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sadly, its not a lucrative business to defend deadheads. Thats why lawyers dont already have em all solicited, like they jump at you if you're accused of a crime and have money. I mean, they have signs all over if you need legal help for your DUI. If you were driving your car, they know you have some dough. Who wants to volunteer for a plea bargain when there's no money? Lets face it, the system is designed to completely discriminate against poor folks.
And if you just got popped with quantity, you probably don't have money if you even did before.
and one day, the world will recognize (if it hasnt already) that how our country has locked up Deadheads, for nonviolent pursuit of our dionysian religion, is an injustice. One day it will be viewed the same way as laws that persecute against homosexuality and other personal forms of behavior that don't hurt other people.
because what this is, is religious persecution.
in a way.
well, at least you need something to believe in right?
Here in our community, weve got it al, so THANK you everyone, from the band and the crew to the Whart Rats to those who pursue rapturous abandon in the total experience of losing yourself through psychedelic drugs and music.
The great thing about this community is that the sole bonding glue has always been MUSIC. That's the one thing that holds it all together.
That, and our prevailing philosophy: a combination of the golden rule and the concept of total freedom. This is America. Your mind, your soul, your spirit, these are yours and yours alone to give to the vision of destiny that you please. We will not tell you how to live your life. You may get help when you need it. You may need to help yourself. Here, in our circle, everything happens. There's too much divergence for seeemingly anything to hold it together....
but the MUSIC....

We NEED to hold together, people, to survive.
Maybe we could define ourselves, protect ourselves, legally.
Just a thought.
Certainly no philosophy could protect our freedom in the current system.... what would be the classification?
It has to be more serious than bob dobbs
but what, what could we be? Are we just a freak of nature? Is our "experiment" in group consciousness and music just a little blip on the map of a history of persecution? Is this our one shot at getting it together? If so we gotta get it together, people, join together in our love for this music, get together whenever it's happening.
I hope folks have written to the people who are incarcerated. I remember this from the back of Relix and I wrote a letter once many years ago and I wish I could remember who it was even to :)
Reading about more folks today, two decades later it is really continuing to bum me out but I send my prayers and thoughts to the families and friends of those incarcerated, because they are doing time too. And I'm going to get to writing another letter.
Love and Blessings, keep that Fire burning in your heart, because We are It, We are on our own...

ka.swan (not verified)
31 arrested

Yesterday I learned 31 people were arrested on august 18th around show at Merryweather Pavillion .So my question to you deadheads in America is :do you have yet a network of lawyers or whatever to help liberated /freed in such situations ? I mean ,if you can buy tickets ,travel ,buy dope ,several thousands deadheads could pool 20 dollars each/per years ,to help those arrested getting fair hearing in court ,and such , and have a deadhead lawyer find best contacts to free your kin arrested ? It bother me you all have networks for just about everything except that ,or am I not informed about it ?

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Gypsy

Ditto what marye said! I had a dui about 9 years ago now. It sucked, no prison time, but probation and no drinking for 2 years. I like my beer, but not quite as much as I did before the dui. Good luck!
Peace

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fallen soldier

my HOMIE Goergy Kraft waitin for sentencing on a package of shrooms they are talking 12 to 15 yrs now i miss my brother

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japhy

so sorry for the darkness you and your loved ones are going through. Stick around, lots of good souls here.

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gypsy!

so glad you made it back to us and so sorry for all the bad times.

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japhy

hey japhy sorry to hear of your troubles.. i agree that the prison system dosn't address the problem..its like you have been bad go to your room...i have watched to many of my friends fall victim to addition .. alls i can say is hang in there man its never to late to sober up..i just saw someone sober up after 20 years of crack addiction..all the healing vibes go out to you and your family

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P.O.W.

My sugar mag of the last 12 yrs is locked up....again. It seems it's either her or me,we suffer for it,all the people who love us do as well. Prison is a long way from the answer, just another form of corporate greed my friends. I say that she is a prisoner of war because thats exactly what she is, the drug war peopole. The war in this country is one that will never be won, only lost on all fronts. She and I both have stuggled with heroin addiction for the last ten years, and I've done enough time to know that every time that I go in that the H will still b there when the doors fly open and I'll not have learned nothing from being locked up because thats not what the prison system is designed to do, only to hold us until its time to go home and time to give the # to another. All we can really do is love the people that are gone for now and to try and be supportive and know that every day is one day closer to when my baby will be home again. Jus really sux that you are gonna miss the tour, our heads behind bars- and especially my AIM. Miss and love you baby girl, the MUSIC NEVER STOPPED, and I know that reading this put a smile on your face. Stay strong fellow heads and heads of people who are really and truly nothing more than P.O.W.'s If you are the big tree than we are the small axe...........

JIMI C (not verified)
lookin at "stripy skies"

hi folks..new to web/site & takin time to trawl thru all the pages & i came across this thread re: keeping contact with our bros/sisters uder the "Stripedskies" (IIII) i can vouch ,even in UK (Am English) that any kinda contact with freedom/sanity can but do only GOOD under the circs. What can raise a wry smile behind a cell door can diffuse situ's that so often get outa hand, so its not just chatting bout shows,music ,etc,tho grate to read ,but jus KNOWIN?FEELIN that y'not alone there is otherones thinking about them...a letter takes but a few moments to write but the effect can be measured in years folks, & hey y'all pay hundred's for tickets etc ..but most like to get high one way or anutha...somebody made y'high available somewhere down the line....what price a stamp????

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i love you guys

hey, i just got back in town after being sent to state prison for violating my dui program. i am almost home now after 15 months of bullshit. this page on the forums just blew my mind. yes, please keep all those people in your hearts and minds and prayers or whatever because prison is a very lonely, ugly, terrible place. i missed all my friends here on the site, but had no real way of letting you all know where i was or that i was even alive. this is a wonderful thing. i also suggest that anyone who knows anyone that is locked up, post their info so they can get some mail. i would get so bummed when the C.O. would go by my cell and i had no mail coming in. that is a very lonely crappy feeling. don't forget them while they are away. they need all the support we can give 'em.
peace

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