“Do you remember the 21st night of September? Love was changing the mind of pretenders. While chasing the clouds away.” -Earth Wind & Fire
It wasn’t quite the 21st night, but on September 24th love filled the 8th floor of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Mrs. Martha Wright holds the hand of her grandson, Ulandis Forte, as she sits across from officials at the FCC telling them a story of a grandmother who simply wanted her grandson to come home. She understood what so many families of prisoners know too well, it’s imperative to stay connected but that connection comes at a heavy price. Following an advanced screening of the film Middle of Nowhere, FCC officials hear from Mrs. Martha Wright and other families deliver testimony on how phone calls from prison were both a necessity and luxury.
“He’d call saying ‘we won’t talk but a minute’ but he had three kids to talk to, and me. Three kids plus Mom? Ten minutes goes fast, and we could barely afford that.” – Mrs. Viola Richardson
September was a month to remember in the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice. Here are some of the highlights followed by a news roundup.
9/11-Chairman Genachowski holds a Twitter Chat and responds to a question about prison phones.
09/25-New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission passes a resolution supporting the passage of the Wright Petition.
9/26-The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice leads a delegation to meet with Congressman Keith Ellison in Minneapolis. The delegation secures a letter from Congressman Keith Ellison to Chairman Genachowski urging action now.
What to watch for in October?
The release of the film Middle of Nowhere, which is supporting the campaign by gathering signatures for an online petition urging the FCC to pass the Wright Petition. Check out the list below for the date, city, and location nearest you.
Opening on Friday October 12th
Washington D.C.-Regal Gallery Place, 701 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Opening on Friday October 19th