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Still We Rise photos- Malcom X Park, July 26 2014

Human Rights Coalition - Mié, 07/30/2014 - 6:13pm
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Movement #23 is Out!

Human Rights Coalition - Mar, 07/08/2014 - 6:41pm

HRC has now released the 23rd edition of the Movement newsletter. As there are more than five hundred people on the inside of US prisons who are reading The Movement, we want to encourage people on the outside as well to check it out. We're making a few articles from the latest edition available online. You can also download the 23rd edition in full or you can contact HRC and order a hard copy and be put on our mailing list (sliding scale - free to $12 annually for four (4) quarterly newsletters).

Untitled (on slavery) by Nate Butler

"I was a Gangsta" by Bro. Victor Owusu Sawyers

"They might as well put a gate up around Pennsylvania and put up a sign saying WELCOME TO PRISON" by Joshua Bradshaw

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Movement #23 is Out!

Human Rights Coalition - Mar, 07/08/2014 - 6:41pm

HRC has now released the 23rd edition of the Movement newsletter. As there are more than five hundred people on the inside of US prisons who are reading The Movement, we want to encourage people on the outside as well to check it out. We're making a few articles from the latest edition available online. You can also download the 23rd edition in full or you can contact HRC and order a hard copy and be put on our mailing list (sliding scale - free to $12 annually for four (4) quarterly newsletters).

Untitled (on slavery) by Nate Butler

"I was a Gangsta" by Bro. Victor Owusu Sawyers

"They might as well put a gate up around Pennsylvania and put up a sign saying WELCOME TO PRISON" by Joshua Bradshaw

Click on the cover to download a copy of The Movement #23:


 

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Inside The Movement #23: Untitled by Nate Butler

Human Rights Coalition - Mar, 07/08/2014 - 6:22pm

HRC has now released the 23rd edition of the Movement newsletter. As there are more than five hundred people on the inside of US prisons who are reading The Movement, we want to encourage people on the outside as well to check it out. We're making a few articles from the latest edition available online. You can also download the 23rd edition in full or you can contact HRC and order a hard copy and be put on our mailing list (sliding scale - free to $12 annually for four (4) quarterly newsletters).

 

By Nate Butler

Time in prison brings about honesty or insanity, and to repeat what the psychiatrist said to me, “If you been in jail for 24 years and you are not trying to take back your freedom, here go some medication because you must be crazy.”

A conscious man, and if you’re not conscious after years of walking around with a jackboot crammed up your ass, I pity the fool. Sooner or later - better sooner than later - consciousness should lead you to concrete conclusions. One is that prison is a carbon copy of slavery, Yale locks, Wall Street stocks, and Military gun barrels included. A carbon copy is an exact replica of the original, the shadow of a thing if you will.

Slavery is not a personal crime, it is an institutional crime.

To perfect the institutional crime of slavery required the cooperation (conspiracy) of all the other interconnected societal institutions. To prove this conspiracy, you have to know intent because the institutions of communications, especially the magicians out there in Hollywood, have perfected the art and science of deception. It is their job to foment a pathology among the people. You didn’t know? Shame on you, what you don’t know won’t hurt you, it will kill you! Have you ever watched a movie that made you cry? Well watch this movie called “LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE.”

Prison is as advertised, Modern day slavery. Struggle is a must. If you’re not willing to struggle, don’t even think about progress; its not owed to us. Prison for those of us serving a LIFE SENTENCE should be a total eye opener. Total as in economics, education, religion, and family. Each newly constructed prison is designed to last a minimum of 100 years. In an eye-opened state, this is not about you or I, or about personal victories and singular losses. It’s about us, generationally. That hundred-year prison provides for five generations of guaranteed rural salaries. They stand watch for 20 to 30 years, retire, and pass on the baton. Meanwhile, we prisoners concentrate on foolish things like basketball, debate about who is more knowledgeable, square off into geographical gangs, doze off with the umbilical cord attached, and when we awaken, it’s too late. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you know, where you’re from, or what you’re doing. It’s insignificant to the big picture.

