Author: atlabc

Wonder Why Your Public Defender Won’t Properly Defend You?

You wonder why your public defender would not challenge the cops or D.A. In your case. You tried to tell him/her that cops were lying and the D.A. is helping them. Your public defender would not listen when you asked them to hire an expert or P.I. and refused to file certain pre-trial motions; speedy trial demmurs; 4th amm.suppression; motion to dismiss that you knew could had proved you innocent or got the case thrown out. If your public defender properly defended you, they would get disbarred or possibly thrown in jail. Here are a few reason why. 

1. Public Defenders are paid a paltry sum that is capped at a flat rate, which severely limits the amount of hours they can spend per motion, traveling court appearances etc. They are defending your life on a plumber’s wage. 

2. Attorneys in general are not in the business of “messing with the churches money.” Their first loyalty is to B.A.R., not to the client! (Go read their B.A.R. Oath) The members of the B.A.R. In the courtroom include (but not limited to) your attorney, the D.A. and the Judge! All brothers and sisters. A family affair if you will. So your public defender, the cop that arrested you, the D.A. and the judge are all being paid by the same state. Can you say: conflict of interest. The B.A.R. Is a private club, is not a state or federal agency, it is not open to the public; it controls the courts and the government. 

3. Your public defender works for the client. The client is the person who pays said public defender? (under the “color of law” a corporation is also a “person”.) The same state fund that pays the judge, the D.A. and the cop that arrested you. You are not their client! They don’t work for you! The client does not want them filing motions that the state cannot contend with, motions that may get the case dismissed early on in the proceeding. 

4. Attorneys are private agents to a private principle (the B.A.R.) and are only allowed to represent other corporations. So how did attorneys enable themselves to represent you? By fraud: They use your name (in all caps) as if its a corporation. So then your name acts as a “Joinder” or “transmiitting utility” to connect the flesh and blood you, with a fiction (corporation), to enable other corporatìons, B.A.R., the court, the STATE to contract or do business with you. The fraud in all of this is that they neglected to “fully disclose” all this to you. They can’t disclose the true nature of the attorney client relationship to you. However they can and should inform that in court proceedings, the “law” provides other options then trial or prison to discharge a cause of action or claim against you. Check out: AFFIRMATIVE DEFENCES: confession and avoidance. What you are avoiding here is prison time!!!

5. Your attorney cannot and will not correctly inform you that there is no such thing as “victimless crime”. “Victimless crimes” make up about 98% of all crime in this country. So the whole judicial system is basically funded by it. Faliure to pay a fine, moving violations, drugs, guns, tax fraud etc. etc. are not crimes. They are what is known as statutory violations; “mala prohibita” and do not constitute crimes under the courts own law. Here is some more latin for you; “corpus delecti”: The body of a crime. The criminal intent;  The person responsible; The victim or remains of the victim and damaged property. This is the courts own standard for what a crime is. Who did you victimize with your bag of weed? Here is another legal standard. The federal rules of civil procedure: “To make a pleading in any federal court, one must plead a violation of civil rights and damage”. The violation of civil rights speak for itself. Damage means an actual injury or you damged my property or you just owe me a debt for something. So if you are locked up for a traffic violation or fishing without a license, who is the victim? The state can’t be a victim because the state is not a human, its a corporation. If the state is claiming to be the victim than it needs to come and take the stand so I can cross examine it. The cop can’t be a victim to the sack of weed he took from me. An inanimate object cannot be a crime.      Like it or not the scheme I have presented to you is the system at hand and part of the reason you will never get a fair trial. If you want to effectively agitate you must learn how to operate, I hope this truth I have shared with you will inspire you to learn the true nature & cause of these proceedings. We must step our game up!     Please excuse my lack of citations and errors. For I am being held in GA.s own baby Guantanamo (SMU). I don’t have any of my books or papers. Just my thoughts and this liquid sword. Hotep! 11/17/18

Jose M. Rosario Gonzalez #1001280113

L.E. 107

GDCP (SMU)P.O. Box 3877

Jackson, Ga. 30233

Insider Report: Negligence Leads to Stabbings at Hays

Greetings My Fellow Brothers and Sisters!

