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[Abuse] [Civil Liberties] [High Desert State Prison] [California]
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HDSP Obstructs Legal Work

Sergeant S. S. Crandell, Yega, S. Motto, S. Byers, and Fish victimized me on 15 October. They stole my television and lied, saying it had wires sticking out.

Guard Yega handcuffed me and took me to the program office over a 602 [grievance] for indigent envelopes I never received. When I returned to the cell, all my legal materials were in a large pile on the floor, covered with shampoo, coffee, hair styling gel and baby powder. My television was gone. Officer S. Motto threatened to kick my ass if I 602ed it.

Can you please help? My aunt has cancer, and my family is sick living on a fixed income.

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[Abuse] [Northern Correctional Institution] [Connecticut]
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Handcuffing in the Exercise Yard

I want to tell my story about what's happening to me and others like me. I'm labeled a Security Risk Group Threat Member (SRGTM) because I fight against oppression. Me and other members of groups are being targeted. We are being punished, and the form of punishment being use is violating the United States Constitution 8th Amendment. During our legally mandated meaningful hour recreation in outside air, I and other SRGTM prisoners are being handcuffed behind the back, and we can't properly get exercise while handcuffed in this painful way. After a half hour with my hands cuffed behind my back my wrists and shoulders are in pain, and this pain continues even after the cuffs are removed. And all SRGTM have been going through this for 5 to 6 months, maybe more. I believe this is cruel and unusual punishment.

Here's what I wrote to the unit manager captain Marinelly. I also wrote to Deputy Warden Faucher, Warden Angel Quiros, and Commissioner Leo Arnone. These people, these pigs of oppression, don't have morals or principles.


Mr. Marinelly,

I am hereby addressing this policy that the administration has put into effect. This is my second complaint, since early this year about this condition where security risk group threat members have to be handcuffed behind the back. This in fact is a violation of my 8th amendment, the right to be free "cruel and unusual punishment", as guaranteed by the eighth amendment of the United States constitution...

I am an A.S./Phase 2 prisoner, I am also labeled as a Security Risk Group Threat Member and due to that label I am forced to be handcuffed with my hands behind my back if I want to go outside to exercise for my entitled one hour recreation. I already have pain in my wrist and shoulders being cuffed from the back for an hour. How can I exercise like that?

Sir, if you take a look at the "Connecticut prisoners right handbook" and look at chapter 8 page 66, "Exercise and Recreation," you'll in fact see how serious and severe this violation is.

Paragraph 2 explains this: Prison officials cannot take a prisoners' "exercise privileges for a substantial amount of time without a good reason. Restrictions on exercise must be limited to 'unusual circumstances in which exercise is impossible because of disciplinary needs.'"

Indeed, the fact that a prisoner is violent may justify segregating him or her from general prison population, but does not necessarily justify prison failure to make other exercise arrangements. In addition, prison may not invoke cost consideration in denying prisoners the opportunity to exercise.

Prisoners' right to exercise does not require prisons to provide games or weight equipment for indoor or outdoor exercise areas since reliance on running, calisthenics, and isometric and aerobic exercise satisfies the exercise requirements of the 8th amendment. Prison need only provide time and space.

Sir, how can one do any of the above mentioned exercises that satisfies the requirements of the 8th amendment with his hands cuffed behind his back. This situation isn't for a week or two weeks, but for however long it takes for those who are "SRGTM" to get to 2 East, those of us have to do 4 months as phase 1 with our hands cuffed behind our back. So a month in AS/phase 2 and 4 months in phase 1 of the SRGTM equals 5 months or more. I believe that is a substantial amount of time, wouldn't you agree?

This violation not only deprives me of my adequate exercise. May I remind you that's protected by our 8th amendment of the United States constitution. It also puts me in danger, how can one defend himself if someone slips his cuffs off and attacks me while my hands are cuffed behind my back. I am asking, Sir. Marinelly that this violation be investigated and corrected immediately.


MIM(Prisons) adds:
This is yet another example of the brutality of the Amerikan criminal injustice system which barely pays lip service to even following their own rules and regulations. Because these are not just individual cases, MIM(Prisons) focuses on fighting the entire system. We know that we can't win until imperialism is defeated. But exposing the injustice system and organizing prisoners in a United Front are important for developing the anti-imperialist struggle here in the belly of the beast.

