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Winter Solstice 2017 – Solve et Coagula

Winter Solstice 2017 – Transitions

New Website – gregory-a-k.com

Asura

This website has served me well for the last 10 years or since being released directly out of a cell in a prison which I had spent the previous 6+ years in solitary confinement. Could never have possibly guessed the firestorm I was about walk into, but I’ve made it through thus far – and reveled in the flames…

Gregory Koger in Ferguson, MO - August 13, 2014. Photo by Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Gregory Koger in Ferguson, MO – August 13, 2014. Photo by Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Pontiac prison protest in solidarity with the brothers on hunger strike inside - Brian Nelson, Mark Clements, Gregory Koger

September 2014 – Pontiac, IL prison protest in solidarity with the brothers on hunger strike inside – Brian Nelson, Mark Clements, Gregory Koger

All things in life ebb and flow, grow and die to make room for something new to begin. I’ve killed my old self to be reborn anew at least several distinct times I recall.

Baphomet

Anyhow, some really weird shit has been going on, some long-time alleged “friends” and “comrades” have just come out of nowhere on straight bitch shit & gossiping stool pigeon weirdo shit… 

But that’s cool, that’s great, in fact. I just try to keep it real. I’m not perfect, I deal with often-incapacitating PTSD every day – if not days on end. Sometimes I do a tremendous amount of shit in one day, or week, or month. Sometimes I barely survive for days or weeks or months at a time.

One thing I’ll never do is talk shit about my friends – or frankly anyone – “behind their back.” Anything I say to anyone I will say to the face of anyone involved who may not be present at the time. I will never voluntarily say shit at all to the police for any reason. Not talking about that. But if I have something to say, its usually something very openly known.

"Free 'em all!" - Occupy4prisoners Chicago formerly incarcerated: (from left) Gregory Koger, Fred Hampton, Jr., Dickey Gaines, and Darby Tillis. Photo courtesy FJJ.

“Free ’em all!” – Occupy4Prisoners February 2012 Chicago formerly incarcerated: (from left) Gregory Koger, Fred Hampton, Jr., Dickey Gaines, and Darby Tillis. Photo courtesy FJJ.

Gregory West Side October 2015Also, as much as I’d like to have a “romantic” relationship, I can’t force any person to like me and never would if I could. I have had and will have enough difficulties in such a relationship because I grew up in prison, I grew up in solitary confinement. Before I went to prison I grew up in a “family” environment where I was extremely isolated and beaten on pretty much a daily basis by people who called themselves my “parents.” I was almost nonverbal with people I didn’t know. I hated having to talk to people I didn’t know. I failed a speech class in high school because I just categorically refused to speak in front of the class…


 

Bottom line: this website has reached the end of its life. It will remain online as is, unless some security matter or something requires me to eliminate it partially or entirely.

There are a few people who have somewhat unjustly been caught in the middle of larger contradictions who don’t quite understand what is going on, and I apologize for not being able to explain things in more detail. Frankly, in a few areas, I don’t completely understand myself, or only vaguely have some glimpse at understanding. Perhaps someday I will be able to let you know more. But for the most part, people know where they are at with me and why. People know who has been with me and who has not. People know who was standing up and who wasn’t.

And I was happy to do every other thing possible than deal with my own shit. Sure, I tried to work on it here and there. Made no secret of it. But whenever you have a wounded creature, you have predators and parasites who thrive off of those tragic souls. And just to make it clear, there are no “treatments” for the PTSD which arises from the long-term torture in solitary confinement I’ve lived through – and not just “survived” through 7.5 years in different forms of solitary confinement and/or administrative or disciplinary segregation, and grew up under those conditions. 

Art - 14th Major Trump Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot

 

Once more of the chess pieces are moved into place, I’ll catch you on the other side…

Head Memorial BBQ Brian GregoryHead Memorial Brian Gregory

gregory_a_k, Five Mualimm-ak, Silvia Mendez, Juan Mendez - UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Brian Nelson

Washington, D.C. September 2016: gregory_a_k, Five Mualimm-ak, Silvia Mendez, Juan Mendez – UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Brian Nelson

 

Jon Dambacher, Brian Nelson, Five Mualimm-ak, gregory_a_k

Washington, D.C. September 2016: Jon Dambacher, Brian Nelson, Five Mualimm-ak, gregory_a_k

 

Cook County Jail Protest October 2014: Hannibal Salim Ali, gregory_a_k, Bill Ayers Photo: FJJ

Cook County Jail Protest October 2014: Hannibal Salim Ali, gregory_a_k, Bill Ayers Photo: FJJ

 

October 2014 protest Chicago Photo: FJJ

October 2014 protest Chicago Photo: FJJ

 

National Lawyers Guild September 2014 National Conference Panel on Stopping Mass Incarceration: Hannibal Gregory

