We Were Ready

We Were Ready
By Uhuru B. Rowe
November 14, 2017
Email: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

I went outside this this morning. The first time I’ve been outside since the weeklong lockdown. The energy is different. The air is thin. The sky is clear. The sun is shining. Casting dynamic rays of light on the brothers huddled together beneath the pullup bars. Policking about the Black condition. The frustration is obvious. The pain is heavy. The tension is thick. The brothers are in a rage!

I hear phrases like Black Unity. Black Power. Black Revolution. Yeah! I like the sound of those words. They shoot thru me. Sending shockwaves throughout my body. Rattling the ground beneath my feet. We are in a rage! We are ready!

Our fists are clinched. Our hearts are racing. Our jaws are tight. With blood in our eyes. And Liberation dripping from our tongues. Revenge! Revolt! Retaliation! Revolution! Yeah, we like the sound of those words.

The guard blows his whistle.The dogs are barking. The sharpshooter is poised up above. Its time to return to our cages. And, as if almost on cue, Our rage dissipates; Our words cease; Our sweat turn into tears. And then we all bow our heads. Disperse into individual paths. And begrudgingly march back again towards slavery.


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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Different prison, same old abuse (Part 2)

Part #2

Behavior modification- made famous by psychologists like B.F. Skinner and John B. Watson- is defined as a form of psychotherapy that is concerned with the treatment of observable behaviors rather than underlying psychological processes, and that applies principles or learning to substitute desirable responses for undesirable ones. (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition.) In other words, behavior modification broadly refers to the systematic manipulation of ones environment for the purpose of creating change in an individual’s behavior.

There are three basic types of behavior modification techniques that have been used in prisons–operant conditioning, classical conditioning, and aversion therapy. Aversion therapy was/is the most widely accepted method used on unsuspecting prisoners in order to suppress or associate an undesirable habit or behavior (as rebelliousness) by associating it with an unpleasant or punishing stimulus (as longterm solitary confinement and other forms of abuse and torture). The goal is to create a connection between the undesirable habit/behavior and the unpleasant stimulus so that a complete cessation or decrease in the undesirable habit/behavior will occur. (See Aversion Therapy and Behavior Disorders, S. Rachman and J. Teasdale)

One reason prisoners are subjected to group punishment/ behavior modification programs is so the government can document their effectiveness and then use those findings to formulate a much broader strategy to be used against people in society who are resisting oppression and fighting for liberation. These group punishment/behavior modification tactics were used during chattel slavery when rebellious slaves were lynched and hung from trees for other slaves to see in an effort to snuff out any revolutionary tendencies among the slaves fighting for liberation. It was also used during the radical 1960s and 1970s via J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI Counter-intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), and most recently during the Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter and other anti-police brutality movements where protesters were/are aggressively opposed by and confronted with militarized Gestapo police and were/are unlawfully detained and subjected to police brutality in order to force compliance, obedience and acceptance of the status quo and to erase any idea and motivation for resistance among the broader populace.

“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions…He will find his proper place and stand in it.”–Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Thought control is the sole purpose of group punishment/behavior modification–removing the ability of a person or group of persons subjected to it to think, reason, and act on their own. In other words, destroy the mind, keep the body which is then exploited by the capitalist-class for its endless source of cheap labor.

We must liberate our minds through a process of decolonization and reeducation. It takes a group commitment, group conviction, group solidarity, and most importantly, group struggle rooted in class-consciousness with the knowledge that we are a people of all races, colors, creeds, and sexuality suffering from a shared-oppression from a common enemy in order to seize power from the bourgeoisie.

To exist, collectively, we must resist!!
All Power to the People!!

Different Prison, Same Old Abuse (Part 1)

By Uhuru B. Rowe
November 22, 2016
e-mail: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

I couldn’t believe was I was seeing. I was bearing witness to the most horrible sight one could imagine. On 11/09/16 at approximately 6:20am, I was awakened by the sound of loud footsteps. When I made my way to my cell door (half asleep), I saw 15 to 20 correctional officers running up the stares into cell HU4B36. Moments later, I saw officers drag the stiff dead body of a prisoner out of the cell, carried it down the steps, placed it on a stretcher, covered it up with sheets, and wheeled it out of the pod and out of the building towards the infirmary. It is rumored he had been deceased since 9pm the previous night.

And then, it happened again.

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Abruptly Transferred from Buckingham Correctional Center to Sussex 2 State Prison

Abruptly Transferred from Buckingham Correctional Center to Sussex 2 State Prison
By Uhuru B. Rowe
September 5, 2016

Greetings to all of you. I pray that all of you are well and that you remain full of love and hope as we struggle to survive and thrive in a system which seeks to spread fear, hate, distrust and division among the people of the earth. This post is somewhat of an extension of my August 27 post titled “Deja vu: Total Lockdown #2.” Continue reading “Abruptly Transferred from Buckingham Correctional Center to Sussex 2 State Prison”

Deja vu: Total Lockdown #2

Deja vu: Total Lockdown #2
By Uhuru B. Rowe
August 25, 2016

A little over a month has elapsed between the July 18th lockdown and the lockdown that was initiated this morning. The July 18th lockdown lasted for approx ten days after a physical altercation between two groups of prisoners from rival organizations. Such is the cause of this current lockdown.

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On Total Lockdown

By Uhuru B. Rowe
July 22, 2016
Email: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

On the 18th of July, 2016, at around 7pm, a physical altercation occurred among a group of prisoners outside on the recreation yard.

Whenever there is a group fight, those of us who are not involved experience what is commonly known as “group punishment”, which is designed to instill within prisoners not involved in the altercation-but who must still suffer the same punishment- feelings of hostility and animosity towards those prisoners involved in the confrontation and thus the cause of group punishment.

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