Information on why the M.O.M.S are walking and the petition is here:
(the petition info is copied below)
And So We Walk.com
It's the slogan of MHRY cofounder Cindi Fisher, now leading a group of MOMS in a 100-mile trek to call attention to the urgent needs of those harmed by the mental health and justice systems.
Beginning in Portland, OR, Cindi's MOMS will join a gathering on July 24 at noon at the county courthouse in Vancouver, WA then walk on to their final destination - Western State Hospital in Lakewood, WA.
They walk for those like Ronnie, autistic and jailed at age 20 over a minor offense. Deemed incompetent to stand trial, he was forced into a cruel treadmill of isolation, deterioration, hospitalization, overmedication, then back to jail where the whole insane process began again. Now at Western, his right to fresh air and visitation are denied.
Hoping to re-invent communities as places of healing, Cindi and other moms ask the governor to begin by changing the way Western treats its patients.
Tell Governor Gregoire to join these moms in their walk to reform this broken system.
Regarding Police Accountability in Portland Oregon
Please be vigil and astute in demanding "police oversight by civilians" on our streets in "our city"
And please show community support for demanding the police obey civil rights and city laws, respecting the laws and privacy of all people in the city of Portland
Police Accountability starts with all of us in the community, by being a witness and a voice for justice and peace and to demand the city hold the police accountable and with transparency.