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This proposal will seriously escalate suffering and family disruption.

March 22, 2017


 

Governor Cuomo has just proposed to limit visiting at New York State maximum security prisons to three days a week instead of the current seven. If passed, this measure will be awful for David Gilbert, Herman Bell, Seth Hayes, Jalil Muntaqim and thousands of other maximum security prisoners.
 
This proposal will seriously escalate suffering and family disruption. Under the current seven-day system, weekend visitors (many are women with young children) often wait two to three hours to see their loved ones. With reduced days, the wait will be longer, the visitor rooms more crowded, the visiting days and hours even more limited. This will be terrible for everyone and impossible for many.

Take Action | “Action Alert Against Gov Cuomo’s Proposed NYS Visitation Restrictions” | NYC Anarchist Black Cross

 

“The next time you’re foiling the eavesdroppers trying to listen in on your secret conversations, in other words, you may not even notice.”

February 15, 2017

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All of that means Signal is making the process of an encrypted call feel far more like making a normal one. The next time you’re foiling the eavesdroppers trying to listen in on your secret conversations, in other words, you may not even notice.

Read More | “The Best Encrypted Chat App Now Does Video Calls Too” | Andy Greenberg | Wired | Download Signal

 

“And we build our own networks of survival.”

February 13, 2017

Those outside of prison may not believe that we act like human beings under these conditions. But of course we do. And we build our own networks of survival.

I never would have made it without you. Not only did you teach me these important lessons, but you made sure I felt cared for. You were the people who helped me to deal with the trauma of my regular haircuts. You were the people who checked on me after I tried to end my life. You were the people that played fun games with me. Who wished me a Happy Birthday. We shared the holidays together. You were and will always be family.

For many of you, you are already free and living outside of the prison walls. Many of you will come home soon. Some of you still have many years to go.

The most important thing that you taught me was how to write and how to speak in my own voice. I used to only know how to write memos. Now, I write like a human being, with dreams, desires and connections. I could not have done it without you.

From where I am now, I still think of all of you. When I leave this place in May, I will still think of all of you. And to anyone who finds themselves feeling alone behind bars, know that there is a network of us who are thinking of you. You will never be forgotten.

Read More | “to those who kept me alive all these years, thank you” | by Chelsea Manning | The Guardian

 

“The minister may have felt that he was mocking the tourist or mimicking President John Magufuli, as some of his words were similar to those used by the president at a rally last month when he called on people to stop complaining about hunger, our correspondent adds.”

February 10, 2017

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Tourist: “Hi. My visit to Tanzania has been beautiful, gorgeous. The people are fabulously wonderful and friendly. Greetings are always jambo [the Swahili equivalent of Hello]. Happy to be here. The land is beautiful, beautiful. The animals are wonderful.”
Guide (translating): “You Tanzanians complain/cry a lot about hunger. Everyday you cry about hunger when you have flowers at home. Why don’t you boil the flowers and drink [them]. It is not good to cry/complain about hunger.”

 
Read More | “Tanzanian guide arrested for ‘fake translation’ of tourist’s remark” | BBC News