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The absence of those in jail can be felt deeply by family members and loved ones. 
Meet LePriest Valentine, who kept winding up in the only sanctuary he could find after getting out of jail: Skid Row.
All prisoners have the right to marry, but there are lots of restrictions. You can't exchange rings or request a special ceremony, there's thick glass separating the couple and even applying for the marriage license itself can be complicated. It may not be a fairy tale wedding, but for Elizabeth, marrying her fiance while he's in jail is worth it.
Thousands of Los Angeles County prisoners are housed in Pitchess Detention center, 50 miles from the inner city neighborhoods where police make many arrests. For visitors, the journey to the jail can take all day. The closest bus stop is a mile away from the jail, and visitors can either walk the last mile or get a ride from Mama Betty.
If you have the money, getting out of jail can be straightforward. If you don't, you're going to need some help.
One small neighborhood in Los Angeles accounted for hundreds of bookings into county jail over a five year period - and more than a million dollars in incarceration costs.
Preview a series of stories tracing the path from city block to jail block and back.
This is Bilal Abdul-Salam Bey, also known as Charlie Hughes. This piece is called "A Soldier." It's about the definition of what a soldier is. A soldier fights for the people. He or she does whatever is necessary to protect his people. A soldier takes care of his woman and children. A soldier plans for tomorrow. A soldier respects those who have more wisdom and experience. A soldier removes threats to the community. A soldier doesn't relax during the time of war. A soldier loves the people and the values he holds dear. A soldier fights for a reason, and is not motivated by his emotions. A soldier needs guidance from higher authority and will fight as directed. A warrior has the fight within him and will continue regardless to who or what. Again, this is Bilal Abdul-Salam Bey, also known as Charlie Hughes, number 96576. Hutchinson Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 1568. Hutchinson, Kansas. 67504. Thank you for your time, effort, and energy. (Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. 
My name is Charlie Hughes, also known as Bilal Abdul-Salam Bey. I am a inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility here in Hutchinson, Kansas. This piece is called "The Constitution of the Black Man," and it is about the constitution. "The Constitution of the Black Man." Number one: he must be spiritual and fo-and focused more on that which is universal in religious ideology, rather than the political beliefs that separate us. Number two: Black men must have a social, political, economical, and historical base of knowledge. Social, able to interact with Black people and understand why we do the things we do, drugs, pimp, gang bang, et cetera. Political, understanding the importance of people's relations with each other. Economical, understand the worth of money as well as create jobs in the environment, banks, stores, schools, et cetera. Historical, must have knowledge of the past and learn and grow from it. Number three: with that base of knowledge, he must be able to produce for his nation, civilization, culture, family, and himself. That is, make something real. Number four: you must be a worker. You must look for ways to actively work for yourself. Number five: Black man must be organized, systematic, efficient, and diligent. Number six: Black man must be in character and principle self-disciplined, stout, energetic, and unwieldy. Number seven: you must be analytic and inquisitive. Number eight: Black man must be creatively aggressive. Access your universal sense and dare the impossible if it is possible. Number nine: Black men must be committed to Black liberation, local, national, and international. Number ten: you must at all times act in accordance with truth, justice, equality, righteousness, humility, foresight, courtesy, compassion, love/honor, and integrity. Once again, this is Charlie Hughes also known as Bilal Abdul-Salam Bey. I am a inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 1568. Hutchinson, Kansas. 67504. Thank you for your time, effort, and energy. (Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. 
