By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Chief Spokespersyn End Prison Slavery in Texas MOVEMENT –
Revolutionary Greetings Comrades!
I have a word about work strikes and it comes from an old IWW pamphlet: “strikes are mere incidents in the class war, they are tests of strength, periodical drills in the course of which the workers train themselves for concerted action. The training is most necessary to prepare the masses fort he final “catastrophe”, the general strike which will complete the expropriation oft he employers” (excerpt from Professor Howard Zinn: A People’s History of the United States, pg 331)
Many people think that they know that the current Prison Abolition Movement in Amerika is all about – It is true that we are demanding to be treated like humyn beings and not like chattel slaves! We demand dignity, respect, Freedom, Justice, and Equality but there is more!!
The Millions For Prisoners March for Humyn Rights in Wahington D.C. on August 19th 2017 serves as a wake-up call tot he workers all over the world!!
This march is the result of a movement which began in U.S. prisons by workers who refused to be slaves any longer. I suffered personally because I emerged as a leading voice and now I am speaking to all of you saying:
Capitalists and Imperialists have had their feet on our necks for too long!! And if it takes prisoners in Amerika to show you “The Way” then SO BE IT! What do we have to lose?? Shakles on our feet, shackles on our wrist, our communities in turmoil, our neighborhoods war zones!!
To the Sisters in struggle I have a special message for you!
This movement needs your leadership and support! I don’t have a bunch of profound words and statements to make to you wimmin! I humbly request you make the words of Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul your Battle cry!!
I ask that you embrace Aretha’s song Respect and her song What It Is.
As we prepare to march on Washington D.C. I may not be the best motivator for my Sisters in struggle, but I promise you if you listen and meditate on Aretha’s passionate vocals you will see where I am coming from! I leave you with the words of IWW organizer Joseph Ettor:
“If the workers oft he world want to win, all they have to do is recognize their own solidarity. They have nothing to do but fold their arms and the world will stop. The workers are more powerful with their hands in their pockets than all the property of the capitalists… ”
Dare to struggle, Dare to win
All Power to the People