A Case for Releasing Prisoners, i.e. “non-violent” versus “violent” prisoners

From the Prisoners Human Rights Movement: A Case for Releasing Prisoners, i.e. “non-violent” versus “violent” prisoners

By Kijana Tashiri Askari

Since the inception of its birth, the fabric of Amerikkka’s nation has been built upon violent crimes being perpetrated against the people. This truth is currently evident throughout its history: from the imperialist wars of aggression being waged against Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, etc. to European settlers from England coming to the Amerikkkas and forcefully taking the land from the indigenous people through countless acts of genocide-based violence; and in 1619, when western imperialists forcefully kidnapped Afrikans from the mothaland of Afrika via the trans-atlantic slave trade, and brought us to the shores of Amerikkka in chains, to be enslaved as chattel property.

Examples of this truth are endless, especially when you factor in the exception clause of the 13th Amendment to the U.$ Constitution, which legalizes slavery (e.g. “violence”) in Amerikkka!! And this speaks to the phenomenon of mass incarceration via the construct of the Prison Industrial Slave Complex (P.I.S.C.), which in essence is a continuum of state-sanctioned violence (e.g “chattel slavery”).

These historical facts are relevant in relation to the current national discussion on what constitutes a “non-violent” and/or a “violent” crime, and who should or should not be released from prison per this distinction. In recent years, California Legislators have been scrambling to reduce the prison population, only after a court-ordered mandate was issued. Since this instruction was given, the P.I.S.C. has been outsourcing prisoners to other states, in a bid to save their profit-based system of campitalism, to give the appearance of compliance.

California State Legislators have also introduced legislation in the form of Propositions 36, 47, and now 57 for purposes of providing non-violent offenders a means of iberation from their captivity under this court order. But again, what actually constitutes a “violent” crime, or a “non-violent” crime?

Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary defines “violence” as:

“An unjust or unwarranted exertion of force or power, as against rights or laws.”

Therefore, the acts of individuals who have been classified as “non-violent,” require us to examine this a bit closer. For example, in the case of petty theft and/or second-degree burglary. These acts actually constitute a form of violence, if we are to accept Webster’s definition of violence in that the Human Rights of the People have been violated, by having their personal property taken without their consent.

In instances of prostitution, we have human beings forced to dehumanize themselves through sexual acts that they would otherwise oppose. Because it is a matter of being able to feed, clothe and shelter yourself, or starve to death under the system of capitalism.

Drug addiction is also a form of violence when you factor in the violent convulsions the human body experiences, while enduring withdrawals. This forces people to commit “property crimes” against the community, to address their sickness, which constitutes violence in relation to:

“An Unjust Or Unwarranted Exertion Of Force Or Power, As Against Rights Or Laws.”

So the basis of who should or who should not be released from prison, cannot be simplified to “violent” and/or “non-violent,” as all crime contains some form of violence!! Hence, the appropriate step for considering a person’s release has to be inclusive of:

– the completion of their prison sentence time;
– their behavior while in prison;
– their positive achievements in redeeming themselves from criminal behavior; and
– their positive contributions to society.

For example, while I came to prison for attempted murder (e.g. “violence”), I have since transformed my criminal behavior and values over the years, by creating the People’s Domestic Crisis Intervention Initiative (P.D.C.I.I.), which is a platform for eradicating domestic violence in our communities. I also mentor the youth on issues of ending gang violence in our communities through the W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program (W.L.N.M.P.) (see also here). So should people like me be excluded from consideration of being released, when I have clearly demonstrated a polarizing shift from being a violent criminal offender?

Freedom is a constant struggle!

For further discussion on this issue, contact me at:

Kijana Tashiri Askari
s/n Marcus Harrison #H54077
SATF C3-117L
P.O. Box 5246
Corcoran, CA 93212

Website: Kijanatashiriaskari.wordpress.com

For more information about the W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program (W.L.N.M.P.) write to:

Attn.: W.L.N.M.P.
c/o Chairman KTA
P.O. Box 7907
Austin, TX 7871

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Long live the spirit of Comrade W.L. Nolen

by Chairman Kijana Tashiri Askari, W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program
Published in the SF Bayview, November 28, 2016

Photo of W.L. Nolen boxing
W.L. Nolen and his brother, Cornell, grew up street fighting in Oakland and were both prison boxing champions.

For those who are not familiar with W.L. Nolen, this beautiful New Afrikan brotha was one of the founders of the Black Liberation Movement in the California Prison System, along with Comrade George Jackson. Comrade W.L. Nolen was instrumental in shaping and molding the exemplary model of undaunting resistance that many of us New Afrikans now find ourselves emulating today.

W.L. Nolen grew up in the hard-knock streets of Oakland, California, and was the younger brother to Cornell Nolen, who, like his big brother, was a phenomenal prison boxing champion. Many considered W.L. the next Marvin Hagler in the making, as the comrade was that good with his hands.

In the era of the 1960s and 1970s, the California Prison System was and remains mired in a cesspool of injustice fomented by a culture of institutional racism. Adding to this contradiction, was and is the multitude of Amerikkkanized offshoots (prisoners) who aided racist prison guards with terrorizing and attacking New Afrikan Black Prisoners – often gaining extremely favorable advantages, such as three or more racist lackeys (prisoners), given access to store-bought knives by prison guards, being let out on the tier for their recreational exercise period, where they would be allowed to attack the sole New Afrikan, also out on the tier for his recreational exercise time.

Comrades W.L. Nolen, George Jackson, William Christmas, Howard Tole, Alvin “Sweet Jugs” Miller, Khatari Gaulden, Cleveland Edwards and countless others not only successfully resisted these attacks militarily, but W.L. Nolen had the foresight to politicize these contradictions by filing a petition in the court, where the comrade asserted:

“Prison guards are complicit in fomenting racial strife by aiding white inmate confederates in ways not actionable in court, i.e., leaving cell doors open to endanger the lives of New Afrikans; placing fecal matter or broken glass in the food served to New Afrikans etc., as these material factors would be difficult to prove.” See W.L. Nolen, et. al. v. Cletus Fitzharris, et. al.

W.L. Nolen was one of the founders of the Black Liberation Movement in the California Prison System, along with Comrade George Jackson.

Four months later, on Jan. 13, 1970, Comrade W.L. Nolen was assassinated, shot at point-blank range by white racist prison guard Opie G. Miller. This murder was ruled a justifiable homicide, in spite of concrete evidence that the comrade was defending himself and his fellow New Afrikans from a staged racist attack on their lives, while on Soledad’s O-Wing exercise yard.

I urge the people to read “The Melancholy History of Soledad Prison” by Min Sun Yee and “The Road To Hell” by Paul Libertore in order to grasp the true historical origins of our legacy of resistance under the leadership of Comrade W.L. Nolen. CAN’T STOP! WON’T STOP!

