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URL: http://www.prisonersrevolutionaryliteraturefund.org/
Physical Address: Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund
1321 N. Milwaukee Ave. #407, Chicago, IL 60622
Phone Number: 773-960-6952
Contact Email: prlf_fund@yahoo.com
Contact Name:: Fred or Jackie
Description: The Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund (PRLF) is an educational literature fund that fills requests from U.S. prisoners for revolutionary literature.

The main requests received by PRLF from those behind bars are for complementary subscriptions in Spanish and English to the weekly newspaper Revolution* and for revolutionary and other books, including ones highlighted in the newspaper. Through providing this literature, PRLF provides an educational opportunity for prisoners to engage with world events and key political, cultural, and philosophical questions of the day from a unique revolutionary perspective, including discussions of morality, religion, science, and the arts. Every week prisoners can delve into the urgent and lively news and debate about unfolding political and social struggles, and can critically think about and dissect the current state of society as well as search for an alternative.

PRLF works to counter increasing censorship that seeks to deny prisoners access to Revolution newspaper and the other revolutionary literature requested.

*published by RCP Publications (www.revcom.us)
Category: Inmate Book s and Magazines
Tags: Politics Culture Philosophy Education History Black Chicano Native American Women War Socialism Revolution Morality Science The Arts Critical Thinking
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:40 PM
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Banning Revolution newspaper

from Pelican Bay State Prison is

Inhumane, Unconstitutional
and Immoral -


Imagine you are in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) of a prison that is as far from your family as it can be and still be located in the same state. You are locked in a solitary cell for 23 or more hours a day, everyday, year after year. Your window, your lifeline to the world is a newspaper and all of a sudden prison officials decide that you cannot read it anymore. As a prisoner wrote: "I've been getting the Revolution paper for about 8 years and can't imagine being in this dungeon without it."

Welcome to California's remote supermax Pelican Bay State Prison, just miles from the border with Oregon. Here 1200 of the 3400 inmates are in the most restrictive prison within-a-prison found anywhere in the U.S. At Pelican Bay is also the single largest block of subscribers to Revolutionnewspaper in U.S. prisons. The 45+ subscriptions are provided through funds raised by Prisoners' Revolutionary Literature Fund (PRLF). And each Revolution reaches many more hands, "I'm in Pelican Bay SHU ... there's eight people in my section. I share Revolution newspaper with everyone in the section."

In February, 2010, prison officials at California's Pelican Bay State Prison declared that Revolutionnewspaper was banned from their institution. It appears that issues of the newspaper dating as far back as October 2009 were confiscated, leading up to the recent outright ban of Revolution. The first issues confiscated last fall announced a special issue, Revolution #183 on prisons and prisoners, "From the Hellholes of Incarceration to a Future of Emancipation." (Available here or from the PRLF.)

PRLF has received literally hundreds of letters which convey the tremendously educational value ofRevolution newspaper for these prisoners. Their subscriptions and other revolutionary literature has enabled them to hone critical thinking; learn about history and debate current events in the world; understand root causes for why so many are in prison in the U.S.; come to appreciate science and atheism; consider radical, revolutionary and Communist alternatives for how the world could be different; examine historical lessons from previous socialist revolutions; examine causes of divisions between the people by nationality and gender.

Many people from all sections of society who have listened to these prisoners' voices have been struck by the power of their words and their moral vision for transforming society. Now it is up to those on the outside to make sure this lifeline is not cut off and these voices are not muffled, or worse, silenced.

Here are mere snippets from these prisoners. You can visit PRLF's website. www.PrisonersRevolutionaryLiteratureFund.org, to read substantive excerpts from letters that arrive at the PRLF's mail box every week:

"Everyone I've managed to share issue #183 (special issue on prisons and prisoners) of Revolutionnewspaper with had positive feedback. You understand this place is a dungeon where we communicate through solid steel doors with plexiglass slits .... everyone's thrilled to know someone out there has an inkling what we're forced to go through for years and even decades...and actually cares."

"One main thing which I love about your newspaper-it covers all topics, presents pro and con positions, raw facts for the reader to analyze, one can not help but recognize the details that the mainstream media isn't telling the public through its corporate machine. Your publication is read by me from cover to cover, although some articles I greatly disagree about. We must be open minded, accept new ideas, be tolerant to accept and understand other opinions and belief system, though they are different from our own."

"For many years, I was bound & chained to the walls of ignorance. However, thanks to the revolutionary leadership of Bob Avakian [FYI: Revolution newspaper is the voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, whose leader Avakian is a frequent contributor to its pages.] I have since been provided with the tools to shatter these chains from deep within the bowels of the beast. I now enthusiastically accept the responsibility of helping others do the same.

"Got the literature you sent... It's good to have some good study material at hand for the brothers here. I have been trying to get deeper into the theoretical and philosophical questions as regards communist application. I like to study so many different fields of science, all of it basically. I'm just amazed at the whole realm of science, especially how everything is interconnected. I was reading Stephen Hawking..."

"I kind of like the idea that women are equal to me. But I never would have this understanding if it was not for Communism."

"I was reading the [Revolution on prisons and prisoners] and had to stop and reflect on my crime. My victim was female: kicked her several times over a bad drug deal, luckily I didn't have a gun. But reading your article on the women of society, that is the prison society we belong to. ...I am 27 years old and have been in and out of prison since I was 17, and for the first time in my young life, guilt left a bitter taste in my mouth."

