‘DCJ is sowing the seeds of its future’

Sept. 2, 2014

for the web readers and the next newsletter.

from Domeka:

Thanks in part especially to the Dalai Lama’s wise words.

We are living in an epidemic, the disease being DCJ. Symptoms are oppression, injustice, and inequality. (Do you fit the criteria?) The cause…is acceptance. Acceptance to exploitation. Inaction is the wrong response to this injustice, and with our failure to act we become nothing more but enablers to our own misery. How long are you willing to passively tolerate the every day trials of this disease? This disease has only one cure: unity, patience, and love, AKA interdependence. Continue reading

‘To change the world’

Aug. 12, 2014

Dear —,

What’s happenin? Just got your letter Friday. I can understand your frustrations truly my friend. Being an inmate our whole stay is time and the consumption of it. As for me personally I try to maintain and grow mind, body and spirit not only to revitalize myself but to defy the system and stereotypical comments of jail/prison hardening or breaking you. Though I have days on edge I still strive for a better tomorrow. Continue reading

‘Down for the cause!’

August 12th Mon. Nite

—,

What’s good bro? Yeah, I’m laying low chillin out! I’m tryin to put it down and I’m workin with these inmates to see what we can come up with cause we need a change for our situation can be better!

I’m going to send you the names of the dudes that’s down for the cause! I’m here to help with any situation I can cause I’m very respectful at all times!!

I’ll write you letter.

In struggle,

B.

(accompanied by list of 21 names and inmate numbers from the writer’s pod).

 

‘A lot of contradictions–shows us really what justice is’

July 26, 2014

Dear —-,

How are you doing my brother? Still standing strong (in here), maybe not quite as numbered though. I asked a gentleman today if he wanted to join an I.O.A. meeting. When he told me no I asked him why and he said because the C.O.s don’t give a shit. Yet I can’t help but feel my lack of experience as a speaker holds some responsibility.

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this comic accompanied the letter

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‘When you stand for nothing you’ll settle for anything’

First I wanna start by saying I’m sorry I haven’t been responding to letters, they’re greatly appreciated and probably the most supportive feedback I’ve got since I’ve been locked up, and I just got to say thanks, it means a lot being in my situation. Now, regarding your letter, I bet my good friend S. V. told you I was a cornerstone or key part to the inside resistance. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that. I’m a bouncer for bars and night clubs out there in the world. I’ve been doing that since I was about 15 years old, so I’ve got a chance to meet and get to know a lot of people. Maybe that’s why S– feel I’m important to the struggle. Hey, maybe I am and just don’t realize it. Continue reading

‘Maybe the Fourth of July will mean much more than cookouts and fireworks…’

From B.T. 6-30-14
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Hello,
Are you doing great, I hope. I am OK, thank you for the pictures. They do not have a plan for when my blood sugar goes real high. I am supposed to go to the E.R., but they just help me in my cell because I am an inmate. And one time they did not give me insulin and all because the nurses that was working did not like me. I told my lawyer but nothing happened yet. I go to court on the –th of this month so I hope to be a free man then. I will keep you posted. The food is nasty, mostly starchy, mostly carbs and that’s not good for diabetics, they treat us like cattle in here. But I hope life is treating you very well, and I know there is a lot that can go wrong with me if my blood sugar stays too high too much, but they don’t care because it’s not their health. And that is sad, people should care about one another, but because we’re locked up or made mistakes in life they treat us like scum, talk to us any kind of way, but if you say something back they lock you in your cell. It’s just wrong. I’m trying to organize the people in my pod, but not a lot of them don’t want to put forth any effort, but complain about the things that go on. Well I care for them, so I will not give up no matter what and I think some of the people are scared to speak up for themselves and their rights, but I will keep pressing the issue. Thank you for being our voice on the outside and fighting with us side by side for our rights, it means a lot. Hope you like the pictures, I will have more ready when I get your next letter I hope. It’s my pleasure to draw them for you and the organization, it’s the least I can do and thank you for sending them. Please send some more pictures of vargeta from dragonballz and picaro and Bugs Bunny…Huey and Riley from the Boondocks. EPSON MFP image
And what the fourth of July means to me is freedom, we declared our independence from England or Spain I’m not too sure but we are locked up we have no freedom or independence in here, and to the slaves it was an insult because they were slaves and not free. They were under oppressors just like we are. And it also means to be with your family, friends and loved ones cooking out on the grill, laughing, playing, having fun with my children and loved ones to be able to eat when I want, take a shower when I want, to go outside and get fresh air when you want, to not be told what to do all the time or to be locked back in a small cell like a wild animal in a giant cage. Freedom is not free, for us everything in this world cost to have. They say this is a fair and free nation, but I have yet to see those words true. Somethings are ok, but there is a lot things wrong with the constitution and this nation, so we as a people should come together, talk about all the things that are wrong and fix them the very best that we can. I’m not saying that things are going to be perfect, but they can get a whole lot better. We just need to stand together as one and let nothing stop us or stand in our way. We are all human. Nobody is better than the rest. A lot of us just have some growing up to do then maybe the Fourth of July will mean much more than cookouts and fireworks because we will really be free and independent, that’s what the Fourth of July means to me. Well I’ll wait for your feedback friends. Thank you very much, God Bless You.
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Lockback for checking out law book

June 18, 2014

Got your letters today, along with the petitions I wrote…I appreciate the memo you gave on my first letter. I liked your nickname, Call to Arms, haha. Perhaps if you sent a copy of it in each letter you all send out people may want to take action. A few people talked to me today, they want to write you all letters which I’ll include. I liked the (earlier pencil ban) petition. It sounds more professional. Either way I want to get a around 30 people from each pod to send it out at once. Maybe once Major Couch gets frustrated of having a cluttered mailbox he will take action… Continue reading