It is friday and that means Scission returns to prison and reminds us all to keep in mind the plight of the thousands locked up behind the bars and the walls of this "institutions."
When I was in prison back in the seventies there were, of course, racial divisions amongst prisoners, but not nearly to the extent that they exist today. Don't forget I entered prison only a few years after prisoners at Attica united together in that historic uprising.
Today anything like that would be practically impossible. Prisons have turned into gang fiefdoms and are rife with racial hatred. Race based violence is commonplace. Prison administrators feign concern, but the reality is these divisions make control much more simple. A divided prison population is a prison populations whose anger is most often turned within. The unity needed for a true prison movement within is thus extremely difficult. That is why the post and statement below is so very important.
The call for unity, for a stepping back from the violence may sound utopian to some. It may even seem utopian to me. Still, it also represents some sort of hope, some sort of a re-emergence of sanity. I hope with all my heart that the call you will read here is heard by the thousands of prisoners who can only gain anything at all by working together in struggle. There simply is no other way.
The task toward prisoner unity strikes me as an incredibly tough one, but all power to those taking the first step.
The following is from the San Francisco Bay View.
California prisoners make historic call for peace between racial groups in California prisons and jails
The statement calls for the cessation of all hostilities between groups to commence Oct. 10, 2012, in all California prisons and county jails. “This means that from this date on, all racial group hostilities need to be at an end,” the statement says.
Azadeh Zohrabi of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition sees the agreement as a positive development that stems from last year’s hunger strikes. “While living through some of the worst conditions imaginable, the authors of this statement continue to work for change,” states Zohrabi. “While the prison administration drags its feet on even the most basic reforms, these guys are trying to build peace throughout the system. That says a lot about their humanity and hope.”
“While living through some of the worst conditions imaginable, the authors of this statement continue to work for change,” states Zohrabi. “While the prison administration drags its feet on even the most basic reforms, these guys are trying to build peace throughout the system. That says a lot about their humanity and hope.”
Agreement to end hostilities
- Todd Ashker, C-58191, D1-119
- Arturo Castellanos, C-17275, D1-121
- Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa (Dewberry), C-35671, D1-117
- Antonio Guillen, P-81948, D2-106
- Danny Troxell, B-76578, D1-120
- George Franco, D-46556, D4-217
- Ronnie Yandell, V-27927, D4-215
- Paul Redd, B-72683, D2-117
- James Baridi Williamson, D-34288. D4-107
- Alfred Sandoval, D-61000, D4-214
- Louis Powell, B-59864, D1-104
- Alex Yrigollen, H-32421, D2-204
- Gabriel Huerta, C80766, D3-222
- Frank Clement, D-07919, D3-116
- Raymond Chavo Perez, K-12922, D1-219
- James Mario Perez, B-48186, D3-124