March 2019 Newsletter

Mar 18, 2019 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It is coming up on St. Patrick’s Day – the one day of the year when everyone is just a little bit Irish! But it’s also the one day that we honor St. Patrick himself, who at the very young age of 16, was captured in Roman Britain by a group of Irish pirates and brought back to Ireland as a slave, unjustly imprisoned. He, like so many of the exonerees with whom we work, was unfairly persecuted and unfairly charged with criminal offenses. 
 
So on this special day, it is our deep hope that you might consider honoring St. Patrick’s Day with a gift to the Sunny Center. Every donation counts, especially at the moment as our bank account is dangerously low. We thank you in advance for your care, compassion and generosity!
 
So Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We wish you all the blessings and good wishes associated with the day!!!


OUR EXONEREE GUESTS AND VISITORS

Our furry friends are waiting to greet the next guests at the Sunny Center..   

The Exonerees for Exonerees community in Florida is thriving and filled to capacity after our newest resident was referred by attorneys. We are now accepting candidates for our waitlist so please contact us here


OUR VOLUNTEERS 

Charles and Samantha, our most recent volunteers.

We are lining up volunteers for the summer – a wonderful time of the year in Connemara. Many of our former volunteers stay in contact with us. Amy is now graduating law school. Katie is working in a law firm and continuing her studies in order to have an impact in the field of human rights. Samantha and Charles are making plans to return to the Sunny Center. And Tress continues to work with us from afar, recruiting new volunteers and planning to return to the Sunny Center for another month of volunteer work. We are very proud of our volunteers and very grateful for their dedication and continued support. 


OUR FURRY AND FEATHERED FRIENDS

Lama and the triplets are enjoying their new life together.  
 
All our furry and feathered friends missed us while we were gone during our activist trips to Brussels and the UK and were very happy to see us upon our return. They are certainly enjoying the longer stretch of days and the shortening of nights – as are we! Although we very much missed the goats who have been re-homed, we are told that they are enjoying their new life on the Aran island of Inis Mór. 

OUR ACTIVISM 

Sunny and Peter speaking before the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty in Brussels.
A portrait of two portraits. 

This past month we traveled to Brussels to attend the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty hosted by ECPM.  The World Congress against the Death Penalty is an international meeting of abolitionist activists and a forum used to mobilize public opinon against the death penalty and encourage countries to make concrete commitments against it. The World Congress against the Death Penalty is organized by ECPM in partnership with the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty and under the sponsorship of Belgium, the European Parliament, Switzerland and the European Union. During our visit to Brussels, we were asked to help set up Sunny Healing Centers in a number of other countries and train people to do the healing work. 
Peter Pringle speaks at the Amicus training. 

We also traveled to the UK where we spent time training new activists against the death penalty for Amicus, a small nonprofit organization based in London that is seeks to end the death penalty worldwide. We gave talks at the University of Manchester, Leicester University, and Reed Smith law firm in London, and were interviewed on the Jo Good BBC Radio show and for an upcoming documentary by a French film crew about the death penalty. 

STAY CONNECTED 

Breaking bread with new and old friends in Brussels.

On St. Patrick’s Day, we wish every one the Irish blessing: 

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back. 
May the sun shine warmly upon your face.
the rains fall softly upon your fields 

We hope that on St. Patrick’s Day, and every day, you find the right road to meet you and the sun to greet you. Many blessings to you. As they say in Irish, Slàn agus Beannacht!
 
In the meantime, we want to thank you for your support, your steady friendship and your gifts of time, money and love. 

Peace and Love, 
 
Sunny and Peter 

Finding Peace, Joy and Hope

The events in Ukraine over the past several days have been ever-present in all of our lives through the daily news and constant social media. These times can be especially difficult for Exonerees because of the traumas they are working to overcome.

Exonerees are succeeding, thanks to you!

Helping people exonerated of crimes they did not commit, setting them back on the path to a fulfilling life, is a monumental task that we depend on the dedication of volunteers, both near and far, to achieve.

Love Is Always the Answer

Winter is always a little bit quieter than the rest of the year. After a long day spent maintaining the Sunny Healing Center and getting it ready for visitors, it’s time for us to cuddle up with the kittens and, of course, Barney, on chilly winter evenings with a warm fire in the hearth.

A Happy, Healthy and Healing New Year to All

Love has no barriers and no limits. And neither does our gratitude for your continuing support and friendship. Know that you are never alone, because you are part of our family.

Happy Holidays to Our Friends Near and Far!

These are extraordinary times. And you’ve all been extraordinary supporters. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to keep helping Exonerees in the midst of a global emergency.

An incredible opportunity to support The Sunny Center

We are so excited to announce that our board member, artist Peter Tunney, is auctioning two of his masterpieces.  You can go directly to usatoday.com/nft to get all the details.

It Takes A Community to Help Exonerees Heal

What an amazing summer this has been. We’ve been at home, raising a litter of kittens in our polytunnel and collecting eggs from our hens. And at the same time we have been able to reach out into the world and continue helping Exonerees.

Have you seen Sunny on YouTube?

Yoga and meditation are so central to our life and work at The Sunny Center. We meditate each morning to help us approach the day with a calm, clear mind (and some extra energy)!

For Exonerees, life’s little legal challenges can be huge

Exonerees face many challenges as they rebuild their lives after a wrongful conviction. One of the things that takes a backseat, as they struggle to access essentials like a place to live, medical care, and work, is thinking about how they will be cared for if they get sick.

Sometimes, it takes a (small) army

Terry Wanzer fought for more than 20 years to have his record cleared, even though he was exonerated in 1996. Our friend and volunteer Carrie is working to stop injustices like this.

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