Hunger striker: Don’t stop pushing, pounding on the system

In: SF Bay View
August 3, 2011
by Jamal Ortiz

Greetings to you all from the brothas at Pelican Bay Ad-Seg Unit A1!

I cannot over-emphasize to all who have participated in the hunger strike – making complaints, group appeals and phone calls, writing letters, protesting or whatever other creative form of struggle we have been moved to contribute – we are keeping the momentum and pace of our advances going forward and progressive.

We cannot stop now. It will all be for nothing or a lesson of what not to do. There are many of our prison conditions which need to be reformed: the validation process, food, adequate health care, unsanitary and foul living conditions in SHU and Ad-Seg and a host of other problems.

Now is the time we need to push and pound on this system. Our collective unity and group operation is more powerful than an atom bomb.

A strong, tightly knit group of brothas who form the nucleus within the masses should formulate ideas, develop them into achievable objectives and work toward pushing and pounding the hell out of this prison system. Things don’t have to be the way they are. Don’t give up!

Revolution is not an act but it is a process that involves the actions of the masses. But the first step is establishing a strong nucleus and circle of brothas who are like minded. Once this circle is organized in lockstep order, we will be able to collectively move out and educate, influence and organize the masses.

Don’t let the California prison hunger strike and the support that flowed from various media outlets, including the Bay View, go for nothing. All prisoners are obligated to contribute in some way. Get organized, develop a plan, stick to the plan and make it happen. Don’t give up!

Send our brotha some love and light: Jamal Ortiz, K-94544, A1-118, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95531.