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THE MAOIST INTERNATIONALIST MOVEMENT
MIM Notes 119 AUGUST 1, 1996
MIM Notes speaks to and from the viewpoint of the world's
oppressed majority, and against the imperialist-patriarchy. Pick
it up and wield it in the service of the people. support it,
struggle with it and write for it.
IN THIS ISSUE:
1. MOVEMENT FOR HAWAIIAN SOVEREIGNTY GROWS AS BOGUS VOTE LOOMS
2. LETTERS: ANTI-KLAN VERSUS PRO-COMMUNISM
3. NATIONALISM SIMMERS IN POW-WOWS
4. NDF ADVANCES ON PEACE NEGOTIATIONS FRONT
5. ADVANCE THE REVOLUTIONARY FEMINIST STRUGGLE
6. PSEUDO-FEMINISTS WIN RIGHT TO LEAD IMPERIALIST
ARMIES: REAL FEMINISTS FIGHT AMERIKA
7. COPS ARE OPEN WHITE SUPREMACISTS
8. BEWARE OF ALL AMERIKANS IN YOUR COUNTRY
9. MUMIA ACTIVISTS RALLY ON YOU LIE FOURTH
10. DON'T VOTE, ORGANIZE
11. UNDER LOCK AND KEY: NEWS FROM PRISONERS AND PRISONS
12. MARXISM-LENINISM-MAOISM ONLINE
13. ON PERU AND THE RIM
14. AMERIKA'S NOT PAYING ITS LEASE:
FIRST NATIONS SUE OVER $2.4 BILLION IN MISMANAGED FUNDS
15. MICMAC TRADER SUPPORTS PEOPLE'S WAR
16. SPRINGFIELD MA FIRES RACIST COP FOR ADMITTING HIS RACISM
17. ACTIVISTS WIN BATTLE AGAINST UMASS CENSORSHIP
18. PENOBSCOTTS OPPOSE MAINE TAXES
19. PATAKI BACKS DOWN
* * *
WHAT IS MIM?
The Maoist Internationalist Movement (MIM) is a revolutionary
communist party that upholds Marxism- Leninism-Maoism, comprising
the collection of existing or emerging Maoist internationalist
parties in the English-speaking imperialist countries and their
English-speaking internal semi- colonies, as well as the existing
or emerging Spanish-speaking Maoist internationalist parties of
Aztlan, Puerto Rico and other territories of the U.S. Empire. MIM
Notes is the newspaper of MIM. Notas Rojas is the newspaper of the
Spanish- speaking parties or emerging parties of MIM.
MIM is an internationalist organization that works from the
vantage point of the Third World proletariat; thus, its members
are not Amerikans, but world citizens.
MIM struggles to end the oppression of all groups over other
groups: classes, genders, nations. MIM knows this is only possible
by building public opinion to seize power through armed struggle.
Revolution is a reality for North America as the military becomes
over-extended in the government's attempts to maintain world
MIM differs from other communist parties on three main questions:
(1) MIM holds that after the proletariat seizes power in socialist
revolution, the potential exists for capitalist restoration under
the leadership of a new bourgeoisie within the communist party
itself. In the case of the USSR, the bourgeoisie seized power
after the death of Stalin in 1953; in China, it was after Mao's
death and the overthrow of the "Gang of Four" in 1976. (2) MIM
upholds the Chinese Cultural Revolution as the farthest advance of
communism in human history. (3) MIM believes the North American
white-working-class is primarily a non-
revolutionary worker-elite at this time; thus, it is not the
principal vehicle to advance Maoism in this country.
MIM accepts people as members who agree on these basic principles
and accept democratic centralism, the system of majority rule, on
other questions of party line.
"The theory of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin is universally
applicable. We should regard it not as dogma, but as a guide to
action. Studying it is not merely a matter of learning terms and
phrases, but of learning Marxism-Leninism as the science of
-- Mao Zedong, Selected Works, Vol. II, p. 208
* * *
MOVEMENT FOR HAWAIIAN SOVEREIGNTY GROWS AS BOGUS VOTE LOOMS
BOSTON, MA--On July 2nd, MIM and RAIL hosted a talk by speakers
from the Ho'omau of Wahi Ku Moku, the political group of an
organization of Hawaiians in Boston. The presentation focused on
the "Native Hawaiian Vote" to take place among indigenous
Hawaiians in August. This State-sponsored pseudo- plebiscite is
being used by the imperialists as an opportunity to force Native
Hawaiians to choose which form of imperialist rule they would
prefer under the guise of a choice for true sovereignty.
Ho'omau means to persevere. This name summarizes the struggle of
Native Hawaiians since the beginning of the imperialist onslaught
in 1778, through the overthrow of the country in 1893, to the
present. The Hawaiian population, like that of other First Nations
living on the land stolen by the imperialists, was decimated. Even
now, Native Hawaiians struggle to survive: they are twice as
likely to be homeless than other ethnic groups in the state and
are both imprisoned and in poverty at the highest rate.(1) Unlike
many other First Nations, Hawaiians have never been granted the
status of a nation and instead are considered "wards of the
state." For centuries, the Hawaiian people have been struggling to
regain self- determination. The speakers described a growing
sovereignty movement since the 1960s that currently involves this
important fight against the pseudo- plebiscite vote.
"NATIVE HAWAIIAN VOTE" IS AN IMPERIALIST TOOL
The pseudo-plebiscite asks "Shall the Hawaiian people elect
delegates to propose a Native Hawaiian government?" The Amerikans
working for this vote are doing all they can to convince Native
Hawaiians that this is a real vote for self-determination. One
election brochure states: "We can choose to keep things as they
are, or we can choose to get together as one people and decide to
control our Hawaiian lands and resources, improve the well- being
of our people and protect our culture and way of life."
This vote will likely be taken as the "legitimate" expression of
self-determination by the Hawaiian people. But as *Na Kanaka
Maoli,* a publication in Boston, points out in a statement seeking
to postpone the vote: "Hawaiians who wish to pursue sovereignty
but not through HSEC's Native Hawaiian Vote are prevented from
seeking an alternate process due to the limitations of submitting
a 'yes' or a 'no' ballot." In fact, the speakers noted that any
ballots submitted, even spoiled, will be counted as a yes vote.
There is no way to express dissatisfaction with the choices
without playing into the hands of the imperialists. This whole
process keeps the state government in control of the voting
process, and ultimately, the outcome.
History teaches the failure of the State-sponsored vote as a tool
for national liberation. As one Stop the Vote brochure points out:
"The fraudulent 1959 statehood 'plebiscite vote' was used by the
U.S. government to have Hawaii removed from the United Nations
list of Non-Self-Governing Territories." "This vote will bind us
to a State-controlled process and the U.S. government can use it
to block us from pursuing *our own process of self-
The State has gone out of its way to ensure that this vote only
provides the outcome they want. The Sovereignty Elections Council
(SEC) is overseeing the elections. It was created by State law in
1994. All of its members are appointees of the ex-State Governor.
The State House Bill that created the SEC also states "Nothing
arising out of the Hawaiian Convention provided for in this
Act...shall be applied to supersede, conflict waive, alter, or
affect" the governmental structures and mechanisms of the State.
WHY DOES THE STATE BOTHER WITH A VOTE AT ALL?
In 1993, the U.S. Congress passed the "Apology Bill" which
acknowledged that the U.S. was wrong in 1893 when it overthrew the
Hawaiian nation. It says: "The indigenous Hawaiian people never
relinquished their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a
people over their national lands to the United States, ...through
a plebiscite or referendum..." The U.S. Congress now has to take
some action to back up these words. This pseudo- plebiscite is the
perfect solution. If Hawaiians vote yes they will then have to set
up a government under the parameters set out by the State. If
Hawaiians vote no they lose because the State will then say
Hawaiians are satisfied with things as they are and they don't
want sovereignty. This would be used as a justification for the
legal status as wards of the state of all indigenous Hawaiians.
TRUE SELF-DETERMINATION DOES NOT COME FROM THE IMPERIALIST STATE
The speakers laid out some minimum demands for true self-
determination. First, all the military forces of the imperialist
occupiers must leave before any vote can be free and legitimate.
At present, the United Snakes has military bases on what are
called "ceded lands," officially belonging to indigenous
Hawaiians. In addition, as one brochure opposing the vote points
out, the people need to be able to educate themselves and struggle
freely over politics--a situation that does not exist right now
under imperialist occupation. One speaker pointed out that the
people opposed to the pseudo- plebiscite tend not to be registered
to vote. Many of these people are very poor and do not have
housing, meaning no address to send a ballot to.
MIM believes that all nations deserve the right to self-
determination and that this can only be achieved through national
liberation struggles. Nations must be freed from imperialist
control before the people can exercise their right to self-
determination. Only then can a plebiscite be held that would truly
reflect the interests of the people. (For more on the theory
behind the important of national liberation struggles, read MIM
Theory #7: Proletarian Feminist Revolutionary Nationalism,
available for $5).
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO VOTING IN THIS PSEUDO- PLEBISCITE?
The speakers stressed that this vote is not a real choice and that
there are many things people can do besides participating in the
vote. One of the most important things to do is educating and
organizing other people. They are also encouraging people to
refuse to register to vote. Those who receive ballots in the mail
should send them to the Stop the Vote campaign where these will be
counted and destroyed in a protest action.
Some people in the audience were skeptical about the pragmatism of
this strategy. They argued that the vote might not be perfect, but
at least it would allow Hawaiians to have some say in their
government. One speaker responded "That is exactly what they would
like us to think." MIM stressed the point further. The state says
there is no way to achieve real liberation so we should settle for
what the imperialists offer. But this is not true. It took many
years and much hard struggle to overthrow feudalism. The feudal
serfs did not give up and decide they had to accept the rule of
the landlords because the going was tough. Likewise the struggle
for socialism has proved difficult and full of setbacks. That does
not mean we should give up.
Audience members were also not satisfied with "self determination"
as a goal they wanted to support. They wanted a plan, from the
speakers, about whether they wanted reservation status like other
First Nations in Amerikan borders, or independence, or some other
thing. The speakers both said that they had opinions on these
things, but that they could not chart out the struggle in advance.
Right now, they are focusing their energy on booting out the
imperialists and organizing the people continue with progress
afterward. The speakers pointed out that people opposing the vote
are right now a minority among Native Hawaiians and that the
majority supports the "yes" vote in the plebiscite. But they
believe that through education and the lessons learned through
practice, Native Hawaiians will learn that relying on the State
for sovereignty does not provide real self-
Short term battles can be won now as we fight for the ultimate
goal of national liberation and socialism. The anti-vote forces
succeeded in postponing the vote several months, arguing that the
quick pace set did not allow sufficient time to educate the
voters. The imperialists did not want to give the activists time
to educate people about this vote and so they were trying to move
quickly. This delay was a victory because it allowed the
protesters more time to organize opposition.
The imperialists will not grant national liberation to the
oppressed nations, it must be taken by force, and these struggles
are taking place all over the world. The Filipinos, Peruvians,
First Nations, people of India and many others refuse to accept
the repressive hand of imperialist rule. It may take many years,
but liberation is in the interests of the majority of the world's
people and we will win.