When they sail with another bus ride, build another prison, and pack us in like sardines, and this overcrowding threatens to capsize the bus ride, they throw some of the human cargo overboard to the waiting, opportunistic sharks. Remember this as they send prisoners out to Virginia and Michigan.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the planned employment for the next five generations of prison guards. Research shows that eighty-five percent of the children of incarcerated parents will follow their parents to prison. Planned parenthood is not something we have understood as our duty after 400 years of FORCED parental disengagement. And baby won’t you look at us now!

If you think for one second that the “PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX” won’t sit back and watch us prisoners serving “LIFE SENTENCE” turn to dust, you must been looking at life through your rose colored glasses. Once again I pity the fool.

America boasts of being the most advanced, civilized country in the world and they are the only country to keep a JUVENILE in jail until he/she dies.

To suggest that America is civilized is a MOCKERY...

 

Mr. Nate Butler #BQ-0913

1 Kelley Drive

SCI Coal Township

Coal Township, PA 17866
 

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Inside The Movement #23: Untitled by Nate Butler

Human Rights Coalition - Mar, 07/08/2014 - 6:22pm

HRC has now released the 23rd edition of the Movement newsletter. As there are more than five hundred people on the inside of US prisons who are reading The Movement, we want to encourage people on the outside as well to check it out. We're making a few articles from the latest edition available online. You can also download the 23rd edition in full or you can contact HRC and order a hard copy and be put on our mailing list (sliding scale - free to $12 annually for four (4) quarterly newsletters).

 

By Nate Butler

Time in prison brings about honesty or insanity, and to repeat what the psychiatrist said to me, “If you been in jail for 24 years and you are not trying to take back your freedom, here go some medication because you must be crazy.”

A conscious man, and if you’re not conscious after years of walking around with a jackboot crammed up your ass, I pity the fool. Sooner or later - better sooner than later - consciousness should lead you to concrete conclusions. One is that prison is a carbon copy of slavery, Yale locks, Wall Street stocks, and Military gun barrels included. A carbon copy is an exact replica of the original, the shadow of a thing if you will.

Slavery is not a personal crime, it is an institutional crime.                                                                Read full article

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Inside The Movement #23: "I was a Gangsta" by Bro. Victor Owusu Sawyers

Human Rights Coalition - Mar, 07/08/2014 - 6:17pm

HRC has now released the 23rd edition of the Movement newsletter. As there are more than five hundred people on the inside of US prisons who are reading The Movement, we want to encourage people on the outside as well to check it out. We're making a few articles from the latest edition available online. You can also download the 23rd edition in full or you can contact HRC and order a hard copy and be put on our mailing list (sliding scale - free to $12 annually for four (4) quarterly newsletters).

 

I was a Gangsta

By Bro. Victor Owusu Sawyers

I was born and raised a Gangsta. I’m the son of a Gangsta. In fact, I’m the son of Gangstas. My mother and father were born and raised as Gangstas too! My paternal grandfather was a high ranking Gangsta. He’s serving four life sentences for murder. My paternal grandmother died from AIDS before I was born but she was a Gangsta also. My maternal grandmother is serving a life sentence for murdering her brother; she was also a Gangsta. Her and her boyfriend (who was her brother’s best friend) drowned her brother (who was my great uncle) over drugs and work. My maternal grandfather was killed by the police in a shoot out during a bank robbery, and he was also a Gangsta. I don’t know anything about my family any further back. My parents are still Gangstas. My brother is a Gangsta; we’re partners in the game. Both my sisters are Gangstas, one is in prison and the other is a crackhead. Most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins are Gangstas too.