Who really promotes racial violence?

Prison authorities allege that Revolution incites racial violence. Quite a charge when prison authorities in California SHUs have been exposed for instigating fights, including gladiator-style, between prisoners of different nationalities, leading to numerous inmate deaths - sometimes by other inmates, sometimes directly by prison guards.

As one Pelican Bay prisoner replied, "what racial group in particular are they speaking of, in other words to which audience is the paper targeting to incite racial violence when the fact is prison officials are basically the architect of racial disharmony among prisoners?"

The reality is the opposite of what prison authorities have alleged. Prisoners, including at Pelican Bay, write about how the newspaper has helped forge bonds of unity among prisoners of different nationalities:

"This paper has been a primary vehicle of crossing racial lines and bringing the people together."

"This paper has made a big difference in the relationships that races in here deal with each other. Not as a whole but with some of us. Meaning that prisoners of different races are so caught up on this plan that our captors are pushing that they have nothing but hatred for the next race. But this prisoner of a different race recently seen me passing one of these papers to a neighbor of his... He said he used to read the papers at another prison and we struck up a conversation about how informative the contents of the papers are and how everyone should be reading them and how different prison would be if everyone read the papers."

"I'm African American, and everything I read prior to Bob Avakian was afro centric in thought...what he teached changed my perspective on all of that. It's more than a black and white thing with me now. I see the commonalities that black and white share now..."

"Maybe you could send me an English and Spanish copy of the paper because many of my comrades are Latino."

Banning Revolution newspaper from Pelican Bay State Prison is inhumane, unconstitutional and immoral - HELP OVERTURN it now!

The banning of Revolution is an overt political act of censorship by prison officials and a suppression of prisoners' most basic rights to have access to the educational opportunity provided by the PRLF when it provides subscriptions to Revolution newspaper as well as other revolutionary literature. As PRLF's mission statement explains, this literature provides "an educational opportunity for prisoners to engage with world events and key political, cultural, and philosophical questions of the day from a unique revolutionary perspective, including discussions of morality, religion, science, and the arts. Every week prisoners can delve into the urgent and lively news and debate about unfolding political and social struggles and can critically think about and dissect the current state of society as well as search for an alternative."

Anyone concerned about the rights of prisoners including the right to educate and transform themselves while in prison -- the right for revolutionary alternatives to be considered -- the rights of alternative media -- the rights that are supposed to be guaranteed by the First Amendment -- should see that this is a precedent that cannot be allowed to stand for these prisoners in California's hell holes, for its implications throughout the prison system in the US and for the broader society of which they are an integral part.

A determined legal and political struggle needs to be waged to overturn this ban. PRLF is expanding its work through stopping this effort to cripple its work. We together can stop the prison officials from removing the oxygen out of windowless cells.


1. Write a letter to the Warden at Pelican Bay and state your opposition to this ban of Revolutionnewspaper at Pelican Bay State Prison. (Send a copy to PRLF)

Warden Francisco Jacquez, Pelican Bay State Prison, P.O. Box 7000, Crescent City, CA 95531-7000

2. The PRLF needs increased funding and more volunteers to wage a concerted political and legal campaign to overturn the ban. Donate today (see below), help raise funds and awareness.

Organize fundraising benefits big and small. In 2009 several high impact benefits were held in several major cities and are an inspiration and source for great ideas. (See PRLF website).

3. Spread the word about the ban and the struggle to overturn it. Develop networks of support. Organize dramatic readings of the prisoners' letters in schools, churches and organizations across the country. (Script available at http://www.prisonersrevolutionaryliteraturefund.org.) Another resource is March 28, 2010 issue of Revolution newspaper on the ban at Pelican Bay, available here.)

4. Volunteers are urgently needed:

1) FACEBOOK - help PRLF develop materials for Facebook and to use online

LEGAL - Lawyers and law students (including legal interns to do research) to struggle against the bans at California, Illinois (Menard) and other prisons

3) TYPING --join the pool and turn prisoners' handwritten letters into electronic files for publishing hard copy and on line

4) TRANSLATE letters from prisoners from Spanish to English
5) CORRESPOND - be part of a team of correspondents to help answer prisoners' letters. Learn together with the prisoners

6) EXPANSION - extend PRLF's ability to provide revolutionary literature to all the prisoners on the waiting list and to expand its reach into the prisons while struggling against the ban

7) CHICAGO - volunteer for regular hours each week at PRLF's new community based working space.

PRLF needs YOUR participation. Contact us: Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund, 1321 N. Milwaukee, #407, Chicago, IL 60622.PRLF_fund@yahoo.com, (773) 960-6950

PRLF's Mission statement is available at www.prisonersrevolutionaryliteraturefund.org

The Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund is in affiliation with International Humanities Center, a nonprofit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501[c](3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Send your checks to Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund, 1321 N. Milwaukee, #407, Chicago, IL 60622

Make checks to Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund
Make tax-deductible checks to IHCenter/ PRLF

Credit card and Pay Pal donations can be made online at:
www.IHCenter.org/groups/.prlf.html ("International Humanities" will appear on your credit card statement), or


To volunteer with or contact PRLF: (773) 960-6950 or prlf_fund@yahoo.com


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