1. The Honolulu Advertiser 4/2/96
2. Brochure from Ka Lahui Hawai'i
* * *
ANTI-KLAN VERSUS PRO-COMMUNISM
***This is excerpted from a much longer letter which attempts to
explain why the letter-writer wishes not to have contact with MIM.
The letter- writer has already decided that s/he does not want to
struggle with MIM over h own politics (Trotskyist) or MIM's.
Therefore we print this letter not as a means of struggle with
this individual, but in the hopes of sparking discussion with
others who may sympathize with this individual's politics without
having a worked out line against MIM or Maoism or simply want to
hear more about MIM's activism.***
I would also like to address the comments in the letter regarding
the Anti-Klan rally on Saturday, June 22. You remarked that being
"gassed is not the quickest path to revolutionary organizing." You
proposed a solid line on revolutions of the past and on the
revolutionary possibilities for the future as an alternative. What
about decisive action now?!? How do you expect to gain the support
of workers without being visible in their struggles. Your
alternative is to sit in a college town and put up flyers on
telephone poles. This puts you in a great position to lead a
revolution when you can say to the proletariat, "I read a book by
Mao Zedong at the University of Michigan and that puts me in the
position to tell you what's best for you." You attack the groups
at the rally calling them "one day activists" when many of the
people in AAOAK [Ann Arbor Organizing Against the Klan, led by the
Trotskyist League--MIM] have been involved in revolutionary
politics longer than you have been alive. After all, better to be
a one day activist than a no day activist. This reveals the petty-
bourgeois nature of your organization. Your methods of
organization are not only not the quickest, but the slowest. Build
a movement by talking, putting up flyers and reading, but not
--An ex-MIM associate in the Midwest June 1996
MIM RESPONDS: Because of space constraints, we are not going to
address separately the writer's comments on MIM's supposed age,
supposed class background, supposed schooling and supposed
location. If there are serious critics out there who think that
any of these things are relevant in criticism of MIM's politics,
we welcome their criticism and will be happy to respond. In the
context above, these are pure ad hominem attacks. We are not
interested in engaging this letter writer on our class or age
statuses. S/he would at least be consistent if s/he argued that
Friedrich Engels' money or Bobby Hutton's youth were more decisive
than their political line and practice. The letter writer shows
more serious errors in three false assumptions:
Assumption #1: That throwing rocks at pigs in riot gear at a
rally, being gassed and arrested constitutes "decisive action."
MIM disagrees that provoking pigs qualifies as decisive action.
Did throwing rocks at pigs defeat the Klan? No. Is all the hubbub
following the protesters' arrests going to hurt the Klan? Better
yet, is it going to make a dent in the state which defends the
Klan's so-called right to spread hatred and its oppressive
MIM also opposes the Klan, *because* we oppose national oppression
and the Klan is out to justify and perpetuate national oppression.
Anytime MIM holds a rally or attends one, we make clear what
connection the particular event has to our overall goals. These
anti-Klan rallies the letter-writer defends as "decisive action"
did no such thing. They got a bunch of people arrested, and
shifted some activists' focus from opposing the Klan to getting
charges dropped against those arrested. MIM asks: how does that
advance anything towards socialism?
Assumption #2: That ending national oppression is in the interests
of the labor aristocracy and that MIM bases its line on gaining
the support of the Amerikan working class.
MIM has devoted two full theory journals (MIM Theory 1: A White
Proletariat? and MIM Theory 10: Coming to Grips with the Labor
Aristocracy) to the distinction between the exploited proletariat-
-the majority of the world's workers and the labor aristocracy--
the majority of Amerikan workers. The U.S. labor aristocracy
supports national oppression (white Amerikan supremacy over the
Black, Latino and Indigenous nations within U.S. borders as well
as imperialism over Third World neo-colonies) because it reaps
economic benefits from imperialism and MIM has done the math to
demonstrate this. Send us $5 for either of the theory journals
mentioned above to check up on our research.
MIM opposes the Klan because the Klan fights for white supremacy.
Activists pushing to organize all workers in the United Snakes
together to fight the Klan should start digging through history to
find the labor aristocracy's record on opposing national
oppression and upholding national minority struggles for self-
determination. From Bacon's rebellion, when white workers fought
to seize First Nation lands in 1676, through the Klan's inception
in the reconstruction South, through the recent electoral show of
Klansman David Duke, they have shown themselves to instead be a
mass base for fascism.
Assumption #3: That it is more "activist" to get one's picture in
the bourgeois press (or organize a rally which helps others
achieve the same goal) than to build a party based on a solid line
on revolutions of the past and revolutionary possibilities for the
future as MIM suggested.
Making revolution is not a light task and Leninists have
demonstrated that revolution led by a vanguard party is the single
most effective means of combating oppression. For this reason MIM
takes very seriously the tasks of learning lessons from past
struggles and using these lessons to build a lasting organization
for the future.
This letter writer is entitled to blow off revolutionary
organizing--the ill-gotten privilege of living in the First World
affords that right. MIM's beef is with individuals and
organizations which poo poo revolutionary activism in favor of
sexier (and more publicity-getting) politics while claiming the
banner of Marxism, as this letter writer does. That is revisionism
and is leading people down a false path. Go get your picture in
the paper, and throw all the rocks you want, but don't pretend to
be leading the masses in Communist politics while you're doing it.
* * *
NATIONALISM SIMMERS IN POW-WOWS
ACADIA, MAINE--Summer is the season for the festivity of First
Nation pow-wows, but simmering below the surface of pow-wows are
issues of fighting for self-determination. On July 14, MIM spoke
to a full-blooded Penobscott trader of a store called the
When asked if she had any news for MIM Notes to report next issue,
she said, "I have lots of radical, radical ideas." MIM knew we
were off to a good start.
In fact, the Turquoise Arrowhead (TA) told MIM that she walked out
of a pow-wow just the week before. According to the Penobscotts
MIM spoke with, the pow-wow organizers were too tolerant of
someone banished from the nation who was leading the drum-
"They let a drug-addict, child molester and womyn- beater on the
drum," said the elder Penobscott womyn. A younger male added, "he
was taking 12, 13 and 14-year-old girls and getting them on drugs
so he could go to bed with them, and they [the Penobscott
authorities] finally got tired of it." The man was banished from
the nation through Penobscott processes according to the TA.
Crimes including arson and more serious felonies are still under
the white man's jurisdiction in Bangor, Maine.
The pow-wow organizers so angered TA that she walked out of the
pow-wow and took seven dancers with her. However, that is not all.
TA has a general gripe with the pow-wows these days. "My biggest
thing is you go to the pow-wows and you find non-natives vending
and they downright lie." She went on to explain how people of
slight First Nation "blood" or no heritage at all worm their way
into pow-wows to profit. The pow-wow last week, "was a joke,"
according to TA, so lax were the rules for vending. MIM agrees in
principle that pow-wows should be an enterprise to promote First
Nation business self-reliance.
In the Penobscott Nation, the rule is that one has to have 25
percent blood to count as Penobscott. According to TA, there are
only 180 full-bloods whoqualify based on tracking the descendants
of the landmark 1890 Census. Over three-quarters of the Penobscott
people have only one-quarter Penobscott blood, and still the
pressure is on to lower the percentage to 12.5 or even lower.
As in the situation with people of Asian descent in the united
snakes, how one is counted affects Congressional appropriations.
Formulas for funding use the U.S. Census of every decade to
determine how much money should go to the white organizations and
how much to self-labeled "minority"
organizations, including programs for the reservations.
When asked what she thought of the whole "blood" issue, TA said,
"I have very mixed feelings about it; my own grandchildren are on
that Census." [meaning their children will be affected by any
rules the full-bloods like herself come up with-- ed.] After
explaining all the issues, TA said, "after all that I'm still for
it." [the policy of requiring 25 percent blood and no less--ed.]
MIM thought the reasons TA gave were
unreproachable. Contrary to our mistaken article of the last issue
on the Ojibwe, [see correction this issue] MIM does not
automatically support the tolerant side of banishing issues,
reservation residence issues or voting issues. In fact, there is
definitely a point where the line should be drawn against
assimilation, and so there can be no attacking TA's position or
other FN positions against children of inter-marriage or
relaxation of nationality requirements. In the end, we leave it to
the First Nation to decide who to count as a member. All nations
will have to make this decision about who to include and that
decision should be made by the people of each nation.
The first thing TA said after mentioning grandchildren on the
"blood" issue is that "I know in some ways it [relaxing the rules-
-ed.] means more money. . . You know it cuts both ways though. We
have to support non-natives on the reserve; we pay for their sewer
[and other utilities]; they [whites] talk about all the Indians
being on welfare, but we have white people on welfare on the
reserve that we're paying for!" MIM would add that the goal of
obtaining more U.S. government programs by increasing the number
of people who count as natives is a mistake, an error of
According to TA, the Wampanoag [surrounded by Massachusetts] are
relaxing their rules and now the Cherokee are going from one-
eighth to one-sixteenth blood for their official counting
purposes. Adding "hhhmph," TA said that if one starts looking at
it that way, "I know some white people who make better Indians
than Indians do! At least they show more respect for our culture
than some of these "'Indians.'"
At the very end, TA said, "and I'm married to a white man, but
that doesn't stop me from talking about the white man; I don't
care; what they did is a rip-off." That pretty much was meant as a
summation of history and the recent pow-wows. MIM agrees, the fact
that TA is married to a white man says nothing at all against the
truth of the matter with regard to "blood" policies. MIM applauds
all those who go beyond their narrow individual identities and
attempt to analyze what is best from a larger standpoint. We call
it applying the scientific method and not taking up identity
* * *
NDF ADVANCES ON PEACE NEGOTIATIONS FRONT
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF) and the
Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) resumed formal
peace negotiations on June 19, 1996 in the Netherlands, one year
after the GRP unilaterally suspended formal talks. The negotiating
panels affirmed a list of specific topics for discussion under the
headings "human rights and international humanitarian law and
social and economic reforms."(1) The Maoist-led NDF has been
waging revolutionary armed struggle against the U.S. puppet regime
in the Philippines for over 25 years.
An important step towards the resumption of negotiations was the
GRP's release of NDF Consultant Sotero Llamas. Llamas' arrest in
early 1995 violated the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity
Guarantees (JASIG), which both parties had ratified. At the time
the GRP unilaterally declared that the JASIG was suspended,
despite the fact that JASIG contains no provision for suspension.
