Talk About Solidarity

"I'v been in prison for 16 years, and I've lost so much during those years. My Moms....she was my best friend, and I lost her on May 2nd 2012. My son passed away while I was on Rikers Island. He was eleven years old. After losing so much, the only motivation I have left to keep fighting is that one day, God willing, I'll be amongst the living again. I compare my situation to that t.v. series, "The Walking Dead". We're walking around thinking that we're alive, but we're actually dead to the world. When the C.O's are giving out mail, and they walk right by my cell without stopping I say to myself, 'Wow, billions of people in the world and not one person can take a few minutes out of the da

You one of us now

Justin is a writer and a formerly incarcerated individual who has been contributing selections from his upcoming memoir to our blog since our inception. Justin's courageous and vividly honest first hand accounts give insight into the life that led him to prison. Justin is married with two young children. He is photographed here reading at our recent event at Bronx Connect. My body went numb and my mind went blank as I took the punches and kicks. "You one of us now.", Thats what they told me. 10 years old and I just joined my first gang. I walked the streets proud sporting our colors, but that gang ain’t last long so it was on to the next. "What I got to do this time?". I was 13 and ready to

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