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[Culture] [ULK Issue 17]
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Otomatik Attak by FLATTBUSH

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Flattbush's newest album Otomatik Attak (Koolarrow Records) is a prime example of form meeting content to create a superior piece of cultural art. A metal/grind band out of Los Angeles founded by two members originally from the Philippines, Flattbush keeps a "fuck the system" tradition alive with themes of atheism, revolt, and anti-capitalism. These comrades scream for liberation in English, Tagalog, and Kapampangan, accompanied by guest vocals in Spanish. They go the distance lyrically by focusing on U.$. fascism and imperialism in the Philippines, calling on the people to stand up against the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo dictatorship in people's war.

From "Dear Uncle Sam,"

the sadistic american imperialists
they are always at war and they always dictate
so they can maintain their self interests
but uncle sam we are not afraid of your high tech warfare and atomic bombs
uncle sam
fuck you uncle sam
it is necessary to take action
it is necessary to oust the u.s. gloria fascist regime
if not now
then when?

And from "Otomatik Attak,"

automatic attack
on the people
the strike of the fascist
to wipe out
the solution to their attack is to counter attack
people's war

Flattbush hopes to expand their cultural work to the Philippines in the near future, live! To show solidarity with the peasant masses, the lead vocalist often performs in a conical straw hat and plain jacket, similar to a Mao suit. Supporting his powerful and compelling vocals, the bassist, guitarist, and drummer are all phenomenal players. On stage they are humble, not pausing for applause between songs. This album would satisfy anyone into metal for the music, or anyone who is fighting intensely for revolution. Get more info about Flattbush from [url=http://www.flattbush.com.

]www.flattbush.com.

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[Elections] [Culture] [ULK Issue 17]
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Professional Sports = Passion of Decadence

SF Giants fans stomp out car
When people react this way to a Black man being murdered execution style by the pigs, the city of Oakland blamed it on "outside agitators."

1 November 2010, The San Francisco Giants won the World Series, and in addition to the tens of thousands of fans in the stadium, an estimated 12 million people watched the game on TV (not counting the millions watching in sports bars, restaurants and other public venues). As in other winning cities in years past, the city of the winning team erupted into “joyful mayhem,” as the San Francisco Chronicle calls it, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets in drunken celebration that included property destruction, traffic disruption, and violence.

In classic bourgeois press form, pretending neutrality, the SF Chronicle’s headline article today was titled “SF Giants Series Celebration is Joyful Mayhem” and stated: “On Market Street, the celebration quickly turned wild and unruly, with an estimated 7,000 revelers in the streets, some jumping on cars, rocking Muni buses, tossing beer bottles, lighting fireworks and blocking traffic at Seventh Street.” A much smaller article, hidden on the Chronicle website, also mentioned “In the Mission, there have been reports of fires, broken windows and an alleged stabbing.” Compare this with the same newspaper’s January 8, 2009 report on the Oscar Grant protests. The article was titled “Protests Over BART Shooting Turn Violent” and gave a negative review of the protest which “mushroomed into several hours of violence Wednesday night as demonstrators smashed storefronts and cars, set several cars ablaze and blocked streets.”

We see that the same street violence is condoned when it’s in the name of professional sports. Police wandering the streets after the World Series were friendly, often clapping and cheering, and shutting down streets to help out traffic while enabling the celebration. During the Oscar Grant protest the cops showed up in riot gear and attacked the crowd.

While we’re no fans of imperialist elections, the World Series victory happened the night before election day and begs the comparison: people are more passionate about baseball than they are about the political future of their country/state/city. This is no surprise to those of us familiar with the decadence of Amerikan imperialism. Amerikans don’t need to worry about politics – the government is working in their interests to secure resources at the expense of Third World peoples to maintain wealth at home.

Sports passion includes a remarkable number of fans cheering “we did it!” and “we won!” as if they had anything to do with the team that won the game. In reality the SF Giants, like all professional sports teams, are made up of players from across the country, who are paid a ridiculous amount of money to wear a jersey for this team. Their allegiance to the city lasts only as long as the paycheck continues. In fact people point to statistics about the Giants' last World Series victory 56 years ago when they were based in New York as if that team had something more in common with the SF Giants than the font they use for their logo.

MIM(Prisons) would like to take all the sports passion in Amerika and turn it against imperialist violence or world hunger. We’d even call it progress if people get off the couch and play sports rather than get drunk watching millionaires play. Perhaps the improved circulation would help people think a bit more rationally about politics and the relative importance of professional sports.


