Jalil’s analysis for Future Focus

Jericho Movement:

jalil-muntaqim-webIn seven years, by 2023, the U.S. will be 40 percent minority, and 50 percent of the entire population will be under 40 years old. These are the demographics that cannot be ignored as progressives move forward building opposition to institutional racism and plutocratic governing.

In my thinking, it is incumbent on today’s activists to take into account what America will look like in ten years, so we will be better positioned to ensure the future will not be governed by deniers of change. In this regard, I am raising dialogue toward building a National Coalition for a Changed America (NCCA) comprised of social, economic and political activists who are prepared to build a future-focused America based on equitable distribution of wealth. It is important that progressives seek the means to organize greater unity and uniformity in ideological and political objectives toward the construction of a mass and popular movement. It is well established that the most pressing issues confronting the poor and oppressed peoples are wage inequities, housing displacement, dysfunctional public schools and student debt, climate change, the criminalization of the poor, mass incarceration, and the militarization of the police. In each are negative racial and economic implications creating social conflicts and confrontations.

However, the most pervasive and devastating cause for all of these issues is the unequal distribution of wealth. It is well researched and recorded that the wealth disparity, income gap between whites and blacks is 40% greater today than in 1967, with the average black household’s net worth at $6,314 and the average white household’s at $110,500 (New York Times, “When Whites Just Don’t Get It,” by Nicholas Kistof). When we account for how such economic disparity impacts educational opportunities or criminal behaviour in the black community, we are better able to identify the overall pernicious problem. The Brookings Institute reported last July that: “As poverty increased and spread during the 2000s, the number of distressed neighborhoods in the United States—defined as census tracts with poverty rates of 40% or more—climbed by nearly three-quarters.” The report continued: “The population living in such neighborhoods grew by similar margins (76%, or 5 million people) to reach 11.6 million by 2008-2012.” (New York Times, “Crime and Punishment,” by Charles M. Blow).

Obviously, America is in increasing economic crisis, especially when considering … “According to a recent paper by the economists Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, and Gabriel Zucman of the London School of Economics, almost all of the increase in American inequality over the last 30 years is attributable to the “rise of the share of wealth owned by the 0.1% richest families.” And much of that rise is driven by the top 0.01%. “The wealth of the top 1% grew an average of 3.9% a year from 1986 to 2012, though the top one-hundredth of that 1% saw its wealth grow about twice as fast. The 16,000 families in the tiptop category—those with fortunes of at least $111 million—have seen their share of national wealth nearly double since 2002, to 11.2%.” (New York Times, “Another Widening Gap: The Haves vs. the Have-Mores,” by Robert Frank).

Can there by any serious disputing the reality that this so-called democracy is actually a plutocracy, and the governing plutocrats have us all hustling and scraping for the crumbs, demanding a minimum wage increase, when we should be demanding control of production? Hence, it is necessary for progressives to realize the future of our struggle must be based on participatory democracy, direct-action engagement. It is important for the more educated and experienced activists to teach the younger activists, and young people in general need to know the future belongs to them, and we are concerned about what that future will look like and how to make it productive. It is essential we figure ways to bridge differences between the evolving demographics and growing minority population.

For instance, I am heartened to see young people taking to the streets challenging the common impunity of police repression and violence. Indeed, Black Lives Matter! However, I am not confident these protests will result in anything substantial in terms of institutional changes or build a sustainable movement. We remember Occupy Wall Street (OWS) had created similar national attention, but void a national organization, leadership or agenda (demands), it was a matter of time before OWS would dissipate and disappear after police removed the public nuisances.

In this regard, I am asking activists to post on their Facebook pages and other online sites these musings, for open discussion and dialogue. Specifically, I suggest that young people across the country enter open debate about the future of specific issues that have captured national attention. Obviously, it is necessary to build a mass and popular movement to effectuate real institutional change in this country. This was a vital lesson from the civil rights movement challenging the institution of Jim Crow. Therefore, I am urging young activists to consider organizing toward a “Million Youth Independence Day March” (MY-ID March) for July 4, 2016, in Washington, D.C., making the following demands:

1. De-Militarization and De-Centralization of the Police, Demand Community Control of Police

2. Debt Relief for College Students, Lower Tuition Cost for College Education;

3. Support the Manifestation of the Dreamers Act—Stop Deportations and the Splitting of Families.

These three issues, as they become part of the national dialogue and challenge to the plutocratic government, are able to unite a universal national determination. A one-issue protest/campaign is not sustainable when confronting an oppressive/repressive government policy supported by right-wing corporate interests. However, these interwoven issues reach three demographics of young people, each directly challenging institutions of government. Again, it is important to use the current unrest to forge a unified and uniform national youth movement.

