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Smudge out of jail #1, mourning

Brothers and sisters as I begin to reconstruct my personal life after incarceration I first turn my attention to my brothers and sisters in Arizona as we observe mourning. The wildfire tragedy has struck home to us as my brother Les has lost his son-in-law, one of the Hotshots and we have been so beset that we have not been allowed to mourn in our own way.

So this morning we have stayed up all night and we are offering prayers to our fallen, to our townspeople and we are offering prayers to our ancestors, our fallen, our families and first we want to say thank you to all the people, the Oyate who grieve with us and as we ask the Great One, the Holy One, Father of us all to instruct us and guide our hearts.

We have suspended business and today as my brothers and sisters will simply mourn.

I, Smudge, am restored to freedom at this time. In coming days I will make a full account of events and I am given to know that accounts have been kept. Words cannot describe our gratitude at this moment for not just this event but a confluence of....punishment has been visited upon us, my small tribe and we are simply reeling.

Right now we are conducting prayers in Cherokee, Llennappe, Dine'h, Spanish, English, Lakota and Cree and we are begging our acestors to be with us now.

Pilamaye Yelo, Oyasin.

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It is good to see you are out

It is good to see you are out and can attend to matters. Prayers go out to you and your family, my condolences. Please inform us of more details when you can.
Lots of love on behalf of your Karuk brothers.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Smudge Pot, you are in my thoughts & prayers

I'm leaving on a trip tomorrow, and won't be back for a couple of weeks. In the mean time, I sent a little something your way, per Bill's post the other day. I hope it helps.

Take care brother, I'll be praying for you from the sky, and from Japan.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Brother Michael yes and yes.

I am at this time free. I may be facing charges in the future. And life as I know it is upside down. With your and all of the love and support of DP I must now fashion a new life arrangement. I hope in coming weeks and months to return stronger and better and if free I'll be able to offer updates. As Kokesh and others have and will continue to be subject to the punitive powers of state I hope to have the opportunity to relend this support and somehow not only keep us together but to strengthen us in our mission. Or respective missions.

Not much else to add to that for now but when things resolve, man do I have some great story telling material. Amazing how well you can get to know people when you are locked up in a cell with them.

Yeah final note actually, brother, people, so many people in that jail and others? They are sorely lacking for people like us.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

wolfe's picture

I have often thought...

A "libertarian" outreach to prison would be an excellent way to help people who need it, and grow the movement.

Johnny Cash built an entire career on prison outreach... :)

And I'm glad to hear you are doing well again, at least for the moment.

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http://www.thephilosophyofliberty.com/

I can tell you for certain they need ministry

I was in jail and that's a shorter term holding facility (max seemed to be about 3-4 months). The interests of most people there was simply getting through it so prayer and bible study are pretty popular as is more common forms of counseling. Hope is at a premium.

I think there's a place for political teachings but probably in the prison system. There's an acclimation process you go through and frankly it's very difficult to concentrate on anything but getting through at first. This is a common finding among us prisoners.

I think one would have to chose between spiritual/religious counseling and political education/leadership because put the two together in a sealed environment like a prison and you basically have a cult going. A very slippery slope for the counselor/educator.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

wolfe's picture

I think keeping them separate is important...

But for different reasons.

I decided to start looking up how to enact something like this and generally, the easiest way in is through religion, so some effort would have to be taken to prove to the prisons that it is to provide assistance for rehabilitation somehow for them to allow it.

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http://www.thephilosophyofliberty.com/

Aside from "men" and "women", I think "incarcerated"

is the next largest subset of the population.

Author of Shades of Thomas Paine, a common sense blog with a Libertarian slant.

http://shadesofthomaspaine.blogexec.com

Also author of Stick it to the Man!

http://www.amazon.com/Stick-Man-Richard-Moyer/dp/1484036417

my prayers go out to you and your kinfolk

I LOVE YOU ALL!

PEACE will find it's way

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

My condolences to you and yours.

Paul

Free includes debt-free!

Warm welcome!

Hugs, and prayers.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

Welcome back Smudge!!!!!!

We missed you :3

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien

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Freedom! warm welcome

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What did you go to jail for?

Didn't find your post clear

wolfe's picture

Seconded...

I would really like to understand because Smudge has (from what I have seen) generally been very articulate and on point, as well as reasonable.

It strikes me as strange to hear Smudge was arrested. There are other members which I feel it would be far more likely to end up in jail...

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http://www.thephilosophyofliberty.com/

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Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity.
But silence is impossible.
Silence screams.
Silence is a message,
just as doing nothing is an act.

Let who you are ring out and resonate
in every word and every deed.
Yes, become who you are.
There's no sidestepping your own being
or your own responsibility.

What you do is who you are.
You are your own comeuppance.
You become your own message.

You are the message.

prison writings - my life is my sun dance - leonard peltier

Wo Lakota Om

Najum

Leonard Peltier. The example demands the very highest we are capable of giving. But as I have seen at this very small time,

there is a time and a place.

Choose your time and place wisely, Oyasin.

My recent peace teaching specified that we do not choose our field of battle but rather that it's brought to us or upon us by evil and wicked people or powers and their time and place of attack is not of our choosing, they hit us when we are weak and they think they have the best chance of beating us.

Oyasin, I will continue with you.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

Smudge!

Welcome back, we missed you!

Big bump

Great to see you regain your freedom SP.

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Welcome back Smudge

It's just not the same without you.