Lock Down


*Author’s name withheld Is where I be surrounded in steel, they captivate me behind these doors a system’s hidden way to ignore you, me – has no limits to anyone Some old, others young I’ve come across many new faces all playing the same game races Once these words to me were wisely said – (at that time these words were too wise for my head) “A money maker winner never gets caught” I’d choose a different game I’ve now finally got the message in that if you don’t get it, you’ll be back yelling out these same cell cages all built up, surrounded with different rages It’s never too late to change – no doubt I’m so sick of this same prison route If changes aren’t made then I am bound to continue to see where I am now lock down


Food Stamps for Drug Felons

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In previous posts titled “Visions” and “The New Jim Crow”, I spoke a little about some of the things that inspired me into action. I thought that it was time to follow that up with an update! For those of you just tuning in let me bring you up to speed. In 1996, welfare reform was a great political platform. A bill passed through the Senate permanently banning anyone with a felony drug conviction from ever receiving benefits from the food stamp program. While it is easy to see the good intentions behind this law, it is an extremely flawed policy. In fact, 39 out of 50 states have opted out of it but Texas has not. Texas has the 2nd highest rate of incarceration in the world and a large percentage of those who have records are in some way drug related. People have the capacity for change. Why … Continue reading

Love and Money

Money in a Heart

Another holiday season has come and gone. This year I had the chance to notice something, and not for the first time. I see how we attach our own value to money, belongings and gifts both on the receiving and giving ends. It was easier to see and call out as ridiculous in my roommate, of course but that made me look in the mirror and reevaluate. My roommate was raised by parents who are Jehovah’s Witnesses, whose religion requires that they not celebrate Birthdays, Christmas, etc. So my friend never had the Christmas experience that so many of us grew up with and does not observe those practices as an adult. She admittedly tries to make up for what she feels she missed out on. She buys an outrageous amount of presents for her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews etc. Her sister does the same thing. She has gone … Continue reading