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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Stop The Violence! Save The Children!

Stop The Violence! Save The Children! Join us for the "Stop the Violence Rally" during our Saturday Morning International Broadcast at Rainbow PUSH Coalition Headquarters 930 East 50th Street Chicago Il 60615 at 10am. We are focused on finding solutions. Help us do so. We want to hear from you. Tell us how we can stop the violence. We will be live streaming @ http://bit.ly/1puoAIt
AND you can join us on the Word Network @ http://bit.ly/1aeKTYe. Come join us, tune in from wherever you are or join us on the Word Network. We need to come TOGETHER and discuss how we will remedy the ills of our society. We cannot do it alone. We need to hear from parents, teachers, students, legislators, law enforcement and all concerned citizens. EVERYBODY MUST JOIN IN! We must STOP THE VIOLENCE and SAVE THE CHILDREN. ARE YOU CONCERNED? Will you be there? Will you participate? Who will you bring? HAVE YOU BEEN THE VICTIM OF VIOLENCE? We must pack the house. If you are concerned, Voice your concerns. HEAL HURT WITH HOPE AND HEALING! PARTICIPATE! Join us Saturday!!! LET'S STRIVE FOR STANDING ROOM ONLY!

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Voice from Menard: Chicago’s racist war against Blacks and Latinos continues in Illinois prisons

by Muntu Sun Ra Okito (Percell Hansberry)
The Menard High Security Unit hunger strikers send a message of solidarity to the brothers of the struggle at Pelikan Bay SHU, Ohio Supermax, the Georgia SMU hunger strikers, and all prisoners of consciousness who refuse to bow down to state torture and systemic degradation up in these concentration kamps across Amerikkka. We also send mad love and respect to Bay View for creating a holy space for the most down-pressed voices in society to be expressed and heard.
Although the hunger strike has officially come to an end here – the struggle continues. The drastic and suppressive hand of Illinois prison-crats has had the unintended effect of heightening the consciousness of a new generation of captured colonials into the history of the prison rights movement and “teaching” them about the true nature of the beast.
This “lesson” was accomplished because of the prison-crats’ psychopathic need to totally control and exploit the minds and bodies of its captives. The corrupt state was forced to close down its Supermax (Tamms) torture factory in 2013 of January due to its budget crisis linked with community agitation.
However, the officers’ influential union was vehemently against the closure. The officers launched an aggressive propaganda campaign for public support by using fear to distort reality via the media, while their legal mercenaries filed a petition for preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order against the governor’s decision – all to no avail.
With the collapse of a mechanism within this system of racial control and exploitation came a backlash encased in the obsessive fear of losing control and the need to find (fabricate) a rationale to re-open Tamms torture kamp. The threat of sending someone to Tamms often yielded the desired results.
To this end, the prison-crats prophesied that the closure would increase violence against prisoners and staff alike. Then they worked to fulfill the prophesy, which is to say they created and promoted violence. As demonstrated by Brother Haazim W. Muntaqim (see the January 2014 Bay View) this is nothing new in this system; it’s the nature of the beast.
Unaware prisoners were fed the names of snitches. Then the exposed snitch, unbeknownst to him, would be left in general population by Internal Affairs, knowing fully what the predictable outcome would be.
Internal Affairs also used the snitch label falsely to discredit those unbent prisoners who refused to cooperate and on those captured colonials who were evolving toward the consciousness level of political prisoners and prisoners of war. The prison-crats prefer the masses to stay deaf, dumb and blind.

With the collapse of a mechanism within this system of racial control and exploitation came a backlash encased in the obsessive fear of losing control and the need to find (fabricate) a rationale to re-open Tamms torture kamp.

