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     MIM Notes 106                  November 1995

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Puerto Rican and Mexicano farm workers in 
Massachusetts have been replaced with Jamaican 
workers in the past few years. The Puerto Ricans 
and Mexicanos are no longer desirable employees 
because they resist oppressive work conditions too 
much. Jamaican guest workers brought in to Amerika 
under the H2A program, a federal work program 
regulating non-U.S. citizen temporary employment 
within U.S. borders, are much more compliant 
because they have no citizens' privileges in 
Amerika and are terrified of being sent home to 
Jamaica. Because of their tenuous position within 
U.S. borders, the Jamaican workers receive brutal 
physical treatment and severe economic 


In 1994 tobacco workers in Western Massachusetts 
struck over food quality; the growers were feeding 
the workers rotten meat. When a government agency 
was called in to investigate the workers' claim, 
the growers threw away all the meat before the 
inspectors showed up, so it was impossible to tell 
if the meat had been rotten before the inspection. 
The inspectors refused to implicate the growers, 
but the dissent was enough to convince the growers 
to lobby for a switch to the more obedient Jamaican 

Unlike the Puerto Rican and Mexicano workers who 
are citizens and can work wherever they want, the 
Jamaican H2A workers are contracted to a specific 
farm. If they find the conditions intolerable, 
their only recourse is to go back to Jamaica. In 
Jamaica, the official unemployment rate is 18% and 
workers have to bribe officials to get H2A jobs. 
H2A workers are unlikely to complain about maggots 
in the food or exposure to pesticides. They are so 
afraid of reprisal from farm owners, they were 
unwilling to talk to outsiders about their 
conditions. One worker in a medium sized camp--
where it would be easy to know everyone well--
denied that workers were injured on the job, 
despite the presence of a man who couldn't walk 
after a serious farm injury.


Most of the workers are not let off the farms to 
spend their wages; they pay for food on the farms. 
When they are allowed to leave, they spend large 
portions of their wages on alcohol, and they are 
strongly encouraged to spend their money on 
electronics and designer clothes so that they go 
home with only goods and no money. This is truly a 
parasitic cycle: Amerika destroys the Jamaican 
economy and culture, breaks up Jamaican families 
for six to eight months out of the year, brutally 
exploits the men who go to the farms to work, and 
both encourages and coerces the workers to buy 
overpriced Amerikan products with their wages 
rather than bringing the money home.


There are several "streams" of migrant work within 
U.S. borders. The streams flow from where the 
workers originate during the winter, and span the 
territory worked during the course of the season. 
This article is about migrant workers in New 
England, which is not part of the three main 
streams. New England draws its workers directly 
from their homes.

Until recently, migrant workers in New England were 
Puerto Ricans, or Mexicanos living in Texas. The 
workers interviewed in the documentary Harvest of 
Shame are part of the eastern stream, which runs 
from Florida to New Jersey. The western stream runs 
along the Pacific coast from California to 
Washington; and the midwestern stream runs from 
Texas to Michigan. The old Bracero program in the 
Southwest, mentioned in the documentary, by which 
Mexicano men were encouraged to come to the U.S. 
for jobs has been replaced. Now H2A workers are 
brought directly from other countries such as 
Jamaica or the Philippines.


The Amerikan bourgeoisie is split over the number 
of H2A workers allowed inside U.S. borders. It is 
illegal for H2A workers to take Amerikans' jobs 
(actually not Amerikans, but members of the 
internal colonies), so each year a limit is set on 
the number of H2A workers to be hired the following 
year. Growers prefer H2A Jamaican workers even 
though their minimum wage is higher than Amerikan 
workers', because the Jamaicans work harder and 
don't resist. For example, the growers might 
require that job applicants have a high school 
degree, speak English, provide their own 
transportation, call for employment between the 
hours of noon and 1 p.m., all to prevent U.S. 
citizens (principally poor Blacks and Latinos from 
area cities) from taking the jobs. The growers 
don't tell citizen applicants that housing is 
available and instead require that they have their 
own transportation. In addition to keeping the 
number of domestic, or seasonal, workers down, 
discouraging citizens from applying to work in 
agriculture creates phony evidence for the growers' 
claims to need H2A workers.

The other wing of the bourgeoisie is led by people 
like Massachusetts Governor William Weld, who wants 
to keep the H2A workers out to save these jobs for 
people on welfare. Weld wants to be able to say 
"what do you mean you can't find work? Go pick 
tobacco." Right now, the growers seem to be ahead 
in this debate between domestic and H2A workers--
the great majority of the workers MIM saw at the 
camps were Jamaican. 

NOTES: Jamaica Five Year Plan 1990-1995, Jamaica 
1990, p.33; interviews with pro-migrant activists.

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Dear MIM: You asked me about the movement in 
Norway. The Internasjonale Sosialister are a 
blueprint-copy of the British SWP and U.S. ISO. A 
general nuisance! We had a visit here in Norway 
from Dhoruba Bin-Wahad, and on the meeting in 
Nidaros (Trondheim). They really made fools of 
themselves. After Dhoruba had spoken about white 
racism, and racism in all Western ideologies and 
ways of thinking, stressing the need for individual 
organisation among the oppressed nationalities, an 
IS spokesman forwarded Black & white, unite and 
fight as a slogan to be approved by the meeting. 
Dhoruba replied along the lines of: Haven't you 
heard a word I've been saying?

We have a daily newspaper called Klassekampen. It 
was the party organ of the Workers' Communist Party 
(m-l). In the early nineties, AKP(m-l) became AKP, 
and the newspaper became independent, a 
revolutionary socialist paper for the left. I 
regret both of these developments. The AKP(m-l) 
grew out of the revolutionary youth movement in 
late sixties, and became a party in 1973. The party 
organized an electoral front, Red Electoral 
Alliance, which participated in elections in order 
to reveal the true character of the parliamentary 
charade. This front is now a faction-filled 
independent party, in which there are some 
trotskyists, revisionists, reformists, 
revolutionaries. The RV has about 60 reps in local 
councils, and one MP. The AKP initially supported 
Deng Xiao-ping, but later renounced him and broke 
with China. Their student league broke with the 
party as a result of the flirting with Dengism, and 
it still supports MLMZT. There is a fast-growing 
youth movement called the Red Youth. It is the 
youth organisation of both the RV and AKP. I'm a 
member of the AKP, RV, student league and youth 
organisation. Well this seems very opportunist and 
unprincipled, I'm sure.

--A Norwegian comrade studying MIM line

September, 1995

MIM REPLIES: Thank you for updating us on the 
situation. Since we cannot read Norwegian, we have 
always been disappointed not to be able to 
understand Klassekampen. We were hoping some 
Maoists had accomplished publishing of a daily 

We hope to learn more about your organizations' 
ideas about cardinal principles in future issues. 
It is our thesis that the imperialist country 
working classes no longer contain proletarian 
classes. As we recently pointed out, the early 
COMINTERN of Lenin and Trotsky defined proletarian 
the same way we do. In later years the imperialist 
country Marxists lost track of the original 
principles and smuggled parasitic labor activism 
into the proletarian movement. We hope to hear your 
reactions to this line, and what the youth think of 
the Communist Party of the Philippines and the 
Peruvian Communist Party.


*The following is a comment to MIM from the 

On your central comments about the Cultural 
Revolution, I think you have a telling point about 
capitalist restoration certainly including 
communist party members. On this list in the course 
of arguing about Yugoslavia we noted the case of 
Abdic, the communist leader, who split from the 
Bosnian government, then became a warlord, and then 
a capitalist.

The growth of the mafia in the former Soviet Union 
is clearly closely linked with corruption in the 
Communist Party, as are many of the enterprises 
that are starting off with adaptations of economic 
units under the previous regime. Mao did not live 
to have direct experience of how this might work 
out. He did argue in general terms that many 
members of the communist party of the Soviet Union 
were "good" and it certainly appears that now, in 
however confused a way people are struggling to 

I see merits in restating Mao's analysis of the 
danger of capitalist restoration because we have 
had previous complex arguments on this list about 
whether and when the Soviet Union ceased to be a 
socialist state and what it was. By contrast Mao's 
analysis points to the insidious nature of the 
process, which undoubtedly includes ideology.

In welcoming rational dialogue with you however, I 
do not wish to imply I am in total agreement. I am 
not by the nature of my work a member of the most 
proletarian sections of society! And your comments 
about the class nature of subscription to Internet 
seem to me to be objective.

In particular I think there were major problems 
about the scope, the speed and the handling of 
ideological issues in the cultural revolution. I 
think at its worst, the re-education of 
intellectuals in the countryside was a punishment 
and only the slightly more humane Chinese 
alternative to the concentration camp. Most 
seriously of all I think there were big problems 
about the economic programme of the cultural 
revolution, and indeed Mao's whole economic policy 
from the Great Leap forward. But there will be time 
enough to clarify issues about this another month.

--A London Reader

September, 1995

MIM REPLIES: Thank you for filling us in on Bosnia 
in response to our point that only Mao showed that 
capitalist-roaders and outright capitalists could 
emerge in real communist parties and so-called 
communist parties. Yeltsin, Gorbachev and Ramiz 
Alia all share this in common and now you tell us 
about the leaders in Bosnia.

Yugoslavia used to follow its own phony road to 
communism. The Communist Party never conducted a 
Cultural Revolution struggle against the 
bourgeoisie in the party and was so far to the 
right that it was really just a social-democratic 
party. Now that it has fallen apart in such a 
reactionary fashion so that there is hardly any 
dispute amongst progressives, we can see yet again 
that there was a bourgeoisie in an alleged 
communist party. These bourgeois factions are in 
this case so reactionary that they cannot offer a 
road forward, just instant ethnic conflict.


MIM's lead story from MIM Notes 105, "Canada Guns 
Down Chippewas Occupying Their Rightful Land," in 
which MIM referred to the Canadian police as "pigs" 
generated this response on the Internet:

Excuse me, but I do scientific research for part of 
the Canadian government, and I can assure you that 
as yet we have not discovered the secret to getting 
any member of any porcine species to obey abstract 
orders on demand, let alone found the secret to 
genetically manipulating porcines sufficiently to 
allow them to reliably aim firearms. It was humans, 
not porcines, that undertook the actions you 
describe. That makes the offense even worse, as 
animals cannot be expected to understand what they 
are doing, but humans should. IMHO [In My Humble 
Opinion, or In My Honest Opinion], dehumanizing 
those who undertook this makes this piece little 
better than an exercise in self-indulgent 

--INTERNET reader

October 1995

MIM REPLIES: Yes it was humans who undertook these 
disgusting actions. There is, however, a 
revolutionary history behind referring to police 
and other agents of the repressive imperialist 
state as "pigs" from which MIM is borrowing the 
term. According to Huey P. Newton, co-founder and 
Minister of Defense of the Black Panther Party, 
vanguard of the Black nation in the United Snakes 
in the late 1960s, the Panthers started the 
practice in order to replace the fear people had of 
the police with disgust--a more empowering and 
appropriate approach to what they correctly saw was 
a force of colonial occupation in their nation. 
This situation of internal colonization is very 
similar to the situation of the Chippewas in 
Canada. MIM contends that these pigs knew exactly 
what they were doing, and our dehumanization of 
them emphasizes, not undermines this point.


