Sunday, February 25, 2007

Corruption Item 17: Tell the Bad Stories

17) Tell the bad stories.

--If you have you have been a victim of adoption fraud or corruption, don't be silent. Tell your story.

--If those further along on the path had told you, you might have been spared the bad experience. How can you be silent and know that your silence will cause other AP's and PAP's to fail to be warned and likewise be hurt? How can you be silent knowing that your silence will cause other children and first families to be hurt?

--Change will come ONLY if we care enough to share. Keeping bad deeds secret only causes more people to suffer and delays needed reforms.

--Allow your own story to become a part of the public record in a way that allows corruption to be documented.

--Encourage others to tell their stories and encourage them to allow their stories to be documented in the public record.

--DO file complaints with officials if you have been a victim ofadoption fraud or corruption. Persist when such complaints appear todisappear into nothingness and you are not even given the minimal courtesy of the acknowledgement of their receipt.

--Think about what your case would be if the word "adoption" were not attached to it to launder the crimes. Personally accord it the same appropriate level of seriousness.

--Think about the relative importance of your case if everyone involved were white home-grown, middle class compatriots. Appropriately accord it the same level of seriousness.

--"You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation."
-Marian Wright Edelman.

Be a flea biting.

--Do something. All it takes for injustice to flourish is for good people to sit by and do nothing.

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