[Pnews] From captured colonial to New Afrikan Freedom Fighter

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   From captured colonial to New Afrikan Freedom Fighter

June 12, 2019
Kwame Shakur

*/by Kwame Shakur/*

Revolutionary greetings!

I have been asked to explain my transformation from captured colonial to 
that of a freedom fighter and conscious citizen of the Republic of New 
Afrika – particularly, how it came about in the slave kkkamps of the 
IDOC – and the struggles of organizing the New Afrikan Independence 
Movement in Indiana. Even during the high tide of revolutionary activity 
in the U.S., Indiana has never been known to have a progressive social 
climate or to produce more than a handful of New Afrikan revolutionary 
nationalist cadre struggling in our pursuit of land and independence.

During the ‘60s and ‘70s my grandfather, Robert Joyner Sr., was one of 
the leading revolutionary activists in my city of Terre Haute, Indiana. 
As vice chairman of his formation, he and his comrades founded the Hyte 
Center in 1970 (now known as the Booker T. Washington Community Center) 
to serve as a community liberation center and survival program.

 From a very young age, I was taught by my father who my grandfather was 
and what he did for our people. He made sure I knew the history of our 
local and national leaders.

When my grandfather fell ill in the mid-‘90s, I can recall going with my 
father to gather his guns. As he loaded cases of assault rifles, 
shotguns, handguns, boxes and bags of banana clips and ammunition into 
the car, I was told they were “left over” from the ‘60s.

I grew up listening to stories of my grandfather having armed 
confrontations with the KKK when they had come after him for the things 
he was doing in the community. In 1999 I became a member of a street 
organization under the teachings of the Honorable Larry Hoover, who 
focused on an educational, economic, political and social development 
concept for Growth and Development.

Kwame’s grandfather, Robert Joyner Sr.

I have been socially and culturally conscious for the majority of my 
life; however, like many individuals of my generation, I was caught up 
in the lumpen “criminal” mentality and with no political education or 
concept of nation or class struggle. My “revolutionary” mentality was 
based on outdated, backwards “race” politics and a misguided hatred for 
most white men.

I was captured in 2011 when over three dozen SWAT team, U.S. Marshalls 
and Indiana State Police surrounded my father’s house with snipers and a 
battering ram tank. My father was put in handcuffs after confronting the 
pigs demanding they put their guns down before I would come out.

After a brief standoff, I came out, the house was raided in an illegal 
search and seizure with no warrant; the only things seized were all the 
weapons that had belonged to my grandfather. After being questioned 
about a double homicide of two Euro-Americans, I was illegally held 
captive for 33 days before being charged with the murders.

The case was never alleged to be gang related, yet the entire case was 
politicized surrounding my membership in Growth and Development. Every 
witness statement and deposition became about my affiliation.

Internal Affairs from the Indiana Department of Correction sent 
prosecutors a Security Threat Group file that was used against me at 
sentencing. In his closing argument, the prosecutor slapped his own 
forehead and told the judge, “Your Honor … he basically wrote the rule 
book on how to be a Gangster Disciple.” This was all on the contrary. 
Both on the street and behind the wall I was known for getting ones to 
make the positive transition from Gangster Disciple to Growth and 

It wasn’t until 2014 when Comrade Shaka Shakur was sent back to 
Pendleton Correctional Facility that I was transformed into a New 
Afrikan revolutionary nationalist. The comrade saw the work I was doing 
and gave me a copy of Comrade Sanyika Shakur’s book, “Stand Up, Struggle 

The book changed my life, it changed the way I viewed the world, it made 
the very existence of being an oppressed Afrikan within this settler 
state and the struggles we face as a people come into sharp focus. 
Destroying the plurality of “race,” it introduced me to dialectical 
materialism and the antagonistic class contradictions hidden by the 
capitalist social construct of “race” to strip peoples of their 
nationality, turning them into subjugated neo-colonials.