Dear MIM,

If not for recent positive developments I would 
have asked that you send less number of MIM Notes 
but please keep the same amount coming. We have 
some serious, intelligent people interested in 
MIM/RAIL! CAUSI [Coalition Against U.S. 
Imperialism] and the Eastern Missouri Coalition 
Against the Death Penalty held a demonstration for 
Mumia Abu-Jamal at the Federal Courts Building in 
downtown St. Louis on August 16, 1995. I spoke on 
behalf of RAIL. Other speakers included reps. from: 
Organization for Black Struggle, All African 
People's Revolutionary Party, Citizens United for 
the Rehabilitation of Errants, and the Eastern 
Missouri Coalition Against the Death Penalty. The 
plight of ALL prisoners in the united snakes was 
emphasized as was the use of the death penalty as a 
tool of the capitalist-imperialist state. About 50 
people participated in the demo. itself while 
scores of people stopped and listened to the 

Festus, Mo. and Crystal City are like twin cities. 
There is a large Black population in Crystal City 
which has historical roots in the sharecroppers' 
struggles of the 1930s. These are some of the 
incidents they related to me: If three or more 
Blacks are gathered in one place, and there is a 
pig that sees them, they are told to "move on." One 
man told me he was in his own front yard talking 
with several people when a pig approached them and 
said they were violating curfew. He said it was his 
house but the pig insisted that they were in 
violation and had to "go inside." They told me this 
was common. When young whites "hang out" with their 
Black friends, they are labeled by the pigs as 
troublemakers and "continually harassed." Recently 
a Black man and his pregnant white girlfriend were 
jumped by a group of youth who beat the man 
seriously (he was med-evaced by helicopter to St. 
Louis University Hospital and released four days 
later). The woman was punched in the stomach but 
did not lose the baby and was not seriously 
injured. The pigs helped move the young nazis out 
of town!

For 31 years a man by the name of Gibbs had the 
only Black owned business in Crystal City--a 
bar/liquor store. They told me that his customers 
were harassed so much that they would no longer 
patronize him and he finally had to close his 
business. He took it to court, accusing the pigs of 
harassment but lost.

I encouraged them to organize a group. Gave each a 
copy of RAIL [Notes]. We had already discussed 
capitalism, socialism, communism, etc. They are not 
afraid of words like revolution and communism and 
were all very articulate and familiar with various 
situations such as: political prisoners, Northern 
Ireland, South Africa, Korea. They asked me 
questions such as: is a revolution in Amerika 
possible without being annihilated like the BPP? We 
discussed Cointelpro [the FBI's Counter-
Intelligence Program which infiltrated and 
destroyed many revolutionary nationalist and 
communist groups in the 1960s and 70s], security, 

In struggle,

--A friend in the Midwest

October 1995

MIM REPLIES: Keep up the good work! We print this 
letter so that others just beginning to form RAIL 
in their communities can understand via your 
example how to organize people around issues that 
affect them and relate to broader issues.

In the future, if political activity is going 
poorly, we hope you will ask for more, not less 
papers. Getting the word out is key to building 
public opinion.

Some RAIL branches are starting campaigns against 
social control--prisons, militarized campuses, 
police harassment. Following reports of their 
progress might give you ideas as well.

Finally, a comrade in Ireland recently corrected us 
on our own use of the term northern Ireland: 
"'Northern Ireland' is the British imperialist name 
for what Republicans call the 'occupied six 
counties.' The name you use with regard to the 
North decides (usually) which side you are on. The 
neo-colonial South, which, incidentally has no 
multi-national corporations, is referred to by 
Republicans as the '26 counties' and sarcastically 
as 'the Free State.'"(MIM Notes 105, p. 2) MIM 
apologized for its use of the imperialist term, and 
we now refer only to the occupied six counties, in 
our support for the Republican struggle.

* * *


October 17, WASHINGTON, D.C.--To the consternation 
of millions of whites, hundreds of thousands of 
Black men responded to the call by Nation of Islam 
leader Louis Farrakhan to bring one million Black 
men to march on Washington. The march had 
contradictory meanings but signaled an important 
milestone for the Black nation within the United 
Snakes as Black men broke one of the oldest 
Amerikan rules: no congregating without white 
permission or supervision.

The disproportionately petit bourgeois crowd sent a 
strong message to whites who wanted them to boycott 
because of Farrakhan's leadership, and to all those 
whites who objected to O.J. Simpson using money 
like any white man to hire good lawyers and win 
against state prosecution. The Black petit 
bourgeoisie is indignant when it doesn't get the 
same privileges as whites. Much of this anger is 
progressive and can turn into support for national 
liberation struggle; some of it is simply more-pie-
ism and integrationism. The call for Black unity in 
the face of white attacks on Black leaders such as 
Farrakhan is also progressive, even when the 
leaders in question do not propose true national 

Two weaknesses of the march message were the theme 
of atonement and the promotion of voting. Speakers 
held white people accountable and called on Amerika 
to atone, but Black people don't need that. True 
national liberation will come from Black people' 
struggle for self-determination and for control of 
their lives and their nation. Then they can force 
white people to correct national oppression. The 
march also had voter registration tables and 
volunteers available to demonstrators. But getting 
out the Black vote is not going to eliminate 
national oppression. Amerika must be dismantled and 
replaced with a dictatorship of the proletariat so 
that Black people can have genuine political power.

Some Black women turned out for the march, 
disregarding the organizers' request that Black 
women take the day to stay home with their families 
in solidarity with the men marchers, and were not 
turned away. Other Black women were angered by this 
attempt at depoliticizing them; they recognize this 
approach as paternalism, and understand the 
importance of Black men and women struggling 
together against national and gender oppressions.


Instead of a rush-hour crisis, traffic was very 
light as whites stayed home, afraid of everything 
from traffic to purse-snatching to violent 
rebellion. With more than 700,000 rides on the 
city's subways, the pigs reported no violent 

White commentators everywhere, from Bill Clinton to 
the Trotskyists, bemoan the "racial" chasm that 
"divides" U.S. citizens. In fact what they are 
complaining about is that the Black nation is 
evermore conscious of its common identity, while 
whites have always practiced such unity among 
themselves.(3) Black people did not create the 
chasm integrationists whine about. Black people 
were formed into a distinct nation separate from 
white Amerika through a history of abduction, 
slavery, brutality under the law and 
discrimination. The white leaders are not upset by 
this division, but nervous about Black people's 
movement to correct its consequences.


The march attracted a disproportionately college-
educated, petit bourgeois group of Black men. A 
large Washington Post poll found that more than 
two-thirds of the marchers came from households 
with incomes of more than $30,000. Almost three-
quarters had at least one year of college; more 
than a third were college graduates.(2)

The Black petit bourgeoisie has an ambiguous 
relationship with Black national liberation. 
Because the Black bourgeoisie is stunted in terms 
of truly Black-owned and independent capital, the 
great majority of the Black petit bourgeoisie is 
dependent on the white economy for success. 
Although they are fettered by racism and national 
oppression, petit bourgeoisie Blacks are also 
reluctant to embrace true Black liberation in the 
form of a separate Black nation.

Farrakhan expresses this sentiment well. He spoke 
of the legacy of national oppression, of "those who 
died in the middle passage, who died in the fields 
and swamps of America, who died hanging from trees 
in the South, who died in the cells of their 
jailers," and so on. But at the same time he 
referred to the "United States" as "this nation," 
and called for "a more perfect union," in Thomas 
Jefferson's phrase, and said "we're not here to 
tear down America."

Farrakhan also said that white supremacy is bad for 
whites and Blacks. "Socially, the fabric of America 
is being torn apart, and it's black against black, 
black against white, white against white, white 
against black, yellow against brown, brown against 
yellow. We are being torn apart." Farrakhan does 
not call for a separate Black nation, and he does 
not acknowledge the different nations within U.S. 


MIM has unity with the Black women who opposed 
being elevated symbolically and marginalized 
politically by the organizers of this march. For a 
truly revolutionary and proletarian march both 
women and men need to be included. While many Black 
women correctly supported the revolutionary 
nationalism in this march and refused to elevate 
the gender question above the struggle for national 
liberation, MIM agrees with those women who see 
that the national liberation struggle can not be 
fought by the men alone. A true national liberation 
struggle must be both proletarian and feminist.

This line on gender is not unique to the NOI, it 
has been common in all but the most feminist of 
revolutionary nationalist movements (like China, 
Philippines, Peru, Black Panther Party, MIM). This 
position of protecting Black women also makes sense 
in the context of imperialism brutalizing Black 
men, women and children in the name of defending 
the sanctity of white women, children and property. 
But the NOI position is a liberal response to 
imperialism. Revolutionaries need not dwell on the 
bourgeois nonsense of feminine fragility; that 
steals time from uniting all Black people in a 
struggle for political power.

The success of the march was another blow to white 
pseudo-feminism, which protested the men-only 
aspect of the march. Just as Black women stunned 
white pseudo-feminists by overwhelmingly supporting 
the acquittal of O.J. Simpson over the objections 
of the National Organization for (white) Women, 
Black women demonstrated support for the march. 
Speakers included Rosa Parks, a venerated Civil 
Rights leader; Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X's widow; 
Maya Angelou, and others. The pseudo-feminists were 
surprised in both cases because they expect all 
women to place gender ahead of all other political 

MIM is glad to see white pseudo-feminism further 
discredited as a part of white imperialist 
domination. Genuine feminists should be clear that 
gender is not the principal contradiction at this 
time. The contradiction between the oppressed 
nations and imperialism is principal and will 
continue to complicate gender politics across the 
division between oppressed and oppressor nations. 
At the same time, we know that liberation for the 
Black nation, like any national liberation, will 
require feminist as well as proletarian leadership 
if it is to succeed.


The increasing Black consciousness, even though it 
is largely reflected in cultural nationalism, is a 
progressive trend that heralds a potentially great 
revolutionary force. The Black petit bourgeoisie 
will surely continue to vacillate as the struggle 
for national liberation progresses. The poll of 
marchers found that 73% had a "favorable 
impression" of Colin Powell, an imperialist 
genocidal maniac, and 54% said the same of Clinton, 
whom we crown with the same distinction. At the 
same time, marchers cheered when speakers pointed 
out the systematic oppression of Blacks in the 
prison system, and the gross injustice apparent in 
the discrepancy between O.J. Simpson and Mumia Abu-
Jamal's cases.

But even if they don't lead in the fomenting of 
true national liberation struggles, this Black 
petit bourgeoisie will be the source of many allies 
of the revolution when the time comes to choose 
sides. Revolutionaries face the task of uniting all 
who can be united behind proletarian and feminist 
leadership in the course of waging a revolutionary 
nationalist struggle. We hope to see as many of 
these marchers as possible swaying in the direction 
of the masses' force and adding the strength of 
their numbers to the cause of anti-imperialist, 
proletarian justice.


1. WTOP-AM1500 10/16/95.
2. Washington Post 10/17/95.
3. For the history of white unity across class 
lines, MIM recommends Settlers: The Mythology of 
the White Proletariat, by J. Sakai, available from 
MIM for $10.

