Author Archives: Ronald G. Self

New Rules for Veterans’ Transitional Housing

By Ron G. Self One very important component in obtaining a parole date is having confirmation of transitional housing. For most prisoners, this can be a serious challenge. However, for veterans this challenge should be an easy obstacle to overcome. Unfortunately, there is a bump in the road. The Veterans Administration will not issue a […]

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Lifting the Invisible Veil of Discrimination

By RON ‘YANA’ SELF Editor’s Note: Ron ‘Yana’ Self is a highly decorated Marine and a resident of San Quentin State Prison. During a battle, Self was saved by an openly gay Marine. On April 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared, “I have a dream that my four children will one day live […]

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Co-Founder of S.Q. Veteran Group Dies

By RONALD ‘YANA’ SELF Elmer G. “Geronimo” Pratt, an early leader of San Quentin’s Vietnam veterans group and a decorated paratrooper, died at his home in Tanzania, according to his sister. He was 63 years old. Pratt was a co-founder of the Vietnam Veterans Group San Quentin (V.V.G.S.Q.), established in 1986. He volunteered to join […]

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In Indian Country

By RONALD ‘YANA’ SELF Though all plants are purposeful and important, four plants are sacred: 1. Tobacco is used in the offering of prayer to the Great Spirit. The smoke contains the prayers that are then lifted skyward. 2. Cedar purifies; good fortune will come your way if you carry cedar in your shoes. 3. […]

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The Fallout From WikiLeaks Document Release

By RONALD G. SELF The United States military and allied forces face increased risk due to the disclosure of classified documents, according to the Pentagon. Last June Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, released 400,000 pages of classified documents pertaining to military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. personnel are being placed in […]

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