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Economic Justice

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Petition to My Community

AN APOLOGY TO MY NATION

I would like to take this time to offer my sincerest apologies to a nation that I've helped destruct through my past actions that were selfish, immature, uneducated, yet inhumane in nature. My name is Gilbert Fowler , I've been incarcerated for the past 19 years serving a 20-40 year sentence for 3rd degree homicide. Please allow me to elaborate more in depth on my apology. I'm merely a man, but as all men, a man of many mistakes. What I'm sharing with you will not be 1of the many mistakes I've made. A mistake is stepping on another's shoe, spilling a drink on a sofa or a rug, or bumping into one when your not paying attention. A mistake is an act that can be corrected thru replaced property, financial compensation, or sometimes a simple apology may do. Not in my case. Please forgive me as the following contents will not be graphically depicted, but may be disturbing in nature to some. On the15 day of May of 2002 I was responsible of taking the life of another man. This man had a life, a name, but most importantly a family who may never share another physical moment with their loved one again. I've taken from his mother the opportunity of watching her son become a productive member of society. I've taken the life of a man who had the potential and educational qualities to strengthen our communities, and on a grander scale, our Nation. Uneducated thinking leads us to believe that the actions we take only victimizes a sole individual. It is only until one becomes educated that we realize the chain of individuals who become victimized thru our actions. The line extends so long that it would merely take me a lifetime of work to apologize to each individual effected. So in a effort to save time, I'd like to extend my sincerest apologies to the heartbeat of a nation that I've aided in the destruction of. I'm not seeking sympathy for this apology. I only ask for the support in allowing me to use my past actions to create a greater future for a struggling nation. I know my actions will never be forgiven, but they also shouldn't be repressed. I'm asking society for the opportunity to show thru my actions that a miseducated child can mature and grow through our penal system into an educated adult, and abiding citizen in civilization. If this nation does not believe in rehabilitation what is the purposes of incarceration? I'm asking for the opportunity to be the face that changes the rate of recidivism, in my communities first, and with proper assistance, our nation on a broader scale. In the near future I'm anticipating a positive, productive, and determined reentry into society with the sole purpose of properly instructing (thru wisdom, understanding, and knowledge)the many generations that fall short of, or surpass the civil expectations of our society. Tho, I can't give back, nor replace what I have taken from the individuals my crime have victimized. My plans to offer an everlasting devotion to educate the current generations youth, offering a belief outside of "the product of my environment" excuse. I'm sincerely and humbling requesting your blessings in offering me your support to allow my reentry into society. If you believe in rehabilitation, or if u believe that an individual have the ability to grow and mature, or if you simply believe in giving one a 2nd chance, Please provide me with your support for my reentry. If you do not support any aforementioned views please note. Your own opinions/views are genuinely honored and appreciated. Tho I challenge you to believe in a system our society has elected as efficient in the process of rejuvenating our beloved nation. I would like to take the time to thank everyone who took time out of your day to read my "APOLOGY TO MY NATION". I pray you keep a open mind and heart when making your decision. I'd also like to sincerely apologize to anyone offended during my apology. May god bless all effected by my past actions. God Bless You!

Gilbert Fowler
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Petition to City of Seattle

Save The Market Entrance

The iconic entrance to the Pike Place Market is at risk. The current scale and symmetry of the market entrance exists because the tallest building at the four corners of the Pike Place Market entrance is 3 stories.   A group of developers has proposed demolishing the historic Green Tortoise (Hahn) building at the market entrance and replacing it with a 14 story hotel with no parking.   City of Seattle Project #3024828 103 Pike Street, Seattle, WA  98101 We the undersigned do, with our signatures, collectively express our concerns regarding the proposed Hahn building development and its potential to: Permanently alter the symmetry and scale of the 4 corners of the Pike Place Market entrance. Result in the demolition of the Hahn building, which dates to the 1890s and has a rich cultural history in the city of Seattle. Displace the affordable housing for travelers provided by the Green Tortoise Hotel. Increase traffic congestion due to the complete lack of parking associated with the proposed hotel and the street blockages that would occur due the constant drop off and pick up of hotel guests on Pike St, which is only one lane. The Hahn building dates to the 1890s and it has been integral to the market entrance since its inception.  If this project goes forward as proposed, it will permanently alter the historic, iconic Pike Place Market entrance and the downtown community.  This can't be undone. We urge you to stop this development and preserve the historic character of the world renown Pike Place Market, the crown jewel of our city which is enjoyed by 10 million people annually. More information: www.savethemarketentrance.org and Save The Market Entrance on Facebook.

Save The Market Entrance
90,308 supporters