Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!
Yesterday I got the holiday cooking out of the way so I could spend today posting a valuable survey I compiled two months ago, but needed assistance to post through Survey Monkey.
If you are involved in any way in the movement to reform or abolish the registry, whether you are a Registered Person, the loved one of a Registered Person, or a volunteer in any of the registry reformist groups, please take this survey. It is 99 questions and will take roughly half an hour to complete.
The purpose of this survey is to understand the diverse backgrounds, needs, and opinions on how registry reform/abolition groups should organize and conduct business. The results will hopefully assist these groups in planning future strategies around the needs and diverse viewpoints of those on the registry:
Please share with fellow anti-registry and reform activist groups.
If you haven’t started planning your trip for the Conference and Vigil in Washington DC in March 2023, time is starting to run short. . The “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” Conference and Vigil is spearheaded by Women Against Registry. See this link for more details and to sign up for the conference. WAR has a special hotel rate at a hotel in Alexandria VA:
If you are a Person Forced to Register and you are staying in VA or in DC to attend these events, you do not have to register if you are just visiting and are returning home after the events.
WAR is hosting a two-day conference preceding the vigil. The conference runs Sunday, March 5th, 2023 and Monday, March 6th, 2023. Keynote speakers include Virginia Representative Bobby Scott, one of the few legislators bold enough to speak out openly against the registry. On Monday afternoon, conference attendees will engage a visit to Capitol Hill and meet with our elected officials.
The vigil that will take place at the steps of the US Supreme Court building on the morning of Tuesday, March 7th 2023, marks the 20th anniversary of the controversial SCOTUS ruling Smith v. Doe which concluded the public sex offense registry is not punitive (punishment) and constitutional safeguards do not apply. There is a large sidewalk in front of the SCOTUS building we can gather without a permit. The boundary is the lowest step leading to the SCOTUS Plaza (the large over shaped area before the steps to the SCOTUS Bldg.) This still gives us ample space for hundreds of people. For more details on the vigil and the rules on signage, see:
You don’t have to attend the vigil to attend the conference and vice versa but if you can attend both, then plan to do so.
Finally, at this time of the year, the “season of giving”, many of you start thinking about giving to charities. Many charities do not help Registered Persons, but I do. Every year I help thousands through prisoner outreach, my website oncefallen.com, through my book Your Life on The List, and through making myself available at all times for those who call, email, and write to me. I’m a volunteer; like many other warriors in this movement, I don’t get paid a dime for my work. But unlike NARSOL, ACSOL, and WAR, I’m a one-person operation and so people feel less inclined to invest in OnceFallen than to the larger groups. While ACSOL recently made a generous donation, in addition to the continued support of fellow activists, inflation and a series of misfortunes depleted funds I had planned to put towards the upcoming DC conference and vigil.
If you wish to support the services OnceFallen provides AND only if you can afford it, please send a check or money order payable to:
2211 CR 400
Tobias NE 68453
Due to confusing changes in tax laws starting January 2022, I’m no longer accepting money through PayPal and I don’t use any other online payment service. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Please, take the survey and share the survey, sign up for the conference and vigil
Derek W. Logue of OnceFallen.com
Registered Citizen/ Civil Rights Advocate