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Hunger strike rally at Corcoran Prison: The sound before the fury

July 16, 2013

by Malaika Kambon

It is hot enough in Corcoran, California, to melt people.

That being said, it still wasn’t hot enough to keep upwards of 400 people from braving 103-degree weather to mobilize and rally at Corcoran State Prison in support of over 30,000 prisoners on hunger strike in California. The immediate goal is to stop the cruelty and torture that being held in isolation represents.

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This is the three-city-block-long concrete box that is Corcoran State Prison, in Corcoran, Calif., where it is 103 degrees outside. What is the temperature on the inside? – Photo: Malaika Kambon
The long-range objective is liberation.

“Our indefinite isolation here is both inhumane and illegal, and the proponents of the prison industrial complex are hoping that their campaign to dehumanize us has succeeded to the degree that you don’t care and will allow the torture to continue in your name. It is our belief that they have woefully underestimated the decency, principles and humanity of the people. Join us in opposing this injustice without end.”

“Injustice without end.” These are prophetic words written by the NCTT, a New Afrikan (Black) collective think tank in the Corcoran SHU, men caged in the 4B-1C section of the SHU (security housing unit), the super-max isolation hellhole at Corcoran State Prison.

The brutal facts that are known do not begin to state all of the issues:

  • 7 percent of all California prisoners are in isolation;
  • 30 percent of prisoner suicides happen in isolation units;
  • 51 percent of Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU) prisoners have spent at least five years in solitary confinement;
  • 89 percent of prisoners in solitary confinement have been there for at least 20 years;
  • 6 feet by 8 feet are the dimensions of the average person’s walk-in closet in the U.S., yet 11 feet 7 inches by 7 feet 7 inches are the dimensions of a SHU cell at Pelican Bay;
  • 11,730 prisoners are held in solitary confinement in California prisons today.
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Jonathan Jackson’s rousing call, “All power to the people who don’t fear freedom,” rang in the ears of the protesters, whose roots span the world and whose chants at the rally they hope reached the ears of the thousands of prisoners inside Corcoran. – Photo: Malaika Kambon
These statistics, from the Prison Hunger Strike Coalition, only partially scratch the surface of the horrors in California. But the problem is endemic from coast to coast, from Haiti to Hunters Point, from L.A. to the Bay, from Pelican Bay to Palestine, from Somalia to San Quentin to any place in the world that the U.S. government’s hegemony and dysfunctional greed has touched.

Prisoners are held in solitary confinement for up to 24 hours per day and experience physical and mental torture, which often takes the form of a wide range of emotions including but not limited to depression, hopelessness, antipathy, extreme anxiety, humiliation, anger, and chronic insomnia.

When these conditions are experienced on a daily basis – for decades – it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment which has nothing whatever to do with punitive measures, particularly punitive measures instigated in response to laws that are racist and dysfunctional in their inceptions.

What matters the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment when its 13th Amendment reads: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were approved by Congress and ratified by the states after the Civil War. Known collectively as the Civil War Amendments, they were designed to protect individual rights. The 13th Amendment forbids involuntary servitude or slavery, except where the condition is imposed on an individual “as a punishment for crime?”

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Kamau Walton of Critical Resistance read a statement of gratitude from the Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor representatives. Isaac Ontiveros, who handles communications for Critical Resistance and the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition, stands beside her. – Photo: Malaika Kambon
What matters that the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Abu-Jamal v. Price stated that punitive measures directed at Mumia Abu-Jamal for his speeches and writing are unconstitutional, when on June 28, 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections cut off his phone calls for two weeks after he called and was interviewed by Philadelphia attorney Michael Coard on his WURD program, Radio Courtroom?

Mumia Abu-Jamal has been in general population since Jan. 26, 2012. The state nonetheless continues its attempts to harass, silence, isolate – i.e., lynch him, figuratively, legally and literally – after first secretly sentencing him to life imprisonment without parole. This is their retaliation for his continued indictments of U.S. imperialism via film, journalism and political commitment.

What matters innocence? What matters proof of guilt? In a draconian society gone mad, neither innocence nor proof of innocence exists. Proof can be bought, sold, twisted, exchanged, invented, extinguished, executed – or made to disappear.

