Our historical obligation: to pursue the total liberation of all oppressed people

  by Kijana Tashiri Askari “Whereas slavery, throughout its entire existence in the United States, is none other than a most barbarous, unprovoked and unjustifiable war of one portion of its citizens upon another portion – the only conditions of which are perpetual imprisonment and hopeless servitude or absolute extermination …” – Preamble to John […]

The 420 Myth: How Did ’420′ Become Synonymous with Pot?

The 420 Times / By 420 Time Staff There are still a bong-load of misconceptions revolving around the term’s supposed derivation. APRIL 20: A marijuana activist dancing on live music during the annual marijuana 420 event at Yonge & Dundas Square on April 20 2012 in Toronto, Canada.  The following article first appeared in The […]

California moves to curb solitary confinement

by George Lavender In a forest clearing on the storm-swept Pacific coast near the California-Oregon border in the town of Crescent City, whose 7,394 inhabitants used to be lumberjacks and fishermen and now are prison guards, lies the infamous Pelican Bay State Prison, housing 2,753 amazing men the state calls the “worst of the worst” […]

How ’420′ Became the Big Day for Weed Smokerz Across Amerika

Huffington Post / By Ryan Grim The little known origins of the 4-20 holiday   This story originally ran on huffingtonpost.com and has been reprinted with permission by the author, Ryan Grim. He is the author of This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America. Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, routinely plays with […]

Judge: Using Pepper Spray on Mentally Ill Inmatez ‘Horrific

  By Don Thompson, Associated Press   A federal judge ruled Thursday that California’s treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation. U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton in Sacramento gave the corrections department time to issue updated policies on the use […]

Public Safety Committee to hear Ammiano’z solitary confinement bill

  by Carlos Alcalá The overflow room for the Feb. 11 hearing was filled to overflowing with people from all over California. The families, friends and supporters of California’s extraordinary number of prisoners – all of whom are under threat of solitary confinement if not already there – are a substantial portion of the constituents […]

Cesar Chavez: A Man Familiar to Me

I remember when I was five-years-old, my parents drove 500 miles from South Texas to Dallas to take my brothers and me to Six Flags, a well-known amusement park. It was a financial sacrifice for them, but they were not going to let summer go by without a vacation for their kids.On our way home, […]

Step Down Program: Orwell’z story come true

  by Daniel Treglia As many readers know, George Orwell’s book titled “1984” was about a police state that controlled every aspect of life, including thinking, enforced by the “Thought Police.” This book comes to mind when I hear of the new Step Down Program CDCR is implementing. “Multi-Colored Power” by Criss Garcia, J-93559, PBSP […]

Petition for Black Victimz’ Restitution

by Dr. Donald R. Evans and Abdul Olugbala Shakur The New Afrikan Prison Rights Movement is presently promoting the concept of a Black Community Victims Foundation. The BCVF will be responsible: To provide restitution and compensation to those Black families and/or individuals who have been victimized by gang violence and/or other criminal acts perpetrated by […]

Security Threat Group policy iz sugarcoated racial profiling aimed at torture

  by Johnny Aguilar “Por Vida” by Raymond Velasquez, C-58209, PBSP SHU D7-204, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532 The experimental Security Threat Group (STG) gang identification policy is not what CDC is making it out to be. It’s a sugarcoated form of racial discrimination and racial profiling to cover their ass in torturing […]