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Seeing John Battaglia

DPD

  The room was cold. It’s always cold in there. I was alone. Waiting. It seems that the purpose of prison is to wait. The seat was cold too. I laid my head on the little ledge. Sleep came quickly. I can’t remember if I dreamed or not. When you’re on death row, everything seems […]

Denton, Texas: The Noose / Racist USA

JH.

  People live. People laugh. People dance. People love Denton. Everything they could ever want and more exist within the city limits. Truth is a frightening thing. Words can make reality appear much different than it is. The veil is quite thin. When pushed aside, Denton looks very different. White people live. White people laugh. […]

The Tourniquet Killer?

TDCJ

        Tonight, the State of Texas (that’s us) executed (killed) Anthony Shore, otherwise known as the tourniquet killer.   Though the stories are slightly different, the result is the same. They were all murdered.   Laurie Tremblay was 14.   Maria Estrada was 21.   Diana Rebollar was 9.   Dana Sanchez […]

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church: Where Jesus Sleeps

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church

  Though I have many dear friends that are United Methodist and love many of the teachings of Methodism, I hate the United Methodist Church. I hate the unity at all costs mentality. I hate the silence. I hate the caution. I hate the ists and isms that the denomination perpetuates. I could go on […]

Killer of the Dream: Greg Abbott and the North Texas MLK Parade

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  “What would you like to be when you grow up?” The question pumped fear through my veins. I tried to grabbed my thoughts…but they wouldn’t come. Finally, I stood my tallest and answered defiantly, “I want to be the President of the United States of America…just like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” My teacher […]

Learn to love again: An Annual Letter to the Editor

Photo by Mathew MacQuarrie on Unsplash

    December 31, 2017     *published in multiple publications     Learn to love again     Christopher Wilkins, Terry Edwards, Rolando Ruiz, James Bigby, TaiChin Preyor, Robert Pruett and Ruben Ramirez.   Supposedly, their demise made us safer. I doubt that you’ve heard these names. I doubt that you know you killed […]

Jesus Murdered Twice in Bexar County…Merry Christmas.

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  Bexar County, Texas-   Tires screeched. Adrenaline rushed. Time raced. This is what these cowboys lived for. They caught her in the very act of theft. She was going to pay. Did they see a gun? It’s hard to say. But don’t they always see a gun? Such words are always an excuse to […]

School Names Shouldn’t Be Racist

Denton Independent School District

  “The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation…until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country.” -Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States / in the film Birth of a Nation This is racist. Just the […]

We Killed Damon Allen.

Texas Gov/Family

  2 Men in Uniform.   We told him that he could serve his country. We told him that we would be proud. We told him that he would be taken care of. We told him…   The station looked like most others. The recruiters were used car salesmen…only they specialized in warm bodies. The […]

The Gurney Destroyed: A Lesson in Defiance

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  *These are the final paragraphs from one of my latests…The Execution of God, published by Chalice Press.     Throughout the day, I will travel to the execution chamber in Huntsville. Instead of commemorating Holy Week in a place of worship, I’ve chosen to experience the passion of Jesus in Adam Ward. When the […]

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