Salt of the Earth Held in Broward, Florida Jails and Prisons? – Hospitals and Schools?
Florida’s Most Serious Epidemic is NOT the Zika Virus, it is CPTSD!
All Institutions serving the Weak and Powerless in Regions suffering Complex PTSD are affected by high levels of Toxic Stress; notable examples include Compton, CA, Chicago, Ill., and Broward County, Florida.
A Most Amazing Thing – “Salt of the Earth”
I recently learned of the most amazing thing and am anxious to share it with you – People on the inside of our U.S. jails, as a group, all take the view that the larger society on the “outside” is mentally-ill! Are they right? Error is opportunity to teach and to learn not to punish or be punished, OK? One in three kids abused nationally is not OK, OK?
When discussed this simple fact is not shared as an opinion or a joke, instead it is seen as simple fact and “is what it is;” a presumed, a given. I have no idea how long this fascinating perspective has been the case, for some time I’d guess. Think on this a moment. Incredibly, this perspective is so commonly-held on the “inside” that it is a given and taken for granted that all know it! Here in South Florida, inmates in our Broward County, Florida jails and prisons commonly speak among themselves of how those on the inside are the healthy ones and those on the outside the mentally unhealthy and hurting ones. Those of us on the outside of U.S. jails and prisons are seen as mentally ill by those on the inside – This is rather astounding isn’t it, yes? The only people that told truth and were trustworthy in my brief experience in our Broward jail, discounting braggadocio to compensate for the fear and loss of autonomy, were those on the inside; those employed by the State felt no obligations to truth or humanity. Inmates however held onto both truth and humane ideals admirably despite their surly treatment. Surely the phrase “salt of the Earth” was coined for just such scenarios; to righteously describe inmates as “salt of the Earth” is no idle compliment. It is also a clear damnation of those “outside;” Something to think upon, yes?
We are ill and our illness has put our children and young adults in harm’s way and in trouble and in need of our immediate help – these are not strangers, they are our sons and daughters. If one removed; the homeless people, people with addiction problems, mental illness, petty drug charges, parole violations designed to keep the parolee victims in a perpetual cycle of incarceration and poverty, and those simply there because they are unable to pay their way out from one or more civil infractions that are not criminal – if one removes all of these – our Broward County Jails would be EMPTY – no exaggeration. Inmates readily admit to criminal acts, to say they lie about this is itself a lie – and in addition to admissions having done wrong against the State in describing the circumstances of their personal guilt each person will also have an additional tale of woe to tell of wrongs to them by the State; Two wrongs do not make a right.
CPTSD Toxic-Stress Affects Everyone; Inside and Outside.
Inmates, prisoners and detainee’s often discuss that those inside (not the jailors, the jailed) are more humane and mentally stable; they come by this presumption by observation of how they themselves have been treated in their lives as viewed through the lens of where they are now and how those inside the jails and prisons are treated and looked upon and perceived – how those inside our jails are viewed by their jailers and by those on the outside that incarcerated them, both.
Florida’s Most Serious Epidemic is NOT the Zika Virus, it is CPTSD!
Affected organizations are showing Institutional Complex PTSD Symptoms at both the individual and organizational levels. The degree of severity is measurable using the same statistical analysis as is used with other pathological and highly contagious epidemic-causing diseases in addition to simple direct observation.
What is PTSD and CPTSD?
Having PTSD does not mean one is damaged; it means one is perfectly adapted to the real world. When a soldier returns with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, PTSD, the person is not “damaged” in the conventional sense – they have become more perfectly adapted to their environment, the real environment, the one where traumatic horrors really do happen to people, not the world the way we wish it was – and so their brain has adapted to be better able to deal with dangerous situations in the future and be more likely to survive.
People with PTSD and CPTSD have re-tuned their brain to be able to react faster to unexpected situations and noises, to see things as more black and white to be able to make snap judgements faster, to be more selfish and aggressive in times of scarcity and more conservative in ones willingness to share with those deemed different. A glass half-filled becomes a glass half empty. The person is different in an adaptive way to the world as it really is, a world where babies really do explode in front of one and this changes both who we are and how we see things, how we make judgements, how we think, and how we and interact with others.
