Tag Archives: Prison Industrial Complex

THRIVE: OUR VOICES RISING! FORUM

THRIVE: Our Voices Rising! by METRAC Forum for the 16 Days of Action Against Gender Violence For Women and Trans Peoples Saturday Nov. 29, 2014 in Toronto, Canada 10:00am-3:00pm (registration starts at 9:30am) Metro Hall, 55 John St. -Room 308/309 … Continue reading

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BLACK COFFEE POET READS @ SPINLAW 2014

Last Saturday I had the honour of reading at the York University Osgoode Hall Law School conference SPINLAW (Student Public Interest Network Legal Action Workshop) for the second year in a row! For SPINLAW 2013 I read a poem commissioned … Continue reading

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BCP READS @ POVERTY TO POWER 2013

Poverty to Power Reading By Jorge Antonio Vallejos Photo by Gerardo Correa This past Monday I presented 3 poems about racism in the workplace, violence against Aboriginal women, and the prison industrial complex at the Colour of Poverty 2013 conference: … Continue reading

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LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM CITY JAIL BY MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Here on blackcoffeepoet.com I publish letters.  Letters are personal, moving, and beautiful.  Martin Luther King Jr. wrote this letter 50 years ago (yesterday) and it is still relevant today.  Read, learn, act, write! Letter From A Birmingham Jail By Martin … Continue reading

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SOMETIMES COMMUNITY IS ABOUT KNOWING WHEN TO SAY “NO”

Sometimes Community Is About Knowing When To Say “No” By Jorge Antonio Vallejos In 2005 author Rick Moody said something that stuck with me.  He shared his disappointment with some of his fellow New York writers who were trying to … Continue reading

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THE HOMECOMING: A POEM ABOUT PRISON

It has been an interesting week.  On Monday I wrote about my criminal past while thinking of the future of an acquaintance who has been charged with first degree murder; and I explored the prison industrial complex.  A few people … Continue reading

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THE STORY BEHIND “THE HOMECOMING”, MY POEM ABOUT PRISON

The Story Behind The Homecoming, My Poem About Prison  By Jorge Antonio Vallejos I saw Butch about a month ago on Bloor Street.  He rode by on a bike as I was talking on a pay-phone. (Yes, pay-phones still exist and … Continue reading

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