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HASTAC Introduction of my creative project: Prisoner Rehabilitation and Creative Writing

Hello, HASTAC community! It is the start of a new year and I've got plenty of new research and ideas to share with you. My name is Najah Yasin and I am an undergraduate student at Wesleyan College in Macon Georgia. Last year my research focused on the digital divide and literacy. I didn't get the chance to do as much as I would have liked to with the HASTAC community last year, but I am hoping that this year will be better and I will be able to engage my fellow scholars a bit more.

What I generally plan on doing this year:

  1.  Work with inmates. I've been looking into a few processes of criminal rehabilitation. I've decided that I'd like to get my hands on inmate programs that involve both creativity and technology. One such program I have been looking into is the PEN Prison Writing Program. 
  2. Run a digital writer's workshop that would be open to the community. This year I have been working with my college to promote our Literary Magazine "The Pioneers Press" and among launching our first print edition, I've begun a Writer's Workshop on our campus. I'd also like to train some of our staff to teach workshops in creative writing and possibly collaborate on creating an online component through u-stream or something of the sort so that the Macon community or anyone else who'd like to take part of our workshop could join in. 
  3. Launch a Black Awareness Campaign online. In the past couple of years I've noticed a rise in political activism in the black community. From the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) to the still rising "big chop" trends, I've begun to spin ideas on how I can help black inner-city and suburban youth stay alert and aware to policy's and politics that concern them and shape their futures. This is my most broad goal this semester, simply because I haven't chosen yet how I want to address this and what my goal in awareness shall produce. 

If anyone has ideas or comments, would like to collaborate with me or hear a little more please contact me on here or email me at nsyasin@wesleyancollege.edu.

 

Here is to the start of a new year!

 

 

"What would the "role" and "position" of the Negroes be if they had a full voting voice?" - Malcolm X

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12 comments

Melo, Sarita, & Roopika my email is nsyasin@wesleyancollege.edu

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By the way, every member of the HASTAC web site can be contacted via the button on their profile page that says "Send this user a message." This is a great way to communicate without having to give out your address if that's a concern.

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Hello, it sounds like you have a lot of great projects ahead.  Well, I'm in the Atlanta area, let me know if you are around, I would love to connect and maybe collaborate in the future.

In Solidarity,

Melo

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Hello, it sounds like you have a lot of great projects ahead.  Well, I'm in the Atlanta area, let me know if you are around, I would love to connect and maybe collaborate in the future.

In Solidarity,

Melo

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Love the idea of helping prisoners rehabilitate. I taught Anthropology in prison for 8 years. One problem you may run into is that many prisons have policies on internet usage. However, on a positive note, there are many that are starting to let prisoners communicate via email. Obviously there are highly monitored, but so is their 'snail mail' - actually the email may even be easier to monitor due to searching tools. These are great projects! Looking forward to hearing more about them!

Christy

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Najah,

You might be interested in the oral history project that the Student Press Initiative out of Teachers College did several years back: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/news.htm?articleId=5145.

all the best in your work, Nick 

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I do like this idea of the oral tales. Thanks for the post!

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Najah, You may want to check out the prison writing program at Colorado State's Community Literacy Center: http://literacy.colostate.edu/speak-out.php

 

I was involved for a few years with the SLCC Community Writing Center: http://www.slcc.edu/cwc/ I set up writing programs and workshops with dozens of community organizations, so I'd love to share some ideas with you if you're interested.

 

Sounds like you have a lot of grea projects in the works! I'll look forward to hearing more.

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Najah,

You might be interested in the oral history project that the Student Press Initiative out of Teachers College did several years back: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/news.htm?articleId=5145.

all the best in your work, Nick 

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Najah & Melo,

Hello! I'm in Georgia as well (live in Decatur, work in Atlanta) and my work is on prisons and prison journalism. I do some work with the Georgia Innocence Project, but I'm quite interested in branching out a bit and working in some initiatives that involve current inmates. Would you all be interested in doing an Atlanta meetup sometime?

Cheers,

Sarita

 

PS- I had to unsubscribe from all of the email notifications because they were flooding my inbox, but I'll try to check back here, or perhaps we can start a private message thread.

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I would be interested in this as well, since I've done prison work in the past too. 

 

I'm sure you all know of Changing Lives, Changing Minds but just in case: http://cltlblog.wordpress.com/

 

Roopika

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Hello Sarita, that's awesome.  I would love to meet both of you.  How do I email you my contact info?

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