Thank you, November Coalition
By Greg Peck, father and drug war
Words alone can not adequately communicate
the love and appreciation I feel. I have been struggling since
my abduction to compel family and friends to join the cause and
help change these hideous drug war policies that so callously
and viciously destroy lives, hopes, and fundamental trust. I
began with my parents, brother and sister, and friends because
my children were still too young in the beginning. But bewilderment
and apathy are the conditioned responses that seem to prevail
among most Americans. They don't know where to begin or where
to plug in. The first question asked by most is, "well,
what can I do about it?" But that is a dismissal, not an
offer to enlist.
In the book Allen Verbatim, activist/poet Ginsberg described
the feeling of frustration I experienced trying to influence
"It's like the catastrophes have occurred and rapes have
occurred over and over again and now everybody's so inured to
rape and catastrophe it's like a fatigue; nobody can take it
anymore, nobody cares. Intellectually people care but it seems
like America is so sunk in scandal and debauchery and corruption
and disillusionment it's like a great wave of horror that nobody
can fight against . . ."
I believe Allen explains the situation adequately but incompletely.
Thus, I was very impressed with your message of struggle and
possibility in the last Razor Wire, and also with the challenging
words of Reverend Edwin Clifton Sanders II. I have learned that
patience is necessary as a result of the belligerence of my abductors,
but the urgency I continue to feel and hear in the voices of
our children catalyzes my persistence.
My children, like all children, are amazing and wonderful people.
Both Greg's and Jesse's letters plunge into my heart and cause
feelings of indescribable love and admiration.
My wife's name is Ellen, and all our children live with her and
but we communicate often by phone and remain devoted equally
and eternally to the children. All of us were so excited to see
Jesse's letter in print and to receive your letters. The work
you perform and the level of success accomplished elevates all
of us. Hearing from you personally is the closest we have come
to recognition of the plight that thousands of other parents
The boys are "pumped up", and the energy they now have
needs helpful guidance so they continue to feel their efforts
are valued and effective. Greg understands better than Jesse
the issues involved. He has already experienced the effects of
social labeling and government attack. He is really a good boy
- full of energy and a willing hard worker. Jesse is one of the
nicest people you could ever meet and is full of an innocent
and honest glow. I also have two beautiful daughters, Michelle
and Christina, who are now prompted by Greg's and Jesse's effort.
They all need a little guidance.
I believe that learning the skills for social activism is something
that will benefit them for life and create a more valuable citizen
and responsible person. I have two older sons too. Jacob is the
oldest (24), and Nick, is the second. Nick is a sophomore at
the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.
I've been encouraging Nick to become involved with Students for
A Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), and now I think he is ready. He
told me he read an article about SSDP in Rolling Stone magazine.
He also reported that police recently attacked two of his friends
at school accused of growing marijuana.
The boys enthusiastically say they want to meet you and begin
doing what they can do. It's hard for me to conclude what that
might be, but their young voices are important and should/must
be heard. They are the people that the political demagogues ostensibly
claim to be protecting. Greg's letter was cogent and insightful.
I'm positive that there are many more children's voices out there.
Let's find a way to empower them and not permit the oppressors
to teach them how to grow up as helpless, powerless victims.
That is the evil result of a bully's actions.