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THE MAOIST INTERNATIONALIST MOVEMENT
MIM Notes 66 JULY, 1992
MIM Notes speaks to and from the viewpoint of the world's
oppressed majority, and against the imperialist-patriarchy. Pick
it up and wield it in the service of the people. support it,
struggle with it and write for it.
IN THIS ISSUE:
1. THE EARTH WON'T GREEN UNTIL CAPITALISM DIES
2. INDIGENOUS PEOPLE REPEL FBI RAID
4. PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS PROTEST ILLEGAL EVICTIONS
6. ISRAELI UNDERCOVER AGENTS SHOOT TO KILL
7. NO HAITIANS ALLOWED
8. AMERIKANS UNIFY FOR PEROT
9. YUPPIE GREEN HYPOCRISY
10. INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PROTESTS PLANNED
11. CULTURE: REVIEWS
INCIDENT AT OGLALA, AKA GRAFFITI MAN, THE GOOD WOMAN OF
12. UNDER LOCK & KEY: NEWS FROM PRISONS AND PRISONERS
The Maoist Internationalist Movement (MIM) is a revolutionary
communist party that upholds Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, comprising
the collection of existing or emerging Maoist internationalist
parties in the English-speaking imperialist countries and their
English-speaking internal semi-colonies, as well as the existing
or emerging Spanish-speaking Maoist internationalist parties of
Aztlan, Puerto Rico and other territories of the U.S. Empire. MIM
Notes is the newspaper of MIM. Notas Rojas is the newspaper of the
Spanish-speaking parties or emerging parties of MIM.
MIM is an internationalist organization that works from the
vantage point of the Third World proletariat; thus, its members
are not Amerikans, but world citizens.
MIM struggles to end the oppression of all groups over other
groups: classes, genders, nations. MIM knows this is only
possible by building public opinion to seize power through armed
Revolution is a reality for North America as the military becomes
over-extended in the government's attempts to maintain world
MIM differs from other communist parties on three main questions:
(1) MIM holds that after the proletariat seizes power in socialist
revolution, the potential exists for capitalist restoration under
the leadership of a new bourgeoisie within the communist party
itself. In the case of the USSR, the bourgeoisie seized power
after the death of Stalin in 1953; in China, it was after Mao's
death and the overthrow of the "Gang of Four" in 1976. (2) MIM
upholds the Chinese Cultural Revolution as the farthest advance of
communism in human history. (3) MIM believes the North American
white-working-class is primarily a non-revolutionary worker-elite
at this time; thus, it is not the principal vehicle to advance
Maoism in this country.
MIM accepts people as members who agree on these basic principles
and accept democratic centralism, the system of majority rule, on
other questions of party line.
"The theory of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin is universally
applicable. We should regard it not as dogma, but as a guide to
action. Studying it is not merely a matter of learning terms and
phrases, but of learning Marxism-Leninism as the science of
-- Mao Zedong, Selected Works, Vol. II, p. 208
* * *
THE EARTH WON'T GREEN UNTIL CAPITALISM DIES
First World "environmentalists" are afraid the Earth is becoming
uninhabitable-for them. For the masses in the oppressed nations
and especially in Brazil, where the all-hoopla-no-difference'
Earth Summit took place, the Earth is already largely
Remaking the world into a place fit for human habitation requires
the abolition of imperialism and patriarchy, and the environmental
destruction those forces produce.
That will not be accomplished by an increase in "aid" budgets from
imperialism to its colonies and neocolonies in the Third World.
And it will not be accomplished by the further privatization of
nature, by the patenting of genetic discoveries and biological
The destruction of the old and the creation of the new is the
project of the great revolutionary tide of the people, which must
replace the system of world-wide exploitation with a society based
on production for need, not for profit.
The rescue of humankind will not be achieved by any lesser
CONFERENCE REACHES EARTH'S SUMMIT OF EXPLOITATION AND HYPOCRISY
by MC12 & MC45
Nothing much was at stake for the United States at the United
Nations Conference on Environment and Development-the Earth
Summit-which convened in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil last month. All
the treaties and conventions were perfectly vague and nondescript.
Still, political and economic realities required the government to
make an international scene by coming out strongly opposed to even
any environmental posturing.
As Bush put it: "We cannot permit the extreme in the environmental
movement to shut down the United States."(1)
The summit conference, with 180 governments represented, met to
display three international agreements: one to sort of commit to
limiting greenhouse gas emissions (which cause global warming);
one to declare how much countries are committed to preserving
biological diversity; and one to announce how much everyone will
consider the environment when they make their national plans in
Third World reparations
But the hoopla raised another opportunity for public debate on
environmental questions. Some representatives are demanding First
World reparations to the Third World for environmental
destruction-an idea which MIM supports as part of a whole slew of
reparations for centuries of exploitation-environmental and
The summit was mostly just for show, though: see how the Dalai
Lama (Tibet's emperor-in-exile) looks in indigenous Brazilian
But MIM welcomes the opportunity to tackle environmental
The hallmark of First World-chauvinist "environmentalism" is the
fetishized worship of "natural" things, without facing the
realities of life for the four-fifths of the Earth's people who
live in the Third World. These activists are the beauty-of-the-
forest folks, the cute panda-bear-poster people and the save-the-
To these people, Third World people are not only ignorant and
destructive, they are just plain in the way. One of them, Mark
Valentine of the U.S. Citizen's Network, whined: "Whenever you
push the [national] sovereignty button, all the red lights go
off."(2) He was upset because the arguments of Third World
governments were obstructing his promise to keep providing full-
color photos of Amazon beauty to his rich sustainers in the
Still other so-called environmentalists begin to recognize the
suffering of billions of people which goes along with
environmental destruction. But they want more "aid" from the First
World to coerce Third World governments into preserving the
environment. They don't recognize that First World countries do
not "aid," they "invest"-and they only do it when conditions are
favorable to them, which means they are not favorable to Third
France's environmental minister pandered to this crowd when he
called the Summit an "enormous and fantastic undertaking."(2)
One favorite fact of these hypocrites is that rainforests actually
consume carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced in the
First World. So the First World should buy the Third World's land
to use as a "natural" landfill for pollution.
While some people want to preserve nature for art's sake, others,
especially the U.S. biotechnology industry, want to harvest the
rainforests and convert them into massively lucrative medical
technologies. For them, the key is access to biotechnology,
protection of intellectual property "rights," and patenting
exclusivity. Any declaration of Third World sovereignty over what
Bush called "environmental technology," would, in the words of
Secretary of State Jim Baker, "put people out of business in this
One popular example is the rosy periwinkle, a shrub found only in
Madagascar, which is used to treat childhood leukemia and Hodgkins
disease, in the First World, at huge profits. Plant genes from
Africa have also been the basis for a lot of agricultural
advances.(1) The U.S. biotech industry needs to keep the profits
from these discoveries out of the hands of the people they belong
to. Who knows how much Madagascar could demand for such a drug if,
say, Ross Perot's child faced leukemia?
The mainstream environmental dispute is between those who say
capitalism can be preserved and expanded with conservation, and
those who think it will be hampered by conservation. Either way,
in this debate, the people lose.
In contrast, revolutionary environmentalists understand that at
the root of imperialism is a system of ownership and production
which will not and cannot take into account the well-being of its
human and ecological victims. It will only preserve and protect
what it wants for itself, or what it can exploit more profitably
later. Only a system of production for need, not for profit, can
ITAL begin END to take steps necessary to satisfy basic human
needs without making the Earth any more uninhabitable than it
Every instance of environmental destruction at the hands of
imperialism is a case of human exploitation-at the site of the
clear-cutting or in the fields and factories of the oppressed
people who make the profits possible. But it is the exploited
humans who possess the will and the power to resist and overthrow
imperialism, force the First World to pay up for centuries of
exploitation, and go about the work of creating a human society
which is fit to live in.
