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And yet, we have protested and witnessed the atrocities of the Iron Heel in designated spaces while it has dared us to move!

Storm the Bastille!

 

Imagine if in the dark, on the grounds of that Georgia prison, U.S. citizens straightened up and moved collectively forward--in the dark, U.S. citizens approaching the prison doors.   Hundreds of thousands of angry workers before us, hundreds of thousand civil rights marchers before us, joined with millions around the world.

Storm the Bastille!

If we had the courage to move beyond the barricades, if we had the courage to defy the plutocracy and its legions of armed thugs, if we had the courage to defy the senseless rage of the Empire, we would say no more petitions and pleading to the deaf. We are organizing with our brothers and sisters in Germany, in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Iceland, France, England, Chile, and Guatemala.

There we are, among the world's millions! There we are strong in numbers! We are organizing, organizing, organizing to create a government that serves the people! We are organizing, organizing, organizing until one day, to echo Sergio Vieira, "colonialism and imperialism/are only words which are found/in a dictionary of archaic terms" ("Four Parts for A Poem on Education").

And not any one of us dies in vain on our watch!

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When they tell you

I'm not a prisoner

don't believe them.

When they tell you

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they released me

don't believe them.

they'll have to admit

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Dr. Lenore J. Daniels, Black Commentator, Editorial Board and Columnist, Doctorate in Modern American Literature/Cultural Theory

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