Another Letter To A Comrade

By Uhuru B. Rowe
December 15, 2017
Email: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

In regards to our exchange of views on revolutionary political theory, surprisingly, I am learning quite a few things from you. So, thank you for this continued political dialogue between us.

I am in agreement with most of the arguments in your last email, dated 11/29/17, except for the following three: that 1) “while 3rd and 2nd World workers stand to gain the most from a socialist revolution, 1st world workers would also gain”; that 2) 1st World workers “are still exploited at the point of production”; and that 3) “wages and living standards of first world workers have been and likely will continue to decline.”

First, I am of the opinion that 1st World workers will lose, not gain, from a global socialist revolution. We both agree that 1st World workers enjoy a high wage and high standard of living as a result of the super-exploitation of 3rd World workers. After a successful global socialist revolution, this super-exploitation will no longer exist, and so the high wage and high standard of living of 1st world workers will decline.

Furthermore, a global maximum wage will have to be established in order to achieve parity between 1st and 3rd World workers which will benefit the third world proletariat ONLY because the wage of the imperialist country labor aristocracy, in the absence of a super-exploited class in the third world, will have to be reduced in order to achieve such a parity. What I am talking about here is the redistribution of wealth from the 1st World labor aristocracy to the 3rd World proletariat because the 3rd world is where a majority of this wealth came from in the first place.

Second, you said that 1st World workers are still exploited at the point of production, but you failed to mention non-productive workers like cops, lawyers, doctors, judges, firefighters, insurance adjusters, real estate brokers, jail/prison guards, etc. Are these blue collar/white collar workers “productive” workers or are they just engaged in the apportionment and distribution of the products of actual productive workers labor?

A common mistake that we on the Left tend to make is lumping all Amerikan workers — productive, non-productive, white collar, blue collar, [middle class] and minimum wage poor workers — together into one class, when clearly the political economy of each are different from the other. NAFTA and other trade deals have made it possible for most of the industries and factories in Amerika to relocate to Mexico, South and Central America, and overseas to extract super-profits by exploiting cheap/slave labor. Thus, most workers in Amerika are non-productive and so are not exploited at the point of production. There is even some questions that the few workers who are productive may be paid more than the value of their labor and labor power and so being productive doesn’t necessarily define one’s level of exploitation.

The bottom line is that the majority of workers in imperialist countries are what Marx called unproductive workers and have different goals than workers in 3rd World countries. The main agenda of the vast majority of imperialist country workers is to gain higher wages — even if this means greater exploitation of their counterparts in the 3rd world — and not the overthrow of capitalism and the institution of socialism. I challenge you, Comrade, to go out and ask the average worker what it is they desire the most — higher wages under capitalism or socialism.

Lastly, you said that the wages and living standards of first world workers are declining. However, according to an article written by Christopher Rugaber in the Business section of the December 9, 2017 Richmond Times-Dispatch, the opposite is true. In this article, titled “Worldwide economy is aiding U.S. job market,” Rugaber says that “In November, U.S. employers added a substantial 228,000 jobs, the Labor Department said Friday. It was the 86th straight month of gains, the longest on record, and a sign of the job market’s enduring strength in the economy’s ninth year of expansion.”

This shows that declining non-productive jobs in Amerika is a common feel-good myth among the Left meant to rouse workers to action. So why hasn’t it worked?

Rugaber ends the article by saying that “Stronger economies overseas have helped boost profits at U.S. multinational corporations…U.S. companies in the S&P index derive about half their revenue from abroad.” “Stronger economies overseas” is coded language for “greater exploitation of 3rd World workers.” Once you read it in that context you will see that this, too, bolsters my argument that workers in Amerika enjoy a relatively high wage and high standard of living as a result of the super-exploitation of workers (and consumers) in the 3rd World.

To be sure, in the same business section, in another article titled “U.S. jobs report helps S&P 500 hit record high,” it says that “Paychecks…have not been getting much bigger, and hourly wages rose less last month than economists expected.” This, too, shows that wages are not declining, but are in fact rising, although at a slow pace. And when wages rise, living standards tends to rise with it because low wage workers spend more money.

Peace,
Uhuru

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Sentiments of a Conscious Prisoner During Lockdown

By Uhuru B. Rowe

November 6, 2017, Day 1 of Lockdown
It is 3:35 AM and we were just abruptly jolted from our sleep by the screams of a Sergeant making his rounds for count. “I need to see movement,” he screams, “so that I’ll know that you are alive.” Since arriving at Sussex 2 State Prison a little over a year ago, there have been a series of overdose deaths here and at other prions and correctional facilities across the state. The current opioid crisis affects, not just people in rural white communities, but also people in prisons. So during this count, on this particular day, we were instructed to move to show that we weren’t dead.

