Correspondence from a Reader:

Prison Censorship of Revolution & Getting Around the Censors

September 9, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


Dear Revolution,

I wanted to share this story with you. We sent a crew of revcom comrades and Rise Up October activists to a rally against police brutality happening in another city, and I was talking to a formerly incarcerated brother and he told me he knew Revolution newspaper from when he was behind the walls.

Then he told me a story—you know, one of those stories that strangely both infuriates you and warms your heart at the same time. He told me that he worked in the recycling room in the prison, and he started seeing copies of Revolution newspaper that guards had thrown away instead of letting them be delivered to the subscribing prisoners. He told me the papers were still in a plastic wrapper that meant they had gone thru the mailroom inspection but were not delivered to the prisoners. He said he got curious about the paper and started reading it and saw how deep the paper was so he started pulling the papers the guards had thrown away and taking them out on the yard and giving them to prisoners.

Yes, this story is infuriating because the pig guards are censoring and trying to rob prisoners of a life of the mind and suppress prisoners from having access to Revolution newspaper and the crucial articles in every issue, and at the same time, your heart is warmed because of the creativity of this brother who read the paper and knew prisoners needed it and helped make that happen.

This is a good story to keep in mind when we are coming up against obstacles. Keep in mind how much the masses of people, humanity, needs what we are doing, and be creative to find all the ways for them to meet the revolution.


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