Stop the Presses! I Want to Get Off! : A Brief History of the Prisoners' Digest International

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  • Copyright: 2012-08-01
  • Publisher: Michigan State Univ Pr

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The final book in the groundbreaking Voices from the Underground series, Stop the Presses! I Want to Get Off!, is the inspiring, frenetic, funny, sad, always-cash-starved story of Joe Grant, founder and publisher of Prisoners' Digest International, the most important prisoners' rights underground newspaper of the Vietnam era. From Grant's military days in pre-Revolutionary Cuba during the Korean War, to his time as publisher of a prounion newspaper in Cedar Rapids and his eventual imprisonment in Leavenworth, Kansas, Grant's personal history is a testament to the power of courage under duress. One of the more notorious federal penitentiaries in the nation, Leavenworth inspired Grant to found PDIin an effort to bring hope to prisoners and their families nationwide.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Editor's Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xxi
Stop the Presses! I Want to Get Off!: A Brief History of the Prisoners' Digest International
Prisons and Prisons, My Daughters and Sonsp. 3
Godless Country Not the Worst Countryp. 4
Witnessing and Experiencing Violencep. 6
Cuba: Political Beginnings While Korea Cooksp. 7
Robert "Bobby" Vaughn: Poet of the Revolutionp. 10
No Room in the Revolution for Druggiesp. 12
Cuba Owned by the U.S.p. 12
Any Prostitutes in Your Family?p. 13
Why Do Poets Have to Carry Guns?p. 14
The Case of the Missing Springfield Riflesp. 16
Kicked out of SERTOMAp. 17
Bombed Out, Burned Down, and Charged with the Crimep. 18
How to Pay for a Daily Newspaperp. 22
Behind the Wallsp. 24
Unitarian Universalists Turn to Crime for CLF Booksp. 26
A Unitarian Universalist News Underground and Behind the Wallsp. 32
Prison: A Mirror of the Free Worldp. 35
The Prisoners Can Vote… But!p. 37
A Proliferation of Child Abusersp. 38
Rule by Traditionp. 40
"Laying Out My Winter Clothes"p. 48
My Dilemma: Hobby Craft or Jesusp. 50
Buck Naked at the Liquor Store, Minneapolis, Minnesotap. 51
Prison Art Attracts Collectorp. 55
Chapel Builder Busy Building Wardensp. 57
Getting Organized on the Cheapp. 58
Hot, Dusty Roads between Prisonsp. 61
Community Support Grows for PDIp. 63
The First Issuep. 71
Oatmeal and Love: Bringing Kids to the Tablep. 73
Law Section Attracts Jailhouse Lawyers; First PDI Generates First Subscribersp. 86
PDI Stops Extradition of Arkansas Escapeep. 91
Success Was Killing Usp. 93
The Kids and the Consp. 99
National Lawyers Guild: "Give the Prisoners Their PDIs"p. 103
A Halfway House Like a Homep. 104
"Go Catch a Rabbit"p. 105
Arkansas Escapee Told to "Cool It"p. 107
George Jackson Murdered in San Quentinp. 107
Playboy Kicks in Cash, Boosts Subscriptionsp. 110
Attica, NYp. 112
Attica: Racist Inside and Outp. 113
Join Me and Avoid a Massacrep. 114
Forty-Year Aftermath to Atticap. 116
Muslims Accused of Precipitating Attica Riotsp. 117
Tom Murton Leads Rally for Escapeep. 118
Subscription Drives inside the Wallsp. 120
Women Prisoners Protestp. 123
PDI Ends Innocent Indian Boy's Six Years in Prisonp. 124
Thankfully, He Didn't Order 1,000 Subscriptionsp. 126
Judge Leo Oxberger Rules for Prisonersp. 132
A Birthing at 505p. 136
The Church of the New Songp. 139
On the Road with the PDIp. 139
I Find a Religion and Challenge Contemporary-Prison-Normalp. 141
CREATION: The Arts in Prison: The Total Participation Publicationp. 144
The PDI Buys a Collegep. 146
Jailhouse Lawyers: That Special Group of Prisonersp. 148
Attica Massacre Rememberedp. 151
Dr. Schein's Behavior-Modification Tacticsp. 151
Behavior Modification and Eddie Sanchezp. 154
Shiloh Harry Theriaultp. 155
Clinton, Iowa, Neighbors Play Hardball with the PDIp. 156
The College Is Stormedp. 160
Ghosts on Our Side in Haunted Bulger's Hollowp. 161
They're Coming to Take Us Away, Ha Hap. 164
Following the Activists into Georgevillep. 169
First Issue of Prisoners' Digest Internationalp. 171
A Difficult Existencep. 174
The Iowa City "Lynching" of Mike Roep. 176
Georgeville Project Finds Outside Fundingp. 178
Goodbye, 505; Goodbye, PDIp. 179
Chas DuRain, Editorial Artistp. 183
Our Charity Begins in Georgevillep. 184
Prisoner's Death Sparks Protests at Leavenworthp. 186
The FBI Visits Georgevillep. 189
Enter Jerry Teterud and Bud Willard for Iowa and the Fedsp. 191
The Last PDIp. 196
Never a Greater Needp. 198
Into the Future: Rambling Thoughts as I Being This Story Up to Date
9 to 5p. 203
Georgeville Comrade Has Me Back on the Farmp. 204
Charityp. 205
Off to Arizonap. 206
Meridelp. 206
Cubap. 207
The PDI and CNS Archivesp. 209
Afterwordp. 213
A Very Zen Garretp. 74
The Sea, by Merileap. 86
Drafted into Service at the PDIp. 95
Iowa Boycott of South African Winesp. 122
Locked into the Locked Upp. 133
Dr. Edgar Schein's List of Behavior-Modifying Tacticsp. 152
Reflections on Penal Digest Internationalp. 165
Out of the University and into the PDI's School of Hard Knocksp. 191
About the Authorsp. 217
Indexp. 219
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