man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last
finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”
- Frederick Douglass
“There was one of two things I had a right to: liberty or death. If I
could not have one, I would take the other, for no man should take me
alive. I should fight for liberty as long as my strength
- Harriet Tubman
Government should exist to serve the everyday ordinary people, not entrap and enslave them.
The prison industrial complex in the U.S. is essentially a 21st century
form of economic and psychological slavery. Poor and disenfranchised
men and women of all colors are its targets and victims, with
'people of color' enduring the brunt of this 21st century slavery.
Earlier this month, drone man Barack Obama's FBI (Federal Bureau of
Investigation) and its police minions placed Black Panther Party
veteran - the de facto rebellious runaway slave - sister Assata Shakur,
on the so-called 'terrorists' list and increased the already despicable
bounty for her capture to 2 million dollars. Assata, who was a target
of the infamous and continuing U.S. government COINTELPRO activities,
was framed, imprisoned, and tortured in the U.S. prison gulag system in
1973. Subsequently, in 1979, Assata escaped from her tormentors and
enslavers, fled into exile, and was ultimately granted political asylum
in Cuba, where she resides. Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and
John Brown would all be very proud of Assata Shakur. Long live Assata!
Long live the Cuban people and their ongoing revolution! And long live
the just and necessary collective struggle of everyday ordinary Black,
White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people in the United States, and
throughout our Mother Earth!
In this year of 2013, the imperialist, avaricious,
corporate/military U.S. power elite is intensifying its activities to
oppress and disenfranchise ordinary people in this nation and
throughout the world. One of the manifestations of this political,
economic, and social systemic oppression is the burgeoning U.S. prison
population which is, in fact, the largest in the world -- in this
sinister bastion of hypocrisy.
Notwithstanding the fact that the overwhelming majority of persons
incarcerated in the massive U.S. prison gulag system of slavery are
poor and disenfranchised, in addition to being the victims of a an
unjust and corrupt judicial system; there is the glaring reality of
thousands of women and men political prisoners whose real so-called
'crime' was to stand in opposition to the internal and external
political policies of the corporate / military U.S. power elite and its
Political prisoners such as Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Sundiata
Acoli, Russell Shoatz, Lynne Stewart, Bradley Manning and so very many
others are but the tip of a gigantic iceberg of U.S. hypocrisy and
injustice right here in this nation. (Reference the March 28, 2013,
Black Commentator article titled, Pimping the Pain of Political Prisoners in this Bastion of Hypocrisy).
As the war mongering and bloody Obama/Biden regime, and its proxies,
murder Palestinians, Libyans, Afghanis, Pakistanis, and Somalis, etc.
all over the world; subterfuge, entrapment, and the fabrication of
evidence remain, to this day, the tools of choice of the U.S.
government and its corporate-stream 'news' media, to continue
COINTELPRO at home, in order to “discredit, defame, neutralize, and
imprison” political activists here in the U.S. This nation's
corporate-owned 'leaders,' be they Democrat or Republican, are a blight
upon everyday ordinary people of all colors in the U.S., and upon
humanity as a whole. This is why there are so many political prisoners
in this nation, many of whom have languished in U.S. prisons for three,
four, or more decades.
The time has come to free all political prisoners in this nation, of
all colors! It is time that a general amnesty be declared for all
The slavery of the U.S. prison gulag system (and indeed the U.S.
political system as a whole) is not simply a 'New Jim Crow.' It is an
extended, fine-tuned 21st century Jim Crow. It is a divide-and-conquer
system of economic apartheid against people of all colors that actually
enhances racism rather than eradicating it.
As we engage in the struggle to free our men and women political
prisoners in this nation, let us also remember the detainees imprisoned
at the U.S. prison gulag torture chamber of Guantanamo. We must do
this. Why? Frederick Douglass answered this question best when he said,
“No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at
last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”
We must stop being the dupes of the U.S. corporate-owned
government and its propaganda arm – the corporate media. These people
and institutions are utterly incapable of telling the truth and have
built their lives and fortunes (however large or small) upon the
incessant propagation of myths and lies. Their narrative is that of
liars who are intent upon beguiling, distracting, ensnaring, confusing,
dividing, and controlling everyday ordinary people. We, the everyday
ordinary people, 'will not be moved' by their machinations.
Economic austerity, massive incarceration, and police brutality etc. at
home, and perpetual U.S. wars abroad, are all inextricably linked. Let
us understand and be crystal clear about this!
Drone man Barack Obama is not merely a liar. He is a bloody murderer
with his very own 'Kill List.' Nevertheless, he is currently the most
potent weapon of the U.S. power elite against the legitimate needs,
aspirations, and human rights of everyday people in this nation and
throughout Mother Earth! He and his cohorts must be recognized for who
and what they really are and dealt with accordingly. I remind you of
the words of Steve Biko: “The most potent weapon in the hands of the
oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” Free your minds and reclaim
your humanity. Whatever our differences, we must and can do this
collectively, based upon firm principles and our own reclaimed
consciousness and humanity.
Though our struggle is a long, hard, and protracted one, it is time to face reality in order to change it.
Remember: Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers. Onward...!