legal slavery

We seek you – serious, sincere and determined people!

We are witnessing an unrelented rise in state attacks on the most basic social and economic safeguards which provide some relieve to nationally oppressed communities, while a new commitment to ramp-up social containment and mass incarceration policies has been declared by the Justice Department of Jeff Sessions.

We will never realize paths to liberation laid by those who have demonstrated [that] their national interests are served by our further oppression, by a regression toward quasi-Jim Crow Apartheid and second-class citizenship for new Afrikans, Latinos, immigrants, and the poor.

This leaves us with a single rationale course: to provide for ourselves those institutions which will ensure that our communities can feed, clothe, heal, house, educate and defend themselves; to build a new basis upon which we can all relate to one another, founded upon collective work and responsibility.

This is the reason Amend The 13th developed the Autonomous Infrastructure Mission (A.I.M.), because we understand the inescapable connection between intentionally underdeveloped and disenfranchised communities and the reality of legal slavery in Amerika.

But none of this insight will mean a thing without ACTION!

We are seeking serious, sincere and determined people willing to serve as local coordinators for the A.I.M. or one of its initiatives.

We are also seeking state and local coordinators to start chapters of Amend The 13th in your area (if one doesn’t already exist). Choose one of the support activities below and contact me directly or contact us online, and one of our activists will get back at you immediately. Our social practice is the surest path to the type of society we’d all like to live in. Join us in bringing it to life.

Joka Heshima Jinsai
Executive Director, Amend The 13th

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P.O. Box 5102
Delano, CA 93216

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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.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPRO2lddklI?rel=0]

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)

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.