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Felix Sitthivong

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On the Fence Line: Juneteenth reminds us that state prisons suppress solidarity

Growing up, I didn't even know that Juneteenth was a thing. Which is actually kind of ironic since my birthday just happens to be on the same day. I guess the universe works in...

On the Fence Line: A message to our youth, our future for AAPI Heritage...

Last year for AAPI Heritage Month (still kinda lightweight trying to decide if I even like this idea of “heritage” months or not), “On the Fence Line” chose to honor APICAG founder, and one...

On the Fence Line: APICAG in prisons is vital for cultural, personal empowerment

I want to start this month’s installment with a bit of vulnerability, and I need to be as transparent with y’all as possible. If you didn’t know, I’m currently serving a 66-year prison sentence...

On the Fence Line: What it’s like having inadequate medical care in prison

Access to adequate medical treatment isn’t always afforded to everybody in need — especially if you’re poor or don’t know the system. This is probably no surprise to most of us. How many of...

On the Fence Line: Rumored fentanyl overdoses prompt searches disguised as fire drills

On Wednesday, January 24, after I spent a long night watching the Australian Open, a prison guard bangs on my cell door in the morning. The loud chatter of prison is something that I’ve...

On the Fence Line: After not guilty verdict for Manuel Ellis’ killers, reforms won’t...

To end 2023, in a frustrating trial that lasted three months, Tacoma Police Department officers Matthew Collins, Christopher Burbank, and Timothy Rankine were acquitted of all charges related to the 2020 killing of Manuel...

On the Fence Line: On being together, apart this holiday season

As the holiday season is in full effect, many in our community are gearing up for family gatherings to catch up with loved ones or busy holiday shopping, spending countless hours searching for that...

On the Fence Line: DOC censors words ‘cultural awareness group’

For generations, cultural awareness groups operating within the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) have been hosting annual banquets. In the past, this was always a time to reconnect with family, showcase our culture...

On the Fence Line: Support legislation fighting for marginalized inmates

Imagine a world where at any given time your life could be turned upside down and you could be isolated into submission. A world where speaking out could mean being separated from the people...

On the Fence Line: A handwritten message from solitary confinement

I know at some point of our lives we've all felt overwhelmed. In those moments, it's tempting to feel disconnected from community and those who love us most, to feel immobilized by fear, shame,...