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Dontie Mitchell

“Open Letter to My Brother Mysonne.”

Mysonne, peace king. This is your brother, Mfalme Don S. Sikivu. I don’t know if you remember me, but you and I were in [inaudible] in 2000, 2001. I was the young dude always giving speeches in the auditorium during special events. Anyway, I read your interview in State vs. Us magazine. Powerful my brother. [inaudible], the editor and publisher of the mag was telling me about your teen stop killing teens movement, which is designed to stop the gang violence within our communities. I applaud you.

Well, my brother, there’s a crisis that we need to attend to. There’s a statewide gang war popping off within New York state prisons between two major sets, who’s founded originally out of the Bronx. It’s getting nasty, as these brothers keep fighting each other senselessly. However misguided these brothers may be, these are our brothers. Many of them are baby brothers who come from hoods like you and I come from. If nothing is done, the violence may spill out onto the streets, if it hasn’t already.

I was once a part of a set under the same banners. These two sets are supposed to be united funded as well. I was Elite Mob [inaudible]. Elite Mob stood for educated leaders investing time and energy into our movement and needed direction. This was founded to help pave a new and better way for the Brim Army, a task focused on organizing within our communities for legitimate wealth and power, by launching and investing in financial and business ventures. A path focus also on education instead of beefing and banging.

So, although I’m no longer a part of the Brim Army, I still have love for my brothers and hate seeing them harm one another. It’s the same old divide-and-conquer tactic that reminds me of COINTELPRO, where the United States government got the East Coast Panthers fighting and killing the West Coast Panthers. I say that because the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision knows what’s going on and is allowing it to justify their agenda to keep its cash cow going—the prison industrial complex. Like with the Panthers, these brothers going at it each other now and are only benefiting the system exploiting their ignorance and misguided frustration, anger, and aggression. I need your help, to get these kings and warriors to stop killing each other. I pray you hear this and reach out to me.

This is Dontie S. Mitchell, better known as Don S. Sikivu reporting to you from Great Meadow correctional facility in Comstock, New York. You follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @freeDontieMitchell.

Thank you for listening, and God bless.

(Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.