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     MIM Notes 144         AUGUST 15, 1997

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.


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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 hegemony.

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

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by a comrade

At the end of July, a superior court judge in Los Angeles 
issued the most repressive anti-gang injunction yet in 
Amerika's war on oppressed youth. The new legislation 
specifically bans "three or more ... members [of the 18th 
Street Gang] congregating, standing, sitting, walking, 
driving or appearing in public together in a 17-block area 
of Jefferson Park. Suspected gang members are also 
prohibited from "blocking sidewalks, streets and 
passageways" and "possessing any tools that can be used in 
applying graffiti."(1) 

The L.A. action follows a recent speech Gov. Pete Wilson 
made calling for execution of gang members who commit 
murder,(2) and a new initiative in Boston, which teams 
probation officers with police officers to patrol areas 
looking for teen curfew violators.(3) The presence of the 
probation officer, before whom youth have no constitutional 
rights, means that the pigs can ask anything they want and 
get an answer. Oppressed youth know more than anyone that 
there are no rights, only power struggles.


In recent years, the federal government has been increasing 
the money available for state and local gang prevention and 
suppression programs. One Department of Justice program, 
called Innovative Local Law Enforcement and Community 
Policing, will provide a total of $16.2 million to fight 
gangs at the local level, of which the Louisiana Commission 
on Law Enforcement alone will get $1.3 million.(4)

Prosecutors are also taking a more sweeping approach to 
fighting gangs using racketeering laws. At the end of July, 
"seven alleged members of the southwest Detroit street gang 
Cash Flow Possee [were] indicted by a federal grand jury on 
charges including murder, racketeering, and assault."(5) 
These measures only underscore the fact that Amerika is 
waging an organized war on both the actual entities known as 
"gangs" and any and all oppressed youth that fit their 
supposed description.

Both the federal government and the bourgeois media 
explicitly acknowledge that gang activity is correlated with 
poverty. They even report that in some areas, alleged gang-
related murders are down while alleged gang membership and 
drug selling are up. "In Orange County, gang-related 
killings plummeted last year by 40% to a five-year low. 
Still, gang-related drug offenses and gang membership 
continued to climb with 33 new gangs emerging in the county 
in 1996 alone, according to the Orange County district 
attorney's office."(2) This increase in alleged drug 
offenses may just be a result of the pigs working even 
harder to arrest people they think are in gangs. (And there 
would be no drugs for them to sell without the imports 
courtesy of the CIA!)

What the media and the pigs don't say is that gangs are not 
fundamentally about killing people, but rather about 
providing an extra-legal economy in areas where there aren't 
enough jobs and providing protection and a community for 
people on the bottom of society within US borders. This is 
why most gangs are made up of people from oppressed nations 
and national minorities. Gangs are armed, and they police 
their borders the way any economy must under capitalism. But 
the bourgeoisie focuses on individual acts of brutality 
(which cannot match the brutality of the Amerikan government 
in scale in any case) or on individual acts of 
"rehabilitation" all to distract from the truth -- that 
Amerika economically exploits its internal colonies and then 
uses its police force to crush them.


In Wilson's speech calling for the execution of gang 
members, he "also echoed his support for the formation of a 
statewide computer system called CAL / GANG. Operated by the 
state Department of Justice, the system will keep track of 
gang members, including their photographs, nicknames and 
other distinguishing features."(2) CAL / GANG "will be run 
by an Irvine-based data software company that provided 
intelligence information to the CIA during the Cold War."(6)

CAL / GANG is part of a country-wide effort supported by the 
federal government to expand "computerized systems used by 
law enforcement agencies to share information on gangs."(7) 
"Law enforcement agencies in different states need to 
communicate and share information with each other," said 
Wilson. He also called for "cooperation between all levels 
of government."(2)

The ACLU has complained about a gang database in Orange 
County, pointing out that it is a secret list available only 
to law enforcement, and that racist criteria like "loose-
fitting clothing or hanging out in certain neighborhoods" 
can get you on the list. And according to Police Chief Cook, 
"individuals who are stopped by police, photographed and 
asked to provide personal information can assume they are on 
the list." The database coordinator exposed the true motives 
of the information gatherers when she said, "I personally do 
not know of anybody who is put into the gang system that 
does not deserve to be there."(6)

In addition to these high-tech solutions to fighting youth, 
the government is also acknowledging that the most effective 
strategy to suppress gangs is a successful partnership 
between imperialism and a neo-colonial leadership. In 
describing its "Comprehensive Response to America's Youth 
Gang Problem," the Department of Justice's Office of 
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention stated that 
"reduction of gang problems" was correlated with "community 
leaders [recognizing] the presence of gangs and [seeking] to 
understand the nature and extent of the local gang problem," 
and "the combined leadership of the justice system and the 
community."(9) They are talking about sell-out "leadership" 
that would serve up its youth to the pigs, not the emerging 
leadership among revolutionary youth fighting for national 


In the Spanish American War, William Randolph Hearst, the 
media magnate, is said to have told his photographers, "You 
provide the pictures, I'll provide the war." In today's 
violent suppression of rebellious youth, the motto is, "you 
provide the money, and we'll provide the gangs." The federal 
government has created an incentive for local governments to 
exaggerate their gang "problems." When the feds began making 
more money available to fight gangs in recent years, and 
then conducted a survey to determine where gang activity was 
located and hence where funds would be distributed -- state 
and local pigs caught on fast.

Last year, as part of Clinton's Anti-Gang and Youth Violence 
Control Act of 1996, he called for $160 million "in 
[federal] law enforcement funds to fight juvenile crime and 
gang violence."(7) More was available this year. A 1995 
Justice Department Survey asking local law enforcement to 
report the level of gang activity in their jurisdiction and 
finding that "all States and most large cities have youth 
gangs," also found that "90 percent of the agencies 
reporting a gang problem felt it was staying the same or 
getting worse."(8) If there is money in fighting gangs, 
there is more incentive for pigs to terrorize ALL youth and 
label it "a gang problem."

The government sees gangs as a problem because they 
represent the problem of oppressed nations within US 
borders. These nations are oppressed by imperialism and have 
an interest in fighting back. The youth in these gangs see 
the government for what it is:  the biggest criminal of all. 
And these same youth are a threat to imperialism. This is 
why the government is afraid when gangs start talking truces 
because this is when gangs really become dangerous, when 
they focus all of their energy on the enemy of imperialism. 
MIM invites these youth being targeted by Amerika's war to 
work with us organizing the fight to defeat imperialism once 
and for all.

1. L.A. Times, 12 July 1997.
2. L.A. Times, 16 July 1997.
3. Christian Science Monitor, 17 June 1997.
4. Congressional Press Release, 18 July 1997.
5. UPI 22 July 1997.
6. L.A. Times, 14 July 1997.
7. CNN 13 May 1996.
8. OJJDP Fact Sheet #63 "Highlights of the 1995 National 
Youth Gang Survey" April 1997.
9. OJJDP Fact Sheet #40 March 1997.

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Massachusetts prisoners, their families and prisoners' 
supporters on the outside were dealt a set-back on 28 July 
by Judge Thayer Fremond-Smith who ruled that the Department 
of Corrections (DOC) may monitor conversations between 
prisoners and families. This also affects the contact that 
prisoners can have with their supporters on the outside. In 
a small victory, calls to therapists and clergy may not be 
listened to. Calls to lawyers are already protected from 
legal monitoring.

The lawsuit argued that the system violated state and 
federal laws protecting privacy. The Judge sided with the 
DOC which claims it wants to prevent fraud and unwanted 
calls from prisoners. What the DOC wants to do is further 
repress prisoners. Further showing that repression and not 
rehabilitation is on the agenda, the DOC is waging a battle 
-- from restricted phone use to deportations to distant 
Texas -- that limits contacts with family and local 
supporters. The ruling further represses and controls 
prisoners and denies them the ability to keep in touch with 
supporters and family on the outside is important for 
prisoners to be able to set up once they get released.

Prisoners are limited to a list of 10 pre-approved by the 
DOC phone numbers for family and friends and five numbers of 
lawyers and may only dial collect. In Massachusetts, a 
collect call typically starts at 46 cents. In prison, it's 
86 cents. NYNEX gives the DOC 40% of its receipts to the 

The system is profitable for the state because it is paid by 
the families or prisoners the percentage of the receipts 
from the phone company. In the three years the system has 
been in effect, the Massachusetts DOC has taken in $6.6 
million -- most of this from the poorest families in the 
state. (No surprise there, since it is often those without 
money that end up in prison.)

Price gouging may even be worse elsewhere. In some states, 
prisons get up to 60% of the phone charge, and the collect 
surcharge can be as high as $3. "In Rhode Island, prisoners' 
families pay a surcharge of $1.80; $1.05 in New Hampshire; 
$1.30 in Maine; $1.65 in Vermont."

MIM supports the struggle of prisoners and their supporters 
to have private, affordable communication. They should not 
be forced to pay for their own oppressive incarceration as 
if it was some sort of service nor should they be forced to 
choose between giving up privacy and giving up 
communication. We struggle against oppressive living 
conditions prisoners face as we struggle to take down the 
apartheid system and replace it with a system that serves 
the people.

NOTES: Union-News 29 July 1997 p. A5; Boston Globe 15 July 
1997, p. B3.

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In MIM Notes 143, 1 August 1997, MIM printed a self-
criticism for two errors in articles on the Pequot First 
Nation. MIM argued that due to a lack of vigilance in 
writing and editing, the oppressor's ideology slipped into 
the paper.

The comrade responsible for writing what became the 
partially incorrect MIM response to a non MIM article 
challenged part of the correction. MIM wrote:

"A second article, 'Nationalist Pequot art targeted for 
censorship' [MIM Notes 142, 15 July 1997] repeats a 
quotation from a source that pits First Nations against one 
another when the real battle is between the imperialists and 
the First Nations. We must be careful when reporting on 
battles amongst the oppressed that we not just repeat the 
bourgeois line and 'facts'."

Dear MIM, I think this portion of the s-c is overblown. The 
context was quite clearly crediting the English with 
leading. I'll readily agree that the thing was a sentence we 
could live without, but was it wrong?

