Inspiration: A Life Born of Necessity

Ellis Lund is not your typical digital media guy. He has an edge unlike any in this profession that allows him a keen insight on how his client’s artistic vision can be realized. What is it that gives him this edge? Twenty-six years in prison doing tattoo work with makeshift tattoo guns, drawing portraits and …

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UBF Founder Ivan Kilgore’s McCoy v. Lousisana Reply Brief to the California Supreme Court

Update: The California Supreme Court has since denied this filing. On March 5th, 2020 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order holding in abeyance Ivan's application to file a second successive petition for writ of habeas corpus for pursuant to a new US Supreme Court ruling in McCoy vs Louisiana. (See Kilgore v. …

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#Free California Movement: A Letter to Prison Reform Organizations

#FreeCaliforniaMovement: A Call to Action. By Ivan KilgoreDecember 2020 Every individual must take the oath [to reject government oppression] him or herself, facing not to his neighbor, but his God. Nor should it be taken in order to gain power over anybody but oneself, for the power of the oath is defined by what one …

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Can You See Yourself With It?

By Mandrel Miller G29534 P.O. Box 1902 Tehachapi, CA 93581 In 2006, I was in the Wayside facility of the LA County Jail fighting at three-strike case for robbery when I met this OG pimp named “Dark Gable.” Dark Gable was in his early forties, about 6' 2” with dark skin and an afro. He …

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Give Me Free! A Critique on Contemporary Prison Movements.

By Ivan Kilgore, June 2019 I'd say the Free Alabama Movement had a lot to do with many of the reforms in the state of Alabama that we are seeing in the news recently. Namely, the resending of the Habitual Offender Act, which lead to a sentence of LWOP. For those of you who do …

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If Only I had the Power and Possessed the Key

By C.G. If only I had the power to rise from the graves, all the buried slaves, who were raped, maimed and murdered. If I could only give them life, locked inside metal enslavements, with their key in my possession as they stood before me, I would set them all free – of mouth piercing …

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Open the Gates, Smash the State: A Snippet of Contemporary Prison Movements

On August 21st, 1971, George Jackson, best-selling author and founding member of the Black Guerilla Family was shot to death in the San Quentin prison yard. Prison officials said Jackson had been trying to escape from the isolation unit where he was housed. Three guards and two white prisoners also died in the alleged escape …

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IVAN KILGORE, CORONAVIRUS WHISTLE-BLOWER, IS IN A CRISIS!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tynlUWVcUQU&t=4s The coronavirus is spreading in the U.S prison system with new cases emerging daily. People in prison are sick and rebelling. Recently, Vice News did an interview with an incarcerated person who exposed the conditions of California Department of Corrections prisons and the system’s complete disregard for protecting the incarcerated population and CDCR staff …

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University of California, Santa Cruz Student Interviews UBF Founder Ivan Kilgore on the Limitations of Prison Education

You’re shuffled through a sliding chain link fence onto a small patch of aging concrete enclosed by more fence. The height of it is daunting and as you look up, you notice more razor wire topping it. You peer to your right and see the tall octagonal structure with the many-windowed room at its peak. …

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