All I know is that Gangsta life. My life is all about gettin’ money, puttin’ in work, cars, clothes, women, and jewelry. I have a son, and his mother is a Gangsta. Surely he’ll grow up to be a Gangsta just like his parents. That’s just how it goes. I stopped going to school in the 6th grade. I had to help my mom and dad in the family business, as well as put in work to earn my stripes.                    Read full article

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Inside The Movement #23: "I was a Gangsta" by Bro. Victor Owusu Sawyers

Human Rights Coalition - Mar, 07/08/2014 - 6:17pm

HRC has now released the 23rd edition of the Movement newsletter. As there are more than five hundred people on the inside of US prisons who are reading The Movement, we want to encourage people on the outside as well to check it out. We're making a few articles from the latest edition available online. You can also download the 23rd edition in full or you can contact HRC and order a hard copy and be put on our mailing list (sliding scale - free to $12 annually for four (4) quarterly newsletters).

 

I was a Gangsta

By Bro. Victor Owusu Sawyers

I was born and raised a Gangsta. I’m the son of a Gangsta. In fact, I’m the son of Gangstas. My mother and father were born and raised as Gangstas too! My paternal grandfather was a high ranking Gangsta. He’s serving four life sentences for murder. My paternal grandmother died from AIDS before I was born but she was a Gangsta also. My maternal grandmother is serving a life sentence for murdering her brother; she was also a Gangsta. Her and her boyfriend (who was her brother’s best friend) drowned her brother (who was my great uncle) over drugs and work. My maternal grandfather was killed by the police in a shoot out during a bank robbery, and he was also a Gangsta. I don’t know anything about my family any further back. My parents are still Gangstas. My brother is a Gangsta; we’re partners in the game. Both my sisters are Gangstas, one is in prison and the other is a crackhead. Most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins are Gangstas too.

All I know is that Gangsta life. My life is all about gettin’ money, puttin’ in work, cars, clothes, women, and jewelry. I have a son, and his mother is a Gangsta. Surely he’ll grow up to be a Gangsta just like his parents. That’s just how it goes. I stopped going to school in the 6th grade. I had to help my mom and dad in the family business, as well as put in work to earn my stripes.

I ran into this OG the other day. We did some business together then we smoked some kush and haze. He told me how close him and my dad used to be, until they had a fall out about my mother (whom they both were seeing). He told me that I came from a legendary family of Gangstas. He spoke with such gradiosity about my family and our history. He also said he was very knowledgeable on the history of the Gangstas on our set. He asked me did I want to know the history of my family. I said, “Yes!” He told me that my maternal grandfather and paternal grandfather were best friends. They owned a grocery store and gas station together. Some Gangstas from another neighborhood tried to extort my grandfathers but they refused to give up anything. So one night these same Gangstas followed them to their homes. They forced their way in, tied my grandfathers up and brutally beat them into submission. They violated my grandmothers. They took all the cash and valuables that they wanted. They left with my Grandparents pride, womanhood and manhood. They forced my grandparents to pay extortion fees. Eventually my grandparents gave all the way in and joined their gang. Which is how my parents became Gangstas. Which is how nearly my entire family became Gangstas. Which is how I, myself, became a Gangsta.

When I left the OG I did some introspecting and I thought to myself, “What the f@#k!” I actually honor and represent something that can never and will never honor or represent me. Nor will being a Gangsta ever honor or represent my family. Nor will it ever validate us as a people, individually or collectively. We as a family are literally pissing away generations. Entire lifetimes are wasted away being affiliated with organized terror against myself and my kind. My ancestors were violated and forced into corruption, forced into a state of confusion and cultural misorientation. I can’t believe I dedicated my well-being and my life to a cause of self-destruction, a group that has historically brutalized my family. I’ve been miseducated and misled! I have had a cruel and deceptive trick played on me. I demand revenge! Vengeance will be mine!