The NDF held informal talks with the GRP's negotiating panel
beginning in July 1995, which led to the release of Llamas in
compliance with the JASIG.(2)
Llamas will now participate in the negotiations. He said his role
in the talks was important because of his two decades of armed
struggle in the mountains. "These experiences qualify me to
present the real situation taking place in the countryside and
this will be the core of the peace talks," he said.(3)
In his opening statement at the resumption of formal talks, Luis
Jalandoni, Chairperson of the NDF Negotiating Panellisted some of
the crimes of the U.S.-Ramos regime against the people of the
Philippines. "There is the forcible displacement of people, under
various pretexts, such as the so- called counter-insurgency or
development projects, and by the most brutal means, such as
bombardments, strafing, arson, and bulldozing. This has caused the
number of internal refugees to rise to millions. There is the
criminalizing of political prisoners and imposing preconditions on
the release of prisoners that are [in violation] of conscience and
their rights."(1) This list of crimes that continues makes talks
aimed at getting the GRP to uphold international humanitarian law
conventions especially important.
* Jalandoni also listed specific repressive laws and decrees (some
left over from the Marcos dictatorship) which attack the Filipino
* Memorandum Circular No. 139 which expressly allows government
troops to impose food blockades as part of their so- called "anti-
* Executive Order No. 72 and 129 and P.D. 772 which authorize
evictions and mass demolition of urban poor communities and outlaw
* Executive Order No. 264 which creates the Citizens Armed Forces
Geographical Units (CAFGU), which are paramilitary groups used to
harass and assassinate progressives and revolutionaries;
* General Order No. 66 and 67 which authorize random checkpoints
* Legal interpretations which allow warrentless arrests, search
and arrest without probable cause, and the admission of illegally
* The pending so-called "Anti-Terrorism Act," which opens the door
for renewed Martial Law.
While MIM continues Mao's line that there are no rights, only
power struggles, MIM also believes that legal struggles for
bourgeois rights such as the right to free speech and assembly or
the right to a fair trial can be effective tactics. On the one
hand, victories in this arena can increase the maneuvering room
afforded to the revolutionary forces. On the other hand, the
struggles themselves expose the hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie,
which claims to defend "human rights " while it thrives on
The NDF views the peace negotiations as "one more form of legal
struggle waged by the revolutionary forces in the context of
various forms of struggle."(4) It clearly states that "peace
negotiations cannot substitute for the resolute and militant mass
struggles of the people. In fact, there is greater need for the
revolutionary struggle because the imperialists and reactionaries
never voluntarily give up their power to exploit and oppress the
people."(4) The NDF maintains that armed struggle is the most
important form of mass struggle.
In this context, the NDF did not allow the GRP to make renouncing
armed struggle a precondition to the talks. Before the peace
negotiations began, the NDF and the GRP signed several agreements
(such as the JASIG) which ensured that the NDF could negotiate
without betraying its principles or compromising its ability to
struggle outside of the negotiating arena.
In general, the NDF holds that a just and lasting peace in the
Philippines is possible only if the Filipino peoples' demands for
national liberation and democracy are satisfied. It calls for the
GRP to end its servile policies towards foreign monopolies and end
its "counter-insurgency" campaigns as crucial and necessary steps
in the peace negotiations.(5)
1. Press Communique of the National Democratic Front of the
Philippines on the Resumption of Formal Meetings in the GRP-NDFP
Peace Negotiations, June 16, 1996.
2. Luis Jalandoni, "Opening Statement on the Resumption of the
Formal Meetings in GRP-NDFP Peace Negotiations," June 19, 1996.
3. Reuters, 21 Jun 96.
4. Jose Maria Sison, "Peace Negotiations When Properly Conducted
Are a Form of Struggle."
5. MIM Notes 103, Aug 1995.
* * *
ADVANCE THE REVOLUTIONARY FEMINIST STRUGGLE
People reading MIM Notes will notice that we have changed parts of
the English language to meet proletarian political purposes. Mao
simplified the entire Chinese alphabet to make it more accessible
to the masses. While MIM is not yet in a position to make large
scale changes in the English language, we make small changes in
our lifestyle and culture which are easy and possible within
capitalism. These changes advance proletarian struggles by drawing
attention to the line behind them. MIM welcomes struggle over
these changes as a means of advancing our line on the issues which
First we changed America to Amerika to remove some legitimacy from
"America." We use "Amerika" to refer to the oppressor nation that
dominates North America. Amerika is an imperialist nation of Euro-
Amerikan settlers and their descendants and honorary members.
Later MIM stopped using "African American" to refer to Blacks in
this country because Blacks are neither "African" nor "American."
Blacks should strive for national self-determination and not phony
integrationism with Amerika. The term "Black" is less than perfect
because it implies that we are talking about a group because of
its skin color, but it is the best definition of the nation within
Amerika. The capital "B" helps to contrast this legitimate nation
with the "white" fascist settler nation. We have changed other
words and spellings related to analysis on the national question
More recently, MIM substituted terminology that makes it clear
that the "United States" does not have a legitimate claim over the
territory it stole from indigenous peoples and developed with the
use of slave labor imported from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
We now substitute "United Snakes" or other derogatory forms of the
This summer, MIM decided to substitute the term "womyn" for
"woman" and to use "wimmin" for the plural. We want to make the
point that wimmin are not a subset of men as the word "women"
implies. MIM is fighting for the end to gender oppression and part
of this entails recognizing and fighting the reactionary elements
in our culture that suggest that wimmin are less than men.
This decision to use "womyn" followed much struggle within MIM
because of the term's reactionary history. Until now this change
in terminology has been used by pseudo-feminists who believe in
lifestyle politics and usually believe that all men are enemies.
Revolutionary feminists reclaimed the term "feminist" from the
reactionary white chauvinist wimmin who first used the word and
MIM will not relinquish a progressive change in terminology
because a few wimmin use the word for incorrect political
As we move forward in our revolutionary organizing, MIM will
continue to make small changes in our use of language to reflect
the political line that we support. Many of the changes made so
far came as a result of suggestions from our readers, please write
to us with your opinions on the subject.
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PSEUDO-FEMINISTS WIN RIGHT TO LEAD IMPERIALIST ARMIES: REAL
FEMINISTS FIGHT AMERIKA
After decades of clamoring for a bigger role as imperialists, the
gender aristocracy has won another "victory" that allies it more
closely to imperialist patriarchy. The Supreme Court ruled that
one of the last two remaining public all-male military institutes,
Virginia Military Institute, must admit wimmin or go private.
According to the Supreme Court, private schools may exclude
whomever they want. Its fellow all-male holdout, the Citadel, has
announced it is going to admit wimmin.
All this pleases pseudo-feminists, but the international
proletariat knows that genitalia diversity at these training
grounds of militarism will not advance the position of the
majority of the world's biological wimmin and biological men who
are targets of US forces in the Third World.
Both sexes of oppressed nations are gendered-female in relation to
these prospective applicants to bourgeois military institutes.
Both men and wimmin of oppressed nations have their sexuality and
reproduction appropriated through First World domination. The
wimmin admitted to VMI--part of the gender aristocracy--are
further solidifying their alliance with patriarchy against the
world's wimmin and men. As communists, we do not ally with the
gender aristocracy We ally with groups oppressed because of their
nation, class, and gender in genuine struggles against capitalism,
imperialism and patriarchy.
Both conservatives and liberals are fooled by the long-standing
notion that biology is destiny. Both incorrectly believe admitting
biological wimmin will fundamentally change these institutions.
Conservatives have moaned the death knell of an old and fine
bastion of male supremacy. Syndicated columnist George Will wrote,
"The Supreme Court gave [wimmin] the right to enroll in an
educational institution which, the moment they enter it, will
essentially cease to exist."(1) Liberals have chimed in that the
change is a fundamentally positive one. Syndicated columnist Ellen
Goodman wrote, "I don't hesitate to say that women will change
VMI. Change is, after all, the point."(2)
Goodman likens the change to the one accomplished through
desegregation of the institutions, which is an illuminating
comparison. What has this desegregation really done for equality?
Goodman answers this question expressing satisfaction that VMI
stopped playing "Dixie" on parade after the first Blacks arrived
in 1968. This minor teak in the official presentation is her model
for gender- relations changes to come. That's as high as her
sights are set because she does not want to rock the patriarchal
imperialist boat that is serving her well.
MIM answers that same question by recognizing that desegregation
has not changed relations or conditions fundamentally and has only
opened the doors for a few comprador members of the Black nation
to fight for the white armies against the internal colonies.
Instead, MIM works for real liberation.
Clarence Thomas, reactionary Black Supreme Court justice, sat out
the case because his son attends VMI. This illustrates what
desegregation of these institutions has brought--a tiny minority
of Blacks are more fully consolidated into comprador status and
enforce the oppression of the majority of the Black nation and
other oppressed nations.
The endurance of patriarchy and national oppression through the
nominal integration of some
institutions illustrates the short-sightedness of conservatives
like Will. Surely he would have been whining a few decades ago
that an all-white institution was necessary to maintain that
illusive greatness he declines to name: white supremacy.
History reveals that it is beneficial for the powerful to concede
some demands and co-opt members of oppressed groups. In the case
of labor, the Amerikan working class has been bought off with
superprofits drawn from imperialist exploitation. First World
biological wimmin have also allied for these benefits and accepted
patriarchy in the negotiations. Though members of internal
colonies have sought comprador status, these nations are
fundamentally allied against imperialism and white nation
Wimmin who are fighting for the right to lead imperialist armies
are only pseudo-feminists. Real feminists are fighting against
1. Boston Globe, July 1, 1996, p. 11.
2. Boston Globe, June 30, 1996, p. 69.
* * *
COPS ARE OPEN WHITE SUPREMACISTS
Most whites believe that cops are only oppressive in the case of a
"few bad apples." Thus, they were surprised by the Mark Fuhrman
case, the Rodney King beating etc. etc.; however, the "good
apples" tolerate and even promote the "bad apples" as proved even
in police publications; we refer to the Summer/Fall, 1995 edition
of *New Hampshire Trooper.*
The New Hampshire Troopers Association which publishes the
magazine "is made up entirely of current and former sworn members
of the New Hampshire State Police."(1) The magazine starts by
blasting the phony police organizations out there which seem
rampant in the boonies of New England.
After a letter from the Governor and cop union leaders, we learn
that New Hampshire troopers are urged to learn Spanish.
"Two brothers who were speaking with the Deputy suddenly spoke a
few words of Spanish to each other and then, seconds later, the
Deputy was dead of a gunshot.
"In review of the tape, it was learned that had the officer known
a few words, commonly referred to as 'charged words,' the tragedy
may have been avoided.
"In the case of the Texas Trooper who knew Spanish, he was able to
stay one step ahead of his assailants and in the ensuing gun
battle, the Trooper shot two of the defendants and came away
unscathed. . . .
"In the last few years, there has been an influx of Spanish-
speaking persons crossing the borders from Lawrence, Lowell,
Boston [all in Massachusetts-- ed.] and New York City into New
"Ask any Trooper working the Interstate from the Massachusetts
line to Manchester on I-93 or the Everett Turnpike. You will
discover that the majority of cocaine and crack coming into the
State is being transported and sold by Dominicans, Columbians, and
"On any given night, a pursuit on Interstate 93 south of
Manchester is probably initiated by gang members of the South Side
Kings (SSK), License to Steal (LTC), or Latin Kings. These gangs
are predominantly Spanish-speaking and are involved in thefts,
burglaries, auto theft, drugs and more."
