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2015 No More Locked Doors Conference 


Make sure to paginate- number each page, such as 1 of 3, 2 of 3, et cetera. 
This insures that if pages of your letter don't make it to the prisoner, 
they will know it. 

Be careful about making promises and only commit to what you are 
certain you can do. This should go without saying, but it's not a good 
idea to make commitments to someone you don't have a relationship 
with. If you can't maintain a correspondence, let them know up front. 
Conversely, if you want to maintain an ongoing correspondence, let them 
know that as well. 

If you are writing to someone who is pre-trial, don't ask questions about 
their case. Discussing what a prisoner is alleged to have done can easily 
come back to haunt them during their trial or negotiations leading up 
to it. 

Don't valorize the person you are writing. Keep in mind that these are 
folks coming from the same movements and communities that you are. 
They aren't looking for adoration, but rather to maintain correspondence. 

Finally, do not write anything you wouldn't want Fox News, a cop, or a 
judge to see. Assume that intelligence and law enforcement agencies are 
reading your letter. On a related note, this advice goes for any snail mail, 
e-mail, texting, messaging, or talking that takes place in known activist 
spaces or homes. This is not legal advice, just basic movement survival 
common sense. 

Comprehensives lists of political and revolutionary 
prisoners can be found at: 

wildfire .noblogs .org 
denverabc .wordpress .com 

Prisoner addresses can change suddenly. It is always 
a good idea to double-check an address against an 
up-to-date online database before sending a letter. 

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some tips from NYC-ABC 
What to Write: 

For many, the first Hne of the first letter is difficult to write-there is 
uncertainty and intimidation that come with it. Never fret, it's just a 

For the first letter, it's best to offer an introduction, how you heard about 
the prisoner, a little about yourself. Tell stories, write about anything 
you are passionate about-movement work and community work are 
great topics until you have a sense of the prisoner's interests outside of 
political organizing. 

And what we hear from prisoners time and time again is to include 
detail. Prison is so total that the details of life on the outside become 
distant memories. Smells, textures, sounds of the street all get grayed 
out behind bars. That's not to say that you should pen a stream-of- 
consciousness novel. 

Some suggestions and guidelines: 

You cannot enclose glitter or write with glittery gel pens or puff paint 
pens. Some prisons do not allow cards or letters that include permanent 
marker, crayon, or colored pencils and it is best to check with the prisoner 
beforehand. That said, it is usually best to write in standard pencil or 
non-gel pen in blue or black ink. 

You cannot include articles or anything else torn out of a newspaper or 
magazine. However, you can print that same article from the internet or 
photocopy it and write your letter on the other side. 

You cannot include polaroid pictures (though these days, that's not much 
of an issue), but you can include regular photographs. Some prisoners 
are limited to the number of photos they can have at any given time, so 
again, check with the prisoner before sending a stack of photos. 

If mailing more than a letter, clearly write the contents of the envelope/ 
package. Label it "CONTENTS" and include a full list. 

A couple of technical details- make sure you include your return address 
inside the letter as well as on the envelope. It's common for prisoners to 
receive letters without the envelope. 



SCI Dallas 
1000 Follies Rd. 
Dallas, PA 18612 



451 Fullerton Ave. 
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403 



451 Fullerton Ave. 
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403 


Great Meadow CF 
11739 State Route 22 
P.O. Box 51 
Comstock, NY 12821 


FCI Herlong 
RO. Box 800 
Herlong, CA 96113 



Kern Valley State Prison 

PO Box 5103 

Delano, CA 93216 

(address letter to Jennifer Gann; 

envelope to J. Gann) 


PO Box 500 
Vandalia, IL 62471 



Allred Unit 

2101 FM 369 North 

Iowa Park, TX 76367 


#138017 / K-9 
3700 Holman Unit 
Atmore, AL 36503 


CCA Leavenworth 
100 Highway Terrace 
Leavenworth, KS 66048 


FMC Butner 
RO. Box 1600 
Butner, NC 27509 


FCI Dublin 

5701 8th Street - Camp Parks 
Dublin, CA 94568 


R O. Box 45699 
1724 St. Rt. 728 
Lucasville, Ohio 45699 

In conjunction with the No More Locked conference 
on political prisoners, we humbly asked prisoners from 
across social movements who are still incarcerated to 
contribute their perspectives on prisoner support, the 
struggles within prison and preparing for repression. This 
pamphlet is a collection of letters solicited specifically for 
the conference from those liberation fighters who are still 
incarcerated. The letters appear in their entirety and their 
original language. We hope this collection of insightful 
poignant writing will inspire the reader to redouble their 
efforts at both supporting prisoners and destroying this 
society built on domination, exploitation and incarceration. 

Information regarding correspondence with prisoners 
whose writing appear herein is included at the back 
of the pamphlet. While this information is correct as 
of this pamphlet's publication, it is subject to suddenly 
and without notice at the whim of prison bureaucrats. 

behave in ways similar TO the system. The more "exotic" we are to the 
system, the less their prior experience prepares them to deal with us. 
The more diffused and seemingly disorganized and varied our forms, 
the more overwhelmed the system becomes, the more resistance attracts 
and inspires a variety of others. Also, a quick word about "political" 
prisoners. To use the term is to imply that there are such thing as 
"nonpolitcal" prisoners; that is, a scenario where the State is exercising 
legitimate authority and confining a human not for continuance of the 
State and its nefarious agenda of control, but out of a sincere and valid 
concern for public safety and well-being. As anarchists we know that has 
never been the case. Therefore, there ARE no nonpolitical prisoners and 
the term "political" prisoner really loses all meaning. If the State ever 
acted in the best interests of public safety and well-being, it would shoot 
itself in the face, not lock humans in cages. In 24 years, I've never met a 
nonpolitical prisoner. And I've never met a legitimate State. 




SEAN sm\H 

are under the illusion that the "free world" is free. If you recognize that 
the larger system enslaves us all, then imprisonment is only a more 
severe state of deprivation in a world defined by deprivations. And the 
prison complex is just one of the components of that larger system. On 
one side of the fence, you are a rebel in resistance against the oppressor. 
On the other side, you are a hostage in resistance against the oppressor. 
All that changes is (1) the DEGREE of oppression and (2) geography. 
Your IDENTITY and your goals, plans, hopes don't change unless the 
oppressor tricks you into buying into some alternative narrative, some 
nonsense where your previous identity is "suspended." Prisons only 
function when prisoners cooperate. WE know that going in. Once inside, 
we have the opportunity to take away the oppressor's prison system, 
the capacity to punish. A State without the capacity to punish is a failed 

On the possibility of repression and how to prepare: 

A few things come to mind. We know what repression is and what forms 
it takes. We know what that repression is designed to do to us. So, we 
can work from the expectation that we WILL experience it and then 
make advance preparation for when it happens. I won't go into details 
on how to prepare for imprisonment, torture, solitary, and all the other 
abuses because there isn't space, but I CAN elaborate at some other 
time to help someone prepare and get through it all as intact as possible. 
FACT: I have survived EVERY kind of repression the State has devised 
except death, and I'm not special or remarkable or any better equipped 
than you are. If I can do it, you can. What we IMAGINE the State can 
do is far more terrible than what the State can do. Our IMAGINED 
repressionparalyzes us. There are 5 things the State can do to us: (1) 
take, destroy our property; (2) assault us; (3) confine us in a state of 
deprivation; (4) transfer us to a more severe state of deprivation; (5) kill 
us. There are COUNTLESS things WE can do to THE STATE. That means 
the State is virtually powerless. I keep in mind the Zapatista approach: 
"We are already dead." The day the Zapatistas took up arms against 
the State, they accepted that they were "already dead." It was inevitable 
that the State would exterminate them sooner or later. If you're doing 
anything that seriously challenges or threatens the oppressor, death is 
your reality. Personally, I've been dead a long time. It's actually quite 

I think the organizational forms we take in resisting ought to reflect 
organizational forms that can sustain us into the future. Those forms 
that prove most effective, I suspect, are those most "non-system." The 
existing system is best equipped to deal with enemies that think and 

have now contrived justifications to make me die in prison unless I pull 
the plug on SEANSWAIN.ORG and quit The Final Straw radio show. In 
this way, the hierarch high command seeks to silence anarchist views 
and erase them from the public forum. This only confirms for me that 
the State must be defeated and destroyed for me to be liberated. I accept 
those terms. 