Though this story is a myth, it is designed to provide a reference toward something other than the story itself. There is an exoteric meaning which refers to the events and circumstances within this story and also an esoteric meaning which refers to a deeper teaching message that transcends the events in the story. Through the myth, many truths and ideas which are not easily explained in typical, rational terms can be freely explored and elucidated in imaginative, colorful, and articulate ways. Our ancient ancestors in Kemet (Egypt) created mystical myths to metaphysically answer the most important questions of every individual, mystical myths that went further than telling a story about human pain and pleasure; and beyond mere entertainment. Mystical myths that provided a guiding light for traveling the many roads in life in such a way as to avoid pain and sorrow and to reach supreme peace and happiness. These myths originated by our ancient ancestors contained implications that had to be understood and practiced daily in life in order for the teachings to become an integral part of life.

I wrote this myth here to not only reflect society in our present time, but also to convey the correlation between our contemporary reality and our past. This Gangsta myth may definitely display a vision of our current circumstances. But don’t get it twisted. This myth is a parallel comparison to how our intergenerational enemies violated our ancestors by kidnapping and enslaving them for centuries. By systematically destroying our Afrikan continent and our Afrikan culture. By utilizing their missionary efforts to completely remove us from our spirit and provide us with their religions, all while destroying our own religions and making us believe that we never had a religion or culture of our own. In all reality, however, those who enslaved us owe our ancestors for delivering to them arts, sciences, and even the use of language.

Allow this myth to be a sign of the times. What the Gangstas did to this one family is the same thing (worse even) that our enemies did to our ancestors. We have an ancestral responsibility to honor our ancestors whose blood, sweat, and tears made it possible for us and future generations to exist so that we may build a society and world free of oppression and injustice!

 

Bro. Victor Owusu Sawyers is an activist and member of One Hood United Youth Committee and the Human Rights Coalition
 

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Inside The Movement #23: "They might as well put a gate up around Pennsylvania and put up a sign saying WELCOME TO PRISON" by Joshua Bradshaw

Human Rights Coalition - Mar, 07/08/2014 - 6:10pm

HRC has now released the 23rd edition of the Movement newsletter. As there are more than five hundred people on the inside of US prisons who are reading The Movement, we want to encourage people on the outside as well to check it out. We're making a few articles from the latest edition available online. You can also download the 23rd edition in full or you can contact HRC and order a hard copy and be put on our mailing list (sliding scale - free to $12 annually for four (4) quarterly newsletters).

 

They might as well put a gate up around Pennsylvania and put up a sign saying WELCOME TO PRISON

By Joshua Bradshaw

It was just a few days ago that I attended a Lifer’s meeting here at SCI Coal Township. I am not a Lifer but I am a long-term offender so I had to go to check out the topics being discussed. There was an invitation for any and everyone to come, but what kidnapped my attention was the legal issues and I am all for learning new things when it comes to my freedom. I was intrigued by the intellects of the men and was amazed to see an organization like this in prison.

During the meeting, one guy said that we need to get our families involved and this was the point and moment that they lost me because I was asking myself how could my family actually get involved and make a difference in helping justice be served and me getting out of prison. I was puzzled, so I asked a question in order to kill my curiosity and within the blink of an eye, this newsletter/magazined called THE MOVEMENT was passed to me. They allowed me to take it back to my cell and I read it over night and I must admit that I immediately became attached to it due to the issues that were within it. I been down eight years and through five institutions and never did I once hear of THE MOVEMENT.

I am only 25 years old, so when I read the article about the people who walked 113 miles to Harrisburg to decarcerate the prisons, I was in awe because never did I think this could or would be possible in this day and time due to the separation of our communities and our people. It is sad to see the world this way, but I am more than grateful that someone is trying to take a stand. The power belongs to the PEOPLE! It is sad because the people really do not know this. The government actually works for us. They planted the seeds of ignorance in the soils of every generation up until the day. The ignorance has grown. Nowadays ignorance is the norm and not the exception.       Read full article

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Inside The Movement #23: "They might as well put a gate up around Pennsylvania and put up a sign saying WELCOME TO PRISON" by Joshua Bradshaw

Human Rights Coalition - Mar, 07/08/2014 - 6:10pm

HRC has now released the 23rd edition of the Movement newsletter. As there are more than five hundred people on the inside of US prisons who are reading The Movement, we want to encourage people on the outside as well to check it out. We're making a few articles from the latest edition available online. You can also download the 23rd edition in full or you can contact HRC and order a hard copy and be put on our mailing list (sliding scale - free to $12 annually for four (4) quarterly newsletters).