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[Spanish] [ULK Issue 19]
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Edificando Fronteras Unidas, rodeado por el enemigo: caso estudiado de la caída del mercado domiciliario en EEUU

foreclosed McMansion

Fronteras Unidas es la teoría de unir grupos diferentes por líneas de clase para un objetivo común y interés, mientras manteniendo la independencia cuando estos grupos no están de acuerdo. La aplicación de la teoría de la frontera unida es como el reconocer de las diferentes contradicciones en la sociedad y utilizarlas en el interés del proletariado internacional. La primera frontera unida es la Frontera Unida del Anti-imperialista, la cual está formada por la mayoría de las personas quienes intereses materiales se basan en el fracaso del imperialismo. Esta es una frontera unida estratégica basada en la principal contradicción.

En este artículo hablaremos de un par de asuntos contemporáneos en los E.U. y analizaremos su potencial para el trabajo de la frontera unida. Veremos que muchos de los conflictos grandes en un país del Primer Mundo están entre las clases enemigas, pero eso no quiere decir que siempre vamos a sentarnos en el banquillo. Algunas formas de las Fronteras Unidas son tácticas y requieren una acción inmediata basada en conocimiento a fondo. Para navegar exitosamente la potencial de las Fronteras Unidas en el Primer Mundo que sirve a los intereses del Tercer Mundo proletariado, debemos tener un análisis correcto de nuestras condiciones. La primera sección de este artículo se proporciona un fondo rápida de hacernos comenzar.

La Tierra, Vivienda y la Nación de Colonos

Un argumento contra la tesis trabajo del aristocrática es que las corporaciones no tienen el interés en sacrificar sus ganancias para pagar más a los trabajadores de países del Primer Mundo, y no hay una conspiración corporativa para hacer cumplir esta conducta. Esto se basa en la teoría de mercado libre capitalista, o solo por leer los primeros capítulos de El Capital por Marx y aplicándolos como un modelo de realidad específico en todos lugares por todo el mundo. Como una clase, los capitalistas depende en la aristocracia del trabajo no sólo políticamente sino económicamente como los consumidores y engranajes de su sistema de pirámide de crecimiento de capital financiero. Y hay un lugar, al menos, donde los imperialistas EEUU pueden ejercer su voluntad como una clase social (mucho más estos días) - se llama el gobierno EEUU La promoción de propiedades domésticas por los federales es uno de los mayores ejemplos del imperialistas conscientemente construyendo una aristocracia del trabajo en el corazón del imperio.

La propiedad doméstica en la América ha sido un elemento básico de la riqueza de América desde que los colonos le robaron la tierra de la Primeras Naciones y construyeron sus hogares en ella. El valor neto de las familias americanas comparado con las primera nación y los descendientes de esclavos en los EEUU es una herencia de esta forma primitiva de acumulación. Mientras la propiedad de la tierra entre los invasores europeos los más tempranos era 100% (este es porque vinieron a las Américas), por la Guerra de Independencia de 1776, la propiedad de la tierra era todavía a 70% para la nación euro-americana.(1) Arghiri Emmanuel señaló que los salarios americanos fueron capaces de permanecer tan altos en el periodo temprano del desarrollo capitalista, aunque la propiedad de la tierra cesó de ser universal, porque la abundancia de tierra "gratis" - robada de las Primeras Naciones presentaba un plan alternativa para los colonos europeos.(2) Esta primitiva acumulación a través del genocidio fue la base de la riqueza que las trabajadores aristocráticas americanas disfrutaron mientras la industrialización transformó más de los colonos a trabajadores asalariados.

Siguiendo la lucha inter-imperialista de WWI, los EEUU han llegado a ser el podar imperialista dominante. La afluencia de riqueza que vino con esto permitió la integración de la parte de inmigrantes del sur y del este de Europea a la nación blanca conducía a la Gran Depresión.(1) Desde 1900 hasta 1950 el promedio de la propiedad domestica en los EEUU era casí un 45%, con los precios lo más bajo en la cinturón negro del sur y el más alto en los estados del Norte que eran dominados por Europeos.(3) Después de la recuperación económica que comenzó después de WWII, los EEUU se embarcó en la sub-urbanización de América con incentivos numerosos del gobierno federal para traer la propiedad domestica encima del 60% de nuevo.

Desde 1960, la propiedades doméstic se mantenido encima del 60% para los ciudadanos de los EEUU en su conjunto.(4) Esta tasa fue superior al 70% de los estadounidenses blancos en los últimos años, pero el censo no cuenta con estadísticas comparables por la raza que se remonta muy lejos. La tasa de propiedad de la vivienda por los negros y los latinos es poco menos del 50%, a pesar de la opresión nacional ha asegurado que actualmente se enfrentan la ejecución hipotecaria en forma desproporcionada.

