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We are allowing our money to be used as a weapon of war against us

May 17, 2014

by Timothy Brown

In solidarity I offer this suggestion: Reduce your contribution to your imprisonment. Instead, contribute to your child’s development. Advantages: The prison system has less funding, the companies that lobby for prisons lose money and you remain healthy to fight!

J. Paul Getty said, “If you owe the bank $100, that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem!”

Chief’s translation: The prison is dependent on you for its existence. YOU have the power and the prison has the problem!

You can’t blame a homesick, underfed prisoner from wanting a few creature comforts once in a while. But through their commissary purchases, prisoners are estimated to contribute $3 billion annually toward their own incarceration. – Photo: Carolina Hidalgo, Tampa Bay Times

You can’t blame a homesick, underfed prisoner from wanting a few creature comforts once in a while. But through their commissary purchases, prisoners are estimated to contribute $3 billion annually toward their own incarceration. – Photo: Carolina Hidalgo, Tampa Bay Times

The prison depends on us, yet we don’t recognize our power. The prison gets roughly $30,000 a year for each general population prisoner but receives an average of $70,000 for each of us in solitary confinement. Those cost estimates come from www.usdoj.gov/prisoncost.

Where does the money come from? Too much of it comes from us! Federal prisoners spend $300 million a year in commissary. It is estimated that prisoners contribute $3 billion annually toward their own incarceration.

We are allowing our money to be used as a weapon of war against us. Playing by your enemy’s rules is suicide. Growth and development requires growth of knowledge and development of new skills and tactics to be successful.

If you want to bring the CDCR director to the negotiation table, make Keefe [Supply Co., which calls itself “the nation’s leading provider of food, personal care items, shoes, electronics and clothing to prison and jail commissaries nationwide”] force him to the table. It is always about the money with imperialists. You have to give them something to lose!

Where does the money come from? Too much of it comes from us! Federal prisoners spend $300 million a year in commissary. It is estimated that prisoners contribute $3 billion annually toward their own incarceration.

We never stop during September – Attica anniversary – out of respect for the sacrifice of my Attica brothers. Ask your family and friends to participate by not purchasing products from Keefe, Bob Barker, Golden Valley or any other company that profits from prisons. Eliminate the funding – problem solved.

A commissary financial statement obtained by Timothy Demitri Brown

A commissary financial statement obtained by Timothy Demitri Brown

Those who refuse to sacrifice for a short time thereby volunteer to suffer for a lifetime! Stop contributing to your own suffering!

Request the public records, budgets and audits for the California prison system. It will show you how you are giving your money to your suffering.

  • Grow your knowledge
  • Develop new skills and tactics
  • Employ revolutionary strategy
  • Sacrifice intelligently
  • Stand united
  • Use economic pressure to obtain your goal

One last thing: A martyr is someone who dies while killing the enemy – remember Brother Mixon and Brother Dorner.

In solidarity,

Brothers of the struggle

Send our brother some love and light: Timothy Demitri Brown, 10979-035, U.S. Penitentiary Max., P.O. Box 8500, Florence, CA 91225.

 

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