 

They might as well put a gate up around Pennsylvania and put up a sign saying WELCOME TO PRISON

By Joshua Bradshaw

It was just a few days ago that I attended a Lifer’s meeting here at SCI Coal Township. I am not a Lifer but I am a long-term offender so I had to go to check out the topics being discussed. There was an invitation for any and everyone to come, but what kidnapped my attention was the legal issues and I am all for learning new things when it comes to my freedom. I was intrigued by the intellects of the men and was amazed to see an organization like this in prison.

During the meeting, one guy said that we need to get our families involved and this was the point and moment that they lost me because I was asking myself how could my family actually get involved and make a difference in helping justice be served and me getting out of prison. I was puzzled, so I asked a question in order to kill my curiosity and within the blink of an eye, this newsletter/magazined called THE MOVEMENT was passed to me. They allowed me to take it back to my cell and I read it over night and I must admit that I immediately became attached to it due to the issues that were within it. I been down eight years and through five institutions and never did I once hear of THE MOVEMENT.

I am only 25 years old, so when I read the article about the people who walked 113 miles to Harrisburg to decarcerate the prisons, I was in awe because never did I think this could or would be possible in this day and time due to the separation of our communities and our people. It is sad to see the world this way, but I am more than grateful that someone is trying to take a stand. The power belongs to the PEOPLE! It is sad because the people really do not know this. The government actually works for us. They planted the seeds of ignorance in the soils of every generation up until the day. The ignorance has grown. Nowadays ignorance is the norm and not the exception.

We look for these very same people to serve us justice, in these days and times, but the only place we find justice is in the dictionary!

I was only 16 years old when I fell a victim to these corporate criminals. I was 17 when I was illegally sentenced to a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 to 60 years of imprisonment which is not an alternative that a judge can select anymore. Thirty to sixty years!

I am not a lifer but they took my life from me and made an example of how justice is just a word. The only place you can find justice is in the dictionary! This is my story...

On January 10, 2006 I was arrested and sent to jail for a homicide in the first county that was investigated for its corruptness, Luzerne County. I was 16 at the time. I was represented by two public pretenders and you can google my name and see how the media painted a picture for the public to see.

Three public pretenders advised me to stay out the law library and not to listen to the jailhouse lawyers because they could not get themselves out of jail. I’m in a town that I am not from, and in a jail for a heinous act and I was being represented by officers of the courts that was pretending to be on my side.

I lost the support of family, friends, and everyone since these people put me in jail. One by one, everybody started disappearing on me and the first unit that the Luzerne County Correctional Facility placed me on was the Restricted Housing Unit (The Hole) without reason and I was there my first six months. The RHU! That really stands for the Real Hungry Unit. I went through the stages down there and even considered committing suicide. I thought about my future and my unborn child at that time and how I could not make it. I wanted to give up. It was too much on me at one time. I did not know the time of the day, only daytime and nighttime. I was in the cell all day and the light switch is on the outside of the cell and the guards keep it on all day long.

Trial time was shortly approaching me and at this time I was 17 which was only eight months from that day I was arrested; my public pretenders came to visit me in the county jail with an illegal plea agreement and I did not know at the time due to my ignorance of the law. I explained my innocence and tried to get them on the same page as I was, but these people were speaking another language and reading from another book. I did not want to plead guilty to a crime I did not commit, but what choice did I have?

These were the people I somewhat trusted at the time and they advised me to take this plea because it was in my best interest. Their exact words were, “IF YOU DO NOT TAKE THE PLEA THEN THEY ARE GOING TO GIVE YOU LIFE.” At 17 years old I was scared to death and did not know what to say, how to think or what to do. The walls of injustice were closing in on me quick and my only escape was to take this unlawful plea agreement.