CALL TO ACTION – This Needs Doing Right Now, Today:
Five, ten and up to twenty percent of all Broward prisoners are in custody because they are denied reasonable access to phones and phone numbers. This is beyond surreal. The State is profiting by literally kidnapping people to fill jail house beds. I’ve seen it. I have proof. You are about to hear of it and more right here, right now and there will be no denying it.
To repeat; Five, ten and up to twenty percent of ALL persons in Broward prisoners are there for the sole reason that they have no way to reach anyone on the outside to provide help and are denied reasonable access to both free phones and to phone numbers!
Your sons and daughters are in jail because they’ve been kidnapped and cannot call out to friends or family, this is done intentionally to profit by their filling the jailhouse beds to capacity and beyond. It doesn’t sound possible or real. It shouldn’t be possible, it shouldn’t be reality.
Denial of access to both free phones and to phone numbers! It is happening now. You didn’t know before, but after reading this, you will. You and I and many others will end the injustice and free many children within the week by doing this simple thing, count on it – we must Make-It-So, OK?
What is C-PTSD?
Complex PTSD is behaviorally transmitted and therefore can result in Epidemic outbreaks. What is behaviorally transmitted Complex-PTSD? Why should someone that hasn’t suffered th trauma of going to war or seen a drive-by shooting care? Complex PTSD is a social disease – it is Behaviorally Transmitted Neurotoxic Stress that causes our brains and our perceptions and beliefs about the world we live in to change and adapt to be better suited to a world that is dangerous, short of resources, brutal and competitive even when this is not an accurate of the real world we live in – it will still seem to be all of these things to those affected.
CPTSD affects Institutions Serving the Weakest and most Powerless the Most!
How can one tell if one or one’s community has CPTSD? Even those with CPTSD can diagnose CPTSD in their community, in themselves and in others after first overcoming any initial resistance to the concept as would be expected, especially for one predisposed to be more emotionally contrary and reactive, more distrustful, and inclined to see things in terms of bad and good, black and white. It is now possible to use “big data” to produce maps to show area’s where key health and social indicators will indicate if and where epidemic levels of toxic stress are occurring and causing rampant behavioral transmission of unwanted traits in the larger society – these area’s then light-up like Christmas tree’s to show problem area’s – as the result of decades of gross fiduciary and humanitarian abuses, Florida is one such Christmas tree, unfortunately.
Fully 1/10th of the U.S. Population is Already On-board and Aware of our National Mental Un-Healthiness – and now it has a name; Complex PTSD.
Keep in mind that fully one-tenth of the population has now walked in the shoes and flip-flops of those in a prison or jail by being there themselves – more than one half, the majority of U.S. citizens now has a direct familial and/or friendship connection to one or more persons that have served time in a U.S. jail or prison – the majority of us have either been there ourselves or have someone in our lives of significance that has been there, incredibly. “They” know what’s going on, what of the rest, what of you, good reader?
What does a community suffering CPTSD look like – our community – Broward County, Florida. It is not hard to tell when a Complex PTSD epidemic has and is occurring – like the measles and chicken pox, there’s no hiding it, it’s right out front and in one’s face for all to see that care to look. When it has become an epidemic, toxic-stress induced CPTSD pathology can be found by searching through large data sets to connect disparate tidbits of information or it can be had by simple observation of ones surroundings.
- When a surreal ten to twenty percent of persons in jail are simply there because they’ve been kidnapped and are not able to contact anyone on the outside – this indicates some type of pathology (lawlessness, or madness) surely, yes?
- Officers ignoring the pleas of a young former Boyd Anderson High School football player in a holding cell potentially dying of head trauma and finding humor in it, this is pathology, yes?
- Officers’ ignoring a young homeless and hungry girl for the thrill of catching speeding motorists is a sign of some sort of pathology, yes?
- Officers serving breakfast at 3AM in county jails can be for just one reason – to harass – Yes? Slave labor is used so that there is no cost differential of any significance, which makes cost a completely bogus excuse – it is about PUNISHMENT, power and control – by a sadly damaged and screaming for help “outside” world. That those on the inside already speak of the mechanics of CPTSD epidemics without knowing the biology and science behind it is not amazing, they live it every day regardless of what fancy words or concepts one wishes to use to describe “it” – “it” is real and they know of it intimately in a way hollow words like Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder cannot hope to ever fully describe.
