Person of the Month!

alston (2)Welcome to person of the month.

His name is James Alston. James, 33, enjoys playing sports, traveling, shopping, and is interested in real estate. He especially enjoys holding conversations and getting know how a woman thinks. He is a good is a good listener and helping a person work through a problem.  James is seeking new friends and to network with others. He can be reached at the address below.  Write today, and let James know what’s on your mind.

    James Alston

#261901 –50 Nunnawauk Road

Newtown, CT 06470

New Book Release – LOVE HARD TIME

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Writer, author and artist Diti Fortine Ceventi releases new book, “Love Hard Time”. This is a must read– Diti is back and putting it all out there expressing the injustices of the legal system and the pain and heartache of loving a woman from behind prison walls through spoken words, poems and poetry. The book is available on Amazon.com and all online bookstores or can be purchased at a discount from the publisher for $12, which includes shipping and handling @ LC DeVine Media, LLC, P.O. Box 4026, Flint, MI 48504

 

Or click here to go to Amazon.com to read excerpts and to make purchase.

“LOVE HARD TIME”

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Now that we can temporarily relax our minds from the extreme worrying our elected leaders purposely chose to torture us with regarding Obamacare and the whole debt ceiling debacle. Let’s use this time to share a conscious dialogue concerning the topic of leadership.

What are the qualities of a good or bad leader? Does a nation define a leader or does a leader define a nation? When there are no leaders among us will we be able to lead ourselves? Take time to think about these questions in the context of the hyper-partisanship that our supposed “Leaders” use these days to keep us all divided.

We at CCUREDD would like to commence a conversation around the topic of leadership from a different perspective of what makes a good leader. Below you will find a randomly selected entry from Zen lessons: The Art of Leadership as translated by Thomas Clearly and published by Shamabhala publications, Inc.  Sometimes we need to use alternate modes of thinking especially when what we’re accustomed to doing and thinking isn’t working. And today, the “greatest” government and democracy in this small world isn’t working. Is it our so-called leaders, or is it our confused understanding of who and/or what makes a good leader that finds this great nation in the precarious situation it’s in politically?

So. . . Breathe. Then Read. Then  . . . Breathe. Feel the Zen and let the conversation flow without any impediments of partisanship. We’ve got four months before the next battle begins to cause extreme and unnecessary worrying over the theoretical debt ceiling.

 

New Book Release!

 

blackThis is a must read if you are a high school senior heading to college or college students, or parents.

Black Widow’s Haunting written by C.C.U.R.E.D.D., founder Diti Fortine Ceventi.

Gerald Peterson is ready to spread his wings and experience some place besides Red Springs, North Carolina. All it takes is one phone call in the guidance counselor’s office to finalize his decision.

As soon as Gerald steps onto the grounds of the prestigious North Carolina A&T State University, on a full-ride scholarship, his life is forever changed. The attraction of the pretty ‘honies’ on campus and the every day party life has a draw he can’t resist.

The loyal friendship of smart, sassy, and available Tara keeps him in check, but the distraction of Shynita, a woman twenty years his senior, and the main supplier of the best weed on the east coast throws his life into mayhem.

There’s a price when dealing with such a woman, the Black Widow.

Between the drugs, partying, and women, Gerald finds himself in a place that leads him to lose his scholarship and return to the racism back home . . . the beginning of his nightmare.

This was a very interesting read, and has several powerful statements for young men, especially those coming from urban areas: 1. Stay focused on your goals and objectives; 2. Don’t get involved in illegal activities, 3. Have a strong support system, and 4. Be careful in choosing persons to have a relationship with. I am sure you will able to identify even more when you read this intriguing, mystery, and thought-provoking thriller. Available at Amazon.com paperback and eBook (Diti-click here).

Read a little  excerpt and then get the book:

                                                                          Prologue

“Gerald, I’m tellin’ you, the police officers who arrived at her house that day told reporters it was the wildest shit they had ever seen. Of all the men that were into Nit-Nit for her money or the drugs she could put them on with, that brotha caught it the worst.”

“And you said every cat that used her went from here,” I gave the thumbs up, “to here?” I turned my thumbs down.

