Should the U.S. Adopt a New Flag?

After Adolf Hitler’s murderous military force was defeated in 1945, the infamous red, white, and black swastika-bearing German flag was abolished, along with all Nazi symbols. In 1949, the newly formed post-World War II countries of East Germany and West Germany both adopted the national flag colors of black, red, and gold. Following Hitler’s campaign to exterminate Jews, the Nazi flag was an image of horror to most Germans. Imagine the worldwide condemnation if the newly formed countries of East and West Germany had decided to adopt the “Nazi” flag with it’s swastika.

How, then, do the people of the United States consider it appropriate to fly the tri-colored red, white, and blue Stars and Stripes flag, which came into existence during the eighteenth century, when the U.S. was decimating the sacred lands and cultures of Native Americans and trafficking in enslaved humans from Africa?

Today, the people of a country that considers itself the leader of the free world should want to relinquish this symbol of historic atrocities, just as East and West Germany relinquished theirs after World War II. Not doing so, is to embrace a heritage rooted in oppression, thus, ignoring the feelings of millions of Americans who are the descendants of those who were oppressed, enslaved, and murdered on soil over which the Stars and Stripes flag flies.

The U.S. has made significant progress in improving race relations among its citizens, but it has not yet come to terms with the hard truth that no passage of time, no spoken words, no silence will separate it’s country’s dark history from it’s flag. It’s history has been written, and it cannot be erased. But, as history has shown, it can be transcended.

In 1994, three years after South Africa abolished its brutal and oppressive system of apartheid, the country began to transcend it’s deep racial divide by electing as President former political prisoner and African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela. The late Mandela’s election often overshadows the equally important adoption in 1994 of a flag designed to symbolize an all-inclusive ideal of unity. Of the flag’s six colors, the yellow, black, and green represent the African National Congress, which brought about the end of apartheid. The remaining red, white, and blue represent the Boer Republics founded by South Africa’s early Dutch settlers.

The flag remains the national flag of South Africa today, demonstrating to the world that great racial division can be mended. If South Africa can transcend their history of apartheid, the U.S. can transcend it’s history of racial strife.

With the still ongoing racial divide in the U.S. today made visible when unarmed people of color are killed by law enforcement officers, it would be a bold step toward atoning for it’s dark history if the U.S. retired it’s Stars and Stripes flag and adopted a new one, bearing in it’s design a symbol of unity. After coming to the aid of many members of the global community, the people of the U.S. need to come to the aid of their own by transcending its dark racial history.

President Donald Trump might not agree, but the U.S. need not regress to a time of greatness for a limited few. Instead, it needs to progress toward becoming great for all of it’s citizens. Adopting a new flag would be a giant step in that direction. The world rejoiced in 1994, when South Africa adopted their more inclusive flag, and I’m pretty sure it would do the same for the United States.

So, as the title of one of Spike Lee’s film suggests, “do the right thing,” America, and #MakeTheFlagGreat.

Read My New Essay: Should the U.S. Adopt a New Flag?

Date: June 16, 2020
Time: 3:08 p.m.
Location: Toledo Correctional Inst.

After seeing all of the statues of racist being destroyed throughout the U.S., and the Confederate flag finally getting taken down at NASCAR venues, it made me think about my essay that I wrote about the U.S. flag, “SHOULD THE U.S. ADOPT A NEW FLAG?” As I was looking over the table of contents for my website, to make sure I was citing the correct title of the essay, I noticed that the essay wasn’t listed on my website. I don’t know how this happened? But the essay is a must-read considering the current events and societal changes taking place.

The essay reads as follows. Please share it, and comment about it on social media. Thanking you in advance:

Attorney Kimberly Corral Won’t Talk

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Time: 11:35 a.m.
Location: Toledo Correctional Inst.

Just got off of the phone with the law office for Attorney Kimberly Corral, and I’m pissed by what her secretary just told me in relation to being helped with getting the word out about the old-law injustice documentary (INVISIBLE CHESS:The Jason Goudlock Story).

She told me that Attorney Corral wouldn’t help me UNLESS I paid her. … Now, I’m aware that I live in a capitalist society where nearly everything costs money. But, it just rubbed me the wrong way with the tone that she spoke to me, and the way that she used money as a barrier to impede my conversation. Why is justice always about damn money? I was recommended by someone to contact this particular office. But, the way that I was just slighted, if I was a millionaire I wouldn’t give them one cent!

