Tu wa moja watu (We are the people)


by Ikemba S. Mutulu
Source: SF Bay View

Dear Bay View readers, and especially my fellow convicts throughout the country, I send this call out to you to join with me in showing some love to the Haitian people. Yes, we all have problems. I too have many of my own. But they all pale in comparison to what’s happening in Haiti: over a hundred thousand estimated dead and missing after a 7.0 earthquake destroyed what little infrastructure the people had. Tens of thousands more injured, left with no medical support, and forced to sleep in the streets with no food or water.

Long before this great tragedy, though, the Western world has been shitting on the people of Haiti. And Amerika has ignored the plight of Haiti long enough. We in Amerika, especially Blacks and Browns, have a responsibility to stand with our Haitian brothers and sisters.

For the young Gs and Sistas who don’t know, because the schools lied to you and hid the truth: Prior to the European invasion – or arrival – of Christopher Columbus in 1492, a single island nation occupied the island of Hispaniola, now shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It was inhabited by the Carib and Arawak Native tribes who were all but killed off after welcoming the Europeans, who staged brutal massacres, during which they raped and murdered both women and children.

As in Mexico and South America, African slaves were brought in by European colonists to supplement the enslaved Natives, sick and dying from European diseases. They were brought to dig for gold and cultivate crops etc., which were then shipped out to the European rulers.

Under the leadership of African and Native warriors, they were able to break their chains and escape into the mountain jungles, where they organized raiding parties to free the people and to build an army. Best known of these leaders was an African named Toussaint L’Ouverture. Together the Africans and Natives waged war, over many years, to eventually repel these European invaders, defeating their great armies and declaring independence from European rule in 1804.

And if not for the blood and courage of our ancestors there in Haiti, we here in the U.S. would not have our freedom today, as it was the example of Haiti defeating the great powers of Europe that sparked numerous other rebellions against slavery and oppression – in Mexico, South America and here in the U.S. Nat Turner knew about Haiti, David Walker, Harriet Tubman and countless other freedom fighters knew of and were empowered by our people in Haiti.

The schools tell you Abraham Lincoln is the father of freedom, that he freed the slaves. But if you want the real, look at Haiti. And in solidarity with our brothers and sisters there today, all of us – convicts and comrades reading these words – donate what you can. If you have no money, write to your loved ones and ask them to donate. You can send your extra stamps to the Bay View and they’ll make sure they go to the cause. I personally am pledging $40 and will be organizing a stamp drive here in my unit.

In the Nevada prison system, 10 percent of any monies we receive is taken and placed in a savings account up to $200. We are not allowed to spend this money, as it is used to bury us when we die, or it is our gate money when we leave. But if you are broke and you wanna donate to a known nonprofit charity to help the brothas and sistas in Haiti, per A.R. 258 (page 2), you may submit a DOC-515 form for approval to do so. I’ve asked the Bay View to list the name and address of a legitimate charitable organization for you to donate to.

Tu wa moja watu (we are one people)!

Editor’s note: The Bay View heartily recommends the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund, which was founded by Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover and attorney Walter Riley, who heads its board and, incidentally, is the proud father of Boots Riley of The Coup. HERF has a long track record of aid and solidarity with the people of Haiti’s grassroots, who are often passed over by other organizations. Make your check or money order payable to “Haiti Emergency Relief Fund/EBSC” and mail it to East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, 2362 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Or donate online at http://www.haitiaction.net/About/HERF/HERF.html. All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged.

Send our brother some love and light. Write to: Ikemba S. Mutulu, s/n Marritte Funches, #37050, ESP, P.O. Box 1989, Ely, NV 89301.

Prisoners 4 Change want to help to get permission to do a fundraiser for Haiti

“URGENT CALL FOR ACTION; HAITI RELIEF”

‘PRISONERS FOR CHANGE (P4C) & PRISIONEROS PARA CAMBIO.

Urgent call to BOP Director:
HAITI-WE ARE WITH YOU * HAITI-ESTAMOS CONTIGO.

