WORDSUNCAGED IS A CREATIVE PLATFORM, CREATED BY THE MEN OF A-YARD CALIFORNIA STATE PRISON, LANCASTER AND CALSTATE LA PROFESSOR, DR. BIDHAN CHANDRA ROY: ITS PURPOSE IS FOR INCARCERATED ARTISTS, WRITERS, STUDENTS AND POETS TO DIALOGUE, AND CRITICALLY ENGAGE WITH YOU. WE INVITE YOU TO EXPERIENCE OUR VOICES — UNCAGED FROM THE PRISON WALLS. WE INVITE YOU TO RETHINK WHO INCARCERATED MEN ARE. WE INVITE YOU TO EXPLORE OUR COMMON HUMANITY TOGETHER. WE INVITE YOU TO IMAGINE ALTERNATIVES TO OUR CURRENT SYSTEM OF MASS INCARCERATION IN THE UNITED STATES.
"When I first visited California State Prison, Lancaster what I saw there were not prisoners, but cages filled of hundreds of lights —lights of knowledge, wisdom, compassion, love, insight and remorse. It was as if hundreds of candles had been locked in a distant closet, or that the stars had been hidden behind the blanket of the desert night, denying us the light that they had to shine upon the world."
This website is our attempt to uncage these lights.
-Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy
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