It's a true fact that some nations at some times were allied 
with the settlers against other FN. And this "fact" you want 
to imply isn't true came from the Pequot Museum (via Heap of 
Birds [creator of the artwork in question]).

A number of prisoners have written essays for Under Lock and 
Key about the fact that Africans were involved in the slave 
trade. The slave trade was led by Europeans, but Africans 
were involved, and the it's that second fact that some 
prisoners think is important to point out as part of 
organizing the Black Nation into the national liberation 
movement. Some prisoners argue the Europeans couldn't have 
done it without the help of Africans. That's probably a 
stretch, as the Europeans could have found a way, 
eventually. But it's an important part of this history and 
the politics.

I think it's relevant to know what happened to the Pequot 
survivors, although we are restrained by the English 
language. My limited knowledge of "slavery" in the First 
Nations is that it was very different than chattle 

[... B]lindly putting that quote in the paper started with 
me. But I'm afraid I don't see a clear line to follow for 
the future.

I see this as different than the Ojibwe story [printed in 
MN118 and corrected in MN119] which was wrong to the core 
because it lacked the imperialist role. Here, the 
imperialist role was clear.
 -- A comrade

MIM RESPONDS: It's one thing with a well established 
historical point like that there were slave-trader lackeys 
in Africa. This is completely different in that it makes no 
effort to check with the other two First Nations involved. 
That process will result in believing compradors about their 
special relationship with imperialism or special oppression 
by it that requires redress with a special relationship.

You should have to show where the other two First Nations 
agreed with this interpretation. And if the Ghanians say the 
Nigerians were all the slave-traders would you print this 
without checking the Nigerian story?

It is also very important to ask why we should be reporting 
on struggles between the oppressed. Sure there are instances 
when this would be correct and even necessary. But in this 
case, does it serve the purposes of the proletariat or does 
it serve the purposes of the bourgeoisie?

It is true that the oppressed will sometimes fight amongst 
themselves. But sometimes there are facts that we learn that 
we should not be repeating in MIM Notes' limited pages when 
we could be using that space to expose the imperialists. We 
have to accept that it is a political choice when we decide 
what to report on and in this case the choice to report on 
fights amongst the oppressed does not serve any proletarian 

The argument about African slavetraders is relevant only in 
the context of an argument about how to liberate the 
oppressed might be appropriate. We can not ignore history 
but let's not just throw in facts for the sake of reporting 
all facts in all cases, we'd never get anywhere if we 
insisted on this level of detail. Random reporting of 
fighting among the oppressed serves the bourgeoisie. 
Reporting of such struggles in the context of analysis about 
how to fight the bourgeoisie is sometimes necessary. It was 
the former that ran in this article.

As for a clear line to follow, we suggest:  Don't report on 
struggles amongst the oppressed unless it serves the 
oppressed. Even if you had verified this information with 
the other nations involved or some other source, could you 
really come up with a purpose it serves in that article 
besides to support the bourgeois line that the oppressed 
just like to kill one another?

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On July 19th four deaf Mexicans walked into a police station 
in New York and handed over a note asking for help to escape 
the oppression and exploitation they were suffering. These 
Mexicans, along with at least 57 others, had been lured to 
Amerika with promises of wealth only to find themselves 
enslaved to captors who forced them to live packed together, 
working long days selling trinkets in the subways, and 
keeping little of the money they earned. As illegal 
immigrants, particularly as deaf people, it was very 
difficult for these people change their situation.

Reports of this case brought sympathetic stories in the 
bourgeois media who applauded the pigs for saving these 
people and Representative Charles Schumer of New York even 
said the immigrants should be allowed to remain in the 
country even though they are illegal immigrants. But this 
case is only unusual in that it was reported widely in the 
media and the leaders of the slave labor were considered 
criminals and arrested.

There are factories in New York where Asians work under 
similar conditions, there are farms in California where 
Latinos are forced to slave under constant threat of 
deportation and violence, and there are many other less 
publicized situations in Amerika where immigrants, mostly 
illegal, work for long hours for very little money, and kept 
captive in living conditions that are uninhabitable. But 
even NPR mentioned a few of these examples when reporting on 
the Mexicans in New York to point out that this is not 
entirely an isolated incident. What NPR neglected to mention 
is the conditions of workers around the world.

The reason why these cases of immigrant workers being 
exploited and oppressed sound so outrageous is that workers 
in this country generally enjoy a high standard of living. 
But when these incidents are put in the context of the 
situation of the proletariat of the world which is located 
mostly in the Third World, the working conditions of 
unlivable wages, uninhabitable housing, long hours, and 
violence from employers are no longer unusual. The employers 
in Third World countries are not barbarians from indigenous 
cultures, in most cases they are multinational corporations 
which enjoy positions above the law with support from the 
imperialist-backed armed forces and the imperialist-bought 
allegiance of the governments.

It is the closed borders that force workers into the low 
wage jobs in the Third World while workers in imperialist 
countries enjoy a much higher standard of living. This is 
just one more argument for open borders. But opening the 
borders will not be enough, we need to overthrow imperialism 
and take the power away from those who oppress and exploit 
the people and instead put the power in the hands of the 

NOTES: Boston Globe, July 22, 1997. P. A3. and NPR July 22, 

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by MC17

On July 22 the United Nations Children's Fund released its 
report "The Progress of Nations" for the year 1996. This 
report focuses on the health of children and wimmin around 
the world, providing statistics and analysis about the 
conditions of health and poverty. The report is useful in 
showing where capitalism has brought the world and how many 
lives could be saved under a better system. The report 
points out that about half of all child deaths are 
associated with malnutrition and more than 3/4 of these 
deaths are linked to mild and moderate malnutrition rather 
than severe malnutrition. The related numbers for mothers 
reveal that worldwide total maternal deaths are about 
585,000 per year. These deaths are blood on the hands of the 
imperialists who keep their colonies in poverty through 
military and political force so that the rates for maternal 
deaths and child malnutrition are dramatically different 
between imperialist countries and colonized nations.

Consistently Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia fall far behind the 
rest of the world in indicators of basic health. Because the 
report categorizes based on geography, it is difficult to 
separate out the health of Latin America from that of North 
America and Canada but overall it is clear that a country's 
status as colony or colonizer is a key determinant in the 
health of its people in the current imperialist system.

Underscoring the inequalities between imperialist nations 
and the colonized countries, in their commentary Unfinished 
business, Monica Sharma and James Tulloch point out:  
"Except in rare and isolated cases, measles, diarrhea, 
malaria, pneumonia, and malnutrition no longer claim the 
lives of children in the industrialized world. But in poor 
countries, these five conditions kill more than 8 million 
children a year -- and account for two-thirds of all under-
five deaths."

They go on to write "As the 20th century draws to an end, it 
is or ought to be a source of profound international shame 
that over 8 million children are allowed to die each year 
from problems that have long ago been overcome in other 
parts of the world. A famine that kills 10,000, an 
earthquake that kills 1,000, a plane crash that kills 100 -- 
all of these may stir the world to pity and protest. But the 
deaths of almost 25,000 children every day from five causes 
for which we long ago discovered inexpensive means of 
prevention or cure are allowed to pass with barely a murmur. 
It is as though a cure for heart disease or cancer or AIDS 
had been discovered but not used. And if the comparison 
seems far-fetched, let it be remembered that diarrhea 
disease claims half as many lives as heart disease, 
respiratory infections more lives than cancer, measles more 
lives than AIDS. And the victims of these preventable 
conditions are, in the main, children under the age of 

This commentary by Sharma and Tulloch is the best of the 
analysis found in the UNICEF report. They point out that in 
the past generation 5 million fewer children each year are 
dying and "at least three quarters of a million fewer are 
being disabled, blinded, crippled, or mentally retarded." 
They conclude "Although little noticed in the industrialized 
nations, this advance must be ranked as one of the great 
achievements of the second half of the 20th century." But 
they fail to analyze the causes of these advances or to 
correctly assess what is necessary to move forward from 

MIM believes that capitalism is better for the health of the 
world's people than was slavery or feudalism. But UNICEF 
tries to make the false comparison between kinder and less 
kind capitalist nations to make the argument that health 
problems will be overcome under a kinder gentler 
imperialism. Unlike the report recently released by the 
United Nations Development Program, this UNICEF report also 
fails to discuss the causes of advancement relative to 
socialist revolutions. The UNDP report inadvertently does 
this by comparing China to India (see MIM Notes #142, July 
15, 1997 for a complete analysis of the UNDP report).

Without a correct analysis of history, it is no surprise 
that UNICEF ends up with the weak conclusion "As in so many 
other arenas of the possible, the weak link is still the 
relatively low level of political commitment, in many 
countries, to doing what can now be done." This is partially 
true in that it accepts that humans have tremendous 
potential and this potential is only hindered by political 
commitment. But this conclusion bolsters the UNICEF position 
that countries just need to make the decision to put more 
resources into health, refusing to examine the reasons that 
countries do not invest in health and the causes of poverty.

This lack of systematic analysis leaves UNICEF focusing on 
the measures countries should take to prevent disease such 
as vaccinations, iodized salt, nutritional supplements and 
breast feeding. They suggest target goals for countries and 
talk about the need for governments to commit to working on 
these problems.

The UNICEF report states "A need becomes a right when a 
society becomes capable of meeting that need and when 
fulfillment of the need becomes essential to human 
flourishing or well-being (or when its lack leads to ill-
being or destitution). And at the present time, only the 
State can guarantee such rights." MIM recognizes that there 
are no absolute rights, only power struggles. When the 
people are in power they can decide which needs should be 
filled first but with the State run by a dictatorship of the 
bourgeoisie, the people are forced to rely on the crumbs 
left by the imperialists, literally starving to death, while 
the imperialists and their lackeys at the United Nations sit 
back in their pristine offices and write nice words about 
the need for kinder States in those barbaric Third World 
countries which, for some reason, are unable to provide the 
level of health care and nutrition provided in imperialist 

The UNICEF support for state intervention as the solution to 
health problems extends into advocating legal protection for 
children, registration of individuals "right to a name", and 
other measures which strengthen the role of the state in 
dangerous ways. It is not possible to call on the military 
in a country to protect children from abuses of the military 
but UNICEF is caught in this contradiction when they attempt 
to propose protections for children that must be provided by 
the very state that is oppressing them.

