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Monday, July 18, 2011
Prisoners Have Nothing to Gain By Eating
Prisoners risking death by refusing food in the Pelican Bay supermax, and those hunger striking in solidarity in prisons around California are a judgment of our sickness. “The degree of civilization in a society,” said Dostoyevsky, “can be judged by entering its prisons.”
Civilization is something we no longer seem to aspire to. The United States locks up more people and a greater percentage of its people than anyone else. We lock them in training centers for anger and violence. We subject them to rape, assault, humiliation, and isolation. We throw the innocent in with the guilty, the young with the old, the nonviolent with the violent, the hopeful with those who’ve lost all interest in life.
And we routinely subject large numbers of prisoners to the torture of near-total isolation. We lock human beings in little boxes for 22 or 23 hours per day. When it’s done to an accused whistleblower like Bradley Manning, we protest. But what about when it’s done to thousands of people, many of them baselessly accused of being members of gangs? Where is the outrage?
We should be refusing to eat. We should be shutting down our government with nonviolent action. We should be risking the lives we have. Instead the burden has fallen to those who have little or no lives to risk. The prisoners themselves are taking action and gaining power from behind bars.
Look at the prisoners’ demands. They want an end to group punishment of individual rules violations. That seems like a basic requirement of justice. Bombing a nation because some terrorists spent time there may make sense to our politicians, but it is horribly unjust to the people living and dying under the bombs. Stopping and searching people who look like they might be immigrants may make sense to those whose hatred of immigrants is distorting their thinking, but it is outrageously unjust from the perspective of the innocent people repeatedly harassed. Punishing everyone in a prison for something one person did make sense if the goal is cruelty. But will the innocent prisoners thus abused eventually emerge from prison believing they’ve been given fair treatment by a justice system with which they should comply? Or will they be released thirsting for vengeance? Or thirst for vengeance while never being released? And will we be able to keep what we have done to them secret from ourselves? Will we not continue to grow more ill?
They want an end to the use of completely unreliable criteria for labeling a prisoner a gang member and on that basis subjecting them to the torture of isolation. Should a tattoo or the word of someone offered decent food in exchange for a name really be the test of whether a human being should be placed at risk of severe mental damage? Should anything? Would we stand for another nation treating people this way? Don’t tell me it’s necessary and responsible. It would cost a lot less money to offer children decent schools and food and guidance than it does to imprison men. This is a luxury. It’s a sick indulgence of a wealthy country. We can afford to engage in massive sadistic cruelty. But that shouldn’t mean that we have to do it.
They want compliance with the recommendations found in the latest study our government produced to make itself feel better despite ignoring it. They want an end to the long-term solitary confinement that takes people’s minds away. They are risking death by starvation to end death by deprivation of human contact. We could risk a lot less to do it for them.
They want adequate food provided to all prisoners and an end to the practice of depriving some and feeding others as a tool for manipulating people like wild beasts. They want basic decency, including the ability to make one phone call per week. They want standards of health and humanity that do not even begin to approach those we are required by international treaty to provide to prisoners of war. For that matter, they want to cease being treated in a manner that would get you locked up with them if you treated a dog or a cat that way.
All the prisoners are asking of us is that we spread the word. But, in fact, they are not asking this of us. They are offering it to us. They are leading us where we need to go, and doing it from behind bars. We would need to go to this place even if we had no prisons. We are allowing our government to destroy the physical environment. Our children will have no more reason to eat than these prisoners do, if we fail to act. We are allowing our government to murder on a massive scale through what it calls the “Defense” Department, a name as skillfully chosen as that of a “Corrections” Department. We need to do some real defending and correcting. Some of us have plans for October. The least among us are showing us how right now.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I cannot even imagine only being able to talk to one person a week, and only for fifteen minutes. I cannot wait until next week, we get to see Micah!
He is begging for letters, without t.v., music, or other people there is not much to keep him entertained.
So if you are a little bored with summer and all, go to "amazing mail" and send him a post card, I can guarantee you he will love it!
Monday, July 11, 2011
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
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Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
He was in ok spirits. He got two scholarships and will be taking two courses from Rio Salada. He is also teaching the GED prep classes still for 20 hrs. a week and loving that job.
It sounded like he was still working out lots and I will get to talk to him again tonight. I will have a lot more posts now that we can communicate. Just to let you all know he has had somme mail confiscated so if he did not write back that may be why.
Also his visitor list is now approved, little glitch on that one that we got fixed. I believe is you are on his approved visitor list you can google "securit" the phone service they use at the prison. There you set up an account so he will be able to call you.
I can't even describe how wrong they are about Friday the 13th :)
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The funny part is three guys got mad at them because they have been trying to get this job for years and he just jumped right in there. The really cool news is he gets, are you ready for this? 15 cents an hour! Boo yeah!
To his credit he did say he would try not to get too flashy and rub the super high income in my face :)
Monday, March 14, 2011
I asked him why it was not submitted until then considering the fact I turned it in online a month before that. He said "duh, uh, because we had to wait until we got the list from Micah".
Keep in mind he was in the process of being shipped all over Arizona at the time, so how in the heck was he supposed to submit his list to them? I think that he submitted a list when he was in Florence and they did not file it. Therefore he had to turn in another list when he got to Lewis.
I am convinced that not one of the people I have talked to at that prison complex could run anything. It is just freakin amazing to me that they are responsible for other people. People they obviously don't give a flip about.
I tried to explain to the nice rather not all checked out guy on the other end of the phone that we were traveling from out of country and really needed to know if we were going to be approved before we purchased tickets.
