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My Friend Todd Ashker: History of a One-Sided Dialogue

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Thank you for this incredibly deep look! The best I’ve seen from the media yet. I spent 10 years in prison on drug charges and 4 years in Solitary before becoming an author. I’m a normal White guy, no gang affiliation, just a former drug addict and dealer. I was involved in a riot where the northern Mexicans rushed the southern Mexicans and I was in the way, and came to the aid of the outnumbered southern Mexicans. From that point on I was mislabeled a southern Mexican in Solitary. After a SHU term they sent me to another prison and put me back in Solitary. Eventually they realized I wasn’t a southern Mexican but tried to coerce me into saying I was from the NLR or AB. It took another 9 months to get out of Solitary. People don’t understand how many people are in Solitary without any due process to get out! That is just the tip of the iceberg. I Published Underdog and Prison Riot to shine a light on these issues.

What pisses me off greatly is that this new order to force feed inmates is the cruelest blow yet. I’ve been through “cell extractions” so I will paint the picture that is happening with the force feeding. A dozen prison guards ( IGI Gooners ) posted outside each cell with gas masks, shields and adrenaline to rush the cell violently with gas and pepper spray and tactics meant to subdue, hurt and humiliate the inmates. Then force feed them. Imagine how weak they are from 45 days of starvation… Who are the real criminals? I believe in the power of prayer, as my mom prayed my writing career into existence from a cell in Solitary. Please say a prayer for the prisoners. God Bless You.

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By Denis O Hearn. Reposted from the LA Progressive.

My Friend Todd Ashker: History of a One-Sided Dialogue (via LA Progressive)

This is the story of my attempts to speak publicly about my friendship with Todd Ashker, a reputed “leader” of the hunger strike in California’s prisons. Since the latest hunger strike began on July 8, the California authorities have targeted…



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August 7, 2013 Press Conference Challenging CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard’s Disinformation

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Thanks for posting this! I agree 100% and am furious that the media is swallowing this “Gang Hunger Strike” approach. I spent time in the SHU labeled as a southern Mexican just because I was in a riot where northern Mexicans rushed our side of the dayroom. There isn’t any due process into or out of the SHU. It is CDC kangaroo court and laziness.

I did write a book about it, called, Prison Riot found here in Print, Kindle and Audio Book~ http://amzn.to/1bhqCUh

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Challenging CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard’s Disinformation and Lies Targeting the CA Prisoner Hunger Strike to Stop Solitary Confinement Torture

Report on August 7, 2013 Press Conference in front of LA Times Building; Statements from Notable People and from Families with Loved Ones in Isolation

At 10am today, on Day 31 of the CA prisoner hunger strike, a determined group of ministers, family members with loved ones in the CA SHU’s, revolutionaries, and activists challenged the vicious lies of the State of CA and CDCR head Jeffrey Beard (see below for brief synopsis).

The press conference included Rev. Frank Wulf, pastor of United University Church, Rev. Gary Williams of Hamilton UMC, families whose sons are in the SHU on hunger strike at Pelican Bay including Bertha Nava, Lupe Reynoso and Marie Martin, Keith James of Stop Mass Incarceration Network and Revolution Books in LA and several other speakers. Media included Press…

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Activists Lock Down at State Building, Call for Brown, CDCR to Negotiate with Prison Hunger Strikers

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Please Pray for the Hunger Strikers.

 

 

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Originally posted on Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:

[Update: see Oakland Protestors Released] (Photo below) The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition has learned that protestors locked themselves to the doors of the State Building on Clay St. in Oakland just minutes ago. Protesters are calling for Governor Brown and the CDCR to enter into honest negotiations with prisoners on hunger strike throughout California. Today marks the 29th day of the prisoners’ hunger strike.

In a statement released to local media, protesters said:

As Governor Brown continues to silently endorse the torture of California prisoners, with the death of hunger striker Billy “Guero” Sell, and in the face of ongoing retaliation against prisoners by the CDCR, we join the hunger strikers on this 29th day of their peaceful protest to meet their 5 demands.

