I've just finished my reading of another inmate's Razor Wire
September - November 2000, and I'm writing to laud your publication
and to request that a free issue be sent to the names I've listed
at the conclusion of this letter. I'm currently incarcerated
by the BOP at FPC Nellis and enrolled in RDAP; it's been a long
and winding journey, but it's almost over for me - April 2001!
I want to thank all the wonderful, caring people who help build
TNC to enlighten the citizens of our once free nation about the
erosion of their freedoms caused by the hoax the government calls
"The War on Drugs".
The media has helped escalate our police-state mentality with
its sensationalized coverage of the violence that occurs when
gangsters make a profit off peoples' vices. It's great for ratings,
and then our "tough on crime" lawmakers use this to
convince the nation that more laws and stricter enforcement are
necessary. There are over 3 million books of laws in the library
of congress! Still think it's a free country?
Add to all these evolving laws the evolving and/or regressing
mindsets of governmental agencies: FBI, DEA, BATF, IRS, INS,
EPA, etc. who feel they need at least 12 heavily armed combat
ready agents to arrest any one person they target as a dealer
or part of a conspiracy. Our government is no longer capable
of resolving a custody case without the presence of 100 plus
stormtroopers and support teams! We are teetering precariously
close to a true police state, and yet way too many in the public
still seem unaware and undisturbed by this development.
Sincerely, Greg Villalva
Dear Razor Wire
Please send me the next issue. I hear it's hot! I will be sending
you a donation soon. Thanks.
Very truly yours, Charles Michael Kee, prisoner of the
My name is Garald Alexander. I am currently incarcerated at
Walton Correctional Institution in Florida. I am serving a natural
life sentence, although I am not in prison for any drug laws,
I have been receiving the Razor Wire for a little over two years,
I really enjoy the newspaper, and I pass it on to help educate
As I write this letter I would very much like to comment on the
wonderful job of staff, editors, printers, and the rest of the
people that make the Razor Wire possible. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
Oh, and by the way, whatever happened to Coalition for Prisoner's
Right's newsletters? That's how I found out about your newspaper,
through them. I only wish I could send money or stamps or some
kind of donation. But here are some Jubilee Justice Petitions;
I will continue to do all that I possibly can in support of the
Sincerely, Garald Alexander, Prisoner of the drug war
I just received the latest issue of The November Coalition's
Razor Wire, and as usual you folks have done a wonderful job
of presenting the majority opinion to the masses. I was very
impressed with the turnout of all the vigils across the country
and the participation of the many that came to help and to just
be a part of our struggle.
As usual, the many articles and letters give strength to us in
the inside, and we draw inspiration from the many success stories
that you print. At the heart of this issue were the many letters
from our children out there who need their mothers and fathers
home. It's heartbreaking to read them and then relate without
pain to my two small children at home waiting for me.
I have not written since I lost my son several months ago when
you were so kind to print the poem I had written in his memory.
My heart still aches and always will, but I have resumed the
fight and wanted to send along to you these recent newspaper
clippings taken from the local newspaper to add support to the
ever growing medical problems we are having within the system.
My message to all brothers and sisters who are prisoners of this
so-called war on drugs is take heart and don't give up. Only
losers quit, and only quitters lose.
Gary J. Cates
I'm a federal prisoner at the FCI Forrest City Arkansas under
the care and custody of Janet Reno, Kathleen Hawk-Sawyer, and
Warden Marvin D. Morrison. I was sentenced to prison by the honorable
Jean C. Hamilton, for the Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis,
on January 18, 1996 for a charge involving methamphetamine; for
10 1/2 grams less than 13 grams, I was given the weight of the
whole conspiracy, which was 10 pounds. I was later resentenced
for one pound from 15 years to 10 years with 5 years-supervised
My offense was a non-violent one and my first drug conviction.
At the time of my arrest/conviction, I was raising a new born
child, 3 month old; my wife left me with the boy to raise, but
I gave my son to my mother to raise, which she was more than
happy to do. Now my mother has less than a year to live. She
has lung cancer, one lung already gone.
I have written to the judge in my case seeking a temporary release.
However, I have not been given a decision on this matter. What
I would like to know is can your Coalition print my letter asking
the judge to release me so I can help care for mother and find
a suitable house for my little boy? I am his sole provider now;
he needs me at his young age, almost 6 years old.
I'm not trying to make my case something complicated; it shouldn't
be construed that way at all; I only want to be there for my
mother, for her remaining days on this earth, step in for her
and find my son a home. Once this is completed, I will be happy
to return to prison to finish out my sentence.
Cordially yours, Gutonu V. Zamarripa, prisoner of the drug
Hello friends, I just wanted to let you know I am still happily
receiving the Razor Wire and continuing to be impressed with
your articles and efforts. It is very encouraging to realize
there are now so many people who realize what is going on and
what needs to be done.