Cops everywhere in the united snakes are hypocritical. They
tolerate the Fuhrmans and come up with their white supremacist
ideas of crime. As a result, the cops have failed to dent crime
despite making the united snakes the number one prison state in
the world based on per capita figures for imprisonment averaged
the last ten years.
It will be the Latin Kings and the like who actually stop drug-
dealing by taking up the cause of national liberation. When the
likes of the Latin Kings with the Maoist proletarian revolutionary
ideology finally replace the corrupt national and local cops, then
we will have a reduction in crime. The Oliver Norths bringing the
cocaine into this country will be stopped cold. The people's
police will look for drugs in the right places and we will emerge
victorious in the war on drugs.
1. New Hampshire Trooper Summer/Fall, p. 1. 2. Ibid., p. 21.
* * *
BEWARE OF ALL AMERIKANS IN YOUR COUNTRY
On July 17, the Senate Intelligence Committee had a rare debate
about who the CIA can use to gather information, and about what
types of "covers" are acceptable for the CIA to use. Current law
prohibits the CIA from recruiting journalists, Peace Corps
volunteers, and clergy, and prohibits the agency from using those
careers as covers for it's agents and officers.
The current law allows the CIA director to grant exceptions in
"exceptional circumstances". Ted Koppel, of Nightline, and Terry
Anderson, a former Associated Press reported held hostage in
Lebanon for 7 years argued that the ban should be absolute.
Anderson reported that his captors told him they thought he was
The Congresspersons, including prominent Democrats like Senator
John Glenn and John Kerry disagreed and wanted to give the CIA as
many options as possible. But Kerry summed up the issue well as he
expressed concern about discussing the issue publicly: "if they
[journalists] weren't tainted before, they will be now."
We hope that our readers outside of U.S. borders keep in mind the
*legal* loopholes in CIA strategy.
NOTE: Boston Globe July 18, 1996, p. A18.
* * *
MUMIA ACTIVISTS RALLY ON YOU LIE FOURTH
by a comrade
PHILADELPHIA, PA--July 4, hundreds of people rallied in defense of
Mumia Abu Jamal continuing the campaign to push for a new trial
and his ultimate release. Mumia was sentenced to death for
supposedly killing a Philly cop.
MOVE member Ramona Africa spoke at the rally. She recently won a
lawsuit against the city for its bombing of the MOVE house in
1985--which killed 11 people and destroyed 61 homes. Others on the
podium included South African revolutionary poet Dennis Brutus,
representatives of the Black Panther Collective, and other
progressive organizations like the Christian peace activists from
the Bruderhof Church.
As has become common at Mumia events, the majority of the crowd
were political activists of many affiliations. At times it
appeared that more people were distributing literature than were
collectingor buying it. However, many participants bought MIM
Notes and struggled with comrades over such issues as the labor
aristocracy and MIM's differences with other self-identified
communists or socialists.
For example, one person who bought the paper struggled at length
over MIM's line on the white working class. This person argued
that MIM should not attack the white working class since it is not
the "main enemy" in the fight against imperialism. Instead s/he
advocated MIM using education to make the white working class
understand that imperialism hurts it as well. MIM countered that
the white working class stands to lose economically by the
destruction of imperialism. We do not expect them to oppose
imperialism as a class, although individuals may come over to the
side of the people.
Another participant objected to MIM's use of "pig" to describe
cops, and "United Snakes" as a term of disrespect for the
oppressor nation's state. This person said such language unfairly
tainted the reputations of these animals, who are already
oppressed enough. MIM replied that we do not wish any harm to
these animals, and only use those terms because their symbolism is
easily understood by the masses. Ultimately we hope that using the
names of animals in a negative way will become obsolete.
There were also representatives of the "MPP-USA" (Popular Movement
of Peru, USA) present at the rally. MIM has extensively exposed
the leadership of this organization for conducting police plots
among the international movement in support of the People's War in
Peru. At the rally, "MPP-USA" members distributed pamphlet a
called "Counter- Attack And Defeat All Reactionary Lies!"
attacking MIM as "A Zinoviev Sect of Suspect Origin." This
pamphlet contains many lies and distortions about MIM, including
assertions that MIM does not support the people's war in Peru,
that MIM supports the bogus "peace talks" proposal put forward by
the Peruvian state, that MIM is "a likely creature of the Yankee
intelligence services," that MIM "openly attacks Lenin, Stalin,
Mao and President Gonzalo," and so on.
All of these are baseless charges launched to blow smoke over
MIM's extensive documentation of "MPP- USA" fraud. MIM is
committed to exposing the dangerous lies and manipulations of this
organization, which we have done most extensively in the June 1996
issue of Maoist Sojourner (which MIM distributed at the rally as
well). Contact MIM for a copy of this and other important
publications related to current Peru-movement struggles
(subscriptions to Maoist Sojourner are $12 per year).
The movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal is important because it
exposes the nature of the reactionary Amerikan regime and its
bloodthirsty "anti-crime" supporters. Many people who learn about
the corruption of justice in this case may have cause to consider
the system as a whole. So MIM hopes the movement will continue to
try reach beyond the already-committed activists who dominate the
rallies, and we publish these articles toward that end.
* * *
DON'T VOTE, ORGANIZE
by a RAIL comrade
AMHERST, MA--On June 29th, MIM and RAIL led a rally to raise
public awareness about the fruitlessness of voting in this
"democratic" kkkountry and to bolster the struggle for
revolutionary change. The glorified tradition of Amerikan voting
consists of choosing between pig tweedle-dum and pig tweedle- dee.
Both options result in more oppressive laws imprisoning the masses
in the imperialists hands.
Do womyn have a choice in being born into a patriarchal society?
Do Latino youth have the same choices that white youth have? Do
one in three Black men choose to be harassed, beaten, arrested and
denied a just trial?(1) The answers are no. The current system
thrives from national, class and gender oppression. From Bill
Clinton's economic, military, and political control of Third World
peoples to Bill Weld's proliferation of control units, it boils
down to the same unjust
imprisonment in a system working for one slave master.
When this truth was brought to people in the town center, the
general reply was "I'm not interested." Living in a utopian
microcosm of academia, it's easy to ignore the truth. All the
bourgeois propaganda about making a difference and "rocking the
vote" succeeds to keep many people content. This apathy materially
benefits the white nation because toppling systemic oppression
means that the wealthy and the bought off will be cut off from
their pirated loot.
One person brought up the Green Party, led by Mr. Liberal himself,
Ralph Nader. Nader merely plans to use this system for his own
advantage. He's attempting to replace one man for another through
elections in a system that exists because of international
domination. The corrupt system would stay intact. National
oppression, patriarchy and class oppression would not be crushed
and massive global oppression would continue.
One student passed by the rally but wasn't interested in our
literature. He was interested in taking photographs of the
activists. When asked to stop, he got very defensive. MIM has no
idea if this person is a cop or if the photos were taken to be
given to the pigs. At a minimum, however, this is cop behavior.
An idealist we spoke with argued that the ending oppression can't
be done through a movement. This person advocated, and supposedly
practiced, speaking to people individually to change their views.
It is not possible to end systematic oppression of groups over
groups individually. We must organize a movement led by the
proletariat to smash the imperialists, who have big guns.
The idealist's rationale was that the oppressive forces--mainly
cops and the state--will do everything in their power (including
violence) to stop the truth from spreading. We agree that the
oppressor will use violent measures to stop the spread of
opposition. But that has not stopped successful struggles in the
past. We disagree that state repression means that the masses
should passively give up just struggles.
We also don't underemphasize the capacity of the state to squash
revolutionaries--we get that one from history. That is why MIM and
RAIL take security issues seriously. But building an underground
revolutionary movement does not inhibit us from working and
struggling with the masses. Mass work is essential to raise public
opinion for revolution, which means educating to organize. Mass
work also enables revolutionaries to learn from the masses through
The person ultimately said we were young and would realize some
day that violence cannot end violence. In response to that is a
quote from Mao: "You have to take up the gun in order to put down
the gun." The imperialists will continue to fight and kill to
protect their material interests. Their power cannot be wished
away, nor abolished through the missionary-style of "spreading the
word." To build a society where the gun is no longer needed, the
oppressed must seize control. This is a dialectical materialist
approach to resolve the contradiction between the imperialists and
oppressed nations. The only successful revolutions have occurred
through armed struggle led by communists. That is the only way for
the oppressed to gain control of their economies, and political
and cultural structures.
RAIL and MIM do not have a tidy little alternative to the
bourgeoisie's vote, because revolutionary change does not come
easily. If you want change that is in the interest of all people,
don't vote, organize against imperialism with revolutionary
Sentencing project via associated press in Massachusetts Daily
Collegian 10/5/95, p.2. More information on conditions in
Amerika's gulags can be found in RAIL's prison pamphlet, available
from the address on page 2 for $1.
* * *
UNDER LOCK AND KEY: NEWS FROM PRISONERS AND PRISONS
POLITICIAN USES PRISONERS TO PRINT HIS CAMPAIGN LITERATURE
I'm sending you a copy of the McCollum Report [Campaign Newsletter
for Bill McCollum, U.S. Representative, Eighth District, Florida--
MIM]. But best of all, I've posted through the Federal Security
with evidence that Congressperson McCollum is violating the law by
using prison labor in our print plant, a UNICOR Federal Prison
Institute, to print newsletters for his political campaign.
Friends, I am for the cause.
I cannot risk mailing this to the press myself. Enclosed is a mail
tag. The political campaign mails tags and prints transmittal
forms showing the cost of the slave labor where federal inmates
are printing for his political campaign. He is against Habeas
Corpus and wants the death sentences carried out.
Please see that you print this and mail copies to CBS, NBC, or any
newspaper which will print this. Federal prisons are working for
the Congressman's political gain. This is the type of evidence the
press is crying for. I could trust no one else to get the news out
to the public. This information is high on the list of our
struggle. These documents must get into the hands of the press.
--a Virginia prisoner, Apr. 16, 1996
LATINOS PERSECUTED IN NEW YORK
I come to you my comrades as it is my custom and duty....I am a
member of the Almighty Latin King Queen Nation and a constant
warrior of the Third World Oppressed People....I enjoy reading
your material for as a Latin King I am faced by a frivolous
administration whose capitalism has raged war upon all Latin
people in the system.
I am presently at Southport Correctional Facility, which is a box
for all inmates who are being punished for not adhering to prison
rules and or regulations. Seems that they have waged war on all
Latins doing time. They know the Latin Kings speak against all
injustices so they have made a rule called 105.12 (Unauthorized
organizations not recognized by the administration).
The have used this rule to place Latinos in solitary confinement.
Actually if one [pig] is in the yard and it so happens that four
or more Latinos are in a group, right away [the
prisoncrats] write you up for unauthorized organization.
It is incredible how we as a Latino people have been attacked and
oppressed in society and now we are feeling it even more in this
system of injustice....