Secondly, politically, we need to consider how best to ensure these issues become a major factor in the national debate, possibly imposing them into the national election of 2016. In this way, inspiring and encouraging a mass and popular youth movement organized during the election year of 2016, we empower the youth to be future focused. It is well established that it was the youth who were instrumental in getting Obama elected as President. Despite our collective disappointment with his presidency, the lesson learned is the power of the youth when united and determined to accomplish a task. Again, recognizing that in 7 years the electoral demographics will be drastically changed, it is time to prepare for that eventuality, even if some do not believe in the electoral process. Therefore, during the election year of 2016, not a single candidate will be permitted to conduct a public forum without being challenged by these issues. These would be acts of participatory democracy and direct-action engagement. Obviously, to hold a national rally and march in Washington, D.C. during the July 4, 2016 weekend tells the entire country that young people will divorce themselves from the status quo, becoming independent of the Republican/Democratic party politics.

In closing, it is anticipated this proposal will raise questions concerning the potential for the development of a National Coalition for a Changed America (NCCA). Permit me to say that this proposed organization is only a suggestion. I firmly believe that building a national coalition is necessary to establish a mass and popular movement capable of forcing institutional changes, including the ultimate goal of redistribution of America’s wealth. I request this paper be widely distributed and discussed. I am prepared to enter discussion with anyone interested in the potential development of a National Coalition for a Changed America. Lastly, I humbly request activists to review what I wrote in“Toward a New American Revolution.”

“Our First Line of Defense IS Power to the People!”

Remember: We Are Our Own Liberators!

In fierce struggle,
Jalil A. Muntaqim
Attica, February 2015

Write to Jalil:
Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283
Attica Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 149
Attica, NY 14011-0149

Funds for May 13th Event

The MOVE family is working very hard to make the upcoming 30th commemoration of the bombing a truly memorable and significant event. We plan to do commercials to advertise the event and have public service announcements, etc. on 2 local radio stations. One radio station is willing to live-broadcast our event. All this cost money and we have raised a significant portion of all the needed funds. We still need to raise $2,000.00 to complete the expenses of putting this event on so we’re asking those that can, dig deep. Some of you have already sent generous donations. We really appreciate it and we are not asking you to do more, unless you absolutely can and want to. There are some of you that have not contributed yet so we hope that if you can, you will.

If you want to contribute, write your check or money order to MOVE and send it to me, Ramona Africa at 4506 Kingsessing Ave. Philadelphia, PA. 19143. Thanks in advance for your support—Ramona

Support the strike at St. Clair Correctional Facility in Alabama!

Today, 48 hours before a peaceful work stoppage starts on Sunday, March 1,
at St Clair Correctional Facility (SCCF) in Springville, Ala., riot police
have been sent to the prison to beat, torture, and intimidate the men
incarcerated at SCCF, whose demands include an end to severe overcrowding
and filthy living conditions.

Here’s how you can support the strike and help stop the brutality against
the prisoners:

1. Call SCCF’s warden, Carter Davenport, at (205)467-6111.
Tell him to stop the retaliation against the prisoners, who have a right to
peacefully protest against their inhumane treatment.

2. Send an email to the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC).. Go to the ADOC’s website, http://www.doc.state.al.us. Click contact us and then click constituent services. Type your message, addressing it to Warden Carter Davenport. Before sending your message, please sign it. (You don’t have to give your address.)

