My good friend Todd Stimson (still incarcerated in the USA for cannabis- legal lies) is married to Kerry. This tiny little shell of a woman- right! Kick ass Kerry - she is strong, determined and a down to earth woman effected more than most on this F&^%ing lie of a War of Drugs - WAR on Us. I saw her comment online one day.. "Sweep off your own porch before you come inspecting mine!" It stuck with me.
I was not sweepingly own porch. I am learning - everyday I breath - thank God.
So, here I am drawing how bad African Americans have it across the border (and they do!) but then I started to hear we were worse! Gasp? How is that?
We treat and have treated our Aboriginal people like they are nothing.
How ashamed I feel - ashamed: I had no clue.
Was I aware before 'The Hip mention', yes.. look into Human trafficking.
Where you aware? Are you aware?
Who does not know about missing aboriginal women, to think of it is heart wrenching, so it's time to draw about it. I don't know how.. how so it will bring justice to artwork & individuals.. for the lives of so many lovely, lost souls.. being born into generations of abuse- abuse of alcohol, abuse of the system- supposedly in place to protect them- to protect ALL Canadians, abuse by more than I can even imagine to know about.
I read this article in a Dr.s office a few weeks ago:
Most are in jail for NON-violent crimes. IF only we took some of the money to put people into jail & help them instead with education and support. Money wasted on the Drug WAR.
When you know better. Do better.
I am reaching a point personally I can tell you, though my education on cannabis - what I read happening around the world. Just F*cking legalize it, enough already and stop putting people behind bars because of it! So many poor, disadvantaged people already being taken and thrown behind bars, WE should ALL feel ashamed and continue to do so until WE all speak up and demand it end. Imagine the kids- the newest generation waiting.. to go to jail. Kids who never get to get a break from the start because the color of their skin. Fact.
Pardon me? Did I hear correct? A Canadian Pardon no longer matters at the border?Someone I met many years ago at an expo contacted me recently with a story we want to share; she and I agree if we can save one family from the harassment/embarrassment & who knows what else - let's.
I do know her, she is approximately my age, and I understand the stigma still attached - ehe doe snot want to use her name. :( i get it. She did not go into detail but she was reached and so was her car and treated like what she felt was like a criminal. I get that too.
Imagine that dad, 20 years later- he might lose his job, have to explain bullshit to his kids, maybe even his wife for something - he probably forgot about.
Do you have a planned trip into the the USA this summer with your kids? Heads UP! Apparently the only way you will learn about this new CASH grab- lets see it for what it is, is at the border. and then it will be too late.
* She did admit to me she was searched ned finger printed- I don't know that they can do that? I am NOT sure and WHY?
If we are not allowed entry then FINE there is NO need to search or finger print. I wonder if she asked 'why and said 'NO, what would have happened. I do not have a criminal record but even traveling now across the border- and with Poppy is not an attract thought lately. Canada it is.
Her eis a link for some of you that might want to find out more na start the process to avoid being turned back: http://uswaiver.pardonservicescanada.com/travel/?gclid=CJrckaya68wCFQUIaQod6dcOiA
One more way to make money and punish those what they can for a mistake made long ago, IF we held all responsible for mistakes they made long ago- no one would be free, as they would like to have us think already. Here is the e mal i asked to explain what happened:
TY for the chat yesterday, if I can save 1 person from the experience I had at the boarder this week it's worth sharing. For anyone who has been granted a Canadian Pardon for an offence, Canadian pardons are no longer recognized at the US boarder.
26 years ago I was charged for possession of a controlled substance (MJ), a small amount (less than an oz). I applied for a pardon & a pardon was granted. In the 30 years since I've traveled all over the world, including into the US many times. As recently as December of 2015, I drove through the same boarder in Windsor, ON.
This week I was denied entry as you now require a Federal pardon. I answered all of their questions, everything was in order, everything checked out, they even called my employer to confirm employment - also checked out yet was denied entry, first time ever in all those years. I was given the waiver package to fill out, this is what everyone will need now. There are a few steps & things to obtain for the package submission, the cost is $585 US.
There are 1, 3 & 5 year waivers that are issued so you have to renew it when it's up, at the cost of $585.00 US, for life. While I was pretty distraught about the whole situation, I'm grateful I was alone and none of my loved ones had to share this undesirable experience. There is a story of one young family with 3 children heading to Florida for vacation, the Dad had an MJ offence from his youth, also held a Canadian pardon.
He was denied entry and the whole family vacation was ruined & no doubt those 3 young kids will never forget the experience. Federal Waiver packages can be obtained at boarder crossings.
The process takes 2-6 months.
Safe & Hassel Free Travels Everyone.
* Use this information as you will, I hope it saves someone some stress or better yet- spend your hard earned vacation money this year in CANADA! I LOVE Halifax, P.E.I, I am seriously looking for a ride - from here to PEI with me and Poppy this summer. If anyone reading this blog is headed in that direction! I can't travel with a smoker- Cannabis only & will not travel with a drinker- until at our destination OR someone who answers their PHONE. All others can apply.. lol
I will share in gas and such. ;) & want to paint & chill by the ocean this summer if possible.
Back to chilling in the back yard on my hammock today.
Believe xox <><
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