“Un-hunh.” She sipped her soda. “All of them played her and all she ever wanted was for somebody to love her. I don’t know how she did it, but they all ended up goin’ down one way or another, either locked up or dead. You want some of this?” Tara passed me the can.

I opened it and quenched the thirst that was brought on by the cannabis and the unbelievable situation I was possibly in. “What was different ’bout her last boyfriend?”

“She fell in love with him. And the day she came to her home and found him in her bed with another woman she lost it. She killed the other woman while she was ridin’ him, pulled her to the floor, and shot her man in both of his knees. Then she shot him right in his dick. Can you imagine that? If that wasn’t enough, she sat on top of him and pistol-whipped him until one of the officers showed up and pulled her off of him. And that was like ten or fifteen minutes after a neighbor heard the shots and called the cops. He didn’t die from the gunshot. She bashed his brains out. Gave that brotha a closed casket funeral.”

I gulped the soda nervously until it was gone. “Damn! That’s crazy!” I crushed the empty can and realized I left none of it for Tara. “You want another one?”

“What else you got to drink besides soda?” She got up from the chair and went back to the bed.

“There’s one wine cooler left. You want that?”

“That’ll straighten me out.”

“I thought Shy’ was bullshittin’ when she told me she hadn’t been with a man in seven years. The only reason why I kind of believed her was because of how . . . never mind. Here’s your drink.” I took the top off and gave it to her.

“Un-hunh, I bet you that thang was tight,” she said, giggling once again while tasting the wine cooler. “That’s probably the reason why you can’t get her out of your head, ain’t it? She put that whip-appeal on you!”

“Stop trippin’!” I sat beside her and squeezed her thigh just above the kneecap.

Tara sprayed me with all the drink she still had in her mouth. “Boy, don’t do that,” she screamed and pushed my hand away. “I’m sensitive there! Give me somethin’ to wipe myself off with.” She began laughing harder when she saw me wiping all the liquid off my own face. “That’s what you get! You’re gonna mess around and start somethin’ that you don’t have the energy to finish, especially after the night you had.”

“Imagine that. And what about you? How much energy you got left after the lil’ freak-fest you were at last night?”

“Boy, I didn’t do nothin’ with none of them dudes. Thug lovin’ ain’t what I’m about. I got my smoke on and I and my girlfriend left them with the other skanks to freak. I only get down with brothas that’s tryin’ to do somethin’ with their lives.”

I got a towel from the closet. Wiping myself off, I said, “Thanks for the shower.” I went to her and wiped the liquid that dripped down her chin, neck, and between her breasts. Now you’re all cleaned up.”

“Thanks. Now what was I sayin’? Don’t you hate how weed makes you forget the simplest shit?”

“The prison part.”

“That’s right.” She took another sip of the wine cooler. “Like I told you earlier, if it wasn’t for the cocaine that her boyfriend and the other girl were sniffin’ bein’ out in the open when the cops came, Nit-Nit would have walked away from the trial with no time. She beat the bodies on an insanity defense behind all the shit that happened to her previously and the fact that she found them in her bed, in her house fuckin’. But the cops searched the house and found a few kilos of cocaine and like ten pounds of weed. Nit-Nit said it was her boyfriend’s drugs but the judge wasn’t goin’ for it. He gave her a whole lot of time but she finally ended up beatin’ the charges on a technicality. The prosecutors hid some evidence or somethin’ like that. She just got out six months ago, set shop back up, and moved out of state. She only comes back in town for a week or two at a time to check on the salon, her mom, and Kasim. She hates it here. And the whole salon thing . . . that’s a front. All the females from the surroundin’ region that are in the game come to her. Kasim is the only guy she lets handle anything and that’s because he’s her lil’ brotha. She came back over to his place last night to make sure a deal went down correct with this guy who bought a few pounds of the weed she’s got a connect to. She doesn’t mess with no men. I don’t know what you did.”

“Neither do I. She did leave out of here in a hurry last night. I don’t think I’m gonna be seein’ her for a while. She was sayin’ she had to get some things together up here,” I demonstrated, pointing to my head. “Now it all makes sense.”

“I don’t know what to tell you, Gerald. She’ll be gone for at least a month, so if you got any desires to see or talk to her soon you might as well get that idea out of your head.” Tara picked up the ash tray off the floor and gave me the blunt. “You look stressed out again. Light it back up. Wanna know somethin’ else?”

