GOING INTO THE last month of 2018, I was more frustrated than ever! After we had returned from our most recent Marianna trip things seemed to be falling into place BUT December was here in the blink of an eye & everything came to a screeching halt. I’d hit a wall & not knowing what to do next, I just started plugging away at going through the tons of material that I had received over the summer. I tried to focus but honestly, my mind was ALL over the place! I’d start reading something, make notes & lists & then end up going in an entirely different direction. Putting the million little pieces in their correct spots was proving way more difficult than I’d EVER imagined! I needed a plan & I needed it quick! So I did EXACTLY that…I made the MOTHER of ALL “To Do” lists! Here’s what that first “Official” list looked like…
1: SAVE THE SCHOOL!
THIS ONE WAS a given…NO school, NO evidence! “Preserve The Campus & Land” would always be number one on ANY list & I can attest that while my list changes & grows almost every day, keeping that school intact stays in the top spot! So I would focus on coming up with a way to keep Jackson County from turning 1400+ acres into a Super Walmart. I kept drawing a blank on ways to accomplish this BUT it suddenly popped into my head one particularly frustrating night…Actually two ideas came to me!
A) Figure Out The Process Of Getting The Arthur G Dozier School For Boys/Boothill Listed In The National Registry of Historic Places/Landmarks.
B) Go Back To That Damn Place & find even more evidence to add to what I already had!
THAT SHOULD BE easy enough, right? I’ll talk about these ideas & where I am with them in my next post BUT for now, we move on!
2: REVITALIZING CS/SB 1780: VICTIMS OF REFORM SCHOOL ABUSE ACT
KNOWN AS THE Arthur G. Dozier School and Okeechobee School Abuse Victim Certification Act”, this particular bill would have put in place an application process to apply & become certified as a victim of Dozier & its sister school, The Okeechobee School For Boys. Once certified, a victim can than move forward to request compensation from the State of Florida. Unfortunately, CS/SB 1780 died in appropriation on the Senate floor in March 2018 with no plans of bringing it back.
THERE IS ANOTHER bill that is currently on the Senate agenda for 02/04/2019. It is SB130 OR the “Sexual Battery Prosecution Time Limitation Act.” The bill states that ANY victim of a sexual battery crime would not be tied to the Statute of Limitations if they were under the age of 18 when the crime was committed. They can report it & know that the potential of having it prosecuted is still, regardless of it having had occurred 5 years OR 50 years before. A similar bill just passed in New York & with ANY luck, the other 50 states will follow!
FORTUNATELY THERE IS still hope for SB130 BUT CS/SB 1780 is just as important & should be reconsidered soon. There are links to both Bills below for anyone who wants more info.
CS/SB 1780: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/01780
SB 130: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00130
3: GET ONTO THE SOUTH CAMPUS!
THIS ONE SHOULD be self explanatory! I’ve waited almost 4 years freaking years to get on the other side of that barbed wire, prison style fence & I’m happy to report that as of this post…I still haven’t stepped one damn foot inside! It has been my single biggest goal & also my single biggest dissapointment. Whoever said “Patience is a Virtue” is a total A-Hole! I have NO patience & could really give two shits about being “Virtuous.” One way OR another I’m getting in & since the clock is running out fast, it has to be sooner rather than later!
I MAY BE sitting on an update on this one…We’ll just have to chat about that later though.
I COULD LITERALLY fill 25 more pages with everything that I have listed on my “Internal To Do List” as my brain NEVER shuts off…But I’ll spare Y’all as I’m pretty sure people are a over my rantings by now.
IF BY CHANCE you’re not, consider joining my “Army”…Lord knows I need ALL the help that I can get!
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