‘We Remember’ clean up project at state hospital a success

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank those who participated in the “We Remember” project that consisted of cleaning up the State Hospital Cemetery and planting flowers. It is important to self advocates that we do not forget the history of what happened.  After the clean up at the cemetery, we had a nice potluck.  Self Advocates lead in a song called “Struggling For Dignity,” (tune: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”)

Chorus:

Movin’ on for the rights of all.

Strugglin’ for dignity.

Movin’ on for the rights of all.

Strugglin’ for dignity.

When we  think that we are better than any other person then in our own distorted minds we think we have the right to  dehumanize a person, group of people,  and/or class.  We have seen this with our government, in our schools, community, and even in our churches. Dictators who have done some horrendous crimes against people did not evolve into it overnight. It was a slow distorted thought. I challenge each and everyone one of us to reflect on this. To treat others they way you want to be treated until then people will continue to “struggle for dignity.”

Maggie Treichel, Cambridge
Self Advocates Community Organizer

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