“I’m not even sure, Tara.”

“Not only are you the first guy she’s been with since she got out of prison, but you also look like her last boyfriend.”

“O.K. It’s all comin’ together now. I think she told me she thought I was a ghost when we first ran into each other.”
“Un-hunh,” Tara droned suspiciously. “Now that you know everything, whatever you decide to do you need to be careful. Is that too small to blow me a gun?”

“I can work it, come here.” I hit her off with a strong blast which she inhaled through her mouth and nose. “I’m lucky I got a chance to find out ’bout this. You don’t know how much you helped me out. I was gettin’ ready to fall in a deep trap. She’s already got open.”

“Nah Gerald, she’s got you wide open,” Tara said and laughed. “Looks like the black widow is back!”

Shankled and Chained By The New Jim Crow

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Commentary by Gabriel I. Pittman

The following letter/commentary was written as a critique, and in response, to the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) and Eugene Puryear’s recent book, Shackled and Chained. This correspondence may offer an alternative perspective of the “real” rationale enlivening the federal government’s recent repudiation of mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. Also suggested is a unique, legal alternative to combat the system of mass incarceration.

Dear PSL:
Solidarity in PEACE and RIGHTEOUSNESS! My name is Gabriel and I’m writing to extend my sheer appreciation for the literary jewel you’ve blessed the masses with in Mr. Eugene Puryear’s Shackled and Chained: “Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America”. This work was shared with me by the ever-faithful REVOLUTIONARY lions, Brothas Phil and Delbert Africa of MOVE, both of whom I have had the privilege and honor to converse and build with virtually every day for the past eight years since being transferred to SCI-Dallas, PA. During this span of time I’ve gained more in/SIGHT into mySELF, my fellow-WO/MAN and this world we all share than in the previous thirty years of my prior life. While I dare not proclaim to be a political prisoner in the vein of the MOVE 9, Brotha Mumia and myriad brothas and sistas encaged for their vehement, unceasing struggle for true LIBERATION and FREEDOM for all people, Brothas Phil and Delbert have shown me how I am, in fact, a prisoner of politics and therefore the struggle is one-in-the-same. I sincerely embrace this CALL-TO¬ACTION in all I may be able to do for FREEDOM for all oppressed people as well as for my own personal FREEDOM and LIBERTY from the physical confines of this prison. In support of and on behalf of Delbert and Phil, MOVE and the MOVE 9 (May Sista Merle Africa’s LIGHT shine on!) we say ON-A-MOVE!

     Now, to Mr. Puryear’s book. Please allow me to offer a succinct critique, as well as a detailed elaboration on points-¬to-ponder which were generated from my personal view from my reading and understanding of it.
Critique

1.   DESTROY . . . Given the analogous topic of Shackled and Chained and The New Jim Crow (Mass Incarceration), what was the purpose in drawing a distinction between the underlying principles which animate both works, i.e., “capitalism” vs. “racism” respectively? I personally feel that pages 45-47 of Shackled were completely unnecessary and bordering on being deleterious to the entire work as one could instantly surmise an air of an “as opposed to” instead of an “in supplement to” comparison between the two books. Both propositions presented in both books are 99% right and 99% correct.

     Given the steep-uphill battle we already face, must we make the fight harder by giving off even an “appearance” that we are utilizing the opposition’s deadliest weapon — D-I-V-I-D¬E and CONQUER — against our own selves? Or even more detrimental, give off an “appearance” that we strive to distinguish our like-works for the purpose of “maximum profit” just as capitalists do when peddling their products to the people, thereby potentially diminishing the credibility of the message presented by PSL and Mr. Puryear? TRUTH speaks for itself. Why refute it in any manner?

2.    BUILD…Once I got past Critique #1 (and believe me, it was hard to do!) I continued turning the pages of Shackled and found Mr. Puryear’s facts irrefutable and undeniable. Just as with The New Jim Crow, Numbers Never Lie. And neither does history when it’s rightly and honestly divided. Continue to let TRUTH speak for itself and let us all use TRUTH to empower us and our cause so that history isn’t repeated and mass incarceration can be permanently dismantled.

