or your loved one can take advantage of the many treatments available and improve the chances of recovery.” (HelpGuide.Org, Understanding Schizophrenia). Unfortunately as a result of Judge Michael Bohren’s ruling today, April 24th, 2015, Morgan will not be receiving any treatment. Instead she will remain in a windowless cell, receiving poor nutrition, without the ability to have any physical contact with her family members, as she awaits trial for first degree attempted homicide.
“Every day that passes without treatment decreases the likelihood that she will recover and have the opportunity to become a productive member of society. Morgan is just a child, and she deserves that opportunity and a second chance at life”, pleads Angie Geyser in her Petition at Change.Org. Morgan is being denied medical treatment, among other things and, as stated by the Mayo Clinic, “Neuroimaging studies show differences in the brain structure and central nervous system of people with schizophrenia”, lending to the credence that schizophrenia is a brain disease. Sadly, this brain disease resulted in a delusional state, during which a violent and tragic act occurred. When a person with undiagnosed and untreated narcolepsy causes a near fatal accident, they are not denied treatment and jailed; nor is it the case that a person with undiagnosed and untreated diabetes is charged with a crime when a near fatal accident occurs as a result of their illness. Some will not appreciate this likening, but a disease is a disease. While we are not calling for a pardon in Morgan Geyser’s case, we are calling for this 12 year old child to be allowed treatment, and to face charges in juvenile court. Currently she is facing charges of first degree attempted homicide in adult court.
Please take a moment to sign the Petition at Change.Org, which will allow you to quickly and effortlessly add your voice to the chorus calling “Fairness” for Morgan Geyser. You can also write directly to the Honorable Judge Michael Bohren by joining our Letter Writing Pool; or Support her through SlenderChance.com by Donating for a Sticker.
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ~ John Holmes
A bail reduction motion for Morgan Geyser may provide her the opportunity to receive the treatment she needs! Judge Michael Bohren will decide next Friday, April 24th, 2015 if Morgan Geyser’s bail will be reduced. If granted, the bail modification request will provide Morgan the opportunity to attend a residential treatment facility at her families’ expense. An article today in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel by writer Bruce Vielmetti explains the details behind this Recent Development.
Now more than ever your Support is needed! This crux decisions means a multitude of things; first and foremost, if Judge Michael Bohren agrees to reduce her bail, it means that Morgan can begin receiving the treatment she desperately needs. It also means that her family will be facing a significant financial burden. The kind of facility that can provide Morgan with the treatment she needs, pending the outcome of her case, a Wauwatosa residential treatment center, is VERY expensive! The financial burden of such treatment would rest solely on Morgan’s family, were it not for the Support feature on this page. Every donation contributes to the now limited financial pool, which Morgan’s family draws from while attempting to address her schizophrenia. Supporters will receive a slenderchance.com sticker, which we hope you will display in a prominent location, in solidarity with us!
This is also a key moment for a logical, rational citizenry to be writing letters to the Honorable Judge Michael Bohren, asking him to remand her case to juvenile court. Join our Letter Writing Pool and communicate these important matters now, either in the preferred method of Snail Mail (preferred because it has a stronger, physical impact), or by using the Email Option on the Contact page. Please address The Honorable Judge Michael Bohren directly and ask him to remand Morgan’s case to juvenile court. Morgan Geyser is a twelve year old child, with untreated schizophrenia, and she needs our help; you can be her slender chance!
“Stop doing what is easy. Start doing what is right.” ~ Roy Bennett
It is now clear that you are her slender chance, based on the Support Morgan Geyser has already received through our collective efforts! Since it’s launch, slenderchance.com has received over a dozen communications and donations! Slender Chance supporters will be receiving their stickers via USPS over the next several days, and we ask that you proudly display your sticker in a place where it can have the most impact! While the Letter Writing Pool is amassing a few communications to The Honorable Judge Michael Bohren, many more are still needed! Morgan Geyser needs a flood of letters to be poured upon the desk of The Honorable Judge Michael Bohren, requesting, as a rational and logical citizenry, that her case be remanded to juvenile court. Morgan Geyser is a 12 year old child suffering from schizophrenia, and she needs our compassion and support! If you cannot write a letter, or donate to Morgan’s cause, please take a moment to share Slender Chance on your social media sites, or with your friends and family via email. Many thanks to those who have done so!
We also understand that this is a hot topic, and it often takes numerous efforts before a person can make the mental leap, and realize that while we cannot undo the damage that has already occurred, we can certainly reduce further damage, by taking responsibility for our weak and ill. Together we can be her slender chance!
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
~ Emma Lazarus