Postponed: New Abolitionist Movement: A Community Celebration of Struggle

News just in (3/3/18): we were told by a member of CPF that this event has been indefinitely postponed. Hopefully it will take place in June of 2018.

NEW ABOLITIONIST MOVEMENT: A Community Summit Block Party

“At the end of this massive collective struggle, we will uncover our New Man/Woman, the unpredictable culmination of the Revolutionary process. He/She will be better equipped to wage the real struggle, the permanent struggle… the one for new relationships between men.”
– George Lester Jackson

Our communities are the foundation of our present and future prosperity. The criminalization which fuels imprisonment is rooted in the underdevelopment and destabilization of our Communities. The response of the state is to turn our Communities into the first cog in the Prison-Industrial Slave Complex (PISC), to criminalize our youth and lock-up as many desperate Black, Brown and poor People as they possibly can; to develop policies which impoverish us, then punish the People for seeking their food in the streets. But the response of the New Abolitionist Movement, of CPF, of Amend the 13th and so many other dedicated organizations and activists, is to transform our communities into foundations of prosperity for us, of us and by us. Selling dope, preying on your own People and engaging in criminal activity is NOT a rational response to poverty – collective work and responsibility – cooperative economics – IS.

We have the capacity to feed, clothe, house, heal and defend ourselves lying readily available within our Unity. We are our own liberators. The Autonomous Infrastructure Mission provides us a blueprint by which to, not only transform our communities into shining lights of prosperity and self-determination, but to also change the relationship between our Communities and the productive system from one of dependence and exploitation, to one of empowerment and independence.

I would like you all to take this opportunity to not only celebrate the UNITY of our Communities, but to review the Initiatives of the A.I.M. and volunteer to implement one or more of them in YOUR community, in conjunction with the A.I.M. Coordinating Committee.

So eat, drink and dance – but do so with the intent to strengthen the bonds of collective life, and wage struggle to transform the very structure of our Communities in such a way that the school, to poverty, to prison pipeline CAN NOT function in OUR Communities. My love and solidarity are with you always.

-Joka Heshima Jinsai
Executive Director
Amend the 13th: Abolish Legal Slavery in Amerika Movement

Date: March 31st, from 12 noon to 5 PM

Place: outside the California Prison Focus headquarters in Oakland, CA
California Prison Focus
1904 Franklin St #507
Oakland, CA 94612
Email: contact(at)prisons(dot)org
Tel.: (510) 836-7222

Who is organizing: Amend the 13th and CPF in conjunction with the New Abolitionist Movement will be holding a Community Summit Block Party, join us!

Cooperating with the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

Amend The 13th: Abolish Legal Slavery in Amerika Movement works together with the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement.

Both groups will focus on their own work in coordination with each other. Since our goals are the same, we help and support each other where possible to reach our mutual goals.

End Legal Slavery in Texas has a new site on which other prisoner-led movements in agreement with our mutual aims are also mentioned: Free Alabama Movement, Decarcerate Louisiana, and our California-based Amend The 13th – Abolish Legal Slavery in Amerika Movement, and possibly more similar movements that are in mutual agreement.

One of the mutual tools this year will be to hold demonstrations against prison slavery and against “civil death” and social containment statuses. Stay tuned for upcoming demonstrations.

Sustainable Agricultural Commune

New S.A.C. logo © by Heshima Denham

Our new S.A.C. logo, © Heshima Denham

The concept behind the Sustainable Agricultural Commune, or S.A.C., is, that we can transform our communities from food deserts into self-sustained food baskets through our collective work & cooperation, was one born from you, the people.

I believe we are capable of not only feeding and funding our communities through communal agriculture, but of pushing back against the social alienation and individualistic pursuits contributing to the social ills which plague us all.

Working together, and benefitting from that work collectively, is the surest way to demonstrate the power and potential of our unity.

But practice is the criterion of truth. Your participation and that of your community will demonstrate if we truly have the capacity to be free. Become a member or volunteer for the S.A.C. today. Together we can change the world


We seek you – serious, sincere and determined people!

We are witnessing an unrelented rise in state attacks on the most basic social and economic safeguards which provide some relieve to nationally oppressed communities, while a new commitment to ramp-up social containment and mass incarceration policies has been declared by the Justice Department of Jeff Sessions.

We will never realize paths to liberation laid by those who have demonstrated [that] their national interests are served by our further oppression, by a regression toward quasi-Jim Crow Apartheid and second-class citizenship for new Afrikans, Latinos, immigrants, and the poor.

This leaves us with a single rationale course: to provide for ourselves those institutions which will ensure that our communities can feed, clothe, heal, house, educate and defend themselves; to build a new basis upon which we can all relate to one another, founded upon collective work and responsibility.

This is the reason Amend The 13th developed the Autonomous Infrastructure Mission (A.I.M.), because we understand the inescapable connection between intentionally underdeveloped and disenfranchised communities and the reality of legal slavery in Amerika.

But none of this insight will mean a thing without ACTION!

We are seeking serious, sincere and determined people willing to serve as local coordinators for the A.I.M. or one of its initiatives.

We are also seeking state and local coordinators to start chapters of Amend The 13th in your area (if one doesn’t already exist). Choose one of the support activities below and contact me directly or contact us online, and one of our activists will get back at you immediately. Our social practice is the surest path to the type of society we’d all like to live in. Join us in bringing it to life.

Joka Heshima Jinsai
Executive Director, Amend The 13th

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P.O. Box 5102
Delano, CA 93216

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