Las teorías de Emmanuel en el "Cambio Desigual" demuestran que como los salarios significantemente más altos de las personas del primer mundo en realidad transfieren las riquezas desde el Tercer Mundo a los países imperialistas, reforzando sus ventajas económicas. Del mismo modo, la nación opresora tiene la equidad, y es capaz de aumentar la riqueza de una manera que las semi-colonias internas no son capaces de hacer a pesar de acceso a empleos de nivel explotador. Todo esto encaja con la tendencia general del capitalismo, que es la acumulación de capital. Cuanto más se tiene, más se tiende a obtener.

La Caída del Mercado Domiciliario en US

El ala izquierda del nacionalismo blanco (si se describan anarquistas, socialistas, Maoístas o democráticos) ha estado diciendo que el incremento en la reposesión de domicilios es una indicación de las contradicciones aumentados entre el proletariado americano y el capitalismo. Estas personas defienden la tierra robada que ha sido la base de riquezas para los colonos de América y la esquema pirámide moderna de propiedad domestica que es la base del sueño Americano hoy.

No solo han perdido millones de gente su domicilio por reposesión en años recientes, sino los traficantes del miedo señalan que en el "mercado hipotecario de alto riesgo resultó en la desaparición de 13 trillones de dólares en la riqueza domiciliario americano entre el medio-año de 2007 y marzo 2009. . . en el promedio, el domiciliario estadounidense ha perdido un cuarto de su riqueza en ese periodo."(5) Tantas alarmistas ignoran que estadounidenses ganaron 10 millones de dólares desde 2006 a 2007 llegar a un nivel alto más alto, y que el valor neto de los ciudadanos del país ha generalmente ha amentado a tasas incrementando desde WWII.(6) Las subidas y bajadas más grandes en todos los mercados financieras son seguramente señales de crisis, pero para actuar como los americanos se han estado hundidos a condiciones del Tercer Mundo en el 2010, es ridículo. ¡Si solamente esas activistas gritaran tan fuerte para ellos que realmente tienen que vivir en condiciones del Tercer Mundo por toda sus vidas y generaciones!

La mayoría, si no toda, la pérdida del valor neto americano es contada por carteras de acciones y valores de domicilios (las cuales se vende y se compra como acciones hoy) en otras palabras pérdidas del capital financiera. Tradicionalmente, la pequeña burguesía marxista no fue explotado, ni tampoco ha significantemente explotado de ningún otro. Para decir que ellos que ganan de inversión de capital financiera son algo menor que los miembros de la pequeña burguesía es un rechazo a la definición marxista. Con la propiedad doméstica alrededor de 68% en años reciente, eso es un sólido dos tercios de las gente en los Estados Unidos que ciertamente cae en la categoría de la clase media, o más alto, incluye 50% de Negros y Latinos (mínimo). Este grupo tiene 210 millones de gente, o solo 3% de la población mundial en 2010, pero ellos tienen más riqueza neta de la capitalización total del mercado de todas compañías que cotizan en bolsa en el mundo.(7)

Nuestros críticos señalan a las iniquidades grandes de riqueza en los Estados Unidos como una razón de organizar americanos para la revolución. Entonces déjemos mirar sólo al 80% inferiores de los americanos, quienes eran dueñods de 15% (un insignificante arañazo de la mása) de la riqueza neta en los E.U. en 2007 (y esta fue un mínimo de 15 años para ellos).(8) Mientras su parte ha bajado unos pocos porcentajes desde 1983, un total de la riqueza neta en los E.U. se ha incrementado por cinco veces. Por eso lo más inferior 80% de americanos fueron acerca de $2.2 trillones de riqueza neta en 1983 hasta casi $10 trillones en 2007.(9) La clase media en América tiene activos que superan el Producto Interno Bruto de China(10), la potencia industrial del mundo que representa casi 20% de la población mundial. Eso se compara solo las clases americanas "media" y "pobre" a toda la nación de China, incluye su clase capitalista muy desarrollada.

