ARTICLE I. (NAME)
The name and principal office of the organization shall be: “Lifers For Life” (“L4L”) (Prisoners Helping Terminally Ill Children)].
ARTICLE II • (PURPOSE)
Section 1: General Purposes: L4L general purpose is to assist in providing California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“CDCR”) with a registry/data—base for the purpose of providing donor organs to terminally Ill children (and others).
It is part of our Mission Statement that L4L is a Non—Profit Support Network of Term—To—Life Prisoners seeking: penance, redemption, and reform via reaching out to those terminally ill children in need of life—saving organ transplants necessary for life sustenance.
Section 2: Special Purposes: L4L specific purpose is to provide a more “expedient” and accessible resource for terminally ill children in need of life saving organs (e.g. Liver, Kidneys, Eyes, Heart, Lungs, Pancreas, Skin, Bones, Bone—Marrow, Connective Tissues, Middle Ear, and Blood Vessels).
ARTICLE III. (MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA)
LFL will not deny membership to anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, age, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, sexual orientation, or on the Inmate’s inability or refusal to pay membership fees, dues or donations to the group. however the criteria for membership will include, but not be limited t the following:
1) Person must be willing to register as a willing donor for any and/or specific organs and body— parts.
2) Must not be a pedophile and/or be convicted of sex—offenses against children (exceptions may be considered for those persons who have successfully completed a CDC treatment program and the recipient is in agreement with the donors’ current progress towards reform).
3) The member sustains “active membership” (i.e. is willing to follow all the group—rules, bylaws, as well as those of the institution) while working diligently towards the objectives of L4L.
4) Must be drug free and not have any diseases incompatible with life sustenance.
5) Must be a Lifer Inmate and/or be willing to adhere to beliefs or tenants of L4L.
6) Must be willing to break all social, political, racial, economic, and religious barriers in the interest of L4L and the recipients.
7) be willing, and If able, adhere to a regular individual and/or group exercise program.
ARTICLE IV. (LEGAL JURISDICTIONS)
Pursuant to California Code of Regulations (“CCR”) Article #15, & 3234, §3240.1, §3241, §3261.6, §3339, §3350, 3350.1, §3350.2, §3352, §3353.1, §3355, 3355.2, §3357, §3359, §3360, §3378, and §3454. The Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and “The Declaration of Human Rights”, Articles 1, 2, 18, and 25,hence this proposal has all legal standings for approval.
ARTICLE V. (FUNCTIONS)
With the approval/support of the Institution Administration, The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“CDCR”), The California Correctional Peace Officers Associations (CCPOA), and The Medical Authorization Review Committee (“MAR”), L4L propose this life—giving program be allowed to function as an Inmate's Leisure Time Activity Group. In addition to organ donations, with the aid and support of the aforementioned entities, we hope to activate all of L4L membership by forming a support network group that will be trained by qualified medical staff to utilize their life-sources to facilitate prescreening/educational programs to assist members and aspiring members in the inmate population in how best to maintain good health and educate others on the invaluable benefits of donating life—giving organs to children in need.
ARTICLE VI. (STRUCTURING)
L4L proposes to be permitted to organize it’s executive body consisting of: Founder/Director, Chair/Coordinator, Vice—Chair / Coordinator, Secretary/Vice, Sergeant—at—Arms, Treasurer,. Spokesperson (Inside/Out), Sponsor/Co—Sponsors (Inside/Out), and Ombudsperson. Sub—committees will be formed consisting entirely of members from the general body as needed to coordinate various program—projects, special workshops and activities.
ARTICLE VII. (MEETINGS)
LFL propose the full executive committee be permitted to hold weekly meetings and full general body meetings with executive members, staff, and guests once per month.
ARTICLE VIII. (FUNDING)
L4L will not be of any cost to the institution or state. L4L will function as a non—profit organization, and will be funded entirely through the resources of the founder, fund—raising campaigns (e.g. sales), donations, and Divine productions?
