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Follow the author's odyssey from lumpen drug dealer to prisoner, to revolutionary New Afrikan, a teacher and mentor, one of a new generation rising of prison intellectuals. This book consists primarily of letters between Rashid and Outlaw, another revolutionary New Afrikan prisoner, smuggled between the segregation wing and general population over a period of months. These ...more
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Published 2010 by Kersplebedeb
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Ganglion Bard-barbarian
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I hope to study this book at greater length, thanks to Kerspledebeb and my Virginia comrades for giving this underground classic to the world. The almost folkloric story of Rashid Johnson's transformation from apolitical gangster to dedicated Marxist-Leninist revolutionary is one of Virginia's most captivating and inspirational. A rousing introduction by Big Tom Warrior, an Appalachian legend in his own right, sets the score for Rashid's dramatic autobiography and, best of all, a clandestine pri ...more
Amy
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this as it was tremendously inspiring to read the politicizing process of Outlaw through the back and forth, inside the prison letters on revolutionary theory and practice, between him and Rashid. I found the essays at the end to be thought provoking, motivating and lucid, particularly ‘What’s left of the Left?’ I highly suggest this to folks interested in prison abolition work, and really anyone interested in expanding their own political education or learning how people behind ...more
Mirza  Sultan-Galiev
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is a engaging and well written insight into political struggle and the development of revolutionary consciousness within the US prison system not in the 1970s but today.
essays, autobiography, poetry and correspondence are all included, among them some great historical/political overviews courtesy of Rashid.
I will (hopefully), be doing a promo event for this book at the Flying Brick Infoshop in Richmond VA, sometime in December, with all proceeds going to prisoner support work by SPARC
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kripsoo
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
must-read collection of writings from several incarcerated brothers (plus some powerful art by the main author kevin rashid johnson) regardless of where you are coming from politically morally humanly spiritually,the musings of these minds will affect you and move you and inspire you reread them annotate this book follow your questions and hunches do your own research and most important spread the word
Michael Boyte
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like a modern day George Jackson, Kevin 'Rashid" Johnson writes profoundly about life in prison, the machinations of the state authorities against the prisoners who dare to raise their heads, and the various political trends that rise among prisoners. His writing and politics are sharp, and I learned a lot from this book. I understand that Rashid is still facing heavy repression from the state, for his leadership of prison struggles.
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