The report includes National Performance Gap measures which 
are meant to describe where a given country's health 
indicators fall relative to other similar countries. These 
measures are derived by examining the relationship between 
national income and each performance measure for all 
countries. A line is fitted to the relationship between the 
two and this is considered the expected national 
performance. This system of measurement is useful in showing 
where countries fall relative to others of similar income, 
underscoring that what is possible and what countries 
achieve are two very different things. The flaw in this way 
of analyzing countries is that it does not show what people 
are capable of, only what has been accomplished so far. 
Under socialism in China tremendous advances were made in 
health care relative to the low national income. The 
advances were so stunning that China showed up as an anomaly 
in any comparison of income and health. It is important that 
we not take the best accomplishments of capitalist countries 
as an example of the best we can hope to accomplish.

NOTES: All information taken from the UNICEF "Progress of 
Nations" 1996 report available at

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On July 29 a judge dismissed charges of trespassing, 
unlawful assembly and resisting arrest against the Seneca 
protesters who were attacked and brutalized by New York 
State Troopers last May. All six defendants in this trial 
were proclaimed innocent. Meanwhile thirteen others still 
await their trial for disorderly conduct charges.(1)

The defense claimed violation of the Canandaigua Treaty of 
1794 and the U.S. Constitution in their defense against 
state troopers entering Onondaga Territory to arrest the 
protesters. The use of an illegal affidavit to arrest the 
defendants was also cited in the decision.(1)

The protesters were holding a vigil in response to New York 
State's attempts to tax the sovereign nation. Before this 
trial had occurred, state officials had offered to drop the 
charges if the Senecas would sign a treaty resigning control 
of their nation's economy. The Senecas refused and ended up 
winning their case in court. This is a small victory for the 
struggle. But the nation also turned around and filed 
brutality charges against the police who had charged their 
protest in full riot gear on May 18. News on this case is 
unknown. However it is likely that true justice will not be 
served in New York courts and the abusive cops will go free. 
This would be just one of many actions the state has taken 
against the Seneca Nation in the course of this tax 
struggle. Therefore we cannot depend on it for justice, but 
we must struggle against it to obtain justice for all.

1. Times Union 30 July 1997, p.B-2.
2. MIM Notes #141.

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Since July 2 when Thailand floated its currency, the baht, 
on open market where speculators crashed the price down, 
south-east Asian currencies have plummeted to match it. That 
means that the imperialists will pay even less for goods 
from these countries, and charge even more for materials 
that they control.

In the capitalist world, there is supposedly a free market 
where one can not only buy and sell weapons, pornography and 
the ever-nutritious Cheese Doodles, but also currencies of 
other countries. When a government decides to let its 
currency go on the free-market, we say the currency is 
"floating." When the government passes a law that says 
foreigners can only use the country's money at a fixed price 
in U.$. dollars or other currencies, then the exchange-rate 
is "fixed," and not "floating."

When a country like Thailand floats its currency, it should 
be valued at the number of U.$. dollars that make it equal 
to buy things in each other's countries. This does not 
happen for a number of reasons. In fact, what happens is the 
cost-of-living is usually higher in the Third World and the 
price of labor-power is always much cheaper.

First of all currency speculation is decided by the central 
banks, governments and the very rich. Thai peasants and 
workers have very few dollars or other imperialist country 
currencies to exchange for their own currency and they have 
few disposable baht to bring to market. Hence, because the 
ultra-rich decide what to do with their baht from day to 
day, there can be great volatility in exchange-rates.

Secondly, what happens is that the comprador regimes, force 
their workers to work for an average of 48 cents an hour in 
the Third World.(1) By doing this, the compradors are 
rewarded handsomely by the imperialists. However, if the 
Third World currency exchange-rate triples, that means the 
cost of hiring workers triples to multinational 
corporations. Then the comprador is afraid the multinational 
corporation will go somewhere else, so the comprador regime 
will re-fix the currency through a "competitive devaluation" 
to make sure the multinational corporations do not go 
somewhere else and to make sure the rest of the world still 
buys the goods with 48 cent an hour labor in them. 
Alternatively, the central banks linked to the government 
can simply sell their own currency and drive down the price 
of baht or whatever their currency is that way instead of 
fixing the price.

That is why it is important to watch what a comprador does 
and not what s/he says. Devaluation of a currency is a 
competitive strike against other Third World currencies, in 
this case making sure that Thailand is the place for 
corporations to be. In the past, state-capitalist China and 
U.$.-occupied Korea have repeatedly fixed their currencies 
at lower levels, in order to make a bad situation worse, and 
give the multinational corporations a break. For this 
reason, MIM advocates the international currency reform 
advocated by Arjun Makhijani in From Global Capitalism to 
Economic Justice. Such a currency reform would treat all 
countries the same way.

Protest of this change has been widespread and sharp. From 
the streets of the Philippines to the meeting rooms of the 
Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Kuala 
Lampur, the masses and even their bureaucrats are 
illuminating the realities of "free trade" under imperialism 
as systematically depriving the neo-colonies.

Press statements issued by national democratic organizations 
in the Philippines tied this issue of devaluation into their 
general program against u.s.-Ramos misrule:  "The Bagong 
Alyansang Makabayan, together with other militant 
organizations, vows to spearhead massive and nationwide 
protest actions to pressure the u.s.-Ramos regime to heed 
the people's demands."(2) 

"We, who suffer from the plunge of the peso are here to 
protest President Ramos' subservience to the IMF and World 
Bank's harsh economic impositions, the latest of which is 
the policy of peso devaluation."(2)

As for the u.s.-Ramos regime, it responded with force 
against these protests. As protesters chanted slogans such 
as "down with imperialism" and "end the u.s.-Ramos regime," 
PSG and WPD elements kept attempting to break up the picket 
but the protesters stood their ground. Finally just as the 
program ended, the police and palace guards wielding 
truncheons and stun guns violently dispersed the protest 

Some leaders of the neo-colonies of South-east Asia have 
taken a different tactic in dealing with the crisis. Ever 
courting the IMF and World Bank but also trying to quell the 
protest of their people, comprador leaders have been caught 
in a bind. Malaysia's leader, Mohammed Mahathir, has stolen 
the show at recent Alliance of East Asian Nations meetings 
by calling the imperialists' game. However, only the people 
rising up will actually change the conditions that make 
Malaysia all but powerless before imperialism.

Mahathir was good at pointing out the hypocrisy of "free 
trade" under imperialism. "We are told we must open up, that 
trade and commerce must be totally free. Free for whom? For 
rogue speculators?" he thundered at this week's meeting in 
Kuala Lumpur of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations 
(Asean), the region's top logistical organization for the 

Progressives know that a free economy under imperialism 
means only freedom to exploit. Mahathir and his ilk 
generally do not admit this. So he is half right when he 
warns that Malaysia faces a new colonialism:  "If 
[Malaysians] do not wish to be colonised again, in whatever 
form, they must learn to manage their affairs better." There 
is a threat of ever-increasing neo-colonialism, but the only 
way that Malaysia and other countries can "manage their 
affairs better" to deal with that is to fight for national 
liberation and to build a self-sufficient economies.

Mahathir this week also criticized the increasing power of 
multi-national companies, which he said were "swallowing up 
chunks of the business in the developing world". But even as 
he talked criticism, he does not act against imperialism. 
According to the Financial Times of London, "Malaysia is an 
attentive host to these very same companies and its economy 
has been considerably enriched by their investments."

Thus, the Filipino activists present a much better way 
forward. Rather than using the double-speak that pretends 
there might be some nice way to organize imperialism if just 
the banks would play fair, BAYAN says: "The de facto 
devaluation of the peso is not a bitter medicine which 
Filipinos must swallow. It is a mere symptom of an ailing 
economy wrung dry by imperialist impositions. It is the 
consequence of the erroneous policies of import 
liberalization, export-oriented growth and opening the 
economy to foreign speculators. Unless the Ramos government 
implements genuine land reform and national 
industrialization, our economy will remain in crisis."(2)

1. Financial Times (London) July 26, 1997.

* * *


LOS ANGELES -- On July 28 several RAIL comrades and MIM 
supporters joined a rally in front of the Philippine 
Consulate which denounced Philippine President Fidel Ramos 
as a puppet of u.s. and Japanese imperialism. The rally was 
organized by BAYAN International-USA and several other legal 
national democratic organizations in Los Angeles in order to 
expose the self-serving lies put forward by Ramos in his 
State of the Nation Address. Similar demonstrations 
organized by the legal national democratic movement in the 
Philippines drew 100,000 participants.

A statement delivered at the rally by BAYAN International-
USA decried Ramos' willingness to allow foreign monopoly 
capital to dominate the Philippine economy at the expense of 
the broad masses of the people. In the countryside, Ramos' 
policies force peasants off of their land in order to give 
that land to the local landlords and imperialist 
enterprises. In the cities, Ramos' policies promote cheap 
labor, repress trade unions in the name of "industrial 
peace," bulldoze the homes of the urban poor, and suppress 
student activism.

The statement also exposed the u.$.-Ramos regime's 
increasing reliance on repression:  "The strangulation of 
the rights of the Filipino people is at its height under the 
U.S.-Ramos regime. Cases of human rights violation continue 
to rise due to intensifying militarization against the 
peasant masses. Bombings and strafings in the countryside 
and forced evacuation of tens of thousands of people are 
happening right now in the southern island of Mindanao. Big 
scale military operations are purportedly launched against 
criminal elements, but in reality these are directed against 
the Moro revolutionaries and the New People's Army and their 
mass supporters." New repressive laws allow warrantless 
arrest and curfews, and para-military violence is used 
against protesters and activists in the cities. In fact, 
riot police in Manila harassed 8,000 protesters on July 28.

Other organizations addressed the rally as well. The 
secretary general of KARAPATAN gave a short speech. 
KARAPATAN is a national democratic organization which works 
to expose and combat the human rights abuses of the u.$. 
puppet regime in the Philippines. A representative of 
GABRIELA-LA described some of the specific problems wimmin 
face under the u.$.-Ramos regime.

