13th Amendment slavery

Prisoners Human Rights Rally San Jose California – part 2

These two video’s were made by the Santa Clara Green Party, of speeches and the march in San Jose, for the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in Solidarity, August 19th, 2017:

Link to the video

California Prison Focus with Rise Up for Justice organize a sister march, Millions for Prisoners Human Rights, a new Abolitionist Movement in San Jose, CA on 8/19/17. Co-Sponsored by the Green Party.”

Link to the second video

Amend The 13th: Why the Prisoners Human Rights March is vital to Social Change in Amerika

By Joka Heshima Jinsai, Executive Director, Amend The 13th: Abolish Legal Slavery in Amerika Movement

Working towards the success of the Millions for Prisoners March has been a central theme of the “Amend The 13”’s agenda since the outset. In a movement dedicated to not only abolishing legal slavery in Amerika, but transforming the nature and structure of unequal social, political and economic relationships upon which mass incarceration is based, support for the March is of course obvious – but what is not so obvious is why this march is vital to the very future of progressive social change in Amerika.

Since the inception of this nation, Amerikans have been conditioned to dehumanize certain segments of the population in order to advance a particular economic, social, political, cultural, and in some cases, military agenda of its ruling class. Be it the dehumanization of New Afrikans (Blacks) to profit from the system of chattel slavery, the dehumanization of immigrants and muslims to advance a fascist political agenda, or the dehumanization of those convicted of a ‘crime’ to maintain the profit and political power of an entrenched prison-industrial interest – the process of stripping groups of people of their humanity is always accompanied by both a specific interest of the party(s) promoting that dehumanizing narrative and an uninformed (or misinformed) public receiving that narrative.

As a result of this conditioning, many are apathetic towards some of the most egrerious injustices occurring in our society – many of those injustices being carried out in their name (“The People”) – oblivious to their origins or negative impact until it affects them directly. By that time, most of these social ills have matured into social crises, and overcoming them becomes a much more protracted struggle.

Such a social perspective in a pluralistic society is not only irrational, it is dangerous. The basis of tis irrational action (or in this case, inaction) is ignorance. Many just don’t know the etiology of these social ills, how they impact their lives or those they love, or in many cases that they even exist. What must be understood is, msas incarceration and legal slavery in Amerika is interconnected to so many points of economic, political and social life, and so many aspects of the U.S. government, corporate Amerika and their core institutions, that ensuring that the public is aware of these interconnections is simply not in the state’s interest; maintaining social ignorance of them is. It is within that ignorance that they can maintain dehumanization as a viable tool of social policy, while limiting opposition to their doing so.

This is why the Millions for Prisoners March for Human Rights is so vital to the future of progressive social change in Amerika. The March is not just an opportunity to organize like-minded people to oppose a historic evil, or mobilize the conscious to restructure social relationships to more surely secure freedom, justice and equality for all of us – but even more importantly, it provides the opportunity to educate the unconscious, to inform the unaware and to provide the truth to those who have been fed lies.

The Millions for Prisoners March will force this nation to confront its Scroll with text of 13th Amendment and slavery exemptioncontradictions; force it to recognize the interconnection of mass incarceration and legal slavery in Amerika to broken homes, to high school drop out rates, voter exclusion, institutional racism, homelessness, drug addiction, gang violence, mental illness, suicide, government corruption, community dysfunction, criminalization of cultures, political repression, hunger, economic desperation and human misery.

As more people become aware of what has occurred in this society (what has always occurred), the origin of these contradictions and how they harm so many, they will be moved to action. There is no area of social progress not directly (or indirectly) impacted by mass incarceration and legal slavery in Amerika. As such, every progressive activist, organization and individual should seek to support or participate in the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March, August 19th, 2017, in Washington, DC and locally.

 

Continue to build up with us up to and beyond the March at: Amendthe13th.org.

We can transform the nature and structure of this society through our unity. Wherever social cooperation is increased, oppression is weakened.

Think on these things, they are cause for great meditation.

H.

Alone, by Robert King

From the additional text accompanying this video with Robert King:

“Robert Hillary King was the opening speaker for the inaugural TEDx Alcatraz. In this talk, “Alone,” King takes us inside the mind of someone wrongly convicted of a crime, the consequence of which was an unfathomable 29 years of solitary confinement in Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. Arrested as a member of the Black Panther Party in the 1960’s, he quietly reflects, “I was going to be in prison, but wasn’t going to let prison be in me.” In this talk, King shares parallels between modern prison and African-American slavery of centuries before. Upon his release, he vowed that while he is free from Angola, Angola will never be free of him. Robert King has been featured in numerous print, media and film articles and interviews worldwide including CNN, National Public Radio, NBC and the BBC, as well as two films, Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation and Land of the Free.”