--a New York prisoner, June 10, 1996
A SOLE BLACK PRISONER FACES PIG ABUSES IN INDIANA
I'm held in captivity in a very small rural county jail in
Petersbury, Indiana. What I've picked up from other inmates here
is that I'm the first Black person in this jail. There are no
other Black inmates in here with me. All this makes sense to me
because I've been through some of the meanest, cruelest, inhuman
treatments a man can be put through. Before I explain what
happened keep in mind my alleged crimes are against a white woman.
On January 2, 1996, the third day after my arrival, the trouble
started. When I came here I was put on 24 hour a day lock down
because they thought I was dangerous to other inmates. Well I was
sleeping on the floor and the jailer at the time told me to put my
mattress back on my bunk. Of course I said no, because there's no
rule against sleeping on the floor. He was just picking me out for
So he told me that they were going to come take it. So I said
fine. Remember I was on 24 hour a day lockdown. Well, an hour
later, the Sheriff and ten white cops were standing outside my
cell door. (I said nothing to these devils.) The sheriff asked me
if I wanted to get maced. Of course I said no. Then he ordered me
to lay face down and they shackled me and dragged me at least 100
feet like I was a piece of shit. Remember I said nothing to these
I ended up in front of the rubber room laying face down. The
Sheriff left and returned with a pair of scissors to cut my
jumpsuit off. While he was doing this he said, "If you move I will
cut you!" So there I was lying naked in the rubber room, cold as
ice, humiliated and not knowing what to expect next, because,
shit, all I did was refuse to put my mattress on my bunk.
While I laid there, I heard all the staff laughing and
congratulating the sheriff. I look at it this way: he did this
because I'm Black, big and he was scared of me (Blacks)! But I
will get the last laugh. I am currently trying to file charges and
lawsuits and I told it to his face. Prison will not break this
African. Black Fist and Afro-Picks! Peace.
--an Indiana prisoner, June 11, 1996
FIRST NATION PRISONER PUNISHED FOR SUING RACIST GUARD
Enclosed is a racially discriminatory document that was given to
me on December 21, 1995, by one of Alaska's finest, a DOC prison
guard. [The document was a racist "joke" that depicts people of
the First Nations in a demeaning manner. --MIM]
I am an American Indian (Chippewa-Cree). I am an enrolled tribal
member of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation, POW Camp.
After the guard gave me this document, he stood and laughed at me.
He thought it was a very funny act. After I filed a grievance
against him, and my attorney contacted the governor's office and
the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Corrections, I was
hauled in front of a surprise treatment team where I was put on
trial for filing a grievance against the officer who gave me the
document. I was removed from the general population and then
transferred to a mental health unit for four days until my
attorney succeeded in getting me out of the mental health unit.
I did not provoke the officer to give me a racially discriminatory
document. He did so of his own free will. Instead of punishing the
guard, the DOC turned the issue on me and made me out to be the
bad guy. The only thing that happened to the guard is a written
reprimand put in his file that will disappear after six months if
he has no further incidents. I, on the other hand, was removed
form the general population, was sent to a mental health unit ,
was transferred twice, lost two boxes of legal work, and was made
out to be the malcontent.
The words in this document give clear and convincing evidence just
what the Alaska DOC thinks of Native prisoners it has locked up
within its walls. In any other instance I would not request the
document to be printed, but due to the way this issue was handled
I think it is appropriate that it be printed so others can see how
repulsive and discriminatory this piece of prose really is to
Native American culture. [MIM trusts that our readers have seen or
heard racist jokes before, and will be able to get the idea here
without us having to use valuable space to spread the filth
ourselves. --MIM] I have suffered many forms of discrimination
while serving my sentence over the past four years, but this is
the first time I have clear and convincing evidence that racial
discrimination does indeed exist in Alaska's prisons. I think the
readers of MIM, and especially Native American people, have a
right to see what in hell is going on up here. I hope that after
reading the document, awareness is increased and that people will
become enraged enough to voice their opinions that what happened
up here is not okay and that it will not be taken lightly. This is
just one more act of oppression against American Indian culture by
the fascist pigs who try to control us.
I have filed a lawsuit in federal court regarding this issue; I am
requesting letters of support that I can show to a jury so that
they know that this issue is an outrage and that society will not
stand for it. I will answer anyone who writes to me.
In Total Resistance,
--a Chippewa-Cree prisoner in Alaska, June 10, 1996
Letters of support can be sent to MIM Notes, PO BOX 29670, Los
Angeles, CA 90029-0670 and will be forwarded to the above
Chippewa-Cree prisoner in Alaska.
ARIZONA PRISONER STRUGGLES TO RECEIVE MIM NOTES
To My Comrades,
I would like to express my gratitude to your organization for
continuing my subscription to your publication. I don't know if
you remember, but the institution I am incarcerated in previously
contrabanded your publication and scrutinized all my mail
afterward. I grieved this issue, preparing to litigate in the
Arizona U.S. District Court. I had to grieve the issue to the
central office of the Arizona DOC because the grievance
coordinator and deputy warden negated my resolution to the
Apparently, central office has rescinded this institution's
decision because for the last two months, I have been receiving
MIM Notes as if nothing happened. Central office has not responded
to my grievance appeal but I await their response. I may submit a
complaint anyway because of the retaliatory tactics I have been
subjected to throughout the grievance process. I was a legal clerk
and legal assistant employed by this institution as a law clerk. I
was suspended as a law clerk and had to fight to retain my status
as a legal assistant, a non-paying position. They know I help a
lot of people with their legal matters and persevere....
In every state I went to during my incarceration, the incarcerated
thought their oppression was unique to that state. It is not so.
Incarceration is incarceration. I do admit some prisons are
rougher than others, but there is over-zealously implemented
oppression in just about every prison. Especially since there is a
fervor prevailing the notion to get tough on prisoners. The mass
media and politicians would have the public believe we are living
lavishly, but the average convict can tell you otherwise.
Which brings me to my next point. The people out there need to get
involved in true and just prison reform. To deprive a prisoner of
everything is not in the best interest of the public. Yes, it does
increase the recidivism rate because there are people who allow
this deprivation and oppression to elicit bitterness in them and
their reactions. Plus to release a person from prison with no
further education, vocation, money, or hope is to increase that
person's chances of returning. Only with these "two or three
strikes, you're out" policies that are sweeping the nation a lot
of perpetrators will be leaving no witnesses to decrease their
chances of being caught....
--An Arizona prisoner, Apr. 29, 1996.
PRISONERS FIGHT PIGS' DIVIDE AND CONQUER TECHNIQUES
Dear MIM comrades,
Greetings in Revolution. First I would like to express my
appreciation for the MIM Notes and Maoist Sojourners I have
recently received. In such an environment that breeds defeatism in
our mentalities it is uplifting to hear ideas that give hope of a
better condition. They have proved invaluable to me and my
comrades here in understanding how to struggle within the confines
of these prison walls.
But we have suffered setbacks here recently. Two of our comrades
have been locked up and have had their custody statuses changed.
One in blatant measures of retaliation for his litigation against
officers' brutality against prisoners. He was one of our leaders
and most well-informed brothers, so that has hurt our educational
resource very seriously.
Our other comrade was railroaded in a Kangaroo Court for a
fabricated assault on an officer case. He was the instructor of
our martial arts and Self- Defense class, which has been attacked
and interrupted on several occasions. We were meeting on a
"passive" rec. yard every night for hours and the administration
began passing policies to cut off our access to them. Now only
three or four of us are allowed at a time. Christians can go and
have 20 to 30 people.
We are now attempting to gain our leader's release from Ad-Seg
(Administrative Segregation) and our other comrade has appealed
the decision of his disciplinary case. He has witnesses in his
favor, but these pigs seem not to care.
I have a question. What is MIM's position on the struggle to
overthrow and gain control of an institution such as this? Marx
made a statement once that "Basing a revolution on prison reform
is like basing a slave revolt on better food for the slaves." I
hope to hear from you soon. Any advice you may have will be
Sincerely in solidarity,
--a Texas prisoner, June 11, 1996
MIM REPLIES: The answer to your question has three parts.
First, on strategy here and now, we oppose armed struggle in the
imperialist countries until such time as the bourgeoisie is really
helpless. We advocate the scientific approach of fighting winnable
battles one at a time, as opposed to the idealistic, moralistic
approach of fighting all battles at once without concern for
whether they are winnable. On the other hand, prisoners face a
special dilemma: You can get killed for a nonviolent prison
takeover as was the case in the Attica prison rebellion, but you
also can't go on increasingly repressed by fascism forever. The
Attica rebellion was repressed and the place is still a hell-hole,
but that losing struggle did have an incredible impact. Prison
conditions and the situation of genocide are difficult to work
into a strategy of winning battles.
Second, in the medium term, we support the revolutionizing of
prisons as part of the construction of new democracy and
socialism. We see China 1949-1976 as a model in this regard. We do
not advocate the immediate abolition of prisons, but we do
advocate an immediate end to prison's use as a tool of national
("racial"), class and genderoppression.
Third, in the long run, we advocate the abolition of prisons as
part of the construction of communism, a stateless, classless
society free of oppression.
ARIZONA MEAT PATTIES--FOR TEST PURPOSES ONLY
Please keep MIM Notes coming. If there was any doubt before, I now
realize I'm in the same boat as many of the people who write in to
UL&K. Recently, I was shown a sticker that came from a box of meat
patties that are fed to us regularly. Among other things, the
sticker said, "Not For Sale--For Test Purposes Only". One of the
ingredients listed as being in the meat is Silicon Dioxide.
Another con showed a copy of this same sticker to one of the
prison staff. The staff member immediately went to check on the
rest of the boxes of meat. When he returned, he demanded to have
the sticker returned to him. Said sticker was hidden and secured
before it could be returned to the staff member. The excuse the
staff member gave the con for the sticker was that the meat was a
"promotional gift," yet he still demanded to have the sticker
Since the sticker was found, people on the outside have been
notified, including loved ones and lawyers. Many of these people
are looking into what type of test this meat is intended for. (The
lot number was also on the sticker).
I can only imagine what the long-term effects would be had we not
found the sticker. And since there was no USDA stamp on the
packages, I can only assume these products were not originally
intended for human consumption. This is worse that the radiation
tests done on cons at Oregon State Pen. in the early seventies. At
least those cons were paid, semi-informed volunteers. What's next,
military ammunition testing? I wasn't sentenced to do ten years as
a lab rat.
I suggest that any con reading this look into what your jailers
are feeding you. Especially anyone in one of the new corporate
prisons like Corruptions Corp. of Amerika. That's not to say that
any state's Department of Corruptions won't be involved in immoral
--an Arizona prisoner, June 14, 1996
PIGS' TACTICS OF OPPRESSION
...The Department is forcing inmates to get rid of their
typewriters by 1/1/97. Their justification for this measure is
that the typewriters pose a "security risk". Several months ago an
inmate on Death Row was allegedly storing a gun within his
--a Virginia prisoner, May 29, 1996
...The pigs are trying to ride down on us here. They have
dramatically reduced activities and educational opportunities.