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by MCG3, MC49 & MC45

Defying protesters all over the world, France 
recently detonated two nuclear bombs in an atoll of 
its Polynesian colony. The first bomb, exploded on 
September 6, carried the force of the one the U.S. 
military dropped on Hiroshima in 1945--the 
equivalent of 20,000 tons of TNT.(1) On October 4, 
the French military invaded neo-colonial territory 
in the Comoros Islands between Mozambique and 
Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The invasion ended 
a coup by a mercenary France has hired in the past 
to do its military work in Africa.(2)

The French imperialists continue their frivolous 
militarism because they cannot do otherwise, they 
must defend their parasitic interests. MIM calls 
imperialist militarism frivolous because it is 
destruction with no end, no worthy goal in sight. 
But in the end, it is up to the masses to make 
history and to the masses this militarism is 
anything but frivolous. The people living under 
illegitimate French authority will turn this 
militarism into a distant nightmare instead of a 
brutal reality.


In a protest following the blast, the masses burned 
down "French" Polynesia's international airport. 
The bourgeois media labels the protesters "anti-
nuclear," but this designation ignores the true 
meaning of anti-nuclear politics for indigenous and 
oppressed people. These activists are also 
necessarily anti-militarist and anti-imperialist. 
They fully understand the destructive force and 
potential of French occupation, and will expel the 
imperialists from their land.

A flyer, "Walk Across America for Mother Earth" 
(1992) points out that "all countries which have 
nuclear capabilities, test their weapons on the 
lands of native peoples.

"U.S. missiles are not detonated near Washington 
D.C. or New York City, but on the land of the 
Western Shoshone. The Soviet Union tests in 
Kazakhstan and now in Novaja Zembla as well; China 
tests its bombs on the land of one of its national 
minorities (the Uygur); France does it on the coral 
islands in Polynesia; Great Britain first bombed 
the land of the Australian Aboriginal and now they 
too test on the land of the W. Shoshone."

The French government plans to continue the nuclear 
"testing." Such insolence will further fuel the 
flames of liberty in the hearts of the Tahitians. 
The current independence movement in Tahiti is 
bound to grow and gain international support as 
France continues to spit in the faces of the 


The invasion of Comoros on October 4 is a nasty 
reminder of how imperialism breeds war. These pigs 
play with the fate of the planet and the world's 
people by hiring killers and then planning 
invasions when the hired guns get out of hand. The 
French military and government have no legitimate 
claims either to Polynesia or to the Comoros 

These attacks on Polynesia and the Comoros islands 
intensify the contradiction between imperialist 
France and its colonies and reveal imperialism's 
nature: violence against the people. The masses 
struggle for self-determination and communism will 
ultimately defeat this militarism with the support 
of the majority of the world's people who oppose 
senseless murder and violence.


1. Los Angeles Times 9/7/1995, p. A4.
2. New York Times 10/5/95.

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LOS ANGELES, October 10--More than 50 people 
attended a memorial protest commemorating the 
murders of Black Panther Party members Alprentice 
"Bunchy" Carter and Jon Huggins at UCLA's Campbell 
Hall more than 26 years ago. The African Student 
Union (ASU) at UCLA organized the event as part of 
a week of student activism against the University 
of California regents' decision to end its 
affirmative action programs. Speakers at the event 
encouraged those present to learn more about the 
Panthers' history and to organize beyond this one 

Huggins and Carter were shot by members of Ron 
Karenga's United Slaves (US) organization on 
January 17, 1969. The FBI and its COINTELPRO 
(Counter-Intelligence Program) played an important 
role in the murders. In the months prior to the 
shootings, the FBI distributed cartoons to the two 
organizations which were designed to "promote 
violence between the Black Panther Party (BPP) and 
other... organizations." J. Edgar Hoover instructed 
FBI offices to "fully capitalize upon BPP and US 
differences" to incite what he called "gang 
warfare" and "threats of murder and reprisal."(1)

Huggins and Carter were leaders in the Los Angeles 
Chapter of the BPP and were involved in the 
struggles of UCLA's Black Student Union around the 
creation of the High Potential Opportunity Program, 
which sought to make the University more accessible 
to Black people. 

The speakers included members of the current ASU, a 
former member of the BSU who witnessed the murders, 
and a member of the New African-American Vanguard 
Movement (NAAVM). All of the speakers placed the 
struggle to defend affirmative action in a correct 
perspective. They stressed that the existing 
affirmative action programs were better than none 
at all and should be defended, but ultimately did 
not make a difference in the lives of most people 
from oppressed nations. The president of the ASU 
criticized existing programs for aiding white women 
while remaining largely ineffective for members of 
oppressed nations, and the speaker from the NAAVM 
said that the regents were "trying to take away 
something I ain't never seen." All were clear that 
real affirmative action requires that Amerika pay 
the Black nation reparations for hundreds of years 
of stolen labor.

MIM believes that the emerging student struggle in 
defense of affirmative action is progressive, but 
limited. The fact that 30 years of reform were 
wiped away in one blow demonstrates once again the 
futility of the reformist approach to making social 
change.(2) MIM encourages activists to follow in 
the footsteps of the revolutionaries in the BPP, 
who struggled for self-determination by building 
independent institutions of the oppressed and 
sought to ally the Black nation with the oppressed 
nations in the Third World.


1. Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall, Agents of 
Repression, pp. 42, 77-79.
2. See MIM Notes 104, p. 9.

* * *


"From the point of view of justice, the opinion of 
the Eritrean people must receive consideration. 
Nevertheless, the strategic interests of the United 
States in the Red Sea Basin and world peace make it 
necessary that the country be linked with our ally 
Ethiopia." (U.S. Secretary of State John Foster 
Dulles, 1952)

Amherst, MA, September 26--A movie and slideshow 
were shown as an introduction to a discussion of 
the Eritrean liberation struggle. A visitor to 
Eritrea in 1988 gave a presentation, including 
brief historical background citing Eritrea's post 
World War II strategic importance to Amerika for 
its Red Sea oil lanes, deep water ports, and CIA 
listening post at Kagnew.

The Ethiopians and Italians both colonized Eritrea. 
During WWII England and Eritrea made a deal 
guaranteeing Eritrean independence if Eritrea would 
fight against the Italians. After Italian and 
German fascism were defeated, Amerika latched onto 
Eritrea's two deep water ports (Massawa and Assab) 
on the Red Sea. Amerika needed to control this 
maritime access, and Ethiopia's land and natural 
resources, and rejected Eritrean self-

The presenter described Eritrea as an underground 
24-hour per day school with its bunkered and 
camouflaged factories, garages, classrooms, 
clinics, hospital and irrigation and communications 
systems. The role of Eritrean women as teachers, 
skilled laborers and soldiers was of striking 
revolutionary importance to him.

One participant argued that the role of women 
hadn't changed that much because in independent 
Eritrea, there were no women in the Ministry. The 
speaker argued that the campaign against 
clitorectomy and enfibulation as well as the large 
number of girls in school and in many areas of 
employment was a very significant change.

Another person argued that the EPLF had neo-
colonized itself to the Israelis by trading away 
its coastline for economic aid, after having fought 
against Israel for 30 years. As such, the 
participant considered the EPLF government as not 
being very self-reliant or revolutionary. All in 
attendance agreed that Eritrea is better off now 
than it was under Ethiopian rule.

Eritrea's future and the question of whether it 
will be able to remain self-reliant and free are 
uncertain. But it is clear that the masses of the 
world can celebrate Eritrea's People's War for 
national liberation and self-determination, which 
won freedom from Ethiopia in 1991. This war was a 
ferocious demonstration of the strength of self-
reliant military strategy and the courage and will 
of the Eritrean people. Eritrea's war of national 
liberation will forever be an inspiration to 
oppressed people, who will struggle to emulate its 
successes and learn from its shortcomings.

* * *


by MC31 and MC5

MIM applauds the verdict of "not guilty" in the 
O.J. Simpson trial even though we do not believe it 
means the criminal injustice system works for 
Blacks in general. We have no opinion on whether 
Simpson did murder the two people, but we are happy 
to see that O.J. will not be going to prison for 
the rest of his life. We do not recognize any white 
Amerikan authority over the Black nation and uphold 
every instance of Black people beating back the 
white system.

MIM denounces the racist oppression by the LAPD and 
all police forces, and works for the end of 
national oppression and domestic violence. Under 
socialism, suspected criminals will genuinely be 
tried by their peers and Black people will not be 
subjected to white injustice. People who abuse 
others will take a leading role in their own 
rectification through self-criticism, study and 

The media is now full of commentators trying to get 
their word in on how the "stupid" "racist" Black 
jury freed O.J. because he is Black. MIM says if 
the majority-Black jury did acquit O.J. because he 
is Black, more power to the jury!

More power to O.J. and his lawyers for putting LAPD 
racism on trial. In the language of the Amerikan 
legal system, there was plenty of reasonable doubt 
to go around. Blacks in Amerika know that pigs 
plant evidence and lie and kill even unarmed Black 
youth and justify murder with more lies. The masses 
also know that O.J. is not "everyBlackman" and he 
is not a hero of the people. While the verdict 
should be applauded because another Black man is 
free, we should remember that hundreds of thousands 
of Blacks are under lock and key.

MIM has written extensively about national 
oppression and why the term "racism" does not 
adequately describe the power of the oppression and 
the alliances and divisions that exist between 
Amerikans and oppressed nations in this country.(2) 
Much has been said throughout the O.J. trial and 
since the verdict about how "race" factored into 
the defense case and the jury's decision. O.J.'s 
lead defense attorney, Johnnie Cochran, hit it 
right on the money when he said after the verdict 
that race is a part of everything in Amerika, and 
it is silly to dance around and pretend that it 
isn't so. Cochran did not say that white people 
should not be so up in arms when a mostly Black 
jury lets a Black man go free; whites have let 
white murderers off for years. And of course, all-
white juries send Black men to prison, or their 
deaths by lynching without the formality of a 

MIM applauds the crisis of legitimacy for the state 
vis a vis the Black nation. This crisis can only 
bring revolution closer as the masses get angrier 
about national oppression. A poll taken right after 
the verdict showed that 83% of Blacks agreed with 
the verdict, while only 37% of whites did; 18% of 
Blacks thought O.J. was guilty, and a whopping 70% 
of whites thought so; 64% of Blacks thought the 
police framed O.J., and 26% of whites agreed.(1)

O.J. might not have won the acquittal if he did not 
have millions of dollars to invest in a bunch of 
lawyers and investigators and DNA specialists and 
all the rest. Under socialism, O.J. would not have 
had the millions that he did, and he would not have 
needed them. The entire justice system will be 
radically different under socialism, where wealth 
will not play a role in the judicial system, and 
the police will not be national oppressors and 
corruption would not go unchallenged for so many 
years as pig Fuhrman's racist evidence-planting 
tricks did.


We know that laws do not protect women, even the 
white women they are meant to help. Mandatory 
arrest and sentencing laws increase national 
oppression and put Black men in prison.(3) MIM is 
concerned that Simpson's acquittal and the 
revelations of abuse in the O.J.-Nicole 
relationship will spurn increased pseudofeminist 
calls for new rules regarding evidence that can and 
cannot be presented in a trial of a gender crime.