Another tactic used by the administration to initiate violence was provocation wrapped in unjustifiable and relentless harassment – not limited to the placement of weapons in prisoner’s cells. Although the mass prison population in the state’s kamps is comprised mostly of New Afrikan Blacks, the primary oppressed group “selected” for racist scapegoat “this time” was Latinos and anybody perceived to be associated with this group.
In the summer of 2013, the unrelenting provocation came to a head in several incidents resulting in physical violence between officers and captives. Those captives “involved” were afterward severely assaulted while in handcuffs, written up and removed to disciplinary segregation.
Shortly thereafter, though, the prison-crats used the violence that they created and arbitrarily snatched up over 40(!) captives who had absolutely no involvement in the provoked confrontation and wrote bogus disciplinary reports, stripped some out of state, and placed a significant number in Administration Detention, long-term (indefinite) solitary confinement with no due process – not knowing why – in conditions that are absolutely deplorable.
Throughout the entire state’s prison system, those who weren’t snatched up of the targeted group, real or imagined, were fired from their slave-wage jobs – no explanation offered. This affected an entire racial group. The Menard High Security Unit is comprised of New Afrikans, Latinos and White captives. The White captives who partook in the hunger strike and/or were “perceived” to be associated with minorities were called (harassed as) race traders by White officers.
Kept in its proper context, it must be over-stood that the closure of Tammas Supermax torture center did not amount to the automatic release of its victims. In all systems of control (oppression) that part of it that dies is reborn into new form, a dynamic that has been termed “preservation through transformation.”
Tamms’ captured hostages were simply transferred – the vast majority – to another kamp, Pontiac, where a section was “transformed,” wherein they are still in indefinite solitary confinement (Administrative Detention) and are still referred to as “Tamms’ inmates by the prison-crats. Menard High Security Unit was also “transformed” into a “mini-Tamms” (indefinite isolation) for the Gestapo-like round-up.
Many are in “mini-Tamms” torture kamps on newly “transformed” segregation wings in several medium security prisons in the state. Although in transition, torture is still preserved through transformation.
The violence created by the prison-crats in Illinois is being used to inflict mental violence now on the public by brainwashing them into believing that they need more money for security and that rounding up the 40 captives, as well as all those who “had” to be fired from their slave-wage jobs and put back into their cages, is justification to re-open Tamms torture center.

Kept in its proper context, it must be over-stood that the closure of Tammas Supermax torture center did not amount to the automatic release of its victims. In all systems of control (oppression) that part of it that dies is reborn into new form, a dynamic that has been termed “preservation through transformation.”

During the 2014 gubernatorial primaries several Republican candidates expressed the “need” to re-open it, such as Illinois Rep. Jill Tracy: “The whole purpose of Tamms was defeated with this cost-saving measure and as a result, we’re seeing 20 percent increase in assaults at the other facilities where these inmates have been put into.” But as stated above, the vast majority of Tamms’ captives are still in indefinite isolation cages, so if this is the case – and it is – what’s really behind the brain-staining propaganda?
It’s the human rights violations, the constitutional rights violations and the Gestapo-like round-ups and environment that’s being resisted in the Illinois concentration kamp system. The oppression here is a continuation of Chicago’s racist war on the New Afrikan (Black) and Latino communities as a whole – that’s the thing that must be over-stood.
I leave you with the words of the Chicago activist group Affordable Power and Justice: “Ain’t no chain – an unbroken circle of prisoner, race and nation unity breaks the chains that are destroying us.”
Send our brother some love and light: Muntu Sun Ra Okito (s/n Percell Hansberry), B34144, P.O. Box 1000, Menard, IL 62259.

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The Free Alabama Movement - a prisoner-led human rights movement


