Title: Fu@* Sept. 11th, We got Sept. 9th!!
By: [redacted] AKA King Coe Tha Great!!
Revolutionary greetings comrades in unity! Sept. 9th marks an important date in the history of prisoners across the U.S. fight for justice + equality. It is the day of which is referred to as "The Attica Rebellion". Here's a synopsis of the event that has inspired and motivated myself and many more like me. I pray that the Revolutionary Gods pardon me for my recollection if at any point incorrect... unity in peace...
On Sept. 9, 1971 prisoners at Attica Correctional Facility in New York State; being fed up with harassment, beatings, and mental abuse, decided no more!! The prisoners negotiated with prison administration for better treatment. When officials refused to meet requests; the population of peaceful protesters advanced to a full scale riot and gradually overtook the prison of Attica. The selected few spoke over a landline to the commissioner for a while but the proceeded to speak with then Governor Nelson Rockefeller about the conditions of confinement, better treatment, healthcare and food. He too, refused to cooperate and on Sept. 13th; after a 4 day standoff Governor Rockefeller ordered local law enforcement and the National Guard to take back the prison with deadly force. About 30 deaths arised from this order. About 20 prisoners and 10 guards with hundreds more injured and disabled. Most still disfigured to this date...
This is a tremendous day in our fight for justice and courage and a major lost of many lives on both sides of the field. Always remember Sept. 9th as a sad but heroic sacrifice made for the betterment of you and me,.. If not us then who? If not now, then when?? Unity in peace!!
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