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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.  You think we are perfect.  Well, we are not.  We live in fear . . .

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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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I am a field worker . . .

Juan, age 14 – Migrant Youth Leaders

I Am Poem

I AM a FieldWorker and tired. 
I wonder if they are going to change the rules . . .

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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 Youth Leaders

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 Youth Leaders

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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