The RAIL comrades and MIM supporters distributed MIM Notes 
and Maoist Sojourner, which contain coverage of both the 
legal national democratic movement in the cities and the 
underground, armed movement in the countryside led by the 
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Both movements are 
important parts of the masses' struggle against the 
imperialist economic and military domination of the 
Philippines, but the CPP-led armed struggle is the principal 
weapon in the struggle. U.$-imperialism stole the 
Philippines with the gun and -- through local lackeys like 
Ramos -- continue to defend their stolen goods with the gun, 
so the masses are forced to take up the gun themselves to 
take back and defend what is theirs. And only the communists 
are willing to mobilize the broad masses of people, which is 
the sole criterion for victory.

* * *


The Swedish family that owns half of Sweden has long had a 
reputation in the bourgeois media for helping the Jews avoid 
the Holocaust. Now it turns out that diplomat-legend Raoul 
Wallenberg's family profited from the Nazi murder of Dutch 

The Swedish capitalists bought the Nazi-stolen bonds of the 
Dutch Jews and accepted Dutch Jewish gold in payment for 
weapons. Assisting the Wallenberg family was future 
Secretary of State and past U.S. Government lawyer, John 
Foster Dulles, who was the grandson of one Secretary of 
State and the nephew of another.

After the Nazi invasion of Poland, John Foster Dulles 
arranged the legal work for the Nazis to have Amerikan 
companies front for them through a Swedish intermediary, so 
that the Nazis could carry out their war-time business 
without being taken over.

John's brother Allen was instrumental during World War II in 
starting a program of infiltration of communist parties with 
the aim of their "peaceful evolution" after the war. He also 
helped Nazis escape and join the precursor to the CIA once 
the Nazis lost.

Both Stalin and Mao specifically mentioned the Dulles 
brothers and their strategy, but many at the time did not 
believe these communist leaders. This includes the petty-
bourgeoisie in the party of Mao, which eventually became the 
new bourgeoisie of China. It is a stark reminder how 
proletarian leaders must deal with the petty-bourgeoisie and 
its paralysis -- being lodged between the two great classes 
-- right in the party.

Allen became director of the CIA and John Foster Dulles 
became Secretary of State in 1953.

We communists are fortunate that some older Jews still 
living did not keep their mouths shut till death. Many who 
know the facts kept quiet while they sided with the United 
$tates in the Cold War. Now the truth is coming out thanks 
to the collapse of the Soviet bloc and thanks to the Jews' 
self-interest in the matter.

Now Sweden is being blamed in addition to Switzerland for 
holding Nazi gold -- 7.6 tons. The discussion of this matter 
vindicates Stalin repeatedly. Now it is inevitable that the 
Swedish government is being asked why it cooperated with the 
Nazis and it is equally inevitable that the truth is finally 
coming out:  "Tens of thousands of Swedes would have been 
willing instruments of the Nazis if we had been occupied," 
according to Swedish diplomat Krister Wahlback.

The Swedish Jew, Inga Gottfarb credited with saving all of 
Denmark's Jews in 1942 also says, "'If we had been occupied, 
we would have had our Quislings too.' She was referring to 
Vidkun Quisling, who headed a Nazi puppet government in 
Norway that shipped a third of Norwegian Jews to 
extermination camps."

The Swedish diplomat and Inga Gottfarb are correct and that 
is why the Swedish government says it had no choice but to 
do business with Germany. It was do the business or be 

This vindicates Stalin on two points. One is that Stalin had 
numerous traitors shot. If Sweden had tens of thousands, 
then the Soviet Union with 30 times more people had millions 
of Nazi-sympathizers. The bourgeois historians act like 
everyone Stalin had shot was innocent, but MIM says that is 
obvious nonsense. While the other countries in Continental 
Europe fell like a house of cards to the Nazi onslaught, the 
Soviet Union did not, because the Soviet Union had dealt 
with its internal enemies and kept a razor-sharp political 

The second point vindicating Stalin is that the Swedes have 
admitted they would have been occupied and thus had no real 
independence anyway. Hence, when Stalin pushed the Baltic 
states to join the Soviet Union and took tough measures in 
Poland, he was right. Those small countries had no choice 
either:  it was either be an ally of the Soviet Union or be 
invaded by the Nazis. We are glad Stalin took half of Poland 
in the circumstances.

NOTE: Boston Globe 6Jul97, pp. 1, a10.

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by MC45

A young womyn dancer with the Boston Ballet died at the end 
of June after having complained to her family of a racing, 
pounding heart but not seeing a doctor. While the exact 
cause of her death is unknown, these can be symptoms of not 
eating enough or of having too much stress on one's body in 
general. MIM calls her death a tragedy because it was 
completely unnecessary and may well have been caused by 
decadent manifestations of patriarchy.

The 22-year-old dancer was 5'3" tall and weighed 100 pounds, 
not a dangerously low weight, but there has been talk that 
her death was at least an indirect result of an eating 
disorder. The dancer had been told to lose weight in the 
past as a prerequisite for becoming a professional. It is 
very common for wimmin dancers to starve themselves, drink 
lots of diet soda and smoke cigarettes to make themselves 
skinny and stay that way.

Unnatural and unhealthy ideals of how wimmin's bodies should 
look are a product of patriarchal culture, which views 
wimmin's bodies as objects which are either sexually and 
aesthetically attractive or not. Professional dance takes 
this objectification to the extreme and uses people's bodies 
to make art. Under capitalism this art conforms to bourgeois 
standards and has nothing to do with real life. This is why 
young wimmin dancers wind up starving themselves, because 
this so-called art requires them to be unnaturally thin.

In a much less than charming summary of professional 
dancing's perspective on health, the New York Times article 
on this dancer's death and on eating disorders in general 
closes with some advice from a dance physician. The doctor 
says of dance prot╚g╚'s parents:  "people have to realize 
that the child is not going to make it if they are not thin. 
Mothers must start thinking twice. Is it worth the risk?" As 
far as MIM is concerned, the dance institutions in general 
must start thinking twice:  how can you call this art if you 
run the risk of killing people?

MIM sees this First World dancers' aesthetic as being 
especially vile, because it makes a mockery of forced, not 
self-enforced, starvation in the Third World. Amerika is now 
trickling food aid out to north Korea while elderly Koreans 
starve so that their children and granchildren can eat. At 
the same time the Amerikan government spends money 
supporting so-called art which requires people to make 
themselves sick, and the majority of Amerikans condemn 
Communism as evil while paying money to see wimmin distort 
their bodies whether in a dance concert, a fashion magazine 
or Hollywood.

Communists see wimmin's bodies as we see men's:  as living 
beings which are capable of marshaling their strength for 
the overthrow of imperialism. For this reason, we respect 
people's physical health and well-being and we mourn the 
loss of human life to decadent whims. Lenin said that young 
people in general should strive for healthy bodies and 
healthy minds, and that keeping oneself physically in one 
piece is necessary to being an effective revolutionary.

MIM seconds Lenin on this and adds that given the life-and-
death struggle of people all over the world for food it 
would be gross decadence for First World people to kill 
themselves to look good when they could be organizing for 
revolution instead. We call on the youth and young wimmin in 
particular to firmly reject patriarchy and take up the 
struggle for independent power of the oppressed. Don't waste 
your lives trying to conform to a vile system, work with MIM 
for the overthrow of that system instead.

1. New York Times 16 July, 1997, p. B1, 8.
2. For more of MIM's line on gender, order a copy of MIM 
Theory no. 2/3, a special double issue on Gender and 
Revolutionary Feminism. For MIM's analysis of psychology 
under imperialism, write for a copy of MIM Theory no. 9.

* * *


by a RAIL comrade

San Marcos, Cal -- The Kriminal Amerikan Injustice system 
arrested and convicted 11-year-old Jerry Swanegan and has 
torn him from his family. Starting with the enslavement and 
murder of Africans to build the empire, Amerika has a long 
history of tearing Black families apart. That tactic in the 
war against the Black nation continues today through 
disproportionate incarceration and persecution. In the case 
of Swanegan, the prison system ripped apart his family after 
alleging that the Black eleven year-old committed sex crimes 
against older white females.

The state convicted Swanegan of a lewd and lascivious 
conduct felony ("adult" penal code section 288) for 
"inappropriately touching three [12- and 13-year-old] white 
female playmates." The myth of the Black rapist is clearly a 
prime motivation for the prosecution and persecution of this 
Black youth.

The state also convicted Swanegan of a misdemeanor weapons 
charge for "displaying a [one and a half-inch knife] in a 
threatening manner against a 9-year-old playmate". The 
Amerikan system is quick to pounce on any alleged 
"misbehavior" to crack down on Black youth like Swanegan.

Swanegan was declared a ward of the court after being 
separated from his mother, Janet Swanegan, by juvenile hall 
for six months. In November, he was transferred to a 24-hour 
school in Ukiah, California.

Swanegan's mother expressed her outrage at the adult 
conviction of her son, "I just felt what they were doing to 
an 11-year-old boy was not right." She also stated that his 
lawyer did not present an adequate defense but "[she] did 
not have the money to fight this case the way it should have 

Swanegan's mother says that teachers labeled him as a 
"problem child" since he was four-years-old. Black and 
oppressed nation youth are disproportionately labeled 
"problem children" and "juvenile delinquents" by the 
Amerikan MISeducation system in comparison to their white 
counterparts. This makes it easier to justify tearing up 
oppressed nation families. The current oppressors have no 
material interest in gearing the education system to 
genuinely work to help youth develop their skills and tap 
their potential. This is particularly the case for oppressed 
nation youth, who if held back systematically will provide 
slave labor in the prisons rather than provide revolutionary 
leadership for liberation in the streets.

Swanegan's appeal lawyer, John Lanahan, points out how the 
law was twice stretched in Swanegan's case. Lanahan stated, 
"It is a bizarre fact that Jerry is accused of molesting 
'older women' as an adult or older person. I haven't seen 
any [288] case where the perpetrator is younger than the 
victim. It is meant for older people who are more sexually 
sophisticated who are going and exploiting children."

