Adopt a Bruder was created by the women of WAU in Honour of each of the members of Der Bruder Schweigen and our way of making sure they were being helped and supported. WAU have been running Adopt a Bruder for over fifteen years now. Our goal was to establish a program to ensure that each Order member was / is receiving financial support while imprisoned. As individuals, most of us cannot afford to donate to three people each month; as a group, we can form a network with the ability to collectively provide each member with funds, seeing that no one is overlooked.
The program involves "adopting" a member to donate money to each month. There is no minimum amount; you must merely pledge to send a certain amount and hold to it. You are always free to send more, and if for some reason you cannot make your pledge one month, we simply ask that you let us know so we can make sure the money comes from elsewhere. Ultimately, we would like to see each prisoner with 3-4 assigned sponsors, each contributing $25 a month, with any other donations supplementing that base amount.
You will be sending your own money orders or Western Union transfers; you do not need to trust us to handle your money, though a Paypal address will be made available for those who prefer to donate that way. You may remain as anonymous as you would like; all that is required is an email address or other means of checking in each month.
Each month, a sponsor sends money to his or her "adopted" prisoner. Once the money has been sent, a sponsor needs to contact WAU HERE!! to report the amount and date and that's it.
With each person contributing a little money, a little time, and a stamp, we can show these men our gratitude and support. By each doing what we can within our own means, we can combine our efforts to make a considerable difference. Anyone interested in participating should "EMAIL US HERE" please spread the word about this program. Those who may have thought a small contribution was pointless before may be more inclined to send support when they know others are doing the same. This is an instance where every little bit counts, and it is the "little bits" that will make this program a success.
Hail The Order, Free The Order.
Letters from some of our Bruders..
A Message from a Bruder....
One WAU Sister or another has operated Adopt A Bruder in one country or another for all these years, and while different Sisters have come and gone, for us it has been like having a whole world of Sisters, Daughters, Aunts and Cousins we Bruders never knew we had.
About all that can be sent to prisoners anymore, in general, is letters, funds and newsletter or magazine subscriptions. In some cases you can send books, but not to me. The process is different in every state or federal prison, so it is always best to ask a prisoner you are writing before sending anything.
My heartfelt thanks go out to all those honourable Kindred who have looked out for my Bruders as well as our pro White POWs and Political Prisoners everywhere.
David C Tate
Your Adopt a Bruder funds at work.
Here, we have a new food administrator who has cut our main entree portions down so much that I would be faced with eating all starch or starving if it wasn't for Ya'll making it possible for me to purchase food in the commissary. In my 32 years of incarceration, this is the worst food administrator yet. #RS #AdoptaBruder #WAU #ThankYouSponsors
March 29th 2018
My Dear Sisters of WAU,
I would like to thank you again for the gifts you have sent to me over the past several months. Not only have I been able to afford extra postage, copies, typewriter ribbons etc. But I’ve also been able to replace things I have needed and I have been able to live without literally pinching pennies. But your gifts have also arrived at a time when I can most use the funds.
For years Misery prisoners have been suffering under a burden with MCI as our sole phone company, collect calls only. Just to call home to NC it has been costing my Folks $2.42 just to connect and .45 cents a minute after that (their last bill was over $100 for just 5 phone calls), and MCI blocked many phones simply because of the carrier (I haven’t talked to my two sisters, 7 nephews and 3 nieces in many months). Charges were even higher before complaints and suits, and the state has been extorting our families and friends through a state law that allows them to receive kick-backs from prison contracts, and either from outside pressures or past legal victories, we finally have a new phone carrier, PCS (Public Communications Service). 10 cents a minute anywhere in the US and we can now buy our own phone cards! You can imagine the sighs of relief from Missouri Prisoners and families
With your help I can now actually afford to pay for my own calls,and am able to call folks I could not have in some time.Thank You, again. Life inside has always had “thick times and thin times” where a fellow does well, or struggles to get by. Things are never easy trapped in this place of slow death and insanity, but thanks to you all times have been much easier not having to squeeze by week to week.
There is little news otherwise. I just wanted to thank you again. Take care of yourselves, keep up the Struggle, and know that your efforts are well appreciated.
For Folk, Faith and Family
Grateful for Adopt A Bruder Program
Tonight I find myself eating peanut butter and jelly on crackers for my evening meal instead of choking down the industrial strength glop they serve in the mess hall. Rather than forcing myself to swallow lumpy, half cooked rice with a gravy pineapple sauce and bell peppers poured over the top of it with little pieces of (I think) pork bits floating in the mess, I am opting to eat snack food out of my locker. As I’m putting the peanut butter on the crackers I realize that I am able to sustain myself in this fashion thanks to the generosity of those people who support the Adopt A Bruder program.
It’s true. I work three jobs and live frugally but the support of the generous folks such as yourself help sustain me through tough times. Yes, three prison jobs and my main job as a clerk in the H.V.A.C shop barely covers my postage expenses. I also wash other men’s soiled laundry for extra money. I officiate sports in recreation. Sometimes I even work as a suicide watch companion or help work food service for holiday meals. You would think with all these jobs that I would be rolling in dough.
Just last month the administration found other ways to cut our pay. With all the money going to Bush’s wars, money is tight around the federal prison system. The staff is constantly searching for ways to cut costs and inmate pay has been targeted lately. Meanwhile the prices of commissary items have been increasing steadily.
Now I live frugally. I send manufacturers cents off coupons to various families that can use them. I cannot stop collecting aluminum cans by digging them out of the garbage for our recycling project where funds go to our recreation program to buy recreation equipment. My only vice is coffee and the occasional ice cream. When someone sends me a magazine at least a dozen other people read it after me. I don’t gamble. I don’t drink booze. I don’t smoke tobacco nor any “wacky backy”. I don’t use illicit drugs and seldom use the prescription drugs either. I wear my shoes until the hubs rub and the wheels fall off.
I want to thank those of you who gave so generously this past year. I know that many of you have families to feed and are being pinched in the pocket yourselves. Money is tight and yet you were so kind to think of me.
You should know that I don’t waste your hard earned money on frivolities. Your gift is the gift that keeps on giving. I take only what I need to sustain myself and then redirect the rest elsewhere. For example, I was able to assist a few families with young children this Yule. I was able to send some money to a desktop publisher of an up and coming ‘zine so she could pay to mail out her latest issue. I paid to have educational books sent to others in worse situations than myself.
Everyone that has sent money, if I have your address, I make certain to send a thank you note and acknowledgment of receipt of any funds that you submit. Some of you have opted to send anonymously. I want to thank you all of you for being so generous. Your gifts sustain me and inspire me to work even harder for the advancement of our Folk. Thank you so much.
Feb 20th 2007