What’z a ‘Jailhouse Environmentalist’?

Another one by Political Prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal

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[col. writ. 2/17/13] © ’13 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Most of us have heard of jailhouse lawyers –guys and gals who battle in court for themselves or others.

But I’d wager few of us have ever heard of a ‘jailhouse environmentalist’. Truth is I didn’t think such a thing existed.

Well, it’s real; and his name is Bryant Arroyo, a bilingual Puerto Rican who has spent a third of his life in prison, at SCI-Mahanoy in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Arroyo didn’t plan on such an endeavor, as he is, already, a jailhouse lawyer. But, like much in life, it was forced on him.

In 1998 former PA Governor Tom Ridge invited an area businessman to join him on a trek to South Africa. He, John W. Rich, Jr, was a power plant operator and a major landowner in the Mahanoy Susquehanna County area; a distressed, impoverished region where coal mines have closed down…

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