"Duh, well it never takes the whole two months but I can't really make any guarantees to you uh".
Time to just breath and know that it will be cleared and work out well when we get there so that we can visit Micah.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Micah is doing well and just waiting for his visitors list to be approved and then he should be calling. He said in the next couple of days Yipee!
It has been so long since Dec. 1 that I have seen or talked to him and I am very anxious to hear how he is doing there.
Now just for the pacing and waiting!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Any mail you may have sent him will still get to him, they forward it.
Micah Neumann #259241
P.O. Box 3200
Buckeye AZ. 85236
Sunday, January 23, 2011
We are already looking forward to our visit with him this year and planning on when to visit the states. It is difficult to time our visit when we really do not want to visit Phoenix in the heat of summer but have classes until then.
Micah will be letting people know if they are on his visitor list so that you can go online and fill out the application. Keep in mind that it takes at least two months for it to be cleared so it is best to fill it out early rather than later.
I would love to be able to speak with him but again that has to wait until we are approved on his visitor list. In fact they won't even give any information over the phone if you are not approved on the visitor list. It is very important to me to keep updated on Micah and if anyone hears anything good we would love to hear it.
Micah wanted to thank all of you who have purchased books as well as helped out with money on his books, it is much appreciated.
To put money on his books you have to send a cashiers check or money order to the address on the side bar. The money order or cashiers check has to be made out to
The dept.of corrections for the account of Micah Neumann #259241
Again thanks to all for the continued love, prayers, thoughts and support, we are on the downhill slope now.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
When I found out Micah was in Florence prison I decided to research and find out all I could about the place.
I already knew a few things about the place. My step dad worked there for a couple of years about 31 years ago. Just knowing that makes the place somewhat suspect for sure. Also know my son-in-law was in the immigration holding center there for four months before they shipped him back to Hondurus. I drove my daughter down a couple of weekends to visit him before he left.
As you can see I already hated the place before I even started researching it. Now for the icing on the cake. Florence is one of Arizona'a many private prisons. Yes that is right really rich jerks own prisons. Now I don't know about you but that kind of smells of something that happened a long time ago that we actually abolished, called slavery.
The owner of Florence is CCA. They have a very distinguished board of rich old guys who have nothing better to make money off of than human slavery. In fact they even sell the things the prisoners make in the slave shops. Do the prisoners get the money? Hell no!
In fact the private prisons receive so much money per prisoner from the government. That is not all though. You want to know another big money maker for the state? Well the phone service has to pay a percentage of what they charge the inmates to call their families. The state makes money off these calls to the families. Many of the inmates cannot even afford to call family because of the charges as I have mentioned before.
I ask myself how can these men sleep at night? How can they look in the mirror and stand what they see there? I know if they knew my son like I do they would not be able to stand themselves one minute more. They would not like the fact that the private prisons are more dangerous, and the prisoners are actually more poorly cared for than the governement prisons.
Of course that is giving them the benefit of the doubt that they still have some spark of humanity left, which apparently they do not!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
You can write him there, I will include a good address tomorrow I hope. I just found him on prisoner search tonight. He has lost weight and is down to 150. I would not have recognized him right off he is so thin. Also he shaved his head so that did not help.
He looks so grown up and that was the part that made me cry when this whole nightmare began. Knowing that my teenager would grow up in prison. Well he grew up before he got to prison in County Jail. Not a whole lot better for sure.
Now I have filled out the paperwork and should be able to talk to him on the phone in the next few weeks, woot woo !
Sunday, January 9, 2011
The only catch is you better hurry because the next book is in the process of getting out there.
I have a feeling that Micah will be moved into his next "home" soon. Somehow I seem to have the gut feeling, or maybe the mom feeling when things are happening to him. I have been feeling that and sure hope that it is soon.
If anyone else has any information please share it with us and I will surely keep you all posted as soon as we hear some news.
Peace and pura vida!
Monday, January 3, 2011
Micah said that they have to take turns getting up because there is not enough room for all of them to get up at the same time. Friggin ridiculous.
He did say that he was still singing and working out and could not wait to finally get out of there. They actually make dice out of toilet paper and dominoes out of milk cartons, gimme a break at least give them something to do to occupy their brains.
At least I can hope that he will be gone from there soon, keep ya posted.
Authored by Micah Neumann
List Price: $12.58
5" x 8" (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
ISBN-13: 978-1456356149 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
BISAC: Poetry / General
While incarcerated in the Coconino County Jail Micah developed a love of reading. Soon he developed a love of writing and began this his first work. Coffee With Apollo is a compilation of poetry and prose written during Micah's first two years in jail.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
One thing I would sure like to see changed it the way the judicial system in the U.S. handles their stupid visitor lists and phone calls.
It has been over a month since I have been able to talk to Micah and I am getting pretty angry at a system that does this to these guys. Do you know there are some, actually many prisoners that are never able to talk to family and friends on the phone?
You have to make at least a $50.00 payment to their "phone servers" before you can even receive a call. Apparently in prison you even have to be on their visitor list for them to be able to call you.
Needless to say we have not even received our papers to fill out yet and it will be six to eight weeks once we get it turned in! At this rate Micah will be out before we can even go visit him, frustration.
On a good note Monday his book will hit the stands! That is right I will have it available for purchase here on his site as well as on the bookstore site. We are very excited because it turned out really awesome.
I will keep everyone posted on an address as soon as we receive one, and thanks for the continued support and well wishes, and Happy New Years to all.