Solitary confinement is widely and internationally recognized as torture. The hunger strikers and their family members are making a powerful and inspiring stand for…

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An Excerpt From Glenn Langohr’s Best Prison Book in the Life in Lockdown Series

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Chapter 6

 

Yard For Asians Only

 

In the morning after breakfast was brought to our cells, the gun tower announced, “Yard release for the Asian inmates only!”

 

Boxer pounded on our wall and said, “You guys will get off lockdown quick. This prison needs you guys to help run the place with us and the Blacks locked down!”

 

A Black inmate nearby yelled, “That’s right. We need you guys makin our food, cleanin our clothes and takin out our trash!”

 

That sentiment irritated me to hear but I had compassion for the fact that both of their races had been stuck in slow motion lock down for six months. Being confined to a cell the size of a small bathroom for that long did something to a human’s psyche. I had been through it several times and knew that one of the negative after effects was that being around people in a crowd was unbearable. There were other problems associated with being in Solitary, like loud noises that caused massive anxiety, or a hypersensitivity to light, fast movement, or to people being offensive.

 

In the afternoon the gun tower announced, “Mark Grisham! They want you in the Program Office.”

 

His cell door popped open and a few minutes later he showed up at our cell with a cup of coffee in his hand and a big smile.

 

He whispered, “I forgot to tell you guys something. We have a new guy who is making a lot of noise in building Five.”

 

I asked, “What prison did he come from?”

 

Mark whispered, “Calipatria. He is a really big Skinhead from Venice and goes by Hitler.”

 

I asked, “What’s his problem?”

 

Mark whispered, “He wants to know who has the yard for the White inmates because he isn’t getting fed. He says we should be sending chow hall food to those who don’t have any.”

 

I didn’t blame him for that. A closed mouth didn’t get any yum yum’s.

 

I said, “Tell him that is need to know info he’ll get soon enough. Tell him to send his paperwork for us to look over.”

 

Mark came back from the Program office six hours later with the paperwork. He whispered, “Hitler wants to know why you guys have the yard for the White inmates and still stabbed Godwin.”

 

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. We were being questioned blatantly. I pulled in his paperwork and listened to Damon whisper yell, “Who told him we had the yard and stabbed Godwin?”

 

There was silence on the other side of the door. I leaned as far as possible to see Mark’s face and he was keeping it hidden at the extreme side of the door. It was obvious he told him. It was possible that he didn’t, but highly unlikely. It was time to find out if he would lie.

 

He didn’t. He whispered, “I did. He came at me hard with so many assaultive questions that I blew it.”

 

I couldn’t help but laugh at his honesty.

 

He whispered, “Sorry homeboys. What do you want me to do?”

 

Damon whispered, “Stop talking so much about heavy business.”

 

I studied Hitler’s court and prison paperwork while Damon continued to train Mark with better etiquette.

 

Hitler started coming to prison at 18 years old for violence. He was a White Supremacy type. As he got older and kept coming back for prison sentences, his charges got less violent and were drug and petty theft related. I imagined him coming from a broken home and finding an identity on the streets.

 

His prison paperwork started at Corcoran on a very serious and deadly yard. After some time there, he went to Calipatria, another very serious and deadly prison, very similar to this one, very close by.

 

At Calipatria he was used as a soldier by whoever was in control of the yard for the White inmates. He was ordered to stab an inmate on the yard. On his Solitary Confinement paper work, a Lock Up Order form 144-D, it stated he did 9 months on his SHU Term.

 

Hitler had left notes on the paperwork to help other people he sent it to understand other details. In pencil it stated: Drug Debt Whacking.

 

I considered his highly aggressive style in two ways. He could be hyper sensitive like me and just be exerting himself enough so that he didn’t get used again. Maybe he wanted enough control to use his experience to create drug debt policies to avoid a race war without having to stab someone for not being able to pay for a heroin habit, like me.

 

Or he was a “dying to be someone” type, who was a professional “instigator” and “attention whore”.

 

I knew both types well since I had graduated from one to the other. I also knew how to find out where he was on his path upon meeting him in person, on the yard.

 

I whisper asked Mark, “Run the make down on him.”

 

Mark questioned, “What do you mean?”

 

“What does he look like, tattoos, gang, attitude, maturity level, brains…”

 

Mark hesitated like he was in unfamiliar territory.

