By Any Means Necessary
Political Prisoners & Prisoners of War Safiya Bukhari once wrote that no liberation movement is complete if it does not achieve the liberation of political prisoners (PP) and prisoners of war (POW). Therefore, organizing around any given issue should include discussion and action regarding those who have suffered incarceration due to their efforts on behalf of our cause. PPs are those who have been arrested and convicted in enemy courts as a result of their political beliefs and actions around those beliefs. POWs, like PPs, are in the confines of U.S. detention camps because of their political beliefs and actions. The difference here is that POWs may have participated in armed self-defense leading up to or in the moment that they were apprehended. Some examples include the RNA-11, Panther 21, Wilmington 10, Sundiata Acoli, Imam Jamil Al-Amin, Safiya Bukhari, and scores of others. Agreeing with Bukhari, MXGM seeks “Freedom for all Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War. We demand the release of activists who have been imprisoned because of their commitment in seeking human rights and liberation for our people. These brothers and sisters are Political Prisoners or Prisoners of War and should be recognized as such.” Just as Nelson Mandela’s liberation was tied to the destruction of apartheid, we see the release of our PPs and POWs as integral to the success of the broader effort for human rights and self-determination of our nation and to all historically oppressed peoples. Featured in this section are brothers and sisters who have fought hard for our liberation. They are serving life sentences, in some cases as stipulated at the time of their sentence hearing, and in other cases as a result of being locked away long after they have served their set time. Even as their legal teams work to get them out of prison, they benefit greatly by hearing from those of us who are on the outside. Writing to them helps them maintain their inextinguishable spirits. Lifting them up as PPs and POWs also makes clear to the world that we have not forgotten them and that a luta continua!
Mumia Abu-Jamal - www.AAIBC.com
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