Furthermore Kalifornia Penal Code 26 states that a minor is 
exempt from criminal prosecution unless it can be shown by 
"clear proof" that s/he knew that a conduct was wrong. This 
was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt in his trial. 
Lanahan said the judge had the ability to dismiss specific 
or all charges but refused to do so.

In Swanegan's appellate brief, the judge was quoted as 
saying that the legislature "[is] going to reduce the age of 
people which we can send downtown [county jail] to the age 
of fourteen...., I really wish there were a lot more 
flexibility given the judges in situations like this." This 
in spite of the fact that Swanegan is only eleven.


According to an attorney at the Kounty Probation Department, 
it is fairly normal for an 11-year-old to be tried as an 
adult in juvenile court because the minor's age is not as 
critical as the offense, but convictions of youth that young 
on the 288 charge are not commonplace. MIM adds that the 
nationality of the accused overrides both age and offense as 
justification for the Kriminal Amerikan Injustice system. In 
the Unentitled states, it is illegal to be an oppressed 

Because of his age, Swanegan will not have to register as a 
sex offender and the offenses won't be counted as strikes. 
But is blatantly apparent that the childhood tracking of 
Swanegan as "uncontrollable" and a "delinquent" was 
successful in the eyes of the oppressor, and fallout from 
the case will hound Swanegan for his adult life.

This is precisely the reason why we need independent 
institutions of the oppressed. The oppressed nations must be 
self-reliant and self-determining. They must liberate 
themselves from the vicious genocidal Amerikan imperialists 
with the proven methods of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. MIM 
calls on those whose blood boils from injustice to struggle 
against imperialism! Work with MIM, PIRAO and RAIL to make 
proletarian feminist revolutionary nationalism a reality.

NOTE: The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint, 17 July 1997, A1, B6.

* * *


State attorneys general and other Amerikan pigs are pleased 
with the Supreme Court's recent ruling which allows them to 
re-imprison people who have finished serving prison terms 
for sex charges. States can now put these ex-prisoners into 
mental institutions. The law is all vague, allowing states 
to involuntarily and indefinitely commit anyone they think 
is "mentally abnormal" (not necessarily so-called "mentally 
ill", as usually defined).

The effect, like that of the other timely post-prison 
penalty of registration, will be to further protect the 
prime child abusers (family members) while increasing the 
repression of strangers accused of a myriad of offenses 
including sodomy and statutory rape. Since the oppressed are 
far more likely to be arrested in the first place, this 
ruling like all increases in incarceration will lead to 
further repression of already oppressed groups.

There are two things to criticize in this post-prison 
repression of institutionalization and registration. First, 
the whole discussion of the issue as one of child sex abuse 
is a big lie. These measures will affect many who are guilty 
of less shocking crimes, like hiring a prostitute or having 
homosexual sex. Second, the state is profoundly hypocritical 
when it feigns strong opposition to child sexual abuse but 
at the same time supports the privacy of the family that 
creates the conditions for the vast majority of that 

New York Attorney General Dennis Vacco's comments were 
illuminating. He said: "Today's ruling in the Kansas sex 
predator case is a tremendous victory for the families of 
America."(2) This is total patriarchal line. The patriarchy 
equates the interests of "families" with those of white 
parents, and this ruling is certainly good for them. All the 
talk of "sex predators" as being incurable monsters that 
seek out the children of strangers distracts entirely from 
the real situation of rape and abuse of children:  it's 
usually family, and family doesn't go to jail. Now MIM is 
glad family doesn't go to jail -- we certainly don't think 
that state control is what these people need, but at the 
same time we criticize the institution of family privacy 
since abuse happens in private. With state-led repressive 
measures, Amerikans can pretend they want to stop child 
sexual abuse without in any way hampering the patriarchal 
family structure that makes abuse so rampant.

According to the Supreme Court, only "abnormal" sex 
offenders are to be subject to indefinite incarceration. The 
state is using this vague wording to clear the path for 
targeted repression of those protected from mental 
institutions thus far. Sarah Sappington, an assistant 
attorney general in Washington State, explained the drive 
behind getting around usual restrictions on involuntary 
committal:  "As a society, you are faced with dangerous 
recidivists who are not normal, by any measure, but they are 
not insane, as the law defines insane."(3)

MIM knows just what a fast and loose definition of 
"abnormal" means:  while normal sex abuse by family members 
and (for adults) by "chosen" partners will continue to go 
unpunished, abnormal sex abuse by oppressed strangers will 
be punished severely. Even this marker for normal versus 
abnormal is bogus in a culture in which Calvin Klein's 
perfume ads use children as sexually suggestive models power 
is exactly what makes sex sexy.

Only under socialism, when we begin to destroy the power of 
groups over groups, will sex abuse of children actually be 
abnormal. We will socialize childcare, removing the privacy 
the family has in which to abuse. And with the decrease in 
power differentials between groups, we will also create a 
culture that no longer makes domination sexy.

1. See MIM Theory 9: Psychology and Imperialism for more of 
MIM's analysis of child abuse, and MIM Theory 11: Amerikkkan 
Prisons on Trial for more MIM criticism of sex offenses and 
the criminal injunstice system.
2 Times Union (Albany, NY), June 24, p A1, B2.
3. The New York Times, June 29, 1997.

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by MC12

On a fairly typical weekend in the film industry, July 18-
20, the top 60 movies in national distribution grossed $104 
million in ticket sales within U.$. borders. These top 60 
movies altogether had grossed $2.1 billion by the end of 
that weekend, at which point they were showing on more than 
13,000 screens.(1) So, U.$. movie-goers have spent more for 
tickets to these 60 movies than the whole Gross Domestic 
Product in Eritrea for 1995.

The concentration of spending on just a few movies is 
significant. The top five movies on this list -- Men in 
Black, George of the Jungle, Contact, Nothing to Lose, and 
Face/Off -- grossed $72 million that weekend, or 69% of the 
total. This is evidence of a mass capitalist culture of 

These top five movies were run by the largest culture 
companies in the world, also some of the largest companies 
period. Men in Black is from Sony, which had $46 billion in 
revenue last year, and also owns Columbia Pictures and 
TriStar Pictures, and distributes Castle Rock films, among 
others.(2) George of the Jungle is from Disney, which had 
revenue of $18.7 billion and ranked 55 on the Fortune 500 
list last year.(3) Disney, which also owns ABC, owns Buena 
Vista home video, 17 theme parks and resorts, etc., and 
controls Hollywood, Touchstone, Caravan, and Miramax films. 
Contact is from the Time Warner publishing empire, which 
owns CNN, HBO, and lots more, and had $10 billion in revenue 
last year, at 141 on the Fortune 500.(3) Nothing to Lose is 
also from Touchstone (Disney). Finally, Face/Off is from 
Paramount, which is owned by Viacom, which owns MTV and its 
"competitor" VH1, Showtime and its "competitor" The Movie 
Channel, and, if you want to pick your own, Blockbuster 
video as well.(4) Viacom is also in publishing with Simon 
and Shuster, and a lot more, with $12.1 billion in revenue 
last year making it 112 on the Fortune list.

Each of these companies is heavily involved in production of 
films, and their distribution in theaters, on TV, video 
stores, and so on -- all up and down the entertainment food 
chain. That way they don't have to worry about serious 
competition at any level.

One feature of imperialism is its increasing concentration 
of capital and power. When this concentration develops in 
the realm of culture, one important result is the 
concentration of control over culture and the public 
expression of ideas. This leads to hegemony by the ruling 
class over culture. By maintaining a tight control over 
large-scale cultural production -- in addition to news 
media, the education system, and so on -- the ruling classes 
can do a lot to smooth the way for the public acceptance of 
their view of things.

Lots of critics of capitalism are upset about the 
concentration of capital in culture, but Maoists understand 
that this hegemony is reinforced by the massive infusion of 
super-profits from Third World countries -- which are used 
to pay the people of the oppressor nations to play along -- 
so that Amerika in particular has developed an epidemic of 
decadent conformity despite the constant mantra of free will 
and individuality.

1. Variety box office lists available at
2. Sony corporate information from
3. Fortune 500 at
4. Viacom corporate information from

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by a RAIL comrade

July 19th, Cambridge, MA hosted a punk show which comrades 
attended. The comrades distributed MIM Notes and struggled 
with those attending to oppose to the current Kriminal 
injustice system. Part of the our organizing and education 
efforts focused on the struggle to return Massachusetts 
prisoners deported to Texas. Along with gathering petition 
signatures to support that specific battle, we discussed the 
necessity to build a revolutionary alternative to the 
current imperialist system.

Hearing that the show was progressive, a comrade 
investigated one of the bands -- Krema-1. As it turns out, 
Krema-1 is rabidly anti-Communist. In particular, Krema-1 is 
an example of the "left" variety of anti-communism, which 
claims that all states are equally repressive and all 
leaders are inherently oppressors. The band's politics are a 
mixture of pie-in-the-sky idealism and historical ignorance.

Krema-1 started its set with an anarchist fairy tale:  once 
upon a time, the Spanish communists and comrade Stalin 
wanted the revolution in Spain to fail and caused the deaths 
of Spanish anarchists during the Spanish Civil War.

Back to reality:  Stalin began to rally international 
support against fascism in 1934, two years before the 
fascist coup led by Franco. The Soviet Union was the only 
government to support the anti-fascist forces with supplies 
and arms. Even Emma Goldman, famous anarchist critic of the 
Soviet Union, admitted that it was this Soviet aid that 
allowed the anti-fascists to survive as long as they did.(1)

Krema-1 also dragged out that imaginary ghost story of 
Stalin being Hitler's best friend because of the 1939 non-
aggression pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. 
Again, this seemingly simple story ignores concrete history.

