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Dear America

Logan, age 15 – Skagit County Juvenile Detention

Dear America,

You need to know that the riots
and rebellion are caused by you . . .

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Dear America

Victor, age 16 – Skagit County Juvenile Detention

Dear America,

You have the power to do whatever
you want to do . . .

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Dear System . . .

Robert, age 15 - Skagit County Juvenile Detention

Dear System,

Ever since I was born you've been there.  You were there when my biological mom would relapse and let my sister and I run around free.  You were there again as I began to realize how. . .

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Thinking . . .

Josh, age 17 - Skagit County Juvenile Detention / Green Hill School

Thinking . . .

So I'm in deep depression now
There's nothing I can do about it . . .

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Dirty Tin Foil . . .

Anonymous, age 16 - Skagit County Juvenile Detention

Dirty Tin Foil

Proof of a recent escape from the chains
that depression has imprisoned her in . . .

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Trying to catch up to you . . .

Janice, age 28 - Skagit Valley Recovery Community

Trying to catch up to you

I sit here on my bed looking out my window.
I see fields that stretch as far as the eye can see . . .

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In three seconds, I was out . . .

Anonymous, age 13 – Migrant Leaders Club

In three seconds, I was out.  I was in a dark room.  I saw nothing but a corner.  I approached closer and I saw a little star crying.  What do I do now, my little star is crying and I . . .

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I came to realize who my true friends are . . .

Roman, age 17 – Skagit County Juvenile Detention

I came to realize who my true friends are.  I found this out by ending up in Juvie and I was able to see who actually cared.   There were quite a few that I never would have thought . . .

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If you came to . . .

Anonymous, age 15 – Skagit County Juvenile Detention

If you came to . . .


the cell of 204 you would see

a difference in life . . .

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I have parents who go through oppression . . .

R, age 13 – Migrant Leaders Club

I have parents who go through oppression.  My mother is an extremely intelligent woman who is oppressed to both take care of the house and work because she is a “woman.”  She wants to . . .

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When I kiss you . . .

Gene, age 16 – Skagit County Juvenile Detention

When I kiss you my deepest darkest fears disappear.  I don’t have to worry about a thing.  I know you feel the same way because I can see it in your light blue eyes.  We’re like a car and our love . . .

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