Harassment of vocal revolutionary cadre here continues. The
favorite method is to plant a contraband item in your cell during
a "routine search". The pigs are also trying to deny access to
legal material by scheduling bogus doctor's appointments, etc.,
instead of your rightful library time....
--a Texas prisoner, June 4, 1996
...Last month two inmates from my pod were shot with rubber
bullets and maced because they refused to lock up. Both required a
trip to the hospital. Prison claims the inmates were drunk. Isn't
it nice that in the most secure area of the prison, inmates can
still make their own booze? All the top staff do weekly checks of
our cells and guards do a daily count....
--a South Dakota Prisoner, June 10, 1996.
ORGANIZATIONS WHICH OFFER LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO PRISONERS
NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND 99 Hudson Street, 16th
floor, New York, NY 10013, Tel: (212) 219-1900
Limited number of Habeas cases for death-row inmates
HISPANIC AIDS COMMITTEE FOR EDUCATION AND RESOURCES 1017 N. Main,
Suite 208, San Antonio, TX 78212, Tel:(512) 227-2204
SOUTHERN CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
83 Poplar Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303-2122, Tel:(404) 688-1202
Civil rights actions affecting prison conditions in the South,
representation of people facing death penalty
LEGAL SERVICES FOR PRISONERS WITH CHILDREN 1535 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103, Tel: (415) 255-7036 Legal assistance to
incarcerated parents, their children, families, etc. Does not have
resources to represent individuals, but responds to hundreds of
inquiries per month
CHICAGO LEGAL AID TO INCARCERATED MOTHERS 205 W. Randolph Street,
Suite 830, Chicago, IL 60606, Tel: (312) 332-5537
LAW OFFICES OF ALAN ELLIS, P.C.
265 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941, Tel: (415) 383-3862
PRISONERS' RIGHTS PROJECT OF THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY 15 Park Row,
23rd Floor, New York, NY 10038, Tel: (212) 577-3530
POST-CONVICTION REPRESENTATION OF FEDERAL DEFENDANTS.
Jackson, MI 49201 Tel: (517) 788-7560
PRISONS ARE NOT DESIGNED TO REHABILITATE
I am currently a prisoner in the Michigan Department of
Corrections (Chippewa KTF). I have become a true believer that
these prisons are not designed to rehabilitate inmates. The
prisons here in Michigan promote hostile atmospheres for the
inmates to reside in, by stacking inmates--full grown men--on top
of each other. For example, here at KTF, 120 men are housed in a
pole barn, which is designed to hold only 60 inmates.
These facilities offer hardly anything positive for the inmates to
involve themselves with. Then, when an inmate joins an
organization to give himself something positive to occupy his time
with, he gets harassed and accused of belonging to a gang! The
institution does not allow these organizations to participate in
any positive activities. All proposals submitted are being denied.
It seems like the DOC is no longer interested in whether an inmate
receives rehabilitation, or in the education he/she needs to
become a productive member of society upon his/her release.
Instead, Governor Engler stopped inmates from receiving financial
aid to further their education. An inmate is only allowed the
luxury of obtaining his GED in this facility...and we all know
that is only the beginning of the road to success concerning
They are constantly passing new policies which are making it more
and more difficult for inmates to communicate with the outside
world, which is a vital part of rehabilitation. They have
restricted our telephone calls by giving us only ten phone numbers
to call. These numbers can only be changed every six months. These
phone calls are being recorded and monitored. The have done the
same thing with our visits. They have made us send our loved ones
visitor applications which invade their personal lives with
questions that are not applicable, but which are nonetheless
required to answer if they wish to visit.
These prisons in Michigan are nothing more than an economy-saver.
We prisoners in Michigan are steadily working for slave wages. We
are also being subject to all kinds of diseases by being forced to
live in such crowded quarters. Then, when an inmate requests
health services, he usually does not get the attention he needs
until he has naturally recovered! If an inmate does not have
financial support from the outside world, he is a lost cause!
These people know this. That is why they are making it so hard for
a person to have contact with the outside world.
--a Michigan prisoner, Mar. 11, 1996
***WHAT NON-PRISONERS CAN DO TO SUPPORT
*1. Struggle with, work with, finance and join MIM. The best way
to support prisoners is to overthrow the system under which
capitalists profit from the exploitation of prisoners. History
shows that the best way to do this is to build a Marxist-Leninist-
Maoist party. The oppressors will not give up their power without
*2. Finance MIM's prison work. Our biggest bill each month is
postage. Most of the prison comrades who read MIM Notes have no
way of paying for it. So if you have money, send what you can
afford. Every cent helps, and stamps are as good as cash to us.
*3. Distribute MIM Notes and Notas Rojas. Bring the voices of
prisoners and their supporters to as large and wide an audience of
people as possible. Contact MIM for bulk rates and distribution
tips. *4. Start or join a prison support group. MIM can provide
advice and resources to help you build public opinion for
prisoners and their struggles. *5. Fight censorship, beatings,
torture and other fascist outrages. Under Lock and Key often
features the addresses of prisoners' friends and enemies. Work
with the friends and let the enemies know you're watching. (Don't
expect to win the fascists to the side of humanity, however. See
#1 in this list).
*6. Stay in touch. Keep us informed of pro-prisoner work you do.
Our readers might find it educational or inspirational.
***WHAT PRISONERS CAN DO TO BUILD MIM***
*1. Start a study group. This is the best way to share materials
and ideas. In groups, prisoners can better benefit from the
limited resources MIM has. *2. Get MIM Notes and MIM Theory into
your library. This allows one copy of the paper to be seen by many
*3. Contact people on the outside. MIM needs comrades and allies
everywhere. Maybe you know people on the outside who want to
subscribe to MIM Notes or distribute it.
*4. Share materials. If MIM sends books or periodicals, please
make sure that as many people as possible get a chance to read
*5. Write MIM at least every three months. Otherwise, you will be
dropped from our mailing list. There are many cases where your
keepers throw out MIM Notes, so we need to know that you actually
get it. Also, comrades are moved around a lot, especially those
who are known to be political. Please let us know of any address
changes as soon as you know them.
*6. Make MIM Distributors an official distributor. Many prisons
require registration before MIM can send books or other materials.
Usually we can comply with these bogus rules. It helps immensely
to have someone there do the reasearch and send us the proper
*7. Send money or stamps. Our biggest bill each month is postage.
Most of the prison comrades who read MIM Notes have no way of
paying for it. So if you have money, send what you can afford.
Every cent helps, and stamps are as good as cash to us. Please
make all checks payable to "MIM
*8. Write for MIM Notes or Notas Rojas. Prisoners write almost all
of Under Lock & Key. We don't care if you know how to spell or
write good English or Spanish. Write on any topic you like, it
does not have to be a prison story.
*9. Translate. If you can read and write English and another
language fluently, let us know. Any translation work you do will
help us make Maoist ideas accessible to more people.
*10. Fight censorship. When you know of censorship of books or
newspapers, investigate. Write to MIM to confirm what has
happened, then see what you can do about it.
*11. Keep in touch after your release. Many comrades stop doing
political work after their release. Write to MIM as soon as you
know where you'll be so we can hook you up with comrades on the
* * *
FIGHTING AMERIKAN ABUSES IN PUERTO RICO ON-LINE: WORLD WIDE WEB
Committee For The Defense of Pedro Albizu-Campos (CODEPAC)
by a RAIL and a MIM comrade
Dr. Pedro Albizu-Campos, the revolutionary nationalist leader for
Puerto Rican independence-- and the radiation experiments which
were conducted on him in retaliation for his political practice--
are the subject of a World Wide Web homepage operated by Committee
For The Defense of Pedro Albizu-Campos (CODEPAC). The homepage
opens with the statement "This page is open to accuse the U.S.
Government in the death of Dr. Pedro Albizu- Campos." CODEPAC
urges its readers to spread the word about radiation
experimentation in Puerto Rico and to write letters to
Congresspeople urging them to support the independence of Puerto
Rico, and an investigation into the death of Albizu-Campos.
Pedro Albizu-Campos was a revolutionary leader who was convicted
by the United Snakes of "seditious conspiracy" in 1936 for his
work with the anti- colonial Nationalist Party. He spent seven
years in a Federal prison for this "crime" of fighting for self-
determination, and the rest of his life fighting U.S. imperialism
and being viciously repressed by the United Snakes government. He
was arrested and imprisoned again in 1950, after the Nationalist
insurrection in Puerto Rico, and the attack by two Nationalists on
Washington D.C.'s Blair House, where Amerikan president Truman was
temporarily living. Dr. Albizu-Campos was tortured with radiation
poisoning in prison, and he was also the first to confront the
U.S. government on the radiation experimentation it conducted in
Puerto Rico between 1951 and 1953. CODEPAC is seeking more
information about and organizing support for an investigation into
these experiments which killed Albizu-Campos.
The homepage contains many photos showing the tissue damage and
debilitated physical state from which he suffered as a result of
the experiments. As a result of the release of classified
documents by the Office of Human Radiation Experiments of the U.S.
Department of Energy, many original documents, including FBI
memos, which expose Amerikan government involvement are available
for viewing or downloading. It should come as little surprise that
the United Snakes has used Puerto Rican citizens as guinea pigs in
radiation experiments and tortured imprisoned revolutionaries.
Ever since Amerika violated the sovereignty of Puerto Rico and
made it a colony, Puerto Ricans have fought many forms of forced
medical testing including forced birth control experiments.
Amerika also further impoverished Puerto Rico by forcing a change
to sugar as the main export crop in the first decades of this
Imperialist policies sucked off the island's resources and
fostered a revolutionary nationalist movement which Amerika had to
repeatedly crush with money and bombs. In addition to buying off
politicians and installing puppet leaders, Amerika bombed the town
of Jayuya in 1950, arrested thousands of nationalists, and built
up a self- serving economy in order to silence the cries of revolt
from Puerto Ricans.
CODEPAC is continuing the righteous tradition of Puerto Rican
resistance to U.S. imperialism. It is, however, unfortunate that
the organization does not see the futility of their tactics, even
though it states that "U.S. policy has always been against the
independence of Puerto Rico." No amount of letter writing or
protesting to the Amerikan government will change the nature of
imperialism, and Amerika will not give up imperialism without a
fight. Token apologies, if won, will not prevent Amerika from
torturing again, or crushing other leaders like Albizu-Campos who
will fight for national self-determination.
CODEPAC should study the contributions of the Young Lords Party
(YLP) to the liberation movement. During the 1970s, YLP, a
revolutionary party modeled after the Black Panther Party, was the
vanguard for Puerto Rican revolutionary
nationalism. The Young Lords organized to improve the quality of
life for Puerto Ricans living in Amerikan slums, to fight for the
independence of Puerto Rico, and for the establishment of a
socialist society. The book Palante explains the history of the
Young Lords Party and its struggle for Puerto Rican power. YLP
didn't rely on Amerika to help Puerto Ricans, but built its own
support systems and made alliances with other organizations with
shared goals. CODEPAC should not waste its time on reforming
imperialism; instead it should work on building independent power
of the oppressed.