Puesto que el proletariado, por definición, tiene un valor neto insignificante en forma de activos, dejemos a mirar a sus ingresos.(11) El ingreso generalmente crece proporcionalmente con la riqueza neta alrededor del mundo.(12) Casi una mitad de la población mundial vive en menos de $1000 al año. Eso es 3.14 billones de la gente vive en menos de $3 trillones en un año.(13) Ahora, antes de condenar los activos grandes americanas, hay que estar seguro que ellos son mejores en el ahorro y también el invierto de su dinero que el proletariado. En 2005 el 20% del mundo lo más rico contaba con 76.6% de todo del consumo privado de bienes. el 50% lo más pobre contaba con sólo 7.2% de consumo(13) Una estimación conservativa nos deja con los americanos consumiendo al menos de 27 veces más que la persona promedia en la mitad del mundo lo más pobre.(14) Entonces las habilidades de administrar el dinero no pueden explicar la riqueza neta americana grande.

Una sociedad humana justo y sostenible requiere que la aristocrática obrera americana se reduzca a los niveles de consumo mucho más cercanos a los del Tercer Mundo. Pero este ejercicio demuestra que esto está muy lejos de pasar, peso a los gritos de los alarmistas.

Últimamente, la contradicción que estamos describiendo está entre la aristocracia obrera y el imperialismo. Los imperialistas, en particular el capital financiero, son un clase oportunista dinámica. En contraste, las obreras aristocráticas se benefician de la estabilidad del estado actual de los asuntos.

Los capitalistas financieras eran capaces de hacer unas ganancias rápidas por la venta en corto de la aristocracia obrera, entonces los americanos están disgustados. Aunque tal vez empuja la aristocracia obrera hacia el fascismo, los capitalistas financieros están malvendiendo al consumismo de los americanos en lo que su sistema depende tanto. Lo que estamos presenciando es una contradicción interno en el sistema capitalista llevando a cabo. Los dos grupos controlan trillones de dólares en riquezas del Tercer Mundo, y anti-imperialista Frontera Unidas no tiene un interés en uno de ellos teniendo más que el otro. Hay que mantenernos sentados fuera de nosotros.

La Migración a los EEUU

Como discutido arriba, altos salarios y crecientes valores domiciliarios se reafirman en nuestro sistema económico actual, haciendo el rico más rico. Sin embargo, no podría mantenerse sin levantar una frontera afuera de lo que estas dos cosas no puede fluir. Entonces mantener los salarios y el valor domiciliario de alto está directamente relacionado con la lucha por la creciente represión de trabajadores migrantes en las fronteras de los EEUU. La contradicción en esta lucha es entre las naciones

oprimidas que están tratando de acceder a puestos de trabajo en los EEUU y la nación opresora que está intentando de mantenerlos afuera. Esta desafío a los privilegios de los países imperialistas indica que la lucha por los derechos del inmigrante es parte de la lucha anti-imperialista.

Mientras la gente del Tercer Mundo y algunos jóvenes americanos enfrentaron las obreras aristocráticas americanas en la calle, fue el Tribunal del Distrito de los E.U. quien puso en marcha una orden judicial contra la mayoría de lo dispuesto en el proyecto de ley del senado del estado de Arizona 1070 (SB1070) a la luz de una demanda presentada por el departamento de justicia (DOJ) contra el estado de Arizona. El DOJ sostuvo que la inmigración es de la jurisdicción federal y que el DOJ tenía un plan para todo el país para equilibrar sus diversos intereses relacionados con la inmigración que Arizona no se le permitiría echar a perder.

El interés de los miembros de la clase media internacionalista esta en teniendo acceso gratis a los mercados y trabajadores, no mencionar que también relaciones internacionales. Este campo incluye el gobierno federal y sus capitalistas financieros como también los negocios pequeños que solo operan en los EEUU pero dependen en el trabajo de inmigrantes. Su conflicto es con los intereses de otros miembros de la clase media y la mayoría de de la clase media americanos cuya posición de privilegio viene del elitismo de quienes son permitidos entrar a sus fuentes riquezas.

Entonces hay una frontera unida efectiva entre el internacionalismo de los más resistentes a SB1070 en ambos lados de la frontera con Méjico y el gobierno de EEUU que actua a favor de los miembros de la clase media internacional. Y por ahora, son los imperialistas quienes son los que realmente lanzan una llave en el trabajo de los americanos, aunque la contradicción es básicamente entre naciones oprimidas y naciones opresoras.

Una mayoría de los americanos, en una serie de encuestas, apoyo a SB1070, o una ley similar. El mayor porcentaje que figura en un artículo, 79% no estuvieron de acuerdo que los "inmigrantes ilegales tienen derecho a los mismos derechos las libertades fundamentales como un ciudadano de los EEUU."(15) Esta es la definición del chovinismo estadunidense. A lo mejor, un quinto de ciudadanos americanos no piensan que ellos merecen más que otras personas humanas por la virtud de haber sido nacidos en EEUU. Eso es porque nosotros dejamos de buscar un rayo de luz en el imperialismo del primer mundo.

