I’m a man of action. So it bothers me I’m stuck in prison and thus limited in the impact I can make in this world to help myself, help my family, and to help others. I could do more to make a difference behind these walls, but DOC doesn’t offer me much of an opportunity to do so. In my efforts to save young prisoners here at Great Meadow, I spearheaded the effort to get a shietsu netsu study group approved.
Shietsu netsu is a Kemetic ancient Egyptian religion that teaches self-discovery—or to know thyself—and self-mastery. Shietsu netsu pushes us to walk the earth as giants, being reflections of God, doing great and wonderful deeds. Being that DOCs won’t recognize and approve UFD, I decided to use Shietsu netsu to reach young prisoners. Lo and behold, facility administrators here at Great Meadow are deliberately sabotaging my efforts.
First, they make us designate the religion we want to participate in. This entails having to fill out a form and to submit it to the coordinator chaplain. I had young guys doing this, but their forms are not being processed or turned up missing. Second, others are being told they have to wait 12 months before they can change their religious designation. Third, I was told I couldn’t help guys through this process. Fourth, even though I spearheaded the effort to get the shietsu netsu study group approved, I was spitefully passed over for the appointment as it’s facilitator, so I can’t officially run it.
If DOC’s were to unleash me as an agent of change, I would be more of a benefit than not. To those of you listening, I need your help. I need people to volunteer to help me fight this injustice. Help me promote my free Dontie Mitchell Facebook page. Help me lobby to get my UFD organization approved and recognized.
I’m also preparing to file a federal lawsuit to fight DOC’s decision to disapprove UFD and to stop the sabotage of my efforts. That’s going to cost money. I ask that you get together with my friend, Brittany Baez, and organize a support committee that can help me in all that I’m working to do. Give me a chance.
This is Dontie S. Mitchell, better known Mfalme Sikivu, reporting to you from Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, New York. Thank you for listening, and God bless.
(Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.