On prisoner support: 

I think we are working from an outdated model of prisoner support. I find 
a lot of effort and resources expended first in the area of making prisoners 
"comfortable" in prison, providing amenities; and also resources toward 
facilitating prisoners' writings and consciousness-raising activities. Not 
to be critical, I think particularly the anarchist community has become 
really good at this kind of prisoner support, and it is essential, critical, 
as long as prisons exist. But I would like to provoke you to consider 
what prisoner support would look like if you aimed to make prisons 
not exist. Ultimately, prisoner support is for giving prisoners what they 
need, and prisoners more than anything need freedom. So, I would like 
to see prisoner support that provides freedom and I would like to be 
involved in such prisoner support in the future. That kind of prisoner 
support involves great risk and high yield. It also involves some research 
and planning. But it's very do-able. 

On solidarity across social movements: 

I don't know that I see a distinction between "current" and "previous" 
social movements. I would suggest that our ongoing struggle today is a 
continuation, an evolution, an adaptation in a constant flow of struggle. 
So, by my thinking, we are "we" as a consequence of the successes and 
failures of the SLA, the Weather Underground, the Black Panthers, and 
even John Brown at Harper's Ferry. We are a continuation of struggle 
going back 6000 years when humans were first subjected to subjugation 
and domestication. In my view, the struggle against imprisonment and 
the environmental movement and immigrant rights and racial justice 
and the Zapatistas all go together. So, for me, the ultimate expression of 
solidarity is not to make sure everyone is included on the banners, but 
is, instead, the most effective acts of resistance that help bring down our 
common enemy. For me, solidarity is not empathy but common action, 
inclusive action. Solidarity, in that sense, is an action verb. I can show 
oppressed kids everywhere how much I identify with their struggles 
when I hit the school bully in the face with a brick and end his reign of 
taking our lunch money. 

On the continuation of struggle inside prison walls: 

There is only a distinction between the "free world" and "prison" if you 


I am an African American born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. My mother 
was poor. As a teenager I was always curious about African culture and 
history as it applied to us here in america. I heard names like "Malcolm 
X" and "Angela Davis" and I heard the militant anti-authoritarian voices 
of Muhammad Ali - but I didn't understand any of it and how it related 
to me as a 9, 10 or 11 year-old young man. But I felt it. My grandfather 
educated me about slavery and segregation and told me about our black 
heroes. I interrogated my teachers. I learned all that I could. In the 
mid-seventies, I joined the MOVE organization. I had always wanted 
to be part of a black club or organization. I wanted to feel connected to 
militancy as I began to understand why the cop cars raced up and down 
our streets, why blacks were targeted, why the "cleaners man" who came 
by our home to pick up our clothes (and our money) was white and why 
all the markets on the corners were white. 

MOVE really demonstrated family to me. We did everything together: 
exercised, ran our dogs in parks, had a car wash, demonstrated against 
the police and politicians, etc. As the 70's progressed, the confrontations 
with the Philly police increased and we were constantly being arrested, 
beaten and murdered. We fought back. After armed confrontations in 
'77 and '78, 9 of us were arrested and charged with the murder of a cop 
named James Ramp and with a host of assault and attempted murder 
charges on other police and firefighters. I was shot in the right arm and 

tortured. Delbert Africa was shot in the chest (a shotgun pellet) and was 
viewed on national and international television being savagely beaten - a 
la Rodney King - as he surrendered with his hands raised. 

After a year-long trial, we were all sentenced to 30-100 years in 1981. 
This conviction persists despite the facts that there was no evidence of 
us firing any shots or having any weapons. The houses that we were 
attacked in were destroyed, bulldozed, by the city right after our arrests. 
They destroyed the crime scene, yet denied all of our pre-trial motions to 
have the case dismissed [due to that destruction of evidence]. 

Prisoner support, as defined by me, as anyone doing all they can do to 
help out. Whether it's a greeting card, a gift or an offer to help in other 
ways such as phone calls etc. to prisons during a crisis. There is nothing 
"lacking." It's just that everyone doesn't have the same role and there 
will always be Core Groups of support that concentrate more intensely 
on helping you legally to get out, lobbying in state capitals, researching, 

I think somehow we have to become creative with our communications 
with social movements. I think that it would be tremendously helpful 
to us all if we were to encourage some of the young brothers and sisters 
struggling in their own way throughout the country. Maybe somehow 
get a celebrity involved, someone involved in pop culture today to speak 
out on a TV set (an awards show, sports or whatever) and use our 
names, to shout out to us behind bars. Imagine what two minutes of 
Jay-Z or Beyonce or some of the west coast icons like Cube or Snoop 
or Dre can do?! The mainstream media won't do it, so we must make 
this a household discussion. We are living in a time where everyone 
is celebrity-obsessed. We should use that to our advantage. We see 
the power it has (LeBron James, Derrick Rose and others during the 
Ferguson and NYC affair). 

Yes, the struggle continues simply because life is struggle. History shows 
us that imprisoned revolutionaries in many cases come back to rule the 
country (Castro, Ortega, etc.). But personally I reject a lot of labelling: 
"revolutionaries," "insurgents" or "radicals" - I and others are human 
beings who simply want the simple things in life without haste. 

There is no one way to prepare ourselves for repression because it comes 
in so many different ways. But, generally speaking, don't make it easy: 
Talking on phones that could be monitored, don't travel alone and try 
to have at least one person with you at all times, have money on hand 
that is never touched and is used for the instant mobilization of legal 


I grew up in a lily-white Detroit suburb, only son of an autoworker and 
a stay-home mom. After my mind was mismanaged by public schools I 
enlisted in the Army for more severe mismanagement. After discharge, 
I shared an apartment with my then-girlfriend and her two children 
from prior relationships. Her former boyfriend kicked in the apartment 
door when I was home alone, and in a panic I stabbed and killed him. 
He was the nephew of the clerk of courts. I wasn't. Police concealed 
evidence, the prosecutor concealed witnes the court disallowed my 
experts. When my conviction was reversed, the court refused to follow 
the mandate of the higher court, and I remain captive for 24 years and 
counting without a legal conviction or sentence for a non-crime. I was 
irregularly targeted and prosecuted not for any criminal conduct, but 
for the court to uphold the unwritten proposition that the system of 
injustice is a weapon to maintain the special privileges of the privileged 
few, while the poor have not even the right to defend our own lives. As 
an anarchist writer, I have been subjected to a particular regimen of 
harassment and retaliation by prison officials. In 2012, I was subjected 
to torture and state terror, as prison officials alleged that I was Monkey 
#4, creator of the Army of the 12 Monkeys, a militant rebel group that 
seriously disrupted Ohio prisons through campaigns of sabota rioting. 
I was sent to Ohio's supermax facility because my "ideology" matched 
the 12 Monkeys. The FBI generated 1297 pages of investigative files on 
me, related to my views and activities while in prison. Prison fascists 

wisdom— at any given time and in any given circumstances— of upping 
the ante. 

We must be wary of ego in its myriad manifestations— such a sHppery, 
wiley beast!— and truly get to know ourselves. Do we know ourselves to 
be worthy of the trust others are placing in us? We must take care of 
ourselves and each other. We must love ourselves as we love each other 
so that betrayal of one is a betrayal of the other. Despite the youthful 
brain's assertions to the contrary, the road ahead is long. The struggle 
is endless. Our efforts are needed for the long haul. This society's 
assertions to the contrary, we are not disposable. To share with you my 
personal preparation for an inevitable showdown with the state, I'll end 
with the words I have prayed a million times in the years leading up to 
my surrender and beyond: 

"Please keep me true to myself and loyal to my loved ones." 

It's redundant, really; we are one and the same. 

I send love, gratitude and solidarity everlasting, 

teams and for bail. And, finally, develop women and men in their hoods 
(and when travelling) to carry cell phones equipped with video-taping 
police actions. People out there are obviously much more familiar with 
the cutting edge devices than I am. From news accounts, I've heard or 
seen where cops have been caught several times in the act of beating or 
harassing some one. I believe one of the cases was in elderly women in 
Buffalo, NY. 

The last thing I'd like to add is: I believe we should organize (or ponder 
the idea) of a MILLION MAN/WOMAN MARCH in support of PPs and 
POWs and all unjustly charged people. America is a police state and even 
those not opposed to America knows this. That could be an advantage. 
With social media (that's partly how Obama was reelected) as the tool 
to bring people together, we can pull it off! We want to rock the nation 
(the empire) and the world from coast to coast and from florida to maine 
and san pedro to Washington state. 