 

Damon whispered, “It’s a little late to clam up homeboy. You told him we were the shot callers for the yard and that we stabbed Godwin.”

 

I would have laughed out loud if our situation weren’t always deadly.

 

Mark answered, “He’s big, early 30’s, shaved head, tattoos…”

 

Mark ran out of material.

 

I said, “So you just told us about 90% of the White inmates.”

 

Damon got to the heart of the matter, “Does he look like he can beat either of us up?”

 

Mark stepped away from the crack at the side of our cell and looked at us carefully and shook his head no slowly. He came back to the side and whispered, “He isn’t as hard as either of you. He’s big but its baby fat compared to you guys.”

 

I asked, “Are his eyebrows shaved?”

 

Serious Skinheads shaved their eyebrows during times of war. Not all, but most of the ones that always kept their eyebrows shaved, were trying to hard.

 

Damon asked, “What Skinhead click?”

 

Mark didn’t say anything. He was a terrible inquisitor. Because of that, he was easy to manipulate and move around like a chess piece.

 

I helped him understand and asked, “What do his tattoos say?”

 

Mark whispered, “I don’t know.”

 

Damon stopped whispering and said, “Your fired homeboy.”

 

I laughed loud enough to lighten the mood, but said, “You suck Mark.”

 

Damon schooled him on the art of anti bullying. He whispered, “Anytime you are being drilled like that you have to go offensive.”

 

I finished the degree in prison psychology and said, “You should have responded by hitting him with high powered questions like a jackhammer like this, “What gang do you claim? What neighborhood do you run around in? Who brought you in? Who do you check in with? Who can cosign who you are? What do you specialize in on the streets?”

 

Mark looked like he was in way over his head. He came back to the side of the cell and whispered, “Those are some intrusive questions.”

 

Damon whispered, “He’s questioning our ability to run the yard after just stabbing the first violator.”

 

I didn’t even bother whispering and said from in front of the door, “You don’t see a problem with that?”

 

Damon said, “We should be commended for running such a tight ship.”

 

I followed up with, “And for knowing how to run down policies with the Mexicans to keep another riot from happening.”

 

Damon asked, “Did you at least speak highly of us about those things?”

 

Mark didn’t say anything and that spoke volumes. He stammered, “I see what you mean. I blew it. He came at me hard and fast.”

 

I changed the subject, “When are we getting yard?”

 

Mark was on better footing and he said, “Probably tomorrow. Heart said, “We might even get dayroom tonight after chow.”

 

Chapter 7

 


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Women Behind the Wall

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The real truth about prison with author Glenn Thomas Langohr. Please join us and feel free to call in with comments or questions. Also the chat room will be open during our broadcast.

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It was great to be on the radio with Gloria Goodwin-killian about Prison conditions. If anyone has time to listen and or leave a comment to show the advocates who run the show to help prisoners that they are being heard, I appreciate it!

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Happy Birthday to Us! – Part 1

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ACX rocks! Thanks for all the behind the scenes work! As a best selling author, I always wanted to narrate my own books, and you made that possible with all the instructional help. Now I’m meeting TV producers and learning a lot more about how to write and pitch a reality show. What a path you guys opened up! http://amzn.to/11qeWeU

 

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Sunday May 12, 2013 will mark ACX’s 2nd birthday! We’ve grown a lot, and we’ve come a long way since that fateful day two years ago. Our success is all due to two groups: the amazing ACX users (that’s you!) and our fantastic team behind the scenes at Audible.

For our second birthday, you’ll get to meet some of the ACX team and take a trip down memory lane with us, as we share some fun facts and stats from our first two years.

Enjoy the trivia today, and check back on Monday to meet the team!

First audiobook produced through ACX:Living Well with Bad Credit.

Individual producer with the most ACX productions on sale: Kevin Pierce (60).

Rights holder with the most ACX Productions on Sale: Crossroad Press

Best Reviewed ACX title: Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (a perfect 5.0 rating across 26 review).

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An Interview with Author Glenn Langohr

An Interview with Author Glenn Langohr.