Justice for Ohio prisoners is coming, however, because I refuse to not be heard! My (our) voice is going to become louder and louder! A second billboard about the film was just put up in Toledo, and there are going to be many more coming!

Well,this is it for now. I just wanted to share the reality of what’s it like as a prisoner trying to get people to simply speak to you about the pursuit of justice.

In the struggle,

Ohio Parole Board Hostage
Jason Goudlock

#DrivenForJustice
#WeMatterToo

WHISTLEBLOWER ALERT: Correction officers are now doing our daily COVID-19 tests! They have no certification to be nurses, and they aren’t even cleaning the medical equipment between each testing. The officer places a medical contraption on a prisoner’s finger, right after taking it off of the finger of another. I wouldn’t be surprised if nearly the entire prison population has the virus.

Justice for ALL!

Date: Monday, June 8, 2020
Time: 8:53 a.m.
Location: Toledo Correctional Inst.

The tragic police killing of George Floyd has awakened people all over the world as to how people of color are routinely brutalized by some faction of the U.S. criminal justice system. But what if the murder of George Floyd wasn’t captured on video? What if George Floyd wouldn’t have died and was sent to jail because of the lies written by the corrupt arresting cops? George Floyd would then be just like the countless number of other men and women sitting in jail or prison for some bullshit. He would be going through hell, sitting in a cell. He would be trying to prepare his self to fight for his freedom against a “crooked system,” — that is, a crooked system that is being allowed to exist.

The most corrupt and racist injustices are taking place, right now, behind closed doors (e.g. courtrooms, prisons, etc.) within the U.S. criminal justice system, and the vast majority of the U.S. population doesn’t care. Every year we hear the story of someone being freed from prison after 20 or 30 years, for a crime that the prosecutor and police knew the accused never committed. The wrongfully accused gets some money, appears on the morning news, but nothing never happens to the people that permitted the wrongful conviction. Shouldn’t all of those involved be charged with attempted murder? Shouldn’t they be held accountable? And, what about all of the other hundreds of criminal cases that these people participated in over the years? How many other lives did they destroy?

If society wants to fight for justice in the name of George Floyd, it needs to do it on all levels! Crooked cops, crooked judges, crooked correction officers, crooked prosecutors, crooked wardens, and crooked parole board members — like Marc Houk of the Ohio Parole Board — they must all be held accountable!

Right now a documentary is out that proves some members of the Ohio Parole Board are just as corrupt as the officers that killed George Floyd; just as corrupt as the police department that tried to cover up the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, yet, so far, no great demand for justice has been made by society. This has, unquestionably, further emboldened the perpetrators. Every time they issue an unwarranted and ridiculous sentence continuation to a prisoner, I’m sure they get some form of sick satisfaction from their perverse behavior.

But, for every action there’s a reaction in some fashion, because change is constant. Sometimes the results of change are for the better, and sometimes they’re for the worse. In this particular case, though, with the recently learned news that the aforementioned documentary (INVISIBLE CHESS: The Jason Goudlock Story) is being scheduled to appear nationally on the streaming service HULU, I tend to think that the pendulum of justice just might be starting to move in the right direction.

And with this being said, in closing, I ask that everyone who reads this post to spread the word about this development. Use your social media platform to, in the name of GEORGE FLOYD, fight, fight, fight … for JUSTICE!!!

Live, from incarceration nation,
Jason Goudlock

Crimes I Did NOT Commit

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Time: 1:08 pm
Location: Toledo Correctional Inst.

I just got the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s “Opposition Brief” to my recently filed “Motion For Judicial Release,” and I’m angrier than I’ve ever been in my life! And, here’s why:

The prosecutor’s opposition motion states the specifics of two robberies allegedly committed by me–that is, the March 1993 robbing of a donut shop, and a Subway sandwich shop. Well, for starters, I NEVER ROBBED THEM! But, being super-ignorant to the ways of the criminal justice system, like the Central Park 5 did, I plead guilty to bullshit I didn’t do! After decades, though, I finally learned the specific details of the robberies, which allegedly occurred as a spree on the street of Broadway in Cleveland. The record states that I ripped a mailbox of money off of a wall in the donut shop, and then went to the Subway and forced people into a freezer and robbed the place with an accomplice….

THIS NEVER, EVER HAPPENED!!!