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On The Need For United Front Between Prisoners and Working Class People

By Uhuru B. Rowe
October 3, 2017
E-mail: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

“We believe that as presently practiced, mass incarceration under the guise of a war on crime or a war on drugs is actually a war on the working class. Through such a guise, an important fact is often forgotten and hidden in plain sight; the overwhelming majority of individuals who are sent to prison are members of the working class.”– Industrial Workers Organizing Committee

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A Letter to a Young Gangster

By Uhuru B. Rowe
August 6, 2017
E-mail: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

Peace Black brother,

I hope this letter finds you strong and defiant in mind, body, and spirit. I really enjoyed the few times we exchanged ideas about the new Black liberation struggle. I was a little surprised when you told me that you consider yourself a Black revolutionary because most young brothers who gang bang don’t identify themselves as such, and that’s because being one requires opposing and resisting racism and oppression which is a huge burden and responsibility. Others simply don’t understand the concept of a Revolutionary.

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The Political Action Committee of the Free Virginia Movement

By Uhuru Rowe, Founder
May 27, 2017

E-mail: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

Blog: https:consciousprisoner.wordpress.com

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“Capitalism causes crime. Overwhelmingly, the victims of crime are poor and Third World people. Street crime is caused and perpetuated by joblessness and underemployment; by a ruling class that uses people for its own profit and discards them when it has no more profitable use for them. The capitalist prison and its bureaucracy is a loathsome parasite on society. Its sole purpose is to administer the warehousing and repression of human beings for whom capitalism has no use and no solution.”–George Jackson Brigade, in Capitalism Is Organized Crime

The Free Virginia Movement (FVM) is proposing the formation of a Political Action Committee (PAC) which is a major point in Our Organizing Strategy.

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Announcing the Free Virginia Movement!

By Uhuru B. Rowe
March 1, 2017
E-mail: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

WHY THE FREE VIRGINIA MOVEMENT?

A Federal law known as the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (VCCLEA) includes a provision called the Violent Offender Incarceration and Truth in Sentencing Incentive Grants (VOITIS) which provides grants to state and local correctional systems to expand their capacity to incarcerate violent offenders and impose larger and more determinate sentences.
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Exploiting and Extorting Prisoners in Virginia for Profit

By Uhuru B. Rowe
February 1, 2017
Email: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

Imagine this: You have slaved hard on your lousy job where you are overworked, underpaid and under appreciated. But, somehow, you’ve manage to maintain your sense self-respect, self-worth, and dignity. You eagerly anticipate receiving your paycheck at the end of the week, and rightly so! Your mortgage or rent is past due. Your refrigerator is almost empty. Your children need school supplies. Your car needs fixing. And when it’s all said and done, you’ll barely have enough money to pay off your student loan and credit card debt. You make your way to your boss’s office to receive your paycheck. As you examine it to see how much of YOUR money the government (and even your boss) stiffed you out of this time, something catches your eye: Your employer– under instructions from the government, he/she explains–has deducted 10 percent from your earnings to be stored in a government-controlled personal trust account until it has a balance of $1,000 and which will be payable to you at an unattainable age (e.g. 100-years-old). Even worst, your employer invests this deductible in stocks and bonds and any increments or profits derived therefrom will be used for their own personal pleasure or benefit. Wouldn’t this obvious extortion and exploitation make you mad as hell and ready to strike?

Well, this is how incarcerated people feel in the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) when this “10 percent” is deducted from the funds sent to us by our loved-ones (many of whom are poor or working-class people) and from the slave wages we make from prison jobs which pays as little as .35 an hour.

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IN SOLIDARITY WITH WOMEN ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY.

By Uhuru B. Rowe★
March 9, 2016

March is Women’s History Month and March 8th was International Women’s Day. During this annual day, groups of organizations and individuals hold street marches and other demonstrations to express solidarity with all women and educate the public about issues affecting women all over the world as a result of global patriarchy. It is also a time for us men to reflect on how we contribute to and benefit from global patriarchy. Continue reading “IN SOLIDARITY WITH WOMEN ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY.”

#BLACK LIVES HAVE NEVER MATTERED TO WHITE AMERICA

#BLACK LIVES HAVE NEVER MATTERED TO WHITE AMERICA

By Uhuru B. Rowe
July 10, 2016

From Texas to Minnesota to Louisiana to Tennessee…the power keg is bursting as it had done in the 1960s and 1970s at the height of the Black liberation and anti-war movements. As expected, the killing of five policeman in Texas was quickly labeled a “tragedy” by corporate news media, but they never label it a tragedy when unarmed Black or Brown people are blatantly assassinated on camera by the boys in blue, AND the assassins STILL are acquitted during a “show” trial in court of “law”, IF they are indicted at all. And that’s because -since 1619- Black and Brown Lives has never mattered to white America. Continue reading “#BLACK LIVES HAVE NEVER MATTERED TO WHITE AMERICA”

From General Population to Solitary Confinement

By Uhuru B. Rowe
April 14th, 2016

On the 10th of April, 2016, at approximately 11:50pm, I was awaken to the sounds of a correctional officer banging on my door who commanded in a loud voice for my cell parter and I to stand up and approach the cell door. In my efforts to regain my senses after being startled from a deep sleep and amidst the commotion, I nearly fell off my top bunk in order to comply with the guard’s demand.

Upon approaching the cell door, my cell partner and I were forced to strip naked and forced to bend over, squat and cough as the guard and his cohorts examined our bodies.

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