Well...your efforts have been vindicated Chris. Check out this story re a federal jury and the minimum wage awarded for detainees. The jury is also awarding $17M in back pay to several thousand who were detainees -- which may include you. But that's obviously beside the point. Your issue was vindicated big time. Very big deal!Congratulations Chris--your cause is recognized by the WA State Attorney General's office (they litigated this case) and now the entire State of Washington and arguably throughout the USA where private companies run our detention centers. This helps in some small way to restore some economic justice to past, current and future detainees. The legal system can still work on occasion and as a trial lawyer handling hundreds of lawsuits, arbitrations, mediations, jury and judge trials over the past 2 years, I am really delighted to see justice done here. Powerful and inspiring to see this jury do this. And some great lawyering by the AG to help make this happen.
[see my article marking the death of Sr. Megan Rice, posted by Massachusetts Peace Action here]
"How do we enjoy this, instead of horrible meetings, when we all feel were wasting time, I like the people I'm working up, I believe we're doing it the right way. Find something that nourishes you and brings justice to the world. And get to it now, talk to your families and your loved ones and let them know this is what you're about."
"Sister Rice’s stated mission is to “transform nuclear weapons by dismantlement and recycling [them into] new industries focused upon by the profit saved by not making more.” As with her codefendants, she believes maintenance of nuclear weapons contravenes domestic and international law and feels “with all [her] heart . . . that the use of nuclear weapons is wrong,” that “all life, not just human life, is imperiled by each atom bomb,” that nuclear weapons are “a disruption in the harmony which God has made possible for us,” and that the alleged “nuclear deterrent” “keeps every American in threat by . . . anybody who would try to use a nuclear bomb or manufacture one.” It is for this reason that she hopes that we can one day “transform [such] weapons into real, life-giving alternatives to build true peace.”
Perception of the rainbow, or the lens--how do we get to a standpoint of faith? Elizabeth Johnson's She Who Is remains a womb-trembling source of theological inspiration for me. "Negating the literalness of this symbol enriches understanding, loosening the hold of particular philosophical interpretations and setting our minds in the direction of holy mystery," she writes. "The triune God is not simply unknown, but positively known to be unknown and unknowable--which is a dear and profound kind of knowledge."
Augustine De Trin 220.127.116.11.
2. For God Himself, whom we seek, will, as I hope, help our labors, that they may not be unfruitful, and that we may understand how it is said in the holy Psalm, Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord, and be strengthened: seek His face evermore. For that which is always being sought seems as though it were never found; and how then will the heart of them that seek rejoice, and not rather be made sad, if they cannot find what they seek?
For it is not said, The heart shall rejoice of them that find, but of them that seek, the Lord. And yet the prophet Isaiah testifies, that the Lord God can be found when He is sought, when he says: Seek the Lord; and as soon as you have found Him, call upon Him: and when He has drawn near to you, let the wicked man forsake his ways, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. If, then, when sought, He can be found, why is it said, Seek ye His face evermore? Is He perhaps to be sought even when found?
For things incomprehensible must so be investigated, as that no one may think he has found nothing, when he has been able to find how incomprehensible that is which he was seeking. Why then does he so seek, if he comprehends that which he seeks to be incomprehensible, unless because he may not give over seeking so long as he makes progress in the inquiry itself into things incomprehensible, and becomes ever better and better while seeking so great a good, which is both sought in order to be found, and found in order to be sought?
For it is both sought in order that it may be found more sweetly, and found in order that it may be sought more eagerly. The words of Wisdom in the book of Ecclesiasticus may be taken in this meaning: They who eat me shall still be hungry, and they who drink me shall still be thirsty.--Augustine De Trin 18.104.22.168