Con los latinos, nosotros podemos ver rápidamente esta consciencia desarrollar por siguir el porcentaje de coco en la población. Una encuesta de decisiones latinas que encontró que un 12% de la población latina de votantes de la segunda generación en Arizona estaban de acuerdo con SB1070. Por la cuarta generación ha incrementado a 30% de acuerdo con la posición de coco (16) El americanismo es una creciente enfermedad que ha aclamado proporciones significantes de las semi-colonias internas de los EEUU.

Une a todos los que puedan unirse

Mientras muchos dogmáticos todavía critican a Mao por aliarse a los comunistas chinos con la clase media nacional, podemos tomar la teoría de Fronteras Unidas aún más y llegar a ejemplos de fuerzas progresivas aliándose con el gobierno de los superpoderes imperialistas del mundo contra una nación opresora. Esto nos enseña que no podemos dejar que las ideas de extrema izquierds de la pureza prevenirnos aliarse con aquellos que podrían ayudar a nuestra causa.

Los errores de la derecha en aplicar la teoría de Fronteras Unidas sucede cuando tenemos líneas incorrectas en otras partes. No reconocer que la Frontera Unida trabaja con una clase enemiga, ni llegando a ser convencida que otras contradicciones han sido resueltas y no empujada a una posición secundaria son la formas principales del derechismo para protegerse. Mao tuvo que luchar el derechismo con otros comunistas quienes pensaban que los comunistas y la clase media nacional deberían fundirse en uno, donde inevitablemente la clase media reaccionaria llevaría a causa de su poder relativo. El derechismo en los EEUU se ve como gente que se encontró con batallas legislativas sobre los derechos de obreros migrantes. Sin la liberación nacional no hay libertad para las naciones oprimidas bajo al imperialismo. Y los imperialistas siempre se oponen eso, como las nacionalistas se fajaron con los comunistas en una guerra civil cuando los Japoneses fueron forzados afuera.

No buscamos unidad por el privilegio de estar unidos. Buscamos la unidad que usa todas las fuerzas posible para parar la principal contradicción, o las batallas que empujan la contradicción principal adelante. Cuando encontramos grupos en los cuales podemos unirnos estratégicamente, las Fronteras Unidas también ofrecen un base para la unidad - crítica - unidad la cual avanza la lucha y depende de unidades revolucionarias y toda gente oprimida por un futuro mejor.

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[National Oppression] [International Connections] [Arizona] [ULK Issue 17]
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Private Prison Scandal in AZ Legislature

[img="https://www.prisoncensorship.info/art/quick/gr-ALEC-1070-624.jpg" alt=ALEC structure]

By aligning Amerikans' immediate interests with their long-term interests, the militarization of the U.$./Mexico border has become a machine that will not likely slow down on its own. This machine is propelled by the imperialist politicians, imperialist businessmen (often the same people), and the Amerikan labor aristocracy. This collusion of interests at a time when Amerikan hegemony is fragile spells danger for the oppressed nations, in particular for Aztlán.

National Public Radio (NPR) released a report this week exposing financial and political connections between the Correctional Corporation of America (CCA) and those behind Arizona's oppressive SB1070 law.(1) The law, which is still under judicial review after being put on hold, legalizes racial profiling and empowers state police to enforce federal immigration laws in the process. The scandal, now being denied by the bill's sponsor Senator Russell Pearce and others, is that they passed the law to increase their income and the profits of their corporate backers.

Without SB1070, CCA was getting an estimated $117 million a year from the federal government for imprisoning migrants. Meanwhile, Wackenhut/G4S, the next largest private prison company, has a $76 million a year contract to bus migrants around the border for the U.$. government. Of course, both of these sums are chump change compared to the $3.6 billion budget for Border Patrol in 2010.(2) All of this is federal money going to the oppressor nation to do its thing - oppress.

The essence of what is going on is Amerikans getting paid a lot of money to make sure Amerikans get paid a lot of money. That's why the border exists and why it must be militarized. If it is not, the masses whose labor value has been stolen and exported to the United $tates would come here to benefit from the fruits of their labor. Without closed borders, we can't keep the wealth inside.

