First of all – and this is not in the newsletter, I want to say thank you to all the people who have supported my efforts these past few years. I don’t do this for the money – because there is none. I do this because it is the right thing to do. It’s for my family and Jamie is my family, with a child/ grandchild in between us.
Thank you to those who have stuck with me through the learning curve of learning (still learning) how to put this publication together. All of this is for Jamie – to write his book and have a mailing list to shout “It’s been published!! when I’m satisfied it is the best I can do. Self publish it the right way, and learn the things I don’t know, so he will have a chance to do something positive with his life, too, when he gets out someday. He’s heading into the summer months when the heat in Texas prisons kills and makes epileptic seizures worse. I have met some wonderful people through this blog and connected social media. Thank you to all. Sonni
It’s hard to stay positive sometimes with all the garbage that is happening to make it harder on people of color and immigrants, but I will. This issue will bring out some of the positive things inmates are doing to express their talents and people who have allowed their talents to flourish. There are also people on the outside who try to make their lives better. There are also inmates and ex-felons who have blogs and they use them to tell their story and give space to others to tell their stories – so there are lots of good things to read today. Any support you can give would be a good cause to make. Do you know an artist in the pen?
First on my list is a magazine that gives artists inside a locked facility a place to show their artwork. It branched out to offering prints on a throw for your bed or couch, artwork on a pillow and clothing. You will have to go to their website for costs and shipping – and be sure to subscribe to their mailing list.
There is so much more. Artists and the music video of Idalee’s “Heal” and more. In fact there is so much more there was not enough room so the rest will be in next month’s newsletter Click on this link to take you to the newsletter. Subscribe and share. Too many people only hear the negative the media wants to portray about inmates without telling you about all the others.
I’m a prisoner in California serving a life sentence. This blog really isn’t about me, it’s about us, prisoners who grew up in dysfunctional environments. It will explain why we’ve made the terrible choices we made and how many of us are now struggling to change our lives. There’s a biased belief in society that continues to be passed along and hopefully this blog will show the other side to that negative belief. This blog is for the parents of women unable to openly express their love for a man in chains, to educators of our youth, parents and the lost, I hope these words give you hope and understanding. Hope that change is possible and understanding that we are able to give back something to the world.
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