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!

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

Prisoners Human Rights Rally Sister March in San Jose-Cali

The SF Bayview posted this report on the Millions for Prisoners Marches that took place on August 19th around the country.

In New Mexico, the local news station had this report from Albuquerque.

Thanks to Sillicon Valley Debug, a glimpse of the march against prison slavery, for prisoner human rights, in San Jose, CA, where Heshima’s speech was also made audible.


Ramona Africa was a speaker at the DC rally. Here she is being interviewed:

Bradley Allen wrote on IndyBay: Solidarity in San José with Millions for Prisoners March in DC  (with many photos)

Here is an article by Jared Ware, entitled As A Nation Grapples With White Supremacy, The Millions For Prisoners March Comes At The Perfect Time (it unfortunately does not mention our efforts, but we know we are part of a larger movement anyway)

Heshima Speaks about Amend The 13th for the California Prisoners Human Rights March Aug 19 2017


We hope that the movement to abolish legal slavery will from now on be on the agenda’s of those who are supposed to represent the people in the U.S.A., but we know a lot still has to be done.

Amend The 13th also has pilot plans to build stronger, more vibrant and resourceful communities, so that prisons will become obsolete. In the near future, we need help, volunteers, to build this new society together.

You can sign our petition too, if you haven’t already:

Thank you so much!

Link to Heshima’s speech:

Link (in Dutch) to well-read progressive Dutch Newsblog ‘Krapuul’ about the 13th Amendment:

Join us and let’s make a better society with all, for all!