A Call to Prisoners’ Rights Warriors: Fighting the Burnout

May 16, 2013 | Christopher Zoukis | 
Photo courtesy blogs.kqed.org

Photo courtesy blogs.kqed.org

As a prisoners’ rights advocate I get tired.  Some days, the projects I work on seem so large and unwieldy.  They just seem too troublesome or cumbersome to get off the ground.  And worst of all, it becomes harder and harder to convince others — those who will benefit from the movements I work on — that the movements are actually in their best interest.  Suffice it to say, I get tired and worn down.  At times I suffer from the type of burnout that even Red Bull and a pack of Marlboros won’t cure (since my prison’s commissary sells neither, imagine the state that I’m regularly in!).

When I feel like this it can be easy to take a day off.  Heck, a few days off.  But when I do, I feel bad about being lazy and unproductive.  I take a look around after sleeping in and realize that the extra time in the rack was a failure, not only a failure to my morning, but a failure to those around me who are in need.  I realize that as a prisoners’ rights advocate — one who certainly agitates for reform — my life and my time are more than just mine.  They are a collective property.  And as a collective property, personal whims or feelings (like fatigue or boredom) shouldn’t even enter the equation when scheduling my day and week.  Thus, I push myself to get back to the grindstone.  But sometimes the grindstone grinds not the sword, but my very being.

View the entire article on PrisonLawBlog.com.

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7 thoughts on “A Call to Prisoners’ Rights Warriors: Fighting the Burnout

  1. If it is a Crime in fact an act of Treason to Declare War on Our Government How then can Our Government Declare War on it’s Citizen through the and in the Name of “the War on Drug’s”

  2. This is one aspect of our lives … That … Honestly needs improvement … We need to put our money and focus in the right path for our children … And consider alternative punishment for nursing mothers and single parents of minor children … Whereby … they can stay in a special group home to raise their children … This might be best alternative solution to prison … Especially for the drug and alcohol addicts … They are sick just like any other illnesses … They have a behavioral problem … And need society’s help and not punishment … Therefore … We should spend more money on education and not persistently locking people up …

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