Category: Articles by Rand Gould

Know Your Enemy: The New COINTELPRO and the Slippery Slope of Identity Politics

“The need not to mistake enemies for friends is especially great for us.”- Yaki Sayles “We would have been crushed like cockroaches if it were not for the anarchists and the antifascists.” –Cornel West “When one’s opponents are friendly to each other, divide them.” –Sun Tzu   Not too distant history has shown us how

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New Mail Policy in Michigan Prisons: Billionaires Profit at the Expense of Prisoners, their Families and Friends, and U.S. Postal Service

When the state is most corrupt the laws are multiplied. –Tacitus Effective November 1st, 2017, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) has instituted a new mail policy, which they falsely claim will stem the flow of contraband, primarily the controlled substances suboxone and fentanyl, into Michigan prisons, when they well-know over 80 percent of all

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A Brief Outline of Unlawful Mail Censorship in Michigan Prisons

People imprisoned within the many prisons of the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), have a constitutionally guaranteed right to send and receive mail, especially via the United States Postal Service (USPS), as do the people and organizations that send them mail, as set forth in the Michigan Constitution of 1963, art. 1, §5 and the

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Michigan Prisoners Rise Up!

“The everyday activity of slaves reproduces slavery. Through their daily activities, slaves do not merely reproduce themselves and their masters physically; they also reproduce the instruments with which the master represses them, and their own habits of submission to the master’s authority.” – Fredy Perlman, “The Reproduction of Daily Life” (1969) Not since the 1980s, when

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Letter to the Editor: Taxpayer Dollars Wasted Closing and Reopening Prisons

“As we all realize, punishment was never much of a deterrent, and could scarcely have afforded comfort to a victim already dead.” – Philip K. Dick, Minority Report (1956) Dear Editor, While state roads crumble the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) is wasting millions of taxpayer-dollars to remodel and reopen a long-closed “temporary” prison in

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Hiawatha Temporary Facility (HTF): Status as of August 2015

In approximately 1990-91, HTF was opened as a “Temporary” prison, as part of the Michigan Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) vast prison building program, precipitated when its existing capacity was overwhelmed by an irrational “tough-on-crime” policy. The MDOC received a building code exemption so it would not have to install a fire suppressions system, i.e., sprinklers,

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A Journey to Death’s Door: The Last Step for Lifers in Michigan’s Prisons

On Oct. 13th, I was taken for a long ride, with two corrections officers (C/Os) and another prisoner, to the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Duane Waters Hospital (Waters) in Jackson to have laser tomography (a sort of layered photo) of my eyes to see how far my macular degeneration has advanced. This road-trip, my

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