I was familiar with the Nation of Islam, the Five Percenters/Nation of 
Gods and Earths, and the Moorish Science Temple of America, but none of 
them focused on dialectical and historical materialism for a concrete 
scientific analysis of how to achieve self-determination and national 
liberation like the Republic of New Afrika. This led to Shaka Shakur and 
I founding the New Afrikan Liberation Collective (NALC).

As with all attempts to re-build the anti-racist-capitalist-imperialist 
movement in North Amerikkka, the one to raise prisoners’ consciousness 
has been an arduous struggle. We lost an entire generation to gangs and 
drugs, thus tribalism and chemical warfare allowed the pigs to assume 
and maintain complete control over the kkkamps.

Many of those who were accused of leading the uprisings and military 
offensives against the state in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s are just 
now making their way out of solitary confinement. The IDOC has mastered 
the science of slave psychology, At Pendleton CF there was zero 
resistance against the captors and I found it nearly impossible to mass 
organize around pressing issues and repressive policies that affected 

The police storming of his home and the arrest of Kwame Shakur was big 
news in Terre Haute.

I learned through the teachings of Comrade Ed Mead that when building a 
prison movement, there are two ways that one can go about the task: mass 
organizing or individual cadre development. Focusing on the latter, in 
particular individuals who were already leaders within their group or 
organization, I began to see success in transforming the kkkamp into 
what could be a revolutionary university through great study and struggle.

I began speaking and writing about using NALC to create a front to 
rebuild the NAIM by unifying the leading cadre individuals and 
organizations within the New Afrikan Nation. This is when Shaka 
introduced me to the brilliant works of Comrade Jalil Muntaqim, 
explaining that what I was calling for had already been proposed by 
Jalil through FROLINAN (Front for the Liberation of the New Afrikan Nation).

After getting my hands on the National Strategy for FROLINAN and the 
FROLINAN Handbook, I couldn’t believe that this calling hadn’t been 
formulated into our program for decolonization. For a year and a half, I 
have been planting seeds to grow FROLINAN, networking with comrades all 
over the kkkountry, both inside and out of the kkkamps to bring 
individuals and formations into the front.

It is clear that we need to evolve a unified strategy for direction 
moving forward if we are serious about re-building to win.

During this same time, April 2017, we launched the Prison Lives Matter 
(PLM) campaign, a united front for PPs and POWs and their organizations 
within the prison movement. PLM became the perfect vehicle for us to 
connect the dots between National Liberation and the prisoner support 
group IDOC Watch, active throughout the state.

They helped with the first Prison Lives Matter demonstration in August 
2017, and when I answered the clarion call from Comrade Jalil Muntaqim 
to establish the “In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela Campaign,” comrades 
form IDOC Watch played a fundamental role in helping me organize the 
demo and bring some of our national leaders from the NAIM and prison 
movement to this state for a panel discussion.

In building this working relationship, several comrades from IDOC Watch 
have become staunch supporters of the New Afrikan Independence Movement. 
They are also assisting Shaka in his current kkkourt battle against the 
state for the assault against his captors.

My main objective with the prison movement right now is to get outside 
supporters to view the prison industrial slave complex through a broader 
lens in order to see its role in colonizing the New Afrikan Nation. At 
the same time, when we are trying to raise consciousness about the U.S. 
violating international laws on the treatment of Prisoners of War who 
were members of a colonized nation fighting for independence, there 
needs to be an active national liberation struggle from our people in 
order to gain momentum and international support.

The liberation of these freedom fighters, the future of our nation, and 
any hope of /freeing the land /rests upon what we do right now!

The struggle is still for land and independence! Re-Build to Win!

/Send our brother some love and light: Michael Joyner, 149677, WVCF, 
P.O. Box 1111, Carlisle IN 46391. This story was originally published in 
Re-Build! Volume 1, No. 3, Spring 2019, and is republished with permission./

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