Listen to a great interview with Laura Whitehorn, former political prisoner and long-time organizer in the struggle for liberation, and Ed Mead, a former prisoner, co-founder of Prison Legal News and founder of the Prison Art Newsletter. The interview was broadcast on Friday June 24th, 2011 on the Without Walls series of Hard Knock Radio, a show that is broadcast on the outside as well as to prisoners. (Interview starts at 16:55)
Geronimo ji-Jaga Pratt
by Lynne Stewart, political prisoner
The untimely death of Geronimo ji-Jaga Pratt has hit me very hard because it reminds me of all the work yet to be done. Not only the liberation of the oppressed, to which Geronimo dedicated himself as a young man and again after his release, but also the liberation of those locked away in the torture chambers of this Gulag U.S.
The loss of Geronimo is so difficult because he was robbed of the opportunity to contribute to the long term struggle for liberation of the Black community in his most productive years. Yes, there was always a mention or a placard, “Free Geronimo Pratt!” But his ability to publicly inspire and uplift was jailed at San Quentin. He was there in his 20s, 30s and 40s. The movement suffered. Hoover [J. Edgar Hoover, longtime head of the FBI] and his like triumphed. We must now undo this evil.
By torture chambers I mean, of course, the prison “holes.” Those places of solitary confinement where loneliness and total lack of human contact drive people mad. Even the strong are “modified.” Many of those who have been jailed in this way are political prisoners.
Many of them have been in 24-hour lockdown for more than 20 years and face the rest of their lives there. I really don’t need to name names – they are engraved on my heart and I hope on yours. Just check the Jericho website for a complete rundown. And also, dare I say it, the Project Salaam listing of Muslims wrongfully imprisoned.
If we are spared and are still in the world and able to act and activate, it is our primary obligation, if we think of ourselves as political, to take up this struggle and liberate those behind bars. As Mutulu Shakur wrote to me, and I paraphrase, “The faith of those who gave their all and still wait for the dedicated comrades, the People, to bring them home, is greater than any religious devotion.”
Geronimo’s death reminds us of this paramount obligation. The enemy in the BOP (Federal Bureau of Prisons), the Nebraska, New York and Louisiana prisons will never act until those unjust imprisonments become more detrimental to them and their system than freeing our brothers and sisters. Action! Action! Change! Change!
Geronimo ji-Jaga Pratt – Presente! Live Like Him!
Legendary lawyer for the people Lynne Stewart is currently a political prisoner. Send her some love and light: Lynne Stewart, 53504-054, FMC Carswell, Unit 2N, P.O. Box 27137, Fort Worth, TX 76127.
By Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
“God knows what happens now. Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms… I want people to see the truth… because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.” That’s an excerpt from an online conversation the FBI attributes to 23 year-old Bradley Manning. Over 50 supporters marched to support Bradley this morning in the 2011 SF Pride Parade.
International human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell recently hailed Bradley a “gay hero” for his known commitment to equal human rights.
Tatchell writes: Bradley Manning is openly gay. He has participated in Pride marches and campaigned against the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” restrictions on gay military personnel. In 2008, he attended a rally in New York to oppose attempts to ban same-sex marriage in California. Manning is also a humanist and a man with a conscience. When he discovered human rights violations by the US armed forces and duplicity by the US government, he was shocked and distressed. He became disillusioned with his country’s foreign and military policy; believing it was betraying the US ideals of democracy and human rights.
For telling us all the truth about the human cost of our own wars, Bradley Manning now faces life in prison or the death penalty. Never before in the history of the U.S. has someone been charged with “Aiding the enemy through indirect means” by making information public. If Americans do not take action now to support Bradley, the outcome of Bradley’s trial could set a chilling precedent for the future of whistleblowers and government accountability.
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