I am so grateful for this opportunity to once again register my unwavering support for Mumia Abu-Jamal. He has played such a pivotal role in the processes of popular education that have led us to this critical juncture and what one might call the century-and-a-half-year-old effort to acknowledge the structural and systemic character of racism—and to take seriously demands for abolition, abolition of the death penalty, of prisons, of police. And so it is right and just that we should accelerate our efforts on this new terrain to finally free our brother comrade. Much attention has been focused on Philadelphia recently: from the elections, to the police killing of Walter Wallace because he was experiencing a mental health crisis, to the arrest by federal agents of the teacher and community activist Anthony Smith. And we know that, barely a week before his arrest, Philadelphia Magazine had applauded Anthony Smith's community service and his exceptional leadership. And all around the world, we have followed the work of Anthony Smith's organization, the Black Philadelphia Radical Collective, and- and many of us passionately support the 13 demands they have submitted. We know also that the city council in Philadelphia recently offered an apology, an official apology of- for the 1955 bombing which killed 11 MOVE members—including five children and- and completely destroyed 61 homes. So I've been asked to briefly discuss Mumia's case in the context of the long history of political repression in this country, and in the context of the utilization of the critical- of the criminal legal system to produce pretexts for incarcerating people who have chosen to develop radical resistance strategies in relation to racist state violence. Mumia is a relatively younger member of a generation of Black radical activists and intellectuals who have challenged the structural and systemic character of racism. Long before, this recognition helped to accelerate efforts to reimagine some of our society's fundamental institutions. Because of our radical stances, we were targeted by the state. In many instances, the state demonized and railroaded countless numbers of black radicals, some of us who were freed, but many of whom have been imprisoned for as many as five or six decades. Mumia was targeted by the Philadelphia police and COINTELPRO—beginning with his membership in the Black Panther Party. His declassified 500-page FBI files shows that the Philadelphia police in consultation with COINTELPRO- COINTELPRO for many years had tried to peg a crime on Mumia. We also know that at least one-third of the police involved in his case were jailed after it was discovered that they had systematically tampered with evidence and large numbers of cases across the city of Philadelphia. But I think that few people know that the investigation of the killing of Daniel Faulkner—the policeman whom Mumia is accused of killing—that this investigation was conducted not by the homicide unit of the Philadelphia Police Department but by its civil defense unit, which was the local police arm of J. Edgar Hoover's COINTELPRO. In 1981, Mumia was sentenced to death and, from death row, produced brilliant critiques of the prison industrial complex, mass incarceration, capital punishment, and other institutional consequences of racial capitalism. Many of us are aware of the fact that his widely circulated writings have helped to humanize people in prison and people on death row. Like many others of my age, I've been an active supporter of Mumia for many decades. And I've had the honor of speaking on his behalf at United Nations conferences and other international venues—when Mumia, for example, was declared an honorary citizen of Paris. The last person before him to receive that distinction was Pablo Picasso. I participated in that ceremony in Paris as his surrogate. Leonard Peltier, Mutulu Shakur, Russell Maroon Shoatz, Ed Poindexter, Veronica- Veronza Bowers, Romaine Chip Fitzgerald, David Gil- Gilbert, and my former co-defendant Ruchell Magee are just a few of the U.S. political prisoners who have spent the vast majority of their lives behind bars and, as we know, are currently the most vulnerable with respect to COVID-19. We've already heard about Russell Maroon Shoatz' condition. And we've heard Gregg Gonsalves emphasize the need for compassionate- compassionate decarceration and abolitionist strategy.  Thanks to international organizing efforts, Mumia is perhaps the most well-known political prisoner in the world. And these international efforts saved his life when he came dangerously close to execution in 1995. Mumia's case exemplifies the lengths to which the state will go to silence those who speak truth to power. And this is why the fraternal order of police has been unrelenting in its attempt to silence him and his supporters. But now that structures of policing have finally been exposed for their systemic racism; and as we call for justice in the names of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and Walter Wallace, and so many others; and now that the city of Philadelphia has issued an official apology to MOVE; now is the time to accelerate our campaign to bring Mumia home. Let's not forget that Mumia's identification with MOVE and his empathetic reporting on the city's repression of MOVE rendered him a major target of the Rizzo administration. And as you've heard from Johanna and others, Linn Washington, for example, his case is- his case is riddled with violations, especially the concealing of exculpatory evidence: the concealing of the presence of Kenneth Freeman at the scene of the killing of Daniel Faulkner, although the prosecutor was aware of the fact that Freeman had been identified as the shooter by four witnesses. And the same night of the MOVE bombings Kenneth Freeman was found dead in a parking lot, gagged and handcuffed. We know that there were clear violations in relation to the selection of the jury. 11 out of the prosecutions, 14 peremptory challenges were used to eliminate Black jurors. And of course this in itself, as has already been pointed out, supports the call for a new trial. The Supreme Court has ruled that the elimination of jurors on the basis of race is a major violation. And as Johanna and others have pointed out, newly discovered file boxes in the DA's office—which were there for 37 years or so—contained a list of potential jurors highlighting their race. And perhaps even more egregious are the instructional tapes that have, that were produced by ADA, Jack McMahon who pointed out that-that educated Black people should not be selected to serve the jury. But also as he said, Blacks from the low income area are less likely to convict.  As a result I'm quoting, "I don't want these people on your jury." And as he said, and it may appear that you're being racist or whatnot. But again, you're just being realistic. You're trying to win the case. So finally, the framing of Mumia and his incarceration are part of a larger story of structural racism and repression linked to global capitalism, linked to racial capitalism. Racism drives incarceration and infects policing all over the world from Rio de Janeiro to Johannesburg, to London, to Paris. Here in the U.S. mass incarceration especially effects Indigenous people and Black and LatinX communities. And I think we need to emphasize the fact that the very same forces that have driven the creation of the prison industrial complex are responsible for the fact that many people in other countries, in countries of the global South have seen their home economies destroyed by capitalists incursions. They have no other choice than to flee. Thus the borders and the walls and immigrant detention facilities are integrally linked to racist policing and the prison industrial complex. And I should point out that abolitionist strategies emphasize the connections of all of these institutions. And so finally at a time when critiques of structural racism are gaining traction. And specifically its centrality to policing. We gather here to demand the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal and other political prisoners whose trials and sentences were irreparably influenced by their political beliefs and by their challenges to this very system. Thank you. 