The NPR report exposes the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization of state legislators and powerful corporations that get together to draft and propose laws (see figure above). The companies pay tens of thousands of dollars to attend such meetings with those who make the law. And according to NPR, the number of legislators who sponsored SB1070 was almost unprecedented and 30 out of the 36 received contributions from prison companies or prison lobbyists in the 6 months following SB1070's passage. Meanwhile, two of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's top advisers are former prison lobbyists.(1) All of this makes CCA's and Sen. Pearce's denials of corporate influence look silly.

None of this is new to CCA, which was founded in Nashville, Tennessee by former chairman of the state Republican Party, Tom Beasley and his former roomy from the U.$. Military Academy at West Point, Doc Crants. Initial investors included the governor's wife, Honey Alexander, and the Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, Ned McWherter.(3) Ever since then, their business model has relied on close political ties just as most military, defense and security business does. Apparently, CCA agrees with MIM(Prisons)'s assessment that migrants are and will continue to be the fastest growing prison population in the United $tates. But while we are fighting this trend, CCA is doing all they can to foster it.

When imperialism reaches the point where the arms of oppression are major sources of profiteering, and the people are dependent on these operations for their paychecks and standards of living (i.e. where oppression and the oppressors' financial interests become one in the same), we will see the national contradictions within imperialism heighten rapidly. This leads to increased repression both in laws and in actions but also the opportunity for raising consciousness and resistance among the oppressed nations. Even those Latinos who supported imperialist politics had to think twice about the Arizona law as it could impact their persynal safety if they visit that state. The imperialists expose their blatantly chauvinistic goals with these reactionary laws and the alliances that create the laws and it is our responsibility to point out the contradictions and organize against imperialist national oppression.

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In Unity & Struggle: Why United Front?

Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the original Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, once taught that "the purpose of a vanguard group should be to raise the consciousness of the masses through
educational programs and certain physical activities the party will participate in."

MIM(Prisons) is actively involved, along with several groups and leaders, in the building of a United Front among lumpen in the U$ and has asked the questions, "what makes up the basis for unity among the lumpen?" and "what is the basis for unity between the lumpen and the international proletariat?"

I believe that the basis of unity among prisoners and the lumpen in general is our common oppression. We are all catching hell from a common enemy, that we all come from oppressive conditions - that your community and mine, suffer from the same symptoms caused by U$ imperialism - poverty, despair, mis-education in inferior schools, addictions of various sorts, pigs killing us, etc. This is the premise that I work from in trying to unite, educate and organize with prisoners.

The unity between the lumpen and the international proletariat should be based upon the fact that we all suffer under conditions created by our principal enemy: U$ imperialism. U$ imperialism and the political economy of capitalism are at the root of all the social problems that U$ lumpen and the international proletariat suffer from.

We seek to unite with all poor and oppressed nations and the people who are willing to unite with us around the primary goal of the destruction of U$ imperialism: our principal enemy. It matters not if one is socialist or communist at this time.

The United Front has been seen throughout history to be effective strategically and tactically in revolutionary struggles. Membership in a United Front does not mean that a group loses its independence to pursue its political objectives. It means that we all agree that we should work together against our principal enemy and work with each other on projects which push development of the struggle ahead.

Our analysis should include each of these forces able to reach consensus on the above questions. We should check thoroughly each proposal and the efforts put forth to realize them by the respective forces, the extent to which resources are acquired and how allocated, the level of priority given by each force to the realization of the effort.

Without a United Front our enemies will be able to continue to defeat us and repress our organizing activities. United, our work becomes that much more effective. The more groups involved principally, the stronger our movement will become and the greater our efforts will be in combating national oppression and imperialism.

Let us push forward the struggle by pushing forward the development of the united front. Without struggle, there is no progress.

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Silent Accusation II

Give us rest, give us time
To sort out why our country doesn't realize
Torture laws and racism exist
And there's more to life than
Those Seinfield reruns you missed
As long as you have a Mazda Miata
With a full tank and a pack of smokes
You couldn't care less about 500,000 dead Iraqi children
Less names to intrude on your child's
Santa Claus naughty or nice list!?! folks?
A dead man hangs from an air vent
As a bunch of cowards laugh at him
But this man's dying breath
Pleaded for me to seek justice for him
And the justice will multiply a thousand fold
Because my strength is endless
I've chosen to pick up a revolutionary cause
And the world's vendettas
Against my supposed country
I'll carry the progressive red flag
And your overweight greedy amerikkkans
Will finally understand the meaning of sad
It's a true emotion that bubbles from within
Totally opposite than your sugar come down
And more human than your bullshit "sin"
Ring around the rosey and pop goes the weasel
Is that spittle on your lip Mr Vegetate?
Dialectics is jet fuel to your racist diesel
Give us rest, give us time
To sort out this mess we've made of our lives
Give us a chance to pay for our crimes
You have our bodies, some of our minds
What more do you want?
More pain and some fines!
Take his rigid body and cut it down
Call him worthless, call him clown
I called him friend, his mother's son
Look at his face, look what you've done