And the U.S. government weighs in heavy on utilizing the disappear option.

In point of fact, prisons have not ever been an effective crime preventative or deterrent. But they have always been inhumane, illegal and a homegrown feature of U.S. capitalism and imperialist expansion since their inception.

Capitalist expansion was built upon the backs of enslaved Afrikans.

Enslavement is the embodiment of imprisonment. Euro-AmeriKKKan enslavement is an ongoing Afrikan holocaust. That holocaust began with the chattel enslavement of Afrikan people by Europeans in 1438. Between 1438 and the declared end of chattel slavery in 1863, 42 slave fortresses (prisons) were built along the coast of West Afrika – 36 of these, beginning with Elmina Castle, along the coast of Ghana. Some of these so-called castles are still standing.

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Marie Levin, sister of Sitawa Natambu Jamaa, the Black member of the multi-racial group of four “main reps” who conceived and lead the hunger strike from the Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor, spoke of his 23 years in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay. – Photo: Malaika Kambon
By 1492, therefore, chattel enslavement became an even more infamous horror with the navigational error of one Cristobal Colon. Colon (better known as Christopher Columbus) landed in what is now Haiti, after having sailed up and down the Guinea coast for 23 years. What was he doing sailing up and down the Guinea coast for 23 years? He was part of the Portuguese slave trade.

He set in motion an era of protracted genocide that continues worldwide to this day in many forms and permutations. According to Ancestor Dr. John Henrik Clarke in “Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust,” “The greatest destroyer of Afrikan culture, the greatest exploiter of the Afrikan was the plantation system of the New World. The Afrikan was transformed into something called the Negro. The Afrikan was demeaned (Page 83).”

Plantation system: read “prison,” “slave ships,” “prisons,” “slavocracy,” “dehumanization and death.”

1492, Christopher Columbus landed in what is now Haiti, after having sailed up and down the Guinea coast for 23 years. What was he doing sailing up and down the Guinea coast for 23 years? He was part of the Portuguese slave trade.

Twenty to 30 million Afrikan lives later, and contrary to popular belief, the fabled Emancipation Proclamation executive order issued by Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863, did not free Afrikan people. It merely redesigned the crucible in which enslavement could be re-forged, minus the physical chains. The PBS documentary, “Slavery by Another Name,” recounts the history of how “post-Emancipation” labor practices and laws created new forms of slavery that persisted from 1865 until well into the 20th century.”

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Dorsey Nunn, executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and co-founder of All of Us or None, passionately denounced SHU conditions as human rights violations. – Photo: Malaika Kambon
Thus the fight of prisoners and their families in the 21st century is significant. As is evidenced by this hunger strike in 2013, its parent strikes in 2011, and the relentless organizing, documentation and critical analyses of this new slavocracy by the prisoners themselves, the torch of liberation has been received from our ancestors and is being proudly carried.

In the blinding crucible of their sacrifices, their fight must be our fight.

We must remember the words of our Ancestor James Baldwin, written Nov. 19, 1970, in a letter to Angela Y Davis:

“We know that we, the Blacks, and not only we, the Blacks, have been, and are, the victims of a system whose only fuel is greed, whose only god is profit. We know that the fruits of this system have been ignorance, despair and death, and we know that the system is doomed because the world can no longer afford it – if, indeed, it ever could have. And we know that, for the perpetuation of this system, we have all been mercilessly brutalized and have been told nothing but lies: lies about ourselves and our kinsmen and our past, and about love, life and death, so that both soul and body have been bound in hell.

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It’s Ramadan, and Muslim protesters paused for prayer. A reporter, who wouldn’t give a name or a clear affiliation, attempted to disrespect Muslim supporters during prayers. They had asked that they not be photographed while praying. People had to get in his face to stop him. – Photo: Malaika Kambon
“The enormous revolution in Black consciousness that has occurred in your generation, my dear sister, means the beginning or the end of America. Some of us, white and Black, know how great a price has already been paid to bring into existence a new consciousness, a new people, an unprecedented nation. If we know, and do nothing, we are worse than the murderers hired in our name.

