By Khalfani Malik Khaldun
Indiana Constitution’s Article 1 Section 37 states: “There shall be neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude, within the state, otherwise than for the punishment of crimes, where the party shall have been duly convicted” (amended November 7, 1984). The United States Constitution states in its 13th amendment the same thing: “Neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment of a crime for which the party have been duly convicted, shall exist within the U.S., or places subject to their jurisdiction.”
On Sept. 22, 1862, President “Honest Abe” Lincoln issued what has become known as the Emancipation Proclamation that is supposed to have ended slavery. History books say that slavery became illegal inside the racist Confederate states that were then in rebellion against the U.S. This alleged “freedom document” did not apply to the over 800,000 slaves in the U.S. and areas occupied by the union forces.
As a young New Afrikan (Black) male who grew up in poverty inside an urban ghetto-colony, I was involved in pledging allegiance to the flag of the U.S. of Amerika. My elementary schoolteachers were brainwashing entire classrooms to openly express blind loyalty to a flag that has no allegiance to me. The schoolbooks encouraged me to believe Lincoln freed my people because he was a good man. That was not an accurate statement.
When I was convicted by the criminal justice system and the courts I had no idea that Article 1 Section 37 of the Indiana Constitution enforces slavery or involuntary servitude upon being convicted of a crime. So slavery still exists in Indiana based on that statement. Indiana is the birthplace of the domestic terrorist group, the KKK. Racism is a living real force in the political machine there. Nor was I aware of the U.S. Constitution’s 13th amendment promoting the existence of slavery after being duly convicted of a crime. The recent discussions of the 13th amendment by activist groups compelled me to join this movement to repeal it. I am lending my voice and solidarity to everyone fighting to expose prison slavery in the U.S. industrial prison complex.
Recently, Kanye West was openly advocating for the repeal of the 13th amendment. However, he was not too confident in his position because he lacked a sound and clear understanding of how it is detrimental to our nation as a whole. I would like to encourage all comrades and activists who are promoting the repeal of the 13th amendment to take a look at your state constitution to see if it is in there as well. We must try to get them repealed.
It is undeniable that the industrial prison complex has replaced plantation slavery. The courts have replaced the hangman’s noose. Public executions by being hanged in front of angry white racist mobs has been replaced by capital punishment and lethal injection in front of a host of onlookers. They are there to get a kick out of watching those poisons enter a person’s body that eventually kills them.
Prison is the new slave plantation. Working diligently as a proactive revolutionary force for change, we can make history. With that said, I would like to introduce two project ideas of mine that I will be pushing for the new year 2019.
One is a Free Indiana Movement structured and organized to confront, combat, and expose prison profiteering and exploitative prison labor. Another is the Indiana Underground Railroad Coalition. It will be organized as a body existing inside IDOC Watch whose mission and purpose will be an extension of the slave liberator Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad. Our mission will be the liberation of our women and men from the plantation to freedom. It is not just about helping one live comfortably in prison and doing nothing to actually liberate them. Under the banner of the Free Indiana Movement we still strive to launch some strategic fundraising campaigns to stabilize the Indiana Underground Railroad Coalition. Our organization, IDOC-Watch, is currently doing great work, being an outside watchdog presence helping Indiana prisoners being affected by the oppressive conditions and hardships of incarceration. The Free Indiana Movement will join them in this work, developing much more effective presence that opposes and exposes IDOC injustices.
Copies of our current class action suit will soon be filed in federal court in the Southern District. We are suing defendants from the commissioner’s office on down to the prisoncrats employed at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. I have also prepared a press release report on the conditions existing at this plantation (copies of both can be obtained by contacting http://www.imhojournal.org). Anyone interested in helping me and volunteering some time and energy to type up material for these new organizations should contact me directly. I look forward to working with any of you; we are in this together. The struggle continues.
“The only way to evil, racism, and oppression to exist is for man to do nothing.”
A voice for the voiceless within Indiana prisons,
Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun G-405
(Leonard B. McQuay) 874304
6908 S. Old US Highway 41
PO Box 1111
Carlisle, IN 47838