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It’s election year again and nobody cares

By Ezekiel Caligiuri
Guest Commentator


Conclusion of a three-part commentary


There are voter’s rights advocacy groups in Minnesota and around the country working hard to further restore felons’ rights to vote, but less of a push to reinstate those presently incarcerated for felony convictions, and even misdemeanor convictions in eight states. There are some that believe rights should only be restored after release. This supposes it is harder to advocate for us while we are still in a cell, than when the cell is opened. If prisoners were allowed to vote it wouldn’t undermine anything or throw society into chaos. It might even make America, which houses 25 percent of the world’s prisoners (more than any country in the world), a little more in line with the values it framed for itself in its creation. Continue Reading →

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Hip hop lives


By Naomi Gaines

Guest Commentator


I have recently seen the Ice-T documentary Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. First, I did not think I would be able to see it. I am currently incarcerated and per institution policy, inmates are not allowed to view rated-R films unless they premiere on cable or television channels. As fate would have it, I learned that VH1 would show the documentary, and short of some cataclysmic event I was not going to miss it. Secondly, I’m not only an artist and emcee: I am an avid fan, follower, and freedom fighter for hip hop culture. Continue Reading →

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