the guilty pleas in the green scare
i just want to say something about the people giving guilty pleas in the green scare.
the federal government does not have physical evidence on this case. if they did, they wouldn't be relying on this informant to give them information. they were counting on breaking down the wills of the various defendants until they were so afraid of the threats of the government that they would rat on each other. now, it seems, that is exactly what happened. i don't blame those people who pled guilty, necessarily -- they were under a lot of pressure, and very frightened. not everyone had a sister who could pay a million dollars bail to get them out.
so they were sitting in jail, afraid, alone, day after day being told by the feds that their friends have already ratted them out.....and no one is telling them otherwise!! i blame us, as a movement, for not giving these folks the support they needed to be able to stand up to these feds and their bullying tactics. i blame us, as a movement, for not stepping in fast to provide the legal support and the other forms of support to give these defendants the courage to plead not guilty.
so now, the federal government, with their cointelpro tactics, have taken another bite out of our movement. some good folks are going to jail, and are going to have to testify against another good folk, apparently the only one left who is pleading not guilty....and we'll have a whole bunch more jeff 'free' luers sitting inside jails.
where is our solidarity? are we going to let them crack us, as the cointelpro movement did in the 60s and 70s? haven't we yet learned from our parents' mistakes?? we have to stand together. because divided, alone, that's where they win - with their manipulation, breaking down of the will, their bullying. only by standing together can we face their tyranny. people power is ALL WE GOT! (well, and truth and justice on our side, etc etc)....they got the money, the guns, they got the government, they got the media, they got control of the population by indebting people so they work like crazy and are too afraid to stop and see what's happening, how they are a part of a machinery of death......all these folks one paycheck away from homelessness, and so afraid of homelessness they'll work three shit jobs to keep putting 90% of their paycheck into the landlord's pocket.......
THEY got the control in this place, in this country, on this planet. THEY: the owners, landlords, capitalists, the profit-driven madmen in the government and boardrooms.......and all we have is our people power. and believe me, it is power. and it is a power that they fear. but we gotta stick together. we can't let them take us down like this.
we gotta stick up for the people who are accused, beaten down psychologically, and bullied. we can't abandon them.
even now, even now that the feds managed to get them to plea bargain. we gotta support them, we gotta keep hanging on.......we can't abandon them. and please, remember, everybody! we can't abandon free luers. send books, send letters, these are the lifeline for someone inside. they need to know that someone supports them, that our movement hasn't been broken.....even if their own personal will has been broken by the feds, we still support them and love them.
don't think that you are better than these people - that you wouldn't have ratted out your friends.....you don't know what you would have done, after all the bullying and breaking down.....you don't TRULY know what you would have done in their place, so don't pretend that you are better or that you would have had the courage to hold fast....
but now, now that they have been broken, have given in........don't abandon them. just support them, don't judge them. don't abandon them.
there are black panthers, MOVE members, AIM members and others still in prison from the seventies til now.
i repeat: let's not make the same mistakes our parents did. we have to support these people......no matter what we may think of them pleading guilty......we can't let them break us as a movement by dividing us into individuals and cracking each person's will by using their tactics of threatening what that person loves most in the world....
now is the time to stay united, in struggle, in hope, and in revolution.
hasta la victoria.
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