Inmate Plasma Donor Project
Life is fleeting. It seems like only yesterday that my sentence of death was made public in a San Diego courtroom --- that was nearly seventeen years ago. With few delusions of reprieve, and even less in the way of faith in our mighty "just-us" system, I find myself faced with a deliberate rehabilitative aspiration --- becoming vocal and visible from beyond prison walls in a life-saving conversation, while drowning in the shallow end of the pool.
Lately, I've been losing sleep, wondering why it is that I tend to see things so differently from other people. Admittedly, at times I find it rather difficult to be truthful, not just with principles, but with myself. That said, I feel this article may fall upon some unwelcomed ears. I'm okay with that. Call it provisional knowledge, or choosing caution and societal demands over ambition. I suspect it'll get filtered through myriad partisan sieves, implicitly examined to determine whose interest it serves, only then to be swallowed or spit out on that basis alone.
No fake news here when I say that this nation's Covid-19 response has been an utter, vast, and humiliating disaster on so many levels. The logistics are daunting, I get it. But all viruses mutate as they infect populations far and wide, and well... SARS-COV-2 is certainly without exception. America continues to confront enormous unfamiliar challenges, and much of the stress is derived across the scale by and through the need to constantly adapt to brand new intel. Early on, some folks stepped on their zippers while arguing that we'd see nothing more than the equivalent of a bad flu season or two. Oh how this shitty virus proved them horribly wrong, huh?
Combined with that ignorance, a new learning curve has interacted in and around our political culture. Sadly, we've grown accustomed to intense politicized conflict over how we might avoid contact with out new reality. Even our own stupid president, "Captain Comb-Over" remains blindfolded, yet somehow particularly adept at manufacturing these same realities and bending world views to align themselves with his ego, all while downplaying the risks associated with contracting and spreading this viral killing machine, called Covid-19.
In the midst of this crisis, humanity must remain flexible and continue to acquaint itself with new evidence, conforming our responses to the reality of the pandemic itself, regardless what we think about it personally. Fact is, our knowledge could just be part of the same tentative learning curve. We just don't know for sure.
Where then do we get an honest assessment of the facts while striving to address our formidable challenges ahead? How do we minimize human costs and our economic burdens?
Unfortunately, for each and every deliberate peek into Covid-19, it seems that more questions invariably emerge, while others linger. Look, I'm not about to be tasked with explaining the stark differences in societal experiences with this virus, that's not what this is about. I'm also not trying to explain why some folks can simply fight it off while others surrender their lives to it. Clearly, clinical outcomes are dramatic. Truth is, an effective vaccine may be the only way out the pandemic, unpredictable and perhaps imperfect from each individual's beneficial standpoints, most-likely waning over time.
A lull of uncertainty exists in this picture however --- a window, uncomfortably-wedged in between contraction of the virus itself and a would-be promise of a vaccine.
Both federal and state health agencies remain actively engaged in dialogue about immunity as well as various convalescent therapies. One such stream of consciousness surrounds the use of donor plasma; the straw-colored liquid portion of our blood which serves as the medium that transports blood cells containing proteins, nutrients, and oxygen throughout our bodies.
In the wake of Covid's global reign of terror, our recommendation imagines a solution capable of circumventing political polarization. There's just no time for "red-tape bureaucratic enemas of sunshine".
We'd like to build the capacity to merge two industry giants --- The American Red Cross and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in a life-saving collaboration where antibody-rich donor plasma is made available by Covid-recovered STATE prisoners on an inducement-free voluntary basis.
A concept you've likely been hearing about recently is "Herd Immunity". If enough people acquire immunity, The Covid Killing Machine will continue running into dead ends as it tires desperately to spread --- eventually burning itself out.
While this efforts' potential effectiveness would be particularly modest in the people we're most eager to protect: the elderly and immunocompromised, we cannot forget that in a country as openly-expansive and mobile as ours, we will only ever be as healthy as our sickest fellow state. This proposed giving sense of community is a call for empathy, not apathy.
Facilitating licensed convalescent donor plasma recovery presents opportunities for clinical trials and investigational usage --- a process which inevitably protects humanity against threats of emerging infectious diseases.
Setting stigma aside, prisoners are not devoid of redeeming qualities. Like myself, we understand that healing is [our] shared responsibility.
CSP-SQSP #V-30064 NSS-4
San Quentin, California. 94964
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San Quentin, CA 94964
Published by Marcy James
Vocal and visible in various social justice movements, switching the narrative from revenge to redemption proves no easy task. An accomplished author, "A Portion of Thyself: Essential Reflections from Death Row," Michael remains proactive in efforts to galvanize like-minded global advocacy toward living inmate organ donation legislation on a national stage - replacing destruction with life through healing, rehabilitation and forgiveness. Inducement - free organ and tissue transplants for immediate biological match-worthy family members. Michael welcomes any and all participation as well as contributions in the form of U.S. Postage stamps to fuel his arduous snail mail campaign. Postage permitting, he will answer all.
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Portion of Thyself
Essential Reflections from Death Row
Published by Marcy James
Yesterday - Edited
Turning despair into promise from death row, this little book in its indomitable spirit explores self-worth and various other domains in our lives that need to be conquered ... non-clinical ingredients with purpose.
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