Before the non-aggression pact, the Western capitalist 
powers were trying to force Hitler to go to war with the 
Soviet Union first, so that the West could sit on the 
sidelines and see the Soviet Union crushed. The non-
aggression pact bought the Soviet Union two years to 
industrialize and prepare for the war. As a result, the Red 
Army was able to play the principal role in defeating 
fascism -- something Krema-1 omits entirely.(2)

But Krema-1 isn't interested in success; they're interested 
in purity. They ignore the fact that real world movements to 
change the status quo have to make real world decisions, 
which include temporary compromise. In this Krema-1 and Emma 
Goldman have a lot in common. Emma Goldman explicitly said 
that the Spanish anarchists should remain pure, even if that 
meant they would be crushed.(1)

On their 7-inch and in their song "On the Prospect of Social 
Revolution", they explicitly attack MIM as "authoritarian" 
and call Mao a murderer. They also lump MIM and several 
other so-called Marxist groups together and claim that 
"[MIM] has no desire for universal freedom and the 
elimination of authority" and "[Marxists] want to replace a 
system that puts them in control."

In the short run, MIM admits to using the effective method 
of hierarchy and to gain control -- MIM wants the world's 
oppressed majority in control to exercise authority over the 
world's oppressing minority. Because the oppressing minority 
is armed to the teeth and will stop at nothing to preserve 
their privilege, MIM believes that placing the majority in 
authority is a necessary step towards MIM's long run goal:  
The elimination of all oppression, of all power of groups 
over groups. While MIM is working to build a dictatorship 
(ooh, shudder to think) of the proletariat, nihilistic 
complacency with the status quo allows such anti-communists 
to sit back and passively supports the dictatorship of the 

As far as the unsupported charge that Mao was a murderer is 
concerned, we suggest Krema-1 read the MIM essay, "Was Mao a 
Butcher?"(3) Krema-1's unsubstantiated charges against Mao 
and Stalin and their "anti-authoritarian" demagoguery only 
serve to cover up the fact that they have no real 
alternative to the communist path forward. Mao lead the 
Chinese people closer to communism and the eradication of 
oppression of groups over other groups than has ever 
happened historically. With Marxism-Leninism-Maoism as our 
ideology we can carry on the struggle stage by stage rather 
than preaching to others about the mistakes of those taking 
action to move history forward.

1. See MIM Theory 8, "The Anarchist Ideal and Communist 
2. See MIM Theory 6, "The Stalin Issue."
3. See the pamphlet, "What is MIM?"

* * *


by a RAIL comrade

Hardcore crowds often epitomize what MIM refers to as first 
world youth who have not yet bought into supporting 
imperialism. The underground music scene attracts youth who 
don't fit into mainstream society and some who are looking 
to change it. White youth vacillate between assimilation and 
revolution. They have reasons to rebel, but they also have 
reasons to assimilate or "rebel" ineffectually. Hardcore is 
often referred to as a movement -- though there are no set 
goals or strategy, the scene can provide a forum for 
progressive ideas. MIM and RAIL organize these youth to work 
against the system entirely, not just through individual 
acts of kindness or rebellion, but through strong organized 
methods to tear Amerika down entirely.

The general rejection of Amerikan culture is evident in some 
of the currents of the scene. For instance many youth reject 
all forms of drug use as inhibiting to their ability to 
function clearly. Many also reject Amerikan romance culture 
and promiscuity as destructive outlets for one's potential. 
General condemnation of capitalist greed and selling out is 
also common within the hardcore scene.

RAIL recently took the opportunity to participate in a 
three-day hardcore festival organized by two ambitious 
hardcore youth. The program included music and other 
culture, as well as tables set up by a variety of political 
organizations -- some reformists, some anarchists, some 
identity-politics groups, and, of course, RAIL.

RAIL set up a table with petitions, literature and T-shirts. 
There was relatively high interest in what RAIL and MIM have 
to say as was evident by the number of people who stopped to 
browse through our literature and ask questions. RAIL 
distributed a lot of newspapers, theory journals and sold 
fundraising T-shirts as well and was generally received 

One festival workshop, set up by students and a self-
proclaimed radical professor, focused on language and ideas 
in Amerikan culture and the necessity to recognize their 
roles and change them. Though the presenters mentioned the 
material advantage of middle class Amerika and the 
oppressive role of the U.$. government in world politics, 
this was not the focus of the presentation. They did not 
stress the need for material change, rather the change of 
ideas and thought. Principally focusing on changing ideas 
ignores the fact that oppressive culture stems from the 
oppressive imperialist system, not vice versa.

The weekend was successful for RAIL, as we reached a lot of 
people with revolutionary information. Often young people 
have great potential without the knowledge or outlet to use 
it. Many young people in the hardcore scene have the 
progressive potential to become revolutionaries, but 
anarchist ideas seem to prevail rather than more scientific 
communist ideas. Throughout history youth have played an 
important leadership role in revolutions. They will continue 
to do so and MIM and RAIL organize youth to learn from 
history and move forward along the quickest path to 
liberation and the elimination of oppression.

* * *


Jonathan Larson's musical Rent is about the lives of middle 
class Amerikan youth who rebel against capitalist society's 
alienation and its commodification of necessities -- for 
example, rent. These youth "drop out of society" and live as 
anarchist squatters in the lower east side of Manhattan. 
Larson's indirect autobiography focuses mainly on the lives 
of ten characters -- half with AIDS -- who, alienated by 
patriarchy and capitalism, left suburban homes to rebel.

Rent falls far short of being a revolutionary play because 
ultimately its characters pursue individual happiness 
instead of meaningful social change. But there are two 
positive aspects to Rent: (a) it exposes the subordinate 
role of youth under patriarchy, and (b) it serves as a 
negative example by showing the incorrect, assimilationist 
choices some youth make in response to decadent Amerikan 

The play accurately expresses the way material conditions of 
Amerikan youth can shape their political outlook. The 
characters want to change society only to a certain extent 
(like doing away with rent) but want to keep the rest of 
imperialist society, like patriarchal romance culture. 
Within the white nation, youth are the most revolutionary-
minded group, because they have not yet been totally bought 
off, and they have more to gain from socialism, like a clean 
environment, and end to war, and an end to patriarchy. But 
the material conditions of oppressor nations give youth the 
choice to side with imperialism or not. They can whole-
heartedly remain complacent to their own oppression and move 
up to be fully enfranchised parasites or they can side with 
the international proletariat against imperialism. In the 
case of Rent, Larson tries to have it both ways:  his 
activist characters buck the system in symbolic ways only. 
When symbolic activism fails to change the world the 
characters adopt the same thing mainstream pop culture 
endorses for alienated youth:  nihilism and apathy.

Larson creates a myriad of potential sexual relationships 
between various characters. Just about every character 
presumably hates the social status quo, yet the play still 
promotes the idea of finding "love" with one other and 
making that a main priority in life. This accepts the 
bourgeois ideals of individualism simply because it focuses 
on individuals as more important then society. It also 
upholds patriarchy by saying that sexual relationships are a 
requirement for "happiness" when true happiness in an 
oppressive system is impossible. In the big picture, Rent 
puts forward a practice that works to fuel the oppressive 
system that its anarchist characters are explicitly 
rebelling against.

In all of this blatant acceptance, Larson does manage to 
expose some aspects of a capitalist society. In the title 
song two of the main characters sing about the contradiction 
between classes under capitalism. Those at the bottom are 
falsely accused of being lazy, but, as Larson points out, 
that inability to work comes from the society's unequal 
distribution, leaving some starving and cold while others 
have multiple times what they need to survive.

Some of the characters in Rent try to use their art to open 
up people's eyes to the oppression all around them. One 
character documents the lives of the homeless; another 
defends her tent city performance space against big money 
developers; yet another acts as a lawyer for unwed mothers. 
This is all very progressive in exposing the system, but 
falls short on changing it. Instead of focusing on overall 
systematic revolutionary change, the characters think only 
of small changes to an overall dying imperialist system. 
Most of the characters' art is either never shown or is 
bought out by big media people who sensationalize their 
actions into stunts. The end result is that only a few 
people, namely close friends, ever see the really 
progressive parts. This again puts change into a very small 
context that only a few individuals benefit from rather then 
into social systematic change.

Another important theme in Rent relevant to the oppressed is 
AIDS. The capitalist system has no interest in finding a 
treatment (let alone a cure) for AIDS which all can afford. 
Existing treatments cost tens of thousands of dollars each 
year -- hard enough for an uninsured Amerikan to pay, 
clearly impossible for an African peasant. The big 
pharmaceutical companies get big profits by elongating the 
release of new, more effective drugs and pimping off of 
patient's medical necessities.

In such circumstances, many with HIV feel great despair, and 
in Rent, one character commits suicide after finding out she 
and her boyfriend have AIDS. The boyfriend locks himself in 
his house until he meets another womyn. Besides the reliance 
on romance to solve one's problems via escape with the 
"ideal" mate, socially motivated self-hatred also ends up 
destroying the individual. Capitalist society blames the 
individual for their illness or social situation while 
allowing entire groups of people to oppress others. 
Scapegoating individuals, like in the case of the criminal 
injustice system, turns all of society's attention away from 
the oppression that imperialism relies on for its existence. 
Focusing on superficial quests like romance comes directly 
from this. But this ignores the facts that oppression is 
systematic and no one can truly be happy if you care at all 
about oppression.

Despite all of this good exposure, Larson falls into an 
anarchist individualist line that indirectly supports what 
he is supposedly against. Rent's The characters want to 
struggle and change some backwards aspects of society, but 
want to keep all those things that allow them to still hold 
a degree of power, namely individualism and patriarchy.

To the characters of Rent and those who sympathize with 
them, we say:  Don't turn to lifestyle politics. There can 
be no lifestyle free of oppression as long as we live in an 
oppressive system. Instead, work with MIM and RAIL to 
actually change the system and create a society where all 
people are valued without the presence of oppression.

***MIM received the following handwritten note from Dennis 
Brutus, former political prisoner, anti-apartheid activist, 
and poet, in response to MIM Notes 141, which carried 
coverage of the release of former Black Panther Geronimo 
JiJaga Pratt after 25 years of imprisonment for a crime he 
did not commit:***

His voice
breaking through walls
riding over years
is strong:
he has endures
[it] is a vibrant assertion
we will persist
until we have justice
until we are free

For Geronimo, July 1997
Dennis Brutus

* * *


In a MIM-led study group we were recently discussing Stalin 
and why people are unable to take a materialist approach to 
analyzing Stalin's successes and failures. People look at 
what Stalin did and say "well, people died so he was a 
failure" but this idealism is just not realistic when you 
are talking about overthrowing imperialism and building 
socialism not to mention taking on fascist Germany.