1. Washington Post 6/1/92, p. A15.
2. Washington Post 6/7/92, p. A27.
3. Washington Post 6/6/92, p. A1.
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INDIGENOUS PEOPLE REPEL FBI RAID
Hundreds of members of the Yavapai people and their supporters
demonstrated at the Capitol and federal buildings in Phoenix,
Arizona on May 20, to protest a thwarted FBI raid on the Ft.
McDowell reservation outside Phoenix, during which agents
attempted to seize gambling machines that are the mainstay of the
reservation's weak, underdeveloped economy.(1)
The feds raided a total of five indigenous reservations in Arizona
on May 12, but the greatest force of resistance came from Ft.
McDowell. The Yavapai blockaded the federal vehicles-eight loaded
trucks-in the parking lot outside the reservation's casino,
forcing Governor Fife Symington to negotiate an agreement with
them to protect their gambling operations.
Although gambling is an addictive vice that sucks money and
stability from people, it has also provided the reservation with
cash that funds college scholarships, pre-schools, youth programs,
clothing for school children, a library and a senior center. The
outgrowth of gambling-emotional and psychological desperation-is
what has sustained it as an imperialist-sanctioned enterprise
within indigenous nations.
Notes: Los Angeles Times 5/21/92.
YAVAPAI BET ON BLOCKADE
One hundred members of the Yavapai McDowell Reservation outside
Phoenix, Arizona blocked eight FBI-driven tractor trailers
containing electronic gambling machines from leaving their
reservation game center on May 12. The FBI presence was part of a
state-wide effort to enforce a federal law that bans gambling on
indigenous people's land.(1) Four other indigenous-run gambling
centers in Arizona were also raided that day, and the feds
confiscated a total of 750 machines which were said to be in
violation of federal law.(2)
Warned by reservation members commuting to Phoenix for work that
federal vehicles were approaching the reservation, the Yavapai
barricaded the casino using pick-up trucks, earth movers and cars.
The barricade stopped the feds from making off with equipment that
generates 70% of the reservation's income, tribal Chairperson
Clinton Pattea said in an interview with MIM Notes. The Yavapai
non-violently held 50 to 100 FBI agents in the parking lot of the
casino for eight hours until a temporary agreement was reached.(3)
Meeting with state officials
Arizona governor Fife Symington met with Pattea in a library
outside the reservation on May 12. Pattea and Symington agreed
that the machines would remain inside the trailers for a 10- day
"cooling off" period. The FBI left and the reservation took
responsibility for the security of the equipment. The Yavapai
people maintained a 24-hour-a day watch on the machines until June
5, when they were taken to a warehouse in Phoenix.(4)
The Yavapai have been trying-unsuccessfully-to negotiate an
arrangement with the state of Arizona to legalize gambling since
1988. But in the wake of the blockade, when Pattea suggested to
Governor Symington that the Yavapai could and would meet any
challenge by the state in defense of their economic sovereignty,
Symington agreed to discuss an agreement with the Yavapai McDowell
Reservation on June 9.
The state presented a proposal that limited the number of machines
to 250, the hours that the casino could stay open per week to 80
and the bet limit to $5, and further proposed that the operation
would be regulated by the state. The Yavapai rejected the proposal
and agreed to make their own proposal.
Pattea told MIM Notes he is hopeful for an agreeable outcome for
the reservation, if the event gets enough attention that other
Arizona tribes will be able to win similar deals with the state.
Before the blockade, the Yavapai, along with three other tribes,
filed a lawsuit attempting to force negotiations, gain the
security of the use of the electronic game machines and avoid
losing a major chunk of their income.
Blockades are better than lawsuits
On May 12, the Yavapai people met imperialist aggression with a
force stronger than a lawsuit. The blockade produced negotiations,
and while the outcome is yet to be determined the legal course
hangs in the dust. The Yavapai know that they have a good
argument, which is in fact within Indian Gaming Regulatory Act
guidelines, but relying on the "justice" system is not in the
favor of anyone outside the white nation.
The fact that the Yavapai are being prevented from obtaining any
economic stability is not due to an abused law or an uncooperative
administration. The economic wreckage is deliberate. It is a
technique that is part of the systematic oppression that keeps the
indigenous nations under the thumb of imperialism and severed from
any chance at creating prosperity for the Yavapai McDowell
reservation or any of the other indigenous nations.
The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 permits gambling on
reservations within states that permit gambling. The state of
Arizona frequently does permit not-for-profit organizations to
hold "Las Vegas nights," where gambling paraphernalia similar to
Fort McDowell's is brought in for an night.
On June 8 all charges against the rebels were dropped. The
attempted seizure of the machines was due to government rules that
took effect May 11, barring two types of gambling: electronic card
game machines and an instant lottery game machine. Beyond the
electronic card and lottery games the game center hosts bingo,
live keno and card games, with the profits accounting for 70-80%
of reservation income.
Pattea wants people to understand that the Yavapai is a sovereign
nation and that the federal government put them in this situation.
"They keep telling us that we should decide on our own
destination, yet they make decisions that effect our people," he
told MIM Notes.
The Yavapai McDowell reservation has 800 members, 500 of whom are
residents. The game center has about 1,000 customers per night,
patronized by peopleat we should decide on our own destination,
yet they mak's agenda to curtail the gambling industry within
reservations does not surprise MIM. Imperialism tries to keep
oppressed nations from obtaining any power or independence. The
unemployment rate on the reservation before the game center was
established was 30-40%; afterwards unemployment was brought down
to less than 5%. Since the removal of the equipment 80 people have
been laid off. The game center employed 150 people, of whom one-
third were tribal members.
Although gambling is an addictive vice that sucks money and
stability from people, it has provided the reservation with cash
that funds college scholarships, pre-schools, youth programs,
clothing for school children, a library and a senior center. The
outgrowth of gambling-emotional and psychological desperation-is
probably what has sustained it as an imperialist-sanctioned
enterprise within indigenous nations.
1. National Public Radio 5/13/92.
2. Boston Globe 5/13/92.
3. Atlanta Journal and Constitution 5/13/92.
4. New York Times 5/13/92.
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MIM SEEN ON POLE
I saw your flier on a utility pole. Sounds good to me. Mostly. I'm
sort of a Maoist. I'm a little confused. You concede that
thousands suffered unjustly during the Cultural Revolution but
then you say this same Cultural Revolution was the "furthest
communist advance in history." Better send me more info.
MC86 responds: William Hinton's ITAL The 100 Day War END is a
valuable source on the Cultural Revolution. Write to MIM for a
It is true that thousands suffered unjustly in the Cultural
Revolution-it was, after all, a revolution and a violent
insurrection against capitalist-roaders in the Party leadership
and their ideological products. In a world where 40,000 children a
day die from starvation under imperialism, the revolutionary and
chaotic movements of the oppressed to overthrow imperialism will
continue to result in some unnecessary deaths. There were unjust
deaths recently in Los Angeles-but the rebellion was justified
We recognize the Cultural Revolution as the greatest communist
advance in history because not only did China advance the material
conditions of the masses and the country further and faster than
feudalism or even capitalism could have done, but also the masses
developed an understanding of two-line struggle under socialism,
of the continued existence of classes under socialism and of the
possibility of the (temporary) restoration of capitalism at all
levels of leadership.
Only mass communist consciousness will be able to combat
production for profit and the reactionary old ways as they slip
into the dustbin of history. Communism does not happen overnight.
It will take decades of revolutions and cultural revolutions.
MIM believes revolutionaries must build on the successes of
history rather than dismissing these advances as imperfect (and
thus failures) as the Trotskyists would have us do. We learn from
the successes of the Cultural Revolution as well as the mistakes.
Meanwhile, Maoists in the United States ground our analysis in the
revolutionary necessities of Third World peoples and oppressed
nations-at home and abroad.
All readers who are "sort of" Maoists should follow this writer's
example and struggle and study with MIM.
In April I went to a lecture featuring Steve Cokely, who mentioned
that Nelson Mandela agreed to allow the South African government
to retain control of the gold and diamond industry in exchange for
relatively minor concessions. Only the forces of nature know what
damage was done to Nelson while incarcerated at Robben Island
Penitentiary! If Nomzamo was guilty of murdering the 14-year-old
boy and of beating the other boys, I attribute it to the extreme
oppression and pressure that she was forced to undergo while
Nelson was held in the mind altering slave camp. The slave system
adversely effected them both!