I hadn’t even been on the street where the robberies occurred for years! The 4th District Cleveland Police Department put these bullshit cases on me! In 2015, I wrote to the fake-ass Ohio Wrongful Conviction Project and asked for their help, but they only pretended to be helping me and dropped my case in 2018. They never even tried to get any physical evidence to make some type of comparisons! I didn’t do that bullshit and I’m willing to take any kind of test to prove it! They can get my DNA-whatever!

I’m disgusted with this racist-ass system, though! I wish people knew what it felt like to be in prison for some shit you didn’t do! Yeah, I did do all of the other crimes, although one of the robberies was embellished by the victim–but I didn’t rob no fucking donut shop, or no Subway!

Nearly 27 years later, though, I’m still being punished for this bullshit! And, the crazy thing is that at least one of the robberies, according to police records, was captured on video! To that I say, LET’S SEE THE VIDEO!

If it still exists, it’ll show everybody that I was set up, just like my documentary shows that I was framed by an actual Parole Board member!

I’m hoping to get a lawyer, soon, to try to prove my innocence–that is, in the event that I’m not granted Judicial Release. But if I am able to prove my innocence, I want every living person involved with this frame-up arrested, and I want to be paid MILLIONS OF DOLLARS by the city of Cleveland.

I don’t really have much more to say, but, if you really care about justice, then, please, AGGRESSIVELY circulate this post, as well as watch and circulate the INVISIBLE CHESS documentary!

Unfortunately, as demonstrated by the aggressive demand for justice by the mother of murdered Georgia citizen Ahmaud Arbery, you have to force people to administer justice. You would think that a video of law enforcement breaking the law would compel someone to do the right thing and address an incident of injustice, but when you’re a Black man in America, it’s just, “Oh,well…” Like, this bullshit is some kind of right-of-passage.

If I were a German Sheppard, though, my situation would be all over the news. I’m one-hundred percent done with biting my tongue!

#WeMatterToo

Risk of COVID-19 at Toledo Correctional Institution in Ohio

Date: Friday, May 8, 2020
Time: 9:43 am
Location: Toledo Correctional Inst.

Out of nowhere, myself and thousands of other prisoners are now at-risk of contracting COVID-19! At the prison I’m in, we were all given masks. But in the area of sanitation, the prison isn’t taking it seriously. Our showers stay dirty, so much to the point that some prisoners wash up in their cells, rather than go to the shower. I’m uncertain of the exact number of how many people have contracted the virus here. But prisoners and staff have both tested positive.

A fellow prisoner that just moved into my cellblock, however, told me that there was an entire block full of prisoners that were being quarantined. He said that they were in the block that used to house kitchen workers, and that they weren’t being allowed to send out mail or use their phone tablets*. He also told me that the pandemic has caused great tension throughout the prison between prisoners and prison employees. He told me that officers are pissed-off at the DRC director, because they aren’t receiving supplemental “hazard pay.” He told me that the officers were suing the Director, and that, in turn, the Director was reassigning officers to job posts that they didn’t want to work. As a result, he said that the pissed officers were taking their frustrations out on prisoners.

I don’t know what the hell the Trump Administration is doing? He needs to stop being an egomaniac, and do what’s right for the country! Nobody knows what the virus is capable of doing. So, why is everyone in a rush to open the country back up? People should be demanding better leadership, and listening to experts in the medical field. Playing political games at a time like this is going to get people killed.

I want to give a shout out to the Ohio prisoner rights organization “EPIC”(ENSURING PAROLE FOR INCARCERATED CITIZENS), headed by Jeanna Kenny. They held a momentus protest outside of Marion Correctional Institution,last week, and are helping lead the fight for justice, for prisoners, by example! Join in and support them on your social media platform, www.EpicXTeam.org [(614) 207-2407], the same way that UNIVERSAL SUPPORT NETWORK founder Norman V. Whiteside did. If their is going to be gains made against Ohio’s criminal justice system, the various few Ohio organizations and activist need to put their egos to the side, and work together for the common good of prisoners! Because fighting and bickering isn’t helping prisoners. It’s hurting us, in fact. Those who are truly generals should be in the lead. So, put your egos aside, organize, and work together! You all have the Internet at your disposal, so, use it to “UNITE.” Use it to communicate and listen to the ideas and views of one another, otherwise understanding and unification will never be realized.

