Today is a holiday!!!
It's always nice when do gooders receive their just recognition, but this one hits close to home. I am so happy to share with you and offer a small reminder that love does prevail and good guys do win. Don't give up!
May 1st is Joe Giarratano Day.
You might not know who that is, but he's my big brother so it's kind of a big deal to me. Maybe after you read his story, you'll think it's a big deal too.
Check out FreeJoeG.com to get the back story from 1979 and then fast forward to 2019 when he is still working with the #InnocenceProject to help provide a voice to those wrongfully convicted and giving talks on alternatives to violence.
Recently he was awarded a lifetime achievement award by Virginia Alternatives To Death Penalty, #VADP where Mike Farrel was the keynote speaker. I don't think they even knew he had his own day since it was declared while he was still incarcerated.
He and my sister have had more than their share of bumps and bruises while trying their best to love, share, serve and #bethechange. Shortly after they were married they were separated by an overzealous parole officer and Joe's wellbeing was once again threatened [see chapter 13: Ministers of Society in my book #LivingSugarFreeRevealed for more details on that trying experience].
Life is funny. It can be confusing at times and can even seem downright impossible to get ahead. The best lesson I've learned from my big brother is how to wait and what to do in the process. Being is the only way to self actualization and walking in true destiny. He'll tell you, he couldn't have written his story better himself and is greatful for every bit of it.
From One Death Row Inmate's Story via @Feminists4Life [1999 issue] by Colman McCarthy, AMERICAN POLITICS TOOK AN ODD TURN last spring. The Hon. Virginia Daugherty, Mayor of Charlottesville, Va., proclaimed May 1 as “Joe Giarratano Day.”
The oddness of that? Joe Giarratano is a former death row inmate now caged at
the notorious Red Onion State Prison in Pound, Va., a new supermax penitentiary
known for caging the worst of the worst... (Click the link to read entire article).
[c. 1999 via Feminists For Life pg 15]