“If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own – which it is – and render impassable with our bodies the corridor to the gas chamber. For, if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.”

We must build of our support unbreakable bonds with those who daily risk their lives inside concrete boxes of stone, mortar and cement, suffering unbelievable deprivation as they continue to demand to be recognized as men and women fighting for their liberation.

We in minimum security on the outside have an indisputable reality to face: We must stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters locked down in the maximum security that being inside represents – against this manifestation of what Michelle Alexander so ably recognizes as a racially redesigned system of caste enslavement in her book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”

“We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. By targeting Black men through the war on drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control,” she said when she spoke at Riverside Church on May 21, 2011.

Systemic injustice. That is what she is talking about.

We must build of our support unbreakable bonds with those who daily risk their lives inside concrete boxes of stone, mortar and cement, suffering unbelievable deprivation as they continue to demand to be recognized as men and women fighting for their liberation.

Thus, 30,000 prisoners began a hunger strike on July 8, 2013, citing the following five core demands to be met by the CDCR and the governor of California before the hunger strike shall cease:

  1. Eliminate group punishments and administrative abuse;
  2. Abolish the debriefing policy and modify gang status criteria;
  3. Comply with recommendations of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons and end long-term solitary confinement;
  4. Provide adequate and nutritious food;
  5. Create and expand constructive programming.

Among the speakers outside of Corcoran State Prison on July 13 were:

  • Marie Levin, younger sister of Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, who spoke of his 23 years in solitary confinement in Pelican Bay State Prison. Her brother is a plaintiff in the Center for Constitutional Rights lawsuit challenging long-term solitary confinement. She did a solidarity hunger strike for him and other prisoners all on her own;
  • Dorsey Nunn, executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and co-founder of All of Us or None, who denounced SHU conditions as human rights violations;
  • Kamau Walton of Critical Resistance, who read a statement of gratitude from the Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor representatives;
  • Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos, who spoke of the solidarity and unity growing among prisoners in El Salvador; and
  • Steven Czifra and Danny Murillo, former SHU prisoners.
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This protester tied the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer to mass Black incarceration. Society seems oblivious to the fate that young Black men fear will be their own future: prison or the graveyard. – Photo: Malaika Kambon
Danny Murillo is quoted as saying, regarding the racist nature of the gang validation process: “I have witnessed numerous individuals, primarily Latino and Black inmates, being targeted because they hold in their possession drawings of Aztec, Mayan or other indigenous cultures or for having books by Malcolm X or George Jackson.

“What this policy says to me is that the culture, heritage, the memory of your ancestors and your political identity are a violation of CDCR regulations, and because of this violation you can be placed in solitary confinement in a cell for 22 hours per day for the duration of your sentence, which could range from a couple of months to the rest of your life.”

There were other speakers who challenged the CDCR’s attempt to colonize people’s human rights to revere their culture, heritage and the memory of their ancestors; who spoke about the denials of medical and mental health care; and who decried the forced sterilization of 148 women in California prisons.

There were many organizations and individuals from throughout the U.S., Canada and beyond. There were families of prisoners, women, children, elders and friends, community members and organizations. Some had traveled long distances to be there.

A disabled person came with her tiny service dog. Araceli Guizar came representing her son, Sergio Alvarez, as did the families and friends of Antonio Guillen, Heshima Denham, Michael Zaharibu Dorrough, Jimmy Baridi Williamson, Alfred Sandoval, Paul Sangu Jones, Christian Gomez (RIP), Sitawa Natambu Jamaa, brothers and cellies Michael and James Lopez, and Brian James, to name but a few.

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Julisa Garcia and Ayana Labossiere of the Haiti Action Committee joined their cause to that of the hunger strikers. – Photo: Malaika Kambon
Sundiata Tate and Bato Talamantez, members of the legendary San Quentin 6 freedom fighters, were there, as were Indigenous people representing many tribes, members of the Haiti Action Committee, Freedom Archives, People’s Eye Photography, the Black Riders Liberation Party, AIM (American Indian Movement), the Black Panther Party and representatives of the Guantanamo Bay hunger strikers.