Salutes to all of you who are commemorating the bombing of my family 
30 years ago. Avenge the murder of MOVE and all others killed and 
never given justice! 


I am a member of the Philadelphia based chapter of the MOVE 
Organization, for 40 years. I am a political prisoner. I have been in prison 
for over 36 years for fighting for my belief 

Many people don't know that there are political prisoners in the United 
States and don't want to believe it even if they are told; because America 
was founded on religious freedom and they can't understand how a 
country that was founded on religious freedom would contain citizens of 
this country in their prisons because of their religion and their beliefs. 

It's the truth though, and there is a 45 year history behind the MOVE 
Organization. To make this as short as I possibly can I will give a little 
background about MOVE and what lead up to our being in prison. I have 
other brothers and sisters in prison as well. 

The MOVE Organization is a religious Organization with strong beliefs 
in Natural Law, the truth, the teaching of JOHN AFRICA. We of Move 
believe that there is nothing more important than LIFE, the force that 
keeps us alive. WE teach our belief to folks in hopes that people will 
come to understand and accept that our belief natural law is the solution 
to people's problems. We practice our belief through the work that we do 
to protect life; protect air from pollution, water from poison, soil from 
toxic waste, defenseless animals from torture, and all living beings from 
enslavement and exploitation. 

The one practice I've found lacking, and it's the thing I've most often 
requested, is the sending of good news. I know major victories are hard 
to come by, but no matter how seemingly minor or temporary, any and 
all positive news offers nourishment and respite from the prison diet of 
sugar, starch and shitty news. Any little alleviation of suffering lessens 
my own; any protection or restoration of ecological health is healing for 
me. but I need to hear about it. 

To know that the struggle continues is vital. I am only one of billions 
of animals confined. My life, in relative terms, is a walk in the park. 
I am no longer hunted. I breath fresh air and stretch my body under 
open sky. I am not being tortured, forcibly bred, cannibalized, shocked, 
blinded, poisoned, burned or skinned in the name of science, fashion or 
entertainment. I am not being fattened for slaughter (as far as I know!) 
and I will regain my freedom in this lifetime. There are countless animals 
in greater need than I am. 

In fact, one of the most agonizing aspects of the prison (and fugitive) 
experience has been my inability to contribute or assist others in the ways 
I would chose. From a position of comparative privilege, health, freedom 
and power before my indictment, I have been rendered impoverished, 
hobbled and self-consumed to a degree that is deeply unsettling to my 
sense of sel and the person I want, and meant, to be. I meant to be of 
service to others less fortunate than myself yet for the last 12 years i will 
have been overwhelmingly on the receiving end of good works. 

Shortly after I went on the run, I got word that an old friend of mine had 
started volunteering, in my honour, at the wildlife rescue centre I'd been 
working at and had to leave at the time of my indictment. To me, hers 
was the perfect response to my disappearance, the perfect remedy for my 
erasure from the aboveground world. To some extent, she held the key 
that set my spirit free: She replaced me. 

How do we prepare for repression? I thought I was prepared, but you 
won'y know the full weight of the sky until it falls on you. For anyone 
aware of the particulars of my case, I believe you'll forgive me for saying, 
trust NO ONE whose life could be traded for yours. And trust this: 
should you chose to risk imprisonment, you may well end up there. 
Imagine ahead of time— I mean, lock yourself in a bathroom and really 
feel yourself imprisoned. White-washed days stretching endlessly before 
you and then carefully— carefully! --with heart and mind held in balance, 
weigh your options. Ask yourself along which road does your greatest 
effectiveness really lie? Where, and in what ways, will your love be of 
greatest service to the world? Deeply, bravely, honestly question the 


I began my involvement in eco/animal activism at 17 and in my 20's 
found my way to the ALF and the ELF. I was indicted in 2006 for my 
part in various Hberations and arsons, shortly after the roundup of many 
of my other co-defendants. I ran for 7 years and spent half that time 
negotiating the terms of my surrender. I've been incarcerated now for 28 
months and have 24 to go. A short prison term, in my view, is preferable 
to a lifetime in the "free" world imprisoned by fear and the prospect of 
having to run, hide, evade and isolate for the rest of my days with a 35 
year sentence hanging over my head. 

The most meaningful support I've received— apart from that from my 
family, close friends and legal counsel— has taken the form of continuous, 
consistent connection forged through letters with people on the outside. 
The fugitive experience for me was an incredibly lonely one most of the 
time. Being able to finally communicate, as myself with kindred souls 
again has felt positively medicinal. While supportive cards and books 
are so lovely, I am so grateful for the people who have proven themselves 
reliable, who have demonstrated that I can count on them to maintain 
contact (even through multiple moves) and actually follow through on 
their offers of assistance. They are the people who've thrown a life line 
and not let go. Aligning words with deed is so important— everywhere 
and always— but especially when dealing with those in positions of forced 

In the early 1970's the MOVE Organization initiated peaceful 
demonstrations against institutions that exploit life such as animal 
experimental laboratories, industrial corporations that poison the air, 
water, soil, boarding homes that were taking advantage of old folks; the 
exploitation of animals in zoos and circuses, and exposed the wrong 
they're doing against life. 

The business interest people involved in these institutions didn't want 
us demonstrating so they'd call the cops on usb because they didn't want 
to hear the truth about the wrong they partake in. That led to arrest, 
beatings, and more beatings, by the cops, which led to more arrest, and 
hard core-sustained demonstrations against polices districts, which lead 
to sentences, and more demonstrations, court cases, and persecution, 
includings unborn and born babies killed at the hands of cops. 

In 1977 MOVE was warned by official sympathizers that the city of 
Philadelphia had plans to attack the MOVE family, take our children and 
evict us from our home. In answer to that MOVE took a defense stand 
against the city, and blockaded our house, to avoid any cops storming it 
and took up arms against the citv for all the abuse, beatings, babies killed 
at the hands of cops and officials, who sanctioned this persecution. The 
main one being Mayor Frank Rizzo. 

MOVE stood the cops off for a whole year because of the strategy of John 
Africa. Although the guns were all inoperable, the cops didn't know that 
at the time until they made an agreement with MOVE not to harrass 
us, and to stop beatings us behind closed doors, and we turned over the 
weapons, which were all inoperable. 

Once the city and MOVE made the agreement, and we turned over all 
the weapons, - 3 months later- ON August 8, 1978, the city officials and 
cops came out to our house along with firefighters, bulldozers, cranes, all 
type of automatic and semi-automatic weaponry, tear gas and fire hoses 
allegedly to evict us from our house, for not making a court appearance. 

The cops threw tear gas, smoke bombs, and tried to flood us out with 2 
giant fire hoses, aimed at us full of water. When they couldn't get us out 
the house with all that they started shooting and in all the chaos and 
shooting, a cop was shot and killed, by one of their own, and MOVE got 
blamed for it. 

We were given 30-100 years in prison each (nine of us). We've been in 
prison for 36 years, and have been denied parole release since 2008. 

The Pennsylvania parole board has refused to release us, after 36 years 
of imprisonment, when they never proved that MOVE members shot 
anybody. The judge admitted that he did not know who killed the 

I would define "prisoner support" as something that is done for a 
prisoner(s) that is necessary, if it applies. 

a) , letters, if the person does not have support else where 

b) . small donations, if possible, for necessities, if they are in deed in 
need- if they have no funds coming in. 

c) . keeping them abreast of different functions that pertain to them or 
their situation. 

d) . If the particular prisoner needs a visit every now and then, if they 
can afford it. 

I do not feel that our prison support is lacking. We have a great support 

I believe that support varies, based on the person's needs, those are just 
a few things that are basic. 

-How can current social movements show solidarity with prisoners 
from previous movements? Outside of social movements, what sorts of 
solidarity are meaningful to you? 

Social movements can do exactly what you are doing. Invite people of 
political movements to functions just as you are doing. Invite us to speak, 
to tell our 'story", to share our case, to put out needed information, etc. 

Offer phone calling cards, or stamps, envelopes, for mailing lists, when 
your funds are reahahable. These things are much, much appreciated, 
and can be very meaningful for the individual. 

[The saying 'the struggle continues'] means that the things that started 
out as vital should end up vital, also. Even though revolutionaries are 
locked up the struggles should continue. Meetings should continue to 
discuss the solution to problems, of police brutality, demonstrations 
should continue to be present ideas about how to go about accomplishing 
tasks that fit the purpose of the demonstrations. Stay organized, and 
communicate eith each other, and the movements. 

