I've just finished reading ULK 19 and the formal announcement of the United Front for Peace in Prisons initiative, of which my organization is a supporter of and contributor to. And what makes this initiative fundamentally different from others which preceded this is that it was planned, struggled over and totally put together by the different lumpen organizations and individuals without the interference and influence of the bourgeois media and leaders. So it is ours to push and develop.
Why do we want and need peace? Because we are the ones doing the dying, suffering and long term prisyn sentences. Because we will never be able to determine our own destines until we can truly know and understand who are our real friends and real enemies.
Being serious about ending oppression means being serious about studying the world around us and learning from history.(1) When we examine the past peace efforts, we find that the lumpen leaders involved in them, for the most part, while demonstrating the right words, still had not effectively destroyed their colonial criminal mentality. And thus, were easily manipulated and co-opted by our bourgeois capitalist enemies.
Using Wallace "Gator" Bradley as an example, he went from high-ranking Disciple, to playing politician with the reformist Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition, to having dinner in the White House with President Bill Clinton.
If we truly believe in what we say, then we all have to be accountable for the success and the failure of these efforts. We must be highly disciplined and forever vigilant and conscious of the fact that certain elements in our society or social environment do not want to see us succeed.
Understand this comrades: The war against us is real. And the only doubt about that is within your mind, and in the routine and nonchalant way you go about responding to the war effort.
If you have a critique of our efforts, want to help move them forward or feel your groove is not represented, then step up. Don't talk shit!
The persyn who stands upon the corner of the path and points the way and does not go is just a pointer. And a block of word can do the same.
Notes: See ULK3, Fearlessness, Scientific Strategy and Security