3. Spread the word to others. We must flood the prison with phone
calls and the ADOC with email.

“Visions, not blueprints: an open letter from an anarchist prisoner”

A beautiful recent letter from U.S. anarchist political prisoner Connor Stevens who was entrapped by the FBI under the farce called the ‘war on terror’ and is serving prison time. Give them some support.
http://www.cleveland4solidarity.org/content/connor-stevens

“Visions, not blueprints: an open letter from an anarchist prisoner”

“We are an image from the future.”
— graffiti in greece, 2008

Rebellion has ruptured the placid suffering of yesterday.
Those of us who have acknowledged the ongoing class war in this society, siding with the oppressed, have seen these moments before. Moments where the police are turned back, overran; where anything becomes possible after they have been routed. But always these moments were brief glimpses of what we are capable of — always control reestablishes itself and snuffs out the many worlds we are creating. Never before in my lifetime has rebellion been so far-spread, capable of sustaining itself for so long.
Through the flames and the clamor of street fighting we embody our collective strength, sustaining our visions of those worlds we carry in our hearts. Control was shattered, and the enemy took too long to regroup. Now youths from Brooklyn to the Bay Area have glimpsed the overwhelming possibilities of revolt.
Spontaneity ruptures all attempts at control.
The oppressed have burned the illusions of helplessness. History has returned, and we, the masses, are giving birth to the future. But birth is not simply a matter of blood and pain. We must create communities of resistance, the fertile soil for the worlds we desire. We must strive for complete autonomy — by means of growing our own food, being able to heal one another, organizing community defense groups, establishing our capacities to harness energy, to educate our people, to carve out territories where we can regroup, learn, grow, and intensify the struggle.
This is the infrastructure of resistance necessary to transform rebellion into sustained insurrection.
The streets of the united states have recently resembled the streets of Greece or Argentina, or any of dozens of other countries in which the oppressed, the poor, fight back. The wave of unrest embodied in the Occupy movement reached its high-water mark in late 2011. The current wave is far more intense, as people in this country are learning, almost from scratch, how to fight back. We are quickly arriving at that crucial chasm between riot and insurrection. We must not repeat our mistakes. We must prepare for the intensification of struggle.

“We are not in the least afraid of ruins.”
— Durrutti

The path forward must be made by walking.
All the theory, the critique, the commentary and analysis imaginable will not keep the fires burning, neither in our hearts nor in the streets. That being said, theory has its place, as does memory, and storytelling.

“As there are many demons with men’s faces
It is wrong to join hands with everyone.”
— Rumi

In October 2011 we watched the events in Oakland and elsewhere unfold on laptop screens at Occupy Cleveland. Some were shocked and horrified in the face of such overwhelming violence. i was anxious and hopeful. The police forces were cracking down on Occupy encampments across the country, and the violence in Oakland and the Bay Area more broadly had captivated many. Few in this country had ever experienced anything like that — hence the shock and horror.
But i had already come to terms with the inevitability of this struggle.
I anticipated a spiraling confrontation with the state and corporate powers due to the global manufactured economic crisis and the resistance to it. At that moment it seemed the spiral was moving from shouting and marching to property destruction and unleashing spontaneous collective power, overwhelming buildings, bridges and highways with our bodies, among other tactics. Perhaps i was a few years too early, but i may have been correct about the Occupy experiences being a process of maturation for many people. Alas, the barricades did not last and the wave was broken.

For many more, the incessant violence of the paramilitary forces against them and their relations has made it abundantly clear that murder will continue to be the daily status quo, largely with impunity — except for the consequences we inflict. The police gun people down every day. The real question is how has it taken this long for resistance to echo the gunshots and fight back against the police.
Anyone with a decent grasp of the situation overall could easily predict such forms of rebellion. i believe various state forces anticipated this, as evinced by the response of the national guard and higher-ranking forces. ne does not have to be possessed to genius to see the stormclouds.
We do not say we welcome the flood, but we are not afraid of ruins.

What we must consider is our overwhelming lack of organizational capacity to commit to intensified levels of struggle, logistically, in terms of experience, or in terms of preparedness overall. In point of fact, we cannot even give a rough estimate of our numbers.
So we must use this to our advantage. We must do without far-flung organizations and focus on our strengths, in mass revolt and spontaneity. But these do not fuel themselves, being only a point of contact in the broader struggle. A movement without teeth will still starve if it cannot feed itself.

We must learn to take this rage in our chests and transform it also into life, into gardens and dwellings and forms of energy that flow with nature, with all our relations. i am not advocating so-called “green” technologies as a solution in themselves, but rather for our capacity to exist on our own terms, to live without being dependent on the system in any way. And it is what allows us to do this that must be protected with our strengths. If the flames of revolt lack the fuel of autonomy, they will fizzle out and leave us as though castrated. And if the our fuel, our soil, our capacity to exist on our own terms, lacks flame and the capacity to harness fire, then anything we create will be easy to kill, as we constantly bear witness to.