Incidentally, in the early 60s, when the African National Congress
went to the armed struggle, the command structure of the congress
was made up of lawyers and other educated individuals, not
guerilla soldiers. Mandela admitted that they were amateurs. Who
can say whether or not the Spear of the Nation can contend with
the South Afrikan army, if the ANC and the PAC resume the armed
struggle. I've read on more than one occasion that the Israelis
have heavily contributed to the training and the arming of the
South Afrikan Army. That being the case, the Boers have a
Please do not take my statements as pessimistic. I know what the
People can accomplish if properly trained and organized. I feel
that the liberation of Azania is the key to the total liberation
of the Afrikan continent. However, the Afrikaners aren't going to
walk away from what they perceive to be their homeland. Countless
other Afrikan heads of state have allowed the Europeans to retain
control of the financial and industrial apparatus while they gave
the Afrikans the parliament and a pseudo-national flag.
We can only hope that Mandela hasn't fallen into the neo-
colonialist trap. I don't have to mention what part Amerika and
the other Western powers are playing in keeping the Afrikans in a
condition of neo-slavery. They project that 50 million Afrikans
will be dead from AIDS by the year 2000. The United States and the
western powers know their natural resources are rapidly running
out. Along with the projected population explosion in Amerika, and
the Afrikan specter of AIDS, is the Western powers plan to finally
re-take Afrika. In my opinion, this is what is meant by the term
"New World Order." The total liberation of southern Afrika is
A comrade in the South
CHINA: WHY ATTACK AFRICANS?
I would appreciate a reply to a question regarding racism in China
involving Afrikan students. I read an article in the state
newspaper a couple of years ago regarding Afrikan male students
involved in relationships with Chinese women which ignited
violent/racist reactions from Chinese men. According to this
article, the police intervened on behalf of the Afrikans and sent
them home as a safety measure. I've always been bothered by this
alleged incident. I wonder what position the Deng regime took on
this incident? If you can, please articulate the stance of the
communist Chinese in reference to the Afrikans. I look forward to
MC5 and MC17 respond: The theoretical issues behind this question
touch on a topic that MIM will tackle in greater detail in the
next (double) issue of MIM Theory on gender and feminism. This
response is adapted from articles to be printed in that issue.
First, China is not communist, nor even socialist. Deng Xiaoping
and his fellow rulers seized power after Mao died (1976) and have
since reversed many of the gains in China. Deng and his allies
were after the restoration of capitalism and their own personal
With this in mind, the incident surrounding the African students
carries some significant lessons about gender struggles world-
wide. MIM attributes the anti-African riots in China to pseudo-
feminism, popular both in state capitalist China and in capitalist
Pseudo-feminism is an ideology that claims to be feminist but
often practices paternalism towards women. Placing the gender
contradiction above the contradiction between oppressed and
oppressor nations, pseudo feminism in effect causes retreats
rather than progress for the oppressed majority of women of the
Socialist revolution in China and other countries has advanced the
cause of women further and faster than any other historical event.
Since the restoration of capitalism in China, many of those
advances have been reversed. The fight before, during and after
the revolution against pseudo-feminism, and the advances made when
revolutionary politics were winning out, demonstrates that women
world-wide must seize power and fight for revolutionary advances
if they want to support the cause of the truly oppressed.
Advances and retreats in China
In one generation (1949-1974) China went from a society that
allowed buying and selling of women as slaves to a society with
22.6% women in its highest government body of 2,885 members, which
would be the rough equivalent of our top 700 Congressional,
military and business leaders.(1)
In 1949 the infant mortality rate in Shanghai was 150 deaths per
1,000 births. In 1972 it was down to 12.6, lower than the infant
mortality rate of 18.1 for whites in New York City at that
time.(2) Those concerned with the well-being of women understand
that this is a statement on the health of women in the two
countries. The United States, a much wealthier country, could not
compete with communist China in the area of women's health.
China under Mao also abolished the use of women's bodies in
advertising, as well as all other forms of pornography. All this
and much more was accomplished in 25 years.
When capitalism came back to China it came back after defeating
the effort of a communist woman, Jiang Qing, to take the top
leadership role in China. It has meant the return of pornography,
sexist ads, prostitution, cosmetics, skyrocketing rape rates, and
a decline in rural health care and the percentage of women in
government. This is all the more reason that MIM mourns the arrest
of Jiang Qing in 1976 by capitalist-roaders. At the same time, MIM
resolves to learn and teach the lessons of history and continue
the struggle Jiang Qing led for equality for women.
Pseudo-feminism and reactionary nationalism in China
The precipitating event for the student riots, which caused the
largest anti-government demonstrations in two years, was a student
dance to which two African men brought Chinese dates. There was a
dispute over the Africans' identification. After that, the
Africans claim the Chinese started the fighting, while the Chinese
claim the Africans started the fighting.(1) The identification
issue was a pretext because there are so few foreigners in Nanjing
that everyone knows who they are. Similar events involving women
provoked riots again.
Not all Chinese students supported the reasons for the riots, but
the predominant culture of China was on the side of the rioting
students. The very concepts of dating, harassment and rape differ
quite a bit in the United States from China.
In China, a foreign woman who talks to a Chinese man alone, even
in a public place (outside of a work context), is regarded as
having been raped sometime in her life and having accepted the
life of a whore. Chinese realize that foreigners have different
ideas about letting women be whores, so they don't like this
practice between Amerikans, but they probably will not riot
because of it.
When it comes to Chinese women, however, people feel that
foreigners are asking the Chinese women to be whores. Particularly
where the Chinese feel ill-gotten wealth, party corruption and
"uncivilized culture" (meaning culture denigrated by rich
Westerners) is involved, they riot. Simply talking to a woman in a
department store or on the street is liable to set off angry
reactions of all kinds. People assume that the woman is setting up
According to one female Chinese student, the riots were justified
because the African students stood outside dorms and asked women
for dates, "even though we don't want dates." The tradition in
Chinese culture is for dating to occur after years of public
interaction at school or work.
Pseudo-feminism in China of the late 1980s was quite obviously a
disguise for anti-African chauvinism. Anti-African demonstrators
in Beijing carried placards reading "No offend Chinese women!"
"Punish Hoodlums; Protect Women's Rights!"(2) The slogans were a
stark reminder that the role of protecting women and putting them
on a pedestal, and the passion underlying sexual politics, can
easily combine in a fascist direction. With a few feminist-
sounding slogans thrown in, George Bush's Willie Horton ads would
be a good analogy to the Chinese situation.
If we were to listen to Amerikan pseudo-feminists' subjectivism,
which says we should believe whatever any woman says about rape,
we would accept as truth what the Chinese women say. That would
include that getting near individual men is the act of a whore. It
would include that once raped, one must be a criminal and it would
include launching city-wide riots when African students ask for or
go on dates with Chinese women.
Pseudo-feminists often acknowledge this problem of subjectivity
and conclude that the problem is that objectivity is men's problem
and subjectivity should be celebrated. MIM sees this problem and
holds that the objective factors underlying and conditioning the
subjectivity of women and men must be changed. If class, nation
and gender power is eliminated, people may start from subjective
positions free of violent contradictions. However, women will
never cease being objects until they take up science with a
passion to seize control of their destiny.
1. New York Times 12/27/88, p. 1.
2. Mira Sorvino, "Anti-Africanism in China: An Investigation into
Chinese Attitudes towards Black Students in the People's Republic
of China." (Undergraduate thesis, Harvard University, 1990), p.
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PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS PROTEST ILLEGAL EVICTIONS
by a comrade
On the morning of June 5 a young woman was shot through the neck
by an unknown assailant in the playground at Geneva Towers-a two-
building high-rise apartment complex on the edge of San Francisco.