ARTICLE IX. (BELIEFS)
1) We believe that the nature of our wrongs to society are such that redemption can never be possible to those we have harmed.
2) We believe penance has to be possible, least all conventional logic for such be deemed as hopeless at each level of our being.
3) We believe faith without works is dead on it's face, hence anyone who is not willing to lay down his/her own life for his/her brother/sister is advocating nothing less than useless lip service.
4) We believe the stated objectives of CDCR as they currently exist do not live up to their true definition to the degree they do not make a serious effort to encourage corrections and reform.
5) We believe the selfless act of donating our life saving organs to children in dire need is a step in the right direction towards returning to society that which we have taken.
6) We believe the laws of this land, as well as those of religion and science give us the right as human being to seek spiritual, social reform, penance, and redemption.
7) We believe every child’s life is precious and deserving of life by any means legally, spiritually, and physically possible.
ARTICLE X. (WANTS)
1) INSTITUTIONAL APPROVAL: We would like to have L4L formally approved by the Warden, the CCPOA, and MAR as an “Inmate Activity Group” so that our members will be allowed to function with full support towards achieving the needs of those children in dire need of what we have to offer freely. We also seek approval to network our resources within the population as necessary to donate our gifts expeditiously towards the life of the designated recipient. We need to educate the population and register potential donors into our database.
2) HEALTH AND SAFETY APPROVAL: While we recognize that CDCR already provides this service as part of its primary objective, we are also aware of the realities of our environment being such that they don’t always meet the minimum requirements to provide these services to all the population. We simply request that our members be afforded the adequate health and safety care already sanctioned by the laws of this great state and land. In particularly we seek the best chance to function in a safe, violence free, gang free, drug free environment with adequate nutrition mental/medical care to the degree necessary for us to maintain the best possible gifts to the recipients in dire need.
3) NETWORKING/CORRESPONDENCE: We anticipate the inevitability of some of our members being transferred and/or released, however we have as part of our support network a pledge to each member to have emotional and spiritual support in times of need, hence we would like to be able to have all our members approved for interdepartmental communication via first class mail, phone, and visits to assure each of our members are maintaining our program objectives (e.g. exercising, drug free, proper diet, mental/medical health care).
4) CORRECTIONAL COUNSELING: Again, we recognize that CDCR already provides this as a part of its stated objectives, however we also recognize the realities of our environment are such that this part of the institutional program is often either slighted, neglected, treated unprofessionally and/or misdirected, hence we’re requesting our members be afforded effective professional “correctional counseling” when needed so that our members will be better able to understand and cope with our environment to the degree necessary to successfully program in an institutional environment.
ARTICLE XI. (AMENDMENT TO THE BY—LAWS)
Amendments to this Constitution and By—Laws must be introduced by written petition by/or to the Executive Board of Directors. Upon introduction, a discussion will commence and an amendment may be adopted by an affirmative vote of two—thirds of the voting membership at the meeting. Prior to implementation, all amendments must be reviewed and approved by the sponsor or Chief Deputy Warden. By—Laws “shall” be reviewed annually and approved by the Warden.
End of By—Laws
The aforementioned proposal is submitted by L4L members here at HDSP A—Yard for your consideration and approval. L4L believes this program would make a vast contribution towards meeting the objectives of CDCR and the nation to not only protect and serve the community, but to make the best use of our human resources during times of dire economic realities. Our program will save precious lives, give inmates a serious chance at personal, social, and spiritual reform and penance as well as break down destructive barriers in our society. Please approve this most noble and benevolent program. We would appreciate the opportunity for an interview with you to discuss in detail why we feel you would benefit from this program and why there is a need for it at HDSP. We are also open to discuss further details about the contents of this proposal, hear suggestions, answer any question, proposed changes or corrections prior to your formal approval. We thank you in advance for your time, support, and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you soon.