By Joka Heshima Hinsai, executive Director, Amend The 13th
Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
When the Amend the 13th: Abolish Legal Slavery in Amerika Movement was first conceived of in the bowels of Corcoran SHU, it was a direct outgrowth of our analysis of the origin of crime and criminality – the ‘gateway’ to modern slavery in Amerika. It is an inescapable order of operation: Violation of the law, or ‘crime,’ invokes the legal slavery provision of the 13th Amendment once the subject is convicted of an offense. Crime and criminality originate in the disproportionate distribution of wealth, privilege and opportunity in society; a fundamental component of the race-class arrangement in capitalist Amerikkka.
The only way to end the modern-day slave industry is to reverse (to the greatest possible extent) the poverty, social containment and economic disenfranchisement of those Communities disproportionately impacted by this scheme. New Afrikan Communities.
To that end, the Initiatives of the Autonomous Infrastructure Mission (A.I.M.), or A.I.M., were developed.
The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Afrikan Communities across Amerikkka, and the gross inability of U.S. capitalism to meet the People’s needs, underscores the absolute need for the implementation of the A.I.M. in our Communities – now more than ever. The primary function of the A.I.M. is to provide for the basic needs of the People without having to rely on the inadequate institutions of capitalism, government or any force outside that of the Community and People themselves.
Across this nation, the inability of our People to earn a living wage (due to necessary stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines) has resulted in miles-long lines at foodbanks, rapidly depleting such resources. Simultaneously, the lack of logistics capable of moving corn and other staple crops from the fields to stores and other food distributors has created a situation where these vital commodities cannot be replenished. Ironically, farmers with bumper crops of the very food stuffs we all need are being forced to plow these crops under rather than allow them to rot on the stalk (source: NBC Nightly News 4/13/20).
The widespread establishment of Sustainable Agricultural Communes (S.A.C.’s) could not only meet the need for fresh produce right in the communities where food is now so sorely needed, but surpluses (usually sold to raise additional income for the Community) could be now retasked to replenish foodbanks in and around the Communities where these S.A.C.’s are organized.
The Emergency Response Network, specifically designed to meet the needs of the People in case of disaster, in concert with the New Afrikan Math and Science Centers Initiative, could have ensured that our Communities not only had sufficient P.P.E. stockpiles, but also the manufacturing capability to produce additional P.P.E. resources, and training medically competent personel in our Communities caapable of acting as reserve nursing and home care staff.
Closed-Circuit Economic Initiatives (C.C.E.I.) organized in our Communities could be retasked to provide supplemental income grants to Community members from the C.C.E.I. Fund, to case the burden of unemployment. While the Community Safe-Zones Initiative could be retasked to ensure enforcement of social distancing guidelines and members of our Communities have ready access to masks when they must venture into the public.
I could go on, but my point should be glaringly apparent: our continued inability to meet our basic needs in a society which has historically oppressed and socially contained New Afrikans has left us vulnerable, yet again, to disproportionate human misery and death. Political pundits and so-called experts have put forth incomplete or overtly baseless theory after theory as to why our People continue to be disproportionately impacted by one social ill after another, when in truth the origin of our woes is simplistic:
We have failed to organize ourselves and our Communities to meet our basic needs, and we continue to look upon our own interests as some secondary consideration as we blindly and blithely compete against one another in this capitalist arena, languishing under the same fascist authoritarian mass psychology responsible for our collective oppression.
The A.I.M., and other organized self-sufficiency initiatives, are purposely designed to eradicate this flaw in our National character. Make no mistake, when I speak of ‘National character,’ I am speaking of our New Afrikan National character. U.S. capitalism and its national interests have woefully and criminally mismanaged the development of our Communities to the point of intentional underdevelopment. Any argument or analysis which fails to acknowledge this concrete fact is either suffering under a capitalist delusion or being intentionally dishonest. We can not continue to act as though someone else is going to save us, generation after generation. No one is going to rescue us from our national oppression but us. We are our own Liberators.
The A.I.M. serves as a foundation for that collective liberation; a way to meet our own collective work and responsibility. The Autonomous Infrastructure Mission (A.I.M.) consists of:
– The Sustainable Agricultural Commune (S.A.C.)
– Closed-Circuit Economic Initiative (C.C.E.I.)
– New Afrikan Math+Science Centers Initiative (N.A.M.S. Centers Initiative)
– Community Safe-Zones Initiative (C.S.Z.I.)
– Secure Communities Mandate (S.C.M.)
Upon these 7 Initiatives the basic building blocks of a new culture of self-sufficiency and self-determination can be built. I encourage all of you who would see us shake off the yoke of dependence upon which our National oppression is based, to join us.
Become not only an advocate of the A.I.M., but an active member. Become a local coordinator for one or more of its Initiatives. Find like minds and kindred spirits in your Community, come together and let us seize our destiny with the strength of our minds, our backs and our dedication to purpose.
We have it within us to be mighty again and to transform our Communities and our People into what we truly are: strong, self-sufficient and free men and women.
Go to Amendthe13th.org and review the 7 initiatives of the A.I.M. Join the Amend the 13th Working group on Facebook, direct-message us or write me directly and we can begin the vital work of organizing our Communities to serve our own interests.
The alternative is that our Communities continue to suffer, beg and die in a system which can not, and will not, meet the needs of our People because doing so is simply not in their interests.
Think on these things, they are cause for great meditation.
J. Heshima Jinsai
s/n H. Denham J38283
P.O. Box 5102
Delano, CA 93216