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"The World's Prison Warden "

  rec 5-25-05 

1) 3:40 Radio Essay MP3

2) 3:50 Speech to ILSP conference in Turkey MP3

 

THE WORLD'S PRISON WARDEN
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[speech writ. 5/21/05] Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

[On behalf of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement/USA]

*Ona Move!*

I thank you all at this international conference on Prisons, Torture
and Political Prisoners in Turkey.

I write to you as one of over 2 million men, women and children
encaged in America's gulags, the fastest growing public housing
development in the United States.

It is interesting that the nation which boasts the most about
'freedom', and 'democracy', is one of the world's most rabid
incarcerators.

It is also interesting that the nation that deigns to serve as
the world's Teacher on 'human rights', brought you the vile
indignities, tortures and terror of the Abu Ghraib prison in
Iraq!

For many of us who dwell in these manmade hells, Abu Ghraib
was no surprise; we have seen or heard the same things in the
gulags where we are.  Is it mere coincidence that many of the
most notorious tyrants, and slimy torturers at Abu Ghraib
were, in their private lives, state prison guards?  Or that the
very ringleader, the man shown in most of those vicious
photos, worked here, at this very prison, for over 6 years?

Where do you think he learned what he shared with his Iraqi
captives?  From a book?

America has a long and distinguished career as cager, shackler,
handcuffer, and torturer.

It has had over 3 centuries of practice against Africans and
Indians.

I believe that there is much that the world can learn from
people in American gulags; but they won't learn it from the
bourgeois, corporate media.

What is needed to really push this movement forward, is
an independent media, one devoted to radical and
revolutionary political transformation.  Years ago, the
Black Panther Party did it, with relatively meager
resources, for the better part of a decade.  The Party
simply bypassed the bourgeois, corporate media.

What the Party did a generation ago, radicals and
revolutionaries can certainly do today, especially
given the reach and scope of the new media technologies.

The solutions to repression in prisons lies, not
within the prison, but without.  It lies with organizing
support groups, and with educating people about the
real class functions of these joints.

It must be broad, and it must be deep; only then
can we begin to transform the repressive nature of
these gulags.

I'm reminded of the immortal words of Pan-Africanist,
Kwame Ture: "Organize! Organize! Organize!"

The ILPS is a beginning; let us enrich this coalition,
and build real global media outlets, that reaches beyond
the bourgeois networks.

The world's anti-imperialist movement is the real human
rights movement.  It is the real, authentic voice of
the oppressed, and the 'wretched of the earth.'

That fact allows us to reach out and touch, and then,
to organize folks to support people's movements against
the Empire, and its puppets.  It also is the base upon
which we must build a vast, anti-prison movement.

The great scholar-activist, Angela Davis, has recently
published a book on the abolition of prisons.  We should
cite to this source, and use it to push our popular
organizations to come to grips with her ideas.  She is
a valuable global anti-imperialist resource that must
be respectfully utilized to deepen and broaden this
movement.

We must go to the people, and organize them.

For it is only the people, who are properly motivated
and organized that can bring change.

I thank you all.  *Ona Move!*  *Long Live John Africa!*

Build the Movement!


Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

  [Check out Mumia's latest: *WE WANT FREEDOM:
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