Category Archives: Letters from prisoners

Reportback from NC

It is imperative that I thank you all for the solidarity shown during our struggles within these razor-wire plantations. It’s the action y’all took on behalf of prisoners who don’t have the ability to do so themselves that was critical. I know I sent a missive before this one, that didn’t include the details y’all deserve. I deal with my personal issues by expressing others’ pain with this ink pen. Yes, I will always stand in the face of adversity, but I do have flaws and weaknesses myself and the prominent one being hating myself when I feel like I could be doing more for those around me.
I came to the conclusion that my transfer here was done in attempt to stifle my advocacy and organizing efforts. Let me enlighten you on something, the previous facility (Scottland Correctional) had told y’all that I had tried to hang myself, which was a fabricated story to compel Central Prison to accept me. See Central Prison is where all NC’s mental health prisoners and Death Row prisoners are warehoused. No other facility would accept me due to my advocacy history. So they falsified reports to compel Central Prison to accept me. Then upon my arrival I was placed on a block with prisoners who had been zombiefied, who lack the ability to resist! So this makes organizing difficult but I’m making progress starting with getting prisoners to stop taking these medications.
Furthermore, y’all’s action got a lot done! They released five prisoners from solitary confinement that they had told prior to the phone zap that they would be doing 90 more days of solitary confinement before being considered for release again. Three prisoners they’ve been holding back here they have approved for the TDU program (which is a good program that is very difficult to get into). So I thank you all for that.
The excessive use of Mace has ceased! The deputy warden claims he was unaware of this and assured us that any officer who uses their mace on mental health prisoners would be subjected to harsh punishment.
They removed the doctor that was assigned to this unit and replaced him with one who is actually helping us! Honestly she has seen more of us this past week than the other doctor did the whole time here. Self-meds have been delivered. Thank you all so much. Some of the guys are working on some thank you cards for both ATL ABC and ATL IWOC, y’all’s actions were very effective.
Now only if we could get them to let me go from solitary confinement, but that’s nowhere in the future. It’s going on 3 years now but if this is where I have to be to ensure others living conditions are ameliorated I’m content.
I will be wrapping this up, thank you all, without outside support these pigs would continue with their sadistic ways, I will follow this up with some of my ideas for moving forward. Let Komrade [REDACTED] know I received their messages and the love conveyed via their letters. I responded and they should receive responses soon, but send them my love.
I’m here, I’m alive, I’m struggling. All power to the people.

When We Are Paying Attention: An Exploration on Criminal Justice Reform

By: DADADODAR. -Wrongly convicted father of four-
De haeretico comburendo and the establishment clause: How are these two related is the question, when we are paying attention. According to Black’s Law Dictionary, de haeretico comburendo is the first English penal law. It was enacted in 1401 against heresy, and authorized the burning of defendant who refused to abandon their heretical opinions. Webster’s defines “heretic” in a word as “nonconformist”. De haeretico comburendo when translated from its original Latin etymology seems to say to this contemporary black man and citizen of the U.S.A., “Hey you, this is the doctrine (or “set of beliefs” or personification of “god” or whatsoever else) we have established for you to follow…And if you decide not to agree with or to abide by and follow this our doctrine for you, then we’ll be perfectly alright with lynching your n**gg*r *ass*s.” What’s Wrong with this? A LOT, right. For one, the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution forbids such prohibitions against free religious practice in this country. The first amendment give the U.S. citizenry religious freedom as well as freedom of speech, but interpretation of these freedoms (known as “rights”) are left up to the conscience of a justice, judge, some other authority besides just ourselves. When we are paying attention de haeretico comburendo is still encroaching each and every day. Actually, every law passed by U.S. legislators and the carefully divided up voting districts is an extension of the ancient common law used towards distinguishing those willing to conform from those not willing, and the penalty attached to the nonconformists–penalty even those who do conform have learned to desire a penchant for. Wow! 

