Joka Heshima Jinsai

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
Amendthe13th.org

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!

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

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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:
https://www.change.org/p/petition-to-the-members-of-the-u-s-congress-to-abolish-legal-slavery-in-america

Thank you so much!

Link to Heshima’s speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByWc8GerU1U

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

http://www.krapuul.nl/wereld/elders/amerika/noord/usa/2656291/schaf-de-slavernij-in-de-vs-af/

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

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.