My name is Victor K. Moten and I’m a prisoner in the (GDOC) housed here at the facility of Hays. And here I chose to publicize such Negotiations and Careless acts by those who call themselves “Professionals” and also viewed as the innocent ones. There such fine artists! Sadly but true to speak, it seems such a natural yet the usual thing for Administrative and Official personnel here at this facility to have a vast disinterest in the safety and issues of the inmates house here. Take my situation for ex: I was stabbed Feb. 6th 2019, if rounds were conducted properly during the change of shift my situation could’ve been avoided. Here is another situation on maybe the 17th of Feb. 2019 a inmate died from multiple stab wounds also. All because of the neglect and careless behaviors things of this nature are able to occur. I spoke with Warden K. Srayberry of Hays State Prison after I was released from Redmond Hospital treated for 20 stab wounds. Mr. Sprayberry asked me “how long do I think it lasted?” I replied “for a situation that could’ve been avoided sir, too long”. He then stated “15 seconds it was only 15 seconds.”  It was said with a hint of excitement and wow as if pleased by the after response of his security. Now in F-2 which is a lockdown dormitory that contains a mixture of tier-1 and tier-2, I have no exchange of clothing, neither do the Deputy Warden’s, Unit Mangager, or Lieutenant/ Shift Supervisor make their daily rounds so we have no opportunities to speak with anyone about our issues, we’re not able to recieve any forms such as grievances, general request forms, etc. because officers are too lazy or just don’t care. Nor does officers monitor our meals so food products are stolen, spit in and there’s no telling what else. People on stripped cell doesn’t get fed on time sometimes not all. Unit manager doesn’t make his segregation hearings I mean there is literally way much more. But what does my contradiction to the so called “Safest Prison in the State of Georgia” matters? Again I just ask that the wrongs are rectified… Peace and Blessing and More Power to the People!

Victor K. Moten

Change Today

The government is pimpin’ the  Blaqman, Illuminati runs the world, so fuk pimpin’ my pen. I’d rather help my community, Lil’ Chico looks up to me. Disappointed with myself of how I abandoned the streets… Blinded by greed returned me back to slavery; it’s more than a G-thang. It’s bigger than you & me. We need our cribs in our names; boss up our economical game, I hated to slang crack cocaine. I witnessed Momdukes lose everythang; plus I never gang-banged… What if I made 1 person smile today? I’ll set the trend here; because I’m told FAITH is contagious. It takes more muscles to frown, so I’ll smile away. I can’t predict tomorrow but I can save today. Give us back our country; not Amerika but the one you stole from me. Wanna kno’ what I hate more than cops? A thief…   

I’ve studied the history and FREEDOM is owed to me. I just keep it BLAQ like we’s supposed to be… Shot outs to Lupe, Wale  and Nasir Jones. Larry Hoover, Tookie Williams and James Brown. B.O.B., Big K.R.I.T. and Killer Mike. Kaepernick, Stacey Abrams, Condoleezza Rice. King Coe; and I’m prepping Amerika for her future. Our brothers are on the way and they gone be remembered like Malcolm and Luther…   

Why expose brains when I can expose truths! The proof is right between the pages of this book, young dude. I can’t believe I said no to school, rebelled and broke the rules. Smoked weed, cut class or even fought in school. But it’s what I was taught to do…     

Please become someone, become MORE than the average dude. Don’t get blinded by REALITY T.V. like most people do, and DYING is not worth putting our mom’s thru. And killing ain’t really worth living our lives like fools… By O.G. King Coe

PREA/AGGRESSOR: AN ODE TO VIOLENCE

By: King Coe

Here I will describe a flawed committee called: Classification, in which prisoners are housed in like dormitories and/or cells with similar prisoners according to crime, age, size, height, and affiliations. All which basically means that our lives are subject to be taken at any moment because the system is so flawed.

