a place for zinesters - writers and readers
DENISE: I'm no good at web design at all. I've moderated a couple Yahoo forums, but often incompetently. My internet/computer skills are VERY rudimentary. I don't know Photoshop or any program for arranging and editing photos or images. I hope to try learning this some day, but I don't have the time or quite the need right now. What I'm looking for is a group of people to typeset hand written stories, poems and text, and upload art, and basically "assemble" an "e-zine" that's easily and economically printable, so that hardcopies could be sent to prisoners. They'd probably only have to be printed a few at a time. Maybe it'd be a monthly, 6 pages, or whatever comes first. These details could be worked out later and tinkered with on an ongoing basis.
Hey people who send zines to prisoners: I know mail art is really popular and cool-looking, but some prisoners won't get their zines anymore with certain decorations on the envelope or product. Check this out: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57053440-78/mail-galetka-letters-...
Actually, I'm pretty much aware of these kinds of rules and the rationale's for them. Problem is, even if you try to follow their imperious rules to the letter, they'll still find some trifle to reject your mailings. I was so incensed by this article and this petty tyrant, "Kerry Galetka" that I wrote the following to the LP Radicals Yahoo group (a pretty much do-nothing LP caucus):
I am not part of the "prison abolition" movement. Unfortunately, there are violent anti-social people in this world I believe must be contained, to prevent them from aggressing---murdering, raping, assaulting, abducting, etc. I do not hate these people or have a vindictive attitude toward them. Maybe on some level, they "can't help themselves", are mentally and spiritually sick, or are driven by uncontrollable urges. I believe it's morally acceptable to "humanely contain" them.
I also believe I have a right to send them letters, zines, books and other gifts, and that gulagcrats who interfere with this are aggressing against my freedom of association. I believe it is monstrously inhumane to deny a prisoner books, of any kind, to ease their boredom and isolation, or to improve themselves with knowledge.
Here is something that really offends and concerns me:
What do you "LP radicals" feel about this? If you were to gain office, would you make it a priority to speak out against this oppression and to fight it politically?
I'd like to know who my comrades are, and who my political foes are. Thank you.
Sorry if this sounded a bit vitriolic, but this kind of meanness and petty tyranny really gets to me.