audience responses

On hearing these words, how are you personally motivated to respond?

  • I think hearing women read and discuss/Q&A has made me more aware of the situation. I better understand the women’s concerns; I deeply admire the women’s strength and courage and deep hearts.
  • I am curious to learn more about current legislative efforts and how my senators and representatives are contributing.
  • I see parallel needs in the halls of local schools that act as pipelines channeling youth who see no other example and feel no strong anchor at the other end of their lifelines. How do we halt this self-perpetuating cycle?
  • Finding more ways to honor the humanity in the community members who are our neighbors.
  • Listen more, educate myself further, connect with others also in the cause … repeat.
  • To re-commit to addressing re-entry needs and planning by starting a regular group/meeting at CRCF. Sharing this work with others to inspire empathy and advocacy.
  • I want to educate myself on the incarceration policies and statistics in this state and learn what I can do to help people avoid incarceration.
  • I want to singlehandedly change the system.
  • Treat all living entities with love and respect and encourage them.
  • I am motivated to think expansively about solutions to Vermont’s incarceration issues.
  • To share their stories with others.
  • How can I, as a college student about to enter the world, help? I am motivated to listen more, I am motivated to not take other things for granted.
  • I plan to keep on writing about it, getting their words and mine out into the world so that change can happen slowly, yes; via small ways; but change nonetheless. For the better.
  • A stronger vessel. More love, deeper understanding, support, love.
  • I have wanted to work in the system – how? By learning with the women. Read, write, talk. I want to encourage the legislative caucus further, to galvanize them to form a vision for alternatives to the inhumane prison system, to lobby the legislature for substantial change. The prison system has become successively more repressive since my young adulthood. I would hope to be able to see a reversal in my lifetime. Prison industrial.
  • Deeper dive into how we bring light to the voices, stories of women for personal and systemic change. Share the book!
  • It was very moving to hear perspectives that not many people have heard before.
  • I am humbled and have respect for the women.
  • Advocacy work – calling legislators and staying aware of the changes that are happening so I can offer input and speak on behalf of the women inside. More education and better physical and mental health treatment.
  • I will start living life more fully and stop taking things for granted – I will advocate and ally with incarcerated women who deserve another chance.
  • I am personally motivated to research what prison conditions are like in my home state, and if it is a political issue as it is here.
  • Respond with compassion and don’t pass judgment.
  • I wish these readings were presented more often and in different cities and venues, including the State House. So valuable, enlightening, and inspiring.
  • I’m motivated to contact Marybeth and get on a committee of some kind to help make change or testify or both. Also I miss being at the table and hope I can get back to it.
  • I want more than anything to write with my fellow female writers. I am motivated to get in the jail and form lasting creative connections.
  • I’d like to workshop with more incarcerated individuals and help those writers find homes for their words. It’s inhuman to let people be treated like numbers when they are some beautiful artists.
  • I want to write about this experience at the book launch and share how deeply affected I was by those brave and beautiful stories.
  • I want to help share the “Life Lines” title to others, so people not in attendance can purchase and support the book.
  • I will continue to seek out more opportunities to read women’s stories and learn about incarceration in Vermont and elsewhere.
  • To be more aware of what’s being done for incarcerated women in Vermont and support legislative process.
  • I am motivated to research, further educate myself about living inside, and spread information through my own work, art, relationships, and life.
  • I am personally motivated to continue to support efforts to bring light, education and hope into a dark place.
  • To contact  friends in legislative and advocacy groups to talk about the writings and the experiences; and mostly to try to find better ways to respond to the issues in the community that lead to addictions and bad health outcomes.
  • I am motivated to have a career that fights against the injustices of the community justice centers and continue to advocate and fight for these strong and deserving women.
  • I’m reminded of the power of good teaching, learning, and listening. I’m inspired to create a learning environment that has unleashed the power of the human spirit as this program (these people) have.
  • The phrase “not any less of a person” strikes a chord for me. It reminds me that at each point, every day, I must be mindful of this. All are deserving of love, passion, and connectedness.
  • I will research the approach to “wrap around” services and see if there is any way I can help.
  • Incarcerated women need help and understanding, not being belittled. All the women that are there for whatever reason need to be heard and listened to. They are people too!
  • It is a reminder that there are many opportunities to give to others and a real need to learn more about the current lives of others.
  • I am motivated to seek out different voices and experiences to my own. Perspective is an extremely valuable thing. I also mean to spend more time listening for progress in the correctional system, which I feel gets overshadowed in my view, and take a more active role whenever possible.
  • Push legislators for both long-term solutions to systemic problems as well as short-term solutions such as increased services (education, healthcare) to the incarcerated community.
  • I am motivated to continue advocating for systemic change: close CRCF, build community resources, and bring the men back to VT.
  • Get the right people at the table to design a new system.
  • A lot of the issues echo back on society as much as the system. It is through words that we find our voices – we must be motivated to speak louder and often.
  • Volunteering, legislative advocacy, education of community, correction officers, other victims. Figuring out how we stop people from entering the system.