In the GDC we have what is called ”Jscribe”. And it is a computer file that possess our entire institutional record and the classification ”committee” uses the info to assign us details and housing status. It consists of from my knowledge: D/W of C and T, Captain, Chief Counselor, an L.t. and a Sgt.” But prisoners aren’t given the opportunity to be present at there convenings, at least not here. There is a ”blue strip” that is in constant motion across the top of each prisoners page which identifies certain ”security risks or medical issues, etc.” that apply to that person. For instance  I’ve saw some that say: Learning Disability, do not house with codefendant (which can’t be too accurate because I was housed with my codefendant at 2 different prisons) and Vegan Menu. But one that I saw in 2011 said: Do not house with prea victim, such and such. At the time I was slightly familiar with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. But ignorant of the ”Aggressor” label. When I saw my file in 2018, I did not see this ”tag” but somehow, I seem to only be placed into these Prea/Aggressor dormitories from prison to prison within the last 4  and  1/2 years. Georgia, Hays, Macon and Hays State Prisons. So, I inquired about it. I believe that I’m old enough, wise enough and have been in the system long enough to be able to be removed from these atrocious environments. It is stereotypical to house prisoners in this extremely stressful capacity when everyone overall, in some format, qualify to be house in a close-security prison. I’ve been in prison for 10 years. I’m 35 and tired of these dormitories. If I have managed to survive this dangerous lifestyle over this amount of time without major incident: is it safe to say that I’m capable of upgrading my living arrangements? When will I be housed in a more safer and sane dorm? My work, respect, image, ethics, presentation, institutional record all speaks for itself. By response to my inquiry, as of 4-15-18 I was removed from the aggressor label. I’ve been to Tier 1 on 2 occasions but was still placed in one of the aggressor dorms. But the irony about this system is that while though my dorm is considered  the worst on the compound  miraculously we have the least violence throughout the entire prison and more targeting from administration for just being who we are: the stereotypes, outcasts, thugs, gangster, hoodlums, criminals, addicts or whatever you feel the need to label us? Think about?

Brother of Prisoner who spoke out about Dekalb Jail abuses also reports abuses

Malaya Tucker is anxiously awaiting news of her son Darnell. She is told he is in solitary confinement after having been beaten by jail guards. She has not been able to contact him since their video visit on Sunday, in which he showed her moldy food trays with insufficient food. Screenshots taken from another video visit went viral on social media on Wednesday. On Thursday, guards reportedly entered Darnell’s cell and beat him up. They put him in solitary confinement, claiming they found a contraband cell phone. This cut him off from communication with the outside.

Mrs. Tucker received news of her son from her other son, Larnell. He is also in DeKalb County Jail due to an administrative error that left an arrest warrant in effect after it had been lifted.

Larnell called his mother from the 6th floor of the jail on Saturday, and she connected him with Atlanta ABC. Larnell was willing to risk being abused himself in order to go public about the inhumane conditions. He said that another inmate who had been transferred from his brother’s floor told him today that his brother had been “jumped” by guards again. He does not know how badly hurt Darnell is.

He also described a case of medical neglect of a diabetic person. Diabetics are not given access to their insulin upon being jailed. Each person has to request it via “health request” on the jail kiosk. A notice says “it can take up to 7 days for your request to be seen”. Larnell witnessed an inmate fall ill from going too long without insulin. It was only when other inmates gathered and began yelling at the guards to give the man his medicine that he was brought downstairs to a medical facility.

Larnell also said there was mold in the food today. He was given food with black and white mold in the noodles and meat. There was so much mold that all of the food was inedible, he reported. “I threw my whole tray away… everybody threw their tray away.” Larnell says another inmate filed a report about the moldy food and held onto his tray so he could show it to someone on the outside next time he had a video visit. While we were talking on the phone, officers came up to the floor to look at the moldy food. Then 11 officers took out tazers and told everyone to get in their cells (Larnell was allowed to stay talking on the phone). The man who reported the food was surrounded by guards outside his cell as they aimed tazers at him, ordering him to get inside his cell. They took the food tray away, but refused to give him a new tray as he requested.

Larnell also reported an infestation of black mold and flies in the showers. “I have to keep a sheet under my door to keep flies out”. He sleeps with just a wool blanket.

Why is Larnell in jail? He says he has a “failure to appear” but he went to court for it in January, and the judge ruled that the warrant would be lifted if Larnell went to pretrial services once a month. But before he could report to pretrial, he was arrested for the same warrant. Now he has been waiting in jail for a month for the courts to fix their administrative error. He says he has called the office of the Public Defender every day and has never talked to the lawyer.

I asked, “are you willing to go public, knowing what your brother has gone through and the risk you’re taking?” Larnell said, “I am because this is ridiculous”.

Inmates in “Please Help We Dying” photos beat up, heads held in toilets, in the hole

Inmates who sent photos pleading for help for inhumane conditions were abused and put in the hole as retaliation on April 11, according to the mothers of the two men. Their relatives had posted screenshots from an April 7 video visit on a jail device that the inmates are allowed to use.   The posts began going viral on social media April 10 with the hashtags #JusticeForInmates and #DekalbCountyJail.

The inmates pictured in the post were beat up on April 11 and thrown into solitary.  Guards forced their heads into toilets.  The county claims they found cell phones and other contraband in their cells, but inmates’ families say there is no way they could have had that contraband.  It is clear from the photos that they are from a jail-issued device, not cell phones.

