Vegan in Prison?!

Originally posted on Jan Smitowicz--Author:

From 2010 through 2012, I served just under two years in Illinois prisons. Aside from a few accidents based on false information, I stayed vegan in County Jail, in Receiving (24-hour lockdown), for my 18 months in the high-minimum-security Jacksonville Correctional Center, and my three months in the medium-security “Disciplinary Prison,” Logan Correctional Center. You may be surprised to find that, overall, it wasn’t at all hard to be vegan, even in Midwestern-U.S. prisons!

Note that I used the caveat overall. Because at the beginning, it was physically outrageous. Dangerous, even. When my mother and I said our tearful goodbyes on the Henry County Jail steps, I was chubbier (on purpose) than I’d been since early puberty. That fine spring day, I weighed 183 pounds.

My two weeks in County Jail were . . . less than nourishing. I ate mostly white bread, peanut butter and jelly, dry…

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Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org: #JusticeForMikeBrown

TheRewildWest:

Great piece about Michael Brown’s killer.

Originally posted on MrMilitantNegro™:

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A grand jury announcement in the case against Police Officer Darren Wilson is expected any day now — and recent reports seem to indicate that Wilson will not be charged for killing Mike Brown.1 It’s painfully unjust and a direct result of Governor Nixon’s failure to lead. Instead of intervening in prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s mishandling of this case, Governor Nixon has chosen to sit idly by.

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There is still time for Gov. Nixon to do what’s needed to secure justice for Mike Brown. Will you demand a special prosecutor before it’s too late?

Unless Gov. Nixon takes action, Darren Wilson will not be held fully accountable.Prosecutor McCulloch has refused to step aside or provide Mike Brown’s family with a fair and just trial of their son’s killer. But Gov. Nixon has both the responsibility and influence to move McCulloch off the case and restore integrity to Missouri’scriminal…

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My Recent Radio Interview

TheRewildWest:

This is from my writing website =)

Originally posted on Jan Smitowicz--Author:

Great interview with me on Go Vegan Radio with Bob Linden this past Sunday! We discussed a whole range of topics, including veganism (natch), animal rights and liberation, the inherent racism of the American “justice” system, my time in prison, the vile Monsanto corporation, and my debut novel ORANGE RAIN, from which I read a short but powerful excerpt. Available for listening here:

http://www.goveganradio.com/2014/09/10/07-september-2014/

Learn more about ORANGE RAIN here:

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My Debut Novel Published in Paperback!

A legless veteran and his Vietnamese girlfriend embark on a cross-country journey through the dark heart of mid-1980s America to exact revenge on the loathsome Monsanto Corporation, whose Agent Orange decimated both their lives.

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From the illicit pharmaceutical underworld of San Francisco’s Tenderloin to the cocaine-dusted film set of amputee porn in booming Las Vegas; from the urban-industrial hideout of vegan militant black revolutionaries to a botched backyard lynching by Texas frat boys and the liberation of their chained, abused pit bull. . . Orange Rain hurtles from one stunning scene to the next, swaying between the hilarious and the hideous. Its humor is darker than the Marlboro Man’s coffee (and his lung cancer). A wildly twisted novel, but also one with undeniable heart and compassion. It is an ode to humans’ ability to endure in the face of horrific suffering. A celebration of feminine strength and spirit. You’ve likely never read anything quite like it.
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“The eco-warriors next door embark on a lightning round of vigilante justice. Orange Rain is what happens when the Monkey Wrench Gang goes Death Wish and moves from the scrubland to the streets. Literature that incites.” -Peter Young, former ALF prisoner, chief editor at Animal Liberation Frontline

http://www.amazon.com/Orange-Rain-A-Revenge-Novel/dp/0990360717/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407356480&sr=8-1&keywords=smitowicz

Thanks to my wonderful, egalitarian, vegan-owned, Eco-conscious publisher Trebol Press for taking this on! www.TrebolPress.com

“Orange Rain is not a politically correct novel—which is why it is so appealing . . . [the main] character has a clear revenge mission he never wavers from. Revenge is exacted on more than one oppressor, including two different rapists . . . [It's] the type of book that could never be published by a mainstream publisher, as they would be too afraid to touch the taboo subjects it contains. Jan Smitowicz’s first novel . . . is fast-moving, fun to read, and isn’t the same old tired thing we see coming from traditional publishers.” -Kimberly Steele, author of Forever Fifteen and other novels

“A compelling, fast-paced adventure through some of society’s most intriguing subcultures . . . filled with incisive political commentary. This timely and important novel is a must read for anyone concerned about the state of the planet, or simply looking for a good read.” -Camille Marino, former political prisoner, founder of Negotiation is Over and Eleventh Hour for Animals

“An exciting new author with a new voice to bring to the world of fiction. The literary world is in desperate need of more writers like him.” Veronica Rosas, playwright

Travel Theme: GLOW

At Children's Pool in San Diego (check out the glow on not just the water, but the rocks, too!)

At Children’s Pool in San Diego (check out the glow on not just the water, but the rocks, too!)

The near-incandescence of a CA poppy.

The near-incandescence of a CA poppy.

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Taken with a terrible camera, but I just love the subject and the GLOW!

Taken with a terrible camera, but I just love the subject and the GLOW! (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA)

Point Reyes, CA

Point Reyes, CA

 

Thanks Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack for another great theme!