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Souls on Ice
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[col. writ. 2/2/12] =A9'12 Mumia Abu-Jamal
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When I heard of the call, just raised In Oakland, California, to "Occupy =
the Prisons", I gasped.
It was not an especially radical call, but it was right on time.
For prisons have become a metaphor; the shadow-side, if you will, of =
America. With oceans of words about freedom, and the reality that the =
U.S. is the world's leader of the incarceration industry, it's more than =
time for the focused attention of the Occupy Movement.
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It=92s past time.
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For the U.S. is the world's largest imprisoner for decades, much wrought =
by the insidious effects of the so-called 'drug war'--what I call "the =
war on the Poor."
And, Occupy, now an International movement, certainly has no shortage of =
prisons to choose from. Every state, every rural district, every hamlet =
in America has a prison; a place where the Constitution doesn't exist, =
and where slavery is all but legalized.
When law professor, MichelIe Alexander, took on the topic, her book, The =
New Jim Crow, took off like hotcakes--selling over 100,000 in just a =
few months.
And where there are prisons, there Is torture ; brutal beatings, grave =
humiliations, perverse censorship--and even murders--all under a legal =
system that is as blind as that statue which holds aloft a scale, her =
eyes covered by a frigid fold of cloth.
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So, what Is Occupy to do?
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Initially, it must support movements such as those calling for the =
freedom of Lakota brother Leonard Peltier, the MOVE veterans of Aug. =
8th, 1978, the remaining two members of the Angola 3: Herman Wallace and =
Albert Woodfox, Sundiata Acoli, Russell 'Maroon' Shoatz and sisters =
who've spent lifetimes in steel and brick hellholes.
=20
But the Occupy Movement must do more.
=20
As it shifted the discussion and paradigm on economic issues, it must =
turn the wheel of the so- called 'Criminal Justice System' in America, =
that is, in fact, a destructive, counter-productive, annual $69 billion =
boondoggle of repression, better-known by activists as the =
Prison-Industrial-Complex.
That means more than a one-day event, no matter how massive or =
impressive. It means building a mass movement that demands and fights =
for real change, and eventually abolition ofstructures that do far more =
social damage than good.
It means the abolition of solitary confinement, for it is no more than =
modern-day torture chambers for the poor.
It means the repeal of repressive laws that support such structures.=20
It means social change--or it means nothing.
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So, let us begln--Down with the Prison Industrial Complex!
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class=3D"Apple-style-span" style=3D"font-size: 13px;">Souls on =
Ice<br> <br>[col. writ. 2/2/12]  =A9'12 Mumia =
Abu-Jamal<br> <br>When I heard of the call, just raised In Oakland, =
California, to "Occupy the Prisons", I gasped.<br>It was not =
an especially radical call, but it was right on time.<br>For prisons =
have become a metaphor; the shadow-side, if you will, of =
America. With oceans of words about freedom, and the reality =
that the U.S. is the world's leader of the =
incarceration industry, it's more than time for the focused =
attention of the Occupy Movement.<br> <br>It=92s past =
time.<br> <br>For the U.S. is the world's largest imprisoner for =
decades, much wrought by the insidious effects of the so-called =
'drug war'--what I call "the war on the Poor."<br>And, Occupy, now an =
International movement, certainly has no shortage of prisons to =
choose from. Every state, every rural district, every hamlet in =
America has a prison; a place where the  Constitution doesn't =
exist, and where slavery is all but legalized.<br>When law professor, =
MichelIe Alexander, took on the topic, her book, The New Jim =
Crow, took off  like hotcakes--selling over 100,000 in =
just a few months.<br>And where there are prisons, there Is torture ; =
brutal beatings, grave humiliations, perverse censorship--and even =
murders--all under a legal system that is as blind as that =
statue which holds aloft a scale, her eyes covered by a frigid =
fold of cloth.<br> <br>So, what Is Occupy to =
do?<br> <br>Initially, it must support movements such as those =
calling for the freedom of Lakota brother Leonard Peltier, the MOVE =
veterans of Aug. 8th, 1978, the remaining two members of the Angola =
3: Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, Sundiata Acoli, =
Russell 'Maroon' Shoatz and sisters who've spent lifetimes in steel =
and brick hellholes.<br> <br>But the Occupy Movement must do =
more.<br> <br>As it shifted the discussion and paradigm on economic =
issues, it must turn the wheel of the so- called 'Criminal Justice =
System' in America, that is, in fact, a destructive, counter-productive, =
annual $69 billion boondoggle of repression, better-known by =
activists as the Prison-Industrial-Complex.<br>That means more than a =
one-day event, no matter how massive or impressive. It =
means building a mass movement that demands and fights for real =
change, and eventually abolition ofstructures that do far more =
social damage than good.<br>It means the abolition of solitary =
confinement, for it is no more than modern-day torture chambers for =
the poor.<br>It means the repeal of repressive laws that support such =
structures. <br>It means social change--or it means =
nothing.<br> <br>So, let us begln--Down with the Prison =
Industrial Complex!</span></div><div><span class=3D"Apple-style-span"=
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Lamont Hill =93The Classroom and The Cell: Conversations on Black Life =
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