“Love is contraband in Hell, cause love is an acid that eats away bars. But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle will multiply.”
- Comrade Assata Shakur, Black Liberation Army (in exile in Cuba)
In the spirit of revolutionary proletarian internationalism, from within the belly of this racist, fascist, neo-colonial military stockade, also known as the Guantanamo of Texas prisons, from the occupied territories of the U.S. Southwest under siege for over 500 years, I salute you, and thank you and all freedom-loving peoples of the world, who support me, the Texas prisoner freedom struggles, and the global fight against monopoly capitalism and imperialism.
Viva la revolucion obrera! Viva la lucha! Long live the struggle!
Since my return trip from Polunsky in Livingston, TX, from my Hep C medical treatment, I found a “new administration” in ad. seg. (meaning solitary confinement), more repressive than the last one when I left here in July 2019. Since my return on October 18, 2019, I have been repeatedly assigned to a “disciplinary segregation” cellblock, more punitive than the regular ad. seg. cellblock. I mean, the pigs claim it is just a temporary 30-day “assignment”, but they keep repeating me on it, saying it is due to “overcrowding overflow”, but of over 500 ad. seg. prisoners, who they could easily “rotate”, they have singled me out for repeated assignments to this merry-go-round, under false pretexts.
This was a historical, institutional practice under the past regime of the notorious racist Dr. George Beto, who was prisons chief for many years (after which the Beto Units were named in his “honor”), and glorified in the Texas Prison Museum, as having “invented” the leather strap to beat “disobedient prisoners” who refused to work the agricultural prison fields, picking cotton all day long, only to come in and get fed a piece of dried-up “pork roll”.*
Much like the question of the Confederate monuments being torn down, our prison struggles involve the same communality of our mutual struggles against the Yankee neo-colonial, capitalist, imperialist mentality as the historical foundation of white racist Amerikkka, built on the altars of white supremacy, chattel slavery of Blacks, genocide, ethnic cleansing of indigenous nations tribes, white settler-colonial wars of conquest, and mass incarceration. **
These “punitive assignments” are designed to put me in conditions where those around me, unfortunately, are mentally or intellectually disabled, stay under “psychotic” dazes with their addictions to psychotropic drugs, are constantly cutting themselves and attempting suicide, or are mindless, heartless robots, warehoused in solitary confinement. One cannot have a rational or intellectual conversation with most of them, much less get them motivated to stand up for their human rights, because the system (capitalist society and its oppressive prisons) has beaten them down so much, to the point of demoralization and dehumanization. These same practices were outlawed in the landmark prison conditions case Ruiz v. Estelle***.
The system, the state, know of these problems, but they have all gotten to the point of return to the old pre-Ruiz days, involving overcrowding, grossly insufficient staff, which affects all human needs services and necessities, and so on and so forth.
Because everywhere I go, the pigs know I will preach prisoner unity, and resistance, on any and all levels, their “repeated assignment, re-assignments” of me to these punitive “psychiatric wards” are deliberate acts of retaliation for exercise of constitutional and human rights, including me helping others file lawsuits against the prison, and helping prisoners here understand the true nature of their class-war capitalist imprisonment, and the true nature of prisons in capitalist Amerikkka! So, I keep fighting back against these racist inhumanities, nurturing, as always, outside support.
I am suggesting that for this coming May Day, May 1, 2020, groups prepare a banner raising my case of wrongful political imprisonment, and denouncing the U.S. government, and this Texas prison, for human rights violations, calling for my immediate release, during May Day events in their respective countries. What do you think? Want to organize something like that where you live?
[Typist's note: Xinachtli has recently been receiving support from the Partisan Defence Committee, an organization associated with the Spartacist League, and suggests that anyone wanting to co-ordinate work with them can contact them at email@example.com. Readers can decide for themselves if they would like to work with this group or organize something independently.]
En solidaridad, revolucionaria, internacionalista,
Workers of all countries, unite!
* see Cruz v. Beto, 603 F.2d 1178 (1979), which can be found at https://www.leagle.com/decision/19791781603f2d117811609
**see Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire, Robert Perkinson, 2010, Metropolitan Books
*** Ruiz v. Estelle, 503 F. Supp. 1265 https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp/503/1265/1466..., reaffirmed at Ruiz v. Johnson, 37 F. Supp. 2D 855 https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp2/37/855/2415783/