Holiday Letter from Grand Jury Resister Kteeo

From Committee Against Political Repression:

Hello Everyone!

Thank you so much for the awesome letters. I’m still working to write you all back, but please know that even if I have not written you back that your letters mean the world to me! Also, if you write to me, please include a return address inside. I have read them wrong sometimes and have had a few returned. You are all super rad, thank you!! I couldn’t do my thing without the epic support work ktogoing on! So a huge thanks to everyone doing any degree of support work. On to my next ramble:

So, holidays in prison can be a total bummer. I mean, the food is generally better than the usual day-to-day (hell yeah fresh veggies!) Besides the better food, they are just hard. There are several levels to this… A lot of the women I am in here with are mothers. Children are missed just a little more on holidays, and they are worried about a little more too. A lot of the mothers here constantly worry about how their imprisonment effects the consistency in their children’s lives. There is no other time this is discussed more than around the holidays. Not being able to carry out traditions, provide physical closeness during this emotional time of year, or to provide gifts (although there are some pretty cool faith-based groups who attempt to give gifts to children of incarcerated parents for the winter holidays, regardless of faith, but they don’t fill the need), are all things that are worried about. Mothers in here worry about conveying to their children that they are loved.

Besides many being mothers, women here are caregivers on “the outs” for aging parents and other family members and they have a very hard time being away during the holidays…worried about who those people will spend their lives with. PRISON DOES NOT JUST EFFECT THOSE INCARCERATED!!

It is also just sad to be away from my family (whether created or born-into family) during the holidays. On a personal note, I know that Christmas is going to be hella hard on me. I was never raised religious, but what I do believe in is the love of my family and every year I have spent Christmas with my mom, dad, and brother (who are awesome people), but this year I’ll be in the custody of BOP and I will be real, this makes me very sad. In regards to prison effecting much more than those incarcerated, I know that being in prison over the holidays is going to hurt my whole family and it is hard knowing that there is nothing I can do about it. We are close in our hearts and our minds and we have been making sure to remind each other of our love via phone, letters, and joint projects.

Sorry if I just bummed you all out. I want to assure you that I am doing fine. I just wanted to be real about my experience.

In other news, a huge shout out to CAPR folks as well as numerous ABC chapters and many unnamed groups of people and those of various ranges of kinds of political groups doing support on behalf of all of us.

A huge shout out to the rad folks in Honolulu,HI who keep writing me. You all are incredible. Will you please send me your return address? I haven’t been able to get it right and would love to get back to ya’ll.

Also Denver ABC thank you so much for your constant support.

To all of your, thank you and happy holidays!

In solidarity,

Kteeo

PS, Sad Christmas music came on while I was writing this, and I am finding it really funny.

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PRISON DOES NOT JUST EFFECT THOSE INCARCERATED!!

Affect is the verb. Effect is the noun.

This is NOT English class and you ARE NOT the teacher.

In solidarity,

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daedlanth

I wish the two of you would fall in a hole together and never reemerge.

Actually, asshole, before you try to critique someone else's grammar, maybe you should doublecheck the claims you're going to make in that effort:

"Both words can be used as either nouns or verbs, so that's not a foolproof distinction."

http://web.ku.edu/~edit/affect.html

I bet you're a white guy with dreadlocks.

I am a white guy with dreadlocks and I almost guarantee you the commenter above is not.

srsly fuck you.

paintingthegreyarea.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/literacy-privilege/

I just skimmed that blog and it is truly awful. Not that her heart isn't in the right place, but it's PC overkill. She is right that beating total strangers over the head with grammar corrections is, as she puts it, "an asshole move." However, that's NOT what's going on here at @news. We may be mostly strangers to each other, but we're presumably coming at each other with as level a playing field as is possible; her eating humble pie occurred when she was working in person with developmentally disabled people. There's a world of difference, so whatever point anonymous 19:38 is trying to make just by have that blog listed is lost on this forum.

