• DJ Kuttin Kandi

Beyond Bars, Beyond Borders

beyond borders

protect one another

from these

white supremacist orders

beyond bars

beyond borders

protect one another

from these

white supremacist orders

we fight for the DREAM

they told us we had

we fight for the DREAM

that my mom

was led to believe

we’d have

we fight for my husband

who has to deal with

an expired green card

renew some card

i-90

carry a card

brand them on a card

just another old guard

to keep track

put our people

behind bars

i would DREAM

upon stars

if it would take away

the scars

memoirs

of separated families

like splits with crowbars

labeled registrars

or stay

under the radar

mark a child an alien

like they were from Mars?!

Black and Brown

people aint a numba

they can trademark

cannot destroy

a Chicano Park

cant create a hierarch

amongst our people

by a piece of paper

to prove an allegiance

to a govt

that never had

never has

the intention to

love our people

beyond

their labor

you see

my own heart

will never waver

i know where i stand

i know who i am

I BANG

for a change

and walk like a warrior

as Dead Prez

once sang

this is the borderlands

Gloria Anzaldúa told us

this means you

as we settle upon

stolen lands

Africans stolen

sold

into slavery

from the “New World”

to this Kumeyaay land

forced migration

ripped my pamilya

away

from our homeland

colonized minds

imperialism

amerikkkan exceptionalism

had 29%

of my own people

who voted

for that

45 Trump

cis white supremacist man

while

there are

3.5 million Filipinx

immigrants

livin

on this

land

800,000 + more

undocumented Filpinx’s

workin this land

1.6 million + more

API’s undocumented

in fear to be banned

85% ++ more

brown asians

deported

for criminal convictions

1.1 million + more

refugees

from Southeast Asia

displaced

by U.S. occupation

1 million ++ more

with DACA and TPS

targeted

detained

then deportation

this aint a nation

its a made up

LIE

lockin up

every siNgle

black, brown

indigenous

mexican

asian

we are more than

just a statistic

I refuse

to forget

Troy Davis

Sandra Bland

Eddy Zheng

those who died

and living

mass incarceration

beyond bars

beyond borders

protect one another

from these

white supremacist orders

this is CAPITALISM

and we fkin with their

green papers

Shoot -----

roll em up

pull up

while im faded

but you best

stay woke

cuz every

white

poor folx

takin their

last stance

check

a citizenship

status

border patrol

keep at it

ever wonder

what its like

to

get no sleep

cuz

the thought of

losing

the only

home

you’ve

ever known

keeps

you

anxious

kkk’s

white nationalists

neo-nazi’s

and every

white privileged

trump voters

thinks their whiteness

will save em?

when all it

ever brings

are man-made

disasters

people still survivin

Fukushima

and Katrina

tsunami’s

comin in faster

as their pockets

growin faster

then here comes

Hurricane Harvey

a corporate

storm

turned into floods

cuz

climate change

is a real thing

like

tobacco industries

co-optin

cannibus buds

feel the thud

of 600,000

undocumented

hearts

beatin’

as

they rowin

in boats

with fear

just to get

to a safe shore

some of us

dont answer doors

climb fences

fleein

from

their own

country

from a

U.S.