Repression is an unfortunate truth, and the only way to prepare 
yourselves for any state repercussion is to protect yourself by staying 
loyal to your cause, and not deviating from the purpose you have set out 

same place now as it did then. In their board rooms, they've been looking 
down the same huge shiny table this whole time. We are scattered and 
battered and tattered into countless factions. They keep tumbling us into 
chaos, pain and loss. They force us to fight each other for the means to 
survive due to the divide and conquer methodologies that they derive 
around those big tables. That's a vague explanation, I know but, hey - 
5th grade education. I'm just a street soldier who tries to follow through: 
Keep my word, don't make promises I can't keep. That kind of respect 
from within and without will help things stay strong together as we 
struggle to find a way forward, continuously. 

How will repression target us? I can't guess. But when it does (and it 
does all the time), our honest bonds within our communities inside and 
outside will help us withstand the viruses and plagues they pester us 
with. We will keep ourselves healthy as we fight off their attempted 
infections - of our spirit. 

take care, be well, 

Tom Manning 
with love 


Raised in a city housing project. Kids running in packs all day; In 
post-WWII, the place was a baby factory, but with no facilities or 
accomodations for kids. "Hey get off there!" "Get out of here!" "Do this!" 
"Don't do that!" "What the hell is wrong with you kids?" That was the 
soundtrack to our days. Two years in a body cast due to father's PTSD 
- or whatever they called it in those days. He served 4 years in Europe 
and was a longshoreman after the war. So we lived next to the docks 
and freightyard - our playground. At 12 years of age, school and I had a 
separation. At 16, we had a divorce. At 17, 1 went into the Navy. Spent 9 
months at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and 18 months in Vietnam. I got out 
[of the service] in August '66 and went to state prison in December '66. 
When I got out on May 8th, 1971, at 25 years old, I thought I was free 
at last. Banged nails and did community/anti-prison/anti-war work until 
police and FBI pressure sent me underground, married with children. 
Bassinet in back seat, guns in the trunk. I was born in war times, grew 
up in war times and was still in war times - trying all along the way to be 
honorable. If you see wrong, fix it. If wrong oppresses you, resist it until 
you fix it. The struggle continues, until it kills you or we achieve justice. 

Current movements and previous movements twist and turn into each 
other like taffy-pulling. Someone smarter than me needs to demonstrate 
how its all and only one movement with different strategies adapted to 
different conditions, places and times. The oppression comes from the 

for. Keep thing organized and peaceful. 

Do not give cops or anybody any excuse to target you for anything other 
than your purpose. Always have a video person tape any demonstrations 
that you set up. Wouldn't hurt to have 2 video people. They come very 
easy these day (cell phones, i-pads, etc.) Always make your intentions 
clear that you are peaceful people. Keep everything legitimate, and on 
the level. This way you can protect yourself from being set up. 

And most of all keep the faith that when you are doing what you know 
to be right, fighting for clean air, for clean water, against oppression, for 
example, when you are guided by your effort to be right, things will turn 
out right. 

I thank you very much for inviting me to your forum, and I will be 
awaiting the outcome of this event. 

On the move. 

Stay strong, we can't afford to be any other way. 



I am Janine Africa, minister of education for the MOVE organization 
and one of the MOVE 9. I've been in prison since August 8, 1978, when 
500 Philadelphia police attacked or home. In their attempt to kill MOVE 
people, the police shot and killed one of their own. They charged us 
with the shooting and sentenced nine of us to 30-100 years each, despite 
the judge admitting he had no idea who shot the murdered officer. All 
of our appeals have been denied. Now that we're eligible for parole, we 
are being denied that too. We've been seen by the parole board since 
2008 and have been denied each time for refusing to admit to a crime 
we didn't commit. 

I think prisoner support is growing over the years. The contact and 
letting us know that we are not forgotten and that the work we are 
doing is appreciated means a lot. Making people aware of our situation 
and encouraging people to get involved is important. I feel that pressure 
should be put on mainstream media for helping the government cover up 
the fact that there are political prisoners in the United States. Religious 
leaders, state representatives and all those who say they are working for 
the people should be made to get involved in drawing attention to our 

The people fighting for social change today can show solidarity for those 
of us who paved the way years ago by including us in their programs. 

give me, picking me up when feeling beaten by the state, being there 
when I was literally beaten- -they've been my heart. If I lived 100 years 
it still wouldn't give me enough time to show my gratitude. Outside of 
my 'official support team,' many many more have reached out to donate 
money, to forge real friendships, to send zines and books. Prisoner 
support has meant that I have never felt alone, never felt on my own. 
When I got permission to have a radio headset, my supporters had me 
the funds within 48 hours. When I wasn't being allowed a vegan tray, 
they put on the pressure and the CCA suddenly changed their mind; 
I was eating vegan before the week was up (in the meantime I picked 
scraps off the normal tray and never left veganism). Outside of 3 friends, 
none of the people who have reached out to extend the hand of friendship 
knew me before my arrest. These comrades and friends have shown me 
that people exist who believe that if you support the struggle then you 
need to support the people taken away by the state for participating in 
it. Those real tangible conviction fill me with such joy and love. I never 
knew these people before but now I can't picture my life without them. 
The world is better with people like this in it. 

Prison fucking sucks. It is a disgusting place to exist. It is a disgusting 
reality that places like this exist at all. Those who raise up those of 
us put down are just dazzling beautiful people. The selflessness, the 
consideration— it's unreal and provides such light to an otherwise grim 
and bleak existence. I know I didn't answer many questions ot any new 
light with this writing. I just wanted to write a rant of appreciation for 
everyone who go out of their way to prevent the state from swallowing 
us. Whether I get time served or 40 years, I will never forget how the 
community showered me with storms of love when my soul was in a 
drought. May it long continue and my solidarity with all those locked up 
and my gratitude to their supporters. 

'til all are free, 


My name is Eric King. My friends call me EK. You can call me EK. I 
can a vegan anarchist with strong primitivist/insurrectionist leanings. 
I'm 28 years old and have been a willing combatant in the fight against 
domination, authority, exploitation and society's racist, classist and 
patriarchal norms for the past 10 years. As of September 16th, 2014, 
the state has detained me at CCA Leavenworth, the last four months in 
segregation, until my trial on July 13th. 

The support I've received since my arrest has completely shocked me and 
changed my views on what it means to stand by your comrades. Before 
September, I assumed prisoner support was only for 'big cases' and that 
solidarity was a spray painted shout out. Never have I been more happy 
to be shown how mistaken I was. My 'family' has been nonexistent 
pre-trial and the local community, for whatever reason, decided to step 
away from my case. Thankfully for me and many others, the anarchist 
community around the country was more than willing to take up the 

Prisoner support to me has meant the difference between despair and 
hope, between drowning and floating comfortably. My support team has 
shown me what solidarity really means. From setting up my support 
site, fundraising to help my lawyer and spreading my news around to 
raise awareness. They do it all with a smile. The love and strength they 

Letting people know that justice for us is still an issue that should be 
addressed. John Africa teaches that unity is important so its important to 
move people to see people working together no matter their cause, their 
religion, skin color. John Africa teaches that divisiveness is a weapon this 
system created and uses to divert people's attention away from the real 
threat to their lives - this system! Everybody is so busy fighting amongst 
themselves, they don't have the strength or direction to fight the real 
threat. So everybody working together to get justice for all of life is what 
MOVE would like to see. 

The struggle does continue. We keep fighting this system by staying 
loyal, committed to our belief, to revolution. We work to be the example 
of strength and hope for those taking up the fight. This takes dedication 
and strength because this system is determined to break us and their 
tactics don't stop behind these walls. So we are still fighting for our lives 
in these places. 

People fighting for freedom can only prepare for the attacks this system 
will aim their way by realizing what they are fighting. John Africa 
prepared us for this fight by telling us how treacherous this system and its 
agencies are. Thanks to John Africa, we aren't under any illusions about 
what we are fighting against. We made our decision to get involved with 
this revolution knowing what we are facing. We are mentally prepared to 
deal with whatever this system comes at us with. 

