[The following is an open letter from a comrade associated with End Prison Slavery in Texas addressed to IWOC; all typos, etc, remain as in the original letter.]
Revolutionary Greetings Comrades!
I hope all of you are doing well.Today is August 8th, 2016 – yesterday I was notified by a friend that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles DENIED my release on Parole for the 5th time!
My Good Time, Work Time, and Flat Time calculations equal to 100% of my current 20 year sentence – yet here I remain.
And this is one of the key issues we are challenging in Texas – I am a Text – Book example which exposes the Flaws in a system which continues to enslave the poorest cross-section of Amerikan society.
I would like to thank the IWW – IWOC for referring Free-Lance Journalist John Washington to me. Hopefully we will see a detailed essay in The Nation Magazine which highlights our strength to abolish Prison Slavery.
The Grassroots organizing for the September 9th action is going well. Texas Prisoners are not just suffering from physical enslavement. Many are psychologically enslaved. This makes my job and Rashid’s job of awakening the lumpen difficult but not impossible.
The reactionary – repressive tactics by the State should never be under-estimated. For prisoners who become to adept in the Legal – Media or Political realm – the Prisoncrats have ‘special policies’ in place which allow them to open ALL outgoing sealed correspondence.
Remember Comrades, there is a Legal battle being waged. We are in Federal Court challenging the Fraudulent Good Time credit system as well as the Toxic Work practices of T.C.I.
Once again I request help finding us Legal Representation.
Comrades, not all prisoners in Texas are Familiar with the dynamics or the benefits to be had in joining a Union. I need more IWW Union Applications. One question that I have for FREE-WORLD IWW -IWOC Comrades in Houston and Austin, Texas is: WILL ANY OF YOU BE WILLING TO ATTEND HEARINGS AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS DURING THE CONVENING OF THE 85TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION?
Someone is going to take the initiative to interact with these Legislators who craft Laws that effect our living conditions and Freedom!!
The link is: https://113670.spreadshirt.com/
At the very core of this National Fight is the struggle to amend the 13th Amendment and banish this exception clause which allows Capitalist Predators to exploit Amerika’s poor by locking them up.
Comrades, we must take our struggle to the Free-World masses. We must use Twitter, Insta-gram, and Snap Chat.I encourage you to touch base with my friend Professor Justin Adkins (email@example.com) and visit facebook.com/EndTexasPrisonAbuse.
Just think of the impact we could make if NBA Basketball Players Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, or Lebron James post a photo of them waring an Amend 13! – Abolish Prison Slavery Now – T-Shirt???