rebels without a cause

when you look at the formation and direction of today’s social groups/gangs you can’t but help but ask what is their purpose? i use to bang under the gangster concept until i was enlighten by a vision of Growth and Development. this set me on a path to rse above my illiteracy level and evevntually become one with my inner God. like all sturctures of sociality there are levels to every establishments and as i continue to build i geuss you can say i have exceeded the average professor in which stands on the same square as i do. i recognize the fault first being lost in true perception and the ethics being molded by customs in which are contrary to its infra-principles. the roots of your struggle set forth the direction in which the tree shall grow and determine what fruits may bloom. 
now depending on the gardener or the head; the planted seed will sprout either in contention or with ease. the ground represents your history and what essential elements are your structure composed of. is it disloyalty, misguidance, and materiality or is it morality, empowerment, and general stability? the former option can be seen as the conditions of ignitiation because nowadays the foundation is not treated as an equal to the peak but it is rather used as a benefit to support the peak without proper nourishment. without notice it is weak by default and irresponsibility of the heads. and we wonder why when the federal storm hits our trees of strength are taken with ease?  its uprooted and a house stand against itself cannot stand at all. when you move in an unit without a sense of direction/cause the body tends to clash because of disorganizatio/conflicts of interests. then upon oneself the body iis itself against the governing rules and policy. factionalism is applied and there goes unity. there goes love and sub-cultures divide the nations into common differences. this is the destruction of our potential community grass root orgs that have now turned into gangs of damnation. leaders- righteous ones- do not neglect your duty to enlighten and unify those of common understanding. resist being a rebel without cause 

Message from Keith “Malik” Washington for IWW-GOB and Freedom Fighters everywhere!

Revolutionary Greetings Fellow Workers and Comrades everywhere!!
It is I Comrade Malik reporting in from Behind Enemy Lines. I am now on my way to a Federal U.S. Penitentiary in Louisiana known as USP Pollock. The greatest threats to my safety that I face from the Oppressors are Isolation and Censorship of my Free Speech. The IWW, IWOC, as well as Anarchists and Socialists everywhere can help me combat these strategies by doing a few things:

1.) Stay in touch with me and Organize in-persyn Prison visits with me when the Federal Prison is not on Lockdown.

2.) For those who loathe these modern day Koncentration Kamps and who prefer not to Visit it would help me a lot if you use your Cyber-Skills to help Amplify My voice via Social Media and other Platforms.

3.) Help Me and Mary Ratcliff create a Realistic Financial Sustainability Model for the San Francisco Bay View National Black News Paper!!! Note: Y’all know that prisoners do not have access to the Internet and the Bay View continues to be the Platform many Incarcerated Workers and Freedom Fighters use to Communicate with each other and our Free World Comrades!! THESE ARE FACTS

Fellow workers as we enter the Year of 2020 the Struggle Which Seeks to END PRISON SLAVERY continues!!!!
As we all prepare for another round of Historic National Prison Work Stoppages we must concentrate our energy on conveying to Free World Folks and members of the Media why we are engaging in these acts of PEACEFUL Direct Action and International Solidarity. We must Highlight the ongoing Humyn Rights and Civil Rights Violations and Abuses carried out by Prison Officials against Prisoners across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Russia, Central and South Amerika.
We must not lose track of the subject of Forced Prison Labor and the Fact that in 2020 the U.S. Constitution still promotes, condones, and sanctions the institutions of Slavery and Involuntary Servitude!!! AMEND THE 13TH AMENDMENT NOW!!!!!
In 2019 we saw the U.S. Department of INJUSTICE release a scathing report which detailed over the top violence, abuse, and corruption inside prisons operated by the Alabama Department of Corrections. The question is this: What has William Barr and the D.O.J. done in order to address or even change the conditions inside Alabama Prisons??? NOT A DAMN THANG!!
Our comrade and ally Kinetik Justice of the Free Alabama Movement continues to struggle for his Humyn rights and the Rights of All Alabama Prisoners. WE CAN NOT LEAVE KINETIK JUSTICE IN THE LURCH!! We must come up with creative and innovative ways to help him and others in our Movement!!

My Fellow Federal Prisoners Jeremy Hammond, Eric King, and Chelsea Manning are being subjected to Orwellian Schemes by the U.S. Government meant to beat them into submission!!! Comrades we must not and can-not remain silent or idle any longer!!! It is time for Brain-Storming and Planning. We keep falling back on the defensive. The Pigs continue to harm us. HACKERS UNITE!! The sleepers must awake now!!! Where is ANONYMOUS OR ANY CLANDESTINE CYBER WARRIOR WHEN WE NEED THEM??? Yes!! I said it!!! We must have these difficult conversations comrades. Private and Secret conversations!!!