Our greatest teachers are among the indigenous of the earth — those who live with the rest of life and not against it. They are engaged in life-or-death struggles, refusing the quiet death of assimilation of the agonizing death of starvation. We must follow their examples, creating our own ways of being that can co-exist, and defending them with our lives.

In my life i have tasted, however sparingly, the immense beauty of simply living with the flow of life, “living off the land.” If we live in harmony with the intimate web of life we develop deep, powerful bonds — a deep-rootedness vital to struggles against overwhelming odds. And we must acknowledge that we are engaged in a life-or-death struggle.

We have what it takes to finish this dying way of life and replace it with 10,000 blooming worlds.
Neither fear nor coercion will paralyze us. We refuse to forget, to die quietly.

In these passionate nights we brush against the future.

With a gentle strength from a hard place,for the next seven generations,
connor stevens

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OSP has removed Sean Swain from general population against his will

NEW CALL IN ACTION.

OSP Warden Jay Forshay: 330-743-0700 ext 2006.

SCRIPT: “Hello, I’m calling in support of Sean Swain, 243-205. He was
removed from general population against his will on Friday. I do not trust
that this transfer was in the interest of his health, in fact, I believe
the opposite, that you’re isolating him so he will die without witnesses. I
demand that you return him to general population and return access to all
forms of communication other prisoners on security level 4A receive. Thank
you.”

See below or SeanSwain.org for more information, and mailing addresses.

Chief Inspector’s Office: 614-752-1687

SCRIPT (you’ll probably go straight to voicemail): “if anyone is actually
monitoring this voicemail box, please call Ben Turk and tell him who the
Chief Inspector of the ODRC even is. You might also want to contact the
Senators and Representatives on the CIIC who’re supposed to be overseeing
the ODRC, cuz they also don’t know what your office does, other than
interfere with prisoner’s constitutionally protected freedoms anyway. Oh,
also, please give Sean Swain back his video visits, you opaque,
unaccountable fascists.”

See this post for explanation:
http://seanswain.org/support-update-shotguns-and-bureaucratic-ghost-towns/

ANARCHIST PRISONER SEAN SWAIN “DISAPPEARED” BY PRISON FASCISTS, STATE OF
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING UNKNOWN

Ohio State Penitentiary administrators removed Sean Swain from population,
according to a prisoner housed on Sean’s security level. He is now held
incommunicado, without phone or email access, and likely without writing
materials. When prison officials last removed Sean from population at
Mansfield Correctional, he was placed in a torture cell with no heat, no
bed, no shower, forced to pace 24 hours a day to stay warm. He left there
sleep-deprived and hallucinating. Less than 90 days later, two other
prisoners died on Torture Cell Row.

Sean initiated a hungerstrike on Monday, 02 February and refused blood
pressure medication beginning Tuesday, 10 February. His health is likely
already compromised, so placement in a torture cell, isolated from all
other prisoners and cut off from the outside world, could only be initiated
by prison officials for the obvious motive of eliminating Sean once and for
all.

Sean, anticipating this possibility, explained, “The only thing to gain by
isolating me is the opportunity to continue refusing me medications after I
have agreed to start taking them again. In other words, isolating me gives
them the chance to murder me without witnesses, something they can’t do
while I’m in population.”

Prison officials would benefit greatly from the death of Sean Swain.
Currently, Sean has a lawsuit filed through his counsel, Richard Kerger.
This lawsuit threatens to expose the illegality of ODRC Director Gary
Mohr’s JPay policy, that enriches a prison profiteer corporation; it
threatens to expose the State’s recourse to torture, and a connection
between the FBI and torture engineer Trevor Clark, who was disclosed as
“agency liaison” to the FBI; it threatens to expose a not-so-secret dirty
war waged by government against dissidents and critics, particularly of an
anarchist perspective.

It very well may be that ODRC Director Gary Mohr, his corporate sponsors,
and his FBI puppeteers have decided that they are better off with Sean
Swain dead than alive.

Sean’s supporters and legal counsel await any kind of communication from
Sean, who has previously proven resourceful at smuggling communiques out of
the prison, even from the supermax.

Prior to his being “disappeared,” he was asked pointedly about prison
officials murdering him to silence him permanently. He said, “Somewhere,
some time, some government official decided nobody would care if Mohammed
Bouazizi lived or died. Then, 3 governments in the region were swept out of
power by the force of popular resistance. Somewhere, some time, some
government official decided nothing would happen if Mike Brown died. Then,
popular resistance burned down Ferguson.