When I was invited to speak on behalf of Mumia, one of the first things that came to mind was how long he's been in prison. How many years of his life had been stolen away from him, his community, and his loved ones. He's been incarcerated for 38 years. Mumia has been in prison longer than I've been alive.When I first spoke with Mumia on the phone, I did very little talking. I just listened. Hearing him speak was a reminder of why we must continue to fight. Earlier this year,  The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner issued a statement, noting that prolonged solitary confinement, the precise type often used in the United States, amounts to psychological torture.  Mumia Abu-Jamal has spent roughly 30 out of his 38 years in solitary confinement.In his book Live From Death Row, Mumia wrote that prison is a second by second assault on the soul, a day-to-day degradation of the self, an oppressive steel and brick umbrella that transforms seconds into hours, and hours into days. He has had to endure this second-by-second assault on his soul for 38 years.He had no record before he was arrested and framed for the death of a Philadelphia police officer. Since 1981, Mumia has maintained his innocence. His story has not changed. Mumia was shot, brutalized, arrested, and chained to a hospital bed. The first police officer assigned to him wrote in a report that the “Negro male made no comment” as cited in Philly Mag. Yet 64 days into the investigation, another officer testified that Mumia had confessed to the killing. Mumia’s story has not changed, but we're talking about the same Philadelphia Police Department whose behavior “shocks the conscience,” according to a 1979 DOJ report.  Behaviors like shooting nonviolent suspects, abusing handcuffed prisoners, and tampering with evidence.It should therefore come as little surprise that, according to Dr. Johanna Fernandez, over one third of the 35 officers involved in Mumia's case, were subsequently convicted of rank corruption, extortion, and tampering with evidence to obtain convictions in unrelated cases. This is the same Philadelphia Police Department where officers ran racial profiling sweeps, like Operation Cold Turkey in March, 1985, targeting Black and Brown folks; and bombed the MOVE house in May of that year, killing 11 people, including five children and destroying 61 homes. The same Philadelphia police department, whose officers eight days before the 2020 presidential election, shot Walter Wallace Jr. dead in the streets in front of his crying mother. The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police has unrelentingly campaigned for Mumia’s execution. During their August, 1999, national meeting, a spokesperson for the organization stated that they will not rest until Abu-Jamal burns in hell. The former Philadelphia president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Richard Castello, went as far as to say that if you disagree with their views of Mumia, you can join him in the electric chair and that they will make it an electric couch.The trial judge on Mumia's case in 1981, Albert Sabo was a former member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Court reporter Terry Maurer Carter even heard Judge Sabo telling a colleague “I'm going to help them fry the nigger.”Found in December, 2018, in an inaccessible storage room of the DA's office, six boxes of documents for Mumia's case reveal previously undisclosed and highly significant evidence showing that Mumia’s trial was tainted by a failure to disclose material evidence in violation of the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions. In November, 2019, the Fraternal Order of Police filed a King's Bench Petition asking the court to allow the state attorney general, not the Philadelphia DA's office, to handle the upcoming appeals.As the FOP president John McNesby said just last year, “Mumia should remain in prison for the rest of his life.” And a King's Bench order provides the legal angle for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to uphold Judge Sabo’s original wish, which was for Mumia ultimately to die in prison. Today we're living through a moment where it's acceptable to paint “end racism now” in front of the Philadelphia Police Department’s 26th district headquarters, and yet a political prisoner who has since the age of 14 dedicated his life to fighting against racism, continues to be caged and lives his life on a slow death row. We're in the midst of a movement that says Black Lives Matter. And if that's truly the case, then it means that Mumia’s life and legacy must matter. And the causes that he sacrifices life and freedom for must matter as well. Through all of the torture Mumia has suffered over the past 38 years, his principles have never wavered. These principles have manifested themselves in his writing countless books while incarcerated, in his successful radio show, and the time and energy he has poured into his mentorship of younger incarcerated folks and the continued concern for the people suffering outside of the walls. Even while living in the hells of the prison system, Mumia still fights for our human rights. We must continue to fight for him and his human rights.Well, Mumia is 66 years old. He is a grandfather. He is an elder with ailments. He is a human being that deserves to be free. Free Mumia. 