Notes: J. Sakai, *Settlers: The Mythology of the White
Proletariat.* Morningstar Press, 1989; Ronald Fernandez,
*Prisoners of Colonialism: The Struggle for Justice in Puerto
Rico.* Common Courage Press: Monroe, Maine 1994.
* * *
MIM PACKAGED INTO "ACTIVIST WEB-STARTER'S KIT"
Just writing to tell you about your inclusion in "The Activist's
(http://www2.portal.ca/~comprev/webkit.html), and to give you a
bit of information about it.
As you may (or may not) know, the Vancouver Progressive Homepages
have been actively promoting progressive causes, organizations,
business and individuals on the internet. The VPH Progressive
Clearinghouse is one of the best progressive resources on the net,
offering hundreds (soon thousands) of links to various progressive
causes, including your own. We have taken this invaluable resource
and converted it into a downloadable database that can be plugged
into popular web- browsers, The Activist's Web-Starters Kit, thus
giving individuals immediate access to the best resources on the
The Activist's Web-Starters Kit will be updated monthly with any
new additions to the VPH Progressive Clearinghouse
We are pleased to include your site in this resource, and hope
that it raises awareness about your site and what you're doing.
MIM RESPONDS: MIM is glad to be included on this list of
"progressive" Internet sites. The creators of the site, in a
little blurb about MIM, point out that we support the Cultural
Revolution in China (1966-1976), and note that Sartre belonged to
a Maoist group.
This site is part of a group of efforts by people who specialize
in providing links to other "progressive" groups within a very
broad conception of that term. Such efforts are useful in the
sense that they help people get to certain information or groups
quickly or find groups they didn't know about. MIM, for example,
is listed in the category of "left-socialist" as well as in the
category of prisons activism. We certainly would like to be found
by people interested in either of these categories.
On the other hand, there are a lot of judgments made in such a
project that have political implications with which we don't
agree. For example, MIM is not listed under "feminist-women's"
issues, while the reactionary National Organization for Women, and
the social-democratic/Trotskyist Solidarity, do appear there.
Likewise, under "anti- racist" activism, innocent browsers may
stumble upon the Anti-Defamation League, a right-wing, pro- state
repression organization that covers itself in a cloak of
"tolerance" and "diversity," but will not find MIM.
On the flip side, most people who make lists of "progressive"
efforts are much more anticommunist than the creators of the
Activist Web-Starter's Kit, so even if we would have done it
differently ourselves, we acknowledge the positive contribution
* * *
CAPITALIST PRODUCTION CHOKES INTERNET POTENTIAL
Electronic Frontier Foundation Chairperson, Internet publisher and
investment capitalist Esther Dyson recently spoke to the New York
Times Magazine about intellectual property and the future of the
Internet. Her argument, that the World Wide Web will increasingly
be a place for people to freely distribute and advertise content
that they will have to sell in other formats, typifies the short-
sightedness of capitalist production. Social resources that can
and should be easily distributed online are held captive by the
production relations of capitalism and the necessity of making a
profit. The current bourgeois obsession with preserving copyright
on the Internet (which Dyson calls a "moral" issue) serves as
another reminder of the forces of creativity and progress that
socialism and communism will inevitably unleash.
Note: The New York Times Magazine July 7, 1996. pp. 16-19.
* * *
ON PERU AND THE RIM
With the participation of some of the RCP-USA influenced
organizations in the RIM, *A World to Win* published a magazine on
Peru. It has already proved to be the work of the center-right in
our movement--those like Hua Guofeng waving the red flag to
conciliate with counterrevolution. Although the document is marked
as published in 1995, MIM only just received it in recent months
Italicized in the document is a statement summing up the centrist
approach to waving the red flag. "In the actual circumstances and
given the relation of class forces at this stage in Peru, there
is, from the standpoint of the proletariat, no need for and no
correct basis for negotiations leading to the end of the People's
War. There is no basis--in terms of the freedom and the necessity
of the revolutionary camp on the one hand and the reactionary camp
on the other--for achieving a peace accord that would not
represent abandoning the revolutionary road and compromising away
the fundamental interests of the people. Under these
circumstances, the only kind of peace accord which would be
accepted by the Fujimori regime--and more generally by the ruling
classes in Peru and their imperialist masters--is an agreement to
end the war on a basis that could not benefit but would harm the
revolutionary process in Peru. Therefore, a proposal for peace
accords to end the war could only lead to opportunism and must be
On the same page that it refers to itself as the "emerging
political centre of the international communist movement," the RIM
says, "those who have been confused by the right opportunist line
or stumbled off the revolutionary path should repudiate this line,
oppose and counter the damage being caused by this line and its
adherents, and retake the revolutionary road."(p. 17) Therein lies
the essence of the problem of the *A World to Win* stand. We take
the stand that of course there is atwo-line struggle at all times
in the party, but in the instances that the RCP-USA is pointing to
in this document, what we see is not right opportunism but
counterrevolution. Furthermore, those conciliating with these
counterrevolutionary forces while maintaining the appearance of a
different line also lose their credibility as Maoists. Unlike the
RIM, we do not suggest to the PCP-CC to conciliate with these
counter-revolutionaries and police to the extent of keeping them
in the party. We find it unlikely that the PCP could have kept
such people in the party and maintained its progress with the
armed struggle and it also seems likely to MIM that whatever
discussions were about the "peace accords" were done years ago, at
least in relation to this type of most fundamental question in
which a party such as the PCP would have achieved unity very
The statement "it was important that the masses, and especially
some of the middle strata, realize that Mao had gone to great
efforts to reach a reasonable accord with Chiang" (p. 25) is
correct. Those who deny this aspect of the peace sentiments of the
masses are metaphysicians. However, it is a different question
when it comes to the party and what is permissible for a party
member to believe, and this is the crux of the problem with the
RIM line on the People's War in Peru.
MIM never saw one of the documents released on pages 64 and 65
before. In the "Outline for a Basic Document," we see a clear call
counterrevolution. "Ending the people's war represents neither
surrender nor abandoning the revolution, but rather continuing the
struggle under new conditions." In addition, the document
continues, "II. Basic Approach 1. Sign a peace agreement whose
application would lead to the ending of the war the country is
experiencing. 2. End the people's war begun 17 May 1980, in all
its four forms of guerrilla actions. Disband the People's
Guerrilla Army, destroying its arms and combat material; likewise,
dissolve the People's Committees and the revolutionary base areas
of the People's New Democratic Republic."
Going back as far as statements released in 1994, MIM said it
would never be permissible to advocate laying down arms. "Outline
for a Basic Document" does exactly that, but the RIM calls it
"written in the latter part of 1993 by leaders of the Right
Opportunist Line."(p. 64)
Whatever right opportunism there might be in the PCP pales in
comparison with this
counterrevolutionary document. Without MIM ruling on questions
unique to Peru or determining Peru's Guiding Thought, MIM can
clearly say that the universal aspects of Maoism in the oppressed,
semi- feudal countries include never laying down arms except for
partial and limited symbolic gestures, not as across-the-board
action or strategy. The conditions do not matter. There is nothing
about Maoism to integrate with the conditions on that question.
The document cannot be called Maoist, no matter what conditions in
Peru might be.
Hence, even though MIM does not know the conditions or pretend to
have a Guiding Thought for Peru, MIM knows that that document went
too far. Its signers can not be members of the PCP. The whole
affair of pretending otherwise is a montage of the police and its
RIM talks about "stumbling," but this goes further than that. This
kind of "stumbling" removes one from the party. Perhaps these
people can take up work in the new democratic forces. Others may
prove themselves in the people's army, but they cannot be
immediately trusted. A well-publicized example of this is in the
Philippines with the case of General Jarque whose story is told in
Maoist Sojourner, May 1996. If someone clamors to join the
proletarian- led forces that is good, and we must let them, but in
the case of someone like Jarque with a history of bloodshed on his
hands, caution and step-by-step struggle is necessary.
Furthermore, those saying they want a "peace accord" and would
conciliate with the signers of "Outline for a Basic Document" to
the extent of keeping those signers in the party--such
conciliators should also be thrown out of the party. The core of
the party must be with those who recognize the "Outline for a
Basic Document" as counterrevolutionary. Abroad, this means the
line of Luis Arce Borja has been vindicated by the publication of
*A World to Win.*
On the INTERNET, those defending the RIM line have reminded MIM of
its own internal purge of the anarchist wind. They speak of "not
casting out" people, blather about going on the offensive through
outreach with everyone vaguely included in the Maoist forces and
emphasize how their approach is "practice." Those unwilling to
purge the party go against what Lenin taught on how purges
strengthen the party. This is to leave aside the whole issue of
police infiltrators, which is also connected up with a reluctance
to purge and a happy-go-lucky approach to unity.
Other defenders of the RIM are a case in point of how difficult it
is to break with the RCP-USA's revisionism without the MIM line on
the imperialist countries. Already some ex-RCP USA circles are
crawling back to the RCP-USA line as the struggle intensifies.
In light of these documents in *A World to Win,* and also other
press reports about RIM-sanctioned people attacking the PCP-CC as
"totalitarian," MIM sees that this struggle has gone beyond the
confines of what is acceptable within the universal principles of
Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. We do not seek to present a Guiding
Thought for Peru from here in the imperialist countries. We will
not march through Peru's conditions the way *A World to Win* did
as if we should form the Guiding Thought from here--though it is
certain that the blow to the leadership and the lack of inter-
imperialist war will make the People's War more protracted than
would otherwise be the case.
We recognize instead of trying to form the Guiding Thought, we
abroad should follow Luis Arce Borja in his approach. He has
warned against RIM centrism and conciliation with
counterrevolution and police plots. Meanwhile, he has rebuffed the
obviously non-Maoist attacks on the PCP including the recent
police plot activities of the New Flag aimed at MIM and Luis Arce
Borja himself, and Luis Arce Borja has earned MIM's trust in these
matters including detailed questions that MIM cannot know much
about. Meanwhile, the RIM belies its claim to be fighting the
"right opportunist line" by distributing leaflets against Luis
Arce Borja internationally. If one is conducting a struggle
against the "right opportunist line" for the peace accords, one
does not proceed against those like Luis Arce Borja who have
steadfastly opposed them. Such is the tell- tale sign of the
center-right: wave the red flag to attract adherents, but attack
the left and base oneself in the support from the right. In such a
way it is possible to confuse the left momentarily, strike down
its forces and achieve counter- revolution, whether subjectively
intended or not. This is the outcome we must now struggle to
*Adopted unanimously 1996 MIM Congress*
* * *
AMERIKA'S NOT PAYING ITS LEASE:
FIRST NATIONS SUE OVER $2.4 BILLION IN MISMANAGED FUNDS
On June 10, the Native American Right fund and the Blackfeet
Development fund filed the largest class action lawsuit ever
against the federal government. The groups are waging this legal
battle on behalf of the 300,000 account holders of Individual
Indian Money Accounts.(1) They demand that the federal government
account for $2.4 billion for which it lost or destroyed records.