Before I go let me say that I am very angry and disappointed with this So Called ‘Maoist formation’ which organized to attack Fellow Workers while they attended a Movie in Kansas City!!! Since when did true Servants of the People of the Shining Path take to brutally beating disabled humyn beings who are supposed to be your damn allies!!!!??

I’d like someone to inform these comrades with the Red Brigade Shining Path or whoever they are that I said this:

DON’T ATTACK US ANYMORE. There are White Nationalists here in Amerikkka who continue to harm Jewish People, LGBTQ PEOPLE, WIMMIN, AND PEOPLE OF COLOR!! You mean to tell me that y’all have to attack us? DON’T DO IT!! Please let these Maoist comrades know I said this.

Remember: An injury to one is an injury to all!!

Dare to Struggle, Dare to win, All power to the people!!!

Report on lockdown and conditions from inside

You know, I sit back in this hot a.. cell and look at how those people really love to think they doing right by keeping us locked in cells all day 24 hours. These the same people with color in their skin as mines.  I mean in a cell 7 days a week, and won’t let you, well it’s a problem with letting a brother go get fresh air. I’m in isolation confinement 7 days out the week and only run the phone twice a week during the weekday from 12-5pm. How am I suppose to talk with my family at those hours they work Also I serve my time behind the door. You don’t want to let me out of the hole so I can get use to being around people. Those people ruff got a cell with no window in it strip cell they call it yet got people in that shit like regular cell. Toilet don’t even work cold water don’t work 90 plus degrees outside imagine what it is in these cells? So do I deserve this? Do anyone deserve this? If anything goes in as a violent act on the other side of the prison they punish everybody. What the hell I had to do with what happen?    

So now I can’t get my visit or store, yet those dudes stabbing for nothing mad at the man you see everyday but smile at the man who let you come out your cell 2 clean up then tell you if you ain’t going to work he will lock you back down. On top of that you get mad when he don’t let you out to clean. I guess this to get a piece of mind keeping you out the cell because they letting you clean all morning then want you to lock down before they go home so your shift its like 8-4 pm. All they want to give you and what these brother are brain wash with is pack-outs which is 2 sandwiches maybe a fruit or a warden sack which contains 3 small ass bags of chips a mini rice crispy treat Lance crackers 2 mini skittles peppermint candy candy bar and juice. You slave for that payment which you rarely get but beg them to give you. I can’t even complain or cry no more I make this as a teacher, less and principle. Teach. Teach me 2 be careful in life. Don’t get caught no more Learn this lesson look at what I’m missing out on. Principle don’t let them tell you are wrong when you’re right POHB

Let prisoners volunteer deportation

For over a year I have listened to Donald Trump villainize and slander Latino people and the dreamers of Honduras and Mexico by accusing them of being murderers, rapists, thieves and drug dealers is a political attempt to spread moral panic of turpitude across the United States to feed his fan base of followers using terms to describe them as aliens or invaders.
The only thing these indigenous people are guilty of is being poor and seeking a better life for themselves and their families. My brother in law is Guillermo Acuña is Latino. He came from an impoverished country with nothing but the shirt on his back and the desire to make a better life for himself. That man worked 16 and 18 hour days of long hard labor just to survive in this country and he never complained. He married my sister Tammie and together they have 3 of the most fantastic successful diverse children, two of which served in our US military. Guillermo is one of the most gentlest, hardworking, kind and decent law abiding men ever known, and he has been a great provider to my sister and the community. While I admire Trump’s attempts to open the doors for lifers, I’m jumping off the trump train after hearing that story a few months ago about that poor father and little girl found face down in the river trying to cross into our country because he wanted a better life for his little girl. Now the tyrant has issued executive orders for ICE to raid hundreds of thousands families’ homes to deport those who were fortunate to live here and escape poverty. Now he is forcing them to again leave behind their lives and homes for ICE and criminals to loot. America was once called the land of the free but that was before dictatorship and imperialism turned it into the land of the deprived and incarcerated. It was the Indians who resided in this land before my people “white” European immigrants invaded and stole this land from them. Not long thereafter my forefathers invited, traded, bought and kidnapped Afro-Americans, Hispanics and Chinese from their native countries to domesticate and enslave them. After grueling decades of being tortured through severe whippings, beatings, rape and attempted extermination of an entire race the immigrant Afro-Americans were freed. So isn’t it fair to say that both “blacks” and “whites” are immigrants too. I say “we the church” of every denomination, “we the Democrats” from all walks of life and “we the people” of a civilized race living in the US should be outraged at our federal government for this blatant inhumane and insensitive attacks against these dreamers and should be getting in your cars and driving to our borders and to Washington to show support for these human beings and we should be ridiculing and throwing stones at these ICE agents and anyone else who makes their living off the suffering of others. We should be storming the White House in protest. I’ve been in prison for over 11 years for a crime I didn’t commit because of turning in corrupt police and tyranny. What if it were their fathers or children drowned in the river? Outside of my conviction, I’m a convicted felon with a drug record, deport me! If they wanna put an end to mass incarceration, then allow all of us United States prisoners serving life sentences volunteer to be deported or banished in exchange for those good folks who’ve done nothing wrong to deserve the unconscionable curve life has thrown at them. Our government has oppressed the small business owners, the working class, feminists, lgbt communities, people of color, its citizens, environmentalists concerning climate change, the dreamers and its prisoners.

