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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mary Neal's Holiday Greetings

Happy Holidays to my online friends (4 links, 1 photo, 1 video, 2 original Christmas poems regarding human rights). Thanks for your interest and assistance throughout the years regarding urgent justice issues that I publish online in articles about pending congressional bills that may infringe on Americans' constitutional rights, individuals suffering from gross injustices due to racism and class consciousness in the justice system, and anti-capital punishment and peace articles. Human rights activists have many concerns, but decriminalizing mental illness remains my main cause. We at Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI") endeavor to bridge the gap back to wholesome living for America's 1.25 million imprisoned mentally ill citizens and immigrants. We work to eliminate the threat of prison for people with mental dysfunctions by increasing access to inpatient and outpatient treatment. Please support H.R.2646, "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." I am grateful to you who help decriminalize mental illness. A life is a terrible thing to waste.

CHRISTMAS POETRY BY MARY NEAL

EMPTY CHAIR AT CHRISTMAS
There is an empty chair at our Christmas table
That was yours to fill
It’s been six long years since you left us
And we don’t know why – still

We’ve asked year after year
But no one will answer our query
Why was he arrested – why did he die
Please tell us what happened to Larry

"No explanation! No records! Stop asking!"
This is the official reply
From all the government offices
“He’s dead – let sleeping dogs lie"

But we’ll not give up, my brother
Until we know what is true
There’s an empty chair at our Christmas table
That should have been filled by you

We'll have dinner together again some day
At the Lamb’s great Wedding Feast
You’ll have a sound heart and clear mind
No longer last and least

Until then we’ll help those like you
Befuddled, confused, afraid
In jail for mental illness
May our commitment never fade
 by Mary Neal
written 12/2006, published 12/2007 (all rights reserved)

Jesus Christ's Christmas in Solitary
At Christmastime it seems so cold
to lock sick people in the hole
Mental illness is their crime
Over a million doing hard time

We sing carols about Emanuel
and His blessed Mother Mary
But Jesus' left the manger now
He's locked in solitary

"Whatever you do to the least of these,
you do also to me"
Christ shivers in His lonely cell
Every sick prisoner is He

What will we do to rescue our Lord
and save Him from His plight?
God gave His Son to restore us all
Let's treat His brethren right

by Mary Neal (all rights reserved)
Published December 2010 in HubPages to urge your help to decriminalize mental illness and end solitary confinement prison torture

Enjoy the holidays during this season, and I wish you joy and safety whatever you celebrate. I celebrate the birth of JESUS CHRIST, the world's greatest human rights advocate and my personal Lord and Savior. He is against capital punishment (Psalm 102:19-20), prisoner torture (Heb. 13:3), victimizing people (Matt. 25:40), avoidable wars (Rom. 12:18 ), all forms of discrimination (Gal. 3:28 ), and apathy about human suffering, which is inexcusable (Prov. 31:8). Being a Christian, I rejoice that He came, but I am even more delighted that He will soon return.  Every eye shall behold Him, King of kings, as Vickie Winans sings in the video embedded below (YouTube link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCWR1VT4mdk ).

Blessings from Mary Neal! Visit Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill at Facebook, Google+, and Care2. Phone 678.531.0262, email MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com Twitter - @koffietime - link: http://twitter.com/koffietime Blogtalkradio - "Human Rights Demand" and "NNIA1" At Google+ and Facebook, I'm "MaryLovesJustice." Check out Mary Neal at HubPages. See links to my other blogs against the death penalty, racism, health status and class consciousness when you elect to see the entire profile at the "About Me" link in the left margin of FreeSpeakBlog. I am America's most censored, but some email messages and phone calls reach me. Give it your best. May God richly bless you, everyone you care about, and all the righteous causes you champion. Continue to resist oppression. Stay sober, especially if you drive. Remember, ONLY FREE PEOPLE CAN FREE PEOPLE!

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