My name is Charlie Hughes. About two weeks ago, I had got back from Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas. Due to testing positive for COVID-19. I was moved back to Hutchinson Correctional Facility and I was- got my job back as a cellhouse porter. Once I got back, 90% of the people in my cellhouse tested positive for COVID. So, being that the other- most of the other porters had tested positive, they wouldn't let none of them out to work. And for the past five days, I've been the only person coming out to clean the cell-ouse by myself. I've been doing the- I've been spraying the COVID-19 spray, which is called Rejuvenol. I've been cleaning the cellhouse, passing out trays, cleaning the showers, passing out laundry, and doing ice. And it's very stressful. I've been up pretty- really haven't had no sleep for the past five days. I've- in the past five days, I've literally got maybe 10 hours of sleep. If that. Once again, this is Bilal Abdul-Salaam Bey, known as Charlie Hughes. Number 96576. Hutchinson Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 1568. Hutchinson, Kansas 67504. Thank you for your time, effort, and energy. (Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. 
This is Dennis Solo McKeithan. SCI Phoenix in Pennsylvania. And today I'd like to talk about the Anti-Terrorist Effective Death Penalty Act. You know, we constantly hear politicians and advocates say and shout the slogan "criminal justice reform." And they talk about inequity in the courts, racism, and wrongful conviction. What is not talked about and should have been corrected under the Obama administration is the murderous criminal injustice bill put in the law by Bill Clinton. This bill is commonly known as the Anti-Terrorist Effective Death Penalty Act 95-45. The thing is, it does nothing to terrorists. All it did was take away the right to file a second or subsequent Habeas Corpus from domestic prisoners who are innocent. This was really about Bill Clinton trying to cut off the appeals of men on death row. To expediate their state murders, to target particular prisoners like Mumia. What it actually did and is still doing is denying innocent men their constitutional right to petition the court and present evidence and witnesses to support their claims. Most prisoners were represented by appointed counsel. Who are ineffective, indifferent, and legally abandoning us. So by the time we educated ourselves in the law and realized what happened to us, we are denied access to the court. Because of the Bill Clinton's criminal injustice bill. Barack Obama early on said as a constitution lawyer he knew this bill was unconstitutional and he would get rid of it. But eight years in office, he never even talked about it. If a man can't even get in the courtroom, how can he get out of prison? It is important that we, as a nation, demand that this new administration overturn this bill and allow prisoners their constitutional right to file Habeas Corpus or PCRAs without obstruction. This bill does more to kill innocent prisoners like myself than any other law. This can be done with an executive order. Under the US constitution that says that the Habeas Corpus could never be suspended. Well, Bill Clinton's bill suspended the Habeas Corpus all person in the United States. (Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.