A disruptive demonstration was held April 12 at the jail, with flares, fireworks, drums and noisemakers. One of the inmates’ mothers delivered a speech via cell phone over the megaphone. “We are not going to back down!” she said. Four protesters were arrested, two are facing felony charges.  They will be arraigned April 13, and funds are being raised to get them bailed out.

Prisons Violate Human Rights of Afrikans and Afrikan Descendants

September 16, 2018     
I am all supernaturally enduring the ongoing battles of harsh inflictions of cruel and unusual punishment are undoubtedly prevalent in nefarious system of mass incarceration and strategically orchestrated genocide to have all Afrikan/Blacks and Browns in captivity it is motivation to dedicated one’s self to freeing the people. My name is El Roderick McKissic.     

The reason why I sometimes utilize Nathaniel Turner’s name is because it is the perfect example of a Freedom Fighter and Afrikan/Black revolutionary leader who actually devoted his life to obtaining his freedom and other Afrikans from the white slave masters/owners from oppression, depression, suppression and repression of enslavement. One of the most important parts of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is it unequivocally indicate the following laws against all forms of slavery/enslavement, as follow!” Universal Declaration of Human Rights Guaranteed Rights as Human Beings”     

Article 1 All Human Beings are Born Free and Equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit brotherhood.      “All human beings including Afrikans and their descendants in amerikkka are to have (Guarantee by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, equal rights and freedom from racial discrimination and equal protection of the laws by both the united snakes/states constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that shall not be violated by the established government of white supremacy and/or any of its law enforcement entities nor authorities at all.”    

Article 2 Everyone (not excluding no one regardless of race, sex, age, creed, color, etc.) is Entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this declaration without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional, or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation (in any form regardless of race) of sovereignty.     

“Afrikans and Afrikan descendants are not excluded from any of these human rights in any form regardless of race and/or racism clandestinely employed wickedly by the established government of white supremacy in amerikkka and this irrefutable include slavery and servitude under prejudice laws strategically formulated by their racist established government to diabolically enslave Afrikans, Afrikan descendants, Asians, Mexicans, Latinos and other non-white races in amerikkka. Lynching Afrikans With Slavery (LAWS), Political Oppressors Lynching Innocent Coloreds Everywhere (POLICE) and these are the white supremacist authentic meanings behind these atrocious words and you can see it manifest everywhere in today’s society.     

Article 3 Everyone (not excluding any Afrikans not their descendants) has the right (guaranteed by this Universal Declaration of Human Rights) of life, liberty, and safety and one (petitioner) that defends themselves is securing their personal safety against threat, harm, and/or danger to their lives.Article 4 No one (not excluding Afrikans nor their descendants) shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.     

“Undoubtedly, this human rights article clearly contradicts the 13th amendment of the united snakes/states constitution which unlawful legalizes slavery and/or servitude throughout the world including the united states of amerikkka as a cruel form to sadistically enforce harsh punishment that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly abolished all forms of slavery/servitude. In amerikkka they (those members of the established government of white supremacy) strategically utilized prejudice and discriminatory laws/white laws to nefariously justify enslavement of Afrikans in amerikkka under racial laws diabolically executed by corrupt courts, judges, district attorneys, attorney generals and/or other corrupt law enforcement agencies that deceptively participate in all forms of illegal activities and malfeasance/misfeasance.”     

Article 5 No one (including Afrikan descendants of slaves) shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.     

“In the current establishment of white supremacy in amerikkka they have strategically implemented all forms of cruel, harsh, degrading and inhumane treatment in the modernized slavery plantations commonly known as prisons/penitentiaries under the 13th amendment to the untied states constitution. It is truly transparent that this is the ulterior motives behind the formulation and evil enforcement of these racially discriminatory laws.”

It’s Supposed To Be A Family.

By: King Coe

I remember reading about ”gangbanging for a purpose”. Lately I have been dwelling on the topic because in 2016 a prisoner that I knew had been down close to 10 and couldn’t be released, because he didn’t have an address to parole out to. He was a gang member. So, why couldn’t those ”Brothers” of his provide housing for him? What was the purpose of being adopted into ”the family” if it couldn’t provide for him like family did? Or maybe the individual never looked at it in that light? You are brothers, right? Then serve your purpose. I once saw a guy who was going home in a manner of months, “go in” on another prisoner who had done whatever he had done to violate. If he was my ”Brother” I wouldn’t have allowed him to “fail”. Now this man is on the verge of being here longer and kept away from the ones who really love and need him. Many more will suffer similar fates if we don’t find our purpose. Shot out to my bros in SMU world wide! Stay focused. Swuanyae Lyfestyle! 

