UV Gives You a Voice

I first would like to say you never know about what’s going on in our community without learning about it and when you get UV you get everything. History and you also get to speak and tell your story for those who know me know, I keep it real and I tell it like it is. My name is Ms Juicy Queen Bee, I’m 31 years old and will be 32 in September.

I’m writing to say when I read UV I get to see and hear things about not only prison but what’s going on in the world or in our community as a whole. Well I’m writing to share something I read in a book by Hill Harper, Letter to an Incarcerated Brother.  It’s old but I encourage all brothers and sister to read it whether you’re Asian, Latin, White, Hispanic, African American.

There are two parts that touch me. And it’s mental freedom. Yes I know you’re incarcerated: your body is locked up. But does that mean your mind can’t be free? Nelson Mandela inspired and influenced the world from a two by two prison cell. We may not have total control over what happens to our physical selves in this life but no one and nothing can control our minds. No one can stem your freedom unless we let them do it. So the next time you feel the prison walls closing in on you or can’t take another moment of a bitch macho correction officer, just remind yourself what Mahatma Ghandi said about his jailers: you can chain me, you can torture me and you can even destroy this body but you will never imprison my mind. William Coward #ML5077, SCI Somerset, 1600 Walters Mill Rd. Somerset PA 15510

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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