Melvin Ray’s message to Oakland (part 4 of 4)

…we are the unheard voices in this country…. But these walls are not big enough or strong enough to contain our spirit…”

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.

 

…we just wanted to acknowledge the brothers, the hunger strikers, the brothers in solitary confinement, showing us that we can still lead from solitary confinement.”

Transcript:

I appreciate all the great people out there that’s been working with us, helping us to put this thing into action. People out in the Bay Area, you know, they’ve been great, they’ve been sponsoring us, they’ve been sending us books, material, and they’ve been connecting us with people, media people to help us get the message out, because as one of our other members said, we are the unheard voices in this country. And so by us taking the initiative to use these cellphones, and someone has taken the initiative to extend us their platforms and resources, you know, that’s what makes it all possible. We take a lot of inspiration from a lot of people around the country, but you know there is no question about who is leading the spirit of this movement, and it’s definitely coming out of California. So we just wanted to acknowledge the brothers, the hunger strikers, the brothers in solitary confinement, showing us that, you know, we can still lead from solitary confinement. You know I’m in solitary confinement right now. Our co-founder, Kinetic Justice Amun, brother Rob Council, he’s also in solitary confinement. Brother Dhati Khalid, James Pleasant, he’s also in solitary confinement right now. But these walls are not big enough or strong enough to contain our spirit, and it’s because people have shown us examples around the nation.

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