John Africa told people in the 70's that the injustices done to MOVE by 
Philadelphia officials was not just a MOVE issue. If people allowed it to 
happen to MOVE, it would spread like a disease and find its way to their 
doorsteps. And that's exactly what's happening. Philadelphia officials 
bombed and murdered our family, our children and burned down a city 
block. Not one official or cop spent one day in prison for this crime. They 
feel if they can get away with that, they know it's okay to shoot black 
boys in the streets. If people don't unite and let this system see that they 
won't back down from this repression, its going to get worse. It'll be 
police state like John Africa warned us about 40 years ago! 


I received your conference notice on political prisoners to occur mid-May 
2015. You asked that we tell a bit about ourselves and about our case. 
I am one of the New York-Three ("NY3"), and not long ago of the San 
Francisco-8 ("SF8"). I've been in prison since September 1973, soon to 
be imprisoned 42 years. 

In regard to support of us, as M.L.K. would say, "there's a fierce urgency 
of now." I urge you organizers to be far more aggressive in encouraging 
the Black community and the general public to advocate for our release. 
In demanding our freedom, find ways to fire-up their passion in their 
advocacy. Get them involved! We political prisoners ("pps")/prisoners 
of war ("pows") have a history of political service in the Black community 
and the historic black struggle against racial oppression and domination. 
We steadfastly oppose widespread racism in the u.s. society, police 
violence and disrespect of our people, and of people in general as they 
lawfully go about their daily lives trying to make a way for themselves 
and their families. We are not criminals. Therefore, you need to convey 
to people some basic information about us. This is not about "guilt or 
innocence," or about whether an action went down or not. It's about 
punishment and retribution for defending our community. Talk to 
people about the years we've been held in prison and continue to be 
held in prison by political officials who act in obedience to the 1% in our 
society whose aim is to preserve and maintain the status quo. Talk to 

Social movements can show solidarity with prisoners of previous 
movements by keeping their cases and existence in the public's 
consciousness, stay in communication with them, seek their input in 
strategy and tactics, put them on par with prisoners of current movements 
without distinction. The most meaningful practice of solidarity for me 
are attacks on the institutions of oppression and domination. 

"The struggle continues" means that the war continues regardless of 
the terrain, that those held captive by the state will continue to fight the 
forces of oppression from behind prison walls instead of outside of them, 
because oppression will continue and liberation has not been achieved. 

The best way to prepare for the possibility of state repression is to 
acknowledge that repression is inevitable, that revolution is against 
the law and that the state will use any dirty means to destroy, coopt, 
imprison, kill, harass and recuperate individuals and movements that 
seriously pose a threat to power and domination. Individuals must come 
to the point where a conscious decision to possibly expose themselves 
to the repression of the state. The second thing is to study previous 
movements, experiences of others who have fought against the state 
and the tactics that the state employed against them. How did they 
combat them? We need to learn lessons from these struggles and think 
of new ways to fight repression. Movements must make this information 
common knowledge. 

As an insurrectional anarchist, I see solidarity as the recognition of my 
own struggle in the struggle of others. And continuing that struggle 
(attacking the social order) with a focus on what unites my struggle with 
the struggle of others. I see solidarity as a way of being accomplices in 
the same struggle. 

Also, I'm somewhat conflicted and the political prisoner/prisoner of 
war model that's prevalent in the United States and how it is defined. 
The present model is outdated, bourgeois and smacks of elitism. The 
definition presently used is the definition used by the United Nations, 
which is just another oppressive state institution. It overlooks a vast 
number of prison rebels who are "continuing the struggle" and are the 
focus of the state's retaliation and repression. For the most part, they 
"continue" the struggle in isolation from any movement or support on 
the outside. We must discard this model and create a more inclusive 
model outside of the definitions of oppressive state institutions. Raze 
the walls! 


My name is Michael Kimble and I'm a 49 yr. old black gay anarchist 
from the city and state of Birmingham, Alabama. I'm held captive at the 
Holman Maximum Security facility in Alabama, where I'm serving a life 
sentence for the murder of a white, racist, homophobic bigot and a three 
year sentence for assault on a prison guard. My particular case stems 
from a verbal and physical attack on myself and a friend whom this racist 
homophobe wanted to harm simply because we were black and gay. I've 
been held captive by the racist state of Alabama since 1986. I'm a serious 
revolutionary anarchist and only desire the destruction of this miserable 
and oppressive social order. 

Prisoner support is when a number of people, an organization or an 
individual outside of prison who sees prisoners as human beings and 
is disgusted with the treatment of prisoners lend aid or assistance in 
various ways such as letter writing, commissary, books, visits and legal 
aid. And in some cases petitioning and protesting against the prison 
system in public demonstration for better treatment of prisoners and/ 
or the freedom of specific prisoners. The most meaningful of these 
practices are demonstrations for issues that prisoners themselves define 
as important, communication with prisoners and commissary that help 
prisoners meet basic needs (hygiene, clothing, stationery and food to 
supplement the bland and awful meals served by prisons). 

them about our age. Most of us are now in our 60s or mid-70s. Indeed, 
there's a fierce urgency of now. You can do this! But you have got to 
do the work. Let it be the mystical spark that starts the prairie fire 
everybody talks about. Why? Not only is it the right thing to do, but 
because so many pertinent social issues will naturally flow out of this 
pp support work. 

For starters, I suggest a sustained letter-writing campaign. Organize 
people to flood the Congressional Black Caucus ("CBC") with letters. 
Those Negroes have all but disappeared. They are so out of touch with 
our people 'til I no longer know who's a member. But they still exist 
out there somewhere and have an office. They don't represent us but 
can speak to our issues and should be hounded with letters advocating 
our release. And as an aside, this advocacy should routinely apply to all 
"public speaking" organizers. Demand for our freedom should ever be 
in the forefront of whatever they say and do. A demand that should be 
on the lips and minds of people 24-7. And you can make this happen by 
initiating a simple, targeted, sustained letter-writing campaign. Often 
we hear or read of elected officials talking about political prisoners 
outside the country, but never do we hear them talk about the ones in 
the U.S. Why not culminate the letter-writing campaign with a town- 
hall meeting in DC with the CBC and the people, dialoging and planning 
for our release as pps/pows who have been in for so many decades, as 
well as advocating the release of all elder prisoners who have been doing 
such inordinately lengthy prison sentences. 

People in the public eye hate to be talked about, exposed, or publicly 
criticized, and we know Malcolm did that effectively so well. The NAACP 
should be a recipient of this letter-writing advocacy. It's another outfit 
that's commonly regarded as out of touch with the people. Though it 
may have lost its way, it still can advocate our issue urged on by the letter- 
writing campaign. Written articles about the advocacy letters could be 
sent to groups and other organizations, including to Black churches 
and the like, who may do some exposing of their own. We want to 
bring attention to these Negro groups, businesses, and organizations 
out there, bring them from their comfort zone, from these posh and 
exclusive places they now haunt, from places where not long ago they 
could neither eat nor sleep at, places at which back-in-the-day they then 
simply regarded it as a good thing to be employed as chamber maids and 
doormen. Wake these people from their enabling complacency. 

As constituents, organize to "letter-write" select district representatives 
with the same advocacy, reminding them that you do vote: organize to 
send periodic letters to newspaper editors to inform and remind them 

of this letter-writing campaign. And in addition, organize monthly 
"street rallies" demanding release of our political prisoners, coordinate 
the rallies nationally in cities across the country, and thus also create 
space to address other pertinent community issues. Also, remind people 
of "Cointelpro" and the "The Church Commission" in this educational 

These are "do-ables," and I urge you organizers to do them and be sure 
to include our youth and college students. I hope these do-ables are 
encouraging, exciting, and are of some help in your work to free us. 

Yours sincerely, and in solidarity and in struggle, 
Herman Bell 

Individuals and groups must prepare for this inevitability and understand 
the viciousness of the enemy when faced with a reality of losing their 
"class privileges" and masters of the slave empire, the oppressors begin 
to act like rabid hyenas and will strike back with the omnipotent power 
of the fascist state in their hands. For such defensive strategies, please 

Hope my comments are useful to the conference and those interested in 
these topics. Please acknowledge receipt and hope to hear from you as 
time permits. 