The 1,300 embattled Black and Latino residents of Geneva Towers
use Section Eight certificates to rent decaying rooms in a
decrepit building with broken elevators. A 40-man Goon Squad
composed of off-duty San Francisco police and other drug-dealing
enemies of the people patrols this virtual prison-assaulting and
terrorizing the residents at will.
In the afternoon of June 5 a handful of Geneva Towers tenants
picketed outside a luncheon in the community room thrown by
management-John Stewart Company-for Stewart's phoney "Geneva
Towers Resident Management Council."
Shouting "No Justice, No Peace" while a young brother kept a
martial beat on a conga drum, the picketers demanded a stop to
The young brother remarked, "That was no drive-by this morning.
That was sharpshooting."
In the past year almost half of the original 2,500 residents have
either been evicted or have fled from Geneva Towers, as John
Stewart and his Goon Squad continue to terrorize youth and gang-
bang anybody who complains.
One grandfather told a listener: "The threats are always the same,
"I'LL BLOW YOUR FUCKING BRAINS OUT," with a cocked and pointed gun
at the victims' heads. These vile acts are now known throughout
the prison systems' A and B buildings."
The grandfather has repeatedly been beaten by uniformed Stewart
goons because he has had the courage to speak out against Stewart,
the lockdowns and the summary evictions. Grandfather remarks that
he has not been arrested and yet he and his family are imprisoned.
He asks, "Why do you [John Stewart] deny us our due process of the
laws? Why do you continue to imprison free and innocent African-
Americans without charging us on a one by one basis of an alleged
crime, and then let the U.S., or city, or county, or state, or
federal courts try us with a judge and a jury of our peers, and
then after being found guilty or innocent of these charges and are
duly convicted then let us be confined in a city or a state county
prison as it is with the case of White Americans?"
Geneva Towers is owned by the Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD). It is "managed" by white millionaire slumlord
John Stewart, a man whose resume states that he has worked
extensively throughout his career with NASA and TRW, Inc.
NASA is the military arm of United States imperialism in outer
space. TRW, Inc. is a multinational corporation which monitors the
spending habits of Amerikan credit-consumers and builds satellite
systems and other instruments of espionage and destruction.
Stewart is also on the board of directors of several failed
Savings & Loan institutions.
The small demonstration at Geneva Towers drew no sectarian groups
with red banners in support. No stones were thrown. No fires were
set. Neither the protest nor the attempted assassination were
covered on the evening news. When it was all over, the few picket
signs had been torn by the wind and the picketers went back inside
to await three-day notices and look for someplace else to live in
this white, imperialist country.
In the face of calculated genocide, the Black Nation and all
colonized peoples have a strength which slowly and surely grows
from experiences like this. The young brother with the congas, and
others like him, will be back one day in organized groups to wield
the sickle of revolutionary justice and the hammer of socialist
peace in a world where dogs like John Stewart and his Goons are as
much a memory of the past as leprosy and small-pox.
* * *
ISRAELI UNDERCOVER AGENTS SHOOT TO KILL
by MC31 & MC12
Israeli violence and repression, and Palestinian resistance to
occupation, has increased markedly in recent months. The
escalation follows sharply deteriorating conditions in the
occupied territories and the changing political needs of Israel's
This year, Israel has increased undercover operations, sending
soldiers dressed as Arabs into the West Bank to kill Palestinians.
The Palestine Human Rights Information Center (PHRIC)-based in
Chicago and Jerusalem-has documented these acts, including a case
in which four undercover soldiers, dressed as Palestinians, shot
Palestinians without warning.
The PHRIC believes the military has shifted its policy to increase
the use of covert operations and expand the practice of summary
executions. The West Bank Israeli Army commander acknowledged that
the army had "adjusted" its policy in the face of increasing armed
These summary executions and murders have reportedly taken 40
Palestinian lives in the past year. Overall, more than 900
Palestinians have officially been killed by soldiers since
December 1987, when the uprising, or intifada, began.(2)
The agents and Arab collaborators are high-strung: On May 28 two
disguised Israeli soldiers shot and killed two of their own Arab
collaborators, supposedly mistaking them for anti-Israel
Sealing off Gaza
Following several stabbings of Israeli settlers, the army
completely sealed off the Gaza strip-only Jews could enter and
leave the region.(4) The blockade of Gaza is a calculated Israeli
economic policy to regulate Palestinian labor within Israel.
Unemployment in Israel and a flood of new immigrants has meant
more forced unemployment for Palestinians. Each incident of
violence is the pretense for more restrictions.
Before the war against Iraq, about 60,000 Palestinians living in
Gaza worked in Israel; now that is as low as 30,000, and
unemployment is 30-40%.
As the economic situation in the territories gets worse, violence
increases. Young people erect roadblocks almost every day in the
Jabalya refugee camp, and the Israeli army recently built a
prison-type watchtower surrounded by a high fence to monitor their
Amerika and Israel share a strategy of military occupation and
repression in their occupied nations, but so far Israeli security
has largely prevented the release of video-taped acts of torture
and murder like the Los Angeles recording. A pivotal blood-tie
between Amerika and Israel is the settler masses' fascistic
popular support for occupation in both countries.
While whites in Los Angeles rushed out to buy guns, Jewish
settlers launched massive riots in Gaza in June, after the
stabbings. The Israelis burned Arab crops and rampaged through the
occupied land. And near Tel Aviv, hundreds of Jews blocked the
streets and shouted, "Death to the Arabs!"(5) That call was
repeated by elementary school children watching the riots from
their school windows.(4) Thousands rioted for five straight days
and nights, smashing cars with Arab license plates.(6)
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir said the guilty Palestinian should
have been "shot on sight." Dozens of Palestinians were wounded in
Meanwhile, about 1,000 Israelis between the ages of five and 18
are taking self-defense courses to learn to "protect themselves"
from Palestinians and the intifada. Organizers of the course hire
Palestinians to simulate attacks of the "students," so that they
may be "confronted with real-life situations" and be prepared to
Miki Har-Gash, one of the program's directors, admitted that even
the Palestinians who "volunteered" to be the attackers were in
considerable danger. The Israeli students are taught to "use their
hands, their teeth, their legs ... do anything to save their
Palestinian acts of resistance and armed struggle are increasingly
met with more publicity and eagerness on the part of the state to
build fear and support for the domination of Palestinian land and
people. And the government's call to oppression is echoed over and
over by the Israeli settler masses.
The Palestinian nation's occupation by the Israeli settler state,
and the resulting economic dependence, are sources of great
revolutionary energy on the part of the Palestinian people. Their
struggle to create and build vanguard leadership is fueled by that
oppression. The national liberation struggle of the Palestinians
will not cease until its cause is won.
1. Reuter 5/11/92.
2. Financial Times 6/1/92.
3. Reuter 5/29/92.
4. Atlanta Journal and Constitution 5/25/92.
5. Washington Post 5/28/92 p. A29.
6. Christian Science Monitor 6/1/92.
7. Agence France Presse 5/29/92.
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NO HAITIANS ALLOWED
President Bush recently authorized the U.S. Coast Guard to
intercept boats carrying Haitian refugees who were seeking some
form of relief and return them to Haiti-rather than allow them to
have their asylum applications processed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
This move came in response to the overcrowding of the Naval base
in Cuba where the Haitians were being detained.(1)
There are still thousands of Haitians in Miami who have been
languishing in prison-like detention centers waiting in vain for
their asylum applications to be processed. Meanwhile, there is a
meaningless and destructive debate in the Bush administration
regarding the status of these applications: economic or political.
Under bourgeois standards, it is much harder to prove oppression
is "political" rather than "economic," so this is just a way for
Amerika to justify the exclusion of thousands and thousands of
poor Black people. (The United States did help top Aristide
officials into Amerika shortly after the coup, so maybe money and
power has something to do with this!)(2)
While this new policy of rejecting refugees and requiring them to
process application in Haiti was designed to stop the flow of
immigration, Haitians are still coming-and being deported-by the
thousands. Now Bush wants to close down the base in Guantanamo
Bay, claiming it only serves to attract more Haitians.(1) In
response to allegations that this new policy is racist, Bush said
he is no "racist" and that the United States will always be a safe
haven for those seeking political refuge.
