The Chapin Sisters - Sweet Light

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Dear Chelsea,

Wow, what you have been through is awe inspiring. Please know that people are rooting for you. We are so glad that you are free. There are lots of people on your side ready to help if and when you need it.

In some ways we are living in dark times. People need hope. People need inspiration. You have presented us with a story of perseverance, of strength, and of love. Ultimately, that is the biggest take-away here. Your love, your courage, and your endurance.

If the buddhist saying "life is suffering" is true, you have lived many lives - many more than your young years should allow. If these hardships led to a greater knowledge, a greater good, that will have been the harvest of your sacrifice. If ignorance persists (as it does in Donald Trump's statements about you), your struggle will stand as an example of true citizenship and also of the immeasurable value of individual freedom (not to mention the need for prison reform). The stories of your incarceration are troubling to say the least, and shine yet another light on the conditions behind bars that we so rarely see. The stories of your childhood and adolescence in a society that did not accept you are heartbreaking and should be shone back at the society (ours) that enabled such abuses with cries of "shame!"

We thank you for your courage; for telling the truth, for living your truth, and for being a symbol when all you sought to do was to live your life on your own terms. At a crucial moment of decision you were brave. That is more than many of us can say. You chose something greater than yourself or your self-interest, even in the face of great personal danger. We are all indebted to you for that. Thank you for your service, and congratulations on your release.

Lily and Abigail Chapin

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from Hugs for Chelsea: benefit for Chelsea Manning, released May 17, 2017
By the Chapin Sisters and co-produced by the Chapin Sisters and Jesse Lee and Louie Stephens.

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Hugs for Chelsea Alexandria, Virginia

Press inquires or to submit a track, please email: evangreer@gmail.com

Hugs for Chelsea is an online benefit album for Chelsea Manning, compiled by Evan Greer.

100% of the proceeds will go directly to Chelsea to help cover her basic survival needs as she is released from 7 years of incarceration.
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