ELLA Foundation Blog

Becoming Miss Burton - A Savannah Story?

Some people make a tidal wave of change, where the rest of us just see an overwhelming need.  Susan Burton's achievements leave me awestruck and inspired to know what we can do for Savannah.

Posted by: Adam Singer on Jul 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Topics: Prison, Helping Incarcerated Women

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10 Facts About Incarcerated Women and Their Children in America

From Becoming Miss Burton

link to purchase the book on Amazon

Posted by: Adam Singer on Jul 6, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Topics: Charity Lee, Motherhood, One For Ten, Paris Lee Bennett, anti-death penalty, capital punishment, Donations, fundraising, prison writing, TDCJ, The ELLA Foundation, unconditional love, murdered child, grief, death anniversary, birthday of deceased loved one, healing from grief, My Son Was Arrested, How to Deal with The Police, Parenting, Parenting a child in prison, Prison, Starving for Justice, How to Cope in Prison, Helping Incarcerated Women, Becoming Miss Burton, Women and Children in Poverty

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Newest Blog: #makeamericafreenow

Dear Fellow Inhabitants of these United States of America:

Posted by: Charity Lee on Jul 4, 2017 3:04:12 PM

Topics: Insider, Charity Lee, Motherhood, Paris Lee Bennett, capital punishment, TDCJ, The ELLA Foundation, unconditional love, murdered child, grief, death anniversary, healing from grief, Helping Incarcerated Women, Women and Children in Poverty

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Starvin For Justice How to Change People's Minds About the Death Penalty

Starvin' For Justice

You can change people's minds about the death penalty, but first you need to create a teachable moment. The ELLA Foundation is proud to sponsor Starvin’ for Justice this year in Washington from June 29th to July 2nd. The event promises to create teachable moments for the thousands of people who pass by the US Supreme Court every week.

Posted by: Adam Singer on Jun 20, 2017 10:30:19 AM

Topics: Starving for Justice

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How to Parent Your Child in Prison

Love is a verb. It is something you sometimes have to choose to do even when it does not come automatically. When your child is arrested you feel a lot of things. Some feel an outpouring of love. Most feel some measure or shame, righteous indignation, and helplessness. Parenting is a challenge under any circumstances. When a child is arrested it can feel overwhelming and lonely. The ELLA Foundation is here to help you parent, cope, and help your child after an arrest.

Posted by: Adam Singer on May 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Parenting, Parenting a child in prison, Prison

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If Your Son Was Arrested

A Message for Moms of Kids in Trouble

If your son was arrested or your kid is in trouble, you need to know you’re not alone and there is help available for you as you go through this. Millions of other parents have been through this.  The ELLA Foundation is here to help you. We hope this article and everything you find on this website will help.

Posted by: Adam Singer on May 23, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Topics: My Son Was Arrested, How to Deal with The Police

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Happy, You Would Have Been 15 Today, Birthday Ella Lee...

Well, my girl, here we are again. Spring has sprung. Butterflies are beginning to flock to your grandmother's butterfly gardens. Life is in the air in more ways than one. And it is what would have been your 15th birthday.

Posted by: Charity Lee on Apr 12, 2017 2:04:27 PM

Topics: Charity Lee, Motherhood, Paris Lee Bennett, TDCJ, The ELLA Foundation, unconditional love, murdered child, grief, death anniversary, birthday of deceased loved one, healing from grief

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Dear Mothers...

On April 12, exactly one week from today, I will be sitting with my sister-from-another-mother, Marilyn Shankle-Grant. We will sit together that day as two mothers; two mothers brought together and bonded by two things: murder and love. 

Posted by: Charity Lee on Apr 5, 2017 10:22:03 AM

Topics: Charity Lee, Motherhood, anti-death penalty, capital punishment, TDCJ, The ELLA Foundation

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The Family I Had

Dear Paris:

I received your letter yesterday with a mixture of relief that, at least when you wrote it, you were physically okay, and trepidation over what the contents could be. I have so many thoughts running through my head, and so many conflicting emotions when it comes to you to sort out, I have no idea where to start this letter. Should I even start this letter weighs heavy on my mind too, because no matter how much I love you (and I do love you in a way you are not able to love me), you are capable only of offering me a future filled with more pain and suffering, while you remain seemingly aloof from any sense of suffering for anyone other than yourself.

Posted by: Charity Lee on Jul 24, 2014 5:21:10 PM

Topics: Home

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Promises Made, Promises Kept....Happy Birthday Paris Lee....

My son's 20th birthday was yesterday. This is the text of the letter I sent him. It is the only gift I am allowed to send. It seems my letter to him was prophetic, and well timed, because five days ago he was placed in solitary confinement and is scheduled to be transferred to another unit at some point in time unknown to me. He was told this was done because he finished orientation and could now be placed in a more permanent unit. He has been in TDCJ for more than a year.

Posted by: Charity Lee on Oct 11, 2013 11:53:00 PM

Topics: Home

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