RAM-NYC Bails a Youth Out of Detention
This June, the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement-New York City bailed a youth out of detention and reunited him with his family. For this we’d like to thank NYC Anarchist Black Cross for helping raise extra money this month with their fundraiser, Running Down the Walls. By being home, he will have an easier time facing his charges, and preparing to defend himself and his family against the ravages of the white supremacist court system.
The mere existence of youth detention is an abomination. The humiliation and violence inflicted on families is a permanent wound that becomes normalized across the country in millions of households. The effects of this damage are clear, but the police state and its appendages work methodically to ensure that the violence seems normal, rational, and justified. As we strive towards abolition, we keep this in the front of our minds: the state wants to criminalize, harass, and destroy black and brown youth, and we are here to alleviate the violence, create an alternative, and destroy white supremacist society.
As the US political system’s veneer of liberal democracy erodes, and white nationalism and fascism become the prevailing political forces, we’d like to remind people that this is the status quo. The separation of children was practiced during chattel slavery, during Jim Crow, and is practiced today in the form of the prison slave system. Infants are currently ripped from their mothers arms, children are routinely jailed for extreme amounts of time and tried as adults, and children, like Tamir Rice and Antwon Rose are commonly gunned down in the streets.
We should always remember this poem written by Antwon Rose at 15:
I am confused and afraid
I wonder what path I will take
I hear that there’s only two ways out
I see mothers bury their sons
I want my mom to never feel that pain…
I understand people believe I’m just a statistic
I say to them I’m different
This is the result of American society. We will continue to fight back in ever more creative and militant ways, so that one day all people can live with dignity, and the youth can live without fear.