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thanksgiving dinner

When I got home tonight, I watched a video of police leaving Laquan McDonald, a black kid, to die in the street. Then I read that the cops shot him sixteen times in fifteen seconds, and that a prosecutor took over a year to decide that the murder of this kid might be a crime. 426 more words


San Francisco Bay View » Sister shares story about police profiling and beating her autistic brother

I’m used to reading about and advocating for adults with disabilities, but today our Black and Brown youth with disabilities are increasingly targeted for police brutality and incarceration. 47 more words



When I got sentenced to 18 years in prison, I had a facebook page friend list over 5 hundred. I would sell between 35 and 85 tickets to friends and family to my amature cage fights. 275 more words


The Path From Prison to Employment Is a Long One

After 22 months locked up, Spencer is looking forward to leaving Columbia River Correctional Institution. Spencer has been through this process before. This time, he knows it’s going to take patience. 431 more words



Essay 14

David Rogers Governing Committee Chair, Oregon Voice

America is beginning to wake up and recognize that we have a profound problem. For 30 years, we’ve been on a massive prison build-up. 932 more words


Finding Life in Detention

(Finding Life in Detention was originally written for the BeZine, an online “e-zine” produced by the Bardo Group. Please check out the other amazing writing found in this and other issues of the BeZine!) 523 more words

everything metaphors

We were led out of the corral, after waiting for nearly twenty minutes in the cold.  We flashed our IDs at the dinner officers as we made our way into the chowhall.  636 more words