Comrade W.L. Nolen was instrumental in shaping and molding the exemplary model of undaunting resistance that many of us New Afrikans now find ourselves emulating today.

The W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program has been constructed as a dedication towards carrying forward the legacy of Comrade W.L. Nolen.

LONG LIVE THE MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED COMRADE!

Like George Jackson and his comrades, the mentors in the W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program have much to teach. Intellectually and politically astute, they can provide, in addition to their copious knowledge of culture and history, including what they’ve lived, they have developed uncommon self-discipline in order to withstand and resist the daily torture of solitary confinement.
Like George Jackson and his comrades, the mentors in the W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program have much to teach. Intellectually and politically astute, they can provide, in addition to their copious knowledge of culture and history, including what they’ve lived, they have developed uncommon self-discipline in order to withstand and resist the daily torture of solitary confinement.
W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program

As some may recall, the W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program was announced to the public in 2013. We apologize for the delay. However, we’ve now become operational, thanks to the staunch, unrelenting and committed support of Comrade Twitch. A clenched fist salute goes out to the comrade!

Those seeking to enlist in the program as a student or mentor are to write W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program, c/o John S. Dolley, Jr., P.O. Box 7907, Austin, Texas 78713.

We provide mentorship on a full scope of issues, such as developing critical thinking skills, providing alternatives to joining gangs and gang violence etc. Our Mission Statement is posted at http://sfbayview.com/2013/03/the-w-l-nolen-mentorship-program/.

For more information about the program, contact me at W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program, c/o Chairman KTA, P.O. Box 7907, Austin, Texas 78713.

Send our brother some love and light: Kijana Tashiri Askari (Marcus Harrison), H-54077, SATF C3-117L, P.O. Box 5246, Corcoran CA 93212.

New Beginnings at Kern Valley

By Kijana Tashiri Askari, Abdul Olugbala Shakur, and Joka Heshima Jinsai

November 23, 2015 [received Dec. 15, 2015]
Published on PHRM

After 20 plus years in Pelikkkan Bay’s torture chamber (e.g. “solitary confinement”) it feels good to be finaly released from that hell-hole! It is without question, that the culture of the Prison Industrial Slave Complex (e.g. “P.I.S.C.”) has definitely changed, from what it used to be when we were last on the mainline. In particular, the overall youthfulness of the prisoner class.

Thus, it goes without saying, that we have our work cut out for us, relative to re-building and developing a unified class of conscious prisoners.

The conditions are ripe for this type of transformation to become manifest. The seeds that we’re planting have yet to bear fruit. But we’re confident that this harvest season will produce on all levels, as all racial nationalities remain committed to enforcing/adhering to the Agreement to End Hostilities (A.E.H.).

However, we have an urgent matter on our hands!! Kern Valley Administrators are dragging their feet, relative to giving us jobs!! We, New Afrikans remain unemployed, and thus we need all of our P.H.R.M. Supporters (lawyers, activists, etc.) to make phone calls and send e-mails to the warden of this prison, and make sure we receive jobs as soon as possible!! We have already been idle in our cells for over 20+ years while being tortured in our cells in solitay confinement!

Our struggle continues!


For more info, contact us at:

Kijana Tashiri Askari

s/n M. Harrison #H54077

KVSP B2-101

P.O. Box 5102

Delano, CA 93216

Abdul Olugbala Shakur

s/n J. Harvey C48884

KVSP B2-117

P.O. Box 5102

Delano, CA 93216

J. Heshima Jinsai

s/n S. Denham J38283

KVSP B2-117

P.O. Box 5102

Delano, CA 93216

Prisoner Human Rights Movement

We can’t breathe! Thoughts on our Agreement to End Hostilities

by Kijani Tashiri Askari and Akili Castlin, July 25, 2015
In: http://sfbayview.com/2015/07/we-cant-breathe-thoughts-on-our-agreement-to-end-hostilities/ 

The Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary defines the word “hostility” as 1) a hostile state, condition or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness; 2) a hostile act; 3) Opposition or resistance to an idea, plan project, etc.; 4) acts of warfare; 5) war.

So our initial question to the people is: “What does hostility mean to you?” During the process of constructing our position on this issue, a wise man was asked his thoughts on our “Agreement to End Hostilities” (AEH) and he stated:

“The inclusion of the agreement to end race-based hostilities to our struggle against California’s solitary confinement policies represents a qualitative leap of the insight of all prison nationalities and unites us beyond the fight to free ourselves from CDCR’s torture units. Its promise may foreshadow the triumph of prisoners’ quests for full human recognition.”

It has been said that the average human being should be able to hold his breath under water for at least two minutes without suffering any injury to the brain. But imagine being forcibly held under water for 10 to 40-plus years straight, without being able to come up for air!

It is impossible to ignore the potential psychological trauma involved in this process. But, nonetheless, we prisoners have continued to struggle to come up for air, only to be repeatedly held down and forced back under water by the corrupt and powerful hands of the CDCR (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)!

WE CAN’T BREATHE!

History has always proven to be a viable guide to making qualitative assessments of where we have been and what lies ahead in the course of our struggle. Therefore, it is only appropriate that we highlight the essence of our human suffering with examples from our history in CDCR’s solitary confinement units.

In the 1960s, we prisoners were suffocating under the inhumane and deplorable conditions in Soledad’s O-Wing,[i] where prisoners were routinely placed in these strip, quiet cells amidst the foul stench of urine and human feces. In most instances, human waste laid bare on the floor for all to see.

And you could forget about the prison guards giving us anything to clean up the human waste, especially when you factor in how the prison guards wouldn’t give us toilet paper to wipe ourselves or flush our floor-based toilets on a regular basis, which could only be done by them. I mean, the prison guards wouldn’t even give us drinking water!

These contradictions brought about a rescue boat in the form of Jordan v. Fitzharris[ii]. But it did not contain any life preservers because no sooner had the federal court ruled these conditions to be unconstitutional, than CDCR refused to make any changes to improve the quality of life in O-Wing for the captive prisoner class.

WE CAN’T BREATHE!

Gradually, the Agreement to End Hostilities is spreading to the streets, spurred on by this celebration of the prisoners’ AEH held Oct. 10, 2012, the date it took effect. – Photo: Virginia Gutierrez
Gradually, the Agreement to End Hostilities is spreading to the streets, spurred on by this celebration of the prisoners’ AEH held Oct. 10, 2012, the date it took effect. – Photo: Virginia Gutierrez
In the 1970s, we prisoners were suffocating under the inhumane conditions of being deprived of outdoor exercise and access to natural sunlight. Our means of exercise consisted of being let out of our cells to occupy a space in front of it that was no bigger than a public sidewalk.