 

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Check Out This Inspirational Site That Has an Interview of Glenn Langohr and His Prison Books

Check Out This Inspirational Site That Has an Interview of Glenn Langohr and His Prison Books http://liftyouup.blogspot.com/2013/03/guest-author-interview-with-glenn.html

GUEST AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH GLENN LANGOHR

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About the Author
Glenn Langohr has a purpose: he writes to shine a light inside our prison systems and to help others turn their lives around. Before becoming a best selling author, Glenn Langohr ran away from a broken home and entered the drug war with abandon. Business with the Mexican Mafia and Hell’s Angels became a way of life until the Criminal Justice system interrupted him. In prison he was involved in riots and spent years in the hole. From solitary confinement he started writing and hasn’t stopped since. Now, he is an usher at his church, speaks as a guest Lecturer at colleges and writes articles for newspapers. “I want to show the world and the students and leaders of tomorrow, that we are only building bigger criminals by locking up low level offenders. In prison, an addiction is bred into an affliction much harder to escape.” Help him show the world redemption is possible, buy and share his books.
The author will gift his books FREE from the Kindle store to those who can’t afford it. Glenn Langohr Imagerollcallthebook@gmail.com  http://www.lockdownpubishing.com

 

To purchase Glenn’s books in print, kindle or audio in the UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00571NY5A
To contact Glenn on Linkedin ~ http://linkd.in/ZH8lc7 Glenn’s audio books for a free sample on Amazon~ http://amzn.to/ZlqAS
 
HERE THE INTERVIEW
 
When did you begin to write? 

I started writing in prison on an 11-year sentence for drug charges in California.
When did you first discover that you were a writer? 

After I read a book a day for a couple of years, the idea hit me that I should start writing.
How much did you write before you were published? 

I wrote for seven years on my first novel, Roll Call, and published it when I got released from prison. Here’s the first couple lines of a review from Kirkus Discoveries Nielson Media~ “A harrowing, down-and-dirty depiction–sometimes reminiscent of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic–of America’s war on drugs, by former dealer and California artist Langohr. Locked up for a decade on drugs charges and immersed in both philosophical tomes and modern pulp thrillers, Langohr penned Roll Call. A vivid, clamorous account of the war on drugs.”
My next book, Upon Release is the sequel to Roll Call. My wife’s father is a prolific writer from American Media and he reviewed both books and told me to focus on the prison scenes. So I wrote a series called ( Prison Killers ), which follows in this order: Race Riot, Lock Up Diaries, Gladiator, Underdog,  and then Prison Riot. Underdog is my top rated story so far and is about the hunger strike the inmates started at Pelican Bay prison in response to solitary confinement. I have been on the radio and spoke at Universities about it.
What is your favorite part of writing? 

Seeing the story take form. I don’t outline my story too much before hand. I have a tiny vision that comes alive through my characters, but when the story deepens, I get excited.
Tell us about your latest release. My latest release couldn’t be further from the prison stories; it’s a prayer book. I’m going through a tough season with my wife and we’re separated. Though I am a practicing Christian who studies the Bible and goes to church, I didn’t have the words to pray! Prayer had never been a problem before, but in this case, the words, or my faith, were missing. So I researched prayer and God blessed me with the words and the faith.
Wow! This book sounds really good. Are you planning on writing more in the years to come? 

Yes. I write for eight to ten hours a day and narrate my own books for four hours a day. Narrating my own books into audio to listen to like a movie is helping my writing.
So far what is your worst criticism/attacks, and how have you overcome it? 

My first novel Roll Call is to long at 700 pages and Kirkus Discoveries Nielson Media also called it, “Baggy in places.” I took that to mean that my writing needed to be sharpened and more concise. I work on that by having professional writers critique each book before I rewrite it into the final version.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

I published Underdog one day after Christian Gomez died during a peaceful hunger strike in prison to resist the cruelty of solitary confinement in America. Professor Reiter who teaches about prison conditions and Criminal Justice at the University of California Irvine found my books and read them all. She contacted me and asked if I would speak as a guest Lecturer to 100 of her students. I had it videoed and put it on YouTube. It’s rather long so here’s a 2 minute video of me speaking about solitary confinement~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNS3jazcM5g
What does your writing process look like? 