They demand payment to those who have not received the promised
proceeds from land leased to the government for mineral and other
There is no doubt legally that this money belongs to the First
Nation people. Much of it was allocated to individuals and tribes
in the 1880s as compensation for land. For example, when stealing
the Black Hills of South Dakota and huge tracts of western land,
the government alleged that the First Nations were not using them
anyway. It promised to give a share of the extracted resources to
the First Nations who relocated.
Instead the government hoards the profits while First Nations
people suffer malnutrition and lack of basic services like health
and education. "The price for this government negligence and
malfeasance is being paid by individual Indians who are required
by [federal] law to maintain the federal government as their
bank." John Echohawk, one of the filers of the suit.
Linda M. Calbom, Director of Civil Audits for the General
Accounting Office(GOA), stated that a total of $2.4 billion for
32,901 transactions could not be traced and only 10 percent of the
leases selected for reconciliation could be verified.
In April 1994, the GOA ordered the Bureau of Indian Affairs(BIA)
and the Department of the Interior to find a resolution, but they
failed to do so. They did create an agency to oversee trust fund
management, however they did not fund it. "As a result, the BIA
does not know the total number of leases that it is responsible
for managing or whether it is collecting revenues from all active
leases," according to Calbom.(2) Based on the BIA's history of
fronting for imperialist interests, MIM expects no action from the
BIA that will provide reparations for the First Nations. This
deliberate bureaucratic staggering is another tactic to perpetuate
In response to this new suit, Congress has made a task force. But
when the GOA, BIA, and so many other acronyms have talked the talk
so much before, why should we believe this time they are walking
This suit appears to be on very strong legal ground. That is
unusual for claims by the oppressed since the oppressors make up
the laws. The tactic of suing is a good way to expose hypocrisy of
the government ignoring its own laws. The government may concede
these funds if it serves its interests of maintaining domination,.
but will never concede power.
1. Indian Country Today, June 18-25, 1996, p.p. 1- 2.
2. Congressional Press Releases, June 18, 1996.
* * *
MICMAC TRADER SUPPORTS PEOPLE'S WAR
ACADIA, MAINE--A militant businessperson of the Micmac nation
surrounded by Canada told MIM the victory of the People's War in
Peru "is inevitable" despite all the propaganda of the white man's
government against it.
"I'm for Mao, because he pretty much did for his people what our
people have to do against the Amerikan government, the Canadian
government, the white man's government."
"The united states with all their propaganda controlled news
twisted what he did, distorted it. I don't understand why they did
that. . . . In the end, I think it's all money."
Asked if he meant it all boils down to money, he said, "yes, right
money, like in Latin America where one country, seven families own
the whole damn country, and control the military."
According to this Micmac trader, "they say the labor is communist,
but that is wrong. We [indigenous peoples] are the communists."
MIM replied that Marx got his ideas about communism from
anthropological studies of indigenous peoples. There was nothing
in the modern white man's culture that Marx could adapt, so he
took the communist idea he called "primitive communism" and
attempted to fashion it for use in modern, industrial times.
According to the Micmac trader all his First Nation peoples are
communists, "but the government turns it into something evil; they
make it out like it is all repression, but Mao was a freedom-
Linking together Mao's fight, his own fight and the oppression of
Jews, he went on, "Hitler studied the Indians; looking at the
Indians, Hitler got the idea for concentration camps from the
reservations, because that's what it is, a concentration camp;
that's what they call it, but it's really a concentration camp."
He went on to say that the government sets up programs to make
people dependent on them. Then he explained how Hitler had the
Jews marked with numbers and he took out his identification card
from Canada and pointed to the bottom line to show MIM his number"
"The only difference is it's not on my wrist."
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SPRINGFIELD MA FIRES RACIST COP FOR ADMITTING HIS RACISM
On July 16, the Springfield Massachusetts Police Commission fired
a police officer "who admitted leaving a racially charged message
on the answering machine of Black minister Talbert Swan II." Ten
year veteran Officer Joseph Bradley was on duty when he made the
phone call with a fake black dialect and the name "Leroy
Washington" and "left two crude expletives on the minister's
machine" in reference to the rash of Black church burnings.
Bradley is not new to accidentally exposing white supremacy in the
Springfield Police. In 1994, after Officer Donald Brown was
cleared by the injustice system of any wrongdoing in the killing
of unarmed Black motorist Benjamin Schoolfield, Bradley helped
organize a party to congratulate Brown on a "job well done (keep
up the good work)". At the party Bradley presented Brown with a
ham--an old Southern custom to reward the killer of a Black
person. This party was the source of protests, and not a part of
this Police Commission hearing.
Reverend Swan said he wasn't pleased with the "quick and decisive
action" by the Police Commission. He was "skeptical that this is
... a political ploy to say 'Look how we can be tough on incidents
or crimes involving racism.'"
According to the NAACP and Swan, a few weeks ago the Springfield
police used excessive force on a "78-year-old Black woman--
spraying her with Mace and verbally abusing her."
According to Commission Chairperson Gerald A Phillips, "It was
pretty cut and dried.... He admitted making the call, and he was
on duty, which is totally unacceptable behavior." It appears that
the problem was that Bradley got caught and then admitted it,
making more bad public relations for the police. It's unclear from
Phillips' statement whether it is acceptable for Springfield pigs
to harass Blacks off duty.
Unlike other incidents of brutality by the Springfield police,
there is very little in the way of excuses that can be made by the
police to explain it away. But here the Police Commission's
message to the 500-member force is clear: Leave the Klan robes at
home, and allow your job description and the injustice system to
wage war on the internal colonies.
According to Philips, Bradley's action hurt the image the police
are trying to build. "Community policing" has gotten a big push
from the new police chief, Paula Meara, and actions like Bradley's
hurt that. Community policing is where the police walk beats and
try to get to know the community more closely. This allows for
more effective control on the part of the police. If the
Springfield police were looking for a motto, perhaps we could
suggest "Kinder, gentler, and really fucking deadly". Officers
like Bradley hurt community policing because it makes it harder
for the police to gain the "trust" of the communities occupied by
The Police Commission that fired Bradley has ordered "all
Springfield police officers to undergo race sensitivity training."
It's essential to the police department that its officers cease
with diversionary activities like ham-giving and prank calls and
get back to the business of "gang suppression" and other anti-
Black and Latino oppression.
WILL A WOMYN POLICE CHIEF HELP?
In January, Mayor Albano named Paula Meara police chief. Some
community leaders hoped that her history of battling sexism within
the police department might make her more "sensitive" to "issues
President of the Springfield NAACP, Mickey Harris has remarked
"Certainly she's talking the talk, but can she walk the walk?" As
if to answer, Swan told the Advocate that he wondered if the
police would have responded so quickly if an officer less
notorious than Bradley had made the call. So while Meara didn't
have a choice here, this wasn't a real test.
Harris also compared the Bradley phone call to the Rodney King
incident: common occurrences that brought outrage from the state
because luck had them recorded.
If any doubts remain about Meara's "tolerance", one need only to
look at what the Advocate reported about their conversation with
her about the elderly Black woman abused by the police:
"Meara declined to say much about the incident, other than that
the Internal Investigations Unit is looking to the charges of
impropriety. The woman, Meara added is still a defendant in a
criminal case." It doesn't take a defense attorney to understand
that to Meara, if you have been charged with a crime, being maced
and verbally abused is within the realm of acceptability.
Springfield Mayor Albano is "arranging for Springfield's religious
community to observe a day of reflection on racism." If Albano was
truly interested in reflection on racism (or more accurately,
national oppression) he should start by looking in a mirror.
Notes: All quotes from Boston Globe July 17, 1996; Valley Advocate
July 18, 1996, p. 8-9.
Other sources: MIM Notes 91, August 1994 p. 5; Springfield Union
News July 7, 9 and 11, 1994.
* * *
ACTIVISTS WIN BATTLE AGAINST UMASS CENSORSHIP
AMHERST, MA.--On July 17, student activists sympathetic to RAIL
have won a battle against censorship at the University of
Massachusetts. The July 15 issue of RAIL Notes reported that
students were banned from tabling at in the student-funded Campus
Center/Student Union complex--which is one of the few high traffic
areas in the summer--while large corporations like Baybank, Fleet
Bank and Peter Pan bus lines as well as the police department
where allowed to set up informational tables.
In just a few days, the activists gathered over 160 signatures
defending their right to distribute literature. As RAIL Notes
reported, the University wanted to keep the activists away from
the "impressionable" incoming students and their parents. The
activists took their petitions directly to the new students and
According to the student bureaucrat responsible for overseeing
tabling in the Campus Center/Student union, neither pressure from
the New Students program nor the petitions swayed her decision to
allow student organizations to set up tables. She says that she
just changed her mind.
Twice the activists were able to table with a minimum of
harassment in the last week. However, the activists have received
no written assurance that they can table freely, and it is unknown
whether the student bureaucrats' letter to administrators asking
them to stop the activists from tabling is still in circulation.
Finally, a meeting of the student-led Campus Center/Student Union
Commission to announce the new policy has twice been scheduled and
then moved or canceled, leaving the activists to wonder how solid
their "victory" actually is.
The most important lesson from this small struggle is the
necessity of not bowing down before the self-serving and self-
imposed reactionary regulations of bureaucrats. The student
bureaucrat had raised all kinds of objections to the activists
setting up tables or to changing her regulations, ranging from the
work it would take to oversee the activists, to the fact that she
didn't have authority to change her organization's policy.
It is an important Maoist principle that "There are no rights,
only power struggles." Not only did the activists earn the ability
to distribute their literature, they also took this principle a
step farther: "There are no regulations, only power struggles."
Don't back down because the
reactionaries wrote rules to support themselves!
* * *
PENOBSCOTTS OPPOSE MAINE TAXES
ACADIA, MAINE--On July 14th, MIM spoke with several traders from
the Penobscott nation and other First Nations sometimes linked to
the Wabanaki Confederacy. Only one spoke for the policy of paying
taxes to Maine.
"I have nothing against it," he said. When asked if he thought of
himself as a citizen of Maine, he nodded yes. However, even his
partner in business disagreed with him and said, "the Mohawks
don't have to pay it on their reserve. I don't see why we have it
to pay it."
Another Penobscott from the Turquoise Arrowhead store was more
adamant. "I don't believe we should be charged taxes no matter
where we live. . . there's a whole bunch of taxes, starting with
the land tax; what a rip-off." When told about the one who said he
was a citizen of Maine, "citizen of Maine. Paying taxes to Maine,
that's for the white people. Maine is for the white people."
PATAKI BACKS DOWN
SENECA NATION TERRITORY--The office of New York State Governor
George Pataki has backed down from threats to collect the New York
State tax by invading Seneca territory. Originally his goons were
to arrive this summer on First Nation territory.
One Seneca had this to say about it, "If they want to go through
with it, we're just going to put a toll booth on both sides of the
highway [passing through Seneca territory--ed.] . . . 25 cents a
car or whatever it takes, if that's what they want to play with."
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