Under Lock & Key is a regular feature of MIM Notes.
In recent years, MIM suffered a number of security setbacks, as one might predict with the furor over 9/11. We are not saying it is futile to fight against the spying and repression. Quite the contrary, the enemy infiltrated MIM and got us good, but we are still saying, "but you should see the other guy."
MIM's prison work has always attracted reformist and charity-oriented work. Those are additional reasons that the etext-based cell is in the process of stopping prison work. MIM has described the idea of cells elsewhere. There should be openly pro-MIM and also covertly pro-MIM cells doing political work.
The enemy has gotten in his licks. To some degree the struggle in solidarity with the lumpen is concentrated in prison struggles and also to some degree there is no need to link such work to the rest of what MIM is doing. The mere fact of raising awareness of the lumpen struggle inside U.$. borders delivers a sorely needed antidote to propaganda about freedom touted in U.$. foreign policy. Many people will look at the growing oppression of the lumpen in the united $tates and wonder why it cannot do better. Hence, the lumpen solidarity struggle is closely connected to the anti-war and anti-imperialist strategy as well.