Letters to Jean in Jail

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On June 30th, a group of seniors and water protectors, including Jean Swanson, blocked Kinder Morgan's gate to stop the building of the Trans Mountain pipeline. They took a stand to protect the future of this planet.

The court interpreted this action as criminal activity and sentenced them to seven days in jail. Jean and seven others started their sentence on August 15th. Read Jean's statement to the court here.

We are all heartbroken to think of Jean in jail and outraged by the decision of the court. We also know that civil disobedience can help stop the pipeline. As Jean said in her statement to the court:

“Why are the crown and the courts so scared of us ‘sinister seniors’ that they have to throw us in jail? Because they know that if we take a stand against injustice, we can win.”

Join us in sending Jean notes of love and solidarity for when she returns. We will get all the letters to Jean as soon as is possible.

    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 15:09:03 -0700
    Hi Jean, I was so proud and inspired by you yesterday. I hope that your jailers treat you and the others with the gentleness and respect you deserve.

    With love and solidarity

    Connie
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 14:50:19 -0700
    i doubt i’ve ever felt more pride than being in your company and that of the other women ,in particular, yesterday. your collective manner, intelligence, passion, and eloquence, provides us with a huge beacon to illuminate our way. i will be a sinister senior.
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 14:39:18 -0700
    Hi Jean,

    Thanks so much for doing this for all of us. Nonetheless it is unjust, not just because you’re a good person who seeks to help not hinder, but because you’re right. The law is wrong.

    Please take care. It is hard to think of you, being shackled, taken to a cell. I’m hoping you get out early and maybe can take a few days just for yourself.

    Solidarity and peace,

    Patrick
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 14:38:45 -0700
    Love you Jean. Thank you for doing what I could not!
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 14:37:58 -0700
    Hi Jean,

    Thanks so much for doing this for all of us. Nonetheless it is unjust, not just because you’re a good person who seeks to help not hinder, but because you’re right. The law is wrong.

    Please take care. It is hard to think of you, being shackled, taken to a cell. I’m hoping you get out early and maybe can take a few days just for yourself.

    Solidarity and peace,

    Patrick
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 14:24:31 -0700
    Courage, Jean, and Thank you!
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 13:56:32 -0700
    Thanks Jean! Although I don’t believe Trudeau will give up as he has too many debts to the oil companies, I want to thank you for your service to the peoples of the west coast and the globe. I voted for you last time and I’ll vote for you again this time. Please take some comfort in the fact that many people admire your principals and your actions even though we do not take the same steps along the way. Your a very good person. Take care. We appreciate you.
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 13:33:29 -0700
    Dear Jean,

    In an age where our children don’t even have a safe water source in their schools, I thank you for the voice you are speaking for us. Love and light and strength to you and all of us charting this crazy and amazing time or change. We will hang on and move forward together. You have galvanized us!

    Love,

    Barbara and family
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 13:32:50 -0700
    Dear Jean,

    In an age where our children don’t even have a safe water source in their schools, I thank you for the voice you are speaking for us. Love and light and strength to you and all of us charting this crazy and amazing time or change. We will hang on and move forward together. You have galvanized us!

    Love,

    Barbara and family
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 13:23:08 -0700
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 13:01:45 -0700
    I support you Jean! No more fossil fuels are needed now. This is a injustice and you stay strong as you always do.
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 12:58:34 -0700
    Wow!! What an inspiration you are in your long fight for social justice.. i met you decades ago when you were involved with End Legislative Poverty.

    Take care and i hope to see you when you’re running for City Hall
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 12:57:43 -0700
    Hi Jean. It’s Roger here. You said at the courthouse you came dresssed for shackles. Bitter humour but it says a bunch about how strong you are. I know you don’t like being the focus of attention but at least there is more attention given to indigenous land claims now. It really is a time to show what side we take. I’m so happy to share the same side as you and the rest of the sinister seniors ( and Adrian too). See you soon. And in case you haven’t heard:

    Seven days in jail followed by four years in city hall!.
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 12:46:16 -0700
    Hi Jean,

    Thinking lots about you and I am hoping that you are being treated with the respect and dignity that you deserve. You have been and continue to be a major inspiration in my life. Stay strong sister!

    Love you,

    Laural
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 12:38:10 -0700
    You are one of my heroes. I’m sorry you got put in jail. I wish I was as brave as you.
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 12:17:28 -0700
    Jean, you are a mother, you will remain a grandma to most of us, your lagacy will live on, they made you look a criminal in front of many of us who were at the court with you.


    You are not a criminal, you are the voice, for the voiceless, the protector of injustices, including our Mother Earth.


    We shall still go to jail, coz of what we believe in, you are not a lone, you are just stepping in feet of Nelson Mandela, who lived his entire youthful life in jail from 1962, serving 27 years split between Robben Island, Pollsmoor and Verster prisons.


    He became the president of South Africa, Jean you know what awaits you at the City Council, you are going in with more fight to make Vancouver a better place to live, leaving no one out.


    7 days to them, means heavens, 7 days to you, will be contemplating what is right to the Pple of Vancouver, Rent Freeze, ending the prejudice against addicts, who among the low income Pple, can pay rent in Vancouver at more than $2,000 per month, that is your concern.


    Now the law that needs to protect the seniors is the same law that is putting the senior in jail, when the seniors stand to protect their children’s and the generation to come. Jean you are not alone in this, we are with you, praying for you, and you are coming out shining more.


    If you believe in a cause go for it, don’t be ashamed of going jail, be proud of what you believe in. Wonderful


    To those other beautiful ladies who were jailed together with you, ladies/seniors stand tall coz you have tested the system, they are scared of the warriors
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 12:07:38 -0700
    Thank you so much for courageously and eloquently standing up for justice, for Indigenous rights, and for future generations. I admire and support you for putting yourself on the front lines of this vital struggle.
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 11:59:45 -0700
    Such bravery! We support you & admire your positive attitude.
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 11:50:20 -0700
    Hi Jean

    Solidarity from here, my friend. 7 days is nothing compared to the danger we face. My time didn’t come this morning (something told me clearly not to go to Camp Cloud last night) but it will come soon. And no doubt: if enough of us say no, this pipeline will not happen.
    commented on Letters to Jean in Jail 2018-08-16 10:51:57 -0700
    Day 1 of you waking up in jail. I hope your cell wasn’t too cold last night, and they’ve let you keep your big socks on. The court yesterday sucked but you were defiant as always. They took you away right in front of a hundred or so pairs of eyes who see you as the hero that you are and proved themselves the villains. It stung and I’m sad. But please be well.

    Love, Sara