The Opening Statement is a free quarterly newsletter that features articles written by those currently imprisoned by the state of Michigan. We publish poetry, political writing and opinion pieces, as well as other relevant pieces by non-incarcerate authors. We include author names (legal name in parenthesis, required for prisoner mail) and MDOC numbers below to encourage writing to folks whose pieces inspire you. Check out the Pen Pal page for tips on writing to someone inside.

OPENING STATEMENT – Summer 2020  (CLICK THE LINK TO DOWNLOAD PDF)

ARTICLES AND AUTHORS LISTED BELOW:

  • We Deserve to Live and Not Die AhJamu Khalifah Baruti

  • Abolition, Now MAPS Editorial

  • A Historical Perspective Adegun F.K.A. Edward Finley #406969

  • Genocide Baba X
  • James Baldwin’s Story The Fire Next Time Represents P.O.L.I.C.E. of Today Charles A. Jackson Bey #600271

  • Prison Adegun F.K.A. Edward Finley#406969

  • Mourning the Dead The Opening Statement Editorial Team

  • For the Governor and Correctional Officials, it is a Plan Well Executed Dwight Henley #246521

  • Annual Book Club The Opening Statement

  • ‘GTL’ Pandemic Predatory Lender James Washington III #303575

  • Pain Joseph Green #607305
  • A Nation of Pandemics Kaylee Booth #942297
  • What We Do, Says Who We are as a People Dwight Henley #246521, MBA, and Jaimie Meade #232516

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