Jewel of the Week
By Demond A. Jackson
 ” After you have suffered great losses and known much pain, it is not cowardice to wish to live henceforth with a minimum of suffering. And one form of heroism, about which few if any films will be made, is having the courage to live without bitterness when bitterness is justified, having the strength to persevere when perseverance seems unlikely to be rewarded, having the resolution to find profound meaning in life when it seems the most meaningless.”
-Dean Kontz ‘The City’
 Many of my comrades, love one’s and people of every ethnic background have dealt with extreme suffering at the hands of injustice by one means or another.  Finding themselves so consumed in their suffering that bitterness and strife has become the one thing that validates their existence. They are masters at understanding their conditions, courage’s and passionate about expressing their distaste, yet are completely ignorant when it comes to finding a solution, peace and purpose in the eye of their storm. I’ve been shot, stabbed, betrayed and dishonored by those I trusted and loved. And without doubt, bitterness is justified. Yet how could I truly be happy? How could I be loved without trust or faith?
God has blessed me to find knowledge and understanding in an environment that breeds… destruction and hate amongst those who share the same oppression some greater than others yet all the same. It is my sincerest wish that you find knowledge understand in the excerpt above let it teach you that courage is the strength to persevere when perseverance seems unlikely to be rewarded.
Demond Jackson

As you can see my name is Demond Andrae Jackson. My comrades and Love one’s call me D-jay. I’m the co-founder of Convicted Soap Box, and the MENSTOP!/GIRL…STOP! re-entry programs. I consider myself a literary artist, be it poetry, editorials, composition, music or screenplays “My pen…is my power and words are my weapons…”

I’m the son of an African American queen, born and raised in Los Angeles California, where I was groomed in its infectious gang culture. For the past decade and half, the federal Bureau of Prison has been a institution of self-education, self-evaluation and the reason I now possess knowledge of self. That being so, I now strive to expose the solution to the problems that our plaguing our communities, America’s youth and this country as a whole. There’s a saying: “There’s nothing new up under the sun.” Simply put, if there’s one thing in this universe existence, that has seen all thing that mankind has done or not done, it is the sun. That means the moral dissension that taking place currently is nothing new. Historian have written about times where the moral fabric of a nation was so tattered where the only solution for change was war a destruction. This country was built and establish to be the nation it is today. By the disenfranchised, those who were being oppressed by the Queen and her fellow Aristocrats. Therefore if this country is to change once again for the better. It will begin and must begin with the actions and the voice of the disenfranchised i.e, America’s minorities, poor and it’s third class citizen the American Ex-felon. That being said I’m committed to “WRITING MY WRONGS…” and sewing seed of knowledge and truth that will blossom into peace, prosperity and positive change


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