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SMU Federal Forced Psychological Treatment Program


Do you realize, it is not wise, your actions are absurd!
You know from history, there is no mystery, haven't you heard!
It's been tried again and again, successful it has never been,
you want to change reality!
Only an idiot would believe it, your report concludes the
opposite, but it's your story!

To follow a flawed plan, of a foolish man, is no less idiotic!
Federal SMU, they don't have a clue, their leader must be
psychotic!
Contractors keep on bribing, congress keeps on buying, greed
takes over the atrocity!
Employees union denying, administration outright lying, sacrifice
integrity for the money!

International courts condemn the practice, you must be actors,
lied to congress to get your wish!
You claim it's beneficial, in actuality it's detrimental, how do
you explain this!
Community communication, through human isolation, the theory
is ridiculous!
Add antagonization, mental manipulation, makes the hypothesis
preposterous!
where'd you get that data, like indicting a potato, the truth
you will always withhold!
It's a program, run for the sons of sam, one of the biggest
bullshits ever told!

Your stated objective, must be defective, the strategy is
really old!
Institutionalization, of the entire nation, seems to be your goal!
A laboratory experiment, who gives a shit, about some
federal convicts!
Just some lab rats, Stanford's second act, use them
for your benefits!

So what if they go crazy, ignorant and lazy, signed the
consent to make it authorized!
The ones who try to get wise, hasten their demise, to
keep the others terrified!
Keep it on the low, nobody needs to know, the true nature
of your enterprise!
When you get exposed, the doors will be closed, now it's
you being ostracized!

What you don't understand is any flawed plan, that tortures
your fellow man, must come to an end!
Just as before, those that work the store, shall face
the forgiver of sin via pistol or pen!
Don't see the danger, that's the avenging angel, you
must have made a mistake!
Thought he was nice, better think twice, your soul
he comes to take!

Now that he is here, no need to shed a tear, your path
is set in stone!
No you can not hide, before the foolish man by your side,
now he has left you alone!
But you knew all along, that it was wrong, yes you
assisted in the deed!
I too cry, because now you lie, soulless, heartless,
fertilizer for planted seed!

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Federal Family Destruction Plan


Take you away from family so you can't provide support
Convict you in the newspaper, call you a demon in court
Fictitious jurors, bribed witnesses, withheld exculpatory evidence
Break your family's heart and spirit with a ridiculous sentence
Break your bank with attorney fees, fines and court cost
Spin you around in circles to keep you lost
Ship you to Timbuktu knowing it's a forever ire
Threaten your father and mother away from your side
Tamper with your mail refuse your visit
Intend to destroy my family, what else is it
Listen to your phone, charge an excessive rate
Make you wait years for an appeal date
During that while they harass wife and child
Crush their hope with a one line denial
Supreme court your last chance to file

Lawyer continually asking for more money
I keep paying because of the game he playing
Just a little more you'll be free for sure

Now he doesn't answer any of my phone calls
Supreme Court denied read the writing on the walls
Around and around in another circle
wife so frustrated her skin turn purple
Can't expect her to wait 180 years for her man
Would you? Welcome to the Federal Family Destruction Plan!

The Death of the Federal Family Destruction Plan

To break free we developed our own plan
After a long fought battle victory close at hand
dissected the situation found the root problem
Acquired knowledge so we know how to solve them

We understand how to defeat the prison machine
It's addicted to the green just like a dope fiend
We about to bring this scheme to a halt
You can't control the businesses we've bought

Everyday we find a way, family must correspond
You tried all you could, can't break our bond
You've abused, tortured, tried to take our breath
We comprehend exposure scares you to death

We've come together to sound the alarm
No longer prey, our work, our benefit, our farm
You've laughed, played us like fools, loved our misery
You not laughing now, intelligent tools has shown us victory

No more humiliation, slavery nor desolation
Closing the door on your new wave plantation
We educating and employing our people
Teaching our kids to advance beyond being equal

Control your own situation, through education
The way we make sure we reach our destination
Took back our resources, now we own the land
Seven steps to death for the Federal Family Destruction Plan!

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