rooted

war

TAG and

Bomb a Wall

because

for many of us

Hip Hop

was

our savior

its not a wonder

we got

writings

on the walls

and sometimes

its just easier

to crawl

into a ball

curdle into

our own walls

trauma

will leave us

no one to call

so trust

is hard to

build

upon

especially

when

trumpism

signs

an executive order

call

so you’re apathetic

and stonewalled

or maybe

some of y’all

are really

neoliberals

and nothin

sucks more

than some liberal

thinkin they really

down with us all

your street cred

comes to question

cuz we see you

stackin stones

helpin to build walls

as

800,000 ++ more

are trafficked

and will be trafficked

brought over

wired walls

some will fall

climbin walls

because

US of A

installs

a

bunch of

sweet

dreams

are made of

these

makin us believe

such fallacies

from here to

to Texas

to Palestine

destroyin

olive trees

breakin

levees

and storms

push, pass

and pull us through

DAMS

chemical

power plants

blast

we wear

gas

masks

from

pepper sprays

to

greenhouse

gas

emissions

amerikkka

always on a mission

starts wars

with

North Korea

while they’re

bombin and burnin

our people

right here

leavin

disabled

people

to drown

as they try to

cut

what little

we get with

OBAMACARE

senate bill 4

and in

texas

swimmin

for their lives

divin

past

police

workin with

ICE

in riot gear

they comin for one of us

they comin for all

Black, Brown

Chicano

Indigenous

First Nations

muslims

sikh’s

Pacific Islander

and Asians

lesbian

gay

bi

gender non conformin

non binary

trans

and queer

so let us be clear

call a thing a thing

this is

white supremacy

yet again

protecting

their

“amerikkkan frontier”

Beyond bars

Beyond borders

protect one another

from these

white supremacist orders

so what becomes of the DREAMER??

when the dream

has always been a LIE

well the DREAMERS

have always

been the TRUTH

that have

KILLED THEIR LIES

we know who we are

we know who we be

put our own bodies on the line

because this is

what it means to be free

people have died

so our own

people can be free

so many WILL die

before they can ever see

us

being free

this is the reality

revolution

aint fkin pretty

whats it gonna

take for us to

move past

“allyship”

and towards

TRUE

solidarity

when we gonna realize

that when

black lives are free

we all get free

build a peoples army

defending DACA

means

defending

families

means defending a future

and all the possibilities

like my sis

Rosa Clemente said,

we shan't split

immigrant communities

dividing

who is good

who is bad

who deserves what

who does not

humanity

should not be legislated

the fact

we have

to fight for laws

to be considered

HUMANITY

DACA

is accompliceship

dismantle this

white supremacy

it's the battle

to preserve

our hxstories

it means

we still have

a chance

to

continue

to rise

and

de-colonize

what we’ve yet

to de-condition

and

de-program

from

these

Bars

holdin

us

back

like

standardized

test

exams

popo’s

turn off body cams

videos disappear

on FB and

instagram

we cant...

even imagine

raids

in restaurants

and

travel bans

100 people

trapped

dyin of heat

in sweltering

trucks and vans

imprisoned at 16

released at 35

now at risk to be

deported

if you aint enraged

then you aint a comrade

DACA

has us wonderin

who got our backs?

DACA

means jobs

and schools

a drivers license

and providin

for momma

DACA

we just wanna

world for our children

cuz livin in this poverty

is not the answer

DACA means

we honor

and remember

the families

that risked

everything

to get us here

DACA means

we can change

this world for the better

listen to water warriors

protect these lands

and each other

smash patriarchy

because rape culture

toxic masculinity

all part of white supremacy

still rampant

amongst

you and me

defending DACA

Is all of the above

A DREAM

we cannot attain

without a fight

and this is the fight

for our lives

center those

who are the most marginalized

look to the dream

to be our guide

its a sad….

but beautiful struggle

if it means we could be free

kasamas

companeras

comrades

someone recently said

we don’t need

more heroes

or martyrs

we just need

to give a damn

and care

my people

we just need

FREEDOM

but if it means

we BANG

as a revolutionary

then so be it..

FOR FREEDOM

I would die for you

would you die for me

Beyond bars

Beyond borders

protect one another

from these

white supremacists orders

RESOURCES AND STATS BY: ASIAN PRISONER SUPPORT COMMITTEE, SOUTHEAST ASIA RESOURCE CENTER (SEARAC)

TITLE INSPIRED BY Asian Prisoner Support Committee AND Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) MN8 from their workshop at APALA Convention 2017

for more info on API Data: http://aapidata.com/blog/asian-undoc-1in7/​

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