Because our association works all year round to help Roger in his actions in prison. With 60 members (in January 2019), our activities are carried out by a group of ten young people from France, Belgium and Switzerland.
Becoming a member means by supporting our actions you're supporting Roger McGowen. A membership is also a strong commitment to better life together as Roger would say in prison.
There are 2 ways in which you can join to support us :
Whatever your choice, whatever your level of commitment, whatever your support, your membership is important for our association and for Roger McGowen.
Join directly online at Roses Rouges Sur le Bitume (Red Roses On The Tar)
The minimum annual membership fee to join our association Roses Rouges Sur le Bitume (Red Roses On The Tar) is 20 €.
Roger McGowen's actions in jail are to help prisoners find another way of living through detention by using the experience that he himself has experienced and is till experiencing today. While many of the inmates were real enemies outside and were engaged in a frightening gang war, Roger managed, and still manages, to initiate friendship, respect and Brotherhood.
Roger's actions can take different forms, but the most emblematic and the most incredible one, is the experience of the "B-Day" (meaning "Bernard - Day"). Every last Friday of the month, prisoners from the same block gather to share a meal. This event was inspired by Bernard Montaud, a longtime friend and important supporter of Roger McGowen. Find out who Bernard Montaud is by visiting the site bernardmontaud.org/.
Usually between 200$ and 300$ is spent on food - which is shared with up to 180 inmates.
Without the donations and the outside support, these meals could not take place.
Check out the video message from Roger McGowen to all who donate
To ensure the good use of the donations, we are in close contact with Ronald Radford, who leads the US support committee. He is in daily contact with Roger McGowen and he sent us a letter in 2018 that you can watch in the video.
By making a donation, you will be helping Roger with the actions he leads within the prison .
You can set up a minimum monthly donation of 5€, to ensure the durability of the monthly "B-Days" in the prison.
To set up your monthly donation, please fill in our form. Click here .
Finally, you can support us by buying postcards made by members of our association that quote sentences from Roger's letters.
Choose the amount of your donation from the drop-down list.
For credit card payments, you must select the option from the list and a surcharge of 2€ will be applied for management fees.
To increase the amount, you can also
• increase the quantity ordered
• send your payment by cheque, made out to Les Roses Sur Le Bitume, to the following address :
Les Roses Sur Le Bitume
23 rue Alphonse de Lamartine