Points-to-Ponder

     Given the parallel between the economic crisis of the 70’s (which, as explained in the Economic and Ideological Restructuring section at page 78, provided the “material basis” for policies of mass incarceration) and today’s economic crisis, is it possible that capitalists:

1. Know they have perfected the model of mass incarceration to boost their profits;
2. Know the model of mass incarceration has the same boom/bust cycle inherent to all economic models–
3. Know that, boom or bust, they can un-righteously turn only so many poor people into human chattel before poor people have had enough (Civil Rights Movement, “Occupy”, Egypt, Syria, etc…);
4. Know that given the undeniable TRUTHS revealed by the likes of Mrs. Alexander, Mr. Puryear and others, poor people in and/or outside of these prisons are being awakened to their true plight as human chattel in the capitalists’ model of mass incarceration;
5. Know that it’s time to release some of this building pressure and resistance, and have given politicians the green light to offer “carrots” such as relaxing mandatory minimum sentencing schemes under President Obama’s administration, thereby sending the same “victims of the[] phenomena” which support policies of mass incarceration back to the same oppressive environments from whence we come and;
6. Know that, as recently reported on CNN, the costs of drugs are at their lowest levels, and the purity of drugs are at their highest levels in years. Coupled with the fact that the masses are at their most depressed emotional state in generations and, as history shows, the masses will seek an “escape” from this depression through the use of drugs, could capitalists have already projected into the future and stealthily divined that the temptation for “maximum profit” in the underground economy of the illicit drug trade will be irresistible to those who wish to find economic stability by any means necessary and/or once again chase street-dreams, and;
7. Know that the beneficiaries of today’s supposed “leniency” will inevitably be the benefactors (once again as human chattel) to tomorrow’s redesigned and repackaged “Alternatives to Mass Incarceration,” as expounded upon on pages 121-29 of Shackled?

     It appears either way, whether through physical or virtual mass incarceration, the capitalists will win. Having perfected the fear of “the other” ideologies which support the system of mass incarceration, their cognizance of history’s ever-repeating patterns always advances them ten steps ahead of the “game”. The crisis of today is no different from that of the 60’s-80’s, and as soon as the economic forecast improves they know it’s guaranteed that the gullibility and/or naiveté of the masses, who continue to pit themselves one against “the other” and blame “the other” for any problems suffered in any context or aspect of life, will cause the masses to once again cry out for the reinstituting of unfair policies such as mandatory minimums, three strikes, etc. And as history shows, the black bourgeois-class will be the first to fall right in line with — if not tow the line for — the white-ruling/upper/bourgeois/lower-classes, crying out even louder for the reinstituting of said policies. Ironically, regardless of the fact that the current relaxing of unfair laws is only being done to protect capitalists’ future interests, black and brown people (Obama/Holder) will get the blame for relaxing these unfair laws and black and brown people will be the first ones re-encaged,-‘re-Shackled and re-Chained by the NEW New Jim Crow. All that glitters isn’t gold, so buyer beware!

     This is not said with intentions to sow seeds of division. It’s said to state the facts. It’s said to sow SEEDS OF WISDOM because until we accept the fact that mass incarceration is originally premised upon racial lines, a tried-and-true potential antidote to this disease will continue to evade us even though it lies right before our eyes from the not-so distant past.

     Just as the western-world coalesced to rebuild Europe after the second world war utilizing the Marshall Plan, we too, need to come together to formulate our own “Marshall Plan” in the likes of Mr. Nathan Gold, Charles Houston and, ultimately, Thurgood Marshall and attack mass incarceration as a Civil Rights violation. We have the facts, numbers and data (all from the government’s own statistics!)to support a claim of deprivation of “equal protection” and the arbitrary deprivation of our life, liberty and property-interests without DUE PROCESS OF LAW now that the government admits that these policies are inherently unequal, i.e., un-CONSTITUTIONAL on local, state and federal levels. We have the civil rights lawyers, activists, sociologists, psychologists and plaintiffs (prisoners and their families directly suffering from policies of mass incarceration) at our disposal. As in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Mr. Marshall would be chomping at the bit to challenge this current injustice. Instead of researching statistics, writing books and preaching to the choir, why have we not yet focused, with laser-like precision, our intellectual, academic, social, cultural, economic, political and REVOLUTIONARY energies upon this tried-and-true solution?

