Filed under: Action, Anarchist Movement, Incarceration, Political Prisoners, US
The following statement from Indigenous political prisoner Oso Blanco addresses upcoming Running/Pushing Down the Walls events being organized by chapters of the Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) Federation. For more information on Oso Blanco, go here. For upcoming Pushing/Running Down the walls events, go here.
Brother and sisters, Comrades,
I thank you all very much for participating in “Pushing Down the Walls.” I’ve been a political prisoner since August 13th, 1999. I’ve tried my best to overcome the situations at hand that my enemy has handed me nonstop. At times I’ve tried my best to survive in here, hustling by cooking food, selling candy, to make ends meet. It’s nothing easy. At 55 years old I should be teaching my grandchildren to cook, hunt and fish, as well as taking care of my elderly parents.
I’ve been able to successfully start the “Children’s Art Project.” I had to give up most of my money a few times in order to print the products for Children’s Art Project to help provide a little bit of support for my comrades in Chiapas who run the schools. I wish to inspire you and all those out there struggling for a better world. In these times, it’s extremely difficult to fight for Indigenous People and the Earth. For those that attack our sovereignty and destroy the Mother Earth, they place money and profit above a future for our grandchildren. The situation has become dire. One would be best not to believe any type of politician on either side because they’re all full of it. I thank you all that have placed your lives on the line in direct action to protect water, the first medicine, and protect Indigenous People everywhere. We have extreme problems on our Reservations in the north.
There is so much work to be done. It’s unbelievable. I’ve been in these USPs (United States Penitentiaries) all these years watching the Native population in here grow and grow. I know now, more than ever, that political activists must step up their A game and take the great serpent by the horns. This serpent must be crushed before we have no Earth to live on. I thank you all for raising money and giving your efforts by physical strain and activity. I pray that we shall truly overcome the oppression that seeks to destroy and bury us in these cement coffins. It is truly no joke to live in here like a factory farm animal knowing that people are out there more worried about a cellphone and a new car than saving the Earth.
Love and Power,
Byron Chubbuck #07909-051
P.O. Box 3900
Adelanto, CA 92301