Annual meeting with Martha – Martha wants to pass the high school exam next year

On Friday, June 15, 2018, Was an annual meeting with MArtha.
Once a year there is a meeting with people sentenced to lifetime imprisonment.
The meeting is aimed at summarizing of what an inmate has achieved during the last year, and what she plans to do next year.
7 or 8 people was meeting with Martha.
The meeting lasted about half an hour.
Among others there was Mrs Governor Mary O’Connor, Mrs School Principal and Chaplain Sister Esther Murphy.
During the meeting Martha presented all certificates she received.
Total 18.
During two years of being in prison she passed almost all levels of English language.
Martha said, that she would like to pass her high school exams next year.
Due to that, on Tuesday, Martha was supposed to receive books, so she can study for the exams already.

During stay in prison, Martha learned English language to a large extent.
Oftenly she has no time on the given day to reply to the letters she’s receiving.
She says to the family, that she has lots of homework and she has to study.
She’s not always happy, that she is learning not the things she wants.

The family is glad that Martha is busy.
She’s taking every course available in prison.
She’s using the time somehow.
For now for the benefit of herself.
In future, she will probably share with others what she will learn…

In every place you can find yourself in future, it is worth to use your time wisely…

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It was supposed to be a calm day…

Yesterday, on Monday, excited Martha called her family earlier than usual.
With passion, she told them that new cells were shown.
The renovation of a new prison wing is about to end.
Five cells downstairs and five upstairs.
it was decided, that “lifers” are to be transferred there.
Other prisoners are imprisoned longer than Martha.
But Martha was also included in the transfer.
Martha is going to have a cell upstairs.
She had no possibility of choosing, but she still is glad, that her transferring is planned.
Everything is new in the new cell.
Black closet, bed with a drawer beneath, mirror, a mirror in the bathroom, blinds, openable ventilator.
Everything new – Martha figures it’s all from IKEA.
Everything is fixed, so it can not be moved.

In the part common for prisoners, there are: microwave oven, toaster, and a dishwasher.

Martha judged, that Mrs Governor Mary O’Connor arranged everything nice and very well. And she supervised everything very well.
Plenty of people outside the prison, doesn’t have such conditions in their homes.
Entire decoration of cells is a sign of trust in the inmates, who are to be transferred.
Surely every inmate will be pleased.
The only cons are lack of sun, and… freedom…

In the evening, Martha’s family gave Martha other informations…
…from “the world of free people” (who really is “free”?)…
…”from behind the wall”…
From joy… into cry…

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‘Prison should be about opportunity not punishment’ – Dóchas governor defends institution against ‘soft’ allegations (Dochas Centre as a great prison with perfect resocialization? Nothing but go there? – words, words, words…)

Watch: ‘Prison should be about opportunity not punishment’ – Dóchas governor defends institution against ‘soft’ allegations – Independent.ie

Watch: ‘Prison should be about opportunity not punishment’ – Dóchas governor defends institution against ‘soft’ allegations – Independent.ie

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What the effect of Martha’s meeting with Mrs Vice-consul will be?

The meeting was very needed.
Martha waited for it for a long time, and she was preparing for it.
The family asked Martha, to write down everything, and to say about every injustice, discrimination and violation s of the law, she suffers in Dochas Centre Prison.
Martha wrote it down, but of course, the prison’s authorities didn’t let Martha to have any piece of paper with her (for some time, special attention has been paid to Martha in this matter).
MArtha had to talk about what she feels, and what she remembers.
We don’t know if she said about everything. Probably not. So many things gathered.
Emotions, reliving difficult moments again… At some point it made Martha Cry, her anger about what’s happening around, but also… helplessness (the effect of collision with… concrete)…

Mrs Vice-consul made notes during talking with Martha.
She announced, that she will want to meet Mrs Governor and she will write her in that matter.