For oppressed nations inside and outside the borders of Amerika,
"political refuge" is revolutionary work. MIM understands that
Amerika is not a safe haven for the truly oppressed of the world,
although many are better off here than being subject to the
imperialist evils of Amerikan foreign policy elsewhere.
1. Notimex Mexican News Service 5/30/92.
2. Newsweek 6/8/92, p.39.
* * *
AMERIKANS UNIFY FOR PEROT
For millions of Amerikans, billionaire Ross Perot is a nationalist
hero. Newsweek, reporting that Perot leads in voter opinion polls,
declared that "his nationalist rhetoric and plain-spoken TV appeal
would help him go over the heads of the politicians directly to
the people."(1) A great anti-politician ruler a la Reagan, Perot
is the leader of a resurgent white nation unity movement.
But many left-liberal critics are in a panic because Perot is
trying to "buy the presidency," for $100 million of his own pocket
change. For them, Amerikans are always being suckered into things
against their will. MIM, on the other hand, knows that just
because the government is for sale doesn't mean it's not popular
among settler masses.
And it's always been for sale. For example, The Federal Election
Commission says political action committees (PACs) spent $73
million on congressional campaigns in the 15-month period ending
in March. And PACs in April had $139 million is cash left to
spend-doubling what Perot has promised to spend of his own
And that's not just corporate interests; 16 of the 50 top spending
PACs are trade unions, and they shelled out $9.2 million during
that period. The Teamsters union, the biggest spender, spent $1.4
million. More than 90% of PAC money is spent to re-elect
incumbents, and that rate is increasing.(2)
Still, these critics believe, corporate fascist billionaires are
supposed to be somehow opposed to Amerikan "democracy." And yet
Perot is wildly popular among Amerikans.
California primary exit polls (of people who voted) showed that
44% of whites (and 45% of men) would like to vote for Perot in
November. Perot had the most support among all income groups over
$15,000 per year: 41% of those with incomes of $15,000-30,000
would choose Perot, compared to 31% for Clinton and 19% for Bush.
And Perot beat out Bush for people with incomes of $75,000 or
more: 46% to 21%.(3)
Amerika's oppressive rulers have led what has always been a
"popular" movement against the oppressed people who made this
country rich. The tired old settler-leftist complaint that white
people are not represented by the government doesn't hold up to
centuries of white support for the plundering of oppressed nations
In answer to critics who said Perot would be an authoritarian
president, Perot's campaign co-chair Edward Rollins (former Reagan
manager) said: "The undeniable fact is that thousands upon
thousands of volunteers are putting this man's name on the ballot
because they are dissatisfied with the establishment's choices.
They are petitioning to have their voices heard, which is anything
but authoritarian. It is democracy in its truest form."(4)
White Amerika is ever more hell-bent on militarist repression and
imperialist exploitation. Ross Perot isn't making that happen just
because he's spending $100 million to be the one the settler
masses choose to pose for Big Brother posters.
1. Newsweek 6/15/92, p. 26.
2. Washington Post 6/8/92, p. A17.
3. Washington Post 6/4/92, p. A13.
4. Washington Post 6/7/92, p. C7.
* * *
YUPPIE GREEN HYPOCRISY
On May 29, in several national newspapers, a full page ad
sponsored by 15 Amerikan "environmental" groups ranging from the
ASPCA to the Sierra Club screamed "SABOTAGE!" in a huge headline.
The text of the ad railed against the imminent ratification of the
General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the new North
America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as "new trade rules that give
a secretive foreign bureaucracy vast new powers to threaten
American laws that protect your food, your health, your wilderness
and wildlife, and your job."(1)
It seems that the environmentalists have just noticed that
humanity is ruled by "an international body that nobody elected,
that nobody knows, and that operates in secret beyond national
laws or the democratic process ... We are witnessing one of the
slickest suppressions of the democratic process in history,
substituting the will of trade bureaucracies which citizens cannot
influence. The beneficiaries are multi-national corporations
(e.g., Coca Cola, Pepsi, Nestle, Ralston Purina, Kraft, General
Foods) for whom democracy itself is an impediment to ITALIC their
END free trade."(1)
The environmentalists claim that "expansion of GATT represents a
new blueprint ITALIC and END a new mechanism for the organization
and control of resources and life on Earth, under the 'benevolent'
guidance of bankers and multi-national corporations. But in order
to proceed with their vision, they must first eliminate the power
of democracies to control their own laws."(1) Say it isn't so!
Finally, the ad complains that the Amerikan standard of luxury is
being inconvenienced by the international financial oligarchy of
monopoly capitalist killers. MIM says, "Right on! Join the united
front of the internationally oppressed to annihilate imperialism!"
Unfortunately, the ad then plaintively counsels us to write
pathetic, pleading letters to corrupt imperialist officials asking
them ITALIC please END not to destroy the planet.
Get it together yuppie Greens! If everything is as you say it is
(and it is!) then what's the answer? You get four choices:
a) continue to think only about your own health
b) roll over and die
c) elect Ross Perot as world dictator
d) quit bullshitting and overthrow the bastards.
Notes: San Francisco Chronicle 5/29/92, p. 20.
* * *
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PROTESTS PLANNED
The League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations (LISN) is planning a
"Native American Solidarity Day" rally and civil disobedience at
the United Nations in New York City for Oct. 12, otherwise known
as "Columbus Day."
A flyer from the group explains that, "Only the complete
unification of all Indian Nations into one great alliance can
prevent the ongoing rape of native land. Indian People from Tierra
del Fuego to the Arctic Circle are standing together to say 'NO!'
to genocide and exploitation, and to demand an independent voice
in the international community."
The group is demanding a seat at the U.N. for indigenous peoples
of the Western Hemisphere.
"LISN's efforts will ultimately expose the 500 years of genocide,"
the flyer adds, "and establish an inter-nation alliance of Warrior
Societies to resist the continuing plundering Mother Earth and the
brutal disregard for the lives of the elders, women and children."
MIM applauds LISN's militancy and supports the indigenous peoples'
claims to self-determination and sovereignty. And we are glad to
publicize events in the 500 Years of Resistance movement
That said, MIM adds that there are many oppressed nations
"represented" at the U.N. who are no better off for their seats.
The demand for a seat at the U.N. is a distraction which will
ultimately serve to disempower indigenous people. The U.N.'s so-
called "international community" is the not the source of
indigenous national sovereignty or self-determination; those are
the products of the people's revolutionary struggle, of which the
indigenous peoples' resistance is a crucial part.
Notes: Flyer, League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations of the
Western Hemisphere, PO Box 131, Accokeek, MD 20607.
* * *
Incident at Oglala
Executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford, ITAL Incident at Oglala END traces the events at Pine Ridge Reservation between 1973 and 1975, when the American Indian Movement (AIM) was at war with the FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and corrupt would-be neo-colonial rulers. On June 26, 1975 two FBI agents were killed by still unidentified indigenous people at Jumping Bull compound during an attempted on the compound. AIM activist Leonard Peltier was framed and charged for two counts of murder-a crime for which he is still serving two life sentences at Leavenworth federal penitentiary.
The movie is a liberal view of how the indigenous people at Pine Ridge were not only terrorized by Dick Wilson's puppet tribal government and so-called GOON squad (Guardians Of the Oglala Nation), but also by the FBI and BIA. Many could walk away from this movie and say "Leonard Peltier should be freed, because it is clear that he was framed and didn't kill those agents." MIM says: "So what if he did?" There was a war on that the indigenous people were fighting on two fronts, and federal agents got killed in the crossfire.
People who are attracted by the Free Peltier movement should think about who should be convicted for those murders-and who would be convicted if Peltier were found not guilty. Whether Peltier did or didn't do it is irrelevant, whether some other member of AIM did or didn't is also irrelevant: those killings were justified in the name of self-defense and national liberation. The Peltier-is-innocent defense just means another revolutionary should be in jail instead.