In Spain v. Procunier[iii], the court ruled these conditions to be unconstitutional and mandated that prisoners in solitary confinement receive at least 10 hours of outdoor exercise a week. But 36 years later, in 2015, Warden Holland of CCI Tehachapi has admitted that this prison is ill-equipped to meet the mandate of 10 hours of outdoor recreation. In other words “caged monkeys” in a zoo are receiving more outdoor exercise and natural sunlight than we do!

WE CAN’T BREATHE!

In the 1980s, we prisoners were suffocating under the deplorable and outright inhumane conditions at Old Folsom and San Quentin state prisons. These conditions consisted of extreme cold weather during winter months due to prison guards using their guns to shoot out the windows in the housing units.

Rat feces circulated throughout the plumbing system, meaning that the designated shower areas for prisoners were inclusive of this kind of filth! Once again, a rescue boat appeared on the horizon in the form of Toussaint v. McCarthy[iv], where the federal court attempted to take previous rescue efforts a step further by not only ruling these conditions to be unconstitutional but also issuing a “permanent injunction” mandating these conditions to be immediately changed!

However, instead of any changes coming about, CDCR surreptitiously transferred prisoners out of Old Folsom and San Quentin en masse to Tehachapi, DUI Tracy, Soledad State Prison etc., thus nullifying the injunction.

WE CAN’T BREATHE!

‘Rally to End All Racial Hostilities’ graphic by Youth Justice Coalition LA 101012In the 1990s, we witnessed the expansion and usage of solitary confinement units (e.g., “Supermax control units”) take flight, making CDCR’s population control objectives ever more apparent. Our suffocation was two-fold: On the one hand, a culture of police beatings (e.g., “excessive force”) was finally exposed to the public in Madrid v. Gomez[v], especially with the horror story of prisoner Vaughn Dortch, who was forced into a tub of boiling hot water. When he emerged, his skin fell off his body into a pile at his feet – what could be more barbaric? Prisoner Greg Dickerson was shot in the chest and stomach at point blank range in his cell with a 38 millimeter gas gun for the false claim he was non-cooperative with prison guards.

At the same time, prisoners were being forced to become informants for the state, in order to be released from solitary confinement via “the CDCR Inquisition” program. This practice was exposed as being an “underground policy” in Castillo v. Alameida[vi], because CDCR never promulgated it through the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to make it an actual policy.

The Castillo case also brought about the six-year inactive gang status reviews, which meant prisoners were led to believe we could be released from solitary confinement after six years. These reviews were a complete sham!

As we prisoners had absolutely no constitutional protections under this process, hardly any prisoners were released from SHU. But more importantly, this rescue boat was doomed from the time it left the docks, as it has now been revealed that Castillo is a pig collaborator, having become an informant for CDCR in the current class-action lawsuit of Ashker v. Brown, et. al.[vii], which has been mounted against the current conditions of solitary confinement.

WE CAN’T BREATHE!

It is through this spiral of development, that the AEH became manifest in October of 2012. So in reflecting upon our collective struggle – in being unable to breathe for over a half-century of pure torture – it is hard not to think of Eric Garner in the minutes right before his demise, when he uttered the words, “I CAN’T BREATHE!”

It is this reality that we prisoners remain confronted with when considering why we ended our hostilities – it amounts to freedom or death! It is every prisoner’s aspiration to be liberated from prison.

Our Agreement to End Hostilities puts us in a viable position for this to happen, especially when we consider how CDCR has routinely denied us parole for simply being interned to indefinite solitary confinement status as alleged gang members, without a single act of violence to support their position. This speaks to the importance and the manner in which every prisoner has honored and adhered to our AEH.

This is commendable on all fronts! Our exemplary conduct has made CDCR completely powerless over us, as we have successfully taken away the fodder that used to fuel their political rhetoric in labeling us the “worst of the worst.”

Our unity now qualitatively threatens the political, social and economic stability of CDCR, which is why their counter intelligence unit, Institutional Gang Investigations, or IGI, is issuing all of these bogus CDC-115 rule violation reports (RVRs) for promoting gang activity.

Our fortitude and resolve to continue to live in unity ensures that our demand to be liberated from prison will no longer fall on deaf ears! As power concedes nothing without a demand!

We now have the power to change the course of history with CDCR’s routine parole board denials, just as we have done in building a movement around abolishing all solitary confinement units. We must begin a similar process in mobilizing our families on this very issue.

Our unity now qualitatively threatens the political, social and economic stability of CDCR, which is why their counter intelligence unit, Institutional Gang Investigations, or IGI, is issuing all of these bogus CDC-115 rule violation reports (RVRs) for promoting gang activity.

But until then, “WE CAN’T BREATHE” must become our mantra going forward, as we prisoners refuse to ease up on the powers that be until every prisoner is able to breathe by being liberated from these prisons!

WE CAN’T BREATHE!

For more information, contact us at Kijana Tashiri Askari, s/n Marcus Harrison, H-54077, KVSP B2-101L, P.O. Box 5102, Delano, CA 93216; and Akili Castlin, J99402, [CSP-Centinela].

[i] To learn more about the conditions in Soledad’s O-Wing, read “The Melancholy History of Soledad Prison” by Min S. Yee; and also see the report of the Assembly Select Committee on Prison Reform and Rehabilitation: “Administrative Segregation in California’s Prisons” from the 1960s.

[ii] The court ruled the conditions in Soledad’s O-Wing unconstitutional in Jordan v. Fitzharris, 257 F.Supp. 674, 682-83 (N.D. Cal. 1966).

[iii] The mandate of 10 hours of outdoor exercise was established in Spain v. Procunier, 600 F.2d. 189, 199 (9th Cir. 1979).

[iv] The living conditions at Old Folsom and San Quentin state prisons were found to be unconstitutional in Toussaint v. McCarthy, 801 F.2d. 1080 (9th Cir. 1986).

[v] A culture of police terror was revealed in Madrid v. Gomez, 889 F.Supp. 1146, 1162, 1167 (N.D. Cal. 1995).

[vi] Sham inactive gang status reviews were conducted every six years per Castillo v. Alameida, et. al., Case No. C-94-2847.

[vii] Ashker v. Brown, et. al., Case No. C-09-5796-CW, is a class-action lawsuit that has been mounted to challenge the torturous conditions of solitary confinement and can be downloaded at http://www.cand.uscourts.gov.

