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by Abdul Olugbala Shakur, Vice-Chancellor and Founder of George Jackson University
The most powerful weapon in our arsenal that has the inherent power to impede and eradicate legalized slavery in Amerikkka is our brain. Our brain for the most part has been restrained by the shackles of psychological slavery, producing a collective mentality that has enslaved our people to the ills of a racist, fascist and kapitalistic society – the ills of cultural ignorance, self-hate, materialism, drug and alcohol abuse, criminal-minded recidivism, individualism. We have young New Afrikan brothas who admire the sick mind of Al Capone, but yet have no knowledge of our revolutionary forefathers, such as David Walker, Denmark Vesey, Martin Delaney, Gabriel and Nanny Prosser, Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner or Marcus Garvey.
It is knowing who we truly are as a people that is going to break the chains of psychological slavery and facilitate our capacity to abolish legalized slavery in Amerikkka.
The George Jackson University (GJU) is on the front-line in this battle over the minds of our people. One of our primary goals is to transform the entire Prison Industrial Slave Complex (PISC) into the largest progressive university in the country, if not the world, that is designed to transform the New Afrikan criminal gangster mentality into a New Afrikan consciousness in the service of the New Afrikan community!
Instead of the Prison Industrial Slave Complex paroling individuals with degrees in recidivism, the GJU will be graduating New Afrikan Brothas and Sistas with degrees in knowledge of self, community organizing, revolutionary science, scientific socialism, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics and New Afrikan entrepreneurism, just to name a few. More importantly, our graduates will be dedicated towards serving and building our communities.
It is knowing who we truly are as a people that is going to break the chains of psychological slavery and facilitate our capacity to abolish legalized slavery in Amerikkka. The George Jackson University is on the front-line in this battle over the minds of our people.
We cannot talk or march our way out of slavery, nor can the politicians – the overseers of legalized slavery in Amerikkka – legislate our freedom. True freedom is fought for, died for and lived for. I survived 32 years in solitary confinement isolation because both my mind and spirit were free, and I fought daily to guarantee their emancipation.
I end this brief statement by reminding the people, we are all enslaved by a kapitalistic system, not just us within the Prison Industrial Slave Complex, but all of you out here in society, especially the poor, the New Afrikan in particular. Our struggle for human rights must go beyond this march on Aug. 19; our words and lessons must manifest into concrete action in the service of true freedom.
We cannot talk or march our way out of slavery, nor can the politicians – the overseers of legalized slavery in Amerikkka – legislate our freedom. True freedom is fought for, died for and lived for.
The George Jackson University (GJU) will continue to serve as a living example. We encourage you all to join our collective as we forge forward with a clear path towards victory!
George Jackson University leadership:
- Chancellor Akili Mwalimu Shakur
- Vice Chancellor and Founder Abdul Olugbala Shakur
- Executive Coordinator Kilaika Baruti-Shakur
- Board Members Bomani Jihad Uhuru Shakur and Joka Heshima Jinsai
- GJU Collective
Send our brother some love and light: Abdul Olugbala Shakur (James Harvey), C-48884, KVSP B2-117, P.0.Box 5102, Delano CA 93216. Abdul closes with this message: Support and subscribe to the San Francisco Bay View newspaper.