[I]t is the duty of us poor people to work and to struggle to break 
the chains that make us slaves 

- RICARDO FLORES MAGON. Revolutionary anarchist, 
murdered by the U.S. gov't at Leavenworth, Kansas, federal 
prison, 1922. 

fight social injustice, militarism, colonialism, and imperialism in poor 
and oppressed communities. Outside groups must be their "lifeline" and 
they deserve support, unconditionally, in fighting for their freedom from 
said arbitrary detention and in protesting their inhumane conditions of 
confinement that violate international human rights standards. Many of 
them have been isolated and abandoned by the same groups they were 
involved with, and the advocacy of the revolutionary ideas and beliefs 
they represent, which is a sad state of affairs, for as one Brother once 

For example, a working group composed of activists, movement lawyers, 
paralegals, law school students and other legal workers, should be 
formed. They could assess the potential for assisting these prisoners in 
reopening their legal cases, should they want to, by filing petitions for 
writs of habeas corpus, new re-sentencing requests for more reduced 
sentences based on new changes in laws, and the customary suppression 
of evidence, or other police and prosecutorial misconduct, of evidence 
withheld from juries and the defense, which could provide new grounds 
for overturning their illegal convictions and sentences. The communities 
can rally around for political support in the court of "public opinion" 
even if many years have passed, such as the cases of BLACK PANTHER 
MARTINEZ in Denver, Colorado, and this writer's legal case that he 
is still fighting today from a police frame-up conviction of decades ago. 
Then, a sustained and coordinated 

campaign to expose and protest against the racist and inhumane prison 
conditions that exist in these control units, must be established to 
support these p.o.w., pps, in protesting such injustices and repression 
to punish and torture them for their revolutionary actions and belief 

When we say, "the struggle continues," it means just that. No matter 
where the enemy chains us to, the struggle never ends and we continue 
struggling against oppression and repression no matter the odds 
against us. The struggle intensifies behind prison walls not only for our 
unconditional release from wrongful political detention, but the struggle 
for human rights and for humane treatment while caged in the U.S. cages 
and concentration camps for the poor in its POLITICAL THOUGHT 

Liberation groups and activists no doubt will face state repression. 


Thirty years, a whole generation, has slithered into history since police 
terrorists murdered MOVE family members by dropping a bomb on their 
suburban Philadelphia home. Not content with that, the apparatus of 
repression imprisoned most of the survivors as if it were THEY who had 
done wrong. It still holds some of them. 

All MOVE did to draw the iron fist so brutally was to stand in opposition 
to the ruling class's juggernaut of modern techno power. MOVE did not 
close its eyes to exploitation and oppression. MOVE did not cower in 
fear in the face of injustice. MOVE did not seek some bargain with the 
system, MOVE stood, and the empire struck back. 

Thirty years on, imperial capitalism continues its atrocities,Aifrom 
the very dungeons right here at home in which MOVE members and 
too many of their class brethren and sistren still languish to drone 
massacres without charge or trial halfway 'round the world. Rapacious 
corporate "interests" trail imperial legions to inflict war and poverty and 
oppression in the name of plunder justified as profit. And they still drive 
over people who stand against them as they drove over MOVE. 

But had MOVE not been a rock in the torrent of political and economic 
effluent imperial capital spews upon the world, it would be worse. Had 
MOVE not stood against the tide, the politics of death and destruction 
would be yet another step ahead of us. But MOVE did stand. That 

standing still raises consciousness that slows the ruling class's roll. 
MOVE'S sacrifice was not in vain. 

So let us remember the atrocity committed against MOVE. Let us 
remember that the road to revolution is rough and rutted. And let us 
remember standing up. 

Bill Dunne, FCI Herlong, 23 April 2015 

September 1971 in a military-style assault in the prison yard, ordered 
NELSON ROCKEFELLER to end their protests and to set an example 
nationally of what prisoners would face when opposing the fascist 
state, at a time when prisons in this nation were "laboratory cells and 
universities for revolutionaries" linking the prisiners' struggles with 
the struggles in our communities, when revolution was in the air and 
taking hold across the nation. These "social prisoners" and "politicized 
prisoners" deserve our support as well. 

Then, of course, there are "our" p.o.w, political prisoners, that come from 
our various social and ethnic movements that are in prison now because 
REPRESSION, to silence them and to suppress their actions fighting 
for social justice, organizing against police brutality, against militarism, 
and imperialism, while on the outside. There are hundreds of men and 
women this very moment, currently imprisoned from the various social 
movements of the past, including other non-ethnic p.o.w., political 
prisoners who are in prison for their acts as anti-imperialist freedom 
fighters, animal liberation groups, and other environmental groups, 
anti-war, nuclear disarmament ones too that all require our support. 
For a listing of such persons and groups please see, LET FREEDOM 
PRESS, The majority of 
these p.o.w., pps, are caged in supermax control unit prisons, spread 
across the country, in state and federal prisons. Not only does their 
imprisonment violate international standards on human rights and laws 
against arbitrary detention, as targets of political police state repression, 
but their living conditions are extremely racist, and inhumane which 
also violates international human rights laws and conventions against 
torture. Many have died in prison due to lack of adequate medical care 
and treatment, and proper nutrition, such as BROTHER PHIL AFRICA, 
MOVE ORGANIZATION, January 2015, and others languish away in 
solitary confinement caged for 23 hours a day, in torture chambers, 
while the U.S. government denies our existence, instead labeling us 
"common criminals" or "terrorists" while giving sanctuary to real 
criminal terrorists like LOUIS POSADA, responsible for the bombing 
of the CUBAN AIRLINER where hundreds of innocent civilians were 
killed, and the U.S. government granted POSADA political asylum. 
These prisoners are identified and must be supported, spiritually, legally, 
financially, and otherwise, and show appreciation for their courageous 
acts at resistance and risking their lives and their physical freedom to 

and people-power that exists but sitting dormant within each one of us 
and within our oppressed communities, all waiting to be organized and 
united as one. 

These community struggles must be linked with the prisoners' struggles. 
A PRISONERS' SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE group should be organized 
to support all prisoners fighting for their basic human and civil rights 
denied to them, as victims of this racist "criminal [injjustice system" and 
of the existing culture of MASS INCARCERATION of the poor, mainly 
of PEOPLE OF COLOR, for private, corporate profit by the profiteers of 
the U.S. prison industrial complex and the oligarchy of all the established 
politicians and lobby groups and their corporations that benefit from 
"corrections" and its industry as a money-making empire not concerned 
with fairness, nor justice nor rehabilitation but only "law and order" 
and the defense of the sacrosanctity of "private property" relations and 
enforcing the existing social order, in sustaining the division of classes and 
class rule in the rich, the powerful influential in control of government, 
institutions and our lives. ALL PRISONERS ARE PRISONERS OF 
CONSCIENCE, and although their acts may not be directly political, 
the political system imprisoned them through a mockery of laws that 
are not fair and applied only to the poor. WHEN HAVE YOU SEEN A 
potential for these prisoners to grasp the true nature of their "crimes" 
and the root causes of their social and racial oppression provides to us 
the potential for them to become "politicized" through education, re- 
education, and personal experiences, and tragedies, while suffering the 
brutalities, in heart and bone, of the brutalities of the viciousness of 
the state and prison system once pulled into this never-ending cycle of 
violence, unless one; recognizes its roots and frees oneself from the clutch 
of the system's grip and from within the belly of the beast. Through such 
these prisoners begin to grow politically, and to give expression to their 
newly acquired I ideas and belief systems, under a new transformation 
and becoming new men, new women behind prison walls, and began 
fighting their oppressive conditions making them "political prisoners" 
of the GEORGE JACKSON, and my type, [politicized in prison at first], 
meaning while not in prison initially for direct political actions against 
the system on the outside [other then "offending" the relations between 
private property relations and other socio-economic relations under 
capitalism], they immediately suffer the repression of the totalitarian 
state and its prison system for demanding their freedom and not to be 
treated like slaves or beasts, like the ATTICA PRISON BROTHERS 
who rebelled against their prison oppression and were massacred in 


My name is Jennifer Gann. I'm a 45 year old white and Cherokee, queer 
trans woman involved in revolutionary struggle for liberation and I am 
currently help prisoner by the state of California at a maximum security 
mens facility. Kern Valley State Prison. 

I originally was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to seven years 
in prison, but as a result of having to take up arms in prison struggle, 
I was given multiple 25 -life sentences for possession of a weapon and 
battery on a non-confined person/pig (i.e. acting in self defense, prisoner 
resistance, etc.) My case is currently on appeal as I was found "ineligible" 
to be resentenced under the Three Strikes Reform Act (prop. 36), because 
a biased judge made "extra fact" findings that I was "armed." Thus, I am 
a P.O.W. standing in solidarity with anarchist, communist, feminist, and 
queer struggles which intersect with prison abolitionist work. 

