My inmate number is ND7568, and I’m calling up from SCI Chester. This is Kenjuan Congo, Jr. reporting from the belly of the beast.
Here at SCI Chester, we have the Real RAT Program founded by two prisoners, Matthew Garcia, and Rusty Fresca Toure. This is a social advocacy through art program, and not just art in a sense of drawing and painting, but poetry, writing, music, public speaking, and all other forms of artistic expression.
What I like about the program? It’s established and run by credible well-respected prisoners. Matthew and Rusty both have numerous trips to the hole and have spent extended time in isolation. Normally groups such as this are run by boot lickers and butt kissers. I’m proud to say they finally broke the trend. What they were able to do without compromising their principles is a testament to their character. This is one of the reasons that even the most hardened and militant prisoners respect this program.
When you walk into the Real RAT Program, you are greeted with a red glitter waxed to perfection with a picture of a lion in the middle of it. Signatures of prisoners, staff, professors, and students are painted on the walls. Plants, music, ambience, a place of rejuvenation for freedom fighters and those in the rest. The Real RAT Program worked universities, politicians, professors, activists, and the list goes on and on, a reflection of their endless fight for social justice.
As a prison abolitionist, I support this program. Matthew and Rusty created a motion that we can take, introject in our own individual direction. For more on the Real RAT Program, contact Matthew Garcia and Rusty Fresca Tour at SCI Chester in Pennsylvania. They have my support. The Real RAT Program.
This is Kenjuan Congo, Jr. reporting from the belly of the beast. Thank y’all. All power to the people.
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