“Keeping prisoners violently divided and at each other’s necks is a policy calculated to maintain control and keep the prisoners focus off of the officials who are oppressing them all.”
~California’s Department of Correction Ombudsman Ken Hurdle
As the words are conveyed full of dedication, resiliency, and camaraderie, I hope there isn’t any hindrance so they may reach ya’ll in the same manner. I’m perplexed to find these razor wire plantations get away with doing shit to us that we’d never tolerate from each other. All of us continuously complain about prison conditions being “fucked up”, complaining how security threat group policies hinder us from receiving visits, but there’s nothing being done to rectify our situation.
Let me tell you what’s “fucked up”, is that the individual tyrants who make up the hierarchy of these street formations are plagued with the same characteristics of our oppressors. How many of you are confined to isolated tombs due to taking orders that wasn’t beneficial for you? But only beneficial for the one who gave you the order. Then once you were sentenced by the administration of these razor wire plantations to long stints of isolation, you’ve been forgotten and you’ve become one of the many whom has been exploited for the personal gain of the street formations leadership. But this is brotherly love right?
Why isn’t there never no orders given to obtain better food? Better medical treatment? Better programs or educational opportunities? Why are sacrifices being made to tear down the next man who shares the common oppression, but none to rectify this system?
Komrades we’re in a very sad state, and if we continue to allow the oppressor to atomize us, and assisting the oppressor to keep the yoke of oppression on our necks. The the future of prisoners may consist of us being whipped in the fields, ALL of us every race. The founding reasons these street formations were organized must return and these bylaws must be implemented.Most of these street formations were founded on revolutionary ideology, because of the economic, political and social conditions that the peer were subjugated to. These street formations were formed to be vigilance committees, to protect and uplift their communities. The vision of the founding fathers has been lost and we’ve become predators of the prey (oppressed). So are we really real right? or are we proxies for these miscreants?
Komrades we can surmount the barriers we’ve placed in our own way! This vicissitude (change) is reachable. It begins with us understanding the strength in our numbers. Envisage (envision) the ten demands put out by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak for the Aug 21 prison strike being implemented. This isn’t a dream this could be reality, but reaching this accomplishment falls on the leadership of the street formations.We must purge the separationism and individualism from our character. We musn’t compromise for taking victories, for individual privileges and incentives. Compromising didn’t win the revolution for China, compromising didn’t end slavery, it took a civil war. Our struggle won’t be romantic, I recognize that we must always make a choice between what is beneficial and what is pleasant. The coward would choose pleasantness because it don’t demand a struggle or sacrifices. But we know the choice that would make things beneficial for us as a whole. It isn’t skin color, the hue of the flag or a certain sect for these are the things that fuel separatism and competition. Competition amongst ourselves has destroyed us komrades! Instead of outdoing each other we must coalesce towards the common goals. Malcom X stated “we have a common enemy, we have this in common, we have a common oppressor, a common exploiter and a common discriminator, but once we all realize that we have a common enemy, then we unite on the basis of what we have in common”. I conclude this by quoting the komrade Benny Hannibal Rasun or the Free Alabama Movement, “its revealing that we are housed in institutions whose security is predicated on our remaining ignorant”
Dare to struggle dare to win
all power to the people
Joseph “Shine White” Stewart
Deputy Minister of Education
White Panther Organization
Note: To circumvent the communication barriers to hinder prisoner to prisoner dialogue I can be reached at:
P.O. Box 15401
Durham, NC 27704