Even though O.J. is rich, he is still a Black man 
who can be nationally oppressed, and mercilessly 
attacked by pseudofeminist activists who think that 
locking up batterers will end domestic abuse. These 
women who cry "Remember Nicole!" have no real 
interest in destroying the patriarchy that ensures 
continued violence against women. The pseudo-
feminists also do not give women credit for their 
ability to make decisions and rational choices. MIM 
says most First World women do have choices about 
their abusive relationships, though not necessarily 
good ones.

Nicole did not get killed "fleeing" her abuser, she 
moved a mile away and stayed on his payroll. At 
least one juror said that the prosecution's whole 
argument about O.J. killing Nicole as the 
culmination of years of domestic violence was a 
waste of time, and did not resonate with the jury 
of mostly Black women. While a jury in the Amerikan 
criminal justice system is a distorted context in 
which to make a political statement, O.J. got much 
closer to having a jury of his peers than most 
Black people on trial in Amerika do. A group of 
Black women, given the opportunity, has spoken. 
White women interested in ending domestic violence 
and gender oppression should listen carefully: it 
is not possible to end gendered violence through 
increasing national oppression.

1. ABC News Nightline 10/3/95
2. See MIM Theory 7: Proletarian Feminist 
Revolutionary Nationalism, on the Communist Road, 
especially chapter "The Black Nation" (p. 39-69) on 
the nature of national oppression within U.S. 
3. See MIM Theory 2/3: Gender and Revolutionary 
Feminism, especially "Revolution and violence 
against women" (p. 29-36) and "Myth of the Black 
rapist" (p. 91-97) for statistical analyses of 
violence against women, and the intersections of 
nation and gender oppressions in sentencing.

* * *


Palestinian women being held in Israeli prisons 
demonstrated their will for national liberation in 
October when they refused release from prison on 
the grounds that some of their comrades were still 
being held unjustly. In the context of bogus peace 
accords and capitulation on the part of the PLO, 
these women's determination to remain in prison 
under brutal conditions is a fierce statement on 
the true meaning of peace.

In early October, Israel began to release 
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons as a part 
of its peace agreement with Palestine. All 
Palestinian women were to be the first released. 
But President Ezer Weizman of Israel refused to 
grant pardons to two women convicted of murder, and 
Israeli military refused to release two women in 
its prisons. There is strong support among Israelis 
for the president's and military's position against 
releasing anyone who has the blood of Israelis on 
their hands.

In response to this blatant violation of the 
accord, all other women in prison (20) except one 
refused freedom. The one woman who was released on 
October 8th said that she had been in isolation and 
had not heard of the boycott or she would have 
joined the other women in refusing to leave. 

For these women, refusing release on political 
principle is a heroic act that makes it clear that 
the Palestinian struggle for true freedom and self-
determination has not been bought off. Israel is 
demanding that prisoners sign an agreement to 
undertake no further aggression against the state 
on their release. But while Israel demands this 
agreement of Palestinians, Palestine has no way of 
enforcing the same agreement from Israelis. 
Palestinian police do not even have the authority 
to arrest or detain Israelis on Palestinian soil. 

MIM does not criticize Palestinian prisoners who 
were released and did agree to cease aggression 
against Israel. In the context of a genuine 
national liberation struggle, no individual's 
contract with the Israeli government is binding 
because the Israeli government has no legitimate 
authority over Palestine. And unless prisoners are 
required to sellout the struggle to get out, there 
is nothing wrong with doing what they can to get 
out of prison.

It is terrible to see the bald treachery of the 
Israeli government against peace, but the 
Palestinian will is inspiring. Self-determination 
is still a long way off for the Palestinian people, 
but the struggle is still alive.

* * *



Teamsters Local 122 of 650 Beacon Street, Boston 
(1-800-AABUSCH) is fairly active these days on the 
streets. It gathers supporters at street corners 
and parking lots to publicize the boycott of 
Budweiser beer products.

The workers are complaining that Bud wants to hire 
workers at lower wages, retire older workers and 
cut back job security. Their campaign to boycott 
Anheuser-Busch features a "Bud weasel" in a red 
circle and slash through it. Stickers and leaflets 
for the movement are all over Boston.

This is not a struggle MIM particularly cares 
about, but the leaflet does show that even Amerikan 
labor organizers aren't as dim-witted and thin-
skinned as their supposedly Marxist apologists make 
out: "In the old days, workers faced UNION BUSTERS 
who used guns and clubs. Now they carry briefcases 
and use calculators. And the hurt from those 
weapons can last a lifetime." The workers realize 
that they do not have the labor movement of the 
past. While they fail to mention that most of the 
world's laborers still face guns and clubs, these 
labor aristocrats seem aware that they have to 
justify their struggle against imperialists who 
don't use the same old tactics. Listening to some 
lying phony communists, one would think that the 
imperialists don't negotiate at all and just use 
physical force every day on the Amerikan workers.

The leaflet says Anheuser-Busch profits reached a 
record in 1994, but ignores the debt the 
corporation owes Third World workers. Instead, the 
Teamsters Local 122 seeks to justify its share of 
the super-profits. MIM calls these workers labor 
aristocracy because they are receiving more than 
the value of their labor at the expense of 
exploited and superexploited workers in the Third 
World. (MIM Theory 1: A White Proletariat? includes 
calculations on the source of imperialist profit 
and refutation of the myth of white worker 
exploitation. Send $3 for a copy.)


A recent flyer put out by the United Auto Workers 
is more political than the Bud Weasel campaign. "If 
their wages don't come up, ours will go down," is 
the title of the leaflet and it starts right into 
the subject of organizing internationally.

MIM likes this flyer a little more than the other 
one, because of its attempt to fight national 
chauvinism. The "they" in "their wages" is 
undoubtedly a reference to the true proletariat of 
the Third World.
Labor organizers seeking to lend solidarity to 
Third World workers deserve our respect. Most of 
the time the UAW and the labor aristocracy it 
speaks for is busy raising its own share of the 
superprofits extracted from the proletariat abroad. 
This is especially evident when these workers 
ignore or oppose the demands of Third World labor 
while engaging in self-aggrandizement.

Labor aristocrats are inclined to say "Park your 
import in Tokyo" and support the Proposition 187 
anti-immigrant movement. This sort of labor 
movement is an enemy of the international 
The UAW leaflet concludes asking workers to take up 
voluntary union activism by joining picket lines 
and handing out leaflets or by visiting other 
workers at home to talk about the union. The 
assumption is that such activities will help raise 
the wages of the others, but it is a false 
assumption. A movement not specifically targeting 
imperialism and militarism can just as easily be 
the type of labor movement that Le Pen or the KKK 
supports--one for a narrow section of workers at 
the expense of others. For over 50 years, the 
Amerikan working class has the experience of seeing 
other working classes' wages go down or stagnate 
while its own wages go up. Hence the flyer makes 
use of some admirable intentions, but leads readers 
down a false road.

* * *


by a member of RAIL

UMASS Amherst, October 10--Two activists from the 
Secoya nation in the rainforest of northeast 
Ecuador talked to a group of approximately thirty 
today about the problems facing their nation. The 
300 members of the Secoya nation are victims of 
water pollution resulting from nearby oil drilling 
by Texaco and Petro-Ecuador. Their only water 
sources are heavily contaminated and they are no 
longer able to eat fish, drink water, bathe, swim, 
or cook. Cancer, rashes, vomiting, headaches, 
stomachaches and premature death are all common.

At the same time, white colonists are moving nearby 
and the government is clearcutting the rainforest 
to provide housing, roads, etc. The Secoya are 
dependent on the rainforest for their food and 
production of palm oil, and have been forced to 
start buying rice from outsiders to feed 
themselves. To get money to buy food, many Secoya 
cut wood from the rainforests. Though they know 
that this lifestyle is unsustainable, they feel 
that they have no choice.

The Secoyan activists want to save their people 
from extinction. They have organized with the other 
nations in the area against the Ecuadorean 
government and petroleum industry. They are trying 
to create ecologically-sound economic practices 
like aquaculture, eco-tourism, and handicraft 
production so they can stop cutting down trees. 
They are fighting to teach their native language in 
school and write their own books as well as 
reinstitute traditional patterns of dress and 
housing. They are also trying to stop the 
government from seizing Secoyan youth and drafting 
them into the army (currently nine Secoyans have 
been captured while traveling).

One Secoyan activist said "The whole world needs 
petrol. I think there must be a method to get 
petrol without destroying the Earth, but in the 
last 25 years we have only seen destruction... The 
government says that Texaco is good for the country 
but in reality Texaco is good for the government 
and it is not good for the people."

* * *


by MCG3

In late September, students at the Autonomous 
National University of Mexico (UNAM) took over the 
administration building accusing the administration 
of corruption. The UNAM is the largest university 
in Latin America. The protesters said that the 
corrupt administration had denied 8,000 people 
access to education. The majority of the students 
at the University come from middle class families.

The students presented evidence that the 
administration is guilty of favoritism benefiting 
the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). 
They showed letters sent by high officials of the 
government demanding that certain students were 
accepted and other specific students were not. The 
protesters also showed proof that certain people 
were allowed to buy copies of the admissions 

MIM is not surprised that UNAM denies education to 
the majority in Mexico. Inequality is a rule of 
capitalism, which says that basic education is a 
privilege. It does not surprise us that the 
government chooses who can and cannot receive an 
education. The dominant class has been dictating 
who eats and who does not for years. The 
bourgeoisie dictates who can live and who dies. 
Capitalism denies millions the basic necessities: 
food, clothing, shelter, education and health care. 
The oppressed will only obtain these and other 
basic rights when they destroy the capitalist 
system. Capitalism, no the UNAM's specific 
policies, is the reason that people are denied an 
education--so we struggle against capitalism. We 
support the struggle of the students to expose the 
corruption within the University and the struggle 
to fight for justice.

NOTES: Los Angeles Times 9/27/95, p. A4.

* * *


The National Democratic Front of the Philippines 
(NDF) and the National Liberation Front of 
Kurdistan (ERNK) recently signed an agreement 
promising mutual support and solidarity. The 
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the 
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) also published a 
joint protocol.

The protocol states: "We, the Kurdistan Workers 
Party and the Communist Party of the Philippines, 
will intensify the ties between our comrades in the 
future. We will struggle against imperialism and 
reactionary forces, and we will strengthen our 
solidarity in the struggle for our national 
liberation and democracy. We will develop a 
democratic revolution with a socialist revolution 
as our goal. We have as our foundation the 
fundamentals of proletarian internationalism. We 
will turn these ideals into reality by means of our 
revolutionary praxis."(1)

The PKK leads a national and democratic revolution 
against the Turkish state and the remnants of 
feudalism in Kurdistan itself. It has been engaged 
in armed struggle since 1984. Turkey consistently 
and violently denies the Kurdish nation self-
determination. In October 1994, for example, the 
Turkish army burned villages and forests in a 
desperate attempt to rob the PKK of its support.(2)

The CPP leads the national-democratic struggle in 
the Philippines along Maoist lines. It has been 
building independent institutions for the oppressed 
and waging armed struggle for more than 20 years.

U.S. imperialism is an enemy of the people of 
Kurdistan and the Philippines. The Amerikan state 
provides both Turkey and the Government of the 
Republic of the Philippines with military supplies 
and advice. Until recently, the U.S. army had 
installations in both Kurdistan and the 

MIM is happy to see both of these anti-imperialist 
parties and movements uniting to share experiences 
and support.