They assured me that it was my only option besides life without parole. I had no choice but to agree to this illegal plea agreement because all odds were against me. At this time my son was one month old, and due to the non-contact visits, I did not even hold him yet. In my own mind, I thought these people were racist so when it came to that illegal plea agreement I chose numbers instead of getting letters. That is not all; these public pretenders are so crafty, they told me that the judge did not have to accept the plea so their advice on convincing the judge to accept the plea was to write an apology letter to and read it in court for the victim’s family!!

I had no one out there and I was not going to try and gamble with my life with these corrupt people. I did what I was told and was halfway convinced that these public pretenders were actually trying to help me. I was fooled! They got me good. I know it is not the first time and I know it is not the last time that they will fool someone into an illegal plea.

When I went to court the judge asked me all of these questions and I really did not understand some of them, but of course my public pretenders advised me of this too. I was told about these questions that the judge will be asking me and was advised to agree to them so my plea would get accepted and to get to sentencing faster. I was under the impression that if I did one thing wrong, they would deny the plea agreement and give me life. That is not all... My public pretenders told me 20 to 40 years! The judge gave me 20 to 40 for a homicide charge and 10 to 20 years for a robbery charge, then this dude ran them consecutive. 30 to 60 years! An extra two decades on what I was promised. Yes, the judge said that he had the discretion of running them consecutive or concurrent but when he was saying this I thought that he was talking about the law in general because my public pretenders said 20 to 40.

My eyes were wide open. Where did this extra 10 to 20 years come from? I was scared to say something because I did not want them to take it back and give me life without parole. I was now no stranger to the terminology RAILROADED. I was tricked by the people who I somewhat trusted to handle this difficult affair for me at the age of 17.

Two weeks later I was in a state correctional institution; two weeks after that I was in the Real Hungry Unit again. This was nothing like the county jail. This was the real deal and the worst experience I ever had in my life. SCI Camp Hill has the worst hole in the state! They say jail makes you or breaks you. I was broke down on every limb of my body. I lost it. I was in the cell by myself and I started talking to myself. The psychiatric medications were not working and could not help me with this experience. I cried and I cried thinking about everything and I could not take it anymore. I tried to commit suicide twice. I just could not do it. I could not strangle myself. When I started choking I had to stop. The guards down there do not care about rules. They have their own way of handling things and there is nothing you can do about it.

They did not allow me to have yard and that was the only hour you are allowed to get out of your cell. They did not allow me to clean my cell when cleaning supplies came around and they played with my incoming and outgoing mail. Instead of giving me my mail, they put it in my property without my knowledge of it even coming in. I was thinking nobody loved me and everybody abandoned me. I wrote some nasty letters to people that I had to eventually apologize for.

I placed a grievance in about my 8th amendment rights being violated and that is when the games really began. The guards are the ones who collect your outgoing mail from your door and they got my grievance but it never made it to the box to go out to the coordinator. They read it and after that I was not fed for the next three days. I never been that hungry. I wanted to just die. At that time I could not think of doing 30 to 60 years like this. I was very emotional at this stage and I was only 17 years old.

I was finally transferred and felt like a free man after 75 years of torture and arrived at SCI Pine Grove, and it was not until they did a property inventory that I found out that I had a box of mail that was unopened. Them guards at Camp Hill was putting mail in my box, making me believe that nobody loved me.

I later on found out about this Post conviction motion and I filed one on the issue that my lawyers were ineffective in their assistance of counsel. Someone helped me with it. I finally got my evidentiary hearing. These public pretenders had two completely different stories and they testified at two different times. One of them said I jumped at the sound of a plea agreement and the other one said I was very hesitant to take the plea and that he told me that he could convince the judge to give me 20 to 40 years and that I relied on their advice.

Guess what?

The court did not find the public defenders ineffective. Every avenue I took lead me to a dead end. No justice. Nobody cares. These corporate level criminals might as well put a gate around Pennsylvania and put a sign up saying WELCOME TO PRISON.