Hello outside world. My name is Christopher Trotter. I'm calling live from inside the belly of the beast at Walbash Valley Correctional Facility. Carlisle, Indiana. I would like to update everybody on- on the situation with COVID-19 inside the prison. Currently they're still on lockdown. They've been on right down now for a month. The facility hasn't done any mandatory testing, any contract tracing. I think the facility is implementing what they call a herd policy. In other words: let prisoners catch COVID, let it run throughout the prison system slowly. Let it kill who it can kill and hope the rest get immune so you can put prisoners back to work. That's the situation we're facing right now. And again, I think it's cruel because myself has been sentenced to death. I'm 58 years old. I've been in prison for 40 straight years. Eating prison food, not being able to get the best healthcare. Trying to keep myself up physically, but over a period of time in prison, 40 years, it weakened not only the immune system, it weak- it weakens the person physically. It weakens the person mentally. So the chances of people my age surviving COVID-19 without the proper healthcare, it is like playing Russian roulette. I work on the grounds crew and I- I cut grass and- and I take out the garbage. And the other night I was talking to a officer, who had COVID back in March. And he said, "I still [test] positive right today". I said, "how's that so?" And he said, "because of the antibodies." So I tested positive right today. He didn't have a mask or nothing on. He- he said, it's a lot of us running around here that have tested positive. And then had COVID, and we have these antibodies and- and I was like, "Wow, okay." You know, now the prisoners like, they don't care no more. They're tired of wearing the mask. They're tired of the- the social distancing. And there's like, let's let these prisoners get it. They're not doing temperature checks. And most staff know now that if they run a fever. Well, I take a couple of ibuprofen before I come to work. So therefore, the ibuprofen would lower my fever but- do they give me a temperature check. I won't have no temperature, but I really do have a temperature. So I can come to work because I don't have no- few work days. I don't have no work days, enough, so I have to come to work. And so this is what's going on in here. It's been over a month. It's lockdown and they not even done any mandatory testing of prisoners—not to mention staff. Not even contact tracing. Yet they want everybody to go to work. In the so-called private industries jobs they have. They want you to go to work. Because if you don't go to work, they lose money. So this is what's going on. And I hope people are concerned if you have a loved one inside a prison. And I ask that people just stay vigilant. People stay vigilant. People stay informed and try to find out what's going on. And I wish everybody out there the best. I'm looking forward to a new president. Bring down the [inaudible]. Bring down Donald Trump [inaudible]. So hopefully this country can heal. We can appeal to our better angels. We can bring back human decency, we can do the things that need to be done. We can take a new look at the constitution that was founded by our forefathers and do something about it. Because times done changed and a lot of the Constitution is not relevant for the change that's taking place today. Again, starting with the Thirteenth Amendment, we need to do away with it. Because it justifies slavery inside prisons. It justifies the exploitation, the oppression of prisoners. And human beings. And there's nothing that says that the constitution can't be changed. And we, the people, have that power. We have that power. Thank you for listening to me. I wish everybody safety. Again, this is Christopher Trotter calling live inside the belly of the beast at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Carlisle, Indiana. Thank you. (Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. 
Fear of A Black Woman's Planet. Just read mega-rapper Megan Thee Stallion's article, "Why I Speak Up For Black Women" in the New York times op-ed on Wednesday, October the 14th, 2020. And it felt like I was reading minister Malcolm X when he expressed that Black women was the most disrespected and unprotected in America. I got to thinking, why is that? I mean, really why? Sure, I know the myriad of reasons why that is so: a culture of white supremacy, chauvinism, slavery, and colonialism. Eurocentric miseducation and self-hatred. But I was searching for a word or a phrase that would place the reason in a nutshell as to why. When reading sister Megan Thee Stallion's op-ed, I had a eureka moment concerning why Black women were the most disrespected and unprotected in American society. And it is because historically white-supremist-minded Caucasian males, whom first violently conquered Caucasian women in York, hate all women because their fragile egos feel threatened by matriarchal societies' empowerment of women over men. That they violently attacked women and destroyed every symbol of women's authority and cultures throughout the world. And taught this nonsense to Black men and men of color throughout the world. They especially hate black women. Why? Because they have fear of a black woman's planet. They know who Black women are and how she was represented in classical Africa. That is, as the creator, God, angel, the female principle, the complimentary aspect of man, mother of all human beings originator of civilization, queen goddess and queen mother, national leaders, prophets, and high priestess. Generals and total equals to man. Imagine where we to transform the world by returning it to the veneration of women, especially Black women. How would this world look with that mental picture formed? Now let's work to manifest your image onto the world to make women respected and protected from disease-minded men suffering from the idea of white supremacy. From the belly of the beast, at I am Shakaboona. Thank you for listening. (Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. 
