Death Row Walk
The foregoing essay was an unsolicited submission sent to 4strugglemag. We get a good number of articles in this way and they are often insightful. Haramia’s piece has given me many hours of thought.
As a socialist and Human Rights worker I have consistently opposed the death penalty. As a long held prisoner, part of the community of political prisoners, the reality of government repression, including executions by the state, has been a part
of my life. Since I’ve been a soldier for the people or a prisoner for most of my days, I’ve had my share of intense and horrible experiences, but the idea of death row and the U.S. government methodically killing prisoners leaves me with an eerie hollow feeling. How men and women on death row should conduct themselves as the state does its ritualistic, almost fetishistic process of legal murder, is not something I would presume to dictate. But I think the issue is important and I certainly support resistance by the people on death row. This magazine will welcome and publish further thoughts, especially from people directly effected, but others also, about death row.
FREEDOM IS A CONSTANT STRUGGLE!
Jaan Laaman, editor