My Child is in Prison

May is the month known for several celebrations that you may recognize, depending upon your interests and concerns. There’s Cinco de Mayo, Jewish American Heritage Month, Memorial Day, and, of course, Mother’s Day. Here’s a Goggle quote for you: “Consumers are estimated to spend an average of $152 on mom, buying everything from flowers and jewelry to apparel and special outings (brunch, dinner, etc.). That’s big bucks when you consider there are more than 85 million mothers in the United States alone.” Recently, I was looking for a video that I wanted to include in a presentation dealing with the number of children born in prison. I found several. I also found a few dealing with children of incarcerated parents. It occurred to me that there was literally nothing being said about mothers of incarcerated adult children.

 I know a few mothers who have incarcerated adult children and I have met quite a few over the nearly 17 years that PRISONERS ARE PEOPLE TOO, INC. has been in existence. At the next monthly meeting of PRP2, I want you to meet them and to hear them talk about their lives and to understand how they have managed to deal with having their adult children behind prison bars. These women have dealt with the loss of a loved one that was totally unexpected. When Mothers look at their newborns and watch them grow over the years, their imprisonment is never an expectation. How have they dealt with years of loving that is coupled with years of expenses required for packages, travel, and legal fees? How have they dealt with the opinions of family and friends who may not understand how the criminal INjustice system works or fails to work? How does a mother deal with the unending love that may be challenged by an adult child’s incarceration which engenders feelings of shame and guilt?

 These women have agreed to be vulnerable and honest in sharing stories of their lived experience. Join us for the next monthly meeting of PRP2 on Monday, May 23, 7:00-9:00pm to acknowledge a group of MOTHERS who understand the power of unconditional love. We’ll meet at the CAO Rafi Green Center, 1423 Fillmore Avenue @ Glenwood. WEAR YOUR MASK! (Karima Amin,karimatells@yahoo.com; BaBa Eng, g.babaeng@yahoo.com)