Drum and Spear – Letters to the Editor

 
Robert Saleem Holbrook out of solitary and transferred
 
Robert Saleem Holbrook #BL5140
SCI-Greene
175 Progress Dr.
Waynesburg, PA 15370
 
Uhuru Brother Omowale!
 
Please accept my apologies for the break in communication on my end of the battlefield.
The past couple of months have been hectic on the movement Front which led to me being abruptly placed in the “hole” from September 2 until being transferred out of SCI-Coal to SCI-Houtzdale on September 11.
 
I was kept incommunicado in the “hole” here until September 18. On September 25, I was released from the “hole” into general population within the kamp.
 
My alleged participation in organizing a boycott of the Inmate Dining Hall at SCI-Coal prompted the State/petty prisoncrats to force me into a place no human should have to experience-“the hole.” In a desperate effort to reassert their authority, the State/petty prisoncrats ostracized me to disrupt the unity. Despite their efforts to thwart the movement, we continue to share and build with our young brothers here at SCI-Coal.
 
The power of the week-long boycott reminded the State that their power to oppress prisoners and the people more often than not depend on our consent. Once we withdraw that consent their sense of security and control becomes much less certain.
 
Nevertheless, they responded and moved on me when a decision was made to round up the “undesirables” within the kamp and get rid of us after a mentally disturbed prisoner cut a guard with a razor.
 
Despite the disruption to my person and the program, I am well and their efforts at stamping down Black/Afrikan resistance is for naught as the movement work will go on in this kamp and at SCI-Coal.
 
The chumps destroyed a lot of my books. But Chairman Yeshitela’s book “Omali Yeshitela Speaks” was not only spared, but it is now in capable hands on the streets!
 
A comrade of mine was reading it when I got swept up and he was recently released. He sent me a letter telling me he loves the book. He is a conscious member of our youth empowerment movement “One Hood United.”
 
I sent him your email and I shared some of our correspondence with him. I’m not sure if he has a computer yet, but if you want you can give him a call.
 
He knows who you are and expressed interest in the APSP/Uhuru Ideological Retreats (Party School Intensives).
 
This comrade was very instrumental in our work building One Hood as a youth mass organization. The project is an alliance of Black/African Revolutionary Nationalists and Cultural Nationalists.
 
Our posture is nonsectarian and so long as one is dedicated to true African liberation and not a collaborator with neocolonialism, there is room for us to work together.
 
From reading the platform at www.onehoodunited.org you can see the influences.I would like to put Chairman Yeshitela’s book “Omali Yeshitela Speaks” on our reading list but am not in possession of it. In fact, I must ask a couple of favors of you.
 
First, could you send me a copy of “Omali Yeshitela Speaks”? This is needed and is one of my favorites.
 
Next, there around six comrades in kamps across the state who I’d like to have a copy of “Omali Yeshitela Speaks”. Does The Burning Spear or APSP have the resources to do this for free?
 
While many of the comrades are not ready to become members of the APSP, we all benefit from an injection of Yeshitela’s medicine within our individual and collective consciousness. Please let me know if this is possible.
 
In closing could you please contact The Burning Spear and have future issues sent to my new address?
 
In addition, a supporter on the outside sent me a flyer for a rally in D.C. by the Black is Back Coalition against police brutality and the militarization of the police in effort to suppress African Liberation Revolution.I sent the flyer to a comrade on the outside and hope he can attend it.
Independence in our lifetime!
Uhuru!
 
Editos Note:
Uhuru Brother Saleem!
It is good to hear from you and to know that you are well. I want you to know that we got your back, those of us out here in minimum security in America, which is nothing but a prison of nations itself.
 
The Burning Spear newspaper and Uhuru News did publish the press releases concerning the government’s attempt to silence you by illegally detaining you in the “hole.”
 
As far as your request for a copy of Omali Yeshitela Speaks, The Burning Spear will meet that request. For the other six books to go to other kamps, we will initiate a campaign asking our readers and supporters to buy the books from Burning Spear Publications for the purpose of starting study classes inside prison. I believe the people will support this effort.
 
In fact, those reading this note can sponsor a book. Go To:
burningspearpublications.org and order the book and earmark it as a contribution to the study effort.
 
Glad our communications are back on track. Will keep in touch. No Compromise! No Surrender!
Omowale Kefing
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