As I get each issue, I am compelled to cut out several standout
articles that really move and mail them home to family and friends.
I would send them entire issues, but I know that they are so
occupied by the fastpaced busy life style of the "free"
world that they might just glance over the paper and miss some
of the most important points. But rest assured I always pass
an issue of the Razor Wire around the cellblock to other prisoners
before I cut out any articles.
Anyway, keep up the fight!
Jack Doss, prisoner of the drug war
I sent an envelope full of blank copies of "A Petition
for Justice in the Spirit of Jubilee to President William Jefferson
Clinton" to my family in Reno, Nevada. (With "Petition"
spelled 'Petitition'.) You should be receiving several filled
out petitions. A happening that took place while my daughter
was contacting folks to sign forms may be interesting fodder
to encourage others and identify who could be our fellow advocates.
Last summer my eldest daughter Kim and a couple of her friends
put together a garage sale in her up-scale Reno neighborhood.
They placed a stack of JJPs supplied by me next to their cash
box. During the sale they were able to get 25 signatures from
those people who actually made purchases. The girls did not attempt
to gather signatures from people who were only digging through
their old junk. My daughter explained that the 25 signatures
made up close to 80% of their paying customers.
Before being sentenced to prison for a nonviolent drug conviction
I was a lifelong businessman. I HATE GARAGE SALES! It was a bone-of-contention
for me when my neighbors turned our quiet neighborhood into a
commercial zone on a Sunday afternoon on a day that I was seeking
peace and tranquility. I may have made a wrong judgment of those
hordes that blocked my driveway and filled our street like a
mad bunch of "Macy's White Days" buyers picking over
some next door resident's clutter. But, hey, they just might
be the silent majority that finally says: "Enough... let
our neighbors go."
Here's a thought. November Coalition could put together a garage
sale package with signs reading "GARAGE SALE/with arrows
pointing" and "GARAGE SALE HERE" that includes
a November Coalition packet.
We are asking patrons of the legal brothel my family operates
on the outskirts of Reno to sign petitions. They have not been
as successful with the percentage of signers when compared to
the garage sale. Of course that's possible because many of our
brothel customers prefer anonymity.
I also write a column for a weekly newspaper published in Virginia
City, Nevada. My column "View from the Inside" includes
my historic memories, local human-interest stories, and local
political and Drug War opinions. My weekly column is receiving
positive reception to those Drug War articles I submit.
Thank all of you for your efforts on our behalf.
Keep up the fight
Jay Regas, Prisoner of the drug war
I really enjoy it, glad my old man brought it to my attention
and to his mother's; he got a 22-year sentence with no evidence,
just a snitch. He's 40-years-old, never in trouble before, always
helped toys for tots, muscular dystrophy, etc. Helped everybody,
lost his house, trucking business, tree farm, everything! He
started when he was 17 years old. I am in Minnesota, and he's
in Michigan. I go every month; he needs that, and I do too.
Now I work at McDonald's, don't make much, and I have a 16-year-old
daughter myself. It's not easy. A nightmare, he has a daughter,
12, whom her mother has turned against him, and all his so-called
friends are not there for him anymore. He never did drugs or
anything bad; now we just take it a day at a time.
I'm enclosing a petition for now and more to come later. I will
enclose a few stamps, all I can do for now. Keep up the good
work. I'll keep praying, for all men and women and families in
Sincerely, Shirley Kessel, Bob's old lady.
To the wonderful people who organize and send the Razor Wire
to the public and prisoners.
I am currently in the Florida Department of Corrections and would
like to become a member of the November Coalition. I was recently
given a copy of the Razor Wire by a friend and read it from cover
to cover I received so much legal advice that I was amazed. I
am not in prison for a drug charge, but other inmates are fighting
the same battle with the "system" as non-violent drug
I was sentenced under Florida's habitual offender statute, a
legal hook to incarcerate a person for an extended period of
time due to other offenses he or she may have committed in the
past. I was given three times the amount of time I scored under
Florida's point system. We all fight in our own way the injustices
prisoners suffer daily. I fight with every legal means available.
Under Florida's current system I had a non-violent charge but
could still be labeled as a habitual violent felony offender
because of a prior conviction.
If more people and organizations would speak out for the rights
of prisoners, maybe something will be done someday to end the
injustice of justice. I understand that the prison systems throughout
our country are a necessary evil, but how far do we let the evil
grow before we try to stop its growth? We could not function
as a society without law enforcement and prisons, but where do
we draw the line? Does the person arrested for dime "rocks"
deserve 20 years in prison? Does the person arrested with two
small marijuana plants deserve to serve 5 years in prison?
Well I'll close for now; thank you for your wonderful publication,
and remember we all fight in our own way, hopefully one day the
tree will bear some fruit for our common labors.