The heartfelt and courageous letter below was received on my page at Our Common Ground today. It is an honor to be working together for justice based on our understanding of specific oppression in a huge, identified institution which has been ongoing for decades there and in other places. The terrible cost of these experiences have been devastating economically and to our education and careers. Without the publication of my book, along with the determination we have had and continue to have to bring about the amends we deserve, there would be no hope of righting many wrongs. We both hope that readers will recognize that the proceeds from my book, like those from the CDs I have produced with my band, The Jazz Generation, are critical to our being able to do the work to reach other victims of injustice and to bring about the legal actions needed by all of us. The books and CDs also enabling us to survive with food, shelter, medical care and other needs in the meantime.
Gloria and I will appreciate having this information shared because our stories are the stories of so many other victims of blatant oppression--including racism, sexism and sexual harassment--but also because the shared information can reach others with similar stories, letting them know of our actions and how they can join us. Most of all, those others need to know they are not alone, that their stories are believed, that our collective voices are sources of affirmation, confirmation and strength. Until now, none of this support has been available to us or people like us. We have taken a stand and will keep moving forward. We are reaching out to ask that you help. Thank you,