Apted does a good job of talking to a variety of people, including the foreperson of the jury that acquitted two other men in the first trial for the same crime. There are also clips from conversations with various FBI types, most of whom are portrayed as the reactionary pigs that they are.
But there are problems with the director's choices: first, many clips of the indigenous people portray them as nature-loving inspirationalists who felt very bad about the deaths of the two agents in 1975.
MIM would like to hear the rest of what they said: did Apted omit the more militant anger from the conversations with the interviewer? While many indigenous people do have a reverence for nature and spirit, members of the Oglala nation also have a militant political determination to be free of white Amerikan control of their lives.
The other more subtle, yet just as disturbing, portrayal was of Myrtle Poor Bear, the woman whose affidavits were used to extradite Peltier from Canada to eventually stand trial. Peltier's own defense attorney describes her as a psychotic liar who gave conflicting testimonies, apparently for her own evil purposes. But the pieces of Myrtle Poor Bear telling her own story show she is perfectly articulate and sane. She describes how the FBI violently coerced her testimony, by threatening to kill her daughter and put her "through a meat grinder" if she didn't cooperate.
ITAL Incident at Oglala END is a movie with a mission: to present evidence which would clear Leonard Peltier's name. Never mind that the film implicates another heroic AIM activist-unidentified- discredits Myrtle Poor Bear, and diminishes the political content of the movement in the process. For the rest of the story, write to MIM for a copy of ITAL Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement END.
* * *
AKA Graffiti Man
Poetry of protest, alienation, romance gone wrong, women wronged-these verses are the metronome ticking time to John Trudell's latest effort brought to us in the form of a rock-and-roll band.
Heavy rhythms, native music and some wailing guitars blend with Trudell's message to create an outstanding musical uprising against the oppression of war, life on the res, stale Amerikan culture and women caught in a patriarchal society.
Trudell-who just finished acting in ITAL Thunderheart END and appearing in ITAL Incident at Oglala END, two films by Michael Apted-has been primarily a poet since ending his stint as a spokesperson for the American Indian Movement when the FBI murdered his wife and child. Encouraged by his comrades to put his poetry to music, he formed a band last year.
Although this disc is not a call for revolution-something in which Trudell no longer believes-his songs expose the ugliness of Amerika and the beauty of people's resistance to its culture.
The title-track is the strongest exposition on the disc. In four short minutes, Trudell runs a story-line through different classes and nations in Amerika and their relationship to profits and "the spoils of war." He starts out with the life of the oppressed where everyone must hustle, women turn to prostitution, and drugs and alcohol abound. In this world, "the junkman's in the shadows dealing his junk."
Graffiti Man's got something to say
Message in a scrawl
Message on the wall
Not our fault
We gotta be cool
Our time will come
The second verse is a trip to the alienation of a shopping mall-"Who's worth more than the money they spend?" The junkman is here, too, but selling different kinds of junk.
In the final verse, Trudell moves to the "sterile" world of the corporation without obvious stains on the suits, but a place where the junkman says "the spoils of war are the spoils of war," and it's all divided up in neat rows of figures. And in the end, "Graffiti Man's got something to say..."
All in all a fine effort. If Trudell is perhaps a bit deferential to the wheels of history pushing culture forward-as in the song "Baby Boom ChŽ" where he credits Elvis for a rock-and-roll revolution that broke with the post-World War II, post-Great Depression value system-he makes up for it with a voice of resistance that's "rockin the res."
* * *
The Good Woman of Bangkok
ITAL The Good Woman of Bangkok END is disturbing on two main counts: O'Rourke never says what a "documentary-fiction" is (and the audience thinks it is watching a documentary until the closing credits), and he focuses on the meaning of "love," rather than on the exploitation of Third World prostitutes who work to service First World people's sexual decadence. Despite these flaws, O'Rourke allows Aoi, a Thai prostitute, to speak about being a prostitute with no economic alternative. O'Rourke's film contains lessons for revolutionaries about how to use culture to expose the brutality of imperialism.
O'Rourke tries to make the film into reactionary romantic mush. Scattered throughout the film, there are segments of an interview in which Aoi says that she hates all men-Thai men, foreign men, ITAL all END men-and that she wishes she could make them die. O'Rourke frames this desire as the tragedy of prostitution destroying Aoi's ability to "love."
In exchange for making the film, O'Rourke promised to buy Aoi a rice farm to support her family. We learn this only late in the film when O'Rourke threatens from behind the camera: "I'll only buy you a rice farm if you promise to stop this work ... promise me, Aoi."
Other grossness in the film includes the Euro-chauvinism of subtitling the English segments of Aoi's interviews, but letting the audience muddle through a Dutch interviewee's accent. MIM can only guess that O'Rourke thought a Thai accent would be less tolerable to his audiences.
O'Rourke also makes a joke out of a discussion two women have about different types of bars: those for Thai men serve the women who dance there as much food as they can eat, the foreigners' bars serve only alcohol. Amerikan audiences roar over the fact that these women can't get their thoughts away from eating when there are serious issues like sex and love to contend with.
But O'Rourke manages to expose the substantial gender oppression which is imperialism-cutting from daylight when white women touring Bangkok with their husbands shrink from the dirty Thai children, to nighttime, when the husbands go out to fuck the dirty Thai women, leaving their wives clean. He also features interviews with European and Amerikan men who discuss the beauty of prostitution: when they take their wives and girlfriends out they sometimes get sex in return (sometimes they don't), but these Thai women "have the right attitude."
UNDER LOCK & KEY: NEWS FROM PRISONS AND FROM PRISONERS
ANGOLA PRISONER FOUND DEAD: MURDEROUS GUARDS CLAIM IT WAS SUICIDE
On May 19, Louisiana State Penitentiary prisoner Bennie Sampson
purportedly hung himself after he was transferred to the
Administrative Lockdown Unit at Camp D. Sampson was 37 years old.
Sampson was placed in Lockdown for observation: standard procedure
for prisoners who are considered suicidal. Normally, these
prisoners would not be able to keep anything in their cells which
might assist them in suicide, but Sampson apparently had the means
to hang himself-or be hung.
On July 11, 1989, Johnny Augustine-another prisoner at Louisiana
State in Angola-was found hanging from a sheet tied to the bars of
his cell. The administration claimed Augustine's death was a
suicide too-but they had no explanation for the broken back and
stab wound to the thigh noted by the coroner.
Augustine's death was one of at least five that prison guards
tried to pass off as suicide in 1989, and it seems clear their
tactics haven't changed. Bennie Sampson's death will not go
unrecognized or uninvestigated.
PRISONER DEATH: SUICIDE OR MURDER?
by MA76 for the Campaign of Exposure
LOUSIANA STATE PENITENTIARY, ANGOLA, May 26-I am writing to let
you know that another prisoner has purportedly committed suicide
by hanging himself here at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.
On Tuesday, May 19, fellow prisoner Bennie Sampson #109668, a 37-
year-old Black prisoner, purportedly hung himself after being
transferred to the Administrative Lockdown Unit here at Camp D.
From the information I have been able to gather, Sampson was sent
to this unit to be placed under observation: a procedure the
mental health officials use when a prisoner is suicidal. This
prisoner was supposed to have died while on his way to the prison
Even if (I say "if" because in the past prison guards have been
known to murder prisoners and then make it appear as though they
committed suicide) Sampson did commit suicide, it must be made
known that this administration contributed greatly to this
prisoner's death by keeping him confined to a cell for an
excessive period of time. The records will verify that all but one
purported suicide has occurred in the cellblocks.
But given the Angola prison officials' history of framing their
murders of prisoners to look like suicides, the circumstances
surrounding Sampson's death are highly suspicious. First of all,
it is very strange that Sampson was allowed to keep anything in
his cell while under observation. The regular procedure is when a
prisoner is under observation for being suicidal he isn't allowed
to keep anything in his possession until a social worker checks
him out. Apparently, fellow prisoner Sampson had something-bed
sheets, blanket, jump-suit, etc.-in his cell or else he wouldn't
be dead right now.
