May 19, 2014

Mindful Living

From Mindful In Bedlam by Daniel Labbe (author's profile)


mindful living is a group designed to bring incarcerated people together so they can help each other meet the challenges of prison-life in a fulfilling way. we may be incarcerated but that does not make us powerless. our lives and our personal and spiritual development are still in our hands; no person, system, or authority can take that from us. believe it or not, we can lead meaningful an fulfilling lives that make a difference.we can learn ways to enjoy life while we meet the challenges of this environment. it sis up to us claim responsibility for our experience of life, and we can do that by using the power of mindfulness and or freedom to choose.
what is the freedom to choose? VIKTOR FRENKL (SURVIVOR OF A NAZI DEATH-CAMP) ONCCE WROTE: "Everything can be taken from a


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Lindapolk Posted 5 years, 8 months ago. ✓ Mailed 5 years, 8 months ago   Favorite
I really enjoyed reading your recommendations for prison reform and wondered if you would like an opportunity to write something a little different. My husband, Andy, and I are writing a book about the institutionalized (legal) prejudice against people with felony convictions. For example, Andy was given a life-without sentence as the result of felonists trying to keep us apart, and after a 6 year court battle, he has been out for almost 10 years. Our federal case is Dixon, William v Holland, 1999 or 2000.

Now that it is more difficult for some folks to make money from racism, sexism, and the other "isms" a small group of people who have grown powerful and wealthy by getting the masses to abuse one segment of society have turned their attention to felons in the last 30/40 years. It is now legal to discriminate against felons before and after their incarceration. We call this discrimination, "felonism". Since coining the term, we see its negative effects in every part of our society. It is considered acceptable to laugh about people being raped in prison because they are felons. Children with incarcerated parents refuse to cooperate with school staff because they parallel the CO's and prison staff who separate them from their parents. Cooperating with a teacher would be a betrayal of their incarcerated parent. New laws are being created daily to oppress people with felony convictions, and society does not even realize how they have been duped into believing all felons are dangerous people. Our goals are to eliminate institutional felonism, prevent generational incarceration, and have all prisons turned into healing centers.

Andy and I are writing a book, "Felonism: Hating in Plain Sight" Most of the book will be real-life stories about exact ways in which felonism has affected people's lives, but those using it and those receiving felonism. You are welcome to share events from your life that have been generated by people who discount you as a human being based on the fact that you have a felony. While we cannot pay you for your submission, we can publish your name and contact information so that more people will know about your situation and possibly keep in contact. Since you appear to be a solutions oriented person, I'd love it if you could write about changes that you see could help overcome felonism.

You are welcome to share this request for submissions with others. We may not put everyone in the book, but we will use as many stories as possible either in the book or on a blog. Nothing will be published without a consent form being signed, which I will send after editing each submission. Submissions can be mailed to P. O. Box 128071, Nashville, TN 37212 or emailed to this address, but I would prefer emails at
I hope to hear from you soon.

Linda Polk

Daniel Labbe Posted 5 years, 7 months ago.   Favorite
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