Amend 13!

by Keith “Malik” Washington, deputy chairman, New Afrikan Black Panther Party, Prison Chapter, Texas Region and Cerdell “Yasin” Bennett, cofounder, On Da Verg

This is a public notice to all freedom fighters, activists and community leaders: SLAVERY IS NOT DEAD!

SF Bayview, May 22, 2016

Did the 13th Amendment abolish slavery? Ask anyone in the United States this question and they will answer most emphatically: Yes, of course it did.

If you, the person reading this article and call to action, believe this as well, please allow me to inform you: You are wrong!

Slavery is not dead! Upon careful examination, you will find the opposite is true. Rather than abolish slavery, the 13th Amendment LEGALIZED it!

The 13th Amendment reads: “Neither slavery or involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States or any place subject to their juris­diction.”

This actually is a clever play on words. The Exception Clause in the 13th Amendment was a compromise in order to encourage the Confederate states to cease the Civil War and rejoin the Union. The only thing the Confederate states had to do in order to maintain their slaves was to CRIMINALIZE them.

This was done by legislators who purposely enacted ridiculous laws for the judicial branch of their governments, including the Jim Crow laws and Black Codes. Within six months to a year, newly freed slaves were returned to their former position of servitude.

Slavery was not dead. On the contrary, it was and is still alive in states such as Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. And some of us know that Texas has perfected the modern slave plantation model via its prison agency, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

From the late 1800s until the present date, the above method of enslavement has been the preferred practice, pattern and collective mindset of the Southern states and various other states all across Amerika. The conspiracy to incarcerate Black, Latino/a, and poor White women and men is no longer a theory; it is a stark reality.

The overwhelming statistics show that slavery is not dead in Amerika. Professor Michelle Alexander expounded on the topic very concisely and eloquently in her trailblazing work, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”

Some scholars say Professor Alexander left out the part that describes the main culprit behind mass incarceration in Amerika – capitalism! But this article and plea for action is not about the incarceration of our men and women.

This article challenges the morality of our forefathers and modern day leaders who have allowed the Exception Clause to remain in the 13th Amendment. President Obama, can you hear me? The question we must ask ourselves is: “Should the U.S. Con­stitution allow slavery as punishment for committing a crime?”

If so, how heinous a crime should one commit to rightfully sentence him or her to slavery?

Can slavery be administered as a behavioral “salve” or “ointment” – applying just a little slavery to the “infected person” until the unwanted behavior clears up? Ask yourself: Throughout history, has dehumanization, degradation and abuse ever brought about restoration?

After pondering these questions, we must ask: Why is slavery not dead in Amerika? Who is benefitting from this?

The fact that in 2016 the U.S. Constitution still possesses these words is a great disgrace to our African Ancestors who lost their lives in wars to avoid capture. Just close your eyes for one moment and contemplate and visualize the countless millions who died during the Middle Passage in the hulls of slave ships.

Think about the enslaved human beings who endured untold demonic treatment, those who tried to flee, the abolitionists who fought with intellect, muskets and swords, the woman who refused to stand or to go to the back of the bus, the man who shared his dream and made it ours, the students escorted to schools where they were not welcome, and the million men, women and families who marched upon Washington to confront and combat these injustices and many more.

Can’t you see slavery must die?

Comrades, sisters and brothers, a race began approximate1y 400 years ago; the baton has been passed from hand to hand for centuries. Now it is being passed to you!

What will you do with it? We are asking that you dip the baton in ink – maybe cyber ink – and sign the petition, “End Legal Slavery in U.S. Prisons” at https://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/end-legal-slavery-in-u-s-prisons.  Another version of the petition is “Amend 13!” at https://www.change.org/p/kevin-mccarthy-amend-13?recruiter=11725251&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink#delivered-to. We ask that you sign both petitions and share them with your friends on social media throughout the world, urging them to sign on!

Let us all get involved – Black, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, Indian, Austrian, German, French, Chinese, Japanese, African and Italian … Are there any Irish freedom fighters out there? We need you. I am humbly requesting the unity of the world to finally deliver the blow that puts to death the genocidal practice known as SLAVERY!

Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958, Coffield Unit, 2661 FM 2054, Tennessee Colony TX 75884.

Website: Comrade Malik

Malik is Texas inside coordinator for Amend The 13th.