ELLA Foundation Blog

Currently Under Reconstruction: Update from Charity Lee

Time again to be an open book...

Posted by: Charity Lee on May 4, 2018 2:46:13 AM

Topics: Charity Lee, Motherhood, Paris Lee Bennett, anti-death penalty, capital punishment, Donations, fundraising, media in the prisons, 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, Parenting, Parenting a child in prison, Prison, Starving for Justice, How to Cope in Prison, Helping Incarcerated Women, Becoming Miss Burton, Haters

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If Broken, Do Not Fix

Once in the past …

Posted by: Charity Lee on Mar 24, 2018 8:17:25 PM

Topics: TDCJ, The ELLA Foundation, unconditional love, murdered child, grief, death anniversary, birthday of deceased loved one, healing from grief, My Son Was Arrested, Parenting, Parenting a child in prison, Prison, Becoming Miss Burton, Women and Children in Poverty, Haters

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16 Things To Learn From Unconditional Love...

 

Posted by: Charity Lee on Dec 29, 2017 11:23:01 PM

Topics: blog, Charity Lee, Motherhood, One For Ten, Paris Lee Bennett, anti-death penalty, capital punishment, Donations, essays of the incarcerated, 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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A Tribute to Motherhood

I was asked to come speak to you today about motherhood…something I hope I know a little bit about considering I’m about to give birth to my third child any day now!

Posted by: Charity Lee on Dec 8, 2017 8:27:00 AM

Topics: blog, Home, Motherhood, The ELLA Foundation, unconditional love

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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 Dec 7, 2017 10:22:00 AM

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

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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, 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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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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"Not What You Think" by Paul Storey, Texas Death Row Inmate #999538

A dear friend of mine who is incarcerated at the infamous Polunsky Unit, home of Texas’ Death Row, is the author of the second installment of ELLA’s New Voices series. I have known Paul now for two years and have visited often. Paul is a gentle giant and thoughtful soul whose worst mistake in life was not to stand up to his friend when he learned his plan for the day. Paul did not kill anyone. This is not a mistake he should die for.

Posted by: Charity Lee on Sep 17, 2013 12:32:15 AM

Topics: blog, Home, inmate essays, anti-death penalty, capital punishment, essays of the incarcerated, prison writing, The ELLA Foundation, unconditional love

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New Voices Essay: Paris Lee Bennett

On Friday, May 10th, I was interviewed at the Clemens Unit, the unit to which I am assigned, by Mike Barajas, a reporter with the San Antonio Current. To the best of my already considerable and perpetually growing knowledge of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s (TDCJ) rules and regulations, offenders meeting with media representatives are to be afforded a measure of privacy. No such privilege was granted to Mr. Barajas and me. Our meeting took place among a group of interconnected offices located just past the gate that admits one into the prison proper. The “walls” dividing one office from the next are hardly more than whitewashed wooden partitions; the doors are not much thicker and have (what I posit are not glass) windows set into them at chest height. I find it hard to believe that anyone in the office could have missed our conversation had we spoken loudly enough.

Posted by: Charity Lee on Sep 12, 2013 8:29:56 PM

Topics: blog, Charity Lee, Home, inmate essays, Paris Lee Bennett, prison guard intimidation, essays of the incarcerated, media in the prisons, prison writing, TDCJ, The ELLA Foundation, unconditional love

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