By Ikemba S. Mutulu, SF Bay View
January 12, 2011
I’d like to offer this word of support to the convicts and comrades out in them Georgia dungeons doing your thing. As word comes out about the inhumane conditions there, it’s important we all stand in solidarity with these men. To recognize and demand one’s own humanity is to simultaneously acknowledge and stand in unison for the human rights of all peoples.
The state will make every excuse to deny this systematic pattern of abuse and corruption in the prisons. They will try to criminalize our protests as riots and our self defense against their brutality as unprovoked attacks on them.
So it is vital for loved ones and supporters on the outside to witness as much as possible, get as many first hand accounts as possible and report it to the people.
And we on the inside must continue the struggle, educating one another and doing what is necessary to make our voices heard. The young brothers there said, “Know your rights.” And I would add, “Know your worth.”
Message from a prisoner in Georgia
by Zak Solomon, Concerned Coalition to Respect Prisoners’ Rights
This email was sent Tuesday, Jan. 11 (texted in several segments):
“As salamu alaikum. Brother, I am known as a Freedom Fighter. I am a Muslim incarcerated in the Georgia prison. I am at one of the prisons that were locked down in December. Many injustices are happening here.
“Since the beatings of inmates with hammers by corrections staff, another approach by staff is taking place. Instead of the staff themselves beating inmates, they are allowing the so called gang bangers and so called thugs to do it and then they compensate them in some fashion, as well as protect them from disciplinary action.
“If you would like to contact me about this, please feel free to do so. I am working with as many outside organizations as possible. For the safety of my life and fear of retaliation by staff, please keep my identity and phone info confidential. As salamu alaikum.”
(Photo: In retaliation for organizing the Georgia prison strike, Miguel Jackson was pepper sprayed, handcuffed and beaten with hammers, resulting in a fractured nose and 50 stitches to his face, and guards tried to throw him over the railing from the second floor, his wife said. – Photo courtesy of the Final Call.)
After discussion with members and affiliates of the Concerned Coalition, it seems that the best response we can take at the moment is to call Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, at (404) 656-1776.
Deal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Deal) is an anti-immigrant former prosecutor and has little concern for the prisoners’ rights or their safety. Short of going out to Georgia, shutting down his phone lines appears to be the most effective way to let him know the world is watching.
We are in the process of putting together a call-in campaign, where different cities commit to shutting down the governor’s office’s phone lines on consecutive days – until the 37 disappeared prisoners’ status and whereabouts are released and good faith negotiations with CCRPR on the prisoners’ demands have begun.
If you are willing to help organize the call-in campaign, please reply to Zak Solomon, firstname.lastname@example.org. No in-person meetings will be required. Please share this information.