Hey, this is comrade Pitt. Got a brief commentary on police violence as well as correctional violence (laughs) within prisons. So, police violence has never been a figment of Black folks' imagination—it has always been all objective reality. And with the proliferation of social media, this reality got exposed to the world. But social media's availability is inaccessible to those behind the walls who are subject to torture by prison officials. Which makes it impossible and/or extremely difficult to hold prison officials accountable. I'm currently held in Red Onion State Prison, which is one of two Virginia's maximum prisons. But it was brought to my attention that on 10, 10- 10-25-20 at Wallens Ridge prison—which is another maximum prison—that a young black men named Devon Banks AKA Little D was severely physically assaulted by numerous prison guards while he was utterly defenseless, and was in handcuffs and shackles during this colony assault. I was not surprised to learn that they went as far as to repeatedly kick him in the genitals. Imagine if this is your son, or brother, nephew, grandchild, or cousin. How would you feel upon hearing of such an assault? Wallens Ridge and Red Onion prison are located in the Appalachia area. Which the staff are entirely white, whereas the prison population are vastly composed of Black and Brown prisoners. Assaults on prisoners while completely defenseless in restraints are nothing new at these two facilities. Don't take my word for it. You're more than welcome to look up the history of these two prisons. The sheer fact that numerous prison guards [inaudible] utterly comfortable enough to physically assault a prisoner while he's in handcuffs and shackles without a single thought of possibly losing their job or being held accountable. This illustrates that this is something normalized. Such kinds of assaults aren't unbeknownst to Harold Clark, who is the Virginia Department of Corrections Director. They allow such assaults to occur due to their incompetence and/or deliberate indifference in holding guards accountable. These guards who severely beat up this young man—who was in handcuffs and shackles—at the end of their work shift, they go home to their families as though nothing ever happened. Will probably go to church on Sunday and pray, but their hearts carry pure hate and evilness. I don't know this young man Devon Banks, but I know precisely what he's going through. As I too have been through such cowardly assault. And witnessed so many other prisoners subjected to such. While the world is outraged at gratuitous, unjustifiable police brutality. Look at what's happening behind-inside these torture chambers they call prisons. Well, we don't have videos. All we have are our stories. All power to the people. Black lives matter. (Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. 
I am Reginald Sinclair Lewis. "This piece is called: This Is Your World." It is truly deeply moving to see throngs of anti-racist white Americans of all economic, educational, and social backgrounds shouting, "black lives matter." Clenched fists raised, as they march alongside our young Black and Brown brothers and sisters in the movement. This is the interconnection of all people with the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. And the vision in his famous April 16th, 1963 letter from a Birmingham city jail where he wrote, "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny." On November 3rd, we need the same energy and spirit of solidarity from the millennials. The generation Z-ers and the Latinx-ers to cast their vote for the candidates who they feel will implement the policies and issues that greatly matters to you. Environmental protections, gun control, student debt forgiveness, affordable housing, police reform, and equal pay. Your generation has the power to silence the idiotic babble of buffoons who saturate the airways with dark medieval commentaries. Their callousness, stupidity, and [inaudible] threatens your freedom, education, and safety during this most horrific global pandemic. It's past time for most of them to just get the hell out of your way. Demand justice, do not surrender. Remember that white supremacy is a social construction that historically denied the economic advancement, humanity, and equality of Black and Brown and all between communities. The rulers [inaudible] threat factors against your ingenious minds, amazing skill sets, holistic ability to read and to write, and to think independently. Which means that you cannot be controlled. So do all you can to shatter and disrupt the frightening Orwellian prophecy of a dictatorial, militaristic, and [authoritarian] society. Young lady, young lady, from a princess to a queen. Young man, young man, from a prince to a king. On November 3rd, the power of your vote is not an illusory dream, but a beautiful reality that holds the power to fulfil the promise of the founding fathers. You are the true stewards of the earth. This is your world. I am Reginald Sinclair Lewis. (Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. 