These courts violate the same Constitution that they took an oath to uphold and there is nothing you can do about it individually. With no outside support, it is just us against their army of corrupt individuals that sweeps correction under the rug.

30 to 60 years, not to mention my judge was the same judge that was just previously convicted of that KIDS FOR CASH SCANDAL. Mark A. Ciavarella. This time I been down. I lost a lot of ties with family members due to this time and distance. I have not seen my son in three years now. He will be 8 and he barely knows me. I have nieces and nephews I have never seen. This system is dangerous. I have another PCRA right now challenging the illegality of my sentence. These constitutional statutes I was charged with violating and I guess I will see what schemes they are going to use to silence me again when and if they even give me a court date.

These people always find a way to get out of the messes they put themselves into and unfortunately we are the ones that reap the consequences. The Pennsylvania Constitution is a joke to the corporate criminals. If and when justice is served in my case I just want to work a juvenile placement and try my best to prevent them kids from coming this direction. I been in and out of juvenile facilities since the year of 2000. I was only 11. I was not trying to hear nothing that these motivational speakers were saying because I could not relate to them. They had text book theories. I been to vision quest, youth study center, Juvenile Justice Center, St. Gabes, Summit Academy, and I was at the NET. I look around these prisons and the majority of the people are youth adult offenders. The Majority of them have life and sentences of 20 plus years.

I been down 8 year and they expect me to do another 22? If that does not violate the 8th amendment then I do not know what does. Never did I think I would have a voice. The Movement made this possible. I will try my best to get my folks involved the little I have left.

 

Joshua Bradshaw #GU-9410

SCI Coal Township

1 Kelly Dr.

Coal Township, PA 17866

 

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HRC-Fed Up! – First Annual Membership Party and the launch of our new campaign: Fed Up with Prison Phone Rates!

Human Rights Coalition - Mar, 06/24/2014 - 5:21pm

 

Human Rights Coalition-Fed Up! – First Annual Membership Party

And the launch of our new campaign:

Fed Up with Prison Phone Rates!

 

Where: Mellon Park at the Pavilion located on the corner of Penn Avenue and Fifth Avenue

When: Saturday, July 26 from 12 noon to 4:00pm.

What: A party! There will be music, speakers, food, drink.

 

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Dining Hall Protest: Prisoners Challenge Food Cutbacks at SCI Coal Township

Human Rights Coalition - Lun, 06/16/2014 - 9:53am

On June 16, 2014 prisoners at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Coal Township in central Pennsylvania are embarking on a peaceful protest of the dining hall by refusing to go to eat due to the administration’s cutback to their food portions and rations. Prisoners are once again taking the lead in the struggle for human rights.

Support them today by calling the officials below and advocating for their demands.  read more..

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NEW DEFENESTRATOR WEBSITE ~ CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

defenestrator - Vie, 05/09/2014 - 7:57pm

We are excited to announce the launch of our new website this spring!

If you would like your writing or visual art featured on the new defenestrator.org and possibly in print within issue 54, see our call for submissions below.

See you later on in the spring! 

 

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The Defenestrator, an anarchist newspaper run by a collective based in west philly, is seeking submissions for the launch of their new website this spring.

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A CALL TO END OPPRESSION: UNITED WE STAND

Human Rights Coalition - Vie, 05/02/2014 - 2:46pm

A CALL TO END OPPRESSION

:: UNITED WE STAND ::

 

"Prisons aren't about crime control they're about for-profit repression. In fact they are a huge government-run, criminal enterprise, wildly profitable and completely paid for by ripped-off taxpayers" - Anthony Rayson

The State Correctional Institution (SCI) Albion in Western Pennsylvania is a notorious prison for frequent abuse and torture of prisoners: some are held years in solitary confinement without any chance to see daylight; medical negligence has led to the suffering and death of thousands of prisoners; lack of adequate mental health care has driven many to commit suicide. The taxpayer's money is being used to prop up an untamed beast that only the people of Pennsylvania can stop.

