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A rawr for Rara

With my littlest one on my chest and my iPad in hand, I’d like to tell you a little about a blogger named Rara.

I met her only once. Her candid but peaceable demeanor set even my introverted self at ease. She was who she was, with no need to hide, conceal or filter, and the end result was still beautiful.

Does it look like we're miserable?

Rara in orange

When she mentioned legal troubles, I had no idea that they were still in progress. I had no idea she would soon be in jail, tired of the time, expense and energy involved in fighting bogus charges.

Here in the United States, the guilty walk and impoverished veterans are jailed for their inability to pay court fees. Grave injustices are perpetrated daily by our judicial system and its agents. With so many injustices, it might seem silly that I point you toward this one.

And yet, as I see it, all injustice is bound together, perpetrated by like callousness and lack of compassion. So I ask you, if you have even a dollar extra, to consider contributing that dollar to Rara’s bail-and-living-expenses fund.

You might not know her. You probably hardly know me. But if I could share any one thing with you now, it would be the sense of safety evoked just sitting next to her.

It pains me to imagine that goodness locked away.

  1. Jen
    May 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I love that picture. I hardly know both of you but always read (reed/red) your posts. This whole situation just makes me sad.

    • May 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      I love that picture, too. I was near my delivery date, tired, and reluctant to go, but am so glad I went.

      I so wish I could do more here.

      • Jen
        May 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        I think it’s great that you did! Pregnancy and all… which is hard to even put on your shoes at the end let alone go anywhere besides the bathroom!

        I wish so, too. I do think informing people about the situation helps as well. Keeps the rawr flame going, you know?

  2. May 29, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    There was a whole piece on this on NPR this week, about how people are jailed for failure to pay the fees for the court, fees for this and that, and even some are kept in jail because they can’t pay their room and board in jail. Go freakin’ figure. The Supreme Court, if I remember correctly, has said that they can’t put people in jail for failure to pay court fees. It’s infuriating.

  3. May 29, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I’m with you on trying to get Rara out. What a terrible fiasco.

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