While Claiming to Defend Freedom Around the World, the U.S. Has Dozens of Political Prisoners—and the Majority are People of Color

US Political Prisoners Require a Political Solution The US has at least 55 Political Prisoners, mostly people of color. It is a mistake to treat these cases individually. They require a political solution. Amnesty to the ten US political prisoners who were arrested in the Black Lives Matter uprisings!

 

The US has at least 55 Political Prisoners, mostly people of color. It is a mistake to treat these cases individually. They require a political solution. Amnesty to the ten US political prisoners who were arrested in the Black Lives Matter uprisings!

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Originally published by the CovertAction Magazine, August 15, 2022

By James Patrick Jordan, Eduardo Garcia, and Natalia Schuurman

Political imprisonment in the United States exists primarily as a tool of racist repression. It is aimed disproportionately at people of color, as well as others engaged in anti-racist struggle. Whether in the fight against racism at home or against racist foreign policies, wars, occupation and colonialism, the overarching purpose of political imprisonment is to intimidate and try to crush militant forms of anti-racist struggle.

By treating U.S. political prisoners as “common criminals,” the criminal justice system individualizes each case as if they are somehow separate from their social contexts. This ignores root causes and impedes the development of political solutions to the underlying issues for which people have been arrested.

Readers can discern for themselves what is revealed in the findings presented here, and in the US Political Prisoner list this article analyzes. The large number of people of color and others involved in the anti-racist struggle arrested for their activities is sadly predictable. Our entire history and existing political and economic institutions are founded and advanced squarely on the foundations of racism….

When we combine those arrested for domestic and international resistance to U.S. racism, we find that 42 of 55 PPs/POE, 76.36%, are incarcerated for acts of anti-racist resistance.

In other words, more than three quarters of US/POEs are in jail for activities that can be described as anti-racist….

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