Melvin Ray – A Message to the People (part 3 of 4)

…when we call for marches and demonstrations, we need people at the prisons to help us put pressure on the prison system, and to help us, you know, build the spirit up. You know, guys need encouragement sometimes.”

These recordings were made by co-founders of Free Alabama Movement while in solitary confinement. They were played over loudspeakers at various stops during the prison strike solidarity march in Oakland, Calif., on September 10, 2016.

 

…To the government, the corporations, the politicians, everyone who is involved in exploiting and making money off of mass-incarceration that the end is near.”

Transcript:

To the people out there who are listening, you know, the supporters, we need y’all at the prisons. We appreciate people marching in the streets, we appreciate people marching downtown, we appreciate all the things that are going on. But the suffering is taking place in the prisons. The soul and the spirits are at these prisons. And when we call for marches and demonstrations, we need people at the prisons to help us put pressure on the prison system, and to help us, you know, build the spirit up. You know, guys need encouragement sometimes. These walls, they have an impact on people. So when you’re organizing and planning, please don’t forget to organize and plan demonstrations at these prisons, because we need all the help we can get. On visitation days we need people out there distributing pamphlets, giving out information, helping the family members get involved and have a better understanding about what’s going on. To the government, the corporations, the politicians, everyone who is involved in exploiting and making money off of mass-incarceration that the end is near.

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