National Lawyers Guild September 2014 National Conference Panel on Stopping Mass Incarceration: Hannibal Gregory

 

"Battlefield USA: Riots in Ferguson Hit Fever Pitch" Inside Edition August 2014

“Battlefield USA: Riots in Ferguson Hit Fever Pitch” Inside Edition August 2014

Saint Louis Post Dispatch 8-14-14

GK Ferguson newspaper cover

 

New Website – gregory-a-k.com

 

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Putting In Work

So I was reading a pretty interesting article, The New Black Power. Good piece on some of the young Black folks putting in work for liberation in Chicago. Got down to this paragraph, and really started thinking about everything that’s been going on since George Zimmerman was acquitted for gunning down Trayvon Martin in July 2013:

But what happened the second day wasn’t part of the plan: George Zimmerman was acquitted on all charges in the slaying of Trayvon Martin. The young activists held hands as they watched the TV reports. Some wept.

The tension that had built up found its outlet in that verdict. It was, Carruthers says, “a moment of collective trauma, but also a moment of collective clarity.” That night, half of the participants hit the streets to protest, while the rest stayed behind to write what would become the group’s first public statement. (The New Black Power, Chicago magazine March 2016)

I had spent most of that week keeping up with the trial and preparing for the almost-inevitable protest we would have to have when there was no justice for Trayvon. It was a warm July summer weekend, and I was preparing to be sent back to jail to finish serving a 300 day sentence for a fabricated political prosecution based on video recording a political statement on an iPhone at the “Ethical Humanist” Society of Chicago. I was there in part to record any police brutality and instead became the subject of police brutality and a political prosecution. That is another story for another time. But after appealing the case up to the Illinois Supreme Court, my appeal was rejected without any of my substantive legal claims being addressed. I also had a warrant out for my arrest for missing an alleged court hearing on said case which was never sent to my attorney. Another surreal side story I’ll omit at this time.

So this entire time that I’m participating in organizing these protests, I have a warrant, I’m preparing to “turn myself in” at the next court hearing on July 23, 2013. Turning oneself in was never something I saw as a noble act, nor did I intend to smugly submit to injustice based on knowing that I was being completely set up. There was nothing that I liked or felt good with about “turning myself in” – except for the agenda of struggle I set for myself to be part of during my time locked up.

The California prison hunger strike was kicking off again and I was doing radio shows to support the hunger strikers and preparing to join the hunger strike myself when they locked me up on July 23rd. I was also planning on bringing a lawsuit against Cook County Jail for banning all newspapers – which I did. And I won that lawsuit in July 2015 – see Cook County Jail’s 30-year Long Ban on Newspapers Ruled Unconstitutional. But that’s jumping ahead.

I go to my court hearing on July 23rd, accompanied by 30 or 40 friends, comrades and supporters. I began the hunger strike the previous night just before midnight, after a small piece of baklava and my traditional libations of a blunt and a 40oz of Olde English 800. After a few perfunctory words from the judge, I’m taken out of the back of the courtroom in handcuffs into the bullpens in the bowels of the courthouse to be processed and sent on a bus back to Cook County Jail.

I spent two weeks on hunger strike in Cook County Jail in support of the California prison hunger strike that summer. The next summer I’d appear in newspapers and night vision green video returning tear gas to militarized pigs moving on us with APCs and assault rifles, standing with the people of Ferguson.

Battlefield USA Inside Edition Ferguson

LOLs @ Ur Headlines, Bros

And so much happened between my hunger strike in Cook County Jail and Ferguson and since… Supporting the hunger strikes in Menard, the organizing I did with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network for the October Month of Resistance, being on Jesse Jackson’s tv show (not without a lot of consideration – another story for another time), Ferguson October, the panel I did at the National Lawyers Guild conference, going back to the prison I spent over six years straight in solitary to support some brothers there on hunger strike with my friends and comrades Brian Nelson and Mark Clements…

Pontiac protest - Brian Nelson, Mark Clements, Gregory Koger

Brian Nelson, Mark Clements and Gregory Koger supporting the hunger strike at Pontiac “Correctional Center” in September 2014

Speaking at universities and high schools, shutting down Lake Shore Drive and the Dan Ryan for Eric Garner and Laquan McDonald and too many others…

I’m trying to process and write about all of this, while living with way too many years in solitary confinement particularly but really, prison period. Fighting a 4 year long political prosecution where I was sent back to jail didn’t help in many ways, even though we did a tremendous amount taking on that case and won – hands down – politically even if I lost legally.

Shit has been really hard for the last year or so. In some ways I’ve made some important steps, in my personal life and in my writing. But in a lot of ways I struggle to even make it from day to day. I just gotta keep putting in work on the writing, on fighting to survive, on fighting this system… I got a few stories I need to tell yet.

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