WAU have been sponsoring a program called Adopt a Bruder for over seven years now. Our goal was to establish a program to ensure that each Bruder Schweigen member was / is receiving financial support while imprisoned. As individuals, most of us cannot afford to donate to four people each month; as a group, we can form a network with the ability to collectively provide each member with funds, seeing that no one is overlooked. So far we have managed to create a decent network of comrades and friends who support the Bruders, like members of FTO Sweden, Blood and Honour Scotland, The Hammerskin Nation and many individual Racialists. We need new sponsors on a regular basis.
The program involves “adopting” a member to donate money to each month. There is no minimum amount; you must merely pledge to send a certain amount and hold to it. You are always free to send more, and if for some reason you cannot make your pledge one month, we simply ask that you let us know so we can make sure the money comes from elsewhere. Ultimately, we would like to see each prisoner with two assigned sponsors, each contributing $25 a month, with any other donations supplementing that base amount.
Those in America will be sending their own money orders or Western Union transfers; you do not need to trust us to handle your money, though a Paypal address will be made available for those who prefer to donate that way, proof of money sent will be provided for those that use this method of payment. You may remain as anonymous as you would like; all that is required is an email address or other means of checking in each month.
Each month, a sponsor sends money to his or her “adopted” prisoner. Once the money has been sent, a sponsor needs to contact email@example.com to report the amount and date and that’s it.
With each person contributing a little money, a little time, and a stamp, we can show these men our gratitude and support. By each doing what we can within our own means, we can combine our efforts to make a considerable difference. Anyone interested in participating should contact firstname.lastname@example.org - please spread the word about this program. Those who may have thought a small contribution was pointless before may be more inclined to send support when they know others are doing the same. This is an instance where every little bit counts, and it is the “little bits” that will make this program a success.
Hail The Order, Free The Order.
Letters from some of Der Bruder Schweigen
Grateful for Adopt A Bruder Program
Tonight I find myself eating peanut butter and jelly on crackers for my evening meal instead of choking down the industrial strength glop they serve in the mess hall. Rather than forcing myself to swallow lumpy, half cooked rice with a gravy pineapple sauce and bell peppers poured over the top of it with little pieces of (I think) pork bits floating in the mess, I am opting to eat snack food out of my locker. As I’m putting the peanut butter on the crackers I realize that I am able to sustain myself in this fashion thanks to the generosity of those people who support the Adopt A Ruder program.
It’s true. I work three jobs and live frugally but the support of the generous folks such as yourself help sustain me through tough times. Yes, three prison jobs and my main job as a clerk in the H.V.A.C shop barely covers my postage expenses. I also wash other men’s soiled laundry for extra money. I officiate sports in recreation. Sometimes I even work as a suicide watch companion or help work food service for holiday meals. You would think with all these jobs that I would be rolling in dough.
Just last month the administration found other ways to cut our pay. With all the money going to Bush’s wars, money is tight around the federal prison system. The staff is constantly searching for ways to cut costs and inmate pay has been targeted lately. Meanwhile the prices of commissary items have been increasing steadily.
Now I live frugally. I send manufacturers cents off coupons to various families that can use them. I cannot stop collecting aluminum cans by digging them out of the garbage for our recycling project where funds go to our recreation program to buy recreation equipment. My only vice is coffee and the occasional ice cream. When someone sends me a magazine at least a dozen other people read it after me. I don’t gamble. I don’t drink booze. I don’t smoke tobacco nor any “wacky backy”. I don’t use illicit drugs and seldom use the prescription drugs either. I wear my shoes until the hubs rub and the wheels fall off.
I want to thank those of you who gave so generously this past year. I know that many of you have families to feed and are being pinched in the pocket yourselves. Money is tight and yet you were so kind to think of me.
You should know that I don’t waste your hard earned money on frivolities. Your gift is the gift that keeps on giving. I take only what I need to sustain myself and then redirect the rest elsewhere. For example, I was able to assist a few families with young children this Yule. I was able to send some money to a desktop publisher of an up and coming ‘zine so she could pay to mail out her latest issue. I paid to have educational books sent to others in worse situations than myself.
Everyone that has sent money, if I have your address, I make certain to send a thank you note and acknowledgment of receipt of any funds that you submit. Some of you have opted to send anonymously. I want to thank you all of you for being so generous. Your gifts sustain me and inspire me to work even harder for the advancement of our Folk. Thank you so much.
Feb 20th 2007
Thank You from Richard Kemp
I wish to thank all the anonymous donors of funds to my account. I know money is tight for you and your family with the rising costs of groceries and gasoline. Your thoughtfulness sustained me through some tough times and I am truly grateful someone cared enough to assist me.
