I appreciate any and all persons that take the time to read through this site because a lot of work has been put into it. This is not just a site to advertise, but it’s a site to bring a message.
This site is not just about highlighting legal injustices. One of the things that I’ve been adamant about since my incarceration is showing how men can grow, learn, mature, and do really positive things. We live in a society where people on the lower ladder that get incarcerated get vilified and condemned, but people on the higher ladder (like Scooter Libby or ENRON executives) don’t. Recognizing the way things are portrayed and work I made it my mission to rise above the stereotypes and stigmas placed on people in prison. My growth didn’t come overnight. In fact, I’m still learning and I believe I will continue to learn every day. But, it came at the cost of mistakes, blood, sweat, and tears. It was something that I wanted and worked for. I had an unexplainable deep-seated hunger for that change.
And so, I’m utilizing this site to reflect those efforts and activities. Though I can’t detail every aspect and accomplishment I feel confident that I can highlight some of the things that a person incarcerated can do when he puts his mind and heart to it.
Amongst the hate, criticism, condemnation, I don’t submit to it. While I wouldn’t dare say open up the doors to every man that repents, what I am saying is that a person must be looked at on a case by case basis. Death row was not made for rehabilitation, but it happens; neither is America’s prisons (Population: 2 million and rising), but it happens. Not every person on the inside wants to be a thug and is not a monster or abuser. It benefits the Prison Industrial Complex (A billion-dollar industry – prisons are on the stock market these days) for you all to think that. I’m going to stand those stigmas down.
Though not even on Death Row anymore my fight for death row is not done. I still have stories to tell, activities to support and friends left to help. While several have gotten off death row and walked away – I cannot. My life is too far invested in this struggle. At the same time, I recognize that this is what I have been called to do. I accept it and embrace it wholeheartedly.
Section by section we’ll continue to bring a voice from this struggle. We’ll also highlight other people that are doing great things in the movement. I feel blessed and honored to have inspired some of these activities and to have worked alongside these people. People must begin to realize the huge sacrifices that are made to fight for social justice and equality. There’s not a lot of fame and fortune that goes with it. It’s done because we believe in it and love and it gives us peace beyond understanding.
All of the above reflects who I am and what I am about and no matter where I go this shall remain.
There’s so much on my horizon and I’m looking forward to accomplishing as much as possible. I close on some inspirational words for Howard Zinn:
“A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can drouse people and provoke us to think. When we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress.”