I say let prisoners serving life sentences of death by incarceration be allowed to volunteer their own deportation. One evil incarcerated man or woman for one honest dreamer. Give the Honduran children and their families a chance. They’ve done nothing wrong. I Randy Watterson volunteer first and I’d rather die at the hands of poverty than repressed in an American prison in solitary confinement simply for petitioning my government for a redress or my grievances at last year’s Aug 20 2018 POW movement. In closing, I’d like to say Farewell to my comrade Keith Washington in Texas who made parole and echo his shout out to all ABC members who helped make this possible. And I would like to remind all prisoners to start organizing for our upcoming international 2020 prison strike and I hope Ga prisoners and all prisoners in all US Federal and state prisons will join NC and Alabama and other prisoners when the shout out goes out. Last year thousands of prisoners across 17 states joined in solidarity. I hope we have double that in 2020. If we all stand in solidarity to push for parole for everyone even lifers and we refused to work and to eat their food for 45 days, we can force their hand and go for the longest strike in history. Trump’s government shutdown ain’t shit compared to what we can shut down if we all join hands in solidarity. No violence, just sit down on them. So keep your heads up all of my brothers and sisters behind bars. Until every cage is empty and in solidarity,
By: Randy A Watterson #0427985
527 Commerce Dr
Elizabeth City, N.C. 27909

Our Exodus

  I am Tsphanyah Ben Yahweh. This particular piece has been written for those within Georgia who’s soul burns within the flames of Revolutionary passions.

  Recently, Time Magazine released a special issue dedicated to expounding on the 400 year mark of slavery in this great, powerful nation. A country built on the backs of men in servitude.  When we hear this we become engulfed by rage and bitterness, emotions that fuel our actions yet cloud our judgements and focus. We need clarity. We need a plan. We need “Insight”! 

Every empire of renown was built on the backs of slaves. Babylon, Egypt, Roman, Russia, and you could go on; but what are these empires now if not a shadow? 

At the heart of these empires were their people. An oppressed people. Downtrodden and neglected, they desired better. They wanted more. They eventually fought for more. But the first thing they did was come together. Within this united force they found clarity, formed a plan, and acted because they’d attained “Insight”. 

The good must come together and fight or be picked off one by one by the fores of evil. “Insight” has provided a direct avenue; not for those crying out into the wilderness, but for the locksmiths, chainbreakers, and warhammer wielding Agents of Change to plan, mount up and execute. 

We must first establish or acknowledge a headquarters. This will be our point for establishing communication. Next we must connect with one another for a multitude of reasons. Such as: identifying skill sets useful to the movement and forming a structure for the movement. Every army has a general and ours is out there somewhere. Recruiting is also a very important skill set we can only identify in a person by speaking with him. Communication is key. We must be linked together.  

Once we’re linked we must pick one objective and work towards the completion of it. This will take organization. Knowing our roles in this mission if we have one, and diligence in the execution of our plan. Accomplishments are keys which open the doors to more success.  

We’ve talked for so long in Georgia and not achieved a goal that our youth have lost interest in change and instead become more focused on surviving oppression through means of satisfying desires rather than fighting.  

