Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Geronimo Jijaga Pratt - by Lynne Stewart

The untimely death of Geronimo Jijaga Pratt has hit me very hard because it reminds
me of all the work yet to be done. Not only the liberation of the oppressed to
which Geronimo dedicated himself as a young man and again after his release but also
the liberation of those locked away in the torture chambers of this Gulag USA.

The loss of Geronimo is so difficult because he was robbed of the opportunity to
contribute to the long term struggle for liberation of the Black community in his
most productive years. Yes, there was always a mention or a placard "Free Geronimo
Pratt !" but his ability to publicly inspire and uplift was jailed at San Quentin.
He was there in his 20's and 30's and 40's. The movement suffered...Hoover and his
like triumphed. We must now undo this evil.

By torture chambers I mean, of course, the Prison "holes", those places of solitary
confinement, where loneliness and total lack of human contact, drive people mad.
Even the strong are "modified". Many of those who have been jailed in this way are
political prisoners. Many of them have been in 24 hour lockdown for more than 20
years and face the rest of their lives there. I really don't need to name
names--they are engraved on my heart and I hope on yours. Just check the Jericho
website for a complete rundown. And also, dare I say it, the Project Salam listing
of Muslims wrongfully imprisoned. If we are spared and are still in the world and
able to act and activate--this is our primary obligation if we think of ourselves as
political, to take up this struggle and liberate those behind bars. As Mutulu
Shakur wrote to me (and I paraphrase) "The faith of those who gave their all and
still wait for the dedicated comrades, the People, to bring them home, is greater
than any religious devotion. "

Geronimo's death reminds us of this paramount obligation. The enemy, in the BOP, the
Nebraska and New York and Louisiana prisons will never act until those unjust
imprisonments becomes more detrimental to them and their system than freeing our
brothers and sisters. Action! Action! Change! Change!

GERONIMO JIJAGA PRATT--Presente! Live Like Him!!

PP Lynne Stewart -

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