We concluded that one big problem in Amerika is culture that 
teaches us to expect the good guys to win without having to 
spare even a single life. In the movies this idealism is 
rampant where the good guys can be dumber and weaker and 
still make the decision not to compromise on anything and 
win without even getting their hands dirty. Batman was a 
good example of a movie like this. Stalin may have led the 
Soviet people to defeat fascism but he will never measure up 
to Batman in the eyes of imperialist culture. Amerikans only 
want perfect heroes.

Batman's enemies in this latest movie were Poison Ivy and 
Freeze. Poison Ivy was an extremist environmentalist who 
wanted to kill off humanity and all animals so that plants 
could rule the earth. Freeze was a physicist soured by the 
sickness of his wife who was willing to do anything to get 
the money to research a cure for her disease so that he 
could bring her out of deep freeze and save her life. Ivy 
was a cunning womyn who convinced Freeze to join forces with 
her to destroy humanity. She used sex to attract men she 
wanted to manipulate, used them and then would kill them 
with a deadly kiss.

The movie had some fun underlying plots. The young cousin of 
Alfred the servant, whose parents died when she was a kid, 
took up motorcycle racing to deal with the pain. She decided 
she wanted to take Alfred away from his position of 
servitude. Her tirades against the role of servant were 
noble but Alfred was quite happy in his position running the 
heroic household of Batman and Robin.

The young cousin of Alfred decided she wanted to help out 
Batman and Robin and so after years of being strictly male 
superheros, the team acquired a female sidekick:  Batgirl. 
Through the victorious struggle Batman learned to trust 
Robin, to accept the illness of his beloved servant, 
overcome the wiles of evil womyn Ivy, and help Freeze to 
regain his humanity. And while doing all that he saved 
Gotham from sure freezing death without even sparing a life 
of a dumb cop or helpless scientist.

Yep, fun movie, but Stalin will never measure up to Batman 
so I guess humanity will just have to wait around until 
Batman saves us from the imperialists because real people 
can't win the battle without a few causalities along the 

* * *



This Under Lock & Key edition focuses on the ongoing 
struggle against censorship within Amerikan gulags.
Prisoners and comrades under lock and key have encountered 
various types of censorship. Some states blanket a ban on 
literature and correspondence. In other states, prisoncrats 
censor literature case by case depending its content or the 
political whims of mailroom supervisors. Some prisons use 
minor regulations to justify political censorship. For 
instance, prisoncrats claim that books must be only 
paperback, new and from the publisher and cannot be 
authorized photocopied books. The specific requirements and 
regulations vary, but the purpose is the same ˝ political 
censorship to prevent prisoners from obtaining historical 
and political information which will aid in struggles 
against oppression.

MIM prints articles and letters which expose censorship 
across Amerikkka because our aim is to educate and organize 
to build support for revolution. Amerikkka does not want 
information which exposes its oppressive strategy to reach 
the oppressed. Amerikka fears the development of opposition 
to its repression and systematic brutality, torture, and 
imprisonment based on imperialist interests. We want 
prisoners and non-prisoners alike to learn about the nature 
of Amerika, take the information and struggle against 
oppression by building solid foundations to ultimately crush 
imperialism and settler nation colonialism.

Articles written by comrades under lock and key explain 
repression faced in struggles to build opposition to 
oppression. To build support for revolution, we must be able 
to contact our comrades under lock and key and make 
information available to them. The fight against censorship 
is an necessary reformist tactic which we use to tackle the 
obstacle of reaching our comrades. Lead by genuine 
proletarian leadership, reformist battles against censorship 
can be successfully fought. Reformist battles which are 
necessary should be fought to create enough leverage to 
organize and should not stray from our primary objectives -- 
to achieve national liberation for Amerika's internal 
colonies and build socialism.

Comrades under lock and key should send us information about 
the specific censorship policies of your captors. Finding 
which methods of censorship and which justifications are 
used can help MIM and MIM supporters on the outside better 
aid prisoners in their requests for information. In some 
cases letters of protest, grievances, lawsuits and public 
pressure can reverse censorship policies. Prisoners should 
also send specific names and addresses of the appropriate 
prisoncrat who should receive letters of protest. Sending 
the name and address of the warden, superintendent or 
publications approval committee can improve the chances of 
letters of protests reaching the appropriate people.

Comrade interested in fighting Amerikan censorship should 
write to receive MIM Notes #136 which includes the "How to 
fight prison censorship:  A guide for prisoners." Another 
important resource for battles against censorship is 
Prisoners Self Help Litigation Manual for $29.95 (for 
prisoners) and $39.95 (plus postage for non-prisoners) from 
Oceana Publications, Inc., 75 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 
10522 (914) 693-1320.


A couple of months ago I received a letter from one of you, 
asking me if I was receiving your newspaper, MIM Notes. I 
wrote back explaining that I had NOT been receiving MIM 
Notes. I had thought you simply stopped sending it to me. 
Recently I received a letter from you telling me that I am 
being censored. So I immediately wrote to the 
superintendent, a supervisor at missouri department of 
corrections, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

So TODAY I received the two March issues of MIM Notes.

I [had] not received MIM Notes for about a year. Had you not 
thoughtfully written me, I would have went on thinking you 
had simply stopped sending me MIM Notes. This is why it is 
so important for all of us who are in these prisons to write 
you more -- so we will know what's going on, and if the 
paper stopped arriving we can find out immediately that it's 
being censored.

I received the papers today because these pigs know I have 
been made aware that they have been censoring it. And I'm 
known for suing.

For the last two months I've been placed on grievance 
restriction in retaliation for the act of filing grievances 
and for using disrespectful language in some of my 
grievances. Prison officials placed me on this status in an 
attempt to prevent me from filing lawsuits for prison 
conditions violations. The united snakes congress passed the 
prison litigation reform act. Among other things, this act 
gives prisons the ability to stop all lawsuits from being 
filed against them by denying a prisoner the right to file a 
grievance. The law makes it mandatory for prisoners to 
exhaust the grievance procedure BEFORE they may sue.

 -- A Missouri Prisoner, 9 April 1997


Thank you all for keeping in touch with me and the books you 
sent as well. We are still having problems with the prison 
administration here. And our rights are being violated and 
privileges being taken by the administration. [They] have us 
confined to quarters 24 hours a day for weeks at a time now. 
Staff are deliberately destroying or tampering with our 
personal property and mail;  and confiscating legal 
materials as well, from us in administrative segregation. We 
now need help to file a 42USC1983 complaint against guards, 
administration and other staff here in the Institution.

 -- A Delaware Prisoner, 21 February 1997

Letters of protest can be sent to: M.P.C.J.F, Gander Hill 
Prison, PO Box 9561, Wilmington, DE 19809


These prisoncrats have kidnapped my copies of the MIM Theory 
Journals 1-10 and the "What is MIM?" Pamphlet that you 
mailed to me. They sent me a notice stating that the 
publications review committee was going to review them. So I 
sent back the notice stating that I would like to exercise 
my rights and file a statement of support, speak to a 
committee member personally and, write to the publishers of 
publications and send them the form provided by the 
committee. But because of the red tape, I was denied my 
rights to challenge the committee. I wasn't sent the form 
that I requested from them! They decided on the Publications 
on 4-24-97, and decided I shouldn't have them because 
supposedly "publication contains white supremacy literature, 
which attempts to spread hate messages."

Now I need a letter of support from you comrades so that 
when I give my grievance to the Director, I can exactly show 
them what the journals are about and be able to get them 

 -- An Illinois Prisoner, 25 April 1997

Letters of Protest can be sent to: Pontiac Corrections 
Center, PO Box 99, 700 W. Lincoln, Pontiac, IL 61764


I am a prisoner at Pelican Bay State Prison in the SHU 
[Segregated Housing Unit]. My MIM Notes arrived here in this 
KKK prison and were not given to me because this KKK Captain 
P. Dillard said that my MIM Notes No. 133 pages 1, and 8; 
No. 134 pages 1, 7, 8, and 11; No. 135 pages 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 
and 11; No 136 pages 3, 4, 6, 8, and 11: "Incites Riots, or 
any form of violence to any person or group and is 
soliciting a response from an inmate"

So this KKK P. Dillard is keeping them and throwing them in 
the trash. But please keep sending me the MIM Notes because 
I have filed an inmate appeal form and when I win they will 
pay for every issue they throw away. We must stop this 
Pelican KKK Bay State Prison from doing what they please to 
our materials. People of struggle please write the Warden at 
this prison to have my MIM Notes given to me.

-- A California Prisoner, 14 May 1997

Letters of Protest can be sent to: Warden, Steven Gambra 
Jr., Pelican Bay State Prison, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City, 
CA 95532-7500


Dear Comrades, The power of the press, and the efforts of 
Comrades joining together, has seemed to be successful in 
helping me.

Regarding the jail censoring my MIM Notes, you printed a 
letter in the April 15th issue ["Censorship in Florida 
Continues"], asking for comrades to support my right to read 
MIM Notes. Just today the April issues were delivered, 
uncensored, and I was allowed both copies. A first since 
last year.

My thanks to all Comrades who called or wrote the jail in 
support of MIM Notes. It is by joining together that we can 
and will overcome this oppression forced upon us by the in-
justice system. If we can change one jail's policy, and then 
another, and another, the system will be reformed. It is NOT 
an overnight success story, but it is with a grain of sand 
we begin to build (or unbuild) these wall of injustice, into 
walls of hope.

Keep up the fight for your rights, for our rights, and never 
give into the KKKorection mentality! You are someone and we 
are all going to make them realize it one day.

In Struggle,

 -- A Florida Prisoner, 5 May 1997


Right now I am having problems with the mailroom here, about 
the book you sent me. They have confiscated it because they 
claim that MIM is not a publisher. I am fighting them 
through the inmates grievance procedure. Our oppressors 
don't want us to have anything that they think would wake us 
up to the revolutionary [thoughts] that are coming to pass.