Dear Readers, friends, family members, bloggers, tweeterers, and supporters:

P4C is seeking your earnest diligent support to launch a phone/e-mail banking to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP, CENTRAL OFFICE) Director in Washington, D.C., to request their assistance to issue a National (Memorandum) Directive to all federal prisons (Wardens) nationwide, to organize a ‘COORDINATED EFFORT’ to hold a ‘MASSIVE DONATION COLLECTION-FUNDRAISING DRIVE’ for prisoners on a specific date and time via, the Education Departments and/or Unit Teams.

Prisoners want society to know:

‘DON’T COUNT US OUT JUST BECAUSE WE ARE INCARCERATED.’

Prisoners are willing and ready to stand on the frontlines with the world and want to financially help Haiti (they don’t know how to do it), but they are also being faced with opposition by executive staff.

The FBOP Program Statement (P.S.) 5381.05, ‘INMATE ORGANIZATIONS’ No. 14: DONATIONS, specifically allows prisoners to conduct fundraising events through an approved staff sponsor by stating: ‘Any inmate or ‘GROUP OF INMATES’ choosing to make a charitable donation to an outside group must do so through the use of a form BP-199 or BP-201.’

The federal system has done away with ‘ALL’ the Inmate Organizations nationwide.
For example, at FCI – Allenwood where the Education Dept. has shown interest and taken the initiative- was ready and awaiting for the warden’s approval to launch a Massive Donation Collection & Fundraising Drive for Haiti with flyers and posters etc., was then left waiting and prisoners feeling ‘SMACKED IN THE FACE!’ by Executive Staff (Associate Warden, Angel Motta), giving the task to Chaplain Bill Hoops, who in turn on 1/16/10 posted up a paper with 16 different charitable organizations stating in excerpted part as follows:

‘DONATIONS TO HAITI RELIEF: INMATES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO CONDUCT ANY TYPE OF FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES; HOWEVER THEY MAY DONATE TO A CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION OF THEIR CHOICE, VIA BP-199.’

In closing, inside the prison settings executive staff would always play an instrumental role for prisoners to launch a successful fundraising drive- massive donation collection.

P4C is seeking your most diligent help today, to contact the BOP Director and/or the media to respectfully persuade/request that executive staff in federal & state prisons nationwide allow prisoners to hold a fundraiser for the Haiti Relief for the American Red Cross.

And, the prisons executive staff should contact the American Red Cross’s Local Chapters Directors and designate a specific department with an authorized staff member(s) to oversee and keep track of all the funds being raised.

However, Chaplain Hoops’s notice to the entire prison population is also in clear contradiction and violation of the BOP’s P.S. 5381.05, denying prisoners the use of the group money forms, BP-201.

For prisoners that still to date decline to use the TRULINKS computer system for personal purposes, this process utilizing the BP-199 money forms for individual prisoners is very complicated, costly for printing of forms (.15 cents per form), and discouraging to all prisoners.

BLOG/TWEETER QUESTIONS:

(1)

‘Why is FCI-Allenwood utilizing a DOUBLE STANDARD, when AW Motta and Executive Staff could choose one specific day to ‘CANVAS’ the entire prison utilizing the BP-201 (money forms set-up for groups of around 20 donors’ names per forms), where all donations would be deducted from the prisoners accounts on the 1st week of the month once the whole prison population has been paid?

(2)

According to the BOP Policy, do you think that this DOUBLE STANDARD is fair?

(3)

Do you think prisoners ‘SHOULD AND/OR SHOULD NOT’ be allowed to conduct massive fundraising drives for society’s plights/causes, like for the Haiti Releif?
Please, let me know ASAP!!!!

Thanks in advance for your most urgent and diligent support, to contact again, the BOP Director, Local/National News Media outlets for the appropriate coverage and/or whoever you may think/feel that should be notified to assist us, prisoners nationwide to help Haiti and stand in ‘SOLIDARITY!’ with society and the world.
Together, we all could make a big Difference!

I am always..

Very truly yours,

Jaime A. Davidson, Sr.
Founder of Prisoners For Change (P4C)
Prisioneros Para Cambio

myspace.com/jaimeadavidson

Jaime A. Davidson #37593-053
FCI – Allenwood
PO Box 2000
White Deer, PA 17887
USA

or email Jaime via www.corrlinks.com