Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa Statement of Support for Hunger Strikers Facing Vindictive Prosecution

Editor's Note:

In Oakland’s federal court on March 14th, community from all over California showed up in solidarity with hunger strikers facing vindictive prosecution for their participation in the historic hunger strikes of 2011 and 2013 to end indefinite solidarity confinement in CDCR. This statement is from Sitawa Nantambu Gamma, a representative of the same hunger strikes. The next court date is scheduled for April 29th.

Official Statement In Support of Motion to Dismiss Vindictive Indictment Against Hunger Strikers

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa (Ronnie Dewberry),
Prisoner’s Human Rights Movement (PHRM) Representative

Paraphrased by Jose Valle

What the feds are doing to the brothas George and Guillen, and the rest of them, is something that's wicked and unjust. The people that already did their time… the feds are turning towards retaliation because I know how that feels, and I know how retaliation is.

The thing is, they're trying to silence them, and they're trying to silence a progressive group that’s up there, and they're thinking about ending our ‘end of hostilities’ among all ethnic groups because these brothas are still committed to the end of hostilities. And, that could carry on to the streets, which could manifest itself into a just cause. And the feds are trying to stop that, and trying to control and impede people’s futures and their lives and that's just simply wrong.

Now for me, understanding and because I went through it myself, what they got to realize, that they got folks out here on the streets that support them.

I, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa support them, from this day until the last day we on earth because we did something that California despises, us doing something non-violently and putting family first. The community should understand that the federal system is trying to crucify some brothas, and I mean it, brothas! I live by that and fought with them, and we all came to an end road that working together is better than being separated and I believe in that and I just want everybody to come out and support them in any capacity that you can.

This is somebody I righteously love and they did great things and made history in CDC inside of California. Now we gotta deal with a federal system that don’t care about people either because to send somebody to solitary is essentially sending them to hell, that’s the equivalent to solitary, to destroy you mentally, physically, and socially. 

So with that I hope for everybody to come out and support these brothas. For them, I use the word “Uhuru Sasa!” that means “Freedom Now!” in Swahili.