JPay Restrictions are Discrimination

A memorandum was in reference to the restrictions of depositors who use JPay. Starting February 5, 2019 only depositors who are identified as approved visitors will be allowed to deposit money via JPay. For their loved ones incarcerated here in NC. This may not seem like a problem to some of you but allow me to explain:    

This is another form of repression as well as discrimination. 79% of prisoners incarcerated here in NC have been profiled as members of Security Risk Groups (SRG), formally known as Security Threat Groups. Being profiled as an (SRG) prisoner you face several restriction, some that no human should have to endure. Those who are profiled (SRG) aren’t allowed to receive visits from no one but immediate family members. This consists of mother, father, brother and-or sister [Security Risk Group Policy & Procedure Chapter A, Section B (H) (1)]     Children cannot be accompanied by their mother or father to visit a profiled (SRG) prisoner, the child must be accompanied by the prisoner’s immediate family. If there isn’t a healthy relationship between the child’s mother and the prisoner’s immediate family than the child as well as the prisoner are deprived of maintaining a relationship that would ensure familiarity between the child and the parent that is incarcerated.    

Furthermore, being profiled as an (SRG) prisoner in NC you’re restricted to only two phone calls a month, that’s if you’re not confined to long-stints of isolation in this case you receive no phone calls at all. Two phone calls a month also destroy any familiarity between a child and the incarcerated (SRG) profiled prisoner [Security Risk Group Policy & Procedure Chapter B Section B, (A) (2).    

All incoming and out-going mail is impeded and majority of the time “misplaced” throughout the censorship process. All profile (SRG) prisoners’ mail is sent to the (SRG) officers to be censored for any threat to security. This opens up the door for malicious mischief, profiled prisoners known for their advocacy concerning prisoners’ rights and who have outside support our mail is “misplaced” regularly. [Security Risk Group Policy & Procedure Chapter B, Section A (1) (3)] The specter of Willie Lynch runs rampant throughout the whole (SRG) Policy and Procedures.    

The qualifications required to be profiled as an (SRG) prisoner is at the discretion of the same miscreants who patrol these concrete fields daily. There isn’t a professional process that would ensure that prisoners being accused of participating in (SRG) activities receive a professional investigation to determine if the prisoner is or isn’t a member of any (SRG) formation. The smallest things such as having a tattoo of a five point start can get you profiled as an (SRG) prisoner. All it takes is for the “trained” (SRG) officers to say the prisoner is a gang member and its over for you.     As Komrade Kevin Rashid Minister of Defense for the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter pointed out, in his letter “Racial and Political Persecution of Grassroots Black Political Leaders and Activists”,      “Typical of the tendency of racists to stereotype groups of people, these official make no distinctions between Black political organizations, and indeed declare that ‘all Black groups that promote dissent’ fit the criteria of a gang or STG, as does any group or organization that critics government and prison practices and policies”    

In a previous essay of mine titled “Defeating the Razor-Wire Plantation Hydra” I pointed out that most of these Security Risk Groups were founded on revolutionary ideology, because of the economic, political, and social conditions that the people were subjugated to. These street formations were formed to serve as vigilance committees to protect and uplift their communities. The vision of the Founding Fathers have been lost and we’ve become predators of the prey (oppressed). So are we really real right? Or are we proxies for the enemy?    

The aforementioned memorandum claims that this change (only allowing approved visitors to send prisoner’s money) is to ensure that no one is engaging in illicit enterprises such as selling drugs and phones to garner funds. All of which leads to the probability of offender or offender assaults. I’m inclined to disagree, this is another one of the enemy’s tactics to keep us at each other’s neck. Now if you bereave the only means a prisoner has to receive financial support from others beside immediate family, this only engenders robbery and violence amongst ourselves. A lot of us who are profiled (SRG) don’t have immediate family who financially support us. We receive financial support from friends, our child’s mother and some outside activists. So what are these prisoners, myself included going to do?    

This restriction is to ensure we stay divided and forces us to work the concrete fields of these razor-wire plantations. Because we’re not going to be provided with the necessities. The average man isn’t going to go without, so he is left with two choices, work for pennies a day or oppress and rob your own people. This restriction doesn’t have our or our families well-being in mind, it’s all for the betterment of the plantation.    

