Millions for Prisoners March for Human Rights

Letters to Editors

The Thirteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads as follows:
Section 1. Slavery prohibited. “Neither slavery nor involuntary
servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have
been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place
subject to their jurisdiction.”

Salamu! Greetings of solidarity from behind enemy lines. Thank you for
giving me the opportunity to publish this communication. I am a new
Afrikan freedom fighter from the ranks of JLS (Jailhouse Lawyers Speak).
A collective of Jailhouse lawyers organized to educate and fight for
prisoners human rights, against a system that is designed to dehumanize
its captives. I am also the National Secretary for Amend the 13th, an
inclusive coalition based national campaign and community based
organizing effort to address the legal and social basis for
dehumanization in Amerika.

The purpose of this press release is to notify prisoners, community
organizers, and all those who care of the upcoming Millions for
Prisoners Human Rights March in Washington D.C. scheduled for August 19,
2017. This is a national effort to bring world attention to the 13th
amendment enslavement clause, its ramifications, and to solidify
organizing efforts to amend it.

1). We DEMAND the 13th amendment EXCEPTION CLAUSE of the United States
Constitution be amended to abolish LEGALIZED slavery in America.
2). We DEMAND a Congressional hearing on the 13th Amendment EXCEPTION
CLAUSE being recognized in violation of international law, the general
principles of human rights, and its direct links to:
a). Private entities exploiting prison labor
b). Companies overcharging prisoners for goods and services
c). Private entities contracted by states/federal government to
build and operate prisons. This would also include  immigration
d). Racial disparities in America’s prison population and
e). Policing: the disproportionate (unaccountable) killings by
police in the black and brown communities
f). Felony Disenfranchisement  laws
g). Immigration and Customs Enforcement 34,000 detention quotas
h). Producing the world largest prison population

In essence this is an abolitionist movement to abolish legalized
enslavement. A practice that is not solely limited to prisoners making
products, but extends to a prisoners mere body in an isolation cell,
being profitable.

“U.S. Supreme Court in its long standing precedent in Ruffin v.
Commonwealth, 62, Va (21 Gratt.) 790, 796 (1871):“A convicted felon,
whom the law in its humanity punishes by confinement in penitentiary(s)
instead of death, is subject while undergoing punishment, to all the
laws which the legislature in its wisdom may enact for the government of
that institution and control of its inmates. For the time being, during
his term of service in the penitentiary, he is in a state of penal
servitude to the state. He has, as a consequence of his crime, not only
forfeited his liberty, but all of his personal rights except those which
the law in its humanity accords him. He is for the time being a slave of
the State. … They are slaves of the State undergoing punishment for
heinous crimes committed against the laws of the land. …”

In other words, prisoners themselves are the commodity. Which explains
why law enforcements entire appartus is geared towards capturing and
bottling humans for the highest bidder, dead or alive. It should not be
of any surprise that the black and brown communities are prime targets
for extractions. We cannot over emphasize the connection between slavery
and the Prison Industrial Enslavement Complex.  Prison slavery is a
direct outgrowth of the thirteenth amendment and the thirteenth
amendment enslavement exception clause is a direct outgrowth of the  pre
1865 chattle enslavement period. You can analyze the different periods
of transitions from convict leasing, black codes,  Jim crow,  Nixon’s
war on drugs, to the Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill to see the
connections and the architectural  designs developed, to maximize
profits through the INjustice systems criminalization of generations.
All across Amerika people are becoming more aware of the thirteenth
enslavement exception clause. Particularly prisoners around the nation,
who have been strategizing and directly challenging the thirteenth as
witnessed by the September 9, 2016 prison strikes. Jailhouse Lawyers
Speak has been planning its challenge to the thirteenth in collaboration
with iamWE Prison Advocacy Network since mid 2015. This challenge is the
Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March, hosted by iamWE Prison
Advocacy Network. Presently coalitions are being formed that we envision
will become a recognizable force for change beyond the March. Just as we
envision every August 19th afterwards being a day of solidarity and
demonstrations in recognition of Prisoners Human Rights and highlighting
the violations of such for collective action.

“Black August is a month of divine meaning, of repression and radical
resistance, of injustice and divine justice; of repression and righteous
rebellion; of individual and collective efforts to free the slaves and
break the chains that bind us.” -Mumia Abu-Jamal

Black August was selected by JLS prisoners, due to it’s significance as
being a historical month of commemoration of fallen new Afrikan freedom
fighters and resistance. This is a month in which the spirit of
liberation is encouraged amongst prisoners and within our communities.
Black August is a special month to many of us confined. Comrade George
L. Jackson is a light to many of us struggling to maintain our sanity
and dignity within these concentration camps. It is only fitting that
this event be scheduled during this month, in hopes of connecting more
people to the prison resistance movement history, challenges, and needs.
Today as I write, confirmation is coming in that prisoners are in
collective discussion around the country to be in solidarity with the
Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March.

For those prisoners that would like to participate, it is asked that
– Fast from sun rise to sun set
– Participate in intense political studies with emphasis on the 13th
– Daily prayer or meditation
– Daily exercise regimen
– Refrain from purchasing any and all prison products to that require
spending of money during this month
– Refrain from smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages
– If possible, wear a black arm band or wrist band (i.e.shoelace) around
left wrist.

Around the Nation and across the world, August 19, 2017 will be
remembered as a day of collective action, strategizing, and execution of
the national objective to abolish legalized enslavement in Amerika.
People from all walks of life from both sides of the walls have answered
the call. Many are organizing their areas to be at the march, others
will be hosting local solidarity demonstrations in their state or
country, others are distributing info and many others are sharing
resources and time.

To learn more about this event and how you can get involved  visit or write iamWE Prison Advocacy Network P.O. Box
58201 Raleigh NC 27658

The Prison Resistance Movement
New Abolitionist
In Solidarity,


Contact: iamWE Prison Advocacy Network P.O. Box 58201 Raleigh NC 27658

Contact: Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), a committee
of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), 816-866-3808,

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Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and not those of