Last, if you are seeking justice for old-law prisoners who have to go before the Parole Board, then you should be supporting the “INVISIBLE CHESS:The Jason Goudlock Story” film. The film uses my story of injustice, as well as the story of Delano Wright’s, to expose the secretive and unjust dealings of Ohio’s Parole Board. But, the film is a film that was made for the purpose of attaining justice for all old-law offenders! The log line for the film reads:”TWENTY YEARS AGO, OHIO MADE FOUR THOUSAND PRISONERS THE UNDERCLASS OF THE UNDERCLASS.”

Four thousand! Not just me. FOUR…THOUSAND! So, let’s come together, and aggressively spread the word about the INVISIBLE CHESS film. Much deserved noise has been recently been made about the captured-on-video killing of Ahmaud Arbery, and the brazen months long decision by Georgia law enforcement to not arrest Arbery’s assailants. This type of brazenness is the same kind of brazenness that the Ohio Parole Board displays. The INVISIBLE CHESS film clearly shows the ruthlessness of the Ohio Parole Board, yet they haven’t been forced to be held accountable. I say, let’s make them be held accountable! Use social media to demand JUSTICE! We have to fight together, and stay aggressive! Simply complaining without taking any action will get us nowhere in Ohio.

I conclude this posting by saying “stay safe,and stay strong during these difficult times.”

In the struggle, live from incarceration nation…

Postscript: Please circulate the video and Press Release of the INVISIBLE CHESS billboard that was recently put up in Los Angeles. … I want to, also, give a shout out to the students of Prof. Paul Moke at Wilmington College, who are watching INVISIBLE CHESS in his Criminal Justice class. Thank you.

[*] Call the Toledo media, and the ACLU, and ask them to make an inquiry about the alleged mistreatment of quarantined COVID-19 prisoners. Ask for them to request interviews with various inmates and prison employees.

Press Release: Imprisoned Ohio Lebron Fan Puts Up Billboard


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DATE: April 6, 2020
CONTACT:
info@freejasongoudlock.org

SUBJECT: IMPRISONED OHIO LEBRON FAN JASON GOUDLOCK PROMOTES PRISON DOCUMENTARY VIA LOS ANGELES BILLBOARD

Ohio prisoner Jason Goudlock, 45, who made international headlines in 2014 when he made the comment to the Ohio Parole Board of wanting to be released, in part, so that he could “witness in-person LeBron James’ pursuit of an NBA Championship for [Goudlock’s] hometown” of Cleveland, recently procured a digital billboard in Los Angeles,CA, to promote the CROW-TONE and William Nichols produced documentary “INVISIBLE CHESS:THE JASON GOUDLOCK STORY,” a film by New York film director Samuel H. Crow that delves into Goudlock’s longtime situation of injustice as an over-incarcerated prisoner who has been imprisoned since his 1993 arrest for aggravated robbery and assault.

Goudlock states on FreeJasonGoudlock.org that the gist of his 2014 letter to the Ohio Parole Board, which outlined several documented incidents of prisoner abuse committed against him by Ohio prison authorities, ranging from being assaulted by officers to having false criminal charges filed against him by a former warden who is now a member of the Ohio Parole Board, was overshadowed by his lighthearted comment about former Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James.

Goudlock further alleges that he was retaliated against by the Ohio Parole Board at his 2014 and 2019 hearings, due to speaking out about the incidents of injustice, which are documented in the INVISIBLE CHESS film.

Goudlock, who is the published author of the novel BROTHER OF THE STRUGGLE, is currently incarcerated at the Toledo Correctional Institution in Toledo, OH.

According to his “What’s Going On Blog” on FreeJasonGoudlock.org, Goudlock hopes that the Los Angeles billboard will attract the support of “influential social activist, such as Prof. Michelle Alexander, Colin Kaepernick, Jay Z, Kim Kardashian-West, Spike Lee, and LeBron James.

Video and photo images of the Los Angeles billboard can be viewed and
downloaded here:

“Invisible Chess” Billboard Video #1
“Invisible Chess” Billboard Video #2
“Invisible Chess” Billboard Video #3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


About a Friend

Date: March 27, 2020
Time: 1:46 p.m. EST
Location: Toledo Correctional Inst.

I haven’t posted anything in a while due to just being frustrated with my overall situation. I feel that the vast majority of people in the U.S have come to accept this racist system of mass-incarceration as something that is normal, and they expect me to accept it, also, which I never will.