     Furthermore, in utilizing the judicial/civil/criminal system against itself, we could target specific geographical areas with the most egregious and blatant violations of our civil rights and attack with the criminal equivalent of a civil rights action, 18 U.S.C. § 242, which states:

“Whoever, under the color of any, law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any inhabitant of any State, Territory, or District to the deprivations of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties on account of such inhabitant being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year or both; and if death results shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years or for life. (Emphasis added).

     Given the empirical statistics and evidence readily available, this means every:

1. local, state and-federal legislator who promulgates discriminatory legislation, on a racial basis, under the “dis”-guise of “law-and-order”;
2. police/law enforcement officer who discriminates, based upon race, when deciding who will or will not be initiated into the criminal process;
3. prosecutor who discriminates, based upon race, when deciding who will and will not be subjected to criminal prosecution;
4. trial lawyer who is complicit and conspires with the prosecutor to coerce a defendant, who has already been thrice-discriminated against, to accept the terms of a plea bargain, as is done in 95% of criminal cases and;
5. judge who has, and continues to sentence four-times¬-discriminated-against-defendants to mandatory schemes, whether 100:1 or 18:1 for drug offenses that differ only in physical composition (cocaine v. crack/powder v. rock), or sentence black and brown defendants to 20% more time of incarceration than their white counter-parts for similar crimes, and who hold such discriminatory laws and statutes as constitutional should be held criminally liable. As the Constitution still holds First Nation, black and brown people to be three-fifths of a person, under the color of law and statute we are willfully subjected to deprivations of rights (EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW, PROCEDURAL DUE PROCESS, ETC.) and privileges (HABEAS CORPUS) secured by the Constitution. Clearly, we suffer different punishments, pains, and penalties as “aliens”, black, brown, African and First Nation People as opposed to the white citizenry of America. If TRUTH hurts, one should find solace in the fact that TRUTH also heals.

     Strategically targeted, just as the NRA and Tea Party factions do, we can use the system to cure the sickness endemic in the system without having to take on the entire nation. Given the potential fines and/or imprisonment (and we’re looking at decades of wrongful actions which have caused suffering and death), the system could possibly begin to self-correct and contribute to the quickening of mass incarceration’s demise.

     One last battlefront which cannot be excluded is to wage a direct civil and criminal action against President Clinton and Congress for promulgating the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) which, in effect, has done nothing but effectively suspended the Great Writ of Habeas Corpus and implicitly labeled us all as terrorists worthy of death without any effective remedy or procedural due process to overcome the now-admitted arbitrary, capricious, unfair and unconstitutional criminal proceedings which have entrapped us. Many of us have had our “One Bite At The Apple”. Now it’s time to take the rotten “fruit of the poisonous tree” and shove it down their throats and let them experience what it tastes like and feel its effect.

     I will conclude by saying Shackled and Chained is the perfect complement and supplement to The New Jim Crow, and vice-versa. Any philosophical differences and ideological tensions inherent to the fields of intelligentsia, academia and politics must be sacrificed for the greater cause which is the death of the New Jim Crow, the permanent disintegration of both physical and mental Shackles and Chains and the LIBERATION of all people from this diabolical system of mass incarceration. Lest we choose to snipe each other to death with friendly-fire in what Mr. Jacob Carruthers termed “Intellectual Warfare” and history continues to repeat itself, it’s time that the writing of books ceases and concrete actions which can be implemented immediately commence before the strengthening flow of acknowledgment of the inherently unlawful and un-RIGHTEOUS nature of this system of mass incarceration becomes a weakening ebb. There are REAL men, women and children — not mere statistics — literally and figuratively, physically and mentally dying every day in these modern-day torture chambers. Excuse my ignorance if the foregoing proposed solutions are already being pondered and put into action. My access to information is severely limited, but I noticed these potential solutions were not considered in either book nor in any literature on this pressing subject. Hence, the missing 1% which would make both works 100% correct as stated in Critique #1. For the enhancement of my personal knowledge, wisdom and understanding from reading your book, I say THANK YOU and close this correspondence as I opened . . . .

IN SOLIDARITY!!