Kinetik Justice, a prison strike organizer and co-founder of the Free Alabama Movement, spoke with Democracy Now! from solitary confinement at Holman Correctional Facility: “These strikes are our methods of challenging mass incarceration, as we understand the prison system is a continuation of the slave system.”
I was talking to my investigator last week. He said they had just left a seminar were they were pitching ideas about the building of the New prisons to the State. He said the one thing that they all were in agreement on was this: The LWOP and Death row will have their own part of the prison. They will not have any jobs other than waiting to die bro. He said they will have levels 2,3,4, there so they will be the only ones with all the job in and outside the prison. Not even a kitchen job for LWOP, hall runners job, or Nothing. All these old niggas that have this industry job bro can’t even work at this New shit there trying to build. He said LWOP an Death row will dam near be the same other then we get more time out just where they have us housed. He said other then our outside time, we lock down. He said in other words they are building a Nice clean prison for u to die in. He said there building y’all a Billion Dollar Casket. He words not mines. Smfh. b
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WE DECLARE WAR !!!
When the trans-Atlantic slave trade began, Europe and her partners in crime declared war on Africa. When the Southern Confederacy ceded from the North, they declared a civil war to maintain the institution of slavery. After the Civil War, the 13th Amendment was ratified to maintain the institution of slavery under the control of the government. In other works, the institution of slavery was never abolished, instead, it was Nationalized and turned into an institution that would be controlled by the State, Federal and local governments.
Under the 13th Amendment, the criminal justice system and the courtroom would become the auction block. “Neither slavery or involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. . . ” Since that time, it has been the jails and prison systems that have served the functions of running the enterprise and institution of slavery in America. And, the complexity of the slave has not change: Black, Brown, and poor. The practice has not changed: free labor that exploits the oppressed and enriches the rulers of the system.
In 1878, just 13 years after ratification of the 13th Amendment, over 73% of the entire Alabama state budget was generated from prison labor and convict leasing. Now, in 2016, over 1.5 billion dollars per year is generated from Alabama prison labor in ACID industries, work release deductions ( up to 60% of wages can be taken), medical co-pays, filing fees, usury prices and kickback contracts from canteen, phone calls and more.
As fate would have it, the same Southern states that declared war on the North to preserve the institution of slavery in 1861, are now the same States that lead the Nation and world in incarceration rates. They have done this by declaring war on crime, war on poverty, war of this and war on that. Their last war is the “war on drugs.”
Well, it is time that the victims and intended targets of this war (the name of the war changes but the game hasn’t) — it is time that we declare war on mass incarceration, we declare war on prison slavery, and we declare war on the 13th Amendment.
Governor Bentley has recently proposed the construction of a new 1.5 billion (not 800 million) slave plantation. We must not sit by and accept this new above ground work-till-death camp and cemetary that will be used to continue to fund a government for the elite and rich, who choose to continue the institution and enterprise of Slavery in Alabama.
WE DECLARE WAR. !!!
WHY ALABAMA’S HABITUAL OFFENDERS LAW SHOULD BE REPEALED
In the spring of 1982, 22 year old Willie Simmons hadn’t been out of prison long and still hadn’t found a job. Bills had to be paid and Willie needed money. In this state of mind Willie saw a man standing in his yard as he walked down Daleville Avenue. Desperate, Willie accosted the man and after a brief conversation, Willie wrestled the man to the ground then took his wallet escaping with $9.
Willie was ultimately arrested and charged with Robbery 1st degree. Once Willie was convicted for taking the wallet, due to having 3 prior Theft convictions, Willie was sentenced to a Mandatory Life without Parole Sentence under Alabama’s newly enacted Habitual Offenders Statute. Thirty four (34 !!!!) years later, Willie Simmons is still languishing away in Alabama’s Department of Corrections.
BUSINESSMEN TALK DOLLARS, POLITICIANS TALK VOTES
When statesmen ruled the halls of politics, you could go to them and talk politically in terms effecting change based on how many votes you can bring in. Exchanges were made based on those numbers.
Nowadays, businessmen rule the halls of politics. Therefore, instead of talking number of votes, you have to be talking money. If you ain’t talking money, they ain’t listening.
Mass incarceration is now atleast a 500 billion dollar industry.
In Alabama, those numbers are somewhere between 2 and 3 billion dollars. That should give you an idea of the type of financial impact that your coalition must have in order to gain their attention. If we want to see changes in the system, we have to understand the business model that we are in.
And please remember that we are dealing with businessmen, not politicians. This is a very important distinction.