Dec 31, 2018
Hello fellow advocates and abolitionists,
Liberate The Caged Voices presented #4 of its ongoing series at Humboldt State University, November 16, 2018. Nearly every one of the roughly thirty people that attended read a letter or a poem. One woman shared “...reading the letter silently to myself was powerful, but reached another level when read out loud in front of the audience…” Another woman, who ended up reading two pieces, said “...my philosophy professor suggested I attend this event and I thought to myself ‘what does this have to do with what I’m doing’ and I discovered, everything!” And still another participant cried much of the time. This is a powerful and moving event designed to move us outside of our comfort zone and into greater advocacy and understanding, and to bear the burden of this struggle alongside our caged brothers and sisters.
The purpose of the series is to provide a platform for the voices of our caged community members- mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, friends and...you get the point- to be heard in the public and bring awareness to the truth of the Prison Industrial Slave Complex (PISC).
It is 2018 and slavery is legal as codified by the constitution’s 13th Amendment- read it! Convicted of a crime? You become a slave of the state. This is a human rights crisis and slavery- in any form!- is a crime against humanity!
The letters, commentary and poetry written by our caged community members speak to these issues and more. They provide insight, wisdom and the solutions necessary to make real change. These voices educate, agitate and empower us to organize ourselves out here to collaborate with our community members in there and follow their lead.
This is what I/we ask here at California Prison Focus:
Follow the calendar and attend a Liberate The Caged Voices event- avail yourself to bringing forth the voices of those most impacted and helping us shift the narrative on the PISC
Subscribe to our newsletter Prison Focus, and share with friends and family
Read the newsletter archives to further educate yourself- for decades, our caged community members have been telling us the truth of what’s really happening behind prison walls
The National Prison Strike to end prison slavery (August 21- September 9) was a fight for human rights. Their human rights are our human rights, join us!