[PRISONACT] In Memory of Anne Rose-Pierce

Marymarerob_2000 at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 11 00:21:18 PST 2006

Dear List Members, I am deeply saddened by the untimely loss of Anne Rose-Pierce. I was not aware that she had passed away until contacted by Linda Klaassen. Please see email below. If anyone has any information as to whether or not a tribute or memorial was done for her please let me or Linda know. She plans to due a tribute for her on her website. Thank you, Mary Tunstall     peta_mni at sbcglobal.net Hello, While checking my websites links last week I found that Anne's web site had been taken down . A few days later I did a google search thinking the she had moved the site. Sadly what I found was an obit stating she passed the end of last Nov. Were any of you aware of this or know what happened? I have tried to go back thru posts on the group list but I'm not finding any thing. If you have done any kind tribute for her would it be possible to have a copy of it please ?? Anne was my first on line contact when I started doing prison work I have great respect & admiration for her. I hadn't heard from her for well over a year. Any information would be appreciated. Thank You Linda Klaassen, South Dakota Prisoner Support Group http://members.tripod.com/sapawiyaka Lakota Dakota Nakota Spiritual Group Sioux Falls , South Dakota *************************************************



OR: In Memory of Anne Rose-Pierce

January 16, 2006 - 1:18pm

Anne Rose-Pierce passed away on November 30, 2005 . She was a long-time advocate for people in prison and founded the organization …after 17 years. We will miss Anne very much, and we dedicated the Winter 2005 issue of Justice Matters to her. Here’s an excerpt from that issue:

Back in 2001, we did a profile on Anne in these pages (Justice Matters). Here’s some of what we said:

If you had told Anne Rose-Pierce five years ago that one day she’d be hosting a weekly radio show on prison issues, she probably would have laughed in disbelief. But the founder of the grassroots organization, …after 17 years… (ASY), has turned her concern for prisoners into an active campaign to bust through the wall of silence that hides prisoners, and those that love them, from view. Like many others, her entry into prison activism was personal. Her partner, Greg, died in prison. Her experience with her partner led directly to the formation of ASY, which gets its name from a comment a hardened corrections officer made about the man she loved, to the effect that “after 17 years (of being in and out of prison for nonviolent offenses) you can’t expect him to change.” Anne was appalled by this attitude, and personally believes that anyone can, and many do, make positive changes in their lives.

But perhaps the most surprising development in her activism is her role as host of the “Prison Pipeline”, a weekly radio show in Portland , Oregon that can be heard in several of the area’s prisons, including the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem , Oregon . Says Anne: ‘The Prison Pipeline is my way of shortening the distance between prisoners and our community. It’s two way communication, so the prisoners know what’s going on outside, and the community knows what goes on inside.’

Anne’s compassion for prisoners, and her passion for justice, was well known and loved in Oregon and throughout our region. Whether it was organizing against mandatory video visiting, welcoming home people who were recently released, or advocating for reform with the Oregon Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, Anne was dedicated to working with and for the incarcerated.

The Oregonian printed a special obituary for her, Life Story - Anne Rose-Pierce.

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