1. Arm the Spirit, translated from Kurdistan Report 
75, July/August 1995.
2. See MIM Notes 85, 95, and 100 or Liberation 
International May-August 1995 for more information.

* * *


***The following statement was issued by Gregario 
Rosal, national spokesperson of the Communist Party 
of Philippines (CPP) in response to the unilateral 
withdrawal of the Government of the Republic of the 
Philippines (GRP) from peace talks with the 
National Democratic Front (NDF). See MIM Notes 103 
and 104 (August and September 1995) for discussion 
of the case of Sotero Llamas.***

The GRP's refusal to fulfill its obligation under 
the Joint Agreement of Safety and Immunity 
Guarantees (JASIG) was the cause of the latest 
deadlock in the talks between the NDF and GRP. And 
yet on top of this, it was the GRP panel headed by 
Ambassador Howard Dee that arbitrarily declared a 
unilateral suspension of the talks.

The case of Comrade Sotero Llamas [arrested May 17, 
1995] who is a political consultant of the NDF goes 
beyond the issue of his release. It is an important 
test of the GRP,s sincerity in the entire peace 
talks. The issue here is whether the GRP is ready 
to comply with the agreements arrived at by the two 

In the JASIG approved by both sides last April, the 
NDF and the GRP agreed to grant personnel of the 
other side who are involved in the talks the 
guarantee of safety and immunity form arrest and 
from any form of harassment. But in the case of 
Comrade Llamas the GRP us openly reneging on its 

The first evidence of insincerity on the part of 
the GRP in the case of Comrade Llamas was when the 
GRP suddenly sought the delay in the effectivity of 
the JASIG. Not long after, while the GRP,s motion 
was still being threshed out, news broke out that 
Comrade Llamas had been wounded and captured in an 
assault by combined forces of MIG and the 2nd IB, 
PA, in Sorsogon. Since April, Comrade Llamas has 
been included in the first list of those designated 
as consultants in the peace talks and covered by 
the guarantee of safety and immunity under JASIG.

And now the GRP is saying that even General Ramos, 
the President of the GRP, is powerless to order the 
release of Comrade Llamas and it is now up to the 
courts to decide. If Ramos is incapable of 
complying with the obligations he has accepted 
under the JASIG, what guarantee is there that the 
GRP will abide by the commitments it makes in the 
peace talks?

Actually, General Ramos is only using the courts as 
a pretext to yield to the demand of the Armed 
Forces of the Philippines not to release Comrade 
Llamas even if it means outrightly reneging on the 
obligations of the GRP under JASIG. Essentially, 
the GRP has not stopped in its efforts to undermine 
the rules established in the JASIG and the 
provisions of the Hague Declaration of 1992, and 
bring the peace process back along the militarist 
line and demanding the unconditional surrender of 
the revolutionary movement.

It is completely correct for the NDF panel to stand 
firmly on the release of Comrade Llamas and on his 
participation in the talks as a requisite for the 
resumption of the formal negotiations. It is 
completely correct for the NDF panel to insist on 
the GRP,s compliance with the agreement it has 
signed. We laud the NDF panel for its vigilance in 
safeguarding the integrity of the political 
negotiations and in defending the rights and 
interests of the revolutionary movement.

We condemn the insincerity of the GRP in the case 
of Comrade Llamas and its arbitrary decision to 
unilaterally suspend the talks.

This whole incident has once more proven the 
correctness of the overall policy of the NDF and 
the revolutionary movement to persevere in the 
struggle while engaging in talks with the 
reactionary government.

July 19, 1995

* * *


In September, a DARE cop in the Braintree, MA 
schools was suspended "because she plotted to make 
false accusations about drug use in the schools." 
In March, Officer Barbara Skrycki "secretly asked a 
male friend" to pose as an irate parent and accuse 
the town's Alliance Against Drugs of "covering up 
life-threatening drug incidents." This incident is 
a good illustration of the pigs' agenda: they are 
not overly interested in stopping drug use, but in 
exposing supposed "incidents" so that they can lock 
more people up.


Braintree Police Chief Paul Frazier offered this 
explanation of Skrycki's zeal: "I think she did 
this because she thought the schools could have 
been doing more for drug education and enforcement, 
that hearing it from an irate parent, people would 
open their eyes." Apparently these good intentions 
earned Skrycki her job back, although on patrol and 
not in the schools.

MIM hasn't talked to Skrycki, but we offer a 
different analysis. The cops don't care about crime 
or drugs; they care about maintaining the 
oppressive capitalist system. This is done through 
the selective application of arbitrarily defined 
notions of criminality. For example, the 
bourgeoisie defines possessing a small amount of 
crack to be a crime, but it's business as usual for 
the CIA to bring in coke by the ton. Oppressed 
nationalities are targeted for drug surveillance, 
and proportionally many more oppressed nationals 
are arrested than whites.

When whites are arrested for possessing small 
amounts of crack, the "just-us" system gives them 
shorter sentences than it gives to oppressed 
nationals. This clearly exposes that the cops and 
the laws have nothing to do with stopping crime and 
everything to do with stopping the oppressed.


To support greater and greater repression, the cops 
and politicians occasionally need to fan the flames 
of settler anti-crime sentiment. In this case the 
masses were already quite reactionary, but Skrycki 
apparently thought the posse wasn't hysterical 
enough. We must always resist the attacks of the 
state, and when the politicians take the largest 
leaps from reality, such as arguing that more 
prisons are needed to stop crime, we must intervene 
and attempt to split chunks of settlers from the 
lynch mob.

Parts of the labor aristocracy can be split from 
the pro-cop, pro-prison movement for reasons other 
than proletarian ones, such as the fact that more 
cops and prisons could mean higher taxes. If wings 
of the labor aristocracy and bourgeoisie are too 
cheap to pay half of Amerika as cops to lock the 
oppressed nationalities up, then that group can be 
a tactical ally in the struggle against national 
oppression. Exposing cases like Skrycki's may be 
useful in convincing some settlers that pigs are a 
waste of money.

NOTE: Sunday Republican 9/10/95.

* * *


ANN ARBOR, MI, September 20--RAIL and MIM showed 
Harvest of Shame as part of a fall series of 
events. A fruitful discussion spanning numerous 
topics followed the film.

Harvest of Shame is a 1960 documentary which shows 
the oppressive conditions of migrant workers who 
produce food for the best fed country on earth--

The movie makes many sharp exposures: comparing 
migrant transportation to the laws regulating 
cattle transportation, and comparing migrant 
housing in one area to local horse stables. In each 
case the animals come out ahead. One grower is 
quoted: "we used to own our slaves, now we rent 

The documentary tracks mostly Black migrant farm 
workers as they travel north from Florida as far as 
New Jersey. It consists of interviews with 
migrants, religious workers, growers and the U.S. 
Secretary of Labor who makes many surprisingly pro-
migrant, anti-grower statements. He does expose his 
imperialist perspective and his clear differences 
with the rest of the government over how large the 
bought-off classes should be: "It's morally wrong 
for anyone to exploit their workers in this day and 
age; we shouldn't tolerate it."
Some of the migrants in the film are white. The 
RAIL member leading the discussion pointed out at 
the beginning that white agricultural workers in 
such a desperate situation would be difficult to 
find these days. The audience members agreed that 
the availability of legal and illegal immigrant 
labor and the "legal" temporary workers shipped to 
Amerika from other countries enable farm owners to 
avoid laborers who might demand safe working 
conditions or a competitive wage. White-nation 
workers are able to seek out more lucrative work 
while Third World peoples slave to produce their 

Harvest of Shame briefly discusses the old Bracero 
program in the Southwest by which Mexican men were 
encouraged to come to the U.S. for jobs. The 
discussion is quite racist though, blaming the 
Mexicans for taking jobs from Blacks and poor 
whites. This federal program has now been replaced 
with the H2A program, which includes Jamaican 
workers, Filipino workers and workers from other 
oppressed nations.

In contrast to the way agricultural workers are 
treated in 1960s Amerika, in China under Mao the 
peasants and workers were correctly recognized as 
the backbone of society upon which everything else 
was dependent. Land reform liberated poor peasantry 
from enslavement by landlords. Industrialization 
was planned to lessen the contradictions between 
the cities and the countryside. Changes made in the 
superstructure, such as in education, served 
peasants and workers and gave them opportunities 
which were formerly available only to the 
elite.(See MIM Theory 7 p. 92-94 for more on 
migrant conditions in the U.S. and the improvements 
for peasants under Mao.)

One audience member disagreed with the headline in 
the national RAIL newspaper which reads, "Newspaper 
employees strike for piece of pie." They opposed 
MIM's line on the white working class and stated 
that workers should not be concerned with anything 
but their own material interests. What more, they 
reasoned, could we expect?

MIM and RAIL pointed out that while white nation 
workers certainly are concerned only with their 
material interests, organizing for these interests 
is not progressive. If the workers aren't talking 
about liberating the Third World proletariat and 
ending imperialism, then they are objectively 
supporting First World dominance over internal and 
external colonies. They ally with the violent 
imperialist system to further oppress the rest of 
the world in exchange for better benefits. 
Supporting their demands amounts to strengthening 
white nation chauvinism. Another audience member 
agreed with MIM on this point.

* * *


by MIM and RAIL

In October MIM and RAIL organized a showing of two 
videos of the Philippine revolution on an East 
Coast college campus. The event was well attended 
by Filipino students and supporters of the Filipino 
people and included a lively discussion about the 
National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the 
New People's Army and the rectification movement of 
the Communist Party of the Philippines. The 
school's newspaper had printed an editorial the 
previous week in support of Philippine President 
Fidel Ramos and his "Philippines 2000" plan to 
further open the Philippines to imperialist capital 
so this was also a topic of discussion.

MIM explained that the National Democratic Front of 
the Philippines (NDFP) is a united front of anti-
imperialist and anti-feudal organizations led by 
the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines and 
that its army, the New People's Army is engaged in 
protracted People's War against the U.S.-backed 
Ramos regime. As the videos and MIM explained, by 
building base areas of support in the countryside, 
the NDFP is able to institute land reform and 
gather forces to defeat the state's military.

The first video was Green Guerrillas, on the work 
of the New People's Army among the indigenous 
people of Mindanao and how the people's guerrillas 
work with indigenous people to protect their 
environment. This video was made this year and it 
clearly shows the progress of the return of the 
Communist Party of the Philippines and its New 
People's Army to their Maoist roots via the 
rectification movement. In the late 1980s, the 
Mandayan forcibly ejected the NPA from the area 
because of the NPA's incorrect behavior. Now the 
NPA has reformed and was welcomed back by the 
Madayan people. 

The second video, Medics of the People, is about 
the medical work of the New People's Army. Medics 
treat injured soldiers of both sides and conduct 
clinics in the rural barrios. 


One audience member wanted to know more about this 
struggle to return to the revolutionary Maoist 
roots of the struggle. He said it was "very 
impressive that mistakes that serious could be 
made, recognized and reformed."

