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"HEALING AND REPATRIATION" INITIATIVE FOR THE INCARCERATED: MOVING INCARCERATED MEN INTO THE INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY EQUATION

Since 2000, I have published the essays and poems of Incarcerated Men from Maine to Hawaii.  Their essays and poems are moving, inspiring, and instructive.  It is an experience that has helped to change and continues to change my perspective about many things on many different levels.   In 2009, I was selected to become the United States Coordinator for International Men’s Day.  I soon discovered that Incarcerated Men were not being included in the International Men’s Day observances.  This was not being done on purpose.  But we are equally culpable for acts of omission as well as acts of commission.  This discovery moved me to create an initiative that would bring Incarcerated Men into the International Men’s Day “equation”. 

             In 2012, for the first time, International Men’s Day was observed in an American correctional facility – the Clinton Correctional Facility located inDannemora, New York.  On Monday, 19 November 2012, the Clinton Correctional Facility joine…