Instead of speaking primarily about myself in this post, I want to use this forum today to speak about the inspirational life of a beautiful African-American women that I correspond with, named Ericka Young, who, as a 33-year-old unemployed woman, raises her two young nieces as her own daughters in Columbus, Ohio. Ericka, who’s originally from Canton, Ohio, has the medical condition “Sarcoidosis,” which is the same medical condition that the late legendary comedian Bernie Mac was afflicted with.

Ironically, like Ericka, Mac also raised the children of a sibling as his own, which became the backdrop storyline of Mac’s television show, “The Bernie Mac Show.” Unlike Mac, however, Ericka isn’t a financially well-off celebrity.

What she is, though, is a strong, strong woman, who is in need of steady employment-that is, so she can keep her head above water and raise her two nieces/daughters to the best of her ability. And, it must be noted that she is doing a remarkable job, because her nieces/daughters are both straight-A-students!

It is my hopes and prayers that someone reading this post–some kind of way–will assist Ericka with securing employment, and, perhaps, contribute to the further education of her two nieces/daughters.

If it were not for the nefarious ways of the Ohio Parole Board, I would now be present in Ericka’s life, helping her shoulder the load that no woman should have to carry on her own. Being that I’m not, however, by way of my social media platform, I’m advocating for her and asking that you please reach out to her by way of contacting any of the following:

EYoung3154@gmail.com
info@FreeJasonGoudlock.org

All inquiries about Ericka Young will be promptly responded to, and you will be put in direct contact with her. Thank you for your time, and please circulate this post on your social media platform, as well as to appropriate organizations, such as Bernie Mac Foundation, et cetera.

#Support4SuperMomEricka

Postscript: In closing, I just want to state that I now have a newly designed promotional billboard for my documentary, “INVISIBLE CHESS:The Jason Goudlock Story,” in Los Angeles!

Video footage and pictures of the billboard will soon be available on this
website and YouTube. I’m hoping that the billboard will generate support
for the film by influential social activists, such as Prof. Michelle Alexander, Colin Kaepernick, Jay Z, Kim Kardashian-West, Spike Lee, and LeBron
James.

Delanio Wright

Delanio Wright is an Ohio old-law prisoner, who, like myself, is being held captive by Ohio’s corrupt Parole Board, and is co-featured in my INVISIBLE CHESS documentary.

In 2016,when I learned that the INVISIBLE CHESS documentary was going to be made, I passed the news on to some other old-law prisoners, whom, in turn, conveyed the news to Delanio Wright. This led to him contacting the producers of the film.

I’ve never personally met Delanio Wright, but his pain and frustration is my pain and frustration, and I want him to attain his long overdue freedom, along with other deserving old-law prisoners.

Wright is an author and music composer. If you would like to assist him in his fight for justice, please contact him via U.S. mail at the following:

Delano Wright,#A705-256
11781 State Route 762 #2
Orient,OH 43146

If you wish,you can also set up an email account @ JPay.com.

Quawntay Adams

Quawntay Adams is an African-American federal prisoner who was arrested in 2004, at an Illinois truck stop, for allegedly attempting to pick up a vehicle loaded with marijuana. He was given an outrageous sentence of 35 YEARS, and, so far, has served 16 years!

Adams’ codefendant, however–a White woman who admitted to conspiracy to possess and distribute marijuana and money laundering charges–she received PROBATION!

Adams, the author of the memoir “Chasin’ Freedum(sic),” was featured in an interview in the same edition of the San Fransisco Bay View newpaper (Dec. 2019) that featured the story “Filming Injustice in Ohio’s Prisons: Jason Goudlock’s Story,” about Ohio’s old-law sentencing disparity [See “Jim Cannabis Crow: An Interview Wit’ a Prisoner From The War on (Drugs) “The Black Community,” by M.O.I. JR Valrey; www.SFBayView.com].

Please reach out to Adams and help this over-incarcerated man attain his
physical freedom. Illinois recently enacted legislation that legalized the recreational use and selling of cannabis (Illinois HB 1438), and it’s a disgrace that Adams is still in prison.

If you would like to assist Quawntay Adams in his fight for justice, please post and share his memoir on your social media platform, and contact him via the following:

https://www.quawntayboscoadams.com/
Quawntay8@Yahoo.com
Facebook/QuawntayAdams