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  • Government Name: Quaheem Edwards
  • Register Number: 10800-084
  • Age:28
  • Time Served:6 + yrs.
  • Home Town:Paterson, NJ
  • Sentence:20 yrs
  • Current Charge:Conspiracy to Distribute, Weapons, Witness Intimidation
  • Alias:Ox-Splish
  • Release Date:2024
  • Prison Affiliation:Blood
  • Circle of Influence:Charles Taylor Jr., David Drone, Joshua Carrell, Tewhan Butler
  • Institution:USP Tucson
  • I now know what I want out of life for myself, my family and my community. I am strictly about rebuilding and change. On paper, I will always be affiliated. I took an oath! But I BANG for a real cause now, or a few causes: CHANGE, UPLIFTMENT and PROSPERITY. RAISE UP!

Oath to Mission Statement

I hereby take this oath . . . I remember reciting those words with aggression. With this oath I had no idea what I was really committing to. I had no ideas of the lives I was preparing to put at risk, including my own. I never believed or imagined speaking against this oath. On March 29, 2000, at 12:31 am a boy joined the United Blood Nation. My permission was given in the form of excuses such as there was no love at home, I needed family, and the list goes on. I told myself that I would protect my hood, but when status and rank became priority, the same love turned to hate. I would later learn that I needed to protect myself from the hood.

An oath is one’s word and commitment to do as he or she says. Before taking an oath, one must know what they are signing up for. For me, taking the oath created a numbness and blind-eye to anything and anyone not Blood. I never heard of empathy. Is this what I signed up for? I would frequently ask myself this question in my self-talk. When I began to question my motives, I knew it was time to move on. From age fifteen to thirty, I spent looking over my shoulder, whether worrying about cops, rival gangs or my own brothers.
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When I was indicted by the feds in  2004, it was somewhat of a relief. Nothing good came of the lifestyle I was living on the street. I longed for days of living without having to look over my shoulder. I knew the necessary steps that had to be taken if I was to experience freedom. I often tell myself that if a man must hide what he does, then he shouldn’t be doing it. I am done hiding. I now live life without fear, with an open-mind, and the will to continue on this journey of change. I look forward to being a better me and making smarter and healthier decisions. My mission today is to be the man I was intended to be. Today, I am a man who lives in honesty. I am a man who is the change he speaks of.

For me it is important that I share my experiences with those who may be struggling with change. I hope you get something from my story. I encourage you develop a personal mission statement. Identify what you want to do and who you want to be in life. A mission statement will help you plan for your success. Your mission statement will help give you purpose and enable you to work toward goals. And along the way, always be sure that your actions mirror your talk.

  

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