I write this to answer the call to action by Prison Lives Matter! as an anarchist prisoner and co-founder of Fire Ant (established 2017).
Published June 11, 2021 From: https://bloomingtonabc.noblogs.org/files/2021/06/Fire-Ant-9.pdf
While maintaining our autonomy and internationalist anarchist/ anti-authoritarian position against corrupt political parties and/or leadership vanguards, I nevertheless call on my comrades to support PLM by engaging in dialog and solidarity actions toward our common goals to abolish legalized slavery!
PLM’s objective is to establish a revolutionary prison movement infrastructure. The purpose is to implement an effective overall strategy through a movement building network of regional organizing committees, for collaborative work with PLM national coordinating committee. This is a necessity, the need is obvious!
Every single prison should have a George Jackson University or a Kuwasi Balagoon Liberation School. Sometimes, I like to ask myself, not “What would Jesus do?”, but “What would Kuwasi do?”. For those who don’t know about our beloved revolutionary hero, he has been eulogized:
“He was an anarchist in a Black nationalist movement, he was queer in a straight-dominated movement, he was a guerrilla fighter before it was “chic”, and he never backed down from his ideals, his beliefs, the struggle, or himself. And, he demanded to be seen, not as a revolutionary icon, but as a person, beautiful and flawed.” -Walidah Imarisha (from “Kuwasi at 60” by Kazembe Balagoon)
As anarchists, we can particularly support this statement by comrade Kwame “Beans” Shakur: “Prison Lives Matter is not about “reforming” the existing system. Through this United Front… we will strive to expose the prison industrial slave complex’s hidden political and economical position of hierarchy within the United States empire” (from “Prison COVID”, Vol 1, No 2)
“In the spirit of Nelson Mandala” campaign calls for international agencies and courts to investigate the human rights’ violations that exist within the United States prison system. These violations include the mass murder of nearly 3,000 incarcerated people over the past year, using methodic execution by COVID-19. This killed the most vulnerable, elderly, and chronically ill prisoners.
People should also take note of the torture claims against the U.S filed by Sean Swain (and myself). Under the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, currently pending trial (The InterAmerican Commissionon Human Rights case # 14-146). To contact the IACHR to make claims or witness statements in corroboration of the above, write to:
InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States, 1889 F St NW, Washington, DC 20006, tel #: 202-370-9000, fax#: 202-458-3992, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: cidh.org
We are our own liberators!
Solidarity to Prison Lives Matter!
Send all comments, criticism, and correspondence to: Jennifer Rose #E23852 Salinas Valley State Prison, PO Box 1050, Soledad, CA, 93960, email: email@example.com, blog: www.betweenthebars.org/blogs/490