Human Me

Community Building Strategies: Why Everyone Needs To Listen To Inmates Now More Than Ever

Prevention is key. We are supposed to learn from our mistakes in life. Why do we limit them to our own? Why is it not acceptable to learn from mine?With the recent shooting in Florida and a few community members taking notice a month before, I cannot help but think, what if someone approached him …

The Heroes of the Prison Industrial Complex

As an inmate who is gender nonconforming and queer I have a unique viewpoint of prison. Prison in and of itself doesn’t make communities safer, it doesn’t bring “justice” to victims or their families, and rehabilitation of inmates is despite DOC and not because of them. There are authority figures in place who are abusive, angry, …

The Excitement of Home, Where is That Exactly?

Do you know that feeling of temporary-ness? Like when you know that you won’t be there long, wherever there us, but you don’t know where to go when your not there? When I was younger I hitchhiked from Montana to Nebraska. I felt that way when I was standing on the on ramp to the countries …

Learning to Quilt in Prison: An Unlikely Source of Freedom

I recently began learning how to quilt through a program called the Community Aide Coalition (CAC). We make quilts for charitable organizations and causes. Although the recipients benefit, it is us who gain the most.If someone would have told me years ago that I would learn to quilt in prison, I would not have believed …

Israel LGBT Community: Your Palestinian LGBT Neighbors Need Your Voice

Every nation has LGBT people. Whether it is Russia, Ethiopia, Sudan, and yes, Palestine.Those that are oppressed need help, your duty to your country expires when your brothers and your sisters are oppressed. Injustice is injustice is injustice. However, speaking up is hard when the consequences can be severe. So, here is some tips for what …

Ending Victimization Globally – Not Worth Trying For?

People think I’m naive or crazy. I have been working on a non profit business plan for about 8 months now. Its an intense process that has led me down some mind bending paths, led me to some movers in activism.I have a plan developed using a model I’ve been working on in every waking …

When Christians Stop Trying

I live at the intersection of Christianity and Homosexuality. For me, they coincide just fine, so that intersection feels alot like home. For them, its shaky ground at best. I make Christians nervous, most homosexuals who are strong in their faith do. This, I assume, is because I represent equality in a realm in which they …

The Men I See by Jeff Utnage

The men you see, just files of papers withassigned numbers and history.Dangerous and malicious,self serving and manipulative.Murderers, drug addicts, rapists.Thieves who must be demoralizedfor your safety. The men you see…But the men I see…They show me letters of encouragementwritten to children who misstheir fatherswives and girlfriends who mourn the absence of their partners.They are intelligent and caring,becoming strongto …

Abraham Maslow and Me: We May Just Change the World

Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs has been widely used in business to help employers understand employee motivation. Maslow’s theory states that humans are motivated to fulfill needs hierarchically. Typically represented in a triangle with five sections, the lowest-and widest-section of the triangle is the most pressing. Once fulfilled one is motivated to seek fulfillment of …