I embrace you all with sincere greetings of Love, Peace and Solidarity as I began this particular writing. But to be honest I actually wasn't sure precisely what one would write about, especially considering the fact that so much has gone on with the world.
I was saddened by the terrible tragedy I Japan and by the 35 deaths that occurred in Norhtern Afghanistan because of a suicide bomber, of course I can't forget about the destruction of human life in Libya, as well as by the horrible earthquake that hit New Zealand. My friend Karen lives in Christchurch, so I was quite concerned about her and her family. And naturally they all are in my prayers and I wish the best of everyone in Christchurch, New Zealand.
At any rate, with all that i've mention, as well as the various other incidents that have transpired, there are loads of topics for one to write about.
But I refuse to single one out. I decided to merely alow my spirit to flow and see where It will lead me, so I think you all better hold on to your hats because who knows where this journey of writing may take us..
Now as I sit here in captivity, the silence of night has surrounded the section of my imprisonment and this has caused one to give a reflection on something that I found that also brought trouble to my heart, which is the economic plight that the poor and working class people are experiencing.. But I've discovered too how the economic situation have become a tool of oppression that is being used against Texas guards particular the ones on the polunsky Unit.
Now let it be understood with my being a Panther and the honorable beliefs that I hold, they will not allow me ot support nor condone the relentless oppression any system of Government put into practice, but at the same time, no matter where tyrannical sovereignty may appear, it is my duty to speak out against the lashing of such treatment on any human being.
And from my captivity I have observed how the iron fist of prison oppression is not only endeavoring to crush the spirit of the prisoner. But I see how it has defeated the spirits of the guards as well. This economic plight we are experiencing in Texas (and throughout America) has basically converted these agents of the state (correctional officers) into slaves of their employment. Not all of them mind you, but for those people who totally depend on the T.D.C.J income to provide for their family. They definatly are in a state of bondage. Because unfortunately, within these rural areas finding the type of employment one needs to take care of ones family appropriately is not easily found. And the wardens and supervisor understand this, and these taskmasters have incorporated an attribute of the “Willie Lynch” stradegy. Where In a person is threaten with a insubordinate infraction, probation, or being out right fired if orders are not adhered to. Many of these orders are not only a violation of T.D.C.J policy, but are in fact U.S constitutional violations as well. Now some of these state employees have made it known verbally that these orders are wrong, but like the slave masters of the old confederacy, when a verbal treat to power is discovered a swift and stern example of punishment is conducted. And the result of this, I believe is the defeated spirits I've witness.
Now there is no doubt that the state of Texas is in great need of Major prison reform, but that change MUST, occur on every level! So there can not be any red herring on reform concerning prison employment and the treatment of its's personnel.
Furthermore, It means that a more extensive form of social training is required. I believe if a correctional officer acquired and incorporated the skillful methods of a social worker in their duty, this will facilitate with navigating a prisoner toward genuine rehabilitation...
Now of course what I've writtenb doesnt elucidate on a solution to every aspect of prison oppression, but I do hope that what one has expressed, it will provoke some serious contemplation.
With Love, peace and Solidarity, I began this, so it Is with Love, peace, and solidarity I leave with you.
Stay positive, and no matter what endeavor always to enjoy the blessing of Live
Eric Cathey 999228
Polunsky Unit d/row
3872 FM 350 south