the bloc party by Mumtaz Afreen
Updated: Feb 2
Image: An image of 200 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border being held in a tent city outside Tornillo, Texas, transposed on an edited image of a dark purple web of wires connecting to a main hub in the background.
Content Warning: In this article, the author will be discussing border violence, military violence, the prison industrial complex, and other relative traumas.
the bloc party and what happens during it
are you down for the cause
and embracing the anti colonial
in every interaction
like the warmth of a caress?
etch in bone and stone
a futurity of
the endness of time
is a promise to be more and less than an entity
within a bloc party
and envisioning of temporality.
glimpse in the bathroom mirror
at the party and only see,
through a disconnected soul,
the intra-communal identity
with structured ethnic brows
and a statuesque silhouette from
an erased history
bound within a captive body,
alone with an nihilist reality.
categorisation is a weapon of
and settler stripping of agency
to produce and be produced
for industrial complexes.
somewhere down the bloc,
a ghost immigrant mama
cradles the revolution
in her arms
telling her brown child
to not go back to sleep.
when she thinks about
how multinational corporations secure
G4S prison facilities in Palestine
the us Mexico border
and the school prison pipeline at home, all at the same time.
a futurity is still unsettled.
Video: Angela Davis, Gina Dent on Palestine, G4S and the Prison Industrial Complex
Connecting the carceral conditions created by G4S in Palestine to the border wall in Mexico allows us transnational comparisons of the prison industrial complex in multiple locations. Security corporations like G4S dehumanise indigenous populations through physical incarceration and by stripping them of their abilities to travel, communicate, and love.
Have you ever thought about how living in a surveillance state could affect you? How can we subvert the carceral condition? Please leave your thoughts below