Muslim supporters observing Ramadan, representing many mosques and many men and women prisoners who are Muslim, faced east in silent prayer, while standing in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike and with the Committee for the Defense of Naturalized and Afro-Mexicans (CCDNAM) led by Wilner Metelus of Haiti, which initiated a hunger strike in Mexico on July 4, 2013, at the doors of the Federal District Government Building, protesting the murder of El Hajj Malcolm Latif El Shabazz and demanding justice. On July 12, hundreds of police attacked the peaceful vigil, badly wounding Metelus and Jah Zakah of Haiti.

Prisoners worldwide stand in solidarity.

There was a wall of solidarity built on a park fence at Cesar Chavez Park by supporters using statements from SHU prisoners and logos from different organizations. After a rally at the park, marchers left on foot and in a car caravan to rally again at Corcoran State Prison.

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This protester wore a tribute to young Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, recently murdered in Mexico City. – Photo: Malaika Kambon
The prison itself is a concrete and cement rectangular box with very few visible windows that seemed to stretch for longer than three city blocks. And if it was at least 103 degrees outside, this reporter does not want to hazard an approximation of the inside temperatures, sans air conditioning.

“Stop the torture and free them all” was the protesters’ consensus, because dignity and the right to life are human rights guaranteed for everyone – not options to be dispensed by the few.

Recall too that between 1791 and 1804, the Haitian grassroots successfully fought and won against chattel enslavement of Afrikan people by defeating the greatest military might of the time: the armies of France (twice), Spain and England and $40,000 in foreign aid from then U.S. President Thomas Jefferson to Napoleon of France. Not only did Haiti win decisively, but she stood shoulder to shoulder with and taught others how to win as well.

And Haitian people did this despite the oppressor’s use of Fort Dimanche for the torture and murder of revolutionaries and political prisoners. Named the Dungeon of Death, the infamous Fort Dimanche was built by the French during their occupation of Haiti prior to the 1791-1804 Haitian Revolution.

On July 13, 2013, over 400 people rallied outside of Corcoran State Prison in solidarity with over 30,000 prisoners’ demands to stop the torture and accede to their five core demands. People both inside and outside are responding to the call for solidarity by the thousands.

Departments of Corrections across the U.S. should take note of this echo down through time. They should remember the words of L.D. Barkley, the 21-year-old spokesperson for the Attica prisoners rebelling in September 1971, when he said:

“We are MEN! We are not beasts and we do not intend to be beaten and driven as such. The entire prison populace – that means each and every one of us here – has set forth to change forever the ruthless brutalization and disregard for the lives of the prisoners here and throughout the United States.

“What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those who are oppressed.”

Solidarity is growing against a voracious monster that does nothing but kill. In the wake of the U.S. government’s state sanctioned murder of Trayvon Martin, the conclusions drawn by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s “Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 313 Black People by Police, Security Guards, and Vigilantes“ have borne fruit in the chilling reality of the not guilty verdict issued after only 16 hours of deliberation by a six-member jury, not the peers of Trayvon Martin.

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On the Wall of Strength and Solidarity created by protesters on the fence at Cesar Chavez Park in the town of Corcoran were many insightful statements from prisoners entombed in the SHUs’ concrete coffins – this one from the brilliant writer J. Heshima Denham, who, with comrades in the Corcoran SHU, formed the NCTT think tank. – Photo: Malaika Kambon
MXGM’s No More Trayvons Campaign has been enumerating and analyzing and investigating the context and consequences of deaths of Black people at the hands of law enforcers since Trayvon was murdered. The first report, covering January through June 2012, found that every 40 hours an extrajudicial killing of a Black person occurred. A July 16, 2012, update found the rate of murders accelerating to one every 36 hours. This most recent report, dated April 8, 2013, found a Black person murdered by law enforcers every 28 hours.

Step into a prison, and the number of hours decreases even more significantly. The number of hours will continue to decrease because this is the legacy of enslaver-rapists like Thomas Jefferson. This is the way that racism works in Amerikkka: Zimmerman’s “fu*king punks” who “always get away” are those like him who have guns, white supremacy and the DOJ strapped to their sides.

