Posts tagged “prisons”
April 11, 2013
Seven Stories Press recently received a letter from a man named Anthony Oliver who is incarcerated in a prison in Pennsylvania. Mr. Oliver had requested a copy of Howard Zinn’s Terrorism and War. Though Mr. Oliver had not yet read the copy we sent when he wrote back, he had previously read Seven Stories’ Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948, and offered these thoughts in his letter:
Wars, a recession, and the dissatisfaction with government are signs that those entrusted to run government are out of touch with those who elected them to run it, and brings to mind the old adage “power corrupts…” I also remember a most quotable line from a favorite movie I first saw as a teenager–Star Wars. Princess Leia, when she was captured, had stared defiantly at her subduers, and, unflinching, proclaimed, “The more you tighten your grip, the more [systems] just slip through your fingers.” I believe this quite apropos in the case of the UN vote on 29 November, 2012, recognizing Palestine as a state.
February 17, 2011Author Angela Davis discusses abolishing prisons on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight:
June 16, 2010Aric McBay, co-author of Deep Green Resistance with Derrick Jensen and Lierre Keith, is involved in a stakeout to catch a criminal. The place: Kingston, Ontario's Frontenac prison. The crime: Prime Minster Stephen Harper's planned closure of Canada's six prison farms — to be accomplished by quietly selling off the herds of cattle that provide prisoners with a viable occupation and the local regions with sustainable, sane local business and agriculture, in exchange for cheap imported goods, through NAFTA, from the United States. McBay and his citizen group intend to stop them.
March 2, 2010From Enrique Lopetegui's article at QueBlog about the recent protests demanding the closing of the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, Texas: "This is the pain," [Southwest Worker's Union member Anayanse Garza] said, holding a petition, "these are the 243 signatures of the people at Port IsabeI that have been tortured, beaten and humiliated, and these orders were coming from [ICE's field office director] Michael J. Pitts, who is sitting very comfortably in his air-conditioned room, while other people are being tortured and threatened with force-feeding by having a tube inserted through their noses. I don't care if the government says that immigrants have no human rights. Immigrants do have human rights. It's not a crime to hunger strike, it is your right, and that's why [Pitts] should be tried." ... "The very same thing that happened [in my time] is happening today [at PIDC]," said [Tony] Hefner. "Stealing money from detainees, beating detainees up ... If detainees from two different countries were fighting, they would handcuff them together and push them into each other and take bets on them."
August 18, 2009On August 6, 2009, Jerome Gold discussed Paranoia & Heartbreak with Jennifer Kemp of Between the Covers on KBOO-FM in Portland. Listen below.
April 29, 2009
April 29, 6-7:30pm, Martin E. Segal Theater, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City.
Participants: Jose Dalisay, Hwang Sok-yong, Khet Mar, and Susan Rosenberg. Moderated by Jackson Taylor.
Even for those with a limited sentence, the deforming pressure of incarceration affects the mind, body, and spirit. Here, four writers each with personal experiences of the prison system—some as political detainees—will discuss the influence of that exile on their work.
Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the PEN Prison Writing Committee.