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VIPP in the news!!!!!

Posted in Community Outreach, Prison Poetry & Other Writings, Prison Voices, Prisoner Families, Prisoner Outeach with tags , , on March 6, 2010 by viprisonproject

http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2010/03/02/film-screening-stirs-passions-crime-and-punishment

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Community Outreach

Posted in Community Outreach, Information About Our Work, Prisoner Families with tags , , on January 12, 2010 by viprisonproject

Prisoner Family Support Network

VIPP Community Outreach – St. Thomas

Posted in Community Outreach, Prison Poetry & Other Writings, Prisoner Families with tags , , on January 12, 2010 by viprisonproject

VIPP Community Outreach - Tutu Park Mall, St. Thomas VI

“Road”

Posted in Prison Poetry & Other Writings, Prisoner Families with tags on May 24, 2009 by viprisonproject

We celebrated  that day,
emancipated, while the esteemed
minister exalted, challenging us
to independence in freedom city.
160 years and still counting.

Blocking my path as
I marched toward the
same fortress where your
ancestors called for the Fire
long ago – ‘Come with me’ –
I called to you.
My fingers already wrapped
tightly around your wrist.

A stranger I recognized,
long before I had seen
the book about the soldiers
of Lewisburg and Terre Haute.
The newspaper I’d read
months earlier did smell
of your smooth and dark skin.

Besides,
there were whispers
of the gifts Charlie
had given when
he made his
executive Christmas list.
You smiled brightly that
December morning,
not knowing that I had long
begun the journey
down your road.

The woman cried
for her son,
when the white man
burned in his bed.
And I heard the voices
calling for abolition
while both the enslaved
and the freed cautioned
that it would not be possible.
I went anyway.

Perfumed lips part,
singing the sweet fragrance
of a julie mango.

You
are the thunder
and the lightning –
Warrior, of the Gorilla tribe.
Power. Full. Beautiful
and strong.

You,
are the benny .
Do you remember me?

Anna Lee

“Your Full Moon”

Posted in Prison Poetry & Other Writings, Prisoner Families with tags on May 20, 2009 by viprisonproject

The full moon that hangs in your
little window up on the ridge
in Big Stone Gap
is the same full moon that hangs in
my window on the hill
over Charlotte Amalie.

The illumined sky in which
it shines for you,
is the same sky that
brightens for me.

So it is with the air
that you breathe –
it forms my breath too.

When you open your eyes
I see all that you see.

The Spirit living in you –
that same Spirit dwells
within me.

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