These (SRG) policies and procedures must be redressed, not only does it serve as an instrument to destroy family values, but it will also cause us to be divided and conquered. These acts of repression shouldn’t be tolerated at all. We the prisoners have the strength in numbers, we the prisoners are responsible for our own liberation, these acts of repression aren’t unbeknownst it being done right in front of our faces and the enemy is questioning what are we going to do about it? If we don’t do anything we are cowards!!    

It would be politically and strategically advantageous for us to boycott all canteen items as well as the union supply packages offered four times a year. The aforementioned restrictions are an impasse that’s surmountable, the next one may not be. If we lay down and accept this, I can put my word on it more restrictions will follow. The Komrade Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun of the Free Alabama Movement, founded the Redistribute the Pain Campaign which is a nationwide boycott campaign that boycotts collect phone calls, canteen and incentive package purchases, during the months of February, April, June, Black August, October and December. This is a form of economic warfare that’s necessary in these times of war.    

Furthermore, those of us housed on Special Housing Units (SHU, I-Can, Supermax) we should boycott the little canteen privileges that is offered to us. Buying the fragrance oils, the stamps and limited items should cease. Only purchase the amount of things needed. Those who study law, research should be done to see if these restrictions violate any laws on rights.     Komrades I’m entreating that y’all wake up! This added restriction will not only impede (SRG) profiled prisoners from receiving money to purchase the necessities, but also will impede us from making phone calls to our family members and friends as well. No money equals no phone time. The enemy was conscious that implementing this added restriction would bring upon us great difficulties. The enemy is distributing the pain, we must redistribute it, apply the pressure economically as well as physically.     Before I conclude this I would like to salute the Komrade Randy Watterson I see the work you putting in for the prison class here in NC. Hope to hear from you soon. As Komrade George Jackson stated “If one accepts revolution they must accept all that it implies: repression, counter-terrorism, days filled with work, prison, and funerals”.                                                                                                               

White Panther Organization – NC Branch                                                                                                               

Joseph “Shine White” Stewart

On Chasing Paper

Still we lampin’ still clockin’ dirt for our sweat
A ballot’s dead so a bullet’s what I get
A thousand years you had the tools, we should be takin’ ’em
Fuck the G-ride, I want the machines that are makin’ ’em…
–from “Down Rodeo,”
on the CD ‘Evil Empire’
Rage Against the Machine    

Chasing paper. Many of us who are locked up were chasing paper, and we chased it right through the prison gates and into the cells we now occupy.     We use our time in lock up to scheme and dream and come up with new strategies for chasing paper. We get money tattooed all over us. We listen to songs that will motivate us. We develop our visions. We identify our competition. We build our networks, our empires.

Maybe we don’t think about how we are plotting and sweating and bleeding to get portraits of faces of former slave-owners, plantation masters who got rich by taking hostages and exploiting them for their sweat and blood. We don’t stop to think that those dead slave-owners continue to take us hostage– in a new way –and trick us into chasing them, collecting them, worshiping them.    

If we stopped to think about it, to really think about it, we’d ask ourselves why we value the money that someone else prints. We’d wonder why we let them print it and distribute it and decide who gets more and who gets less. Why aren’t we printing the money? Instead, we get tricked. We spend our lives and blood and sweat chasing paper and serving the system, the scheme of those who put the paper out.    

How many of us catch it? And for how long?    

If we stopped to think about it, we’d see that we really don’t want their paper. What we want is the happiness and freedom that we see others have, others who have paper. We want nice things. A good house, a new car, the best clothes, great food, comfort. We want friends and loved ones who love and respect us. We want lives of purpose and meaning and importance.    

What if I told you that we could all have that, if only we were the ones with power to print the paper… and to get that power, we must take it from the ones who currently have it?    

The ones who turn some of us against the rest, so we kill each other and save them time and bullets…    

The ones who decide where the factories and jobs go…    

The ones with the planes bringing the drugs into the country…    

The ones who hand out the sentences…    

The ones who count the votes.    

They run things. They run us. They are our enemies, with happiness and freedom at our expense… living off of our sweat and blood. They’re not special or smart or more deserving than we are, and we can be just as happy and just as free as they are, if only we spend our sweat and blood chasing revolution like we’ve spent it chasing paper.    

There’s only one thing that they have that you don’t: They know a powerful secret.    

And now you know it too.

–Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain.