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Hielo en las Almas / Souls on Ice — Mumia's message to the Feb. 20th Occupy the Prisons Events

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Las prisiones se han convertido en metáfora; las prisiones muestran lo que podemos llamar, el lado oscuro de los Estados Unidos. Junto a los océanos de palabras sobre libertad, está la realidad de que el líder mundial en la industria de las prisiones es Estados Unidos. Éste es mucho más que buen tiempo para que el Movimiento Ocupar centre su atención en las cárceles norteamericanas.

Prisons have become a metaphor; the shadow-side, if you will, of America. With oceans of words about freedom, and the reality that the U.S. is the world's leader of the incarceration industry, it's more than time for the focused attention of the Occupy Movement.

Audio from prisonradio.org | Photo from freemumia.com

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Hielo en las Almas
 
(c) Mumía Abú-Jamal 2/2/2012
 
Cuando escuché sobre el llamado, que se acaba de lanzar en Oakland, California, a, "Ocupar las Prisiones", me asombré.
 
No fue un llamado especialmente radical, pero sí fue hecho en el momento preciso.
 
Porque las prisiones se han convertido en metáfora; las prisiones muestran lo que podemos llamar, el lado oscuro de los Estados Unidos. Junto a los océanos de palabras sobre libertad, está la realidad de que el líder mundial en la industria de las prisiones es Estados Unidos. Éste es mucho más que buen tiempo para que el Movimiento Ocupar centre su atención en las cárceles norteamericanas.
 
Ya era tiempo.
 
Porque por décadas Estados Unidos es el país con el número más grande de prisioneros en el mundo, la mayoría de los cuales resultan de los efectos malignos de la llamada "guerra contra las drogas" --que yo llamo, "guerra contra los Pobres."
 
Y Ocupar, ahora un movimiento internacional, ciértamente no tiene problemas para escoger entre tantas prisiones. Cada estado, cada distrito rural, cada villorio y caserio en los Estados Unidos tiene una cárcel, un lugar en el que la Constitución no existe, pero donde sí existe la esclavitud como una una realidad no legislada.
 
Cuando la profesora de leyes, MichelIe Alexander, estudió el tema, su libro, The New Jim Crow, se vendió como pan caliente -- en pocos meses se vendieron más de 100,000 copias del libro.
 
Y donde hay cárceles, hay tortura; golpizas brutales, graves humillaciones, perversa censura, --incluso asesinatos. Todo bajo un sistema legal que es tan ciego como esa estatua con los ojos vendados por un pedazo de tela helada que fríamente en la distancia sostiene una balanza.
 
Entonces, ¿qué es lo que tiene que hacer Ocupar?
 
Para comenzar, debe apoyar movimientos tales como los que demandan la libertad inmediata de nuestro hermano Anishinabe and Dakota/Lakota Leonard Peltier, la libertad de los veteranos del movimiento MOVE del 8 de agosto de 1978, la libertad de los dos miembros restantes de los 3 de Angola: Herman Wallace y Albert Woodfox, la libertad de Sundiata Acoli, Russell "Maroon" Shoatz y de nuestras hermanas que han pasado todas su vida en esos infernales huecos hechos con ladrillos de cemento y acero.
 
Pero Ocupar debe hacer más.
 
Como el Movimiento Ocupar amplió la discusión y el paradigma de los asuntos económicos, ahora debe enfocar el llamado "Sistema de Justicia Criminal" de los Estados Unidos, que en verdad es un laberinto de represión destructivo y contraproducente que cuesta $69 billones de dólares al año, más conocido por los activistas como el Complejo Industrial de Prisiones.
 
Éso implican eventos de más de un día de duración, no importa lo impresionante o masivo que sea el evento. Éso pide la creación de un movimiento de masas que demande y luche por cambios verdaderos, y por la eventual abolición de estructuras que hacen muchísimo más daño que beneficio social.
 
Implica la abolición de las celdas de incomunicado, porque ésas no son otra cosa que modernas cámaras de tortura para los pobres.
 
Implica la abolición de leyes represivas que apoyan dichas estructuras.
 
Éso significa cambio social --o no significa nada.
 
Entonces, a comenzar: --Abajo con el Complejo Industrial de Prisiones!
 
(c) '12 maj
 
Traducción libre del inglés enviado por
Fatirah Aziz, Litestar01@aol.com,
hecha en REFUGIO DEL RIO GRANDE, Texas.
 
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Souls on Ice
 
[col. writ. 2/2/12] ©'12 Mumia Abu-Jamal
 
When I heard of the call, just raised In Oakland, California, to "Occupy the Prisons", I gasped.
 
It was not an especially radical call, but it was right on time.
 
For prisons have become a metaphor; the shadow-side, if you will, of America. With oceans of words about freedom, and the reality that the U.S. is the world's leader of the incarceration industry, it's more than time for the focused attention of the Occupy Movement.
 
It's past time.
 
For the U.S. is the world's largest imprisoner for decades, much wrought by the insidious effects of the so-called 'drug war'--what I call "the war on the Poor."
 
And, Occupy, now an International movement, certainly has no shortage of prisons to choose from. Every state, every rural district, every hamlet in America has a prison; a place where the Constitution doesn't exist, and where slavery is all but legalized.
 
When law professor, MichelIe Alexander, took on the topic, her book, The New Jim Crow, took off like hotcakes--selling over 100,000 in just a few months.
 
And where there are prisons, there Is torture ; brutal beatings, grave humiliations, perverse censorship--and even murders--all under a legal system that is as blind as that statue which holds aloft a scale, her eyes covered by a frigid fold of cloth.
 
So, what Is Occupy to do?
 
Initially, it must support movements such as those calling for the freedom of Anishinabe and Dakota/Lakota brother Leonard Peltier, the MOVE veterans of Aug. 8th, 1978, the remaining two members of the Angola 3: Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, Sundiata Acoli, Russell 'Maroon' Shoatz and sisters who've spent lifetimes in steel and brick hellholes.
 
But the Occupy Movement must do more.
 
As it shifted the discussion and paradigm on economic issues, it must turn the wheel of the so- called 'Criminal Justice System' in America, that is, in fact, a destructive, counter-productive, annual $69 billion boondoggle of repression, better-known by activists as the Prison-Industrial-Complex.
 
That means more than a one-day event, no matter how massive or impressive. It means building a mass movement that demands and fights for real change, and eventually abolition of structures that do far more social damage than good.
 
It means the abolition of solitary confinement, for it is no more than modern-day torture chambers for the poor.
 
It means the repeal of repressive laws that support such structures.
 
It means social change--or it means nothing.
 
So, let us begln--Down with the Prison Industrial Complex!

Comments

Ahhh

Do the Crime....do the time. No one put you there but yourselves so man up and stop with this repressive B.S.

Jon Pisano
Justice for Officer Daniel Faulkner..executed by Mumia Abu Jamal..and since you mentioned 78...Justice for Officer James Ramp...murdered by MOVE

As Mumia says, America is "the prison house of nations."

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s commentary is informative and insightful, as always. The police vendetta against Abu-Jamal began long before Officer Faulkner’s attempt on Abu-Jamal’s life, and is motivated entirely by the cops’ murderous hatred of Abu-Jamal’s words and ideology. The mass incarceration of nonviolent and innocent people – including the MOVE 9 and Mumia Abu-Jamal – makes a mockery of the America’s claim to be the world’s bastion of freedom. For more information on the so-called war on drugs as a war on civil rights, Philly IMC readers should see Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow, as well as Philadelphia attorney Michael Coard’s June 21, 2011 article in the Philly Post, “War On Drugs? You Must Be High!” For the history of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s fight for his life, Philly IMC readers should see Live from Death Row and We Want Freedom: a Life in the Black Panther Party, by Mumia Abu-Jamal. FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS – JUST SAY NO TO MASS INCARCERATION!

As Mumia says, America is "the prison house of nations."

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s commentary is informative and insightful, as always. The police vendetta against Abu-Jamal began long before Officer Faulkner’s attempt on Abu-Jamal’s life, and is motivated entirely by the cops’ murderous hatred of Abu-Jamal’s words and ideology. The mass incarceration of nonviolent and innocent people – including the MOVE 9 and Mumia Abu-Jamal – makes a mockery of America’s claim to be the world’s bastion of freedom. For more information on the so-called war on drugs as a war on civil rights, Philly IMC readers should see Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow, as well as Philadelphia attorney Michael Coard’s June 21, 2011 article in the Philly Post, “War On Drugs? You Must Be High!” For the history of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s fight for his life, Philly IMC readers should see Live from Death Row and We Want Freedom: a Life in the Black Panther Party, by Mumia Abu-Jamal. FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS – JUST SAY NO TO MASS INCARCERATION!

Miss statement

The police vendetta against Abu-Jamal began long before Officer Faulkner’s attempt on Abu-Jamal’s life, and is motivated entirely by the cops’ murderous hatred of Abu-Jamal’s words and ideology. The mass incarceration of nonviolent and innocent people – including the MOVE 9 and Mumia Abu-Jamal –

Now let's take the first sentence "long before Officer Faulkner's attempt on Abu Jamals life"... REALLY...are not the FACTS that Jamal shot Officer Faulkner IN THE BACK, then Officer Faulkner tried to defend himself as he was falling? Your last part of the sentence is pure B.S.

The next sentence "mass incarceration of nonviolent and innocent people...including the MOVE 9 and Mumia Abu jamal...ahh...non violent and innocent MOVE 9/8...where the hell have you been...same with Jamal...proven and affirmed murderers...MOVE 8 and Jamal.

Jon Pisano
Justice for Officer Daniel Faulkner..executed by Mumia Abu Jamal
Justice for Officer James Ramp...murdered by MOVE..proven ballistics

ENOUGH CRAP FROM OFFICER PP ALREADY!

Hey, Officer PP, quit getting your Depends in a twist because you were denied a lynching. Your repetitive, malicious lies would be nothing but a tiresome annoyance were it not for the continuing wrongful incarceration of the MOVE 9 and Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Lies!

Not I for I do not post misinformation NOR misguided scenarios/what if's. So...in your wisdom, please post evidence...VALID evidence as to the wrongful incarceration of the MOVE 9 and Jamal....now I know this will be hard for you but please refer to factual evidence that the many defence attorneys have failed to do. Bet you can't.

Justice for Officer Daniel Faulkner murdered by Mumia Abu Jamal
Justice for Officer James Ramp..murdered by MOVE 1978 and who (MOVE) also wounded other Officers and several Firefighters
Jon Pisano

Mr. Pisano

Jon, Jon, Jon!

You're just being obsessive about this, which makes you sound like a broken record.

Your fellow cops lied both in statements to their superiors AND in sworn testimony in court, claiming they heard Abu-Jamal had confessed to the shooting and even boasted about it.

Their names are Gary Bell, Thomas Bray, and Gary Wakshul.

All of them first "remembered" that confession - two months or more after the shooting.

Will you honestly claim you believe this story?

Of course you know that that would make you appear to just be fucking nuts, which is why you never respond to the question.

When people that sully themselves and their profession by perjuring themselves happen to be cops, that doesn't turn their lies into the truth.

Any explanation for the belated - belated by two months or more! - reporting of a "confession" by your fellow cops Bell, Bray, Wakshul?

Any explanation why none of the other half-dozen or so cops in the tiny Jefferson Hospital Emergency Reception room heard any confession even though they were just yards away and it was supposedly hollered?

Jon, Jon, Jon, as for a coherent response from you, I'm not exactly holding my breath.

Which makes sense, because there is none. So just continue your usual game of ranting and raving. I guess it makes you feel good, and that for you probably supersedes the fact that you're making a fool of yourself.

Flat-earthers could do no better than you with regard to that latter aspect.

Michael

what are we going to do with your misguided statements/lies. You forgot to mention the Hospitol Security Guard...I guess, according to you, she lied also. Now Michael, you mentioned three Officers as stating they lied regarding what transpired in the Hospitol receiving area. First, you speculate no other Police "heard" the blurted words of Jamal...but YOU do not know what or where other Officers were...right. Now, answer this Michael...do YOU take the word of a STENO who stated, AFTER 20 YEARS, she heard Judge Sabo make a remark? Well Michael...do YOU take her word?. There you are in Germany, sitting back judging Officers in Philadelphia USA ,Their intergerty and bravery are beyond approach yet you question their honesty and don't have a clue other than what was referred to you by some fledging journalist eager to make a name for himself and those who are in this for $$$ like book authors. They, and YOU should take a hint from Maureen Faulkner and donate income from book selling to help families who were victims of crimes.

Not proof read

Jon Pisano
Justice for Officer Daniel Faulkner.com

Court Stenographer's Belated Whistle-Blowing

Why would a court stenographer lie about a racist statement by a judge? For that matter, why would a court stenographer TRUTHFULLY report a racist statement by a judge, if she wanted to keep her job? Isn’t the stenographer an employee of the court, in an essentially secretarial or clerical position, and therefore likely to get fired for blowing the whistle on one of her bosses? And why would someone with no personal ties to either the defense or the prosecution, want to risk losing her job by informing on the judge, unless she actually heard the statement and belatedly suffered from pangs of conscience?

Well J.O.C.

you expect Law Enforcement to always tell the truth so why wouldn't you hold a Court Steno, with a DIRECT connection to Law Enforcement, to the same high standerds. Your argument has no validity regarding "snitching". "Pangs of Conscience" after 20 years...come on. Try again.

Jon Pisano
Justice for Officer Daniel Faulkner.com