Decolonizing/Occupying the Plantation known as San Quentin Prison

Tiny - Posted on 20 February 2012

Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia, Tiburcio Garcia-Gray and Solomon Kealoha

It was Dead Prez day in Amerikkka. February 20th to be exact. To "celebrate" I took PoorNewsNetwork/FAMILY Project youth skolaz (including my 8 yr old son) to San Quentin Plantation aka Prison to support the action "Occupy4prisoners". San Quentin, where thousands of men, mostly poor, many with undiagnosed disabilities, mostly of color, reside, in the 21st century plantation/prison system. Oddly, due to a deeply Po'Lice state cooridinated (Not Your)Homeland Security effort, we almost didn't make it there.

From the moment we drove in with the POOR Magazine "news" truck we found not one, but FOUR off-ramps off of 280 and 101 closed to ALL traffic from Richmond, San Rafael and San Francisco. This was done for the sole purpose of confusing or completely blocking all traffic to and from the plantation. We got through, as did hundreds others, due to sheer refusal to give up. By ANy Means Necessary!

"I am here for the woman who is doing 25 to life for stealing a .99 lemon lime soda from the store," One of the powerful speakers, a prison industrial complex survivor and member of All of Us or None addressed the crowd of over 500 people who gathered at the mouth of San Quentin today for a herstoric rally called "occupy4prisoners. There were poets, survivors, youth and elders speaking about the plantation system and the direct actions we must do to make change happen.

For me, a formerly incarcerated poverty skolar, and criminalized mama, this powerful event resonated deeply, bringing meaning to the "occupy" movement and showing that its power is to support existent fights and organizing efforts for silenced peoples that have been raging on for years as well as to shed light on the increasingly po'Lice controlled state that we all live under.

The plantation system rages on around us, incarcerating every poor person it gets...

From the po'lice to the kkkourts millions of dollars are made by the 1% white supremacist informed system to arrest, adjudicate and eventually incarcerate folks for countless non-violent crimes under the insanity of "three strikes" and other sweeping legislations created by politricksters across Amerikkka.

Occupy vs Decolonize
As an indigenous person living on these "occupied" lands i find it hypocritical to use the "empires" words, i.e., "Occupy" especially in relation to the stolen and occupied native land upon which San Quentin plantation dwells and the sad reality  that a large number of the occupied peoples inside the plantation are indigenous peoples, from Hawaii to Puerto Rico, from Mexico to Africa whose lands and resources were stolen by European immigrants with guns,poisons and paper trails.

"This day is beautiful - but its also about action." Prison revolutionary and PIC survivor and member of All of us or None, Dorsey Nunn, addressed the crowd, reminding us all that we must use whatever energy we had to start speaking up to politricksters and legislators, in California that meant  to the Governor about what needed to be done, what we heard and what we had the power to change. Together.

The Solidarity Steps for Decolonization/Occupation Efforts across the country

1. Abolishing unjust sentences, such as the death penalty, life without the possibility of parole, three strikes, juvenile life without parole, and the practice of trying children as adults.
2. Standing in solidarity with movements initiated by prisoners and taking action to support prisoner demands, including the Georgia Prison Strike and the Pelican Bay/California Prisoners Hunger Strikes.
3. Freeing political prisoners, such as Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Lynne Stewart, Bradley Manning and Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, a Black Panther Party member incarcerated since 1969.
4. Demanding an end to the repression of activists, specifically the targeting of African Americans and those with histories of incarceration, such as Khali of Occupy Oakland, who could now face a life sentence on trumped-up charges, and many others being falsely charged after only exercising their First Amendment rights.
5. Demanding an end to the brutality of the current system, including the torture of those who have lived for many years in Security Housing Units (SHUs) or in other forms of solitary confinement.
6. Demanding that our tax money spent on isolating, harming and killing prisoners instead be invested in improving the quality of life for all and be spent on education, housing, health care, mental health care and other human services which contribute to the public good.


The legal system should be completely torn-down bit by bit, so that the laws that criminalize the laws on the books that harm people in poverty or cause people to quickly become poor becuase of those discriminatory laws at every level in our Coourts; should be outlawed and erased from the books and new more humane, fair and equal across the board that meets all of America, not just the people who are put on a revolving-prison and jail doors to nowhere, but to incarceration and poverty in the USA for minorities and the poor.

Invest in early education, universal health care, mental health, child positive policies, as well as for all women, particularly the poor. Stop the GOP's and Tea Party war on women''s health.



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