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Mentors & Maggots…

I’ve spent close to 25 of my 68 yrs locked up in a variety of jails and prisons around the world.  These include, the federal BOP, and NY, GA, FL, TN, MS, ID, WA, MI, Mexico, Uganda, Jordan, Syria and Turkey.

Awaiting justice...

I’ve faced everything from luxury accommodations in a 4-star hotel (Istanbul), to a brutal chain-gang (TN), to impending execution in the nations of Uganda and Jordan.

I offer this opening so that you may understand that I have a pretty good idea what my brothers are going thru at the moment in the Georgia prison system. more…

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Prisoner Dreams & State Schemes…

Over the past 21 yrs, I’ve witnessed and participated in a number of prison strikes and rebellions.  They all ended the same way.  At this writing, I’m receiving news of a multi-prison strike by prisoners in the State of Georgia.  At least seven prisons are now involved.

Our future?

Prisoners, coordinated initially by contraband cellphones, have refused to leave their cells as they protest for humane living conditions.

The list includes some compensation for their neo-slavery work, reasonable educational and job training, proper medical care without fees, decent food, and just parole hearings.  In a nutshell, precisely what they should already be receiving. more…

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Rockefeller-Prison Massacre…

Today is the 39th anniversary of the events of September 9th, 1971, which led to the “bloodiest one-day encounter between Americans since the Civil War.”  What should have stood as a beacon of prisoner solidarity and reconciliation, became a state riot of murderous retribution and punishment.

Governor’s reaction to Attica…

After the killing of Black Panther George Jackson at San Quentin, California, the usual troubles at vastly overcrowded AtticaState Prison in New York took on new significance.  Many prisoners, having become progressively politicized during this period, rebelled against the conditions, seizing control of the prison and 33 staff.

All 383 “correctional” officers at Attica were white.  Many were open racists and carried and used their batons, which they called “nigger sticks.” more…

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OJ & The October Rebellion…

One of my favorite times of the day in prison was early morning . . . just around 5-am when the cell doors are unlocked.  Cleaning time, showers, getting ready for work and the early morning news on the common-area TVs. 

PigShitAs a former professional journalist, I like to think of myself as a discerning viewer, but sometimes any fool could see the reality for themselves.

By viewing the raw footage early, and then catching the edited version later, the differences are often quite remarkable, or at least, they used to be (the corp-media has since closed this avenue for real news).

I recall one such as morning during the final assault by the “jack-booted thugs” of the ATF and FBI on the Waco Koresh Compound, April 19th, 1993.

The early news included un-edited clips of the para-military police agents surrounding the compound, shouting with glee and high-fiving each other as the main building burned.  Raw footage showed survivors–men, women and children trying to escape the flames–being gunned down like rabid dogs.  Later, all that was edited out.  Since then . . . the media has become far more adept…

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