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Messages from Ky 1

Ky and his niece Zikia at MRT graduation.

As a kid, I was taught to believe that I have the freedom of speech, but I have learned quickly that  “Freedom of Speech” does not apply to people like me me.  One minute you can voice your opinions, thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams, then the very next minute it can all be taken away from you.  Speaking your truth while in prison can and often does, cost you everything.

I need you all to hold on to your Freedom and don’t take it for granted.  You have a voice, USE IT. Don’t sit by and complain about the person next to you who is speaking out.  If they are using their voice to speak for you, it’s your responsibility to do the same for them. From where I am sitting now, I have nothing but my hopes and dreams to be home with my family and loved ones.  The system has taken away our rights, our choices, and for some of us, our dreams for any freedom in the future.

When I was growing up, folks would say,” Keep quiet.. stay out of trouble….don’t hang with the wrong crowd”.  The greatest mistake I ever made was keeping quiet after being assaulted, not once but twice.  I should have shouted. I should have screamed, “I will NOT be ignored!”  Now I am in prison because I listened to them and tried to hide THEIR shame. I am in here because I tried to protect myself when no one else would.

Once someone becomes a part of the system, they are no longer human. They become whatever the state says they are. No choice, no voice.  Just a body to fill a bed and a number for the paperwork.  And for the worst of them, we are less than sub humans that sadistic monsters feel no remorse about torturing.

For those with loved ones in the system, support them, listen to their needs, ask them if they need help, then find it for them.

For my brothers and sisters caught in the system, do not be silenced. Do whatever it takes to make your voice heard and I promise it will get better.

~ Words of Ky

*Ky is no longer permitted to send messages for me to post on the Blog via Jpay. However,  Freedom Overground is an organization made up of volunteers who can share anything that this sent to us, on any media platform that we choose (with the express permission of the writer).

About Ky peterson

Kyle (Ky) Peterson is a vibrant, intelligent, and uncommonly kind human being. He’s a hard worker, with a genuinely loving nature, and a passion for promoting Human Rights and Transgender Equality. His life was forever changed in 2011 when he fell victim to, not only a violent attacker, but also the “American Justice System”.

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