So yes, we need our grievance writers, chaingang paralegals, lawsuit experts, financiers, and guys with dependable people on the outside. Organizers, men with good leadership qualities, those who write well, and men with a good eye for these talents are also needed.  

Once these great minds link up and begin this brotherhood, it is my hope that they would do what hasn’t been done. Corporate this movement under a righteous, legal banner. An non profit formed by us and for us. With members on both sides of the wall working towards the same goal. Our Exodus. Shalom.  

Creating Real Intelligent Minds Souls Overcoming Negative: The revolution is alive

By Zo of Crimson Mafia Family
Greeting, Well as I figure that from what I wrote on behalf of the treatment that is going on at Tier 2 at Hays State Prison, I have been label as a “Rat”, but its crazy how the admin has control over another mans mind: That can scare a person by telling them if yo don’t this and that we will take your detail or lock you down. It kills me to see that my own are asleep mentally, and are unaware of their true potential in life. Hose is it that some one can control you with soups, honey bun, etc. to the point you slave for them, for packouts, and a incentive meal a extra one at that. We are suppose to get more than that. We are what makes the prison run. we are the ones that have to cook the food, pass it out, cut grass, pass our legal supplies, wash clothes, and many more things. If we “Stand Together” and say that we want a better and let the officers and admins do all of that, we will start to show and prove that we are ready for change. Why do you think they kill Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Its already in effect that 6-9 months Hays State Prison is going to be 23 and 1 lockdown prison. They see that we act like animals so now that’s how they going to treat us. Before its to war my fellow brothers stand up for what is right. Stop looking at what set you from or what you are. Whether you Crip, Blood, GD, Muslim, MOBB, or part of the LGBTQ, we must stand with each other to change and make where we live better for us. I have started a family called Crimson Mafia Family which stands for Creating Real Intelligent Minds Souls Overcoming Negative. That’s what it stands for. I am on some bigger and better things to change the way how I see life. We must make a change in this prison. This is the homes of many people who are never going home. And they deserve better treatment than what they are getting. Now so once again we must “Stand Together Now” to make a change we must wake up and enlighten each other. Again a change must come. The revolution is alive.

Governments and Violence

By Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain    

Governments claim to be opposed to violence. They teach us in school that violence is bad. They pass laws to criminalize violence. They lock up people for acts of violence. But governments don’t really oppose violence at all.     Governments spend millions of dollars on bombers and tanks and aircraft carriers– all weapons of violence. Governments recruit and train soldiers to form armies and employ violence. In the United States, police carry guns and routinely shoot people–often, unarmed people–every single day. This is violence.    

Every new development from communications to “stealth” technology, from atomic power to drones, is applied first by governments to the science of inflicting violence before being used for anything else.    

Governments do not oppose violence. Governments seek to monopolize violence. Everything that government does, it relies upon a gun or a billy club, a can of pepper spray or an attack helicopter. Its every demand carries an implied threat, “or else.” Pay your taxes “or else.” Obey the laws “or else.” Keep working and shopping and dying “or else.”    

The relationship between an individual subject and the government is defined by violence. Violence is the language of governing, of controlling, of subjugating and exploiting.    

But we do not have to permit governments to maintain a monopoly on violence. We don’t have to keep doing the bleeding and the dying while they continue to do the killing.    

Our problem is not violence. Our problem is, we are killing the wrong people. When we start killing the right people, the attack helicopters and the bombers will change hands. Violence will cease to be the language of government and will become instead the language of liberation.

Give strength to each other

By Exile

My mission is to keep you at peace. We are trapped as slaves, sentenced to die in captivity. So we must challenge ourselves you see. Don’t let the gifts, the power you have, burn out as this prison saps our strength. My action are to create a legacy where we come together as king. Cherish my words, see the truth, read between the lines they paint for you and me. To the masses they use propaganda to control society and people souls are crush because of the plot they have used to destroy our race in dreams.

My brothers it’s time for us to step up as man. Lend help to others, be a true friend. We need leader someone to guide the youth. Be better father, husband, give strength to each other. We must come together and network together to build our community, homes, lives and etc. We are the leader of the community, of our family. We have to guide the kids who have no father, seem to have no future. I hope that every man, stands for something. Life is so much more than living for self.