- Officers nonchalantly joking about whether pets left unattended will survive or not after an arrest-kidnapping, this too is pathology, yes?
- Pathology is indicated when U.S. veterans must deny being veterans on their paperwork to be treated properly in Broward jails and prisons, yes?
- Pathology is indicated when veterans are told additional medical care shouldn’t be expected since the veteran voluntarily chose to go back a second time, after all, yes?
- Pathology is when everyone knows that children’s back’s ache from overly large textbooks and no one can quite figure out how to make one book into two books, yes?
- Pathology is when prisoners too have noticed and regularly discuss that mental illness and a lack of humanity are the rule on the “outside,” yes?
- Pathology is when a doctor cannot distinguish torture from his Doctor’s Oath to do no harm and happily prescribes pain medication every 6 instead of every 4 hours to increase the patients suffering and admits as much saying that it will help motivate the person to not do the undesired behavior in the future – this is an inhumane and gross pathology, yes?
- Pathology is when a hospital disgorges itself of the unwanted by carrying a young girl out their front door, not the emergency door in this example, cross-legged and frothing at the mouth, unable to walk herself or focus from eyes being crossed and suffering small seizures, with the excuse that 3 days prior the person had been signed-off as being competent to discharge themselves, yes?
- Pathology is when a young mom of three young school age children loses her job and calls 211 only be provided a circular list of phone numbers without connection to resources and is told by the State that they will call back in a week or two – knowing that children cannot go weeks without food and shelter – and all the while social service organizations busily hand out awards to one another while speaking of “wraparound” services for the indigent – this is a profound and deeply sad pathology, yes?
- Pathology is when middle-school girls little taller than a footstool are handcuffed in their classroom in front of every person in the world that matters to them socially and the officer is seen to walk proudly out the schools front door, back straight, chest held high, as if leading a trophy horse, yes?
- Pathology is when out of 250 Broward schools, only 5 of the schools can say that more than half will graduate able to pass the minimum standards for all 6 main subjects that are the national standard, this too is a signpost to a deep social pathology, yes?
- Isn’t it more pathological than criminal when one creates fake diplomas for 6,000 Broward H.S. “graduates” – mostly black – lest the lack of a diploma supposedly hinder their job prospects (which presumably no one expects to require them to be educated or to be able to read at grade level) and more importantly, possibly hinder the job prospects of those that failed to fund an adequate education for them, yes?
- Societal pathology is certainly indicated when special protections designed for children, babies and their Moms have are extended to include and cover Attorneys who are seen as being Equal in Need to Babies when it comes to securing financial support and protections in the eyes of a severely compromised legal system in South Florida and nationwide. A “purge” is a legal process that insures that child care payments go to children from a parent or see that parent risk jail time and pulling of ones driver’s license while a “civil purge” insures that attorneys fee’s go to attorneys from any citizen owing them money or the citizen risks going to jail and loss of license; this is (severely) pathological too, yes?
Attorneys and Babies should NOT be equal under the Law, OK?
I now have personal observations to share across the board in all of our main service organizations here in Broward.
By definition of the behaviorally-transmitted nature of the CPTSD spectrum disorder it will not be found in just one local institution or a few once well established, it will be found in all key organizations serving the weakest and most voiceless of us, the young, old, infirm, disadvantaged, poor and more – and where found it is not subtle, but onerous and grotesque in its dimensions. These then are the Two calling cards of a full-onset epidemic that make Societal and Institutional CPTSD diagnosis trivial; its (1) ubiquity and (2) obviousness.
Affected Institutions and Organizations Include;
Child & Infant Care
Children’s Services Council
211 Phone systems
- And more.
How can one discern pathology versus simple bad decision making?
Pathology is with taking more kids out of classrooms in handcuffs than any other place in the world, right here in Broward County, Florida. Pathology is having more ROTC schools and school “Resource” officers (police) in schools than the most crime-ridden cities in the nation. Pathology is electing a Governor that pled guilty to the largest Medicaid fraud case in history for stealing $250,000,000 dollars and then paid a fine to still be elected.