I still haven't been receiving the MIM papers which I would 
like to continue.

Here in Florida our legislator and court system are 
perfecting the laws in Florida to carry out the murdering 
system like Texas. Right now the murdering system is on hold 
until Sept. 1, 1997. The lower courts are having hearings on 
whether or not the electric chair is cruel and unusual 
punishment. The public doesn't care whether or not the chair 
is cruel and unusual punishment. The public don't give a 
damn about that, they want blood. When the hearing is over 
and done with the court will say that the chair is just fine 
and they will continue to slaughter our asses as if we were 

-- A Florida Prisoner, 3 June 1997

Letters of Protest can be sent to: M. L. Graves, Mail Room 
Supervisor, Union Correctional Institution, PO Box 221, 
Raiford, FL 32083 or telephone (904) 431-2131


I have been receiving my MIM Notes with no problem for over 
a year. But the last issue that was sent to me the mailroom 
sent me a contraband slip. They are holding it because they 
claim it did not come from the publisher, but I was under 
the impression that MIM is its own publisher.

If indeed you are, try to contact these people here and make 
them aware of it so I can get my MIM Notes that they are 
holding as contraband. The lady in the mailroom is B. Singer 
and the superintendent's mane is Mr. Germany. Please try to 
help me receive my MIM Notes. Don't worry I keep my faith 
strong all the time. This injustice system can't get me 
down. Please try to clear this matter up.

I remain strong.

 -- A Florida Prisoner, 1 July 1997

Letters of Protest can be sent to: B. Singer, Mailroom 
Supervisor, and/or Mr. Germany, Superintendent, Washington 
Correctional Institution, PO Box 510, Vernon, FL 32462


As I trust you may be aware of by now, the 4/1/97 and 
4/15/97 issues of your publication -- if not my entire 
subscription has since been rejected by officials here per 
the enclosed notice. I have since, as of 5/11/97, initiated 
a grievance along with a request to review the rejected 
materials. As soon as I receive a response or exhaust all of 
my administrative remedies, I will send you a copy of same 
for future reference or further litigation purposes. 12 May 
1997 As I trust you are aware -- the May 1 and May 15th, 
1997 issues of MIM Notes have also been rejected or 
confiscated. However, for some reason, I just received the 
June 1, 1997 and July 1, 1997 issues in the mail! So please 
keep the newspapers coming.

In solidarity,

 -- A Florida Prisoner, 9 July 1997


I want to inform you that before receiving these important 
MIM Notes, this correctional department submitted them 
through the Media Review for approval. A few weeks later 
they were given to me. So this means that the MIM Notes 
newspaper is approved in this Solitary Special Housing Unit.

In Struggle,

 -- A New York Prisoner 9 June 1997


I'm writing to inform you that I received the May issues of 
MIM Notes. I also wanted to tell you that I didn't receive 
the MIM Theory that you sent. It appears as though SCI-Green 
has chosen now to make its move toward censorship. I've been 
informed that the MIM Theory is being withheld for review by 
the Publication Review Committee (PRC). They will notify me 
when a decision is made, whether or not it will be allowed 
into my possession.

But you and I know will not [be allowed]. So any help that 
you can give will be of great help. When I receive the 
decision, I'll inform you. If it is not in my favor, I will 
appeal their action. I'm willing to fight for what I believe 
in and this is no exception.

In Struggle,

 -- A Pennsylvania Prisoner, 3 June 1997

Letters of Protest can be sent to: State Correctional 
Institution-Greene, 1040 E Roy Furman Hwy, Waynesburg, PA 


I have been relocated to the State Correctional Institution 
at Dallas, PA, RHU [Restrictive Housing Unit] Sensory 
Deprivation Unit. Your newspapers were forwarded to this 
institution. However, these brain dead assholes stop the 
newspapers [March 97 MIM Notes] at the door, for the reasons 
they allege on the enclosed pink slip. Right now I am a 
little put out, as these racist people here are so far back 
in the middle ages with their mode of thinking. They don't 
realize that there is a world outside of Dallas, PA.

I'm not interested in reading about football, or sports, or 
sex magazine, hunting catalogs, etc. They allow all that 
type of crap in here.

 -- A Pennsylvania Prisoner, 14 May 1997

Letters of protest can be sent to: Superintendent David H. 
Larkins, State Corrections Institution - Dallas, Drawer K, 
Dallas, PA 18612-0286


I regret to inform you, that the Limon Correctional Facility 
has taken it upon themselves to ban MIM Notes and Notas 
Rojas. The reasons given:  The paper advocates violence and 
armed revolution;  furthermore it was stated you are 
advocating racial hatred. Since March 3, 1997 I have not 
received either paper.

What I would like your staff to do is write this facility 
and inquire why the papers are not being allowed in this 
facility. Furthermore a call out for others to write here 
would be great. Write to the following assholes:  Carol 
Soares, Review Committee Chair, and/ or Robert Furlong, 
Superintendent of Limon Correctional Facility, at PO Box 
10,000, Limon, CO 80826.

En Lucha,

 -- A Colorado Prisoner, 10 June 1997


I received my first 2 publications on June 3, 1997. One of 
the papers was taken by the White Supremacist, Angela S. 
Milbern, Mailroom Supervisor.

I have started a discussion group and a study group on our 
struggle with the Administration. My Rail Notes was taken by 
the mailroom without property censored denial forms from 
Angela S. Milbern. [Milbern] took the publication out of the 
package of MIM Notes.

I would appreciate it if someone could write her here or 
call her in the mailroom to see why she's holding my MIM 
Notes and RAIL Notes without proper appeal or denial forms.


 -- A Texas Prisoner

Letters of Protest can be sent to: Angela S. Milbern, 
Mailroom Supervisor, 2101 FM 369 North, Iowa Park, TX 76367-
6568, or telephone (817) 855-7477


by a RAIL comrade

Alfonso Johnson is currently serving 25-years-to-life under 
the three strikes law in Cocoran State Prison. He was 
convicted in May 1996 for possession of PCP, his seventh 
felony arrest. He was framed by the pigs in a case that 
clearly demonstrates the nature of the criminal injustice 

Johnson wrote to a San Diego county Black newspaper and 
explained the circumstances surrounding his arrest. At the 
time of his arrest, Johnson was under the influence of PCP 
and was naked. A pig ordered a womyn in the room to put a 
pair of shorts on him. The shorts were searched before and 
after they were put on and were found empty. Johnson was 
then hog-tied and taken to the police station. He was cuffed 
to a chair by the wrists and ankles. Pig-officer Derrough 
then placed a vial of PCP in Johnson's pocket. This 
information was omitted in the police report and the trial.

Because of a bruise on his face, Johnson was refused 
admission to the county jail and taken to the Harbor View 
Hospital. As he was exiting the hospital, he threw the vial 
at pig Derrough and stated, "you forgot something." This was 
entered into the police record as "here, forgot something". 
Johnson pointed out in his letter that his lawyer failed to 
ask the crucial questions which would have raised 
considerable doubt about the authority of the police record.

The questions that should have been asked in Johnson's words 
are: "Where did the vial come from. If you are saying [he] 
was naked on your arrival, then you authorized a person that 
isn't in law enforcement to put a pair of short pants that 
had one pocket on the prisoner. There was nothing in the 
pants because you state they were fully searched. Where did 
the vial of PCP come from?"

Johnson closes the letter with a reflection on his life and 
his sentence: "In all reality, I was just under the 
influence of PCP. I am a victim of my past, not of the 
charge. I have done things in my past that I am not proud 
of. I grew up with several different relatives and never had 
a strong father figure while growing up... I was very much 
confused and lost to the street way of life. I started using 
PCP at the age of 12 or 13. But all the bad I've done, I own 
up to it and paid my price to society. All that was looked 
at was my past, not the controlling facts in this case. For 
any man to receive a life sentence in this case where the 
facts speak for themselves is not justice."

MIM says that in this white chauvinist imperialist society, 
the cards are stacked against Blacks in the Amerikan legal 
system. As this Black newspaper pointed out, since it passed 
in November 1994, the three strikes law "has cut a wide 
swath among California's Black male population with prison 
being their destinations." The three strikes law is being 
used to further oppress Blacks and other oppressed nationals 
and keep them locked down in Amerikan dungeons.

Johnson's history is not unique to him, but is the product 
of the historical and material on-going conditions of brutal 
exploitation and oppression of the Black nation by the 
Amerikan imperialists. But repression breeds resistance and 
the struggle continues. The bourgeoisie's fear of the 
oppressed is palpable. MIM, the PIRAO and RAIL are building 
towards the day when another Maoist-led Black Panther Party 
phoenixes from within the Black nation to lead them to true 
Freedom from the shackles of oppression.

NOTES: The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint, 7/17/97, A1, B6, 

* * *


MIM seeks to build public opinion against 
Amerika's criminal injustice system, and to 
eventually replace the bourgeois injustice system 
with proletarian justice. The bourgeois 
injustice system imprisons and executes a 
disproportionately large and growing number of 
oppressed people while letting the biggest mass 
murderers - the imperialists and their 
lackeys - roam free. Imperialism is not opposed to 
murder or theft, it only insists that these crimes 
be committed in the interests of the bourgeoisie.

MIM does not advocate that all prisoners go free 
today; we have a more effective program for 
fighting crime as was demonstrated in China prior 
to the restoration of capitalism there in 1976. We 
say that all prisoners are political 
prisoners because under the dictatorship of the 
bourgeoisie, all imprisonment is substantively 
political. It is our responsibility to exert 
revolutionary leadership and conduct 
political agitation and organization among 
prisoners ˝ whose material conditions make them an 
overwhelmingly revolutionary group. Some prisoners 
should and will work on self-criticism under a 
future dictatorship of the proletariat in those 
cases in which prisoners really did do 
something wrong by proletarian standards.


*1. Struggle with, work with, finance and join 
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-
Maoist party. The oppressors will not give up 
power without a fight.
*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. 
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 
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 
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 
*6. Stay in touch. Keep us informed of pro-
work you do. Our readers might find it educational 
or inspirational.

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