A few months ago I was in touch with a group of people that take time to write and exchange letters with political prisoners. letters with prisoners to share their stories and give each other human contact, love, and support. Because I volunteered in the same space that this group met, I was asked to digitize a zine they received from their contact in prison.
The Zine is very simple. It is made from 2 letter sized sheets of paper folded crosswise into an 8 page pamphlet with no staples (not allowed in prison). The cover is emblazoned with a hand drawn fist breaking through prison bars from within the state of texas, and the contents is mostly text that has been typed using a typewriter. The papers are worn and the text is patinad with the ink where the mechanical arms of the typewriter transferred text artifacts through the folded pages.
I digitized the zine by scanning the pages at the library, editing them in Gimp, and exporting everything as a pdf file instead of as a picture. The result is a 2mb file that can be printed off any duplex printer and made into a hard copy for distribution, at will. I completed the favor and shared the newly minted file, only to forget about the zine on my hard drive.
So here it is! –> A Historical Epic by Alvaro Luna Hernandez <–
I’m against American prison for the most part. In a few words, I associate A-prison with constant insecurity, alienation, terror, and intimidation. Why is it like this?! This system hurts nearly everyone involved, and in the long term, A-prison only seems to benefit concentrated power.
Don’t be confused, prison is welcome and necessary. However, the American form of prison is a degenerate and impoverished system that is immoral and sickening. It’s a penal-slave horror complex.
My love goes out to my brothers and sisters living in American prison. Your life is my life and my life is yours. We’re tangled up in each other.
Viva Alvero Luna Hernandez