Think again if you think you know how punishment is meted out in South Florida, to whom, and why; It is a game to keep the jail beds full to make money for the State, pure and simple. Everyone in the jails and prisons knows it, feels it and suffers for it. It is a game we should not be playing because the pieces on the board are real people and the board is our own neighborhoods.
For the disadvantaged and weak this is not a game; A young Boyd Anderson former football player after projectile vomiting is unable to stay awake in his cell is ignored and denied use of a phone as a laughing matter because he should have known to not bang his head on a police car window or fight with his girlfriend – this is not OK, OK?
What does a community suffering CPTSD look like?
One Indicator of CPTSD is that there is no “low” below which we won’t sink – No, really; none.
Children and infants and mom’s and dad’s and Grandma’s and Grandpa’s all out on the streets by the hundreds without reliable overnight shelter or food is not OK, OK? If one is confused at where to draw the line beyond which one is unwilling to go – draw it at women and children without adequate food and shelter. Draw this line now, here.
Full Info – Full Directions
All the information needed to accomplish the goal of flipping the jail system from Inhuman to Humane is detailed here.
Small Changes with Big Effect – “Reckless” Behavior Means Class Actionable
Let me explain; the list below seems trivial in some ways, it is not. The list below includes seeming trivial items, for example, “More Access to Phone Directories.” This seems trivial but the BIG EFFECT is that this alone will REDUCE the number of persons in jail and speed their processing in that at any one time up to 20% of ALL those imprisoned are there because they do not have access to an updated or any other phone book or way to find numbers. The item “Make More Calls” solves the attendant problem that even if one did have access to numbers one would still be unable to call anyone since calls are blocked unless set up ahead of time, which is nonsensical and once set up costs money which many do not have all of which is unacceptable.
“Reckless” Behavior Means Class Actionable
Two Blankets Not One; In the Sherriff’s main jail that ALL must go through twice if sent anywhere else the transferee’s and detainee’s and inmates and trustee’s (jail helpers get one day off their sentence for every six days worked – so can work seven days a week I wonder?) Visitors are provided just one blanket and no sheets, just a nasty thin plastic-clad mattress that is used by potentially hundreds between cleanings – the place is a pig-sty downtown and needs a good cleaning far more frequently than it is getting. Two blankets means one can lay on one blanket and use the other as cover or to fold as a make-do pillow since no pillows are provided; a small change for a big effect.
Children and Babies and Attorneys are all Equal in Attorneys Eyes since we have both Criminal Purges for children and Civil Purges for civil matters which for all practical purposes means attorneys, Oh My!
Gulf War Veterans Must Deny Being Veteran to Get Treated Right or face having all Government of ones checks and payments cut off by Veterans Administration as if one never existed, OH MY!
When the righteous err; Odd-fact – If one has to bet one’s life that one is being told truth and not lies, ask an inmate, not a jailer and one is far more likely to come out alive.
The CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES says outright and Guarantee’s UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE for all Prisoners – No kidding!
Our founding fathers wrote this solidly into the Constitution In 1776 they knew to write this into our constitution right up front because that was how important it was to them, even way back then – and especially given how prisoners were commonly treated in their day and age.
Here are Some Changes Needed that can be Accomplished Immediately with Little Effort:
Two Blankets not One – in Broward main jail downtown Ft. Lauderdale
More Food – A 140 pound kid losing 14 pounds in one week is NOT OK, OK?
Better Food – Menu items are often missing from that published, Salt is many times maximum suggested, not a scrap of raw vegetables, salad or fruits other than a few apples per week, period.
Hotter Meals – A microwave and heat lamps, perhaps.
Clean Downtown Jail – and provide more water
Faster Indigent Hygiene Goods – waiting a week to get a toothbrush and pencil and paper is NOT, OK, OK?
More Books – than a few dozen random books brought in on a cart once a week for an hour before being wheeled back out.
More Real Outside Time – an enclosed basketball is not anyone’s definition of outside, OK?
More Natural Sunlight – more than zero, OK?
More Access to Phone Directories – It is surreal that a large number of persons are in jail simply for lack of a phone book or directory and access to a phone, using people as cattle, “head for beds,” this is criminal.
More Free Local Calls – see above
More Free Long Distance Calls – see above
More Monitoring of Calls – Means are available and this can be accomplished using new technologies and local effort.
