Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics, and Spirituality
May 13, 2011 2:57 PM Subscribe
"I realized that I was one of those extremely rare individuals who was a former POW of the drug war, and who got out and had the opportunity to share his story with the world."
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"It kind of makes an activist out of you when 3 helicopters land in your backyard and guys jump out with guns and destroy your place before your very eyes."
is a documentary [complete film] [trailer]
and an ongoing memoir
, a work of “spiritual journalism”, and eventually "a documentary archive of interviews and testimonies […] revealing the far-ranging consequences of the War on Drugs to the American Criminal Justice System
.""The project will unfold over a two year period
, beginning with the online release of this first feature-length documentary and then continuing on throughout 2011 and 2012 with a nationwide series of screenings, and the online release of short films and complete interviews from each of the 100 participants in the project, meant to represent the 1 in 100 Americans that are currently sitting behind bars."
It's being headed by Charles Shaw, who is also releasing a book of the same name one chapter at a time
..."It is a memoir of his life as a writer, addict, activist, prisoner, and spiritual seeker, a mosaic of his descent into shadow, his personal reckoning, and the long slow crawl back out to reclaim his life, heal the past, and start over."
You could start with How This Book Came to Be and Why You Are Reading It Online
: "I realized that I could spend years fruitlessly trying to get a neutered version of this book published through the standard model, in an industry that was in its twilight, until the book itself was no longer relevant. Or I could get ahead of the trends, be part of vanguard publishing model, and put it on the internet for everyone to see."
However, the story really begins at 4:30am on tier 1A of Division 5 at the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois