At the memorial service for AIDS activist and teacher John Bell, Waheedah Shabazz-El speaks about his passionate dedication to ACT UP Philadelphia; fighting for HIV prevention and medications for people around the planet; sharing principles for building a better world; and his work teaching and reaching out to incarcerated people living with HIV.
She also speaks about her own journey, made smoother and enriched by his mentorship: “He gave me hope that day…. He gave me the bridge I needed… to come out of that troubled water. And when I came to the other side, there you all were—this loving community. “
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This issue’s got
- Why Are So Many People Incarcerated in the U.S.? by Waheedah Shabazz-El
- The Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Movement by Tina Reynolds
- Prison Food: The 411 of Navigating the System by Tré Alexander
- Reach the Light by Kyle
- How to Obtain Your GED While in Prison or Out by Stanley J
- Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating MRSA by Ronda B, Suzy S, Bernard T, and Naseem B
plus, addresses in different regions of the U.S. to write for Advocacy and Support Resources and Informational Resources!
Prison Health News is a print newsletter read by 2,500+ people who are locked up in prisons and jails across the United States. It is produced by a Philadelphia-based collective of writers and editors, most of whom have been in prison and are living with HIV, and includes the work of imprisoned artists and writers. Our readers are living inside a system that denies them prevention tools and treatment information about HIV, hepatitis, and other health issues. They are dealing with medical neglect, daily humiliations driven by intense stigma, and the destruction of their communities by mass imprisonment. Continue reading