"Prisoner Support" should mean that activists become more involved in 
prison abolitionist organizing in the community, or educate themselves 
about issues such as solitary confinement and police brutality. Practices 
such as more coordinated and militant street demonstrations have been 
lacking until recently when police violence has repeatedly been exposed 
in the mass media. 

Current social movements can show solidarity with prisoners from 
previous movements by intersecting across race, class and gender 

identities. For example #blacklivesmatter should intersect with queer 
struggles against police terror (remember Sylvia Rivera in the Stonewall 
Riot worked in solidarity with the Black Panther Party). 

Additionally, political prisoner support groups, such as that of Mumia 
Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier, should intersect with the struggles of 
women and queer prisoners. Meaningful solidarity means long-term 
investment in these struggles, prisoner penpal correspondences which 
lead to REAL friendships, and always renewing your commitment to 
work for the oppressed. 

"The struggle continues" when revolutionaries are incarcerated. This 
means that we prisoners should not simply give up and lay down in 
our cell until we die. When we get caught up in the drama on these 
yards, such as the gossip and games of inmates and pigs, we need to be 
conscious of this and bring our focus back to our own position. 

I have continued in the struggle as a leadership member of Black and Pink 
for the past five years. I have also worked with Maoist MIM (Prisons), 
The California Coalition of Women Prisoners (CCWP), and other prison 
abolitionists. All individuals and movements should remain aware that 
we are under constant surveillance by the government. Be careful what 
you say, who you associate with, and when someone tries to provoke 
you, don't trip! 

I would appreciate any further information about No More Locked 
Doors and welcome penpal correspondences from participants at the 

Love and Solidarity, 

Jennifer Gann, E-23852 

with their flowery, sugar-coated phrases, WE MUST BE ABLE TO SEE 
THE FOREST FOR THE TREES, locate the chains wrapped around 
our brains, hearts and souls, rattle and break these chains that enslave 
us from being and acting as truly free and liberated human beings, 
not mere slaves to our "internalized oppression," nor as commodities 
to the highest capitalist bidder. These social movement organizations 
must create serious leadership and a "cadre" of workers engaged in 
organizing poor and oppressed communities bringing them into the 
group, its meetings, discussions, study groups, and other organized 
social, political, cultural and celebratory events recognizing our past 
history and our role in changing oppressive conditions and for creating 
liberated zones and communes within the domestic territory, free 
of capitalist influence and coercion. Revolutionary, class conscious 
workers, must be trained and dispatched into communities to address 
every act or manifestation of social injustice and oppression and outrage 
by the system be it police brutality and murders of unarmed civilians, 
to employment discrimination, to public school discrimination against 
students, and any and all other acts of abuse and exploitation, with 
emphasis on recruitment and explaining to the masses the root causes 
of their social and racial oppression, their disunity and lack of political 
empowerment to take control of their lives and their communities, and 
to get organized and to struggle against everything and anything that 
is racist, abusive, oppressive and exploitive, in taking our destiny in our 
own hands as a free and determined people and community. Survival 
programs such as the "free breakfast programs" for the needy, focusing 
on the nutritional needs of infants and children, their general welfare 
and health, medical, transportation, and other social and familial 
and community needs must be established, using social models of the 
past that were effective, such as those used by the BLACK PANTHER 
INDIAN MOVEMENT, among others, and began constructing our own 
social structure and schools and communes where we can work, play and 
recreate in building our liberated zones and communes free of capitalist 
influence and coercion, in forging a true humanity of brotherhood of all 
those poor and oppressed under this capitalist system, of all colors and 
nationalities. We began to build these revolutionary communes working 
to establish a united front resistance movement bringing in these needed 
human power, resources and services that can and must be organized 
by the same people themselves free of government assistance, created 
by and through the creativity and the dynamics of what we can create 
as poor and oppressed peoples yearning for liberation and freedom from 
capitalism and imperialism. It is only then when the people will begin to 
feel the power of their movement increasing tenfold the social dynamics 

oppressive social contract and order under existing capitalist relations of 
production, distribution and the accumulation of wealth and power in 
the hands of the rich, and the 1% of the owners of the corporate oligarchy 
and its instruments of coercion, to keep us chained to their machines 
and their political economic system of exploitation of our labor power. 
Any serious social movement, as you know, must work to support the 
national "prisoner class," of all the incarcerated, as victims of this racist, 
unjust social order. Prisoners must be educated, re-educated, shown 
that they are all victims of social injustice and have a lot in common, 
be they Chicano, Mexicano, African American, Native American, Asian, 
Puerto Rican, White, or any other race or nationality. These "national 
prisoners" live under racist and inhumane conditions all across this 
government's PRISON HOUSE OF NATIONS and subjected to racist 
and inhumane conditions of confinement and denied basic human and 
civil rights, and treated as the "prison slaves" living under "slavery" as 
legally sanctioned by the own 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: 
prisoners come from our communities, and will be returning to our 

The struggles of prisoners must be linked with the struggles of our 
communities, for these struggles are one and the same. Whether inside 
prison walls, or outside, we must begin with an infusion of revolutionary 
consciousness be it the prison cell, or the street corner, using historical, 
dialectical materialism as guides, of not only working to transform 
individuals but to change society as it exists. The study of poor 
people's popular movements against racist, oppressive and illegitimate 
governments and institutions must be key to our own liberation, 
learning from history and from our past struggles, our advances made 
and the mistakes as well. Social movements must energetically work to 
create study groups in teaching, and learning about this history and the 
pernicious instruments under capitalist society, such as the established 
media organs used to stereotype, misinform and brainwash persons 
and society, with a new revolutionary vision using THE SCIENCE OF 
history of changing the existing abusive and exploitative social order 
through struggle, freeing ourselves and our families, society as a whole, 
from our current condition in the existing relations imposed against 
us under this MASTER-SLAVE CONDITION, and no matter how and 
what the system does to try to misinform, confuse and condition us 


My name is Jason Hammond. I am an anarchist and anti-fascist currently 
incarcerated with a 3.5 year sentence for confronting and shutting down 
a meeting of white supremacists in Tinley Park, IL, in the year 2012. 
Five other comrades who participated with me have already served time 
in Illinois prisons. I am a wild-eyed militant dreamer, a free-spirited 
musician and look forward to taking the struggle to the streets once 
again when i am released. 

Having practiced prison solidarity from the outside, as well as having 
received it during my current bid, I have many thoughts on the subject. 
First, I am for abolition, meaning I desire the entire dismantling of the 
corrupt and dysfunctional penal system. That system is a tool used by 
the capitalist classes for social control, not for inmate rehabilitation as it 
is often portrayed. With this in mind, one must not 'other' the convict. 
We are no more culpable than people on the outside who are big enough 
fish on the socio-political food chain to avoid prison. 

I do value highly the role of individuals taking responsibility for their 
actions. Free-thinking communities are already thinking of and practicing 
alternative forms of justice, but the current system preys on cycles of 
poverty, created by large and sweeping apparatuses that throughout 
history have pushed people to commit crimes. Our society, it seems, 
through both indifference and deliberation, depends on maintaining a 

criminal class, a desperate group vulnerable to mass exploitation. 

Therefore, when communicating with prisoners, whether they are 
identified as political or otherwise, one must keep in mind the system 
itself is just as much to blame for the existence of crime. Be patient and 
understanding with inmates; it's likely they are not receiving any of that 
in prison. 

I think the first and most important way to do prisoner support is to 
open a door of meaningful communication. Every person is different. 
Trust must be established. Inmates often say what their individual needs 
are to make their lives more tolerable. But it's wise to ask. 

Sometimes, It is the stories of friends and families that remind an inmate 
of the life outside prison that will be there for them. Many times, it is 
also material support which can drastically increase the quality of life 
for an inmate. We do not have a lot of personal power of movement but 
being able to eat what you like, when you like can make or break a day. 
Also, prison can be very boring. Providing books or music can be of great 
interest or help. Many inmates take this "opportunity" to broaden their 
horizons through reading and are often inspired to challenge the forces 
that oppress them. 

In my experience, these are helpful ways to support prisoners.. Keep 
in mind, all are individuals with different needs and who go through 
different phases. Sometimes, there is a tendency to blame prisoners 
or tell them what they should do or need, but remember who has the 
upper hand in the situation. Not that prisoners are always right; having 
gone through dehumanizing processes can damage psychologically. It is 
important to be empathetic towards that. 