My safari from Pelikkkan Bay

by Kijana Tashiri Askari, February 27, 2015
From: http://sfbayview.com/2015/02/my-safari-from-pelikkkan-bay/
On Jan. 29, 2015, my travels began with a wakeup call at 2:30 a.m. I was told by the first watch unit officer to be ready in 30 minutes. Myself and a total of 17 prisoners were all rounded up like chattel slaves and placed in the SHU’s C-Facility visiting room holding cells ‘til we boarded the bus at 6 a.m.
As the prisoners leave Pelican Bay State Prison, they probably catch a glimpse of the town it lies in, Crescent City. Not ugly and barren like the prison, it was a pretty little fishing and logging town before it became a prison town. This view of the town is from the picturesque lighthouse just offshore.
In hitting the highway, my sensibilities immediately went through the whirlwind cycle of “shock and awe” via the vivid reminder of what freedom used to entail. I mean, think about it: We’re talking about 20 years of being entombed in Pelikkkan Bay’s torture chambers, without any environmental stimulation or human contact!
So just imagine how my senses voraciously feasted upon the sight of cows and horses parlaying in the open fields, the sight of the ocean’s waters roaring and brushing up against the elements of Motha Earth, the sight of enormous mountains and trees, along with green grass and birds flying in the clear blue sky – as free as they wanna be! The sight of social activity, seeing other human beings exercising, walking, driving their cars and doing everything they wanted to do – simply because they were free!
To my surprise, it got better. We had a one-hour layover at San Quentin, and times definitely have changed since I was last there in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. San Quentin’s lower yard now has tennis courts?! And they’ve completely remodeled the Receiving and Release (R&R) Building.
As we left San Quentin, I was reminded of the old saying that “some gifts just keep on giving.” I was able to take in the sights of the historic landmarks of the new Bay Bridge extensions, the BART train and parts of my hometown, in West Oakland, California, via the West MacArthur maze freeway.
While not a religious person, I thought I had died and gone to heaven – because as a person serving a life sentence, I never would’ve believed that the good fortune of seeing home would come to fruition in my lifetime … ever again.
In hitting the highway, my sensibilities immediately went through the whirlwind cycle of “shock and awe” via the vivid reminder of what freedom used to entail. I mean, think about it: We’re talking about 20 years of being entombed in Pelikkkan Bay’s torture chambers, without any environmental stimulation or human contact!
The safari from Pelikkkan Bay continued. While awaiting transfer to Corcoran SHU on Step 4 of the Step Down Program (SDP), we were held in the Ad-Seg Unit at DVI-Tracy State Prison – the “slave kamp” – via the now standard week long layover.
The only good things about DVI-Tracy were: 1) The food is prepared with seasoning and tastes a whole lot better, and they still issue real jelly and syrup, unlike Pelikkkan Bay; 2) You finally see prison guards of color – Afrikans and Mexicans – who treat you fairly decent; and 3) They’ve upgraded the R&R holding cell area with top of the line flat screen TVs where they showed us quality “grown folk” movies that just came out. That is a complete 360 from the kindergarten flicks shown at Pelikkkan Bay.
However, the living conditions in the Ad-Seg Unit (L-Wing) cells is outright deplorable – filthy and disgusting. The sinks are broken with holes in them, and the drinking water is brown! It’s like drinking water from a water hole in an underdeveloped country.
And you know that the water has been compromised, when the prison guards are walking around with bottles of drinking water for themselves and when your soap doesn’t even lather up during showers. Every environmental water agency needs to be notified about this so that it can be investigated and corrected ASAP. There is no telling what level of contaminants these prisoners are being forced to drink.
On Feb. 3, 2015, we were back on the road, and for the first time in 20 years, I had the pleasure of seeing the sunrise! The script couldn’t have played out any better, until the rude awakening of my arrival to the Corcoran slave plantation, my new internment kamp for the next foreseeable years, via indefinite SHU status.
For the first time in 20 years, I had the pleasure of seeing the sunrise!
Unfortunately, we had a New Afrikan of the Damu tribe lose his discipline, as he fell for the fascist antics of the Corcoran welcoming committee who greet you upon exiting the bus, where they intentionally roughhouse you to try to provoke a “reaction.”
As I approached the stairs to exit the bus, I was immediately identified by Sgt. A.R. Perez, who told me I would be going to 4B1L, the validated prison gang housing unit. But for reasons unknown, I’m currently housed in 4A4L, a unit for informants and debriefers, which is a typical Cointelpro tactic, aimed at neutralizing and isolating all committed revolutionaries. Upon my relentless protest, I have since been rehoused.
Our struggle continues!

Pelican Bay: Campaigns against torture and censorship unite to end dehumanization

by Kijana Tashiri Askari, June 4, 2013
In: http://sfbayview.com/2013/06/pelican-bay-campaigns-against-torture-and-censorship-unite-to-end-dehumanization/
The Pelican Bay Human Rights Movement First Amendment Campaign stands in solidarity with the Stop the Torture Campaign, as our goals and objectives are mutual. We aim to eliminate torture in all of its many forms.
In 2006, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) created a Communications Management Unit (CMU) at Pelican Bay State Prison that literally reinforces their totalitarian rule by dehumanizing prisoners through the following methods of desocialization:
Being placed on mail and visiting restrictions based upon innocuous activity.
Being prohibited from talking to another prisoner, as all forms of communication are considered gang related.
Being prohibited from studying, reading and writing about our political, social and cultural history.
Being coerced to speak only in the English language as all other languages are deemed gang-related.
Keeping New Afrikan Black prisoners housed in isolation from each other.
Intimidating our family and members of the community to stop writing to us by sending them arbitrary notices of being involved in gang activity by writing to us.
These six social deprivations amount to torture! Key to human survival is our ability to socially interact with one another, as the lack of such activity is known to cause trauma to the brain.
We’re looking for community volunteers and sponsors to come join forces with us to learn how you can support the First Amendment Campaign and the Stop the Torture Campaign. Please log onto http://www.stoptortureca.org or contact us to request a copy of our mission statements. Write to Kijana Tashiri Askari.
As many in the captive community are aware, CDCR’s IGI intelligence agents at PBSP have launched an armed propaganda campaign against the SF Bay View newspaper by subjugating it to fascist censorship during the months of January, March, April and now May of 2013 for the sole act of our sistas and brothas supporting our human rights struggle.
This is in spite of a Notice Regarding CDCR Mail Policies signed by Attorney General Kamala Harris citing a statement by CDCR Senior Attorney Julie Sobel “to reaffirm that only mail which is an imminent threat to the safety and security of an institution should be confiscated.”
This notice was issued June 19, 2012, in my case, Harrison v. IGI, following a meeting of “officials from CDCR’s Division of Adult Institutions” and Sobel, represented by the AG’s office, “to discuss the Department’s mail policies. During the meeting, the DAI officials were informed of the various lawsuits that have been initiated by inmates following the confiscation of mail by prison staff. While the meeting’s participants agreed that the Department’s mail policies are appropriate, the DAI officials were told that the manner in which staff at some prisons have been implementing those policies has generated a significant amount of litigation in recent years.”
The Pelican Bay Human Rights Movement First Amendment Campaign is requesting that all mail stops for the Bay View, Prison Focus and The Rock be sent to attorney Carol Strickman at the address herein so that they can be documented for possible litigation. Thank You.
Stop the torture!

