I just had a painful and difficult exchange with a person respect and admire about my frustrations with internet activism. I have been assuming for too long that people who extended help to me were on the same page as myself. That has proven false.
I have been trying to figure out a way to achieve success for all of us who strive to fight for prisoners's rights and death penalty abolition. It hasn't gotten me little other than headaches and requests for money. Today, I was forced to take a hard look at the problem.
It is appears to me that the real problem is that many people would seriously like to contribute, but they don't know how they can really be effective. There are also those who believe that since we are all volunteers then we are not obligated to any particular course of action. Also there are those of us who are consumed in our own efforts and agendas. Then there are those who don't want to do anything more than pass the time by talking.
The sad truth is, the people who created the corrupt system are equally committed to keeping it in place. It is their bread and butter. As long as we approach the struggle to improve the criminal justice system in a lackadaisical manner, it will continue to get worse--as it is designed to do.
There are great leaders all around us. Most of us are heading in different directions in an attempt to generally accomplish the same thing. This has to be changed. U.C.A.P. was formed to enable the leaders of causes and groups to come together and work out a comprehensive set of goals that will accomplish the goals of eradicating the death penalty and improve prison conditions as a whole so that it will aid inmates in reforming into productive citizens.
It can be done. However those of us involved have to be able respect and honor a general code of expectations that will push us toward successes in this horrendous struggle. We should select a leadership committee with clearly defined authorities and expectations. Everyone, even volunteers must be dependable when they commit to a course of action.
We all have to be like ants performing jobs with dedication and diligence. The enemy here is a system that has the upper hand. Half hearted efforts to change this system will accomplish nothing. We have to find common ground to work toward overall success with unity.
I welcome any and all opinions or rebuttals.
Supaman Tion Terrell