At one, a member of the group placed a copy of HEAR ME, SEE ME: Incarcerated Women Write on the desk of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. At another, I learned that a passage from the book had been offered as a devotional at the opening session of the legislature.
This all happened around the time of the Governor’s State of the State address in which he pledged to focus on our state’s alarming opiate addiction as a public health concern.
His thank you letter to the woman who deposited the book on his desk reads, in part:
“I am writing to thank you for the copy of HEAR ME, SEE ME… It is a very moving collection of essays. This is a public health issue and we must bolster our current approach with more common sense. I’m sure you will agree that publications like HEAR ME, SEE ME help bring a human voice to this discussion.