Social movements, like anything else in the world, are not created in a 
void. They are a continuous history, dotted with victories and setbacks. 
It is important to know the history while engaging in radicalism because 
we owe so much to our predecessors. They, like us, have fought for 
freedom, been incarcerated or died in the struggles. Their ideas helped 
shape the world we live in today. As much as we can We should support 
them either directly or by learning about their fights, carrying the torch 
in today's struggles and then on to the next generation. To me, the 
expression "the struggle continues" means to carry on the fight for the 
ideals of a free society even if in doing so we risk our own life. 

While directly challenging the bigger fish's ability to eat us, we can be 
sure that they will repress us. We must be aware of their tactics and 
prepare accordingly. I think our best defense against this is information. 

federal court in Houston). I was convicted and sentenced to 50 years 
imprisonment for disarming a racist Sheriff in self defense, who was in 
the act of murdering me. His motive was to stop me from organizing the 
barrio around police brutality, and seeking to re-open the police murder 
of my friend ERVAY RAMOS under federal criminal civil rights laws 
that have no statute of limitations; including seeking to alert newspaper 
reporters of the ongoing corruption in the Sheriff's Office and the local 
courthouse and other corrupt politicians, earning the ire of the police 
and the establishment. I have fought this conviction for many years and 
continue to do so to this date. I am 62. DOB: May 12 1952. 

I am now going on 15 years in solitary confinement caged 23 hours a day 
under racist, inhumane conditions of confinement. My parole eligibility 
date is set as JUNE 2021, about 7 more years. I will answer any and all 
questions that you may have related to any and all aspects of my personal 
life, my struggles, my legal case and my activities and solidarity actions 
with others, from where the system has me buried alive as another victim 
of this government's war on CHICANO MILITANCY AND DISSENT. 


This is by no means intended to be a comprehensive "paper" on these 
topics, but only a skeletal draft as relates to the specific questions NO 
MORE LOCKED DOORS issued out to others in your notice of the 
scheduled conference and the call for "panel presentors" as relates to 
NO MORE LOCKED ROORS is interested, perhaps, we can venture into 
a more detailed and coordinated "paper" in the near future, as well as 
working with Chicano militant activists or groups in the country, as well 
as other social movements and activists interested in the dynamics of 
this case history for publication, or for academia on the social sciences, 
sociology, psychology and political science as relates to the-CHICANO 
movements domestically and internationally. 

In my history of struggle and resistance, working to build a sustained 
revolutionary social movement, outside and inside prison walls, many 
groups come and go. Although "good intentioned," these groups offer 
no consistency in working to build a sustained dynamic nucleus, or 
vanguard,if you will, due to many factors, and other obstacles. Examples 
of such are lack of organizational structure, discipline and unity, lack 
of resources, human power and, of course, state repression that comes 
down against those of us who seek independence and liberty from the 

COMRADE GEORGE'S calls to "transform the criminal mentality into a 
revolutionary mentality." For my resistance struggles, I suffered extreme 
forms of state and prison repression, from confinement in solitary 
confinement for years, to prison guard beatings, denial of adequate 
medical care, false disciplinary charges, horrible food, denial of parole, 
subjected to the prison's political police "witch hunts," and many other 
forms of repression. I was released in March 1991 and immediately 
began organizing the community in Houston, forming a community 
empowerment group, a prisoners' solidarity committee, a stop the 
violence youth committee, holding community forums and "study 
groups" while also attending the University of Houston, and working to 
create a national movement in alliance with other local, domestic and 
international human rights and liberation groups around the country. I 
was an invited public speaker at many colleges, universities and human 
rights, Chicano Studies Programs events and other activities from a 
militant, revolutionary perspective. Including my human rights work as 
a NGO (nongovernmental organization) delegate to the United Nations 
Commission on Human Rights, not as one who believed in that tribunal 
which I see as an instrument of ZIONISM and U.S. IMPERIALISM, 
but to position myself to criticize the organization and create other 
alliances with other human rights groups around the world, and to 
develop a strategy for internationalist solidarity with all the oppressed 
peoples of the world in developing REVOLUTIONARY SOCIALIST 
DOMINATION. For more details of my work, and case history, please 
visit:, and 

I left Houston in 1995 and returned to my hometown of Alpine, only 
to find the same misery and the same social and racial oppression of 
Chicanos in the barrio, ruled by the iron fist of police and their ongoing 
brutality and murders of unarmed civilians. I began organizing, while 
doing "freelance" legal work for progressive attorneys as a "paralegal," 
a trade I learned as a "jailhouse lawyer and writwriter." For a history 
of my "prison struggles" please see, TEXAS PRISONS: THE WALLS 
GAME TUMBLING DOWN, by Steve Martin, 1983, Texas Monthly 
PRISONERS VS. THE USA, by Mumia Abu Jaml, 2010, City Lights 
Publishing, (where Mumia notes the Texas prison struggles and my work 
by name). See also HERNANDEZ V. ESTELLE, "788 F.2d 1154 (5th 
Cir. 1989) (protesting denial of revolutionary literature, during a prison 
yard takeover I had organized at the start of the prison reform case in 

A society is easier to control when it does not know it is being controlled. 
Their biggest hope is to keep us all apathetic and in line with the status 
quo. The official narrative states that wars and social disasters are 
anomolies to the system. But when the lie is dispelled, and with the 
illusion lifted, we will realize a better world is possible, one outside 
their wage slavery and mass incarceration, one without governed states, 
patriarchy or interethnic tension. A world where we see that we are not 
free until all of us are free! 



"[0]nly the prison movement has shown any promise of cutting 
across the ideological, racial and cultural barricades that have 
blocked the natural coalition of left-wing forces at all times in the 
past. So this movement must be used to provide an example for 
the partisans engaged at other levels of struggle..." 

- GEORGE L. JACKSON BBR Minister of Defense, murdered by 
San Quentin prison pigs, Aug. 21,1971 

TUESDAY, 21 APRIL, 2015 


By now you should have received my brief letter and draft flyer I mailed 
to you a few days ago, in relation to the scheduled May 16th conference 
on pow, political prisoners to be held at QILOMBO COMMUNITY 
CENTER. Here are my thoughts as related to the questions you posted 
in your communique. 


I am a Chicano pow, political prisoner with a long history of struggle 

and resistance on the outside and behind prison walls. Initially, at a very 
young age, I was framed by police for a crime I did not commit. Although a 
rebellious, anti-authoritorian young Chicano who rebelled against police 
occupation of our Chicano barrio, and the social and racial injustices 
growing up in a racist, segregated society in far Southwest Texas, 90 
miles from the U.S./ Mexico military-imposed border, in a small, rural 
community named Alpine, between Odessa And El Paso, Texas, I was 
by no means a rebel with a "revolutionary consciousness." I was only a 
by-product of my anarchism as a means of unorganized and instinctive 
reaction against my social and racial oppression, not comprehending the 
root causes of that oppression of myself and of Chicanos as victims of 
Yankee colonialism and imperialism, and the true nature of the repressive 
capitalist state and its instruments of repression in maintaining class 
rule over all workers under this wage-theft socioeconomic system. I was 
framed because police found it convenient to frame me based on their 
hatred of me because of the history of confrontational conflicts I had been 
involved against police from police fights, beatings, destruction of police 
vehicles, protesting police brutality and murders of young Chicanos, 
such as my friend Ervay Ramos. I was with Ervay that tragic night that 
a racist police pig shot him in the back in cold blood murdering him 
instantly. The incident was reported by the U.S. Commission on Civil 
Rights in their 1970 report entitled: MEXICAN AMERICANS AND 
of Congress, 1970. The murdering pig never served a day in jail, as was 
and is this continuation of a historical culture of pig murders of young 
unarmed civilians in this society, mostly people of color throughout black 
and brown communities, from Oakland to New York and in between. 
It is more pronounced in what I call the "occupied territories" of the 
U.S. Southwest, where these neo-colonial practices and war crimes still 
persist, sanctioned by racist courts. 

I was sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime I did not commit. In 
Texas prisons, I became "politicized" where I met the revolutionary giants 
VILLA, JOAQUIN MURIETTA, and many more heroes and martyrs 
of poor people's popular movements. I began studying revolutionary 
movements in history, from the PARIS COMMUNE, to the ATTICA 
PRISON REBELLION, continuing to today. I began giving expression 
to my political ideas, and got involved in the "prison movement" 
fighting back against these racist and inhumane prison conditions in 
this brutal prison system, while working to organize prisoners, adopting