On July 11, 1989, prisoner Johnny Augustine was found hanging from
a sheet tied to the bars of his cell. The administration claimed
Augustine's death was a suicide too-but they had no explanation
for the broken back and stab wound to the thigh noted by the
undertaker. (See MIM Notes 43 and 53).
Augustine's death was one of at least five that prison guards
tried to pass off as suicide in 1989, and it seems clear their
tactics haven't changed.
Unless something is done to rectify this great injustice, many
more prisoners will end up like fellow prisoner Sampson and the
other prisoners who have purportedly committed suicide.
Furthermore, this administration will continue to carry out
various measures for the sole purpose of breaking, torturing,
dehumanizing and legally killing (murdering) prisoners confined to
the Louisiana State Penitentiary.
As a concerned prisoner, and in behalf of the other concerned
prisoners confined to this prison, I'm requesting that you print
an article in your next newspaper exposing the injustice I brought
to your attention in this letter. Those on the outside (the
public) must be made aware of this administration's criminal
wrongdoing because things have gotten completely out of hand.
MC¯ and MC11 contributed to this report.
PRISONERS RESIST PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE
Psychological reasoning is a tool that the ruling classes use to
crush resistance among oppressed genders, nations and classes. By
getting people to ask "what's wrong with me?" instead of "what's
wrong with this fucked-up world?" psychology seeks to focus on the
individual instead of the system, to trick Amerika's oppressed
into turning their mounting anger against themselves instead of
By interpreting the world through subjective "feelings" and
impressions, psychology steers people away from a materialist
analysis of their situation. An analysis grounded in fact and
backed by a material understanding of history is unshakeable,
while one based on half-formed feelings and instincts is easily
manipulated and defeated.
Like most tools of oppression, psychology takes on added
significance in the prisons, where various forms of
"therapy"-ranging from seemingly benign social work-type
counseling to outright psychological torture-are aimed against
prisoners who have few avenues of defense. Still, the vast
majority of prisoners see through the ideology that has sucked
many of Amerika's oppressed into surrendering scientific analysis
for wishy-washy goop.
MIM asked prisoners whether they have had any interactions with
social workers or psychiatrists, and how effective they were. Of
all the responses, only one said that social work/psychology was
effective. MIM is soliciting other testimonials from anyone who
has had experiences with psychology.
I've been confined 10 years. When I was 23 I talked with a white
psychologist. I was young and I felt guilt-ridden about making my
people unhappy. But I asked to see him-brother they are phoney. We
need Black psychologists to deal solely with the state of mind
Black people are in, not some white man/woman with a Ph.D who has
studied psychology from a Eurocentric perspective. Black people
have been "crazy" and "psychologically deranged" for 400-plus
years. How can a people that stokes our minds with fear and
brainwashes us help us? It's not in their best interest.
When those hostages come from those countries the first thing they
do is take them to see a psychiatrist, to help put them back in
the mainstream of society. I've been down confined 10 years ain't
nobody trying to put me back in the mainstream of society.
Yes I have [had experience with psychology] and they have not been
that effective with solving my problems, such as putting food on
my table, shelter, employment, adequate education, and last but
not least equal rights and equal opportunities, nor have they
helped my people's situations.
Just psychiatrists, and only in the military and penal system. I
must say they are not very effective at all. They will twist
anything you say around and put it on paper to use in a negative
way against you, in order to fit a stereotypical mold they have.
The only interactions with social workers that I have experienced
has been with "counselors" who work in the prisons. I find most of
them to be unqualified to offer any real help, and unwilling to do
what little they might be qualified to do. They are here to pick
up a paycheck, not to increase the quality of life for prisoners.
They are the 1990s version of the "poverty pimps" of the 1960s.
Everyone benefits from the crimes of prisoners except the
prisoners themselves, and "counselors" are no exception. They are
part of the administration in every conceivable way, and are more
interested in security than in anyone's mental health. Many
prisoners are psychologically disturbed. A great number of women
in prison have been raped as adults and/or sexually abused as
children. They have been beaten and otherwise abused by husbands
and lovers, and many have suffered the permanent loss of custody
of their children as a result of their imprisonment.
These are issues which weigh heavily on a woman's mind, and she
may benefit from being able to deal with these matters in a
confidential and effective counseling session. However, when there
are three or four counselors for 700 prisoners, no one has time to
sit and talk. It is easier to recommend that the prisoner be seen
by the psychiatrist, who will then summarily prescribe anti-
depressant medication (without regard for whether the woman
actually needs it or not). I do not discuss any confidential
matters with the counselors here, and avoid them as much as
possible, inasmuch as they are ineffective, anyway.
As far as the questions concerning social workers, you have some
that work with you and some that don't, the same goes for
psychologists and psychiatrists. And then you have some of the
same ones which, ITAL need help, END period. I don't believe
giving someone drugs will help them, and if it is detrimental to
that person's health, no way.
No, I don't feel they're effective at all-psychologists are
basically "pushers," they prescribe drugs which turn a person into
Yes, I had interactions with social workers and psychiatrists and
I find them to be very effective. To a person who is open and
honest and one who will listen very attentively to constructive
criticism the social workers and psychiatrists give them they'll
help heal themselves. Moreover, if a person can't take criticism
he cannot hope to grow. Growth comes from finding one's weaknesses
and working to build them into strengths.
MC11 replies to MA807: Psychological counseling is designed to
make its subjects feel better about themselves, so it makes sense
that MA807-and thousands of others-would find it effective in that
way. And if after therapy they are better able to do revolutionary
work, great. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case. Typically,
psychologists tell people they must change certain things about
themselves in order to "adjust" to the insanity of capitalism.
Once they adjust, patients may indeed be happier, get along better
with others, etc. It's not easy hating the dominant economic
system and culture that we're forced to live under. Psychologists
wish revolutionaries were more "well-adjusted" than we are, so
that imperialism could go on unabated.
It is often hard to resist the urgings of psychiatrists and social
workers-especially in hospitals and prisons-to accept the world as
it is and try to change oneself. If you do resist, they may tell
you you're being "defensive," or "not willing to grow" and insist
there must be something wrong with you.
MIM agrees with MA807; growth comes from finding one's weaknesses
and working to build them into strengths. But we urge MA807 and
others like him/her to concentrate on seeking out the weaknesses
and building the strengths not of themselves as individuals, but
of a revolutionary vanguard party. When the world is a just place,
when oppression of all groups over other groups is abolished, the
people with psychological problems will be the capitalists who
have to "adjust" to giving up their property so people who were
crazy enough to want a revolution can eat.
* * *
LIBERATION MEDALLIONS BANNED IN RAHWAY'S CONTROL UNIT
EAST JERSEY STATE PRISON, RAHWAY, N.J., May 7-On April 23 at 11:40
a.m., upon returning from what is supposed to be a recreation
yard, a racist feeble-minded pig name Thomas M. Andrews opened up
the food port to the cell that I'm confined in, and stated: "That
thing you have around your neck; give it to me."
Of course I didn't heed his racist attempt, so he said: "That
necklace is unauthorized [when it wasn't]. We don't allow you to
have those, and I want it." I then requested to speak to the area
supervisor, but was denied that institutional right by this racist
dog David Gardella who runs the unit (Delta Wing). Later that
evening, I was issued a charge, #256 for refusing to obey a staff
member, for not giving the pig my necklace which HE deemed to be
On April 27, I was scheduled for courtline, but had already
written a letter to the administrator stating the following, in
"My necklace doesn't present a posture which threatens the
domestic tranquility, security, or orderly running of the unit,
therefore, I see no reason for this medallion with the symbol of
AFRIKA on it, to be declared (by this racist officer) unauthorized
for retention by this writer, or the prison population.
"My necklace isn't at all detrimental to the correctional
facility, it doesn't incite violence based on race, religion,
creed, or nationality, nor does it incite disruptive behavior
towards prison personnel, programs, or procedures."
My courtline hearing was postponed.
On April 28, the superintendent who oversees the control unit sent
an investigator from Internal Affairs to get the necklace from me
so that he could make a ruling on the medallion.
