Joka Heshima Jinsai

On the Transformation of Community Circumstances as a Means to Transform Social Attitudes

By Joka Heshima Jinsai, Founder – Amend The 13th

Our capacity to transform our Communities from hotbeds of reactionary violence and criminalization, to bastions of self-determination and self-sufficiency lie largely in our ability to transform the social attitudes of our People.

We have long known that a people’s social attitudes are a reflection of their social conditions. As Revolutionaries and social activists we are often critical of the people’s social apathy and irrational responses to their oppression, without making a dialectical materialist analysis of the origin and etiology of those attitudes which are rooted in the U.S. fascist mass psychology. We then have the audacity to get frustrated when our solutions fail to find resonance among the people. This entire thought process is fundamentally incorrect. You will never find an effective solution to a problem you only partially grasp.

Amerikkka is the most advanced fascist state in the history of our planet. The people have undergone a contrapositive authoritarian conditioning process over the course of centuries. In the case of New Afrikans in the U.S., that process occurred under conditions of genocidal slavery, social containment, intentional underdevelopment and abject poverty.

The simple fact that, in spite of an enduring national policy of brutality and inequality against New Afrikans in Amerikkka, the fast majority of New Afrikans in the U.S. identify with the national identity of their historic oppressor, is all the proof one needs to validate the fact that our core psychology has been warped, and a a people, we remain under the collective influence of the U.S. fascist mass psychology.

As long as our social circumstances continue to reflect the subordinate and repressed position we inhabit in the socio-economic and political hierarchy of the United States, our people will continue to view the delusion of the fascist mass psychology as an immutable reality, and the prospect of a genuine revolutionary transfer culture as the ‘fantasy’ of a few ‘radicals.’

As I’ve said on countless occasions before, our only hope of effectively changing negative social conditions is by pursuing the development of its opposite. This means the lion’s share of our time should be spent on implementing solutions to the practical problems of social life and sururvival faced by the oppressed man/woman on a daily basis.

The very process of coming together, analyzing, confronting and overcoming the contradictiobs responsible for our desperate conditions are themselves among the most liberating and empowering of actions.

This means creating new and sustainable community-based alternatives to feed, clothe, house, heal and defend ourselves, utilizing social cooperation, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics and social unity as our best, yet under-utilized tactics.

We are living in historic times. However, as insistently as we are confronting racist policies and symbols, and demanding changes in the state’s institutions – we must contront our own internal contradictions and demand of ourselves a change in how we engage in productive life.

Solutions to the vast majority of our problems will not be found in the state or any governmental institution – they will – they must – come from ourselves alone. In some communities we could come together and repair the streets and roads – and win the minds and support of the people wo use them; we could crete alternatives to gang violence and tribal warfare, and win the minds and support of the people; we could create new collectively-owned businesses and job opportunities, and win the minds and support of the people; we could build affordable and sustainable housing solutions, and win the minds and suport of the people.

This should be the entirety of our focus.

We know what is wrong and we know who is responsible. We don’t need to keep railing about racism, poverty, police brutality and mass incarceration. We have to start doing something about it, responding to it in a rational manner. In this set of circumstances and historical factors, revolutionary autonomous infrastructure is the only rationale course.

We are, and have always been, our own liberators.

The Amend the 13th National Agenda, rooted in the social cooperation of you – the people, is our contribution to this collective resistance.We feel it is not only imperative to abolish the legal basis of dehumanization by eliminating the legal slavery provision of the 13th Amendment;

– not only do we believe our communities can be better served by ensuring the strategic release of those imprisoned activists who have dedicated their lives to our communities’ service;

– not only do we believe social change can be galvanized through the direct demands of the people, but the backbone of our National Agenda is the development of Autonomous Community-based Infrastructure capable of diminishing the economic, social, political and cultural inequities at the root of our suffering. We call it: the Autonomous Infrastructure Mission, or A.I.M.

So long as the conditions of economic, social, political and cultural underdevelopment and inequality exist, the criminalization it breeds will continue to fuel the school-to-poverty-to-prison pipeline upon which the Prison-Industrial Slave Complex is based. It is our sincerest belief that the Autonomous Infrastructure Mission (A.I.M.) will make a meaningful and enduring contribution to shutting that pipeline down once and for all.

We have it within our power to forge our own food systems through the Sustainable Agricultural Commune (S.A.C.); to build our own jobs and businesses through the Closed-Circuit Economic Initiative (C.C.E.I.); to build our own science, medical and technological infrastructure through the New Afrikan Math & Science Centers Initiative; to educate and economically empower our youth to be active participants in their success through the Youth Community Action Program (Y.C.A.P.), and to defend, protect and heal our communities through these, and other Initiatives of the Autonomous Infrastructure Mission (A.I.M.).

By positively impacting the social conditions of our people, we can change their social attitudes, moving the prospect of genuine revolutionary transfer culture out of the realm of psycholgical improbability into the arena of practical application.

The primary motive force of the A.I.M. is leveraging our social cooperation to build new institutions which empower– not oppress, uplift– not downtrod, to strengthen– not weaken – and to ultimately free- not enslave.

Now, more than ever, we have an opportunity to act. If you are serious about building, we need local coordinators for the A.I.M. This is our chance to do more than rail against racism and inequality – it’s our chance to respond to it affirmatively and effectively.

You can contact us by direct messaging the Amend The 13th Working Group on Facebook, and one of our facilitators will respond. I encourage you all to take this opportunity today to build the foundation for our future prosperity.

Until we win or don’t lose,

Heshima

Received: June 28, 2020

Amend The 13th: The A.I.M. and the Need for New Afrikan Self-Sufficiency in Amerika

By Joka Heshima Hinsai, executive Director, Amend The 13th
April-June 2020

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).

New S.A.C. logo © by Heshima Denham

Our new S.A.C. logo, © Heshima

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.

Logo of the Closed Circuit Economic Initiative

Logo of the Closed Circuit Economic Initiative

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.)

Youth Community Action Program (Y-CAP)

New Afrikan Math+Science Centers Initiative (N.A.M.S. Centers Initiative)

Emergency Response Network (PDF)

– 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
KVSP B2-128
P.O. Box 5102
Delano, CA 93216

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.