Learning the difference between affect and effect is like learning the difference between your and you're, or between its and it's, or between there, their, and they're. Not putting in the effort makes the language abuser look careless and disrespectful.

i just dont get why it matters at all. it was an easy mistake and their meaning was obvious.

You probably don't get it because you are careless and disrespectful too.

grammatical mistakes aren't disrespectful- correcting the grammar of a comrade in prison is. and anything else posted as well. keep the grammatical corrections for peices people ask you to edit.

"you are careless and disrespectful too." This from the person who leaped to his high horse when someone said "inflammable," disrespectfully mocking them for saying something was not flammable when they meant flammable. When people pointed out that they are synonyms, as documented in all reliable resources, and that "flammable" was invented to prevent the careless confusion of fools who assumed "inflammable" meant not flammable--fools such as Mr. Grumpy--he hid behind saying it was merely his preference. You are a sad, pompous hypocrite, Mr. Grumpy.

It warms my heart to know I have a stalker, even if he is only a shitty little interwebz anon.

Another person who reads the comments on a-news = your stalker? Get over yourself, that's straight delusional.

You're so cute when you take yourself so seriously.

...says the guy who responds to ridicule by saying he's been stalked.

But you're the cute kind of stalker, the kind who is so thoroughly defanged by his own contradictory yearning for attention and anonymity. So cute, little fella. Glad to know that you'll always respond to anything I say so you'll be able to say you got the last word. That's why you're a stalker. But the cute kind...

"yearning for attention and anonymity"

Says the guy who has made a (pen) name for himself writing snotty pseudonymous grammatical corrections over the internet.

@News is hardly "the internet." I don't write grammatical corrections anywhere else. But like a true stalker, you exaggerate the influence of the person you love to hate. I can see the steam hissing out of your ears. Too cute.

On anarchistnews.org isn't over the internet...all right, guy. Oooh I'm steaming vegetables with my ear steam I'm so mad right now.....the celery stalks at midnight.

Claiming @news doesn't count as being on the internet is probably even funnier than telling people off for using "inflammable" correctly.
Yrs,
a different anon.

"Glad to know that you'll always respond to anything I say so you'll be able to say you got the last word."

Hmm...take another look at who is saying this.

Take a look at how many of your clones can't stop responding...

You are the one that can't stop responding because insisting you have a cute stalker is the closest you've come to actually dating.

Ha ha my "clones"....

"you exaggerate the influence of the person you love to hate."

"However, that's NOT what's going on here at @news. We may be mostly strangers to each other, but we're presumably coming at each other with as level a playing field as is possible; her eating humble pie occurred when she was working in person with developmentally disabled people."
Yeah, but all North American anarchists are retarded, so it's pretty similar.

"Abolish laws! No gods, No masters! Fuck the system imposed on us! But we'll keep the grammer rules, and bash those who don't adhere to them, or aren't as educated and even have dyslexia.

Anarchy, I think you're doing it wrong.

Let's change the language & make it more user friendly rather than keeping oppression & it's white male western academic mindset

when all you need to do to insult something is label it "white", "male", "western", and let's not forget "heterosexual" than any meaning behind an anti-authoritarian (not authoritarian leftist) privilege analysis is lost.

FFS, its, not "it's."

FFS, no one cares.

Those who care about clear and unambiguous communication care.

No one was confused by the typo, so, no, those people don't care, either, FFS.

Nobody was confused because the error is so pervasive, but that's no excuse. Similarly, everyone knows what "hella" means, but it still remains a linguistic abomination.

One person's typo is another's careless ignorance.

Nobody was confused because the meaning was clear and most people don't get off on side-tracking the conversation into meaningless grammar geek-downs.

You embarrass me. Imagine me saying this in Vin Diesel's voice.

There's a conversation to sidetrack? Dude, you're straight delusional.

Sidetrack is one word; no hyphen.

Imagine me saying this in Chazz Palminteri's voice: You're dead. Go bury yourself.

In this post Mister Grumpy admits he doesn't even realize people are talking about things. He only notices the typos. What a useless clown. He cares so much about something so meaningless but he can't even use the reply button correctly.

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