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Hunger striker: Don’t stop pushing, pounding on the system

August 3, 2011

by Jamal Ortiz

Greetings to you all from the brothas at Pelican Bay Ad-Seg Unit A1!

The rally in support of the hunger strike that was held in Sacramento in front of CDCR headquarters July 18 drew some media attention. – Grant Slater, KPCC
I cannot over-emphasize to all who have participated in the hunger strike – making complaints, group appeals and phone calls, writing letters, protesting or whatever other creative form of struggle we have been moved to contribute – we are keeping the momentum and pace of our advances going forward and progressive.

We cannot stop now. It will all be for nothing or a lesson of what not to do. There are many of our prison conditions which need to be reformed: the validation process, food, adequate health care, unsanitary and foul living conditions in SHU and Ad-Seg and a host of other problems.

Now is the time we need to push and pound on this system. Our collective unity and group operation is more powerful than an atom bomb.

A strong, tightly knit group of brothas who form the nucleus within the masses should formulate ideas, develop them into achievable objectives and work toward pushing and pounding the hell out of this prison system. Things don’t have to be the way they are. Don’t give up!

Revolution is not an act but it is a process that involves the actions of the masses. But the first step is establishing a strong nucleus and circle of brothas who are like minded. Once this circle is organized in lockstep order, we will be able to collectively move out and educate, influence and organize the masses.

Don’t let the California prison hunger strike and the support that flowed from various media outlets, including the Bay View, go for nothing. All prisoners are obligated to contribute in some way. Get organized, develop a plan, stick to the plan and make it happen. Don’t give up!

Send our brotha some love and light: Jamal Ortiz, K-94544, A1-118, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95531.


3 thoughts on “Hunger striker: Don’t stop pushing, pounding on the system

    1. Power2People

      “Prisons were not institutionalized on such a massive scale by the people. Most people realize that crime is simply the result of a grossly disproportionate distribution of wealth and privilege, a reflection of the present state of property relations. There are no wealthy men on death row, and so few in the general prison population that we can discount them altogether.
      "Imprisonment is an aspect of class struggle from the outset. It is the creation of a closed society which attempts to isolate those individuals who disregard the structures of a hypocritical establishment, as well as those who attempt to challenge it on a mass basis.”

  1. Reverend Irma Carew

    I don't believe prisons work. I believe love works. Not the emotional love that is often touted around as attachment to some object either living or inanimate, and not the emotion that comes as a by product of a mutual agreement, you give me this, and I will love you.

    The love I refer to is a supreme state of being where there always was and always will be love without attachment or judgment.

    From this state of being love, we are able to apply forgiveness, mercy and tolerance. We are able to forgive others as well as our selves and we are able to start anew.

    This is what society lacks, and what is sorely needed.

    We cannot change the past, but we can be mindful of each moment and how we interact with the world around us.

    We can choose to BE love, and thereby change society one BEING at a time.


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