Free World Music for Prisoners

Free World Music for Prisoners

An Appeal to Creators

Michael Armendariz

New Mexico prisoners and many other prisoners throughout this nation purchase music through the Access Corrections Company. Access gets their music from Google Play (Google’s self-censoring music app). The vast majority of music from my youth is absent from Google Play’s catalog. That music is important social […]

Election Day

Election Day

Lokito waited at the bus stop.  He bounced on the balls of his feet, laughing and full of nervous energy.  He had already forgot how cold these mornings could be as the breeze cut through his Pendleton.  The homie Enrique was with him and lent Lokito some books so he could play the part.  […]

Time Harvest Rights

Damn!Them fools got me again!Que jodido!Wrapping your mind around the totality of a gangster mentality shouldn’t be such aformidable task, right?So why all the bullshit?In the next time, after this time, when the scales are recalibratedshould I really still be here?well,I guess that depends on according to whom.but thank God for irony.Chicano.ChicanismoTribal warrior from amongst […]

Somebody’s Homie

What’s in a Name?

Obviously “Free Spook” isn’t a plea for mercy; my government name would work so much better for that. It isn’t a show of disrespect either though some people may take it that way. It is a call for justice. The technical requirements for what’s called a fair trial don’t always have much to do with […]

The Swamp

Dearly Beloved,
We are gathered here today to remember
                     The Swamp
Red, blue, purple, and orange sky
Evil sky where the demons fly

Carmen and Maria’s tio had drove home all fucked up again and his bumper clipped the fence. He stumbled in from out the trokita and admonished us,
                     “Enter through the warrior gate!
                     For wide […]

True Love

Filled with despair, anger, and sorrow – my eyes roll back in my head in dread of tomorrow –
My life and the pain in my heart is unbearable – will the irony of my life be told as a parable? –
Is my destiny dungeons, despair in these jails? – all of my love paid back […]

HU 1-A

Cholo’s in Skinny Jeans

Hip Hop’s Indelible Essays ~ (ahem) Esés