Will it have any effect?
Nevertheless we thank very much to Mrs Consul for her help land for her interest in Martha’s case.
The more people, the more actions… everything can be crushed down, tear down, defeated…

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Problems with visits – second day of sisters meetings

After yesterday’s accidental accidental obtaining of information about Martha’s degradation, sisters anticipated further problems. And so it happened today.
For two weeks Martha was checking every day if her sister’s visit is booked.
And it was. The sister was booked for visits on three days.
But changing of Martha’s status resulted in cancellation of one visiting day.
The sister met Martha on Thursday. Friday visit was cancelled. Saturday is planned as new week starts on Saturday (seeing Martha by her sister on Saturday means that no one else can visit Martha until next Saturday)

Both Martha and her sister were, however, very determined.
Martha was asking in the morning. Sister came in visiting time, and was decided to wait as long as it takes. She especially came from Poland for 4 days so she can see her sister for 3 days.

We thank very much to the officer who called Mrs Governor.
We thank Mrs Governor for coming specially to the second gate, and allowing sisters to see each other.

And Martha?
She only had to pass near a boorish prison officer, who spits behind her every time when she walks by (when the officer walks by Martha’s cell, he kicks her door).
And sisters could meet, enjoy each other, and hug.
Supervised under the watchful eye of officers, if they don’t give something to each other, if they don’t write something…

Despite the difficulties – A little bit of warmth on pole of the cold…

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Another person is asking about Martha’s work at the library

On Wednesday a person responsible for the libraries (we don’t have sufficient information to provide the person’s position) in Dochas Centre Prison and in Mountjoy Prison, noticed that for some time already, Martha is not working in the library.
The person asked Mrs Governor Mary O’Connor about it.
Mrs Governor claimed, she knows nothing about it.
Really?
Mrs Governor asked Martha.
Martha said, that she doesn’t know the reasons why she is not working at the library.
One of the officers simply took away the key to the library from her, and she only said Martha doesn’t work there anymore.
This officer rather doesn’t like foreigners.

It’s kind, that another person is noticing lack of Martha in the library, and aks for her.
Until now only the inmates were asking for Martha, and especially the person working with her in the library.
Now a question about Martha was asked from different side.
Martha even describes the person as a owner of the libraries, and a person responsible for the libraries and their supplies. We can not confirm that, but we can say thank you.

We thank you very much!
People who get to know Martha closer, see what a valuable person she is.

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How can Martha’s sister reclaim her property?

Martha, without any agreement with her family and friends, got the paintings back in the prison. She had proven thus to Mrs Governor, that they were not sold. She had proven it, she gave the paintings back, but they are not handed back to the owner.

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Why did the paintings go to jail?

O thursday, january 18th, unexpected thing happened. Martha called one of her friends, Mariusz, and asked him to bring back the paintings she gave her sister. Martha knew that the paintings were still in Ireland. Her sister didn’t take them for now, because they didn’t fit into the airplane luggage. Mariusz didn’t know, that this situation wasn’t discussed with Martha’s sister, and fulfilled Martha’s request.

What was this all about?
Next visit of Martha’s closest family is coming soon. This time, for the first time, her niece is going to visit her too. Martha is living with this visit. She would very much want to give some presents to her closest. That’s why she attends the school and lessons, to make something for others. All the time prison authorities don’t allow Martha, the only one of the prisoners, to give anything to anybody.

In the conversation with Mrs Governor Martha asked, that she finally be able to give some small items to her closest. Mrs Governor said, that she will not allow it because the family sells those things.When Martha denied that, Mrs Governor asked for a proof. So Martha got an “ingenious” idea, and first thing in the morning she called Mariusz, who was supposed to visit her that day, to bring the paintings.

What is Martha’s sister supposed to do now?
The paintings belong to her. They they left the prison legally. “Passing” of those paintings through prison gate was held even in the light of cameras of TVN and Superwizjer.
Will Martha’s sister recover her belongings?
How much longer will those paintings stay in prison?

This situation taught Martha and her family a lot.
The family asked Martha to not to prepare any gifts for their visit.
The most important thing is that 4 women close to each other will meet together.
Martha’s family is fighting for Martha’s freedom not trifles.

Martha's sister with paintings by Marthalink: http://helpformartha.org/2017/11/15/paintings-by-martha/

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