We, the class of new afrikan black prisoners that is being held captive in the S.H.U (security Housing Unit) at Pelican Bay State Prison, in the state of California, is currently being placed under siege and arbitrarily persecuted for our political beliefs.
The means of political persecution that we all new afrikan black prisoners in being subjected to, is being perpetrated on multiple fronts by our kaptors, such as:
1) The continued infringement upon our 1st amendment right to the freedom of political expression and political activity;
2) The continued criminalization of our political beliefs/viewpoints as allegedly being the expressed activity of promoting gang and criminal activity in the interest of a particular prison gang. These fascist pigs have been relentless in this area, in spite of the fact, that time after time, it has been proven that the content of the ideological political benefits expressed thereof, is not advocating any form of violence or criminal activity;
3) Subjecting us new afrikan black prisoners to round da’ clock cell searches, to where any and all new afrikan revolutionary reading material (books/writings) is arbitrarily confiscated. In particular , as it relates to materials that identifies with the ideological principles of N.A.R.N (new afrikan revolutionary nationalism) or the honorable and beloved comrade George Jackson;
4) The confiscation of our out going/in coming mail that also advocates the ideological principles of our fallen comrade George Jackson i.e. “N.A.R.N.”; and
5) The accumulative effect from these subversive practices is that, the material is then used against us, in order to substantiate their arbitrary decision to keep us new afrikan black prisoners held indefinitely in the S.H.U.
These fascist practices are continuing, with no means to an end in sight! And this is in spite of the fact, that there has been several court rulings rendered forth in our favor, to where the courts have consistently stated; that George Jackson, and the ideological political beliefs of George Jackson do not constitute a material basis for a prisoner being involved in the promotion of criminal and gang activities as these fascist pigs is continuing to allege. The most recent court ruling, in which I was personally involved in, was rendered forth on June 15, 2005 by the Del Norte County Superior court, case no: HCPB 04 5054.
The basis of litigation centered around the fact of: “Pelican Bay State Prison officials had arbitrarily confiscated an in coming mail package that was being sent in to me from Santa Rosa Junior College (prisonwriting.com). The in coming mail package contained a political science study manual that was put together by the personnel of “George Jackson University”. I was given the following reasons as to why the incoming mail package was being disallowed:
1) The political science study manual contained the names of several validated prison gang members;
2) Prison officials had deemed the address that the incoming mail package was being sent from to be a prison gang mail box;
3) They had identified comrade George Jackson as being a prison gang member, in light if a photograph of George Jackson that was featured on the political science study manual. Prison officials went on to cite the following citations and provisions of the California code of regulations, as a basis to justify their confiscation of my in coming mail. In re: C.C.R title 15 sections 83006 (c.)(16.); 83023(A.); 83136 (A.).
On June 15, 2005, the Del Norte County Superior Court, by the way of a evidentiary hearing that was held, firmly disputed and disagreed with the reasons that Pelican Bay State Prison officials gave in confiscating and disallowing my in coming mail. In fact, the court went as far to say that: “the reasons that were given by Pelican Bay State Prison officials were exaggerated!” And concluded that:
1) The photograph of comrade George Jackson did not constitute the promotion or gang, criminal, or violent activities, as in the words of Pelican Bay’s own gang specialist Devan Hawkes; “George Jackson is a member of the black liberation movement and not a validated prison gang member; and
2) The address on the incoming mail package was not a prison gang mail drop box as alleged, but was in fact a address to an academic institution for higher learning (Santa Rosa Junior College).
It should also be noted, that (3) three individual pages were withheld, on account, that I did not raise the issue of us prisoners having a fundamental constitutional First Amendment right to the Freedom of Association. These (3) three individual pages had the names of the fellow new afrikan black political prisoners of war, to whom Pelican Bay Prison officials have arbitrarily targeted/labeled as being members of a prison gang. I have since obtained a copy of the transcript (partial) from this evidentiary hearing, which outlines the material facts of this court ruling. I’m also making a copy of this transcript available to the following information stations:
ATTN: California Prison Focus, c/o Attorney Catherine Campbell, SBN 65103, c/o CPF, 1904 Franklin St. #507 Oakland, and ATTN: Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, c/o Attorney Cassie M. Pierson, 1540 Market Street, Suite 490, San Francisco, Ca. 94102.
If interested, you may write to these addresses in order to obtain a copy of this transcript. In re: s/n Marcus Harrison vs. Pelican Bay State Prison case no: HCPB 04 5054.
My people, in utilizing our historical ideological line of struggle as our guide to understanding the true nature of these fascist pigs (prison officials), and to the extent of what type of material social conditions that we is confronted with, then we should collectively come to the realization that; “these fascist pigs has never been bound to obligation of upholding, and abiding by any laws that is pro created by the U.$. government, with the exception of serving their own persuasive social interests, as defined by the corrupt and decadent nature of the social system of U.$. imperialism”.
So with the prison industrial slave complex being a extended mechanism of oppression for the U.$ government, the only applicable means of justice that can be realized is through the power of the people! So let’s mobilize around this issue, and do what is necessary in exposing the unjust and fascist nature of political persecution that we new afrikan black prisoners of war is being subjected to.
This goal can be easily accomplished by utilizing all of the material resources of information/communication that is available to us, in this era of advanced modern technology, such as; the internet, newspapers, public radio stations, and writing letters to leading prison bureaucrats out in Sacramento and to the warden of this prison.
When contacting these various information stations, be sure to attach a copy of the aforementioned transcript, along with a statement of opposition to this illegal practice, that Pelican State Bay prison officials is engaging in, by not adhering to the aforementioned court ruling.
All power to the people!
For more info:
Kijana Tashiri Askari
s/n Marcus Harrison H54077
P.O. Box 5102
Delano, CA 93216
This was written in 2007, and posted on: http://thestrugglewithin-marcus.blogspot.com/2007/11/resisting-subversive-extremes-of.html
© Marcus Harrison 2007