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The Year Football Died by Ruth Utnage

In 2012 I had been in prison for about 18 months at that point and I didn’t mind football. I watched a few teams and, of course, rooted for Seattle’s very own Seahawks. I grew up in Nebraska where I’m pretty sure the American flag flies just below the Cornhusker’s iconic red and white flag. …

Galactic Beauty Pageant by Ruth Utnage

What if an Being from another planet came to Earth and entered a beauty pageant? Let’s talk about what we consider beautiful, shall we? I imagine aliens to not look like humans, I suppose that’s because of Hollywood or the imagination of others. I’ve never seen an alien, that I know of, but I imagine …

Why Prison Abolishment Isn’t Working (and what will!) by Ruth Utnage

Prison abolishment isn’t just about getting rid of prisons because of inhumane treatment, it’s mainly about the ineffectiveness of prisons. Prisons simply don’t work. According to CNBC a recent study done by a Koch research center estimates that there are between 70 and 100 million convicted felons alive in the United States today (I have …

The Way Americans Do Justice, It’s Changing by Ruth Utnage

Our justice system is changing. Sentencing laws are being redefined, lessened, or eliminated altogether all over the country. Washington state prisons have lessened their inmate population by over 20% since I’ve been in. Just a few years ago the prisons were bursting at the seams with nearly 20,000 inmates statewide, today we’re just above 15,000 …

Marshall Byers Went Home by Ruth Utnage

Since HumanMe’s inception we have had 3 of our writer’s release and successfully integrate into our communities. I’d like to point out that all 3 are doing very well. Our most recent is Marshall Byers. Marshall is beloved here in prison because he was so out of place. He quite literally didn’t belong. That’s what …

Transgenders and Sports, My Opinion As A Transgender, Somewhat Conservative, Woman (Consider This A Notice) by Ruth Utnage

Saying that transgender women and girl’s competing in sports is taking a spot from a cis-gender women or girl, blocking them from things such as scholarships, is also saying that transgender women and girls are not actually women and girls. This I will not agree with. Transgendered women and girls are simply (although we all …

Our Best Intentions Does Not Mean They Are Well Received by Ruth Utnage

Someone loses their job and you offer to help with money. That person disconnects and ends the relationship (platonic, let’s say) leaving you to wonder what in the hell happened. You were literally just trying to be helpful and human.Someone is having trouble coming out to their mother so you help them draft a letter …

NASDAQ Requiring Listed Companies To Have A Diversified Board: Progress? by Ruth Utnage

I was watching CNBC this morning (December 1st, 2020) and they talked about NASDAQ (the stock listing platform) is considering requiring their listed companies to diversify their Board of Directors or disclose why they cannot/will not to potential investors or face delisting. What this looks like in practice is now the companies must have at …

Pardon Our Construction While We Go Through Site Changes by Ruth Utnage

On behalf of all of our writer’s at HumanMe.org we sincerely apologize for the recent interruptions in the website. As many of you know we are relaunching HumanMe.org with a new platform that will enable us to deliver more content from more talented Rehabilitants across the globe. This new site will allow us to grow …

Columbia Tower Rooftop, Dreams and Friends by Ruth Utnage

A friend of mine, someone I did time with, told me once that he wanted to go to the tallest building in Seattle and shout from the rooftop “I am success in the flesh!” That dream, no, goal, resonated with me so profoundly that I asked if I could go with him. Then another of …