Tag: W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program (W.L.N.M.P.)

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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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