Filipinos in the audience who had been in Amerika 
for only a few years, and those who have been here 
for more than 30 years explained that they were 
very interested in learning more about the struggle 
of their country. There was a variety of political 
perspectives among the people at the event, but 
everyone in the audience agreed that the 
Philippines suffers from imperialism and that 
Filipinos' lack of knowledge about their own 
country is a sign of this imperialism. Even the 
Filipinos educated in the Philippines said this, 
because Amerika set up the educational system there 
to teach U.S. history and push an Amerika-centric 
approach to education and the world.

One Filipino defended Ramos' Philippines 2000 
economic development program because he thought it 
would industrialize the Philippines. He also said 
it would generate a middle class. This last point 
wasn't contested, but many members of the audience 
sharply opposed the view that opening the 
Philippines up to further imperialist penetration 
would make the country as a whole stronger or 
improve the standard of living of the majority of 
the people. 

A Filipina and MIM discussed how economic 
development programs like Philippines 2000 have 
been complete failures in Latin America and in Peru 
specifically at achieving anything but First World 
enrichment and generating tiny Third World elites 
at the expense of the laboring masses. There is no 
evidence that Ramos' plan will produce different 
results and much evidence that it is a sinister 
plan to auction the sweat and blood of the Filipino 
people even more cheaply than Ferdinand Marcos did.

The audience learned a lot about the Philippine 
revolution, bought several copies of Liberation 
International (the magazine of the National 
Democratic Front) and Maoist Sojourner. In 
addition, the audience members committed to 
organizing to bring Rafael Baylosis to speak in 
April about discuss the root causes of the armed 
conflict between the NDFP and the Government of the 
Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the NDFP's 
struggle for a just and lasting peace. Finally, the 
students suggested organizing a study group about 
the Philippines and its revolution.

Contact your local MIM or RAIL chapter to find out 
how to put on cool events like this one in your 
area. Contact MIM for more information on the 
Communist Party of the Philippines.

* * *


September 30--A RAIL contingent joined in a march 
of over 100 people initiated by the American 
Friends Service Committee (AFSC) against prisons in 
Massachusetts. The march started at Norfolk Prison 
and ended at Walpole, covering 2 miles and passing 
plenty of cops on the way. The march was to protest 
the conditions in Massachusetts prisons, detailed 
in the article on this page which was distributed 
as a flier to everyone at the march. 

The demands of the march were stated in a flier 
drawn up by the Coalition of prisoner Families and 
Friends, a committee of the AFSC and one of the 
principal organizers of the march. The organizing 
flier stated: The Coalition of prisoner Families 
and Friends calls on the Department of 
"correction," the Legislature, and Governor Weld 









A musical group called Vida Urbana in Springfield 
provided the marchers with songs along the way. In 
between songs people chanted enthusiastically and 
waved signs condemning the criminal injustice 
system. None of the participants thought that being 
at the rally would make a sudden change in the 
prisons. But by bringing people out for a march 
that targeted the prisons MIM and the masses 
oppose, we showed the state that we are watching 
every time the pigs abuse a prisoner, and that we 
know they are working to remove all semblance of 
civility from the prisons. We will make sure that 
the people know this is happening. MIM and RAIL 
work to build public opinion in opposition to pig 
institutions. Only through many such actions and 
educational events can we hope to win small battles 
for better conditions in the prisons while we work 
to overthrow the capitalist system that 
necessitates repressive prisons as institutions of 
social control.

The police and FBI were out in full force with 
cameras and video equipment all along this march. 
Demonstrating what they see as a real threat, there 
were more cops and agents at this march than at 
many of the larger rallies with less radical 
demands and a less threatening target.

RAIL is working on a campaign against prisons in 
Massachusetts and is organizing a prisons awareness 
week in Amherst and a series of educational events 
about prisons in Boston. We are also planning a 
rally against the Department of Corrections and 
NYNEX, the New England phone company that works 
with the DOC to severely restrict prisoners access 
to people on the outside. The DOC and NYNEX 
conveniently have offices across the street from 
one another in downtown Boston. Contact RAIL to get 
involved in this campaign.

***RAIL distributed the following flyer at the 
anti-prisons march described in the article March 
against prisons: masses reject brutalizing 
"corrections" on this page. The information in the 
flyer was taken from an interview with an anti-
prisons activist in Massachusetts. Please see the 
Massachusetts events calendar on this page and 
contact RAIL for more information.***

Over the last few years the state of Massachusetts 
has increased the repression and abuse in its 
prisons leading up to the implementation of 
unprecedented repressive policies and practices in 
1995. This should be no surprise considering that 
the Commissioner of Corrections is Larry Dubois, 
infamous for his participation in the 
administration of the control units at Marion, 
Illinois and Lexington, Kentucky where prisoners, 
particularly those who were politically active, 
were abused and humiliated. 

This year's repressive measures include cutting 
back on the very limited access to education, 
training, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation, 
limiting medical care, cutting off prisoner's 
ability to write letters to other prisoners, and 
requiring all prisons to convert part of their 
space into segregation units which in reality are 
control units, or prisons within prisons. The 
conditions for women, held in the Framingham 
women's prison, are among the worst in the system, 
with women not even having the very limited rights 
and access given to male prisoners. 

In addition to these reactionary policies, two 
prisons in Massachusetts, Shirley and Walpole, are 
currently locked down, meaning that no one can come 
into the prison, the prisoners are not allowed 
contact with other prisoners, they are only allowed 
out of their cells a few times a week and then only 
for a shower, and they do not get out to exercise. 

The lockdown in Walpole began on March 21st after a 
prisoner was stabbed. During the first 10 days of 
the lockdown prisoners were violently beaten by 
guards on B-4 cellblock and on April 3rd a B-4 
guard was stabbed. Shortly after the institution of 
the lockdown, the DOC designated Walpole a 
Supermax, upgrading it from a Level 5 Maximum 
Security Prison. In a Supermax prisoners can only 
leave their cells twice a week, just for a shower, 
they get no exercise and are allowed no visitors. 
The designation as a Supermax allowed Walpole to 
build non-contact visiting rooms. After the 
construction of these was completed, on August 7th, 
the prison officially ended the lockdown. But this 
is just an official smokescreen: many prisoners 
remain in isolation and lockdown, only the label 
has changed.

To add to the repressive conditions in Walpole, the 
Plymouth High Security Unit was created as a part 
of this Supermax. Prisoners who are labeled 
"dangerous" are now pulled out of other prisons and 
moved to this unit. These prisoners are usually 
identified as gang members and upwards of 90% of 
them are Latinos. The majority of these prisoners 
in Plymouth were the most vocal advocates for 
themselves and other prisoners and so of course 
considered dangerous. 

In addition to the Plymouth unit, Walpole also has 
the Departmental Disciplinary Unit (DDU). This is a 
unit of total deprivation that is entirely sound 
proof. There are also Blocks 8, 9 and 10 which are 
segregated but not totally isolated: prisoners can 
yell to one another from their cells. More than 
half of the prisoners in Walpole are held in one of 
these prisons within the prison and they are all 
required to wear uniforms. The internal level of 
the prisoners is matched by clothing colors with 
Plymouth seen as the worst, wearing bright orange.

The lockdown in Shirley is in its fourth week. 
After a guard sat on the bed of a Latino prisoner, 
counter to prison policies, the prisoner and the 
guard got into a fight. The guards then started 
beating every Latino they found on the ward. The 
harassment continued the next day and the prisoners 
rioted and took over a room. Shirley has been on 
lockdown ever since. 40 of the Latino prisoners 
were shipped immediately to the Plymouth High 
Security Unit.

The lockdowns and repressive measures implemented 
in prisons across Massachusetts must be fought. The 
prisoners are fighting from behind the bars and we 
must support their struggles and make use of the 
freedom we have to organize outside the prisons. 
People must be made aware of the conditions in 
prisons and of the real use for prisons as tools of 
social control by the rich and powerful in Amerika. 
The Amerikan injustice system does not intend to 
"rehabilitate" anyone, it is used to keep people in 
their place, punishing political activists for 
crimes they did not commit, and taking off the 
streets the "dangerous" Blacks and Latinos who do 
not even get a trial of their peers, while allowing 
the worst murderers and thieves to operate freely 
as a part of the Amerikan government and Amerikan 
imperialist corporations.

Join the campaign against Amerika's social control. 
We are working to expose and oppose Amerika's use 
of social control against the people that the 
imperialists see as a threat, principally Blacks, 
Latinos and Indigenous peoples. For more info 
contact your local RAIL branch.

* * *

***This is MIM's political program, approved during 
the party's 1995 Congress. Our Program is written 
on the model of the Black Panther Party's 10-Point 
Platform and Program. For a summary of other 
developments of the Party's most recent Congress, 
please see MIM Notes 105, October 1995.***


October 1995



1. We want communism.

We believe that anyone who opposes all oppression--
power of groups over groups--is a communist. This 
includes opposition to national oppression, class 
oppression and gender oppression.

2. We want socialism.

We believe that socialism is the path to communism. 
We believe that the current dictatorship of the 
bourgeoisie oppresses the world's majority. We 
believe that socialism--the dictatorship of the 
proletariat and peasantry--is a necessary step 
towards a world without inequality or dictatorship-
-a communist world. We uphold the USSR under Lenin 
and Stalin (1917-1953) and China under Mao (1949-
1976) as models in this regard.

3. We want revolutionary armed struggle.

We believe that the oppressors will not give up 
their power without a fight. Ending oppression is 
only possible by building public opinion to seize 
power through armed struggle. We believe, however, 
that armed struggle in the imperialist countries is 
a serious strategic mistake until the bourgeoisie 
becomes really helpless. Revolution will become a 
reality for North America as the U.S. military 
becomes over-extended in the government's attempts 
to maintain world hegemony.

"We are advocates of the abolition of war, we do 
not want war; but war can only be abolished through 
war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is 
necessary to take up the gun."--Mao Zedong

4. We want organization.

We believe that democratic-centralism, the system 
of unified application of majority decisions, is 
necessary to defeat the oppressors. This system 
includes organization, leadership, discipline and 
hierarchy. The oppressors use these weapons, and we 
should, too. By building a disciplined 
revolutionary communist vanguard party, we follow 
in the tradition of comrades Lenin, Mao and Huey 

5. We want independent institutions of and for the 

We believe that the oppressed need independent 
media to build public opinion for socialist 
revolution. We believe that the oppressed need 
independent institutions to provide land, bread, 
housing, education, medical care, clothing, justice 
and peace. We believe that the best independent 
institution of all is a self-reliant socialist 

6. We want continuous revolution.

We believe that class struggle continues under 
socialism. We believe that under socialism, the 
danger exists for a new bourgeoisie to arise within 
the communist party itself. We believe that these 
new oppressors will restore capitalism unless they 
are stopped. We believe that the bourgeoisie seized 
power in the USSR 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. We believe 
that China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution 
(1966-1976) is the farthest advance towards 
communism in human history, because it mobilized 
millions of people against the restoration of 

7. We want a united front against imperialism.

We believe that the imperialists are currently 
waging a hot war--a World War III--against the 
world's oppressed nations, including the U.S. 
empire's internal colonies. We seek to unite all 
who can be united under proletarian and feminist 
leadership against imperialism, capitalism and 

We believe that the imperialist country working 
classes are primarily a pro-imperialist labor 
aristocracy at this time. Likewise, we believe that 
the biological women of the imperialist countries 
are primarily a gender aristocracy. Thus, while we 
recruit individuals from these and other 
reactionary groups to work against their class, 
national and gender interests, we do not seek 
strategic unity with them. In fact, we believe that 
the imperialist country working-classes and 
imperialist country biological women, like the 
bourgeoisies and petit bourgeoisies, owe 
reparations to the international proletariat and 
peasantry. As such, one of the first strategic 
steps MIM will take upon winning state power will 
be to open the borders.

