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Solitary Prisoners’ Lawyers Slam CDCR for Sleep Deprivation

Source: For Immediate Release: Solitary Prisoners’ Lawyers Slam CDCR for Sleep Deprivation

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Poem about the news: The CDCR

The State of California have recently agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by incarcerated victims of indeterminate periods of solitary confinement in prisons, representing as well inmates thrown into solitary for gang affiliation. The State has promised to change the rules and procedures, but we’ll have to see. Here’s a recent document.

This made me think of the poem I put in my zine Slaver Empire, which you can read in its entirety at Wattpad. This poem was also graciously printed by  Raburn Publishing.

The most important thing is that the CDCR, Beard and Brown never get any false credit for any future legislation. Inmates paid for any future progress with their lives, and their lawyers did the best they could.

What are you correcting, Beard,

Chairman of the Prison Industry Board,

By hiding our state’s failures,

Alone for twenty years and more,

From its idiot population?

They already aren’t looking.

Who are you rehabilitating

Forcing her to relive her mistakes,

Cut off from any interaction,

Or knowledge that could help her heal

When everyday in school her sons

Learn that there’s no time for them?

There’s no one left to disappoint.

Integrity is scary as socialism.

No one minds the prison of a mortgage;

Desires confinement in his debt.

Convicts could walk through warm oak woods

Like rattlesnake grass, unobserved.

The hunger strike in Pelican Bay

Lays bare your fear of change,

While lives go on in spite of you.

You know that if they ever heal,

Go home to teach why not to fight,

Your creditors will cut you to pieces.

Things to do for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Here’s what to do in commemoration of the day:

–Plant a whole bunch of plants at your house, either in pots or in the ground if you have it. Study their preferences

–Prune any tree in sight. They like haircuts. Make art or tomato stands with the waste

–Locate and read a local plan to take action between Earth Day and Mayday.

–Don’t drive

–Pick up some garbage and/or recycling from the ground

–Buy someone a reusable water container

–Use natural light

–Decide that you don’t even need something you were thinking about buying

–Block a major road in your town with debris or handmade sawhorses that look like the transportation department’s real ones

–Start (or finish?) reading Edward Abbey’s Monkey Wrench Gang

–Tell everyone you know that you’re doing something for the Earth while they’re still being consumers

–Green-shame any “green” fools you know and direct them to something real

–Sabotage any big, transportation-dependent business

What will you do?