Innocence doesn’t matter. And innocence has not ever been a guarantee against imprisonment, enslavement or death.

So what is the color of injustice without end?

The not guilty verdict freed Trayvon Martin’s stalker-killer George Zimmerman, gave him his gun back, re-instated his license to kill, praised him for being a good white supremacist, and continues to say to the world that Afrikan life is worth nothing to the U.S. government and its gun slinging minions, the Department of Justice.

For make no mistake – it was not the putrid George Zimmerman who was on trial; it was all of the Afrikan people of the world, of whom Trayvon Martin was one, a youth just coming into his own.

So hoodie up, everyone – and lock and load. The Klan does not cometh; the Klan is here – and entrenched.

We are fighting for our humanity and our lives.

All power to the people!

A luta continua!

Malaika H Kambon is a freelance photojournalist and the 2011 winner of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association Luci S. Williams Houston Scholarship in Photojournalism. She also won the AAU state and national championship in Tae Kwon Do from 2007-2010. She can be reached at kambonrb@pacbell.net.

 

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6 thoughts on “Hunger strike rally at Corcoran Prison: The sound before the fury

  1. Carrie

    I too was there in Corcoran to support my husband and the men and women that have participated in the hunger strike. I want the ENF OF STATE SANCTIONED TORTURE! It breaks my heart what my husband goes through every single minute of every single day. I worry about what damage will permanently affect him. I support everything that the strike stands for. After reading this article though it gave me a feeling that for some of you this is about race. There are men of all colors and races being tortured in the SHU. There was too much about race and there should be more about the real issues.

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    1. Malaika H Kambon

      "TOO MUCH ABOUT RACE???" What planet are you on? Firstly, race is a social construct invented by white supremacists. Secondly, there is NO way to talk about prisons without talking about slavery. And you damn SHO can't talk about slavery and not talk about AFRIKAN people. Don't believe me? Believer Robert King of the Angola 3. See: Slavery still reigns in US prisons http://youtu.be/Kotf68mrqCI

      Check out the video, listen to his words, read his history – Tell him – if you dare – that HE's "talking TOO MUCH ABOUT RACE." You need to really get a grip on what's really driving this hunger strike. and really get a grip on what's behind the deprivations that your LOVED ONE is facing and enduring.

      Listen to Robert King when he says that "the 13th Amendment didn't abolish slavery," one of the points that I made in my article.

      And then, after listening to the above video, go and read some REAL freaking history before you next open your mouth. I stand fiercely behind my work. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE

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      1. Carrie

        WOW! Take a step back and take breath. My one comment in my larger post did not deserve such a tongue lashing from you. I don't need a history lesson on anything but thank you. As I said, this is about the end of long term solitary confinement. For all of the men and women period. I personally don't care what their race is. At the end of the day it doesn't matter. A human being is being locked away in a box to be treated worse than an animal. Trying to not go insane. Longing for the touch of a loved one. Out of all the reporting that I have read I never have read anything about race as I did in yours. It was a tad shocking to me. I am sorry that I offended you, that was not my intention. You shod stand behind your article, it is well written and it is what you believe in. It's America.

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  2. Malaika H Kambon

    I wasn’t going to respond to Carrie’s comment, but the more that I think about it, the more I think I’m going to.

    Carrie, I do not know what your national origin is, but frankly (a) it doesn’t matter, and (b) I don’t care.

    What I do care about is that I’m really tired of people being critical of articles when they think “too much” is being said about Black people! This is insulting and racist, particularly for someone reading a Black owned newspaper, one of the oldest in the country, with an impeccable history of recording/documenting peoples’ struggles with exactitude.

