It is cops and jails friday and I am returning back to the cause that brung me to create this column - political prisoners. We have left too many such folks behind. I have long believed that we, those of us on the outside, have an absolute obligation to never forget these people and to always have their freedom placed in the forefront of our struggles. This is an obligation I have tried to follow here at Scission and out there in the more real world.
I spent a relatively short time in prison on political charges. I consider myself lucky. I remind myself often that up the Missouri River from me in Omaha two men were convicted of political charges at virtually the same time as me. There was, of course, one big difference in our cases. I am white. They are black. This is the USA. They are still in prison. Mondo we Langa and Ed Poindexter, former Black Panthers have sat behind bars for well over four decades. That is horrendous. What, of course, makes it even more horrendous is that the overwhelming evidence is out there which indicates they should not have spent one single day there.
Prisons across America find men and women facing similar fates.
Where are we?
What are we doing?
The following is from a newspaper that makes it its business to never forget - The San Francisco Bay View.
From the Keystone State to the Golden State: The need for a national movement to liberate political prisoners
by Robert Saleem Holbrook