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  • Government Name: Omar Austin
  • Register Number: 204603C
  • Age:31
  • Time Served:since 2001
  • Home Town:Newark, NJ
  • Sentence:60 yrs + 7 consecutive yrs
  • Current Charge:Double Murder
  • Alias:K.O.
  • Release Date:2043
  • Prison Affiliation:Blood (Valentine)
  • Circle of Influence:Altariq Gumbs, Lester Alford, Pele Brown, Tewhan Butler,
  • Institution:East Jersey State Prison (Rahway)
  • If a real G can’t dissuade you youngins, okay, have it ya way, but at least let me prep you for the road.

Activism in Urban Communities

If the community activists are smart and really want to reach brothers and sisters in the streets, it is in times like these when they should go in and get the street gangsters of gangs to unite behind common goals . . . to challenge mass incarceration, police harassment, and the police brutality that we all know goes on inside the backrooms of police precincts, and the disrespect of other racial groups by foreign business owners in urban communities.

This is the language them brothers speak. These are the people who have to be spoken with if we ever want to seriously address the Black-on-Black genocide in the street. They cannot incarcerate the problem. Brothers go to prisons by the dozens all year long, nonstop, and still the shootings never seem to stop. The murders may go down. Instead of 200, it may be 165. To law enforcement that is an accomplishment. To the mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, of those who were killed, it is an open wound; sowing more seeds of hatred in our communities, and we remain divided.

Until someone wakes up and stops doing it for the cameras, this cycle is going to keep going on. Law enforcement does not have the same connection to the crisis inside of our ‘hoods that we do. They are another class of people in our communities. They eat elsewhere. The party elsewhere. And they sleep elsewhere. No matter what color their skin is, whether black as leather or as light as an albino, classism is real. People identify with their economic status even more than they do race.

People have to get deep in the trenches if they have any real intention of playing a role in addressing the problems in urban communities.

  

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