I set the scene to start the book with a visual feel to it so it’s like a movie. Then the characters start to come to life. In my prison books the characters have tattoos that represent where they’re from and almost all of them have a unique culture. In prison life there is a mix of poverty, gang life and a racial disparity that makes for great stories. Once I see the story more clearly I pace back and forth in between writing sessions that start at as early as 4 in the morning and end right before bedtime.
How did you get published? 

I started by sending out letters to big publishing houses, but at the same time learned that self-publishing has some excellent advantages. A few of the big publishing houses wanted me but by then I saw how to keep 70% of the royalties versus the 80% the big publishers wanted. Self-publishing also allows me to price my books at a much better price for the reader. Once Steven King started self publishing it was a no brainer. I become my own publishing house.
How do you come up with title of your books? 

The title of each book is very important for many reasons. You want it to tell the story and sell the story. The title also has keyword power for searches.
Can you enlighten us a little more about your books? 

All of my prison and drug war books are considered “True Crime” but I also paint the “True colors of life” on a fictional landscape by changing some of the characters names in some cases. They all have an underlying redemptive theme. They are all an accurate portrayal of survival in a dangerous, gang producing iron jungle of prison life. I write to show the world that the Criminal Justice system in America is broken. I write to bring awareness to how hypocritical the people in power that create the laws are. We have lost sight of what it means to “be a criminal.” Now in the medical world we look at drug addiction as a disease like alcoholism. Yet 70% of those incarcerated in prison are there for drug related crimes.
Tell us your guiding principle that governs your life?

I believe in the Bible and Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I am working on my faith daily. The more I search for spiritual eyes, the more I see how fragile I am.
How have you cultivated these values? 

I read the Bible a lot. I go to Calvary Church and the worship music is the purest feeling this side of heaven. There isn’t any sin or human tendencies that gets in the way of interpreting the Bible when you sing to the Lord. I use this as a joke but it is true, when I got out of prison I heard during a sermon from our Pastor that singing praises to God makes you look more beautiful by raising the cheekbones. I can use this help.
Do you have any advice for writers looking to get published? 

Read the “Publishing Guide For Dummies” That is a great book that will help you decide how you want to publish. As for the writing, you have to write all day long. Study the genres you write in almost as much as you write. Writing isn’t a get rich scheme. Some do, most don’t. You can make a living at it but I wouldn’t quit your day job in the beginning.
Where can we find your books?To purchase Glenn’s books in print, kindle or audio in the UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00571NY5A

Glenn’s audio books for a free sample on Amazon~ http://amzn.to/ZlqAS
Where can we find you on the internet?
To contact Glenn on Linkedin ~ http://linkd.in/ZH8lc7

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Another Great Review for my True Prison Story Prison Riot!

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To Purchase Glenn Langohr’s Prison Book in audio book go here~ http://amzn.to/10PnNWk

To purchase Glenn Langohr’s complete list of books in print go here~ http://amzn.to/ZB8sCB

I was not too surprised when I read Glenn’s latest book Prison Riot. I previously reviewed Underdog here !
This book was about what happens after a prison riot. The prison dynamic is a  hard one to follow, and is not for the faint of heart. Being in lock down was horrible. They do not care if they get your name right, or your information right. The main goal is to keep the prison safe. What has to be done to ensure your own personal safety was a little surreal to me. We take for granted how we live, and our freedom. The thing that I took for granted the most was showers. It is a good thing that these prisoners were not afraid of small spaces. I would be terrified. The guards own you, and everything you do. This is a true story, and that made me feel even more for the innocent prisoners that were not involved in the prison riot. I recommend this to crime buffs everywhere so that they can see the other side of law enforcement. I am Giving this book a 5/5, because I am still interested in reading more from this author. Even though I have already read two of his books.

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Race, Women and Prison

Race, Women and Prison. Thank you for posting this. I’m glad to see some stats come out to show that the War on Drugs is a War on people with a disease. Addiction is color blind. Mental issues that lead to drug addiction like ADHD, can’t see the color of a person’s skin. Poverty does play a factor in who goes to prison and who gets a slap on the hand but times have changed. It is all about the 99% conviction ratio in the D.A.’s office to get elected these days. We need more smart on crime and that should start with sending people to prison who steal votes, steal money and people who create the laws to benefit themselves while pointing the finger and yelling criminal to those in poverty of every color.

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