A key weapon in the logic of incarceration is the disciplining effect of the prison on those outside who have some relationship–however tenuous–with the labor force. An effective barrier for the rulers, this mode of thinking causes many workers to separate themselves, not to recognize their struggle in the struggle of the inmate, and not to listen to the voices from inside, as this writer admonishes. We might do better to take up an old, perhaps forgotten slogan of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) to rally folks about their comrades locked up on ‘dangerous’ speech and other charges of sedition. Their banners featured someone locked up and framed by jail bars: We’re in for you! it screamed. And today’s inmates are, also.
We need a voice on the outside. So many people are suffering and need to tell their story but not too many are willing to listen! Keep doing what you do one day you will be GLOBAL if not already. God Bless.
…I was placed on lockback behind the door for 3 days without a shower, phone call, or hour walk which is mandatory according to the rules. Continue reading