At the start Only1gang.wordpress.com began as a mouthpiece for an ex-con who, prior to release from prison, had a vision for a redemptive future in addressing a need for alternatives to gangs. He had a wonderful vision of a community-based resource center for urban youth and a firm establishment in the community-strengthening precepts of his Muslim faith. This blog, this relationship, splintered around 2008, a time of shifting winds.
Then it tried on a few different hats For years the Only1Gang.wordpress.com saw the theme of “only one gang” expressed in the comparison of the revelations of God throughout time in the light of the New Revelation, checking in occasionally to correspond with current readings from the Christian lectionary.
The blog served another purpose when other writers were invited to form a writer’s collective, posting drafts for review and revision.
Now Only1Gang.wordpress.com now reverts closer to the original impulse, the voice representing a calling from prison. It can become the place for the writings of prisoners to be shared, with an audience of those who are supporting the project to ship New Knowledge Library books to prisons.
The blog site 1gang.us now exists to support the Free Book Project, with a specific drive to get books into prisons and other places without internet.