The W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program

Published in: SF Bayview, March 26, 2013
by Kíjana Tashiri Askari, Baridi Yero and Yafeu Iyapo

“To enable the people of the community to have an intelligent or informed opinion about matters of importance, the principal role of leaders is to study and to institute studies upon the basis of which plans are developed.” – from “The Destruction of Black Civilization,” Page 357, by Chancellor Williams

Mission Statement

The W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program (WLNMP) is a community-based pen pal service that has been constructed in order to provide the people of our communities with an opportunity to connect with and engage the current class and generation of New Afrikan Black Revolutionaries on several fronts. There are many within our communities who have unfortunately succumbed to an incorrect level of understanding, that the New Afrikan Black Liberation Movement, as it once was constructed under the tutelage and guidance of such beautiful and courageous New Afrikan Black brothas as W.L. Nolen, William Christmas, James McClain, Cleveland Edwards, Alvin “Sweet Jugs” Miller, Jeffrey “Khatari” Gaulden, Comrade George Jackson and countless others was somehow ended when these brothas were murdered by the fascist goons of this police state!

There is an urgent need for this level of false consciousness to be corrected to accurately reflect the New Afrikan Black Liberation movement as it existed in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It is still being propagated by today’s class of New Afrikan Black Revolutionaries, as predicated upon the continuum of the same ideological struggle of New Afrikan Revolutionary Nationalism (NARN). That struggle entails resisting the litany of human rights abuses, such as genocide, that are based upon systemic cultural deprivation and social isolation; torture by way of indefinite solitary confinement; institutional racism; police brutality; arbitrary parole board denials; inadequate food and nutrition; inadequate medical and mental health care; being deprived of our First Amendment freedoms of speech, expression and association; and falsely labeling prisoners as gang members.
Objectives

The W.L. Nolan Mentorship Program will serve as a medium to negate the level of false consciousness amongst the people by providing the people with a correct understanding of the New Afrikan Black Liberation Movement via the social principles of “Each One Teach One,” which is our communal, cooperative work, where the people will have the opportunity to educate themselves on various issues by corresponding with New Afrikan Black Revolutionaries.

For those individuals who are not familiar with the social concept of “Each One Teach One,” it essentially entails replacing “individualism” with “collectivism,” where the problems of the individual become the problems of the community. By speaking with one voice via our collective struggles of unified activity that is geared towards finding and developing community-based solutions, we will protect the health of our communities.

“Each One Teach One” essentially entails replacing “individualism” with “collectivism,” where the problems of the individual become the problems of the community.

Hence, participants of the WLNMP are encouraged to discuss and write about any personal issue that they may need mentorship with, as we New Afrikan Black Revolutionaries can provide tutelage and guidance in the following areas:
1) violence prevention and intervention;
2) developing critical thinking skills;
3) cultural tolerance and sensitivity;
4) alternatives to joining gangs;
5) support for single mothas;
6) economic empowerment;
7) how to overcome alcohol and drug addiction;
8) domestic violence conflict resolution;
9) avoiding negative peer pressure; and
10) providing tools to help develop community responsibility and awareness.

A study guide will be provided to the people as a part of the WLNMP so the people will have the opportunity to raise their level of understanding of the New Afrikan Black Liberation movement as it is presently constructed in today’s slave kamps (prisons) to thus uproot the materialism of false consciousness amongst the people. The issue of being right or wrong, as it pertains to the material in the study guide, is of no real significance, as freedom is a constant struggle!
But, my people, it is imperative to understand, that the WLNMP can only be sustained by each correspondent being willing to donate and contribute stamps and writing paper as a part of their participation and correspondence, as this is the only way that communication can be maintained. We’re only allowed to have up to 40 stamps or embossed envelopes and a total of 500 sheets of writing paper sent to us per each mailing. However, any amount – e.g., 5 to 10 stamps or embossed envelopes and 50 sheets of writing paper – that is sent will be definitely appreciated, as it will go a long way towards achieving the objectives herein.

Participants will be required to fill out the WLNMP application so that your progress and completion of the program can be properly documented with a certificate of achievement and extra credits if you’re a person in school.

And on that note, all power to the people who do not fear real freedom!

Educate to Liberate!

Kijana Tashiri Askari, s/n M. Harrison, H-54077
Yafeu Iyapo, s/n L. Alexander, B-72288
Baridi Yero, s/n J. Williamson, D-34288

