By Uhuru B. Rowe
December 23, 2017
“WE WANT the Abolition of any VADOc policy, practice, or procedure which violates the human/constitutional rights of incarcerated people and endangers/hinders their spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical growth and well being and rehabilitation efforts including, but not limited to: …(I) VADOc newly implemented draconian mail policy which went into effect on April 17, 2017…” — Demand #16(K) of the Free Virginia Movement
Imagine this: It is your birthday and your last year in college. And even though you’ve moved halfway across the country to attend college, your mother has unfailingly mailed you a birthday card and a picture every year since your freshman year. So you eagerly anticipate the arrival of the mailman. He finally arrives and hands you two pieces of paper. As you examine it, you come to the horrifying conclusion that the mailman just handed you black and white photocopies of the birthday card and picture your mother has mailed to you. You race behind the mailman. You finally catch up to him — your heart is raising and you’re barely out of breath. But you somehow manage to ask him, “What in the hell are these copies you have given me. Where’s my damn mail?” He turns around, with a coy grin on his face, and replies, “Oh yeah, the government implemented a new policy a few months ago to keep YOU people from mailing drugs to each other. So we’re only allowed to give you black and white photocopies of your mail now. The originals we have to destroy. Oh, by the way, tell your folks there’s a three page limit on letters now. So if they mail you a letter that’s over that limit, I’m obligated to return it.”
Continue reading “The New Draconian Prison Mail Regulation”
By Uhuru B. Rowe
October 3, 2017
“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
Continue reading “On The Need For United Front Between Prisoners and Working Class People”
The following was recived AFTER I had already recived word that Uhuru had ended his hunger strike. News travel slow when your in solitary confinement, not to mention prison in general. That being said I still feel that it should be posted here…
To all of my friends, supporters and comrades:
Effective June 6th, 2016, I will be going on an indefinite hunger strike to compel the prison administration here at Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, Virginia and the Virginia Department of Corrections, in general, to transfer me to another facility. Continue reading “My Indefinite Hunger Strike”
July 7, 2014
Feeling that my essay “From Unity to Collective Liberation” did not sufficiently (or specifically) express my solidarity with the Free Alabama Movement (FAM) and the California and Palestinian hunger strikers, this letter is to serve as my expression of solidarity with the above brave souls. Continue reading “Uhuru Baraka Rowe’s statement of solidarity with people in prison who are on hunger strike in Alabama, California, and Palestine…”
To all politicized, activist, and socially conscious prisoners, The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is now offering prisoners free membership. The IWW – a revolutionary industrial union – was founded in 1905 by a group of anarchists and communists, and at one time boasted a membership of over 100,000.
According to the IWOC Directory and Reference Guide: “Members of the
IWW have created the Incarcerated Worker Organizing Committee…which functions
as a liaison for prisoners to organize each other, unionize, and build strong bridges
between prisoners on the inside and fellow workers on the outside… Neither the setup
nor the slavery inside of prisoners can be combated without the conscious participation of prisoners and the working class on the outside through mutual aid, solidarity, and the building of working class relationships that transcend prison walls and the politics of mass incarceration. The IWOC has been actively reaching out to prisoners while at the same time prisoners have been reaching out to the IWW for representation and assistance in building a prisoners’ union. The IWOC has taken up the cause and is
helping prisoners in every facility organize and build a union branch for themselves,
which will form a powerful IWW Industrial Union.
“To achieve this cage slave/wage slave alliance, the IWOC is accepting
IWW membership applications from prisoners who agree with the IWW Constitution
and believe that to truly change prison conditions, prisoners must be organized and
working towards such goals with the help and support of the working class on the out-
side. Prisoners will be full-fledged members on the IWW with their own local prison
branch to maintain and develop and will have the same rights and responsibilities of
members on the outside.”
When the IWW receives your membership request they will welcome you
into the IWW database, assign you a membership number, mail you a letter of confirmation and place your “red card” into the IWW documents file unless you request it to be mailed to a third-party. The IWW will then send you IWW-related literature, such as One Big Union; Preamble, Constitution and General Bylaws of the IWW; IWOC
Organizing Structure Plan; and the IWOC Directory and Reference Guide.
Requesting membership can be as simple as writing the IWW a letter stating
that you are interested in free membership, and that you are a worker.
You don’t have to be an actual prisoner-worker to qualify for membership.
If you are serious about creating drastic changes in our living conditions, helping to
abolish the Prison Industrial Complex, and taking full control of your (our) destiny,
[then join the IWW!]