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Joe’s blog – #92 – Words are not equal to violence

A Swedish journalist recently noted (a concept held by others), “The idea of universal freedom is vital for human coexistence. The realization of this idea rests on us upholding the difference between idea and action, and that there is no way of bargaining here. Words are not equal to violence, however aggressive and frightening they […]

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Joe’s blog – #91 – The recent violence in Charlottesville

The recent violence in Charlottesville should grip the attention of us all: just as it should where it has risen its nasty head elsewhere in our society. We must not accept it and we must speak out to condemn it in no uncertain terms. That must occur in the halls of our government, in our […]

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Joe’s blog – #90 – Is healthcare a right or a privilege?

Those who drafted our Constitution and, those who ratified it, were of the conviction that we are all endowed with certain inalienable rights chief of which, as set forth in our Declaration of Independence, is the right to Life. It necessarily follows, at least in my mind, that healthcare is a right and not a […]

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Joe’s blog – #89 – Enforcement of rights for the disabled at Deerfield C.C.

I apologize for my absence. Life at Deerfield has been a bit stressful for me these past few weeks. Due to that I have just been focusing on working with my new leg. I do want to give an update re Deerfield’s Administrations willful non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Deerfields ADA Review Committee […]

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Joe’s blog – #88 – Law review articles from the Symposium

The law review articles from the Symposium: ” From Conviction to Clemency Comm. v. Giarratano: A Case Study of the Modern Death Penalty”, are now up. Here is the URL: http://lawreview.journals.wlu.io/category/print/volume-733/ All of the articles are very good and extremely informative. Though I highly recommend all, if time is limited please take a peek at […]

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Joe’s blog – #87 – who have willfully chosen to ignore the law

Once again I am confounded by the depth of ignorance exhibited by key prison administrators at Deerfield when it comes to matters relevant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. More so, given the level of ignorance as it pertains to their own written policy concerning the same I am hard pressed to draw a conclusion […]

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Joe’s blog – #86 – Doing the right thing, following clearly articulated law

Well, I can say that I am finally at my wits end when it comes to any further dealings with the Grievance Coordinator, whose official title is “Human Rights Advocate”, here at Deerfield. I have never, in my almost 40 years in this system, encountered a DOC official who has been so intentionally and, willfully, […]

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Joe’s blog – #85 – Further adventures with Doug the Blind

My on going adventures with Doug the blind, and quest to help him secure his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. On 15 September 2016, 2 grievances were filed on Doug’s behalf. His contentions are: 1) that Deerfield and DOC have failed in its affirmative obligation to provide him, a blind person, with a […]

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Joe’s blog – #84 – Center For Teaching Peace, Relationship with the students

Many are aware of my longstanding association with the Center For Teaching Peace, founded/directed by Colman McCarthy, and my working relationship with the students that pass through his classes. That partnership began in the late 1980’s while I was still on death row. Colman’s working premise is deeply simple: “Unless we teach our children peace, […]

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Joe’s blog – #83 – prisoner blood only, poses a danger

I learned from an anonymous source this afternoon that because the staff here at Deerfield complained so much about the poor quality of the food at this jewel of a medical facility to top administrators at DOC headquarters in Richmond, that a memo was sent by the Deputy Director of Operations, Dave Robinson, to the […]

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