More Legal Help – as compared to none in most cases
More UNITED STATES CONSTITUION MANDATED Medical Care for Addicts of;
Heroin, Alcohol, Pills, Nicotine, Caffeine, Speed and Cocaine
Depression, Dental, skin-related and other illnesses.
Arrange for Dogs & PETS to come visit the Prisons and Jails (i.e.; service animals) under the auspices of the GED program run by the SDBC.
Equity for differently abled not equality
Uber-like Cell-phone App, Maps & Ads for safe places to sleep in ones car if homeless
More Humane Imprisonment
Accomplishing ALL of the Above will require Little Time & Little Effort & Little Money
This is done quickly and with very little effort required of anyone in the chain of communications other than a few cell phone calls and emails to the right parties in a chain beginning with you, good reader, today, now as you read along. Each effort made by any of us is a step on the path to the singular goal of flipping our jails from nasty to nice. In this effort we will soon discover that real change cannot be done unless we first flip ourselves from nasty to nice on the outside of our jails to effect the desired changes on the inside.
No Bull – Simple – Fast – Free
Following are the steps as well as their explanations of how each call and email will impact and make more possible the end goal to see jails flip from Harming to Helping and from Punishing to Healing.
No Entities – Just Personal-WILL to Make-It-So
This is a step by step, call by call detailed plan to deliver a complete change in our Broward Jail system without need of a single Sherriff, or lobbyist or politician to change and have attorneys create laws and then have judiciary and police and nowadays, sadly, even use military equipment and tactics to enforce them.
No new taxes or hidden taxes nor any significant cost or exchange of wealth from one party to another is needed. Just one thing covers it all; the WILL to Make-It-So.
Everything described below is doable this week – real and lasting improvements begun and done and all accomplished in ONE WEEK! One week beginning now – September 6, 2016.
By Tuesday of next week the entirety of the Jail system from the ground up to the very concepts at its core will be turned topsy-turvy upside-down and Flipped from an Inhumane and factory-robot-people focused on scarcity and competition where errors are opportunities to Punish or be Punished to a jail system that is Humane; and designed to be healing not punishing – where there is the Expectation of creativity focused on Abundance and Cooperation where Errors are seen as Opportunities to Learn and to Teach.
An Appeal to both Faith and Reason on behalf of the Most Vulnerable in Broward County, Florida.
Organized Reckless Institutionalized Predation of the most Vulnerable by the State of Florida is Documented Here as are Real Solutions that take no more than One Week to Implement without Alteration of Laws or Extensive Outlays of Scarce Capital Resources
Problems in our Jail and Prison Systems Call for Dramatic Reforms – Ransom is not Righteousness; Sympathy is not Empathy
It is worth noting that in the mid-1990’s it was the Democratic Bill Clinton that put so many in jail and took away so many prisoner protections – A good old boy deep south Democrat is a good old boy deep south Republican, you hear me, boy? Former president Clinton has since seen the light so he has said in which case a visit would be the least expected upon completion of the following, step by step plan of action.
OPTIONS FOR MAKING PHONE NUMBERS AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY TO ALL INMATES TO ENABLE THEM TO GET OUT – Inmates in jail are given the “opportunity” to “work” off time by allowing themselves to be slaves in lieu of pay, this is common practice and despite the immorality of it, can be used for the time being as the quickest route to providing phone number access to inmates by assigning one of these to each facility to use printed phone books to look up numbers for inmates – problem of phone number access solved and done for the time being at least – NOW!
An electronic system can be arranged for and installed in the following weeks. Free information inquiries to reach out to friends and relative out of State can also be easily and quickly accomplished and delivered within the week by requesting alteration of the current phone system to allow for simple nationwide 411 queries of phone numbers. In regard security issues; automated systems also exist to assist in the screening of calls made by inmates, this is also doable in the coming weeks but need not be implemented immediately in that the current oversight system can be utilized effectively for the time being.
Understand that it is inexcusable and inhumane in the extreme to not have delivered at least this minimum acceptable access and way out for many of these unfortunate victims of a system gone MAD to not be providing reasonable access to phones and numbers by the second week of September 2016.