To the contrary, George Jackson was never a prison gang member

by Kijani Tashiri Askari, August 20, 2012
In: http://sfbayview.com/2012/08/to-the-contrary-george-jackson-was-never-a-prison-gang-member/
No investigation, no right to speak. – Chairman Mao Tse Tung
As revolutionaries, it is our duty to come to the aid of all oppressed people – in particular, when the people are incapable of helping themselves. Hence, I am now compelled to come to the aid of our fellow New Afrikan Black sistas and brothas, who now find themselves in the cross-hairs of this fascist police state by virtue of its many apparatuses.
In the May 2012 issue of the SF Bay View newspaper, it was revealed in an article called “Federal Judge Sanctions Confiscation of Inmate’s Book” by David L. Hudson Jr., that U.S. District Court Judge Carolyn K. Delaney, for the Eastern District Court, arbitrarily concluded that George Jackson was a BGF (Black Guerilla Family) prison gang member, based upon the court’s deference to prison officials’ alleged judgment.
In reading this article, I was reminded of what V.I. Lenin once stated:
“A coercive force that secures the interests of the ruling class and Antonio Gramsci’s conception of the role of civil society together create, maintain and reinforce hegemonic notions of criminality. In defining and re-defining what constitutes a criminal, criminal activity and safety, the state gains both legitimacy and active support for its repression from the majority in the interest of a dominant minority. The state is able to exert dominance not only by coercion, but also by making its laws and definitions of criminality seem commonsensical.” – from “State and Revolution” by V.I. Lenin.
Contrary to Judge Delaney’s summary judgment motion ruling in Michael Hawkins v. Scott Russell, et al. (2012), U.S. Dist. Lexis 41158, dated March 26, 2012, I was able to prove that George Jackson was never a BGF prison gang member, as predicated upon Pelican Bay State Prison’s own prison gang specialist and expert Devan Hawkes. Hawkes gave sworn court testimony during an evidentiary hearing on June 15, 2005, in the Del Norte County Superior Court in a legal case of mine, Marcus L. Harrison v. Pelican Bay State Prison: These are excerpts from the court transcript:
Judge William H. Follett: “Mr. Kossick, I’m not cognizant of that. So I’d like to hear more. I mean from day one I’ve indicated I don’t see how the institution can simply say having a print of George Jackson is a link – is enough to invalidate or to ban all the material that’s included with that. And I think I indicated in my request for informal response that I’ve seen hundreds of pictures of George Jackson over the years in magazines and newspapers and television and everything else” (page 95).
“And are we going to ban all newspapers because they have a photograph of George Jackson? I think clearly the answer to that is no. I appreciated correctional counselor Hawkes’ testimony that frequently apparently pictures – inmates are allowed to have pictures of George Jackson (page 95). …
As revolutionaries, it is our duty to come to the aid of all oppressed people – in particular, when the people are incapable of helping themselves.
“Well, I’m not concerned about George Jackson. I’m taking the argument of the institution was that George Jackson, per se, ought to be banned. I heard today from Mr. Hawkes. He is not banned per se. And he certainly is not a member of BGF, although I understand he was the founder of the movement” (page 97).
It is to no fault of the young New Afrikan Black sistas and brothas of our communities who are unaware of our cultural history, as CDCR state operatives have intentionally devised and instituted a mechanism of social control that entails housing all revolutionaries in indefinite solitary confinement, so that we would be isolated from the masses, which has neutralized our ability to effectively teach our fellow New Afrikans our true history in relation to this corrupt empire, the U.$. government.
CDCR state operatives have enjoyed a free rein in contaminating and criminalizing the history of New Afrikan Black people. The practice of housing revolutionaries in indefinite solitary confinement became manifest in 1971, as a result of the San Quentin State Prison slave rebellion, which can be easily verified in Spain v. Procunior, 408 F.Supp. 534 (N.D.Cal. 1976).
The prison gang validation phenomenon didn’t come about until the early 1980s, as is evident in Toussaint v. McCarthy (597 F.Supp. 1388 (N.D.Cal. 1984), meaning it is absolutely impossible for George Jackson to have been validated as a BGF prison gang member, as CDCR state operatives murdered George Jackson on Aug. 21, 1971, at San Quentin State Prison, when the prison gang validation process was non-existent.
CDCR state operatives have intentionally devised and instituted a mechanism of social control that entails housing all revolutionaries in indefinite solitary confinement, so that we would be isolated from the masses, which has neutralized our ability to effectively teach our fellow New Afrikans our true history.
The May 2012 SF Bay View newspaper article fails to mention a crucial legal fact: The courts have ruled:
“We must distinguish between evidence of disputed facts and disputed matters of professional judgment. In respect to the latter, our inferences must accord deference to the views of prison authorities (Overton, supra). Unless a prisoner can point to sufficient evidence regarding such issues of judgment to allow him to prevail on the merits, he cannot prevail at the summary judgment stage” (see Beard v. Banks, 548 U.S. 521 (2006).
The court ruling in my legal case qualifies as substantive evidence to negate the court’s discretion in deferring to these fascist prison guards’ so-called professional judgment as to who George Jackson really is! U.S. District Court Judge Carolyn Delaney also referenced another legal case of mine, Harrison v. Milligan, Case No. C-09-4665-SI, 2011 U.S. Dist. Lexis 107073 (N.D. Cal., Sept. 21, 2011) per. In her ruling in Hawkins v. Russell, she incorrectly pointed out alleged undisputed facts about the history of the BGF, as those issues are still under review, per a motion for reconsideration of judgment that I filed on April 5, 2012, which can be viewed at http://www.cand.uscourts.gov.
Here are some additional legal cases that fundamentally speak to our freedom to associate with ideas and individuals:
Noto v. United States, 367 U.S. 290 (1961)
Baraldini v. Meese, 691 F.Supp. 432 (1988)
Baraldini v. Thornburgh, 884 F.2d 615 (D.C. Cir 1989)
I’m more than willing to make this entire legal court transcript of mine available to community. So if there are any committed human rights attorneys who are willing to help us publicize the truth, then please feel free to contact me.

Kijana Tashiri Askari
s/n Marcus Harrison H54077
KVSP B2-101L
P.O. Box 5102
Delano, CA 93216

The struggle continues: A message of love and appreciation

by Kijana Tashiri Askari

In: SF Bay View, March 12, 2012
“What you and I need to do is learn to forget our differences. … 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.” – Malcolm X, “Message to the Grassroots,” Oct. 10, 1963

Foremost I would like to extend my revolutionary love and give a revolutionary salute to all of the people of the free communities who stood in solidarity with the Pelican Bay human rights movement that became manifest through the course of the hunger strikes, as our ability to struggle and expose the contradictions of state-sanctioned torture that we have been subjected to for the past 10 to 40-plus years would have been impossible to do without the support of the people. So I would like to thank you all!

But for those who are not familiar with the historical materialism of our legacy of struggle that entails a continuum of resistance against the subjugation of U.$. colonial slavery that is perpetrated under the cloak of U.$. imperialism, the Pelican Bay human rights movement, and thus the hunger strike, is an outgrowth of this phenomenon as we collectively stand on the shoulders of those courageous New Afrikan Black sistas and brothas like Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, Sojourner Truth, Denmark Vessey, Assata Shakur, Frederick Douglass, Betty Shabazz, Gabriel Prosser, Ida B. Wells, George Jackson, Angela Davis, W.L. Nolen, Dessie Woods, Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter, Elaine Brown and Marcus Garvey, just to name a few.

All of these New Afrikan Black sistas and brothas have paved the way for us via their fearless and committed struggle against our oppressors that constituted an unrelenting fight to protect our human rights, while ultimately pursuing the objective of total liberation of all oppressed people, meaning that the hunger strike and in addition to the Pelican Bay human rights movement were not mere aberrations that just appeared out of nowhere.

An example of this truth is echoed by the New Afrikan Black historian and author Herbert Aptheker. In the foreword to the 40th anniversary edition of Aptheker’s classic, “The American Negro Slave Revolts,” John Bracey writes: “From personal experience, I can testify that ‘American Negro Slave Revolts’ made a tremendous impact on those of us in the civil rights and Black liberation movements. It was the single most effective antidote to the poisonous ideas that Blacks had not a history of struggle or that such struggle took the forms of legal action or nonviolent protest.” Understanding people like Denmark Vessey, Nat Turner and William Lloyd Garrison provides us with a link to our past that few ever thought existed.

I am a New Afrikan Black political prisoner and a class representative of the Pelican Bay Human Rights Movement by way of the recent hunger strikes that just took place throughout the prison industrial slave kamps in the state of California and abroad. In August 1994, I was placed in the cross-hairs of the state, as a brotha was commemorating the cultural and historical legacy of my New Afrikan Black ancestors, which entails the redemption and the liberation of all oppressed people from the subjugation of U.$. colonial slavery.

