The Curious Autodidact

November 20, 2017

Society Like a Stew

Filed under: Word Related,social justice — Honilima @ 1:11 pm

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Society is like a stew. If you don’t keep it stirred up you get a lot of scum on the top. –

Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

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October 17, 2017

Prisons Elsewhere

Filed under: book related,prison reform,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 5:06 pm

Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World

Baz Dreisinger works at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, Where she is the Academic Director of the Prison-to-College Pipeline program, offering college courses and reentry planning to incarcerated men throughout New York State.

You don’t have to read very far into the book to realize what a gutsy woman she is and how brave she is to reach out to learn and grow.

Dr. Dreisinger has alot to say about the bizarre way people are treated in our prison system, after visiting prisons in different places around world and learning how differently people are treated and how they are released back into the community.

This book will open your eyes to other options and bring new light to the word “isolation.” I loved reading about the prison in Africa that powers 70% of their prison using human waste, and the system where prisoners are taught a trade and given jobs so their chances of success upon release are more assured.

Our way is certainly not the only way and this book helps us to learn from the successes in other countries how better to look at criminal justice with new eyes.

October 5, 2017

Life After Incarceration

Filed under: media related,prison reform,social justice — Honilima @ 3:19 pm

It is not often you will get a chance to hear the voices of those who have been incarcerated like those on Christopher Lydon’s Open Source program called Life After Incarceration.

Here you will hear Azan Reid, Unique Ismail, Douglas Benton, and Marselle Felton — in a church basement in Dorchester, MA. They are asked:  what did prison do, or undo, in you? What do you see now that you didn’t see then? And what don’t we know about you?

Mass incarceration is a bill we are all paying and there has to be reform, if we expect people living inside, without technology, to adapt to culture beyond the four walls of prison.

September 20, 2017

Saving our Environment: One Step at a Time

Filed under: environmental ideas,helpful hints,social justice,Word Related — Honilima @ 1:07 pm

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. –Ansel Adams, photographer (1902-1984)

September 6, 2017

Good Listen: Women After Prison

Filed under: media related,prison reform,social justice — Honilima @ 3:13 pm

The statistics about women and prison are staggering, more than a million women are in the system currently. The female prison population has risen precipitously in the last ten year due to the nature of the plea bargain and the number of mandatory drug sentences.

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Christopher Lydon, on his program Open Source takes a look at Women After Prison and reminds us all that these women are someone’s daughter, likely someone’s sister, and/or mother. 89% of whom will be released and be living in the wider community upon release.

August 10, 2017

Wisdom of the Ages: Susan B. Anthony

Filed under: social justice,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:10 am

 

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I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because

I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

Susan B Anthony, reformer and suffragist (1820-1906)

July 17, 2017

Words of Wisdom: Do Not Dispair

Filed under: environmental ideas,social justice,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 4:08 pm

June 27, 2017

Eisenhower on the Military Industrial Complex

Filed under: social justice,Word Related — Honilima @ 9:53 pm

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“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower
April 16, 1953

May 26, 2017

Film to Watch: Trapped

Filed under: helpful hints,media related,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 2:07 pm

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Sometimes Radio West with Doug Fabrizio surprises me with an unexpected topic on the NPR station, in Salt Lake City, KUER 90.1.

This program on the movie Trapped is eye-opening and compelled me to find and watch the film Trapped.  It premiered at Sundance and won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. The film tells the stories of courageous aging doctors,  clinic workers, and lawyers fighting the restrictions that are designed to regulate abortion out of existence.

On the Independent Lens website you can see trailers and read an interview with the director Dawn Porter. Hopefully you can find it streaming and available to view with family and friends.

May 5, 2017

Prison Visiting: Mother and Daughter

Filed under: prison reform,social justice — Honilima @ 11:40 pm

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If you have ever been to a prison waiting room you will relate to the woman in this video, preparing hours ahead for her visit to prison. This powerful short video shows this brave woman’s quest to  keep her daughter connected to her father and to sacrifice so much to allow them time together. Her little checklist; making sure there is no metal on her undergarments, putting her daughter’s needs in a see-through bag, it all rings true.

Children are expected to behave like adults in a prison waiting room not like children. Visitors are not supposed to interact with other visitors and even smiling a child, which comes naturally to most, is frowned upon. Most prisons have limited coloring books and toys for children, some are purchased by the guards because there is no budget.

What is wrong with our country that we will allow any connections between parents and children in the visiting rooms to be so strained and so damaging to children? We need prison reforms in so many areas this is just one. Many families cannot afford to make the trip to visit loved ones in prison they are so far away, and others are not granted permission to visit.

90% of people who are imprisoned in America will get out and become your neighbors. We need to be sure they are treated as though they are someone’s son or daughter, someone’s brother or sister, or someone’s dad or mom.

This is too important for the relationships of children who are damaged by parental absences.

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