raúlrsalinas and the Jail Machine
My Weapon Is My Pen
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: University of Texas Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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This project was many years in the making and involved many collaborators and the help of many good people along the way. The staff at Stanford University’s Green Library who oversee Special Collections were instrumental in helping us identify, retrieve, and duplicate materials. These include Margaret J. Kimball, Polly Armstrong, and ...
Introduction. Ra�l Salinas and the Poetics of Human Transformation
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From 1957 to 1972 Ra�l Salinas spent approximately 12 years in four of the most notoriously brutal prisons in this country: Soledad State Prison (California), Huntsville State Prison (Texas), Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary (Kansas), and Marion Federal Penitentiary (Illinois). Just as there is a clear relationship between his pre-prison experience ...
Section I. Salinas' Journalism
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In November of 1961Salinas was arrested while attending a Ray Charles concert at Palmer Auditorium in Austin for possession of marijuana. He was subsequently sentenced to five years and transferred to Huntsville State Prison, where he stayed until May of 1965. In Huntsville he joined the choir (see related article following ...
Articles from The Echo, Texas State Prison,Huntsville: (aka the Walls Unit)
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The Revolutionary Concepts of the avant garde have always managed to raise more than a few eyebrows in each respective phase of the arts. As jazz writer Don Hackman so aptly stated, “Revolutions in art, like revolutions in society, inevitably affect the lives of everyone.”...
Articles from Aztl�n de Leavenworth, Kansas Federal Penitentiary: On the History of C.O.R.A. and Aztl�n
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In the early part of 1970, the prison administrators of Leavenworth saw the need and importance of instituting Ethnic Studies in the educational department for the benefit of the diverse ethnic groups of this penitentiary. In March of 1970, Professor Francisco H. Ruiz of Penn Valley ...
Articles from New Era, Kansas Federal Penitentiary, Leavenworth
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A prison is a prison is a prison, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein or whatever literary giant may have uttered such a phrase, in regards to the rose. Insofar as loss of freedom is concerned we must admit, that with the coming of the technological age, some changes have occurred—slow though they may have been in arriving. But not enough. We ...
Article from Entrel�neas, Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, Missouri
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A people's artist molding his talents through the sufferings of prison and all of its dreary landscapes. This is Rubén Estrella. Born in San Antonio, Texas, on August 5, 1944, he has seldom been outside his native city—with the exception of annual trips to the cotton fields on the migrant circuit—and to prison. ...
Section II. Flying Kites to the World: Letters, 1968–1974
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The correspondence that follows offers unique insight into the innermost fears, hopes, passions, and intellect of a mind and spirit undergoing change over a period of years. The letters included here are only a small portion of the overall collection in the Salinas archives. Though Salinas wrote to his family in former ...
Section III. The Marion Strike: Journals from "El Pozo"
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The documents in this section all pertain to the prisoner-guard conflict and subsequent work stoppage and strike between prisoners and officials at Marion Federal Penitentiary in the summer and fall of 1972. Ra�l Salinas was one of four plaintiffs in this first lawsuit against Marion, which was to become one of many over ...
Section IV. Post-Prison Interviews
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The final section of raúlrsalinas and the Jail Machine includes two post-prison interviews with Salinas conducted twenty years apart. The first interview, “Resisting Mindfuck,” from the Seattle-based anarchist newspaper the Sunfighter, demonstrates Salinas’s continued commitment to prisoners’ rights struggles. By exposing ...
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Page Count: 358
Illustrations: 21 b&w photos, 10 facsimiles
Publication Year: 2006
Series Title: CMAS History, Culture, and Society Series