“Much like the Beatles came to kill Jazz, Miley Cyrus is out to kill twerking. At least the Beatles had the decency to make semi-decent music.”
— yeah, I said it.
— yeah, I said it.
Telling the “black community” what it needs to do in order to become respectable isn’t brave truth-telling. It’s a way to shame black people into shutting up about the actual issu…
Indefinite solitary confinement violates human rights by Dr. Angela Davis
August 13, 2013
California prisoners are now in their 33rd day of a hunger strike; what they are risking their health and possibly their lives for is basic: an end to indefinite solitary confinement, a practice that most countries recognize as a violation of basic human rights.
Yet both Gov. Jerry Brown and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jeffrey Beard are intransigent in their refusal to engage in honest negotiations with the prisoners.
Theirs is a system deep in crisis, mired in decades of lawsuits challenging numerous violations of the legal rights of prisoners that have yielded relatively little in terms of fundamental change. Headlines from the last month alone reveal the inability of current leadership to respect the most basic rights of California prisoners:
On Aug. 2, in spite of assertions by Brown that prison conditions have improved, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to delay a court order for California to release nearly 10,000 prisoners by year’s end to improve conditions in state prisons.
The three-judge panel overseeing the state’s prisons ruled that California must cut its prison population to deal with unconstitutional prison conditions such as substandard medical and mental health care caused by overcrowding. The CDCR is appealing this decision yet again.
On July 29, medical experts filed a report to a federal court monitor documenting substandard health care at Corcoran State Prison that represented “an ongoing serious risk of harm to patients” that results in preventable deaths. There was no comment from the Governor’s Office.
On July 7, the Center for Investigative Reporting broke a story about the fact that 148 women in state prisons received tubal ligations without required state approvals from 2006 to 2010. Former prisoners say doctors pressured women into being sterilized and targeted those whom prison officials deemed likely to commit crimes in the future. Brown offered no comment.
On July 1, California corrections officials reluctantly agreed to move up to 2,600 prisoners at risk of contracting valley fever out of Pleasant Valley and Avenal state prisons after being ordered to do so by U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson.
The judge was critical of the department’s handling of valley fever outbreaks within its prisons, saying the death of 36 prisoners over the last six years “clearly demonstrated (the state’s) unwillingness to respond adequately to the health care needs of California’s inmate population.”
Again, no comment from the governor or the CDCR.
Instead of closing the prisons because of high health risks, Asian prisoners are being transferred to those prisons because of statistically lower “risks.”
Those with the power to make changes have dug in their heels, insisting that there is no crisis.
It comes as no surprise that we are asked to believe that the CDCR does not really hold prisoners in solitary confinement because they may have access to radios or televisions. We shouldn’t be surprised that the death of Billy Sell, a participant in the hunger strike for two weeks until the day before he died, is officially considered a death “unrelated to the hunger strike.”
We shouldn’t be shocked when Beard attempts to cover up the inhumanity of keeping prisoners in solitary for decades with no hope of release by calling the hunger strike “a gang power play.”
It’s important to remember that the United States stands alone in its extensive use of indefinite long-term solitary confinement; in Britain, solitary is banned for more than three weeks. In Pelican Bay, more than 500 people have been held in solitary for more than 10 years, and more than 78 have been held in solitary for more than 20 years.
There is a growing human rights movement across the country, led by prisoners and their families, that names this practice for what it is: torture. Some states like Illinois and Mississippi have closed or drastically downsized their solitary confinement units without any threat to institutional safety.
The California prisoners’ hunger strike is a courageous call for the California prison system to come out of the shadows and join a world in which the rights and dignity of every person is respected.
i think i gave my love away too fast. too early. too young. and there’s no easy recovery. just a peculiar fumble through life. patiently and impatiently waiting on nothing. haunted by dreams. wasting away as quickly as memories of taste and smells. faint riffs.
jeromeiznice-deactivated2013110 asked: how have you been? and I hope you know you are missed.
i cant even respond to a simple question in a timely manner. you don’t miss me. you miss remnants of the person i used to be. this thing. this thing i am now. i’m not sure you miss. we’d have to be introduced all over again. and once that happens, i’d have to reevaluate this thing. this thing i am now. would i miss me? the me that is me now. because with you old friend, you’d push me back into conversations i haven’t dabbled in for awhile. force me to speak a certain language i find hard to grasp, here, now. then maybe i’d be me? me all over again. or that thing. that thing i used to be.
and then there it is…
by C. Riley Snorton
— James Baldwin, 1963 (via dirtylittlephucks)
i went HAM on my partner for telling me that i’m unproductive on my days off.
in his thinking, he was simply telling me i don’t do much of anything on my two days off a week. evidenced by my incessant needs to watch copious amounts of Frasier and eat an alarming quantity of salt-n-vinegar chips. for most, this is a harmless gesture towards nudging me to do things deemed productive in the time i spend away from work, the place i detest and site of the grossest exchange of value my spirit goes through. but, those 40-50 hours a week i’ve “agreed” to “give-up” in “exchange” for illusions of my middled-classed securities. and there it is: i’m productive 40-50 hours a week (mostly 50) so i can do whatever it is my heart desire in the off time.
however, my partner and i weren’t having a conversation about capital, work, and productivity. at least i wasn’t. while he was saying things that would be deemed harmless. i was hearing “lazy nigger,” or more to my studies, remnants of, “lazy kaffir.”
and there we have it: i was having trouble explaining my position on why i should not be called “unproductive.” which was an issue of having the world seep into my intimate relationships and my lack of language to combat. so i called him “stupid,” which was uncharacteristic for my strategies in an argument.
and this post was for no particular reason. i still havent wrapped my head around the situation. back to watching Frasier.
Yes, Black people!! Yasssssss!!
this made my fucking night. black folks. HEEEEEEE!