Phil taught me various political and survival skills and strategies that enabled me to overcome the anguish and wretchedness of incarceration and onward to the passageway to become a self empowered , self determined life long learner and teacher . He inspired me to reach for greater truths and understanding , and never give up regardless of the odds against me.
I along with many prisoners and organizations relied on his wisdom and understanding and inspiration . He embodied the courage of every noble warrior . I am profoundly privileged and honered to have met him and be one of his many students and friends .