n.p. n.pub. . Five 8.5x11 inch mimeographed sheets stapled together at upper left corner, very good. Text of a speech delivered by the wife of an imprisoned activist, apparently at Cabrillo College.
The author was clearly known to his audience but not named anywhere in the document. "I send you my warmest greetings, but I must warn you that my warmth is drawn from the heat of profound anger. My anger is born of a certain enlightenment that has struggled up from the soul-suffocating oppression of half a lifetime spent in disease infested whorehouses called prisons. ... My anger comes of the knowledge of good and evil I have come to know - about imprisonment. My knowledge is that of the nigger, the chink, the spic, the kike, for I am all of these." (He notes that he is actually a blond, blue-eyed Protestant, but "name a ghetto worse than a prison"). Discusses the cases of various prisoners who killed themselves or went insane, as well as others he calls positive role models such as Eldridge Cleaver. From the content of the speech the author can be identified as the anonymous main compiler of the "Convict report on the major grievances of the prison population with suggested solutions" from San Quentin. He is mentioned, but not named, early in Chapter 6 of Eric Cummins' "The rise and fall of California's radical prison movement." Most of the text of the convict report was reprinted in Robert Minton's 1971 book, "Inside Prison American Style."