Hello outside world, my name is Christopher Trotter. Again, calling inside the belly of the beast at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Carlisle, Indiana, to update you on the COVID-19 situation inside the belly of the beast. Today, the institution still has not done any mandatory testing of prisoners for COVID-19. They gave us [inaudible] packets for prisoner to take flu shots. Well they paid prisoners to take flu shots. And after these prisoners received these so-called flu shots, they all came sick. Over 50 prisoners tested positive for COVID-19. They isolated some of the prisoners a week after. Then they brought 'em back into the general population five or six days after they had allegedly tested positive for COVID-19. I had the privilege of talking to some of these prisoners, asking them about the conditions on the lockup unit. And they said they never received any of their property while they were over there. They would be at this cold [inaudible] while they were in there. And it made me wonder, is this a discourage tactic? Because if you report that you may be suffering from a fever or you may think that you have COVID, they will isolate you. And so therefore, now prisoners don't want to be isolated. Based on the conditions that they're held under in isolation. And so the prisoners that came back, that allegedly tested for COVID-19 I asked them. I said, did any of y'all get a copy of your test? They said no. And I asked 'em why not. And they didn't bother to ask so it makes me wonder, did they have a positive really or did they come back negative or what? I mean, you know, you don't have a copy of the test when the [inaudible] sent it in. Do we trust the administration enough to just take their word, that your results are positive or your results are negative. Do we take their word for it? Again, you would think with over 50 positive cases in one week after your so-called flu shot, that they would do mandatory testing. Or they would at least test prisoners of 65 and over that have chronical illness. That suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure. But they didn't even do that. But today we're still on lock-down. Which makes me think are we just going through the motions? You know, to make it clear that they're doing something because COVID-19 is on the rise throughout the country. It's on the rise in the state of Indiana. So well, we're gonna make it appear that we're following the guidelines. But nonetheless, here at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle, Indiana. They have not done any mandatory testing. When over 50- when over 50 positive cases came up. They never did any type of contact tracing. So it makes me wonder what are they up to? What are they doing? Do they care if prisoners catch COVID or not? Or do they care if the older population of prisoners catch COVID or not? It makes me wonder like, the older population, most of them don't work. And just like in society, the older population, most of them don't work. And if, you're no value to the workforce in society. If you're no value to the workforce in prison, and it costs us more to keep you or to take care of you in society. And it costs us more to take care of you in prison, then what's the solution? COVID-19. Is this a population control virus now, that has been released? Because nothing much has been done about it. But anyway, I would encourage people to—who have loved ones in prison—to get involved. To find out what's going on with your family members. Go to IDLC watch and see how you can participate. You know, they're talking about shutting down Miami County Correctional Facility in Indiana because of the COVID-19. They had the national guards there. I hope people are aware of that. They had the national guards at the Indiana State Reformatory. And I hope people are aware of that, as a result of COVID-19. And it's just a matter of time before they have the national guards here at Wabash Valley as a result of COVID-19. And people with loved ones should be concerned. Especially when you hear our president talk about this herd immunizations. Herd- we just want to make COVID-19 run rampant throughout the population. People would get immune and let it kill whoever it can kill. Which- when I hear something like that, I think about genocide (laughs). You know, I think about genocide. Even with the president's continent, "don't be afraid." He shouldn't be afraid cause he gets some of the best healthcare in the world. But does the average citizen get the same healthcare that the president gets? That's a reason to be afraid, if you don't get the same health care. Prisoners, do we get the same health care the president is- that the president get? That's a reason for us to be afraid. They're not going to pay for all the ventilation systems to put prisoners on ventilators. To get this, to get these treatments, these therapeutic treatments. They're not going to pay for that for no prisoner. So we should be afraid. We shouldn't have to live with it because people are dying from it. A prisoner died from it and they're yet to tell people why he died or how he died. I talked to another prisoner since he had the flu shot, that his hair is starting to fall out. I said oh, that's kind of familiar. I heard that people with COVID-19—one of the side effects is that your hair falls out. Again, there was this whole thing about the flu shots. Them paying prisoners to take the flu shot really [inaudible]. Really but they're interjecting me with some trial vaccine of COVID. Now, all of a sudden they have a survey. One- a one question survey. If a vaccine came available, would you take it? This is what they're asking prisoners. So if you say yes, that means that if they come up with something [inaudible] and say, well hey hey, this is a vaccine. They wouldn't tell you if it's a trial vaccine or not. You've already signed a little binder says you would take it. Whoever heard of a one question survey? If a vaccine came available, would you take it? This is what they're asking prisoners. After they [inaudible] pay them to take these flu shots. Which, under my opinion, it was a COVID vaccine trail shot. Because too many prisoners came sick after that. And-and the public needs to be aware of-prisoners could be ground zero for testing.It could be ground zero for testing. So, families need to be aware of that. And again, we're still on lock-down here at Wabash Valley. No telling when they might let up, but I encourage people to, again, go to IDLC watch. And see what you can do to get involved in understanding what's going on inside this- the prison system. My name is Christopher Trotter. I'm inside Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. And I pray that everyone stay safe. Thank you for your time. (Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. 