I was abducted from the general population mainline under the false premise that I was organizing prisoners for purposes of carrying forth a physical assault in the spirit of Black August. I was never charged or convicted on this bogus charge! But, nonetheless, 18 years later, I remain confined in their “mad-scientist”-like torture chambers as an alleged prison gang member solely because I refuse to become an informant for the state!

The manner in which these fascist prison guards targeted and labeled me as a prison gang member speaks to the systemic phenomenon as to how the entire class of New Afrikan Black prisoners within the system of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is being targeted and labeled as prison gang members via the criminalization of our cultural history for the sole purpose of being relegated to indefinite solitary confinement status in the SHU.

The motivation behind this is simple, as it literally amounts to corporate greed for profit, as it costs taxpayers approximately $80,000 for the housing of each prisoner in the SHU, whereas it costs taxpayers approximately $50,000 to house us prisoners on a general population mainline. Therefore it is within the socio-economic interests of these fascist prison guards of CDCR as operatives of the state to sensationalize crime from the perspective of labeling us as prison gang members, which as a consequence also constitutes the economic exploitation of the people in the free communities, via this “bogey-man” theory of crime. So should you, the people, continue to allow this contradiction to be manifest, when already confronted with the worst economic recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s?

The courts have even ruled that “Black August does not promote violence and that PBSP-CDCR officials have been utilizing a race-based approach to say that our cultural history is gang related.” See Harrison v. I.G.I., Case No. C-07-3824-SI, dated Feb. 22, 2010, by logging onto www.cand.uscourts.gov. Note that although this case was settled on Jan. 13, 2011, the particulars of forthcoming changes are still being worked out.

You may also obtain a copy of the Feb. 22, 2010, court ruling and the original complaint that was filed in this case by contacting Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Attn: Ms. Carol Strickman, 1540 Market St., Suite 490, San Francisco, CA 94102, www.prisonerswithchildren.org, (415) 255-7036.

The fact that racism is instrumental in validating New Afrikan Black prisoners as prison gang members is critical as it speaks to the materialism of McCarthyism, in which the Communists were labeled and persecuted as criminals in a similar witch hunt. But more importantly, this practice violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states:
“Article 2. Everyone 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 opinion, 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 of sovereignty.”

“Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.”

So now that the elephant in the room has finally been exposed, it is imperative to understand that our struggle to ultimately uproot the practice of state-sanctioned torture is just beginning! And therefore the support of the people is still needed by way of applying pressure upon your local legislators and politicians by becoming vocal and demanding that they change the laws that legalize the current practices of state-sanctioned torture upon your fellow domestic citizens.

This task can be accomplished by organizing a community-based phone tree and letter writing campaign in which round-the-clock phone calls and letters are made and sent to your local legislators and politicians. Here is a brief listing of individuals who need to hear from you:

• Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, State Capitol Building, Room 4005, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 319-2013

• CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate, 1515 S St., Suite 330, Sacramento, CA 95811, (916) 323-6001

• Gov. Edmund G. Brown, State Capitol Building, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 446-2841

• Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, State Capitol Building, Suite 4126, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 319-2013

• Assemblyman Warren Furutani, State Capitol Building, Suite 3126, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 319-2013

Freedom is a constant struggle.

For more information, contact me at Kijana Tashiri Askari, s/n Marcus Harrison, H-54077, D3-133 SHU, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City, CA 95531, http://www.myspace.com/dare2struggle or email Tashiri@gmail.com. (Editor’s note: California prisoners have no access to email or the internet, but a supporter of Tashiri will print out messages to his email address and mail them to him.)

A Survivor’s Manual for Solitary Confinement: From Self-Destruction to the Reconstruction of Self

My Path to Redemption

By Kijana Tashiri Askari
2011

“Prisons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings.”
– Angela Davis

I’ve been in prison for the past 20 years, 17 of which has been consecutively spent in the security housing unit (e.g. “the SHU”) which is a euphemism for solitary confinement. However, 20 years prior to my current incarceration, I had also served previous stints in prison, amidst several stints in and out of juvenile hall and the California Youth Authority (CYA). Essentially, a Brotha had embarked upon a path of self-destruction, through the multitude of crimes that I was committing in the community, which were largely against the people of the community and their property.

But it wasn’t until the year of 1991/1992, while a Brotha was housed in administrative segregation (e.g. “solitary confinement”) for a manufacturing weapons charge, is when I finally had a serious talk with myself and said: “Self, what is wrong with this picture?”

Because here we are, with the gear shift stuck in neutral, and we’re not making any real progress, with regards to doing or achieving anything of real significance with our lives. And from the look of things, matters will not be getting any better, no time soon, as I was no longer armed with the ability to act upon my negative emotional impulses, as my physical being had been restricted in practically every extreme, due to one’s isolated confines.

So during the course of introspecting self, I had to honestly ask: “Self, what benefit, if any, would we have in continuing down this path of self-destruction?” As the solace of my solitude in solitary confinement now enabled me to realize, that my self-destructive ways were only creating a negative burden upon myself from the perspective of harming and preying upon the communities via committing acts of senseless crime/violence on the community, that perpetuated a “domino effect” upon the people and their families within our community. Because up until that point in my life, I had lacked a complete and true understanding, that prisons were an extension of every poor community within the free societies of the world. But what actually formulates the construct of a community? A community is defined as:

“A social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common political background, and/or cultural and historical heritage.”

Thus affirming, that to harm my community is to harm myself.

So it was right there, during the year of 1991/1992, where I said: “Self, we cannot live like this anymore, as I know that life has got to have more to offer, than all of the negativities that we have experienced/endured thus far.”

Hence, the origins of my path to redemption via the reconstruction of my self-destructive ways, as I’ve now caught a glimpse of my true humanity. How to go about this redemption process was a whole different story in and of itself. So I had to first find out, what does redemption mean, so that I could constitute the application of redemption within my day to day endeavors, to thus manifest a concrete example of redemption. Redemption is defined as:

“The salvation of, and the atonement for, guilt; to make amends for; or to make up for.”

Being that it was I, as an individual who was literally terrorizing the community and the people that lived in them, the path of redemption had to start and begin with me, from the perspective of community healing, building and restoration; meaning, that I had to seriously change my attitude, values and the way that I thought and viewed matters, to thus effectuate change in my behavior as it pertains to being a productive member in the community.

Shortly thereafter, I was then released from administrative segregation, and was placed back into the general population mainline at New Folsom state prison, where my path to redemption continued. It didn’t take long for my captors, and their crew of counter-intelligence agents, to now recognize my political transition into a revolutionary, albeit I was still in the embryo stage of development. But nonetheless, in August of 1994, as a Brotha was commemorating my ancestor’s historical legacy of struggle against U.$ imperialism, I was abducted from the mainline under the façade of me organizing prisoners to commit a physical assault upon unidentified prisoners, which subsequently lead me to being relegated to indeterminate SHU status, as an alleged prison gang member.