We believe that socialism in the imperialist 
countries will require the dictatorship of the 
international proletariat and that the imperialist 
country working-classes will need to be on the 
receiving end of this dictatorship.

8. We want New Democracy for the oppressed nations. 
We want power for the oppressed nations to 
determine their destinies.

We believe that oppressed people will not be free 
until they are able to determine their destinies. 
We look forward to the day when oppressed people 
will live without imperialist police terror and 
will learn to speak their mind without fear of the 
consequences from the oppressor. When this day 
comes, meaningful plebiscites can be held in which 
the peoples will decide for themselves if they want 
their own separate nation-states or some other 

9. We want world revolution.

We believe it is our duty to support Marxism-
Leninism-Maoism everywhere, though our principal 
task is to build public opinion and independent 
institutions in preparation for Maoist revolution 
in North America. The imperialists think and act 
globally--we must do the same.

10. We want politics in command.

We believe that correct tactics flow from correct 
strategies, which flow from a correct ideological 
and political line. We believe that the fight 
against imperialism, capitalism and patriarchy goes 
hand in hand with the fight against revisionism, 
chauvinism, and opportunism.

"The correctness or otherwise of the ideological 
and political line decides everything. When the 
Party's line is correct, then everything will come 
its way. If it has no followers, then it can have 
followers; if it has no guns, then it can have 
guns; if it has no political power, then it can 
have political power."--Mao Zedong

* * *



We have received word that prison activist Shaka 
Shakur is slated to be transferred back to a 
control unit prison. Shaka spent many years at the 
Maximum Control Complex control unit prison in 
Westville, Indiana where he struggled from the 
inside to shut it down. Now the Indiana DOC wants 
to send him back to a control unit prison--the SHU 
unit [Security Housing Unit] at the Wabash Valley 
Correctional Center.

We are asking for you to make calls, faxes and 
letters to Commissioner Debruyn and Superintendent 
Al C. Park (addresses and numbers are listed 
below). Shaka has devoted much energy to seeing the 
movement grow on the inside and the outside - this 
is a retaliatory move the Indiana DOC that must be 

Commissioner Debruyn, 804 State Office Building, 
100 N. Senate, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-
232-5715, FAX: 317-232-6798

Superintendent Al C. Park, Indiana State Prison, 
P.O. Box 41, Michigan City, IN 46360, Phone: 219-
874-7258, FAX: 219-874-9001

Please send a copy of your letters to Shaka at: 
Shaka Shakur, 28443, Indiana State Prison, P.O. Box 
41, Michigan City, IN 46360


Dear Sir,

I am writing regarding the upcoming transfer of 
Shaka Shakur DOC 28443. He is currently 
incarcerated at Indiana State Prison in Michigan 
City and is slated to be transferred to the Wabash 
Valley Correctional Center--more specifically, the 
SHU. Mr. Shakur has spent the last two weeks in the 
infirmary at Indiana State Prison and is in need of 
direct medical attention. He has already been sent 
to an outside specialist once and is scheduled for 
an EMG by an outside specialist very soon. Mr. 
Shakur is finally receiving treatment for his 
medical situation which has been ignored for almost 
a year by the staff at Indiana State Prison. Mr. 
Shakur is on crutches and must be moved about the 
prison via wheelchair.

It would be unconstitutional to transfer Mr. Shakur 
to the SHU Unit, a high security disciplinary unit. 
The SHU would not be capable of handling Mr. 
Shakur's medical situation. Mr. Shakur has served 
time at the Maximum Control Complex in Westville, 
Indiana. The Taifa v. Bayh settlement mandates that 
all inmates be placed in general population upon 
release from MCC. It would seem that this transfer 
is in retaliation for the filed petition about the 
unhealthy conditions--leaking roofs, rats, etc.--
currently existing at Indiana State Prison that has 
brought in the Indiana Department of Health. 

If it is not in retaliation of prisoners trying to 
keep themselves free of disease, why are they not 
being transferred to other open units at Indiana 
State Prison?--when the space does exist. Mr. 
Shakur must not be sent to the SHU, and this 
medical situation must be given highest priority.


[your name here]


My name is Shaka Shakur. I am a 28 year old New 
Afrikan Political Prisoner and member of the New 
Afrikan Independence Movement (NAIM) fighting for 
the liberation of the Republic of New Afrika, in 
the Southeast part of the united states. At the age 
of 16 I was arrested and charged with the erroneous 
charge of "attempted robbery." I was 
railroaded/convicted and illegally sentenced to 30 
years. Despite the fact that I was charged with the 
wrong crime and illegally sentenced to 30 years 
(when by law I should have received no more than 8 
years), I have served 12 and a half years of this 

While in prison I embarked upon a journey of self-
education and politicization. I became a 
politically conscious and a politically active 
prisoner. A prisoner who understands the socio-
economic relationship and role of my imprisonment. 
A politically conscious prisoner who understands 
the overall political ramifications of the u.s. 
domestic genocidal policy of mass incarceration of 
New Afrikan (Black) people in particular and all 
oppressed working class people in general.

With the transformation of my character and sense 
of political awareness, for approximately the last 
ten years, I have made a conscious effort to 
educate, politicize, and organize my fellow 
prisoners. I have implemented numerous programs at 
my own sacrifice and persecution, to help ensure 
that those of Us who are released return back to 
the community as assets instead of predators.

I have been active in working with both inside and 
outside civil and human rights organizations, 
political organizations and some progressive 
attorneys. I have worked with some of these 
political organizations in not only trying to 
alleviate some of the third world conditions We 
exist in inside these prisons, but also to expose 
such blatant contradictions to the public/world, of 
a hypocritical system that proclaims to be a 
democracy. As a result of such actions and efforts 
I have been targeted for brutalization, harassment 
and torture both mentally and physically. As a 
result of exercising what is supposed to be a human 
right, I have been discriminated against and 
politically persecuted by those who are supposed to 
be sworn to uphold the "law."

The Indiana Judicial System has refused to abide by 
its own colonial judicial laws, by not reversing an 
illegal conviction. In at least ten other cases, 
with issues identical to mine, the court has ruled 
for new trials. However, in my case, the courts 
have refused to apply the same principles of law. 
They have chosen instead, for political reasons, to 
discriminate and allow an illegal conviction to 
stand. The State of Indiana has instead chosen to 
deny me a new trial as dictated by their own law. 
Why? Because I have chosen to pledge my allegiance 
to a set of principles and politics that the 
enemies of freedom fear.

Because I have chosen to dedicate my life to the 
upliftment of humanity, to the betterment of my 
community. I am forced to remain illegally held in 
a dungeon. I am forced to be held inside an 
"administrative segregation" unit under close 
supervision and monitoring, under restrictive 
movement. In spite of the fact that I have not had 
a serious rule violation in over two years. I am 
fighting for a new trial. Help me force Indiana to 
abide by its own laws and discontinue its political 
persecution. I have done my time and paid my dues.

In the spirit of commitment and struggle,

--Shaka Shakur, 6/24/95


From a very reliable and confidential source inside 
the Scotts Correctional Facility (SCF) in Plymouth, 
Michigan, it has been reported that on July 31, 
1995, in the housing unit "Essex," a woman was 
found in a coma.

Sources have revealed that this woman was 
sadistically beaten by seven women prisoners who've 
been caught. This savage beating was supposed to be 
over a $4,000 drug deal gone bad. The irony of the 
story is that the woman beaten was tied up and 
gagged and locked in a maximum security area where 
only the officer has a key to let the prisoner into 
her cell. This would suggest that the seven women 
who beat this woman into a coma had to be let in in 
order to carry out their deed. This would suggest 
that an official knew and allowed this act to 

The federal government had officials at the SCF and 
was looking into this issue and past issues in 
which the feds had been investigating.

We are beginning to see within the Michigan 
Department of Corrections (MDOC) a build-up of 
abuse and attacks against prisoners whether 
directly or through indirect means. For example; 
the incident at the Michigan Parole Camp where six 
corrections officers strangled an inmate on July 
13, 1995 because the officers thought he had 
swallowed some drugs. While this prisoner was down 
on the ground and handcuffed he began to choke from 
the officers attempting to force him to open his 
mouth. In addition the officers had lost the 
handcuff keys whereby they were unable to uncuff 
the prisoner's hands while he lay dying. However 
the officials, very neatly had all the witnessing 
inmates transferred to higher security facilities. 
There has been no substantial news coverage of this 
incident, which suggests that the MDOC is 
attempting to 'cover this up.'

There was also an incident at the Charles Egeler 
Correctional Facility (SMN) where one corrections 
officer attacked and assaulted an inmate by 
punching and slamming this inmate into a wall. This 
officer had to be restrained by another corrections 
officer. Pending the investigation of this 
incident, the assaultive officer has been suspended 
and the inmate who was assaulted has been 
transferred from the Egeler facility.

These brutal acts by MDOC employees can only occur 
if the higher officials in Lansing, Michigan turn a 
blind eye to what is happening within the prison 
system, which for the most part is what they have 
done. The public is fed a bunch of lies and rarely 
does the public show a concern about "human rights 
violation" unless mass media attention is brought 
on the subject. Something must be done. If these 
acts continue to occur, then I fear that we will 
see an explosion unlike Michigan has ever witnessed 
and there will be many people dead, maimed or in 
other dehumanizing conditions throughout the prison 

If Michigan wants a "Lucasville" to take place, 
continue to be silent.

--a Michigan prisoner, 8/14/95


MIM has received letters from nine prisoners from 
the same unit in a Texas prison. They all wrote 
similar letters about the oppressive conditions and 
abuses they face:

Dear Comrade,

I'm writing in regards to my and many more 
prisoners' present condition. Currently myself and 
about 100 to 160 more prisoners are suffering 
tumult and oppression at the hands of high level 
officials here on the Terrell Unit.

The administration on this unit has 
unprofessionally and biasedly placed us on 
"Institutional Lock-Down" for the offense of one 
individual, whom they have in segregation. We have 
been denied a hot meal for over a month now. 
Sometimes the meat they feed us is spoiled. Many 
times the chicken salad will contain bone 
fragments. Sometimes the milk is spoiled and the 
officers refuse to exchange it.

Don't misunderstand me, they are feeding us but 
they're feeding us in paper sacks which do not 
contain the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) 
and it's barely enough to sustain one's appetite. 
On occasion there are cases where the supervising 
officials will deny a prisoner their food for any 
given, apparent reason. Sergeant Owens (first 
shift) and Sergeant Harris are two among several 
officers who have denied meals here on Terrell 
Unit. There is no reason to deny food to any living 

Furthermore, we suffer further tumult and 
oppression at the hands of this administration in 
the fact that we are denied visitations. This is in 
fact a violation of TDCJ-ID regulations which say 
that visitation rights will not be denied as a form 
of punishment. In addition, the administration has 
refused to feed us by RDA guidelines, denied us our 
TDCJ-ID mandated one hour of recreation. In many 
instances medical treatments either audaciously 
denied or delayed for days. The most common claim 
is that they do not have the appropriate staff to 
escort an inmate to the infirmary, when in fact 
there are an estimated 1,000 employees for the 
Terrell Unit.

