WHAT IS A POLITICAL PRISONER?
A political prisoner is someone who was targeted and imprisoned because of his or her political actions, affiliations and/or beliefs. We support and stand in solidarity with all political prisoners, but focus primarily on the ones that were imprisoned as a result of their commitment to the Black Liberation Struggle. It should be noted that the United States does not acknowledge having any political prisoners.
WHY SHOULD THEY BE SUPPORTED?
They should be supported because these individuals were committed to confronting the oppression and exploitation in their communities that made their lives and the lives of their neighbors/community intolerable. They were examples of the best of our community and those who follow in their footsteps, knowingly or unknowingly, are likely to be recipients of the same assaults. That means that today's activist (i.e. you and me!) may be tomorrow's political prisoner. Anyone who sticks his or her neck out to challenge the system (the government, corporations, etc.) may become a target. Therefore, we need to have a community mindset that we will protect those that protect us. Get involved!