Letter from a Prisoner:

On Reading Bob Avakian’s Memoir

May 14, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


The Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund received the following letter from a prisoner.


I’m watching the news and they are breaking the story that Trump has launched 50 Tomahawk missiles in the direction of Syria. I know [print] issues of Revolution have been cut back due to so much going on around the world at such a fast pace, so information can be found on the website, but I’m hoping to get something with the parties position on this stance soon.

The last time I wrote I was in transition moving from the S.H.U. to general population. Instead of sending me to XXXXX they decided to place me on this lock up unit here at the same facility. It’s better than the S.H.U. so it’s all good. I’ll be reviewed in 90 days to find out what’s next. I just received commissary today, I didn’t have any stamps. About two weeks ago I received a copy of Science of Evolution [by Ardea Skybreak] and I’m reading that now. I’ve read Communism and Jeffersonian Democracy as well as From Ike to Mao and Beyond [Bob Avakian’s memoir]. Oh-my-fuck’n Goodness! Bob Avakian is the mutha fuck’n Man! Dude is so solid and if I ever find out some bullshit about him it would break my heart. Dude has been in the struggle for a long time and he has maintained his principles through out the whole entire show. About a year ago I was in a conversation with this Black Nationalist (or whatever he was) and he made a comment about B.A. acting as if he was Chairman Mao. That would be equivalent to saying that Ardea Skybreak thinks that she is Charles Darwin or somebody, you feel me? Clearly the guy was “DH” type of shit (DH was spoke of in the book). B.A. kinda touched on it when he mentioned an interview he gave and the person said something about him having a “cult like personality”, you feel me? Yeah, B.A. is definitely a Maoist and his New Synthesis of Revolutionary Communism makes him Marx-Lenin-and Mao “Reincarnated”, ha, ha, ha. From Ike to Mao and Beyond put me up on a lot of information. Even the small things, like when he spoke about the relationship during his qualitative leaps from becoming a Radical—then a Revolutionary—and finally a Communist. Just that statement alone opened up my mind even more about how everything develops in stages. And he stayed on track and done things in a very principled way the entire time. He’s not a snitch, he has not sold out nor did he talk ill of others when he had every opportunity to do so all through out the book. He could have easily spoke about Huey Newton and I definitely wanted to hear more about it when he ran into him over in China. Send me that book. I can’t remember the name of it, but he sited it in the book when he spoke about Huey P. Newton. I need a copy of that Red Book by Chairman Mao too. I pretty much need every book that he mentioned in From Ike to Mao, I’ll write down the names and sent them later. Ok, this prison no longer allow us to receive greeting cards, any type of colored paper or colored envelopes. The last letter I got from P.R.L.F. [Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund] had a blue piece of paper included with it. I believe it had some points that were being raised about why y’all have been more on the internet and how we need to let y’all know if any changes are being made in our situation. No more blue paper, ok. I’m in The Science of Evolution right now, but I’m gonna need something ASAP. Especially get at me about this Syria shit and what Trump punk ass just did. I need more shit on theory like B.A. was saying in From Ike to Mao. Ha, Ha, Ha________

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