    And even more especially since 3/4s of the people inside are Black and Brown. Did you think this was an accident, Carrie? Or is it that you profess yourself to be ‘color blind’ in Obama’s so called, ‘post-racial’ era? If this is the case, the statement is triply insulting – and groundless – because I will guarantee you that the composition of prisons in this country very definitely planned, genocidal, racist, and deliberately so, as is stated by the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    And so Carrie: How many people do you see in the streets marching because some Black cop has shot a white kid in the back? (None)

    How many white kids do you see murdered because they didn’t have $2 for a San Francisco light rail ticket? A light rail in fact, that runs through the heart of the BAYVIEW Hunter’s Point AFRIKAN community – but very few if any – AFRIKANS were hired to build it! (None)

    How many white kids Carrie, are murdered every 28 hours by white supremacist vigilantes, wanna be pigs, and/or security guards? (NOne) Why is this Carrie? Because this white supremacist society WOULDN’T STAND FOR IT!

    Carrie: I wouldn’t ever belittle anyone’s suffering inside a penitentiary, so why do you get to try to belittle me when I write historical truths, taught to me, via books, by great AFRIKAN scholars – and apply these truths to what is happening today?

    Why Carrie? Because as you should know by now, AFRIKANS & Latinos are the people who are the most warehoused and brutalized inside these camps…..and more Black than Brown, even though the statistics are so close that if you blink you’ll miss the difference because there isn’t that much.

    Thus Carrie – I really really don’t appreciate you saying that there is TOO MUCH ABOUT RACE in my article. Because I meticulously discussed what is going on right now from just a piece of its correct historical context. Brothas inside these walls have spent the last several months meticulously documenting and analyzing the situation in which they find themselves, stating true facts. This is necessary because as you should know, prisons didn’t just drop down from the sky. Because even though it is true that there are people of all nationalities being tortured in prison, ‘race’ and nationality are not interchangeable terms even though they are frequently used as such.

    ‘Race’ is a social construct invented by white supremacists to categorize AFRIKANS the same way they categorized their cattle, and keep us enslaved with lies that we have no culture and that they ‘brought us into the light’ of ‘civilization,’ and are thus superior to us. Haven’t you guessed, Carrie that there is nothing civil about war for profit, brutal torturers, mass murderers, imperial thugs, and their dungeons of death?

    And a true fact is that AFRIKANS & LATINOS are the bulk of what is being tortured – and our pain and suffering is still what’s greasing the wheels of capitalism – even though its imperial spawn must needs oppress anything that is not rich, white, old, male, genocidal – that means people of color in particular.

    What on earth, Carrie, do you think ‘racism’ is? Where do you think it comes from? Out of the sky? From one ‘bad cop’ in a sea of alleged ‘good cops?’ The very idea is an insult! And I am supremely tired of AFRIKAN history being insulted.

    NONE of the prisoners who are on strike, enduring all kinds of deprivations, being tortured, going w/o food, and risking their very lives, are doing so in ignorance of at least the rudimentary historical facts that make the prison industrial complex something to be dismantled brick by brick, profit margin by profit margin!

    Carrie – don’t you realize that working for pennies per hour is slavery? And as such who do you think has been most enslaved in the WORLD??? I stand by my article. I stand by my research. And I stand by the reality that this monster (that would be the system Carrie) that conceived and builds prisons, and that needs to be destroyed – is the same monster that is cruelly torturing you and your loved one – WAS AND IS CONTINUING TO BE BUILT UPON THE BACKS OF KIDNAPPED AND ENSLAVED AFRIKANS?

    This is the same monster that is continuing its attempts to re-enslave us to this very day…that is what the prison industrial complex is and does. It is a plantation. Plantations exist solely for the purpose of profit for the oppressor and as a means to commit genocide against the oppressed – but not so much so that their profit margin is damaged.

    Ergo, there is a constitutional amendment – the 13th – that keeps bodies in the seats, so to speak, by making it LEGAL – to enslave those convicted of what the system alleges are crimes.

    And to do that, the laws have to work fairly ONLY for those who are going to profit the most. The so called laws don’t work fairly for you, me, or our loved ones inside or out because they were not designed to do so. We and the vast millions of entombed AFRIKANS and other peoples of color, are predominantly cannon fodder for this system.

    The alternative – as Trayvon Martin and many billions of AFRIKANS have discovered – is to be shot dead in the streets because we ‘look suspicious.’ And guess what? We’ve been ‘looking suspicious’ i.e. fair game – to white supremacists and their quislings since our enslavement. THIS IS THE REAL ******** ISSUE.

