Engaging a Speaker…Part 2

Once Clare is set on a specific goal, she’s committed to seeing it through. She’s quick on her feet and she likes the short and sweet aspect of engagement. I knew this episode would be over in a flash so as soon as Clare flew into high gear I followed her lead. We only had to wait a few moments before He came into view and headed our way. Secret service men were all around him so we’d have to be diplomatic and stay calm. Things actually unfolded easier than I expected. I stood back and observed while Clare went into action, that is, after being given the go-ahead…

This was Clare’s deal. She had known Reynold Moore and his former wife for years before Rey was convicted. Rey was always kind and thoughtful towards Clare and now she was determined to do something for him in return. Rey is the only black man among a group of six so-called co-conspirators in the 1992 death of paper mill worker, Tom Monfils. Clare never doubted Rey’s innocence and that day, Clare was going to speak on his behalf in front of a prominent black man whom Rey had delegated for, in a 1988 bid for president. She was going to make sure that this political figure understood the full scope of Rey’s current plight.

In an instant Clare stepped directly in front of Rev. Jesse Jackson, causing him to literally halt in his tracks. She was armed with powerful words and a book that documented all of the aspects causing Rey’s wrongful conviction. She would make sure that Rev. Jackson understood what was at stake. Included in the book she was about to give him was information to contact us, should he find it within his power to help out in some way.

All eyes were on my sister as she boldly looked directly into this man’s eyes. She leaned the book on his chest and spoke…

“Rev. Jackson, I have a book for you to read about Reynold Moore, a friend of mine who aided in your 1988 presidential campaign. He was wrongfully convicted of murder many years later and remains behind bars to this day. I am here to ask that you help him in his release. Please take this book and read it. Then you will understand what this is all about. I thank you, sir.”

As fast as she had stepped in front of Rev. Jackson, she now stepped away, allowing him to grasp what she had said. He paused and acknowledged her message by repeating it in its entirety. She nodded to confirm as he turned and handed the book to the secret service man behind him. He commenced his walk towards the main stage and as they commenced their walk to the stage, the one holding the book promised to make sure that Rev. Jackson would get it back.

Later that day, after Rev. Jackson’s powerful speech to a crowd of thousands, Clare and I were filled with a renewed hope that maybe the encounter with him would be a turning point in our mission. I remember stopping what I was doing to watch as the caravan pulled out of the grounds. I hoped that the chance for Rey’s vindication did not exit along with it.

Unfortunately, despite our efforts to follow up and contact Rev. Jackson,  we never heard back from him or his associates. All other efforts to get books into the hands of other politicians went unheeded as well. It was a a major disappointment for all of us in trying to bring an awareness of this controversial topic into the political realm.

I still wonder if Rev. Jackson ever thought about us or read that book. My reasons for telling this story do not rest on what Jackson did or didn’t do, but rather to illustrate the lengths we went to accomplish our mission. Although the day was relatively unsuccessful, we had done our best. We knew we could not dwell on the failures. We had to move on and continue the search for those who could help.

It would be many moons and bumps in the road before we’d find legal representation for these men. Sure, it took us five years, but we did it. And now we feel certain that we will be successful in our mission.

I’m proud of all we’ve done and of what we’ve accomplished. And although not everyone we encountered along the way was able or willing to step up, the right people ultimately did. What this really is about is doing what is humanly possible to help those in need no matter how impossible a goal may seem.

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7 thoughts on “Engaging a Speaker…Part 2

  1. bernard

    dear Joan !
    Hope you are well .
    after I was seeing on the net , the political developments of the new IS in syria and irak I am happy to read again about you!!!
    Just to write you that I hope you are continuing this amazing work you do.Dear Joan ,
    People like you , change and transform this little blue planet like Mahatma Gandhi Ben gurion Terye Rod Larsen ,Saadat , De gaulle , Churchill .One of my conclusions : the revolution begins with the hearts ,locally we are all one .Romain Roland was thinking about les hommes de bonnes volonte (men of good will ) He wanted to create an international of good will men ! You have already a friend in bangkok , the wysky ( or the baujolais ) on me!!!!

    1. Joan Treppa Post author

      Hello Bernard. I am well thank you! It is so very kind of you to associate me with these great people! I am humbled and appreciative for it is people like you that help me to stay focused and determined so that I can continue my important work. I agree with your sentiments that the revolution begins in the heart and that we are all connected. It should make all of us think twice about the consequences of our actions. Both you and I are part of the balance that will keep the planet stable. Be well my friend. A toast to you then…

      1. bernard

        thanks Joan , I do agree with your post among 1000000 things I must manage and do today and this month here in south east asia also crazy and hypocritical 😦
        May be this crazy ‘ International of Good will People will begin again (?) with folks aware like us , maybe .
        A wise guy said long time ago :’ words pure , thoughts pure , actions pure ‘ ,also another guy john (Ma in education then )told me one day and saved me thousands of bucks , bernie be patient also with everyone including with your wife , you do love her !right?!
        May be these 2 quotes create also the beginning of this ‘ international of good will people’. , may be , I do feel that the planet is so short on time , short on political wisdom , short on pure air , water , earth but we have to continue our duties and never give up in 2014 /planet blue earth
        I cant write /email you eevrything because the email is too open !

  2. Joan Treppa Post author

    Such wise words my friend. I always say that I cannot change all that is wrong with the world but I can make a small difference in my little corner of the world enough that maybe it will eventually filter up to affect the larger picture. I have found that there are so many good people among us. I do believe that this creates the necessary conflict between good and evil that will help us to stay balanced. I have to be at peace with this and just move forward. My wish is that all of us can.

    1. bernard

      thanks for your feed back dear Joan.
      I know that your precious time is very limited but if you could do a little stop in your important work a favor and devote some 30 min. from your time to read this creative and most original web site
      of ‘ thereligionlessworld.com’ , I will appreciate
      the webmaster is mr. Suresh Kumar Soni a gentleman from India
      I surf the net for more than 30 years but this web site is amazing at my humble opinion .
      Have a wonderful w.e anyway Dear Joan Treppa !
      Attentively Yours .
      Bernard Holder

      1. Joan Treppa Post author

        Hello Bernard. This is amazing because I have had in-depth correspondence with Mr. Suresh Soni who is a wonderful man who visited my page a while back and who also asked a favor of me, one in which I was not able to accommodate. He definitely has a wonderful site and he has my best wishes and friendship always!

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