¡Hola EMU amigos! It has been so cold that you may not have seen me around much. I prefer to ride around in my bag when it is mucho frío. İAy!. Having an assistant to car- ry you around is good, but that bag is too confined to stay in for long periods. It reminds me of jail. SÍ, I am an ex-pound perrita.
When I was a little more than one month old, some gringo capitalist snatched my siblings and me away from the warm embrace of our beautiful mama. This greedy gringo put us in a box and left us on the street. ¡Oy! La migra came and put us in cages, deported us to the place of concrete and steel. I was forced to live among huge, hardened chicos who would not let me even eat from the common bowl. ¡You loco gringos and your loco jails!
That reminds me, compañeros. The central committee of the Chihuahua People’s Party recently passed a resolution on the topic. (Who knew the revolution is neither televised nor violent – just a lot of meetings.) From the meeting minutes:
“[The chair recognizes sub-co- mandante Clodie. Please read the sub-committee statement.] Gracias, comrade. [gratuitous salutes, etc...] On behalf of the Chihuahua Peoples Party at EMU, we stand united against sending compañeros to jail for drugs and other nonviolent so called criminal activity…
We must remain steadfast in our refusal to accept the system of gringo domination which criminalizes common behaviors. It is not the student getting high that ne- cessitates a war on drugs. It is the capitalist propaganda that pumps us full of chemicals, legal and illegal, and then blames the victims, lock- ing them away in the prison-industrial complex. Anyone attempting self- medication is challenging the false authority of corporate capitalismo, and will be mercilessly crushed by the agents of the state. Even at EMU, comrades, our brothers being sent to jail – to prison – I don’t need to name names – for the indignante offense of “possession”.
¡Fellow workers of the world! We must resolve never to complicate nonviolent situations with appeals to polícía when it means a student risks admittance into the cell-block. Some comrade-administrators have tried to excuse themselves with legalistic jargon: “We can’t touch the illegal substances, etc., etc…” ¡Comrades! The only truly effective policing is self- policing; the state police simply throw our friends into cages and mark them with a lifelong stigma.
¡Brothers and sisters! I propose that every comrade-administrator giv- en official authority by EMU to involve police in nonthreatening situations be given special training on the criminal process. Part of this should include a voluntary 48 hours in jail, in order to understand the magnitude of the call they are making to polícía. The Par- ty’s concern is that administrators get tired of dealing with an issue, and get too used to passing it off on polí cia… So be it resolved by this revolutionary party organ, this twenty-second day of January, etc., etc. Viva la revolution, et cetera.