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Movement #23 is Out!

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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:

The Movement #23
 

Inside The Movement #23: Untitled by Nate Butler

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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.