Begging… By Alisha Coleman

Here is another poem by Alisha Coleman, a Fired Up! inside member. She wrote this poem for our fundraiser on May 5th. It was read outloud by Fired Up! member, Mira Stern to encourage people to dig deep in their pockets and donate to us!

Hello ladies and gentlemen,
dudes and duettes
I hope all is well
and you’re feeling quite generous.

I won’t toot your horn,
or pull your leg,
the purpose of this poem
is basically to beg.

The name of our group is
Fired Up!
but we are flat broke.

Our only means of survival
is dedication and hope.
We do the best we can
with what we have.

However, we’re hoping to
“change” things,
and was just wondering if
you had some to spare?

We’re like a structure
being build on CCWP’s
solid foundation,
so consider us a charity
In desperate need
Of donations!

Time, money, jobs, etc.
anything that improves services
and encourages us to do better.

So please dig
deep down
in your pockets and wallets,
give it all
even lint balls.

Maybe we will make a quilt
to keep each other warm
away from harm
as we watch a community
be built.

While the fire inside continues to burn
We thank you in advance,
for the support from outside.

Don’t worry about,
if the flame goes out.
Something beautiful
from the ashes will rise!



Fired Up! is a grassroots network of people who have been or are currently, behind the walls of SF County Jail building community with others who are committed to breaking down the barriers those walls produce. In September 2011, two former prisoner members of California Coalition for Women Prisoners began a weekly "Personal Empowerment" group for women and male-identified people at SF County Jail. Six months later, nearly a dozen people go inside weekly and several members, who have been released, are part of our collective as it takes shape on the outside. There are members in the jail who have attended Fired Up! meetings every week since it began. Together, we seek to build a vision of community rooted in principles of healing, self-determination, and social justice movement building.
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