Radical Philosophy and the Free Alabama Movement

April 23, 2014
By Lisa Guenther/From Truth Out
Last summer, thousands of prisoners in California launched a 60-day hunger strike to protest and transform oppressive policies in the California Department of Corrections. One member of the organizing team called their strike action a “multi-racial, multi–regional Human Rights Movement to challenge torture.”
This weekend, another prisoner-led human rights movement is gaining momentum in Alabama. The Free Alabama Movement (FAM) seeks to analyze, resist, and transform prison slavery from within the Prison Industrial Complex.
Both of these movements challenge us, as philosophers and as people, to interrogate the meaning of slavery, torture, human rights, and political action. What does it mean to struggle for one’s human rights as an “offender” in the world’s first prison society? What can philosophers and political theorists learn from the example of incarcerated intellectuals and political actors whose everyday lives are situated at the dangerous intersection of racism, economic exploitation, sexual violence, and civil death? What would it mean to respect the specificity of the Free Alabama Movement, and at the same time to recognize that even the freedom of non-incarcerated philosophers may be bound up with the freedom of Alabama? What is freedom, after all? What – and where – and who – is Alabama?
In what follows, I will share what I have learned about the Free Alabama Movement over the last couple of days. But don’t take my word for it! Check out the FAM website, which includes photos and videos of degrading prison conditions, as well as this brilliant spoken word analysis of prison slavery. Follow the movement on Facebook and Twitter. And read the 100-page manifesto written by prisoner-organizers about the situation in Alabama prisons and the movement to end prison slavery.
So: What is the Free Alabama Movement, and how did it begin?
As FAM organizer Melvin Ray explains in an online manifesto, the Free Alabama Movement is a prisoner-led movement calling for a “statewide shutdown on Free Labor in the form of a Non-Violent and Peaceful Protest for Civil and Human Rights” (p. 9).
Earlier this year, FAM organized a non-violent labor strike at St. Clair Correctional Facility. The strike action spread to three prisons across the state, and since then, Melvin Ray has been held in solitary confinement for his role in the strikes (AL.com).
Most prisoners in Alabama are not paid for their work, and all able-bodied prisoners are required to work. Prison labor in Alabama includes food preparation, laundry, and facility maintenance, as well as the production of furniture, license plates, and chemicals (more information here). Since 2012, private corporations have been allowed to set up shop within prisons, and in 2011, there was even talk of replacing the labor power of undocumented workers with prison labor.
Speaking on behalf of the Free Alabama Movement, Ray explains: “they’re running a slave empire” (Salon).
This reference to slavery is not a metaphor; after all, the Thirteenth Amendment does not abolish slavery completely, but rather maintains the possibility of slavery and involuntary servitude “as a punishment for crime.”
In response to the material conditions of 21st-century prison slavery, the Free Alabama Movement has declared: “We don’t want to be slaves for this system” (AL.com).
FAM is committed to a non-violent struggle against the institutional violence of prison slavery and the structural violence of racism and poverty. The FAM manifesto states: “Free Alabama Movement knows that non-violence is not only our best strategy, but it is our only strategy capable of producing our desired goals” (manifesto, p. 9).
In an interview with Salon, Ray adds: “Violence is what has drawn most of us into the prisons — and that’s what we’re trying to stop” (Salon).
He continues: “We decided that the only weapon or strategy… that we have is our labor, because that’s the only reason that we’re here… They’re incarcerating people for the free labor” (Salon).
In reaching out to other prisoners who may be reluctant to join a resistance movement within a system that is designed to crush resistance, Ray says: “We have to get them to understand: You’re not giving up anything. You don’t have anything. And you’re going to gain your freedom right here” (Salon).
For an incarcerated person to join in the movement is to engage in a collective project of self-organization and mutual empowerment: “No one is going to do anything… so we have to do it ourselves” (Salon).
I’ll conclude this brief introduction to the Free Alabama Movement with an outline of their platform, which can be read in full in the manifesto.
1. To Put An End To The System Of Free Labor Within The Alabama Department Of Corrections.
2. To put an end to the inhumane living conditions under which Alabama prisoners suffer, including overcrowding and the warehousing of large amounts of people for no purpose.
3. To abolish life without parole sentences and to overhaul Alabama’s current parole system to provide more deserving people with an opportunity to earn their release from prison.
4. To put an end to arbitrary sentencing practices that has resulted in the targeting of specific race groups.
1. We want an end to the system of free labor within the Alabama Department of Corrections.
2. We want to end to the inhumane living conditions under which Alabama prisoners suffer, including overcrowding and the warehousing of large amounts of people for no purpose other than to extract free labor.
3. We want control of our resources and the money our families send to us.
4. Reform in youthful offender law.
5. Repeal of the Habitual Offender Act and other laws.
A spoken word performance on the FAM website ends with these powerful words: “Because freeing Alabama is freeing our lives.”
Let me repeat that.
“Because freeing Alabama is freeing our lives.”
To those of us with a stable location within the academy, it might seem like the struggle to free Alabama is a distant struggle which – however inspiring – does not implicate our own freedom. But we would be wrong.
In a nation that incarcerates more people than any other society in world history – a nation that was born in slavery, and that to this day permits slavery and involuntary servitude “as a punishment for crime” – a nation that chronically underfunds public education for the sake of punishing, controlling and incapacitating prisoners – none of us are free until all of us are free.
Philosophers have been talking about freedom for centuries. It’s up to us to grapple with the implications of our own intellectual and political commitments in response to the Free Alabama Movement and to other prisoner-led liberation movements. What is freedom? Where is Alabama? Who could we become, as philosophers, if we followed the lead of radical intellectuals behind bars?
You can donate to the Free Alabama Movement here, and by helping to amplify their voices in your own communities.
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Muslim Americans Accuse FBI of Placing Them on "No-Fly" List for Refusin...

http://www.democracynow.org - Naveed Shinwari is one of four American Muslims who filed suit against the government this week for placing them on the U.S. "no-fly list" after they refused to become FBI informants. The plaintiffs say they were barred from flying not because they were accused of any crime, but because they wouldn't spy on their communities. "It's very frustrating, you feel helpless," Shinwari says. "No one will tell you how you can get off of it, how you got on it. It has a profound impact on people's lives." We are also joined by Shayana Kadidal, senior managing attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has lawsuit to remove the men from the no-fly list, and call for a new legal mechanism to challenge placement on it. "Whenever civil rights abuses are violated or abused, people have to speak out," Shinwari concludes. "If I don't do it, who else will do it?" 

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