If you think this is all just the way people are – stop reading right now and go on about your day. For the rest of you – Don’t read further; you are called to immediate action.
No righteous person can read this without feeling immediately compelled to email the Sheriff’s office to demand immediate increased access to phones and phone numbers for inmates. Right now – Later, a complete re-evaluation of the system beginning with a permanent Baddass Momma’s Bison Brigade presence in every facility to can begin fixing things.
Our sons and daughters are in jail because they’ve been kidnapped and cannot call out to friends or family. This is the very definition in the Legal Sense of the word, “Recklessness.” This is recklessness because it is done intentionally to profit by filling jailhouse beds to capacity and beyond. Phone books and access to phones must be provided immediately – not asked for – not to begin a process to secure changes – but DELIVERED and DONE immediately, within the week. Period. OK?
The Larger National and State Situational Complex PTSD Story and Picture
None of us has the power to see our will done, we are all equal in our powerlessness against the State – and for this very reason we have a constitution and Democracy and for many also, a religion. This is Organized Recklessness perpetuated by the State of Florida and by the Sheriff in Broward County.
We’ve all read the prison and jail expose stories. This story is different. It is specifically about Broward jails and prisons. If no one you know has been to a prison or jail then don’t be deceived, each of us personally suffer the consequences of our ignorance every day without knowing it, as do family and friends closest to us regardless of their jail or prison history or complete lack thereof. We are not all we can be. You and your family are not all you and they can be. You are all less. We are less. You and those you love have been and are being robbed and impoverished in the deepest sense and meaning of the word. We all suffer the consequences of institutionalized injustices. The institutions and organizations we depend upon to protect us are not all they can be and should be and we can change this.
The information and stories that follow are relevant not just to the broad topic of jails and human rights issues but specifically to the mothers of those raised-up here in Broward County – your children, our children; Broward’s children, young adults, full adults and elderly – all of us are affected when we prey upon the weak, voiceless, and most powerless of us.
Ransom is not Righteousness; Sympathy is not Empathy
Mothers of All Broward Police Officers – There is a visible, tangible difference between the toxic stress levels of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach police forces – and in how they conduct themselves on the street – and they and those they serve and in some cases prey-upon, know it all too well – are you aware of it?
Mothers of All Broward Police Officers – You need to know what the State has done and is doing to your Children that are Police Officers. They are not who they used to be. They are not who you think they are. Mothers of police officers; Your children need your help now as much as and more in many invisible ways than the so-called criminals that they pursue for ransom and not righteousness.
Too many stories, so many, all coming forward in one’s mind demanding to be told – the cacophony is overwhelming. I will try. Please forgive the chaos of the delivery, it is overwhelming and each story, every quote to do it justice would require its own clarion horn to do right by it. I will try. Be patient good reader, please.
BOB – A man idly shuffles around the jail, presumably suffering an early dementia perhaps compounded by a life of homelessness and alcoholism. He has no knowledge of what he did to arrive in jail. He also never knows when the last meal was and whether it was breakfast, lunch, or dinner. He is unable to recall such details as he shuffles his feet to go to and fro. Inmates look out for him as might a mother – an inmate from a nearby table pats him solidly on the back as he chokes on a bite of food. Other inmates patiently reassure him that mealtime is not far away, something they must do repeatedly all day, every day. He was tackled off of his bike one inmate believes, for a missing headlight, as happened to the inmate relaying the story – but no one is sure. Sympathy is visible in the eyes of those nearby as this is discussed and transpires, and searching for irritation at the constant inconvenience one finds no sign of it, astonishingly. These are boys and young men any good momma would be proud to claim as her own. Here is a boy any momma can be proud of.
THOMAS – A young man only just out of Anderson Boyd High School pounds his head against a police cruisers plastic compartment barrier in frustration at his plight and later projectile vomits in his holding cell multiple times then lays down on the cold concrete floor next to the open and stinking urinal with his head under a concrete wall bench, unable to stay awake. Holding cell mates ask if he is aware he might have a concussion. He responds that he’s had lots of concussions and been knocked out playing football and on the streets and that this isn’t a concussion, he’s just tired, and it doesn’t hurt. He is however visibly devastated at what has happened and his being in the cell. His self-diagnosis could not be more incorrect and misguided in that prior concusses dramatically increase health risks from subsequent ones. Officers and nurses notified of the problem say flat out that it isn’t their problem and that he deserves it for bashing his head against State property. Cellmates share food, comforting words and advice with the young man pertaining to his plight – sympathy is visible in their eyes. A small spot of vomit lands on a young man, a veteran of the Gulf Wars, standing near the toilet – he says nothing and instead hides the incident so as to not further embarrass the boy in distress. These are boys and young men any good momma would be proud to claim as her own. Here is a boy any momma can be proud of.
