I want to begin by thanking everyone who has written letters and donated money. It really does help to make this surreal situation a little more bearable. I know i would never have made it this far without all your love and support.
I have been in jail and prison now for just over 17 months and i have another 29 to 30 months left until i can go home. The prison I am in allows me occasional freedom of movement, adequate meals, vocational training classes, email and phone contact, and visits when folks choose to come. It is far more than many other prisoners have. For many, prison is a horror story you and I cannot even begin to comprehend. For many, prison is being locked up in a tiny cell 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the only movement or exercise they will get is struggling to not be poked and prodded, stabbed and injected again. For many, this tiny cell is the only life they will ever know again and they will die never again seeing a tree, breathing fresh air, or even feeling the tender touch from someone who loves and cares about them. I am lonely for lack of kind and tender humyn contact and i am grateful that i have only 29 months left where others have years. But I know I will survive this misery because the larger picture needs people like you and me to rise above these trials. The planet, the animals that swim, fly, run, and crawl, the people need us to survive these momentary tortures of our spirit. I have lost much being jailed but what have I really lost? A partner, a few possessions - but if because of exercised apathy I had no clean air to breathe or clean water to drink I would be losing so much more.
I am happy to hear more people are getting into local urban gardening projects. It really is going to be important in the coming years. No doubt you have witnessed, even lived thru, the recent near catastrophic storms that have smothered much of the U.S. in layers of snow and ice, or heard about the massive flooding in Brazil and Australia together displacing millions of people, causing billions in damage, and unknown chaos and horror to all the animals not quick enough or able enough to escape the wrath of an angry mother. Eco-scientists are saying the Amazonian rain forest will succumb to the 'warming trend' the world is now coping with too. and i have to keep scratching my head as i ask again, what will it take for you to stop driving your cars? What do you really need to know to stop eating meat? Do you really need to see the last fish choke to death in the oceans, seas and shorelines from all the pollution spewed into the waters every day? do you really need to see the last bird and bee fall from the sky because the foods that she ate were smothered in toxic chemicals?
A nice compliment to your urban garden would be a bicycle, preferably one you build yourself, in the place where a large metal monster once stood. Ride Your Bike! Fuck Cars! You really don't need them. What did you do before you had one, you rode a bike, right? No community, no city is so big that you need to shit all over it by driving a car.
Peace and Love,