“I don’t know. Maybe they can get away with killing me, maybe they can’t.
But if they think they need to kill a former gas station attendant who had
a 2.2 grade-point average in high school in order to defend their fascist
program from the truth, they’ve already lost; they’re in far deeper shit
than they realize.”

Demand Sean’s immediate release back to general population and
reinstatement of all of his communication!

OSP Warden Jay Forshay: 330-743-0700 ext 2006.
Write letters:
Warden Forshay,
Ohio State Penitentiary
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd
Youngstown, OH 44505
Email: Laura.Gardner@odrc.state.oh.us

Chief Inspector’s Office: 614-752-1687
Chief Inspector’s Office
770 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43222

Solidarity with those arrested during the march against police terror!

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During the march against police terror on February 14th, multiple people were arrested. These people are going to need our help and support. We are asking for any and all donations to help with court fees, bond, and other associated expenses. If you would like to donate, go to our Fundly at: https://fundly.com/donate-to-denver-anarchist-black-cross# You can also donate via paypal at denvercommunitydefense@riseup.net We thank you all in advance for your support. Solidarity with the arrestees and the families and friends of those murdered by the DPD!

Military finally begins gender-related care for Chelsea Manning

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Source

February 13, 2015 by the Chelsea Manning Support Network

“It is … concerning that private medical information about Chelsea’s care was again leaked by government officials despite clear protections in federal law and the existence of a protective order.”
–Chase Strangio, ACLU attorney representing Chelsea Manning on gender related issues

After fighting for years to receive necessary gender-related medical care from prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning will finally begin hormone therapy. The Department of Defense’s approval of Manning’s care comes after Chelsea’s initial request for treatment in August of 2013 and a subsequent Sept 2014 lawsuit filed in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) after her medical needs continued to be ignored.

Update: Chelsea Manning, speaking to a Support Network organizer earlier this week, did in fact confirm that she had received her first hormone treatment.

Manning’s treatment will mark the first time the military has administered such care, as transgender individuals are currently not allowed to serve. Since Chelsea cannot be discharged until her 35-year prison sentence is complete, it is up to the Army to see to her medical well-being while imprisoned.

Hormone therapy, “is an important first step in Chelsea’s treatment regimen and one that is in line with the recommendations of all of her doctors and the basic requirements of the Eighth Amendment,” confirms Chase Strangio, attorney with the ACLU.  “We are thrilled for Chelsea that the government has finally agreed to initiate hormone therapy as part of her treatment plan.”

However, Stangrio notes, “The military continues to refuse to let Chelsea grow her hair like other female prisoners, a critical part of her treatment plan that has been recognized by her doctors. The resistance to meeting Chelsea’s full treatment needs is a reflection of the deeply entrenched stigma associated with transgender health care… we will keep fighting for Chelsea’s health needs until she is treated fully and adequately.”

Chase Strangio, attorney with the ACLU:

“Chelsea has waited years to receive basic medical care that she needs to treat her gender dysphoria. Since she arrived at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth in August of 2013, advocating for her medically necessary health care has been Chelsea’s priority. She has fought her whole life, and particularly over the course of the past few years, to be seen and affirmed as who she is–as Chelsea. We are thrilled for Chelsea that the government has finally agreed to initiate hormone therapy as part of her treatment plan. This is an important first step in Chelsea’s treatment regimen and one that is in line with the recommendations of all of her doctors and the basic requirements of the Eighth Amendment. But the delay in treatment came with a significant cost to Chelsea and her mental health and we are hopeful that the government continues to meet Chelsea’s medical needs as is its obligation under the Constitution so that those harms may be mitigated.

Meanwhile the fight continues. The military continues to refuse to let Chelsea grow her hair like other female prisoners, a critical part of her treatment plan that has been recognized by her doctors. The resistance to meeting Chelsea’s full treatment needs is a reflection of the deeply entrenched stigma associated with transgender health care. There is no transgender exception to the requirements of the Eighth Amendment and we will keep fighting for Chelsea’s health needs until she is treated fully and adequately. It is additionally concerning that private medical information about Chelsea’s care was again leaked by government officials despite clear protections in federal law and the existence of a protective order.”

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