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Understanding the Big Picture by Prison Poster Project
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really liked it
bookshelves: art, politics

Welp!, you're certainly not going to get an 'unbiased' review of this one from me! The person who gave this to me, etta cetera, is an old friend & collaborator of mine. She's also one of the hardest-working people dedicazted to furthering social justice that I've ever known. For the past 8 yrs or so she's increasingly focused on prison issues. As etta says: "No-one's the worst thing they've ever done" & her dedication to understanding the plight of prisoners is imbued w/ that attitude. Prison activists usually realize that 'criminals' are often victims 1st & are imprisoned b/c they lack the financial clout to keep themselves out. Whaetever one's attitude toward 'criminals' may be, this bk & the accompanying DVD-R (wch I helped make) are a lovingly researched educational tool that're formed on encouraging artistic expression amongst prisoners. Contributions from close to 200 people gathered over a 5 yr period describe thru words & pictures the prison system in particular & the society surrounding it in general. This work is rough & in progress but it's completely AUTHENTIC in its attempt to get real about how simple-minded it is to divide the world up into 'good' & 'evil'. You'll never see George Bush in jail but he's responsible for more death than anyone on death row.. & he's just an obvious example. Such a statement isn't meant to justify the murders commited by people in prison, it's just meant to put the class nature of punishment in perspective.

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Reading Progress

October 19, 2008 – Shelved
Started Reading
November 8, 2008 – Shelved as: art
November 8, 2008 – Shelved as: politics
November 8, 2008 – Finished Reading

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