On May 1, I spoke to the superintendent, who told me that he
might, or might not, allow the medallion because it's "political."
I corrected him and said: It's a LIBERATION MEDALLION, which is
part of my heritage. He then said: "I'll get back to you this week
On May 7, a memo came out stating that the "HOTEP MEDALLION" is
now in violation of policy. The memo states: After 15 days, any
inmate in possession of a hotep medallion will be issued a charge.
It's also clear that authorities who run the control unit here
have a problem with PEACE or the word "PEACE," which is what
These two racist pigs had no problem with these medallions until
it came down to me. I'm one of the 31 prisoners sent to ACSU from
Trenton State Prison's Readjustment Unit, and in their ignorance,
they think I'm a member, or that I'm connected to what the
Department of Corrections here in New Jersey calls a Terrorist
Organization within the prisons.
This so-called organization was alleged to have brutally beaten
prison guards in Trenton, along with the alleged escape attempt
last year that was broadcast here on the news networks, and in the
newspapers, which resulted in 31 prisoners being kidnapped on a
midnight operation and brought here to Rahway. Subsequent to that,
I'm being harassed as well as others. Racism in this control unit
is so thick, you'll need a chain-saw to cut it.
Like the liberation medallions, MIM Notes has also been
"unauthorized for retention" at East Jersey State Prison. And at
Trenton State Prison, not even a state appeals court ruling that a
prisoner's constitutional rights had been violated by the prison
administration's censorship of the MIM newspaper has made it
possible for MIM Notes to get through to prisoners there.
Like the medallions, MIM Notes does not overtly threaten the
security or orderly running of the prison-it does not incite
violence. But it is not just arbitrary racism that causes the
prison administration to label both items contraband. As symbols
of the Black national liberation struggle, the medallions help to
educate and organize prisoners.
MIM Notes, a revolutionary newspaper that seeks to arm its readers
with the information and analysis necessary to organize against
the imperialist state, serves a similar purpose. Prison officials
are right to fear the knowledge that both convey, and the action
that often follows such knowledge. Their censorship simply exposes
Amerikan liberal democracy for the sham that it is. There are no
civil rights. There is no freedom of speech or expression. If
there was, the Amerikan imperialists could not maintain control of
Still, MIM fully supports prisoners' attempts to demand that the
"right" to read MIM Notes and wear liberation medallions be
enforced. Sometimes the state can be shamed into protecting
revolutionary expression, and we should take advantage of its
hypocrisy in every way we can.
* * *
THE CAUSE OF THE APRIL UPRISING
by a prisoner
How much oppression will a whole people accept before getting fed
up? How much longer will it take before a whole people learn that
oppression is bad for one's mental and physical health? How much
oppression can a whole people endure without organizing for power
to end it? How long must a whole people be sick and tired of
oppression before rising up against it? How long is too long? Over
400 years maybe?
The peculiar relationship between the Euro-Amerikkkan imperialist
system experienced everyday by the oppressed men, women and
children of Afrikan descent are mirror reflections of the vicious
brutality that was inflicted on Rodney Glen King, a Black man, on
March 3, 1991.
On that Sunday the political police viciously beat Rodney Glen
King on the public highway in Los Angeles in broad view of
numerous eye witnesses. In the process some compassionate human
being, or maybe some opportunist individual, video-taped the
shocking incident. The political police tried to lie their way out
of it as usual, but the motion picture contradicted everything
they said. Had it not been for the camera pictures, Rodney Glen
King would have been framed on trumped-up charges, as well as
beaten down badly as he was.
The political police go upside our head whenever they feel like
it. They kill us for sport. They get their kicks out of killing;
all for fun and play. Colonialist and neocolonialist police
brutality is epidemic. We are well aware that they carry licenses
to murder with impunity.
We're in the midst of a revolution. The mass uprising all across
the USA on April 29 is no different than the March 21, 1960
Sharpeville Massacre, and the June 16, 1976 Soweto Uprising in the
other USA.[The other USA refers to the original colonial name of
the Republic of South Africa: The Union of South Africa.]
Under increasing public pressure the government reluctantly filed
criminal charges of excessive force against the white police men
in the video-taped beating of Rodney Glen King. A sham court trial
was staged and shortly after the mostly-white jury acquittal of
the white policemen, angry demonstrators, some carrying posters,
placards and banners that read "Stop Police Abuse!" attacked
police headquarters. The mass uprising was on.
The jury's verdict was the spark that ignited the volatile powder
keg. Official government reports intentionally labeled the
discontented, oppressed masses as rioters, criminals and marauding
gangs, so as to deny the stark reality of our oppression and human
rights struggle for self-determination. Police and prison guards
are paid to violate our human rights. That is also how they get
The ruling class colonial masters and their lap dog, privileged
few lackeys are to blame for the mass unrest. They deliberately
mislead the public, not to reduce the social, economic causes of
crime and poverty-but solely to gain political popularity, money
and votes. This is typical hypocrisy of imperialist governors and
governments masquerading as defenders of people's rights or human
rights. They blame the poor people for the wretchedness of their
own miserable existence. The uprising was long overdue.
As to be expected, opportunistic apologists were quick to do
everything they could to repudiate the uprising. Squirming out of
cracks and crevices of lust dens like immoral puppets in a freak
show, jet-set, boot-licking Uncle Toms (and Auntie Toms) run
frantic track relays competing to do the bidding for their
colonial master puppeteers.
Gluttonous television celebrities and misleaders prod the poor,
oppressed masses to be nonviolent in the face of violence, begging
helpless victims to have faith in the system that sucks their
precious blood like parasites. They try to prevent the people from
fighting for their human rights in an attempt to dash the people's
aspirations. They have a long history of selling us out.
These political prostitutes are today's house slaves. They've got
a stake in the Amerikan empire's imperialist system. They think,
feel and believe that they are better than those who slave in the
field and lived outside the white masters' and mistresses' house.
They're the Black primitive petty-bourgeoisie, middle class
buffers between the poor wretched slaves and the upper class slave
This is the reason why we're unable to make any meaningful
progressive changes within the political election process. We need
a full scale revolution from this economic system into a better
one that benefits the needs of the whole people. All conscious
people today who have been oppressed are revolutionary.
The oppressed who are not revolutionary haven't yet awakened.
Prestige means illusion. It is like being asleep or unconscious.
To willingly accept the authority of the colonialist government
system as legitimate power over your life is prestige. But
prestige breaks down when you begin to question their authority:
where did they get it from? You see clearly that colonialism is
detrimental to your health.
The government prosecuted their hired guns in a mock show trial in
an attempt to appease (pacify) the people and prop up the image of
prestige in their minds. While hidden from view by huge curtains
they manipulated the controls of the machinery like the Wizard of
Oz that gave the appearance that it was something to be feared and
obeyed without question. Like all arrogant systems of oppression
they took for granted that the people wouldn't catch on to the
trick. But they were mistaken. Everything wasn't covered. Their
naked behinds were stuck out for all to see.
White jurors who acquitted the white policemen in the video-taped
beating are the same type of jurors who eagerly convict Black
people on the flimsiest evidence in any court case, especially
when faced with the death penalty. These are not mere civil rights
issues that involve the internal affairs of the USA judicial
system, because the judges and courts are tools of the
colonialist, imperialist police state who enforce the system of
Had the jury returned a guilty verdict against those particular
hired guns of political oppression, instead of acquittal, the
uprising still would have happened eventually, because the Rodney
Glen King case is only one out of the countless millions of people
brutalized for years by this criminal system of government. The
USA thrives off crime and war. Without it they would have never
come into being.
Wars are fought to get control of land, and to repel invaders.
Wars are also fought for booty (money, natural resources), and in
defense of women and children. We're already at war. A bloody one
for national and international liberation. It has been going on
for well over 400 years. It is an integral part of our story of
waging war against kidnappers, rapists, oppression, repression,
slavery, imperialism and colonialism. In one word: genocide!
There have been some joyous periods of high tides and many joyless
low tides of activity in our independence movement to win this
protracted war. The April uprising is a clear sign that the