SHORTS FROM INSIDE

SHORTS                FROM INSIDE

I’m writing to notify you that I haven’t received a newsletter.  Mainly because my prison unit keeps rejecting it in the mail room due to “job stoppage and prison disruption” type of articles.  The decisions are upheld on appeal.  I just wanted you to know we aren’t able to contribute if we’re banned from participating or even having knowledge.  In solidarity, K.H. Lane Murray Unit Gatesville TX

Dear Lesbian and Gay Insurrection:  I saw your organization listed on a prisoner resource list and I had to contact you. Something about your name inspires me somehow, and I am all about radical social change and queer insurrection. This year will be my sixteenth year in prison: I am thirty years old and was arrested when I was 14. Yet I try to do my part of winning hearts and minds with my attempts at helping people, both queer and non-queer, to see our struggle from a new perspective. UltraViolet will give me much food for thought which I am hungry for. J.L. Green Bay WI

Dear UV, in your Winter Issue, you ran a letter from [an inmate] regarding a group called “Beyond Shadows”. Regrettably [he] has been sent out of the facility and taken his group with him. We wish him the best of luck setting it up wherever he ends up. Meanwhile we are going to continue to work to set up a gay-straight alliance here at the Washington State Reformatory. At the moment we fully expect “Compassion: A Place for Living Out Loud” to be up and running in July 2017. We have a sponsor and are getting positive feedback from the administration. Really we’re just waiting on all the Kafkaesque paperwork to go through. We are more than happy to take any comments, suggestions or advice. Amber Bryan Kim #315649, MCC-WSR-A-325 PO Box 777, Monroe WA 98272

So I have some good news from Phoenix AZ! Sheriff Joe Arpaio is officially out of office and things here in the “toughest jail” are already looking better. Thank you Arizona for kicking him out…our inmate store is looking better, finally got some new things to order, there is talk that we will be getting 3 meals/day instead of only 2. I hope they do away with our dinners that consist of a substance called “Slop” – which is unknown to humans.  Our pink boxers, pink towels and pink sheets will be a thing of the past. Mr Arpaio has profited 3 million dollars from us inmates.  My sentence ends this year. I just want to say to anyone out there in the LGBT Community…if I can do it, so can anyone else.  Just keep pushing on! The sky is the limit.  Thank you UltraViolet for giving me strength and a voice. R.B. Phoenix AZ

I would like to tell you its great seeing a newsletter around like this. I have some time to do and this is a very great thing for me. Thanks for your time. What you do is amazing! W.L. Salem OR

My name is Chrissee Love. Today I write you with great news. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has finally given up and given me my needed treatment of Trans medication as well as their Gender Identity Diagnosis so now I can finish my process (MTF). So to all who are in the same struggle, know that it’s reachable. Never give in or up. We All Must Take What’s Ours by Right. C.L. White Deer PA

The CA prison I’m housed in, on the facility (Yard) I’m in, we have an “Alternative Lifestyle” (LGBT) Mental Health Group.  It’s been up and running since 2015. I’m presently the ‘inmate facilitator’ and am always on the look-out for resources and information especially LGBT-related/focused. Any information is appreciated. If any prisoner, or anyone, wants to contact me about how the group here was started, they can do so. For CA prisoners, you can request ‘direct correspondence’ approval by filling out a CDCR 1074 form and turn it in to your CC-1 (correctional counselor). LAGAI, I thank you for being out there and standing up for the injustices being faced. Respectfully, J.C. Rodriguez #G28402, PVSP/D1-203, PO Box 8500 Coalinga CA 93210

I’ve been meaning to write you for some time to thank you for sending UltraViolet. It’s been a long time since I’ve red truly radical papers and I didn’t realize how much I missed hearing a familiar voice. If the DOC is following its own policy, you should have received a notice that the SCI Albion mailroom supervisor confiscated my Winter 2017 issue of UV. [We didn’t] I have appealed the confiscation on a technicality since inmate appeals are rejected as a matter of course. I hope you folks were able to also file an appeal. [We weren’t] The DOC is far more likely to bow to outside pressure and even if they don’t, at least they know someone is watching them; like any police state, they fear knowledge and they fear accountability. In peace and solidarity, K.M. Albion PA

 

Author: lagai

LAGAI-Queer Insurrection is one of the oldest radical queer liberation groups in the U.S. We publish UltraViolet, a more or less bimonthly newspaper, which is mailed free of charge to over 1500 people, including over 800 prisoners. Our website is www.lagai.org.

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