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Part 2: Interview with Chamika and Khalil Cumberbatch: Our Love Beat the System

Part 2 of our interview Khalil and Chamika Cumberbatch. Read Part 1. Chamika: No, we were divorced…I pretty much kept tabs on him through a girl that was working in the prison. I found out that he was coming home, and I started looking him up on the Internet trying to find out where he … Continue reading

Part 2: Giving Our Loved Ones Space To Come Home

Part Two Before her arrest, my sister and I weren’t the closest. We’ve gone years without speaking. Our love for each other was and still is doubtless, but we lead separate lives in separate spaces and this alone created a wedge in our bond. Now, I find myself unsure of what to say when writing … Continue reading

Giving Our Loved Ones Space To Come Home

Part One I haven’t spoken to my father in over four years. I haven’t spoken to my sister in nearly one. She won’t return any of my letters and he won’t return any of my calls. Sometimes I blame them. Most times I blame the Prison Industrial Complex. But lately I’ve been blaming myself for … Continue reading

Mass Love Essay on For Harriet.com: Love In the Era of Mass Incarceration

Over a period of three months, Piper Anderson and Marlon Peterson, two friends, wrote to each other about love. Piper is a writer, educator, juvenile justice advocate, and cultural worker who grew up in a family that struggled with drug addiction and domestic violence. Marlon is a writer, social justice advocate, and community justice strategist … Continue reading

DECLARING FEBRUARY MASS LOVE MONTH: SHARE YOUR STORY

“Don’t think I don’t know you love me. You believe we going to make it?”―James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk Loving in the time of mass criminalization is a radical act…it is revolutionary. It is an action that requires the embodiment of loving by any means necessary. During the month of February, where love … Continue reading