“Courage is the most important of all virtues because, without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
For those of you who have shown support for the Vaughn17, I am sending you this message in order to express my appreciation and to commend you for your courage and work that you have done and continue to do for all prisoners suffering behind enemy lines. Despite our short encounters of success, the fight against this unproductive, oppressive system is far from over! Not only is there a lot of work that needs to be done, but we have to remain diligent in our efforts to combat this system. Speaking of system, as you know, it is once again an election year. Politics play a pivotal role in how this country operates its systems. I am not sure how many of you Brothers and Sisters believe in politics and voting, but for those of you who do not—you need to.
As we all know, mass incarceration is a real thing that is affecting all races in this country, especially people of color. In saying that, a lot of these politicians are now using mass incarceration as a stepping stool to win the Black and Latino vote. Therefore, all of you need to make sure that you have valid reasons on why you are voting for the politicians that you are voting for. Whatever you do, please do not mistake the dialogue and charisma of a politician as a way of promise and capability, because thisis nothing but a sales pitch to win your vote. If you start to develop a good vibe from somebody, then make sure that you investigate them because it is wiser to base your vote off of something you have actually investigated than on something that you feel. Remember, deception is real and politicians have a way of portraying images for the benefit of their personal agendas. In closing, continue to live the spirit of our ancestors and remain steadfast in our struggle against oppression and the prison state. Peace.
Your Brother In Struggle
~Last of a dying breed~
To write to Abdul, please send letters to the following address (must include birthname and not Islamic name)
SBI# 455723 Unit SHU17Z
James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
1181 Paddock Road
Smyrna, Delaware 19977