The population of Danbury FCI is about 65% Latina, another 25%
African-American. My guess is Hispanic populations in all prisons have
increased massively in the last several years. I read recently that the
nature of our criminal justice system is no longer primarily concerned
with the prevention & punishment of crime but "rather with the
management & control of the dispossessed."
On Sunday, April 10, hundreds marched to the White House, where 27 human rights activists were arrested when they staged a die-in on the White House sidewalk to call attention to thousands of Latin Americans who were murdered by graduates of the U.S. Army School of the Americas.
"My own decision to clamber over the barbed-wire fence came out of a
belief that the SOA is one embodiment of systemic violence and injustice
that reaches at least as far back into history as the near
extermination of Native Americans and enslavement of millions of
Africans at the start of Europe's great expansion. Indications are more
numerous each day that this system of global dominance, which prospers
an elite minority at the expense of the poor masses, is enhancing in
scope and consolidating power. The divide between the wealthy and the
rest widens, while the world's most powerful nation - a slave to
corporate power - continues to pursue an agenda of militarization and
nuclear dominance, demonstrating utter disregard for the planet Earth
and her less well-heeled inhabitants."
I am blessed to have the opportunity to be here & to know some
extraordinary women. Many have experienced unspeakable suffering in
their lives, others have made devastating decisions; many face very long
sentences with courage & determination, some are here for life
without possibility of parole. Many others will finish their term, go
home, and repeat the same mistakes they made in the past. Think of them
often, bless them, hold them in your heart. They have been very kind
and generous to me, are indignant that I've been put in prison. "An old
lady - excuse me - like you!" "Miss Nancy, you don't belong here!"