Once I was sent to the SHU, my path of redemption continued, via the on-going transformation of uprooting the negative weeds of self-destruction that had been planted in my mind and thus my actions. Hence, it was also necessary for me to start re-harvesting my mind with a crop of new ideas, because truthfully speaking, you are what you think and believe in. So I began to study and read, any and all books, newspapers, magazines, etc. that I could get my hands on.

In solitary confinement, we’re not provided with any community-based material resources, so I made it my business to constructively utilize any and all community contacts that I had, such as family/friends, in order to negate this void and aid my transition to new redemptive heights. When asking my family/friends to send me money for canteen, I would make the necessary sacrifices by not putting in for a full canteen draw, so that I would always have money to buy books, newspapers, or magazines with, or I would ask my family/friends to use a portion of the money that they intended to send me, to instead buy me some reading materials, so as to keep the mind stimulated with new and positive ideas. Because it didn’t take long before I realized that access to information is the crucible that sustains/nurtures our humanity, and thus empowers us as individuals. Because knowledge is power!

Hence, my humanity was further redeemed/restored as I elevated my state of consciousness through the reading of books like:

A Taste of Power, by Elaine Brown
Women, Race and Class, by Angela Davis
The Spirit of Man, by Iyanla Vanzant
The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, by Amy Jacques Garvey.
The Destruction of The Black Civilization, by Chancellor Williams
Vision for Black Men, by Na’im Akbar
The African Origin of Civilization, by Cheikh A. Diop
The mis-Education of the Negro, by Carter G. Woodson
Black Men; Obsolete, Single, Dangerous, by Haki R. Madhubuti
The Wretched of the Earth, by Frantz Fanon

Just to name a few. These beautiful New Afrikan Black Sistas/Brothas, shined a ray of light on the historical materialism, as to the atrocities, that the U.$. imperialists were, and remain committing against the Nation of New Afrikan Black People, which only reaffirmed my commitment in serving and aiding all oppressed people.

Pursuant to Penal Code Sections 2600 and 2601, we prisoners are allowed to share reading materials with one another, and I would encourage this practice, as it gives you access to more positive information and allows you to build upon a sense of community in your locality, with and in addition to, the possibility of sharing and developing positive ideas with each other from this practice. But in addition to this, the newspapers / magazines also gave me another medium, as to how to stay connected to the community, to thus negate my isolation from being held in solitary confinement (e.g. “the SHU”), as the newspapers / magazines contain information / addresses about various community resources, events, organizations and programs that I was now able to reach out to and get involved with.

Through initiating and developing the necessary discipline, character and resolve so as to remain steadfast/committed to the practice of studying and reading any and all books, newspapers, magazines, etc. that I could get my hands on, I was then able to discover a new found ability to write about all of the things that I had been reading and studying. In other words, one constructive outlet repeated another medium for me to not only sustain my humanity, but to also express my humanity, while relegated to indefinite solitary confinement status. And before you knew it, I no longer had the time or desire to either think, act or behave in a negative and self-destructive manner, as my thoughts were, and remain, focused on the positive reconstruction of self via my path to redemption.

There is a positive to every negative, but the individual just has to take the time to identify the positive in every perceived negative situation, because the negative only exists when you allow it to. You always have the option of turning sour lemons in to lemonade by disciplining yourself to the practice of reading, writing and studying, as it gives you a real purpose; allows you to use your inner creativity; it redefines your faith in self, so that you can become a better person in the interest of the community; as every process of change starts with the individual and thus the community. It also gives you a new self-determination that would enable you to help save/rebuild our communities that we once took part in terrorizing through our self-destructive ways; and it also provides you with several additional principle variables of character building, which you may not have been aware of prior to this transition.

Our struggle for New Afrikan Black Liberation must be defined and constructed under qualitatively developed principles, that will ensure/sustain our propagated existence, as a nation of New Afrikan Black People that are struggling for real freedom!! Here is a core listing of principles that we must continue to build upon and utilize as our guide, so that our ultimate goal of real freedom is achieved:

* Our goal is to unify ourselves politically, socially and culturally, economically, etc. and to maintain unity from this perspective, through the re-construction of our family and community values.

* Our self-determination is our ability to define our propagated existence for the sole purpose of redeeming ourselves and thus our communities.

* Our goal is to establish a mode of collective work and responsibility in our communities, by functioning as a collective body with one voice, and to thus make the problems of each Sista/Brotha in our community our problem, so that we can work together as a community by finding/developing community based solutions for our problems.

* Our goal as a community, is to establish a functional model of cooperative economics, which entails pooling our resources together, so that we can build our own institutions of business and thereby shop at, and buy from, our own stores, food markets, etc.

* Our purpose is to make our collective vocation the building of our community, to restore our humanity back to traditional greatness, and to create a social climate where each member of the community can consciously contribute to the rebuilding of our community. Our inner creativity is to do as much as we can to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it, which will test and enhance our creativity.

* Our faith is to believe with our hearts that our every action will be a manifestation of righteousness, which will be guided by our humanity and love for the people in our community.

Here are a few questions to test and advance your understanding on the materialism of what you just read in this pamphlet. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, as Freedom Is A Constant Struggle!!

1. What does Unity mean to you?
2. What have you determined yourself to do or become?
3. What does Community mean to you?
4. What does Redemption mean to you?
5. How can you redeem yourself for the sake of redeeming your community?
6. What is your purpose in life?
7. Who or what do you have faith in?
8. Have you identified your inner creative self yet? If so, what is it? And how can you apply it?


For additional reading of my pamphlets and initiatives, you may write to:

South Chicago ABC Zine Distro
C/o Anthony Rayson
P.O. Box 721
Homewood, IL 60430

Ask for the following pamphlets and initiatives:
– The Series, Volumes # 1-4
– Evidence of Corruption, Genocide and Neo-Colonialism
– The New Afrikan Anti-Alcohol Initiative 101
– New Afrikan Physical Fitness 101
– The New Afrikan Domestic Crisis Intervention


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Chief Administrator: Ms. Hannah Bastienne

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Midwest Regional Facilitator/Coordinator:

South Chicago ABC Zine Distro
C/o Anthony Rayson
P.O. Box 721
Homewood, IL 60430
Southern California Facilitator/Coordinator:

University of California Riverside
Dylan Rodriguez
Ethnic Studies Department, #3602 – HMNSS
Riverside, CA 92521
Northern California Facilitator/Coordinator:

Legal Services for Prisoners With Children
Carol Strickman
1540 Market Street, Suite 490
San Francisco, CA 94102
For more information, contact me at:

Kijana Tashiri Askari
s/n Marcus Harrison H54077
KVSP B2-101L
P.O. Box 5102
Delano, CA 93216

The Struggle Continues !!!
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