NOTICE NOW YOU CAN ADD COMMENTS & UPDATES FREELY BELOW EACH BLOG, THANKS TO SUSANNE (see her profile just below) USE IT TO MEET UP IN TEXAS TOO! Let folk know if U have a place to stay, a bite to eat who may be coming from a long way to join the WALK.
"X" is a MOTIVATOR...WAIT UNTIL YOU MEET HIM! More than most he lives in the moment.
( Capital "X" ) says "Separated we call for life or death, I say we unite and call for solutions." He asks that life without parole be called for rather than the death sentence and constantly addresses the need for vast improvements in US prisons. He also calls for incentives and options for the many who are behind bars due to our flawed justice system and those who's record shows they have rehabilitated selves and would do plenty of good in other capacities. He comforts the comfort-less and speaks up for the voiceless--those who've had a loved one executed, those who's loved one awaits a state killing and many others as well. (I told him I want to write him into a piece of fiction. It's because he captures for our time and with up-to-date flavor a way to bridge the gaps of age, race, cultures and sub-cultures and stay REAL.)
Bill says he's the "real deal" yet by "X"'s own description of himself has a long way to go on himself and his activist and artistic goals.
There is a palpable yet invisible joy and faith about this man who has for years seen war in the inner cities and severe abuse in New York prisons. By his own admission, "X" has struggled with his own inner wars and demons and rehabilitated himself with the Creator's help. He says he's still got a long way to go--but then who among us is perfect? And we can't let our rough edges keep us from joining the WALK of life for Change. Right?
Although "X" s speaks daily of unspeakable suffering and is not afraid to meet it close up-- there is a subtle cheer with lilt when he walks and talks to audiences because he knows he's a part of real, long-needed change. "We gotta get rid of all the killing" he says often, "So let's start with this little part of it: the death penalty. Let's get rid of that." He doesn't think he's much of a speaker--but you gotta hear him. NOT TRUE.
If you're in Texas, hey, I know it's a gigantic state, but keep the faith and try to catch up with "X", OUR BILL, Dave Atwood and the others and be a part of this massive movement for change. In fact let's ALL be the change we want to see in the world. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks "X" for BEING that change!!! from Connie (one of the bloggers here).
PS Mr. Pelke is soon to join "X" in Texas. So expect more "X" and "Walk" stories from our Bill--beloved friend and founder coming up right here. Please mark this site as a favorite. Also, see column on right and please DONATE to help Bill with the gas and food needs for this trip and for JOH in general. And don't forget to order your T-SHIRT--a nice souvenir of this WALK 4 LIFE on "X" site just under JOH site which is marked by "here"--click on that. Order T's while they last and perhaps throw in a few more dollars so "X" can eat some fried chicken which he loves. Scroll down & go to March Archives here to see much more on this Walk including videos, photos and news coverage and some items from Bill and Abe.
Here are just a few more places to go to learn more and to catch up with the action around Texas and the Walk 4 Life...
This one from INDY MEDIA will lead you to several more places...and features a photo we printed first here on our JOH blog--X with an inmate mom several of us including X stayed with when he did a radio show. (She's in front of my own red van!) Also hear the radio interview you can find...and get up to the present almost with X...
Hear this new video featured on one of "X"'s own sites.