by Comrade Malik, End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement
“Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.” – The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin
Peace and blessings, Sisters and Brothers!
I don’t know about you, but I miss Sista Aretha Franklin bad! She had such a beautiful and powerful spirit. But I am here to tell you today that her spirit and her legacy of giving lives on.
You know last year around this time I was going through a rough time. I was dealing with the retaliation and repression tactics of the oppressor and I couldn’t really focus on some of the things I wanted to focus on. The Unheard Voices Education Fund Drive was one of those things.
Sisters and Brothers, there is nothing more important to me than the children! Nurturing and educating our children is one of the most important things that we can do. Some comrades from the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement in Brooklyn, New York, helped me donate a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to last year’s Unheard Voices Education Fund Drive, and I actually was in direct contact with Sister Nyesha Jones of Unheard Voices OTCJ.
She told me about a young student who had benefitted from some of our donation money. This made me feel so good – to contribute to the education of one of our future leaders! That’s what this work we do is all about.
Now, this year, I teamed up with my comrade Miguel Flores, aka Smoke, and Comrade Smoke and I came up with the idea to do a little art work to support Sister Nyesha and her husband Swift Justice of the Free Alabama Movement! That’s right y’all: FAM and End Prison Slavery in Texas work together! We come together for the good of the kids.
Comrade Smoke put together this piece in order to show the benefits that come with a proper education, as opposed to the negative aspects of life that come from a lack of education or ignorance.
This year, I’d like to send out a call for donations to this Education Fund Drive, which will be providing school supplies for children in the North Texas area who will be going back to school. Some of these kids come from poverty-stricken areas and homes. Some only have a single parent raising them and things get hard for a single mom or dad struggling to make ends meet.
I’m just asking y’all to do what you can.
Contact Sister Nyesha. She is a beautiful and intelligent Black woman who is serving her community! She is passionate about these children, and I can tell you from personal experience that your donation will be going exactly where it is supposed to go: To the children who need it.
Before I go, I wanted to let all y’all know that Miguel Flores is so very thankful to the Bay View Family for supporting him and his mother Paulina in the campaign for their contact visit and hug!
For y’all that don’t know, Miguel and Paulina were given a two hour contact visit on April 11, 2019. There was a whole lot of huggin’ and a whole lot of cryin’! But there was joy in the midst of the tears, I can tell you that!
The Lord is so good, y’all! These oppressors refused to give Miguel and Paulina five minutes to hug and the Lord gave them two hours!
Miguel wanted to send out a special thank you to a special friend of his named Lily Wu. Sister Lily went out of her way to call Texas Representative Jarvis Johnson, and if y’all been following the Bay View, he did get directly involved in this situation!
I want to remind all of you that when prayers go up, blessings come down. I don’t care what anyone says about me! I’m going to praise the Lord! Even in the midst of my hard situation, I am going to praise God.
So, when y’all get some time, please contact Sister Nyesha and support these children. And please don’t forget to put a little sumthin’ sumthin’ in the kitty for the Bay View!
I reached out to numerous journalists and numerous media outlets, and it was only Sister Mary and Dr. Willie Ratcliff who heard our pleas for help in this campaign for Miguel and Paulina. I love the Bay View!
I leave y’all as I came, in the spirit of peace.
Dare to struggle, dare to win, all power to the people!!
Contact Nyesha M. Jones, Unheard Voices OTCJ: email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 903-309-0813 or mail: Unheard Voices OTCJ, P.O. Box 10056, Longview, Texas 75604.