DANNY – A young man just out of Cooper City High (?) keeps relaying his frustration at his impending loss of a job, place that he lives, and inability to be there for his weekly visitation with his daughter because of an allegedly missed $200 dollar monthly payment, normally automatically taken out of his paycheck but which, perhaps incorrectly, ballooned to $460 in the month just passed without his knowing, perhaps due to a computer error, or to his, but no matter either way. When approached this is his tale of woe – unless pressed, he does not see the need to relay other details in that they seem to him to be less important, by far. Details such as that he was pulled over not for a traffic infraction, or a missing tail light, but for having dreadlocks in a town where police equate dreadlocks with drug possession; he does not mention that the officer approached his vehicle with his hand on his gun. Wearing a construction overall with the companies name above the pocket, when asked if there are any weapons in the car, the young man responds that there is a pocket knife used in his demolition work to cut cords and fuses to which the officer responds with utmost aggression to point his gun point-blank at the forehead of the young boy-man, holding it steady as commands are barked out with the barrel 18 inches from his head. This is all du-rigor and of little note by comparison in this young boys world. He may lose his job not because they would mind his being in jail, but because he cannot call them or anyone else. The phones are there but one must first arrange for them to be able to accept the calls collect through a special State authorized for profit company – but there is no way to set this up since no one can call out to let outsiders to set up the service – it is absurd. The officers lie without a thought and say the system is telling the people being called how to set it up even though this is not true – people call again and again thinking the people are being informed to set up a collect call system but no calls are going through. The guards lie and don’t care that there is no phone access – it keeps everyone employed and as the guards often say, it isn’t their job to make it comfortable, they are there to keep everyone alive only – and many see inflicting of punishment and pain while keeping inmates alive as their job and who can blame them since this is exactly what the entire system is clearly set up to do, precisely. It is not about saving money; many injustices done inmates cost more, not less, but are done for the purpose of making life inside less tolerable, not more – and to keep people there to be profited from longer. No one has any way to make phone calls and no one knows the numbers they need to call since cell phones now do for us what our memories used to do.
The young man bemoans missing that weekend’s visitation with his daughter and worries that he could be there for anything from weeks to months without any way to know or affect the outcome other than to wait. When asked to name any injustices done him, he does not mention those things just written of, the injustice foremost in his mind is how he is treated and that his daughter is the one that ultimately suffers, is suffering, and will suffer as the only outcome. He does not rage against the State’s using him as if he were a cow to be milked and keep the system going and financially viable on his and his daughter’s backs. I do, but hold my tongue. He is right. My righteousness is as nothing to his and I am ashamed. These are boys and young men any good momma would be proud to claim as her own. Here is a boy any momma can be proud of.
Michael in wheelchair
Weakest, Voiceless and Powerless among us – Broward Children, Broward Young Adults, Broward Elderly, Broward Special Needs, Broward Sick and Diseased, Broward War Veterans
No additional shrapnel removal operations because vet asked to go back second and third times
Vet saying not a vet to get treated right and not have income denied
No socks restraints
One blanket main jail and floor beds
Alcohol and heroin detox
Same food – salt?
Missing items from posted menu
Loss of weight
No medical care if expensive for Hep C
No minimization of transport
Even traffic ticket on parole can mean jail
No real outdoors
No books no indigent kits
Loss of weight
Shortages of hygienic supplies, or none at all
No microwave or adequate tv
Music – DMX – Prayers
Book – 48 something something
Book – Pale Horseman
Have SDBC stop giving GEDs and all else
Post no access to Broward Sherriff at all Humane Shelters
Free outdoor concerts and loud music streetblasters outside prison and jail facilities till demands met