The administration claims that their foul prone 
action are due to the violence on this side of the 
building. The truth is that violence exists in all 
prisons. The administration here took it upon 
themselves to impose unjustified punishment upon 
us. No one can bend, manipulate or go above Federal 
and state laws but this administration has decided 
to do just that.

This is a clear showing of the cruel and unusual 
punishment that has been heavily imposed by this 
foul-prone administration on Terrell unit. This is 
a clear violation of the 8th and 14th amendments as 
well as a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Nevertheless this is our present state and not our 
first. The last lockdown lasted 11 months with no 
visitations, no hot meals, no allowance of outside 
recreation. We are currently in desperate need of 
your help in contacting a federal agency in Texas 
and the TDCJ-ID director of internal affairs, John 
Mcalliffe, to investigate our situation.

Lastly, please reply to confirm that you indeed 
received this letter. This insecurity is due the 
fact that mail is often "lost," "misplaced," or 

Whatever help or pressure you can assist us with 
will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your 
time and help.

--Several Texas prisoners, 9/13/95 - 9/14/95



I received MIM Theory 8. Thanks! A couple of items 
from you were censored earlier by prison officials 
here. I'm not sure if you received notice of if the 
materials were returned. In January 1995 the 
implementation of administrative bulletin 95/i 
added to the greatly expanding censorship policies 
of the California Department of Corrections (CDC) 
and the reducing of due process safeguards or 
accountability of prison staff.

I have multiple civil actions pending in federal 
court, but in the meantime Pelican Bay State Prison 
(PBSP) and the state of California are the supreme 
law in this corner of the land. No civil liberties 
or constitutional "rights" for us here! The whole 
system of judicial review is so inherently unjust I 
suspect my lawsuits will be dismissed or 
prejudicially ruled in the state's favor, due to 
the fact that I have no lawyer, no support and no 
way to publicize the blatant injustice being 

I am so sick of all the bullshit. 5 years of filing 
writs, literally fighting prison officials and 
relentless activism and it amounts to nothing. No 
comrade to visit me. No local contacts to assist 
from the outside. No solidarity. I read all these 
prisoner rights materials. Where are these people? 
Why have I never had an opportunity to participate 
directly in their projects?

I have turned a 7 year robbery conviction into 30 
years plus 25 to life prison term, permanently 
stuck in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) 24 hour 
lock down and still fighting! I have suffered the 
beatings and torture of prison life, yet I'm strong 
and proud!

Is there a comrade or a support group out there 
that can keep in contact with me and be a source of 
encouragement, maybe assist somehow with my 

In struggle,

--a California prisoner, 7/10/95

RCG1 responds: This prisoner speaks of solidarity, 
support, comrades, contacts, assistance, and 
encouragement. He feels all alone and that his 
struggle has amounted to nothing. Readers of UL&K, 
what do you think? Do you feel that this prisoner 
is alone in the struggle? Do you feel that all his 
struggle against oppression has amounted to 
nothing? Do you have any suggestions about how this 
prisoner might build a support network at his 


While I'm here on Disciplinary Confinement (DC), I 
get to see first hand how these pigs outright lie 
and falsify official documents. On the other wings 
most of the cats (prisoners) are busy, most notably 
watching television, being quite complacent so 
there's no reason for the pigs to harass them.

Here on DC you can't have tobacco or coffee, it's a 
crime in the pigs' eyes, so they constantly shake 
you down looking for it or anything else they deem 
to be contraband on DC. Recently I had an episode 
in which they took my calendar!

After a week of writing the usual grievances, I 
managed to actually see the Captain. He tells me 
that calendars are contraband on DC. Only the state 
issue items are allowed which gives the pigs a lot 
of leeway, as they'll take a few items this time 
and some more next time. It's just a harassment 
game with them.

I use my pen a lot against them which they do not 
like at all. Using their own rules to point out 
their mistakes, lets them know that I know what 
they're doing and use the paperwork to help 
establish a case against them.

I know the obstacles in my path and I'm well aware 
of what's ahead of me. I just refuse to compromise 
my beliefs or to become complacent in here.

The other night two brothers got into an argument 
about nothing really, a simple misunderstanding. My 
comrade tried to tell them, "Hey you should be 
arguing and fighting with he pigs, not each other!"

The reply was, "That's just a fantasy, an illusion. 
No one does that." What happened to others was of 
no concern to him, all he cared about was himself 
and getting his. Which explains the mentality of 
this place and most of those inside this state. 
It's sad, isn't it? When they speak of getting out 
and back into it is to get theirs: the money, the 
cars and whatever else they can buy. Capitalist 
criminals, always thinking of how to make 
themselves rich. Little do they realize that in a 
few years we may have martial law in this land. You 
can see how the police-state mentality is slowly 
growing acceptable, all in the name of "safer" 

I have found a comrade here on DC and we both enjoy 
MIM Notes, as well as continue to struggle against 
the fascist administration. Perhaps in a few more 
months we'll be able to find other comrades besides 
us. Trying to show these cats how wrong capitalism 
is and how we need a revolution to fix it all, is 
like trying to convince someone the glass is half 
empty when they swear it is half full. It's that 
early indoctrination of the importance of money and 
capitalism. Breaking through all of that will take 
some time.


Double-celling is proceeding apace. Some of us 
political prisoners are forced to work in Unicor. A 
comrade was framed recently.

--a Kansas prisoner, 5/1/95

I was in Vietnam, captured as a POW, and received 
better treatment than that which is now being 
afforded to me here.

--a Colorado Prisoner, 7/17/95

The blowers are being turned on in our cells, 
causing the temperature to drop to around 40 
degrees. This started about a month ago. For the 
first week the blowers remained on 24 hours 
straight. Since then they are turned on at 7 a.m. 
and shut off at 4 p.m.. The reason: an alleged high 
level of carbon monoxide.

--a Maryland prisoner, 4/3/95

The beatings still go on. Isolation cells are still 
being used, although I hear that both the "pink-
room" and the "cadre area" isolation cells are no 
longer to be used due to a government 
investigation, but if so, it hasn't started yet. 
The physical and psychological torture is applied 
constantly and the blowers I mentioned are still in 

--the same Maryland prisoner, 5/7/95 

Texas no longer feeds its captives beef. Yeah 
they've got a new flavor, "VitaPro" (soybean). They 
are actually feeding us animal food. That and pork 
(forced vegetarianism). Despite the fact that the 
system raises and slaughters thousands of cows and 
pigs a week. Obviously being sold for private 

--a Texas prisoner, 6/2/95

We've been facing down attacks from various 
plantation "administrators" because of our 
political activities. Our press has been withheld 
from captives at different kamps. One brother was 
put in the "hole" for a piece that he wrote on the 
Oklahoma City bombing by the right-wing 
reactionaries. Another brother was placed on "phone 
restriction" for calling the media. So these are 
some of the things that we must contend with. And 
this isolation isn't helping one bit. Nevertheless, 
just thought I'd "plug in". Press on and keep up 
the good work.

Stand Firm

--a Michigan prisoner 9/17/95

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November 8

THROUGH THE WIRE -- Testimony from three women 
prisoners in Lexington supermaximum security 
control unit, documents the control unit's purpose 
as a means of repressing political prisoners.

November 29

documentary on the People's War in Peru, 
demonstrates the will of the Peruvian peasants to 
establish New Democracy and the brutality of the 
Fujimori government they are fighting.

Both events will be held in the University of 
Michigan's East Quadrangle room 126 at 7:15 p.m. 
Discussions will follow the films.

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November 8

Thought reform in revolutionary China--Hear from 
Allyn Rickett, author of Prisoners of Liberation 
and Amerikan citizen who was imprisoned by the 
revolutionary Chinese government for acting as an 
Amerikan spy. After years in the Chinese 
revolutionary prisons he became a supporter of the 
Chinese revolution and their method of imprisonment 
and reeducation.

November 15

Shut down the Control Units at Marion Prison--
Control Units are used to silence political 
prisoners. This film documents the injustice and 
abuse that is the main purpose of Control Units.

November 29

60 Minutes documentary on Pelican Bay Prison--film 
exposing the repression and torture that goes on at 
Pelican Bay prison.
All events are held on Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the 
Old Cambridge Baptist Church, 1151 Massachusetts 
Ave. One block from Harvard Square.

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Sunday Nov. 5 - Saturday Nov. 11

UMass Amherst Campus Center
Prison Awareness Week will include speakers, films, 
discussions and music on a broad range of topics 
concerning prisons and social control in the U.S. 
The week will be both educational and oriented 
towards organizing.

Sunday, Nov 5

"The Murder of Fred Hampton" Classic documentary 
film about Chicago police/FBI murder of Black 
Panther Party Leader.(Shown at Hampshire College 

Monday, Nov. 6

6:30PM: "Cops, Gangs, and Youth in Western Mass.": 
Panel discussion led by a group of Massachusetts 
youth and facilitated by RAIL, on the increased 
repression of young people by police.

8:00PM: "Learning Across Razor Wire: Education in 
Prisons": Panel discussion led by members of the 
UMass Prison Education Project 

Tuesday, Nov. 7 

6:30PM "The Death Penalty": Panel with 
Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty.

8:00PM "Criticism and Self-Criticism: How a 
Socialist Society Deals with its Enemies" Allyn 
Rickett, arrested as a US spy in China in 1951, 
discusses his experience of reeducation.

Wednesday, Nov. 8:

6:30PM "Debate: Are all Prisoners Political 

8:00PM Ramona Africa: MOVE member who survived the 
Philadelphia police bombing in 1985, after which 
she spent eight years in prison for surviving. She 
will discuss the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, and 
issues of social control.

Thursday, Nov. 9:

6:30PM: "The Political Economy of Prisons: 3 
Strikes Laws, Privatization, and Racism": Panel 

8:00PM: "Cada Guaraguao Tiene Un Pitirre" How 
control units are used to break the most political 
of prisoners, with a focus on the repression of 
Puerto Rican freedom fighters. Discussion led by 
the Committee to Free Puerto Rican Prisoners of War 
and Political Prisoners.

Friday, November 10:

6:30PM Film: "Attica" and discussion led by MIM.

8:00PM "Jazzotree": Political Music and Poetry.

Saturday, November 11

1:00-5:30 "End the Amerikan Lockdown" conference. 
The event will consist of two sessions, each part 
panel discussion and part small groups. This should 
provide an opportunity to develop and struggle over 
radical/revolutionary theory and practice in the 
fight against the Amerikan lockdown.

The sessions:
1. "Unwinnable Battles: Prison Resistance from 
Attica to Westville, Indiana--strategies and 
tactics of prison resistance and the need for 
2. "Military Suppression of Youth from the Ghetto 
to Prison"
Sponsors: UMass Radical Student Union, Maoist 
Internationalist Movement, Revolutionary Anti-
Imperialist League, American Friends Service 
Committee, Western Mass. Prison Issues Group. Rooms 
to be announced. Schedule current as of: 10/18.

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