Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party –An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell

(PHOTO:  Angela A. Allen-Bell joins Amnesty International in support of the Angola 3 outside of the Louisiana State Capitol on April 17, 2012.) By Angola 3 News This past July, students from Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project visited the infamous Louisiana State Prison known as Angola. While there, students landed an impromptu interview with Warden […]

Angola Three inmate in longest solitary confinement seeking damagez in court

Albert Woodfox, on lockdown in a small cell for 40 years, now seeking legal permission to sue the Louisiana prison service Albert Woodfox (left) and Herman Wallace in Angola prison. (Photograph courtesy of Amnesty USA) Photograph: Amnesty USA       Albert Woodfox, on lockdown in a small cell for 40 years, now seeking legal […]

Louisiana Warden Considerz End to Inmate’z Solitary Confinement After More Than Three Decadez

  Black Panther Party affiliation threatens Angola prisoner Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore’s transfer ANGOLA, La.—A man who has spent 35 years in solitary confinement—one of the longest stints in a U.S. prison—may soon be released into the general inmate population. In an exclusive interview today outside the gates of the largest prison in America, Warden Burl […]

Honouring Freedom Fighter Yuri Kochiyama

  Honoring Freedom Fighter Yuri Kochiyama This month we were deeply saddened by the passing of 93 year-old Yuri Kochiyama, a longtime supporter of political prisoners and all oppressed communities. Deepa Iyer, writing for the Huffington Post, argued that “Yuri Kochiyama’s life and legacy is a reminder to Asian Americans and to all those who […]

A Modern Day Slave Plantation Still Existz, and It’z Thriving in the Heart of Amerika

  by Laura Dimon  It was 1972. Thousands of American troops were battling communist forces in Vietnam. Nixon had won re-election by a landslide, but Watergate would soon usher in his demise. Space travel and technology were advancing rapidly. Change was brewing across America, but one place stood still, frozen in time: Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly […]

Albert Woodfox: Justice Delayed, Justice Denied

Symbol of grotesque injustice: Albert Woodfox You’re busy and successful, the very embodiment of American culture, or perhaps you’re a single parent struggling to pay the bills and stay one step ahead. You’re up early to exercise or get the kids to school, you work hard all day, often into the night. If only there was […]

Razor Wire, Prison Cellz, and Black Panther Robert H. King’z Life of Resistance –An interview with filmmaker Ron Harpelle

  By Angola 3 News A new 40-minute documentary film by Canadian History Professor Ron Harpelle, entitled Hard Time, focuses on the life of Robert Hillary King, who spent 29 years in continuous solitary confinement until his conviction was overturned and he was released from Louisiana’s infamous Angola State Prison in 2001. Along with Herman […]

42 Yearz of Solitary 42 Yearz of Innocence

A billboard campaign to mark the 42-year commemoration launched in New Orleans today. As we mark the 42nd year since the tragic and as yet, unsolved murder of Angola correctional officer Brent Miller, and the 42nd year since Albert Woodfox was first put in solitary for a crime he didn’t commit, we are confident that […]

Voices from Solitary: A Day in the Life, Part IV

By Lisa Dawson This post is the next in a series of pieces Solitary Watch is publishing as part of a new project calling for people held in solitary confinement to write on various proposed themes (read the first, second and third entries here, here and here). Our first suggested theme, ”A Day in the Life,” calls for writers to […]

Two lessons the USA must learn from Glenn Ford

  by Josefina Salomon http://livewire.amnesty.org/2014/03/12/two-lessons-the-usa-must-learn-from-glenn-ford/ By Tessa Murphy, USA campaigner at Amnesty International. There are two lessons the USA should learn from the release of Glenn Ford, a 64-year-old man who spent 28 years on death row in Louisiana for a crime he didn’t commit. The first lesson is that the death penalty is never […]