We ask that you support the struggle for humane conditions and rehabilitation by signing the attached petition, copying it, and mailing it to the listed officials, or sacrifice a few minutes of your time by calling the officials and stating the demands/issues in the petition.

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"We are not safe" - Letters from Illinois' Menard prison

Human Rights Coalition - Mar, 04/22/2014 - 5:35pm

SIXTH MENARD UPDATE

The following consists of excerpts, lightly edited by Alice Lynd, from letters by eight men in Administrative Detention at the Menard Correctional Center in Illinois, dated April 12 - 14, 2014.

 

Windows covered

On the morning of Saturday, April 12, 2014, maintenance workers drilled big metal boxes on the outside of our windows. We can no longer see out the windows and barely any sunlight comes in.

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Three Easy Ways to Support the Dallas 6

Human Rights Coalition - Vie, 04/18/2014 - 2:54am

UPDATE: The court in Luzerne County has granted a continuance, and the Dallas 6 court date is rescheduled for August 11th. Please update your schedules and continue to offer any support that you can.

 

 

The juried trial of the Dallas 6 will begin on May 5th in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and these courageous men and their families and supporters need all of the support they can get! So here are three easy ways for everybody to provide support to the Dallas 6:

 

1. SPREAD THE WORD!
The Dallas 6 are facing charges because they contributed to HRC's report, "Institutionalized Cruelty: Torture in SCI Dallas and Prisons Throughout Pennsylvania" (LINK), and then subsequently stood up for their lives, which is documented in HRC's report, "Resistance and Retaliation: Contuing Repression at SCI Dallas" (LINK). It is critical to support the brave action of these men for what they've done, and for the legal precedent that this court case will establish. If they are charged with "riot" for putting their mattresses on their doors and asking for outside intervention when their lives were threatened by Corrections Officers in SCI Dallas, then PA prison authorities will be empowered to continue to abuse, torture, and kill prisoners in Pennsylvania without public scrutiny and accountability. Conversely, if the Dallas 6 are justifiably cleared of all charges, then prisoners in Pennsylvania will be further empowered to speak up against abuse, torture, and state-sanctioned death.

Members of the Dallas 6 and their family members are available to speak to press! Contact Shandre Delaney, the mother of Carrington Keys of the Dallas 6, at SD4HRC@gmail.com or 412-403-6101.

 

2. PACK THE COURTHOUSE ON MAY 5TH AND ON!
There will be jury selection on May 5th, and the trial will last for several days after in Wilkes-Barre, PA. HRC is coordinating travel from Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh, and has rides available. Call 267-293-9169 or e-mail info@hrcoalition.org (with your name and phone number) if you need a ride and/or lodging in the Wilkes-Barre area, or if you have a car or lodging available there. Let us know if you can attend for one, two, or three days. We plan to have a rally outside of the courthouse with signs and chants on May 5th, and we need to pack the courtroom full of comrades and supporters of the Dallas 6!

 

3. DONATE TO THE WORK OF HRC
Please continue to support the work of HRC by donating to our PayPal account (LINK). All expenses for the Dallas 6 trial will come out of the pockets of HRC members and the operating costs of HRC, and it is essential for us to have funding to continue our work. Any donation, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated!

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ISSUE 54 PLANNING MEETING & CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

defenestrator - Mié, 04/16/2014 - 9:33am

The first meeting to discuss issue 54 of the defenestrator will happen on thursday may 1, 8:30pm at lava space. 

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Soon wasn’t soon

Philly Future - Mar, 03/12/2013 - 12:29pm

Life intrudes on the best made plans. Instead of attempting some grand relaunch, which was my hope, when time permits I’m going to upload various incarnations of Philly Future over the years, including article archives, along with a summary historical account and takeaways I learned. Thank you to everyone who worked to make Philly Future what it was. There is much today that eliminated the need for Philly Future, and I’d rather see those efforts grow and reach their potential.

Mié, 12/31/1969 - 8:00pm
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