#WeToo

#WeToo
By Uhuru B. Rowe
February 6, 2018

Many people are under the mistaken impression that the hashtag #MeToo Movement was started by popular and privileged white women. But, in truth, it was started ten years ago by a working class Black woman named Tarana Burke — herself a sexual assault survivor. The #MeToo hashtag only recently went viral when well-known privileged white women started using it to share their experiences of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape at the hands of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and other sexist and misogynist men in political, media, and entertainment industry.

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The New Draconian Prison Mail Regulation

By Uhuru B. Rowe
December 23, 2017
E-mail: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

“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.”

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A Rigged System: Why Prisoners’ Grievances Are Designed To Fail

By Uhuru B. Rowe
December 31, 2016
E-mail: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

“This operating procedure provides an administrative process for resolving offender issues and complaints through fair, prompt decisions and actions in response to complaints and grievances from offenders incarcerated in the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) institutions.”

The above is a verbatim quote of the VDOC Operating Procedure (OP) 866.1 (I), which governs the Offender Grievance Procedure in all Virginia prisons. But the offender grievance process DOES NOT operate to resolve offender complaints and grievances in a fair and prompt manner. Instead, it is designed to hinder them.
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Pants Hung Low

Written in 2008

Look at us young black youth with out pants hung low as if to say we will always be down and out. We don’t even bother to pull them up.
Perhaps it is an accurate expression of the life that we will come to know and experience in Amerikkka.
The product of a single-parent home where our mother is on welfare and our father is a rolling stone, caught up in the game, strung out on drugs and women. Our father barely even knows our name.
It is common for us to walk past old school pimps and prostitutes, used drug needles and crack pipes, empty shell casings and yellow crime scene tape on our way to the corner store.
We question ourselves as to whether we should take such a low road. But what options do we have in the ghettos of Amerikkka? Who will find us worthy enough to invest enough time in so that we stay on the straight and narrow? Where are the strong black male role models who can inspire us, give us wisdom and encouragement, instill in us good morals, values and principles, and teach us the importance of gaining a knowledge of self so that we don’t fall victim to (or engage in) black-on-black violence, police brutality, mass incarceration, and self-annihilation? Who among us will show us that even though our fathers lacked the capacity to teach us how to be real men, we still can learn to be courageous in overcoming systemic racism, oppression and genocide; that we still can grow and mature to become a honor to our mother, an excellent husband to our wives, a shinning example to our children and a blessing to our community?
With the days days of Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and Huey P. Newton long gone, what inspirational revolutionary black leaders remain who can show and teach us how to love, embrace and respect our blackness?
The constant feeling of not progressing in racist Amerikkka causes us much frustration and rage. So we vent our frustration and rage on our black brother and murder him in cold blood because of a petty dispute and we degrade and abuse our black women, treating her as nothing more than a temporary fix for our sexual desires, leaving behind a long trail of children who will grow up never feeling the affection that can come from a father because we never received such affection from our own. So our children must suffer because we suffered, and the cycle repeats itself perpetually. UNTIL WE BREAK IT!
Look at us young black youth with our pants hung low as if to say we will always be down and out. Now is the time to pull them (and ourselves) up!

#Not My President!! #Not Our President!!

By Uhuru B. Rowe
November 10, 2016
e-mail: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

This post is dedicated to all the people who felt offended, hurt, and disrespected by the racist, sexist, xenophobic and bigoted rhetoric of Donald Trump during his presidential campaign and feel justifiably upset, angry, scarred and alienated after his election to the White House on 11/8/16; and all the women, New Afrikans (aka African-Americans), Chicanos and Chicanas, Latinos and Latinas, poor people, disabled people, LGBTQI people, discontented and disaffected white youth, high school and college students who are out in the streets raging and protesting because of Trump’s election, risking your lives and your freedom.

Trump’s ascendancy and election as president in this 21st century is a prime example of why we cannot rely on the ballot alone for our liberation. This so-called democratic system is in truth an oligarchy– a government of, for, and by a minority elite group of corrupt millionaire/billionaire politicians and avaricious capitalists who grease each others palms, line each other’s pockets, and exchange favors behind closed doors unbeknownst to struggling working-class American citizens who ceremoniously gets fucked by this system. How many developed countries can you name where a presidential candidate wins the popular vote by millions of votes and still doesn’t get elected? The electoral college is a sham!!

We can never experience true peace and freedom within an oppressive and exploitative system which isn’t naturally all-inclusive and that we have to consistently struggle and fight to be recognized by and be a part of. So if we can’t succeed via the ballot, what is to be done? Dismantle and abolish the current failed system and rebuild a new egalitarian system on the rubble of the old!! “…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [and women] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men [and Women], deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness….” This is quoted from The Declaration of Independence of 1776, the instrument by which we can liberate ourselves from a corrupt and oppressive government and achieve true justice and equality for ALL.

“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, and fulfill it or betray it.”–Frantz Fanon

To the younger generation who’ve been politicized and mobilized by high tuition rates and student debt which is detrimental to your current dreams and future aspirations, unjustified police killings of unarmed people of color and the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movements, mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex, and the “election” of this charlatan Donald Trump, you have a historical obligation and the power to radically change this system which has repeatedly failed you/us over and over again. I have seen you on the news. I have seen how organized you are in large numbers, chanting with one voice, in one spirit. I have witnessed your anger and discontent at being let down by a system that purports to work in your best interests and that is dependent on your obedience, consent and allegiance to it in order to maintain its legitimacy, power and control. I have witnessed you courageously stare down militarized police, defiantly march through the smoke of tear gas and flash bang grenades, and selflessly put your bodies and freedom on the line by walking onto highways and freeways and blocking traffic as if to say to the world, “Look at me! I am here! I will not be quiet! And I will not be ignored and denied any longer!”

Because of you young rebels and revolutionaries- marching, protesting, demonstrating, shouting, chanting, picketing, etc.- there’s a lot of electricity in the air, and your electricity is so strong and magnetic, those of us on the inside can feel it through the walls of our prison cells. There is no doubt in my mind that your courageous defiance and resistance struggles against American fascism is partly responsible for the recent wave of resistance taking place in prison plantations all across America. You have come from out of the shadows; from out of the ghettos, barrios, and privileged communities; from out of the classrooms, dorms, halls, sororities and fraternities; from out of the clubs and house parties; from out in front of PlayStations and Xboxes; and have stood up on your feet, raised your collective fists and your voices, in order to fulfill your mission, which is to wage the revolution.

As you resist, please know that you are acting on the right side of history. An oppressed and downtrodden class of people which does not endeavor to wage the revolutionary struggle deserves to be treated as slaves. Revolution is not only necessary because there is no other way of overthrowing the power of the corrupt ruling class, but also because only in the process of revolution is the oppressed class able to purge itself of the scum of the old society and become capable of building a new society. This is YOUR mission. This is OUR mission. Let us not betray it. THE OPPRESSED PEOPLE OF THE WORLD ARE WITH US!!

All Power to the People!

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.”

From Unity to Collective Liberation: Learning to Unite Against Gender Oppression

Just recently I finished studying a book from PM Press by Chris Crass titled Towards Collective Liberation. This was one of the best political/activist books I’ve read, and it has been vital in helping me clarify my political vision and goal for creating liberating and transformative change within myself and the world. Continue reading “From Unity to Collective Liberation: Learning to Unite Against Gender Oppression”