The quality of the food at this institution took a turn for the worse after the first of this year, but what can you expect when they budget about $2.60 per man, per day? Can you even buy a Big Mac and fries at that price?
Anyways, there were many days I had to eat peanut butter and crackers or cereal out of my locker. Thanks to you I was not starving during a recent food strike at this institution where we were locked in our cells and fed bologna sandwiches for a few days.
I want you to know that I do not live extravagantly. I am frugal with money. The only real vice I have is that I enjoy a cup of coffee. I seldom drink sodas. I wear my shoes until the hubs rub and the wheels fall off. I do spend a lot on postage. I probably write twenty or thirty letter each week. I don’t always get that many in return. But that is a different story.
I just want you to know that I certainly appreciate all the contributions and I am grateful to the Folks who made it happen. I always try my damndest to be responsible and put the money to good use.
I hope you are able to see the photo’s of all our events held at this facility e.g. Yule and Summer Solstice celebrations, plus the Leif Erikson Day (Oct 9th) and Tartan Day (April 6th) events, each attended by over 100 inmates.
We enjoyed our twelve days of Yule so much that we recently published a Yule booklet where the proceeds go to the Raven Wolf Tribal Alliance c/o Adrienne Watson – PO Box 217 – Normal IL, 61761. The 70 plus page booklet is available for then dollars with postage paid. This booklet contains history, yuletide carols, suggested blotar and sumbels for the twelve days of Yule. It would make a great gift for someone on your list this holiday season.
The good news I wish to share is that I am supposed to go to the half way house by this time next year. This may be my final year of captivity. Keep your fingers crossed and I’ll keep you posted.
Thanks again. Know that I remain dedicated to the advancement of our Folk.
Richard Kemp August 2008
My Dear Sisters of WAU,
I would like to thank you again for the gifts you have sent to me over the past several months. Not only have I been able to afford extra postage, copies, typewriter ribbons etc. But I have also been able to replace things I have needed and I have been able to live without literally pinching pennies. But your gifts have also arrived at a time when I can most use the funds.
For years Misery prisoners have been suffering under a burden with MCI as our sole phone company, collect calls only. Just to call home to NC it has been costing my Folks $2.42 just to connect and .45 cents a minute after that (their last bill was over $100 for just 5 phone calls), and MCI blocked many phones simply because of the carrier (I haven’t talked to my two sisters, 7 nephews and 3 nieces in many months). Charges were even higher before complaints and suits, and the state has been extorting our families and friends through a state law that allows them to receive kick-backs from prison contracts, and either from outside pressures or past legal victories, we finally have a new phone carrier, PCS (Public Communications Service). 10 cents a minute anywhere in the US and we can now buy our own phone cards! You can imagine the sighs of relief from Missouri Prisoners and families
With your help I can now actually afford to pay for my own calls,and am able to call folks I could not have in some time.Thank You, again. Life inside has always had thick times and thin times where a fellow does well, or struggles to get by. Things are never easy trapped in this place of slow death and insanity, but thanks to you all times have been much easier not having to squeeze by week to week.
Thee is little news otherwise. I just wanted to thank you again. Take care of yourselves, keep up the Struggle, and know that your efforts are well appreciated.
For Folk, Faith and Family
10 January 2012
Received a $200 cheque and I believe a $125 cheque a few weeks ago. Thank you. I probably told you, but the BOP will be selling MP3 players pretty soon. They aren’t here yet, but when they arrive the money will go to buy music – music I’ve been waiting 28 years to hear. Not hearing the music I like, leaves a gaping hole in my life and filling that hole is going to be a big improvement. Now, if we can just get IPods so we can watch movies!
02 January 2012
I want to thank you for your very generous Yule gift. I can now get a few things I need here plus order some books I’ve been wanting to read. Your continuous support is very appreciated. I’d be hurting without it.
Most of my time has been spent in solitary. Unlike my co-defendants. There are no jobs in here, very few anyway. I rely entirely on donations. It’s rough, cuz I set out to be a blessing to my folk, not a liability. I never, in 28 years asked anyone for a penny. I have had to stretch it, but not once have I been completely without funds. Thanks to true folk like you. I write this with tears in my eyes, because folks still love me and look out for me, they remember me even in these hard times. And even when others turn their backs on me and spread lies about me, there are still the true friends, brothers & sisters. You are such a blessing to me, and I will cherish you always. Thank you, and all my friends over there.
Thank you for the extra funds – such a blessing from a people I hardly know…. or maybe do know in racial spirit! I must admit to splurging on a pint of chocolate icecream with chocolate syrup And new running shoes.
WAU would like to thank those who donate, see it really does make a difference