Quite a number of extremely intelligent individuals have said that this environment, Texas Death Row, is the absolute most oppressive environment in the entire United States and even in the entire modern Western World. There is no doubt that by far Texas D.R. has the worst conditions out of all prisons that house D.R. inmates in the U.S. The general conditions and the fact that everyone here is under the threat of death makes for a toxic combination that wages a ceaseless, unrelenting war of aggression upon one’s psyche.
Rarely have I written about this from a general and personal perspective, for several reasons. For one, it seems the vast majority of people simply do not want to hear about sad things, oppressive things. This is something I’ve never understood—oppression inspires me. When I hear about injustice something deep within me stirs. I feel motivated to act, to move, to fight to correct the injustice.Read More
Tonight, there is a beautiful full moon resting high in the night sky, majestically casting her glance out upon existence. Last night, in anticipation and in honor of the full moon I wrote a little poem in the Haiku style:
Build four walls around My vision and enigma
Look up, breathe in: Moon
In this place of wrath and pain I crave and cherish moments of quiet and beauty.
When was the the last time you took a little bit of time –a few minutes- to look up into the sky and appreciate the beauty of the moon?
To fight to Live is a constant process, it requires daily work, which can be terribly tedious and horrendously mind numbing. My case is at an extremely critical stage so I do legal-organizing work all day everyday with little, very little time for any sort of relaxation.
Earlier I did find a little time to just chill and let my Consciousness explore some other areas; realms that I crave but don’t have a lot of time to venture into. I put the legal work I was working on to the side and read some of the autobiography of Miles Davis. Miles: Poet, Sage, great Jazz Griot. So I was on this evolutionary-revolutionary Jazz vibe and remembered that the Soular Grooves show was on KPFT (www.kpft.org).
I put my headphones on [and} let the music caress my mind and enliven my Spirit.Read More
I essentially have about 4 1/2 months left to live; as of now I am essentially scheduled to die about 4 1/2 months from now. My last real appeal was denied on May 25, 2010. I didn’t even find out until 23 days later because my court-appointed attorney didn’t tell me until then. Things are bad, very bad. I am essentially dying and we must reverse this process. We need help, this truly is an emergency situation. If you haven’t read the details of my incarceration, please visit my website (freerobwill.org) and you will see I have a strong case of innocence. Now truly is the time to get involved. We need proactive people to take the initiative to make things happen.
Also, I can only change my visitation list once every 6 months. If you want to come see me contact me now. (I’m mainly talking to people who are sporadically in contact with me.) If I get an execution date—which I may soon—I will be fighting for my Life, writing things for my son, preparing for battle. Letters take 2 weeks to get out sometimes and 2 weeks to be received sometimes.
When guys get execution dates everybody pops up wanting to come and visit and write them really, in an attempt to make themselves feel better for years of not being there for the person. If I get an execution date and people do this with me the only response they’ll receive will be, perhaps, a form letter that will include a little dissertation on the egocentric and self-absorbed nature of our society and suggestions on doing yoga, studying psychology, and dedicating some time to the service of humanity.
Things have been very, very, hard for me lately. I need all of the Love and Solidarity I can get.
I’ll sign off…trying to find the strength and peace in this place of adversity, pain and tears…
*Mail service has been horrible lately. Sending J.Pay e-mails is best. (www.jpay.com)
*Please visit me on Facebook and find out the best way to get involved in the fight to save my life.
The Execution of David Lee Powell Press Conference, Part 1 of 4
David Powell is scheduled to be executed in exactly two weeks. I would like everyone to go to his website www.letdavidlive.org and offer any and all support that you can. I recently met with a member of David’s legal team and wrote an affidavit on his behalf, stating that David has been a mentor to many guys here. David has been locked up for 30 years and he has never had a major disciplinary case, nor has he had a single incident of conflict with another prisoner.Read More
I have always been quite the unrepentant and unyielding empiricist: I want solid proof to back up any assertion and tangible evidence to give weight to any professed statement or idea. I love logic and adore pragmatism. Some may find this strange, but this rationalistic mindset led me to my first Yoga experience. This happened several years back, around four years ago…
Bold letters reading What’s In Your Mind accompanied a photograph of a Buddhist monk with his head encased in hundreds of electrodes on the cover of the National Geographic magazine. Needless to say I was quite intrigued. I flipped the magazine open and read the twenty-eight-page article with keen interest. It detailed some of the fascinating recent advances in neuroscience. The feature consisted of various shorter articles, one of which discussed a series of cognitive studies conducted by Professor Richard Davidson and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Read More