My name is Bilal Abdul-Salam Bey. I am an inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility here in Hutchinson, Kansas. Commentary is about the COVID-19. About four days ago, I started feeling sick. I woke up and I was sneezing. And then it progressed from sneezing to sneezing and coughing. And the third day it went from sneezing, coughing, to sneezing, coughing, a headache, puffy eyes, and a swollen throat. And on the fourth day, right after I had went to breakfast, I came back to my cell and I threw up twice. And I happened to [inaudible] in the cell house. And the cell-house porter cleaning up the cell house. And I had came out for work and I started feeling dizzy. So I asked the guard to call the nurse for me. And the nurse came [inaudible]. She did my-she did my temperature, which at the time was only 98.5. She did a oxygen check on me and my oxygen levels were good and everything. And she did blood pressure and the blood pressure was good. However, being that I had the symptoms she gave-she got permission to do what they call a rapid COVID testing, which gives results in like 15 minutes. And she gave me the COVID testing. And I tested positive. So after testing positive, I had put in a sit call and requested to be- they had me in my cell, in my cell house, quarantined in my cell. But I requested to be moved to the clinic and as it stands now, I am now in a isolation cell in the infirmary. Until I-until I have no longer symptoms. After 10 days, if I do continue to show symptoms, then I will have to stay in the clinic for the full 14 days. Until-then I will be able to go back to population. Once again, this is Bilal Abdul-Salam Bey, known as Johnny Hughes. Number 96576. Hutchinson Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 1568. Hutchinson, Kansas 67504. Thank you for your time, effort, and energy. (Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. 
My name is Kareem Charles Diggs. I met a woman one day while sitting in the visiting room. She asked me why was the prison so large? And why there was nothing but concrete wires, gun towers, and most of the prisoners look to be African-American? First I told her we would have to know the character of American slavery and the r- and the racial legal system that maintained oppression into the 21st century. The foundation of the American experiment is building a capitalistic nation based upon slavery. Slavery allowed wealth to be made and a new nation to be born. The heart of slavery was one person's skin color was divine and the dark-skinned person was cursed by God. The religious and legal construction of slavery continued after the civil war under the 13th amendment. And other state and federal laws controlling where African slaves could sit, eat, live, pray, and walk. The laws were incorporated into white America was to allow poor whites to feel superior over the slaves. This arrangement created by government would allow the myth of racial superiority to exist forever. Secondly, the results of such a system operating over 400 years has become the customs and traditions throughout America. The horrible life that Africans had to endure was riven with systems put in place to keep slaves and the slave position forever. Jobs pay slave wages, schools produce more slaves, and political and economic freedom was a mere dream. Yes, crimes have been committed by Black Americans. But the conditions and circumstances were curated by the white supremacy systems. Prisons will remain full and dark with dark skins until the economic inheritance of poverty and inferior education is eliminated from the American system. [Inaudible] the African American is the victim of a system rigged, codified in law, and backed up by force. The social and legal construction has to change. Or millions of Blacks will remain victims of a system that allows the continuous violence, extreme sentencing laws, and resistance to change. This is why prisons are overcrowded with the descendants of slaves and poor people. Europeans came to America, they were not known as white people. They were identified by the country they originated from. Race became a afterthought as the nation became populated with slaves, and a distinction was made by law. This myth of skin color was sold internationally in order to maintain the inhumane treatment of the African people. Even if Europeans wanted to reject the racial division, they had to comply or they would be in a violation of the laws. It became the rule of law to enforce the racial caste systems by terror, violence, imprisonment, death, and forms of torture. The continuation of repression and violence carried over into the 21st century. And throughout the struggle for freedom and equal protection under the law. The ideal remains a dream and lady justice does not see the African-American. African-Americans have been trying, dying to receive the white society's love and at least respect. We have accomplished neither. In my opinion, I believe African-Americans can be called victims of a violent nation of people who hide behind the cover of law to kill, discriminate, abuse, deny, and prevent African-Americans from breathing. And having enough safety to exist without fear. The police violence continues because the system's existence that started in slavery. The separate entities, schools have been arranged to keep the Black people in conditions that produce crime, desperation, disease, mental illnesses. Today the communities are still unequal in educational, economical, legal, and political. These legal boundaries maintain the structural violence. These various policy and systems does not allow any substantial change. Even with body cameras, the murders by law enforcement will continue. If police are trained to kill, why do we expect them not to kill you? We need a system developed that does not teach murder. We need a judicial system that teaches judges to find a way to give more freedom and equality to its citizens, not less. African-Americans and all Americans are victims of a system that leaves us breathing for freedom.  My name is Charles Kareem Diggs. I'm calling from Pennsylvania SCI Phoenix State Correctional Institution. (Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. 

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