    So do get a grip Carrie. Show me a statistic somewhere that says prisons are predominantly made up of the oppressor, and I’ll be happy to write an article to reflect such.

    Tell me when a white woman suffers the same horrendous frame up that befell Marissa Alexander at the hands of a Florida judge in 2012: i.e., she’s been charged with three counts of aggravated assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a “warning shot” in front of her abusive ex-husband. Show me this, and I’ll write about it if I feel like it, which I probably won’t.

    No one was hurt in the incident but because of a controversial Florida law (the “STAND YOUR GROUND” law,) Marissa Alexander, at 31 years old, is now facing a mandatory 20-years in prison.

    Yet the putrefaction that is George Zimmerman just got cut loose forever using this same law, after shooting Trayvon Martin (so not a thug) a Black youth with a 3.7 GPA in the back because he was Black, wearing a hoodie, and ‘looked suspicious’ in Sanford, Florida.

    The same Sanford, FL. Carrie, that 70 years ago ran Jackie Robinson and his wife out of town. Don’t think so? Read: “Robinson Made History in Florida before He Made History in Brooklyn.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christopher-lamb/jackie-robinson_b_3077873.html

    Wake up Carrie. Smell the coffee and the tea. The forest and the trees. Otherwise you’ll be like the judge in the Oscar Grant case who threw out the gun issue (even though Oscar Grant had TWO bullet holes in him) and said that ‘race wasn’t an issue’ and cut killer cop Johannes Mehserle loose w/ time served. The same w/ killer cop Miguel Masso, who turned his police cam off so he could murder Alan Blueford w/ impunity on May 6, 2012.

    This happens to Black & Brown people all of the time.

    But in a white supremacist society, try sending a white woman to prison for firing a gun in the air to scare off an abusive EX-husband.

    Try beating a white male (or female) child so badly that s/he is nearly unrecognizable for whistling at a Black woman, as was done to Emmett Till. Or try executing a 14 year old white child in the electric chair for the alleged murder of two Black children. They’ll run you out of town on a rail. As was done to George Junius Stinney (murdered by electric chair) after a lynch mob ran his parents out of town….These horrific acts will not ever happen to a white person, Carrie. But yet it happens to us all of the time.

    Get a grip Carrie. I’m writing about reality. I’m placing the horrific reality of concentration camps (prisons) in their correct historical context.

    I write about reality, Carrie. Everything I wrote is true fact, and relevant. Perhaps the problem is that I’m not writing about your reality, Carrie. Because to make a statement in the 21st century, in the year 2013, such as the one you made – unlike my reality, your reality is based upon a tissue of lies. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

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  3. Dianne

    This post is to Malaika H Kambon regarding her irrational rant on someone by the name of Carrie. What the hell is wrong with you. Why do you have to make this just a African or Mexican issue? It is suppose to be a united effort against the torture and cruel and outrageous punishment our men and women all of which are African, Mexican or White, it does not matter. What matters is that all human beings in a SHU anywhere are being abused and beyond. I thought this protest was for all inmates that are being treated worse than any animal is treated. But after reading your writing which is nothing short of a racial rant, I am convinced you only care about those that are black or brown. Did you forget the whites somewhere in there? I am involved in this protest for ALL INMATES in ANY SHU, regardless of their skin color, I don't give a damn what there skin color is, black, brown OR white, I want JUSTICE AND REFORM, for ALL INMATES regardless of there skin color! And that is just the beginning of what needs to be corrected in the SHU. I could go on and on as you have done regarding the internal cruel issues in the SHU, but we ALL know what they are, no need to beat a dead horse, right Malaiki? This is just NOT a racial issue, that you have attempted to make it. You have probably succeeded in some jumping on your racial band wagon, but not this demonstrator, NEVER. They are all ONE inside those hell holes and the sooner you can come to grips with that fact the sooner you can advocate for all men and women regardless of their skin color the better off they will ALL be. Your racial attacks on the other writer, Carrie was seriously awful, you should actually apologize to her for your full on ATTACK!

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