Power Concedez Nothing: A Discussion on CDCr’z Insidious Regulatory Semanticz and Judicial Collusion in Maintenance of SHU Torture Unitz

  From the N.C.T.T.-COR-SHU “Revolutionary activity in every area of human existence will come about by itself when the contradictions in every new process are comprehended; it will consist of an identification with those forces that are moving in the direction of genuine progress. To be radical.. .means “getting to the root of things.” If […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

California, it’s naming heritage “The Naming of California” by Louise Lloyd Date: Mon, 1850-09-09 *The creation of the name California is celebrated on this date in 1850; the official date of it’s statehood. The designation “California” is another piece of African American history. It is derived from a knightly romance book that was published in […]

For These Incarcerated Women, Print Sure Az Hell Ain’t Dead

by Maxwell Williams Cover of Issue 31 by Jenni Gann In the early 2000s, a group of women at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Oregon were reading over prison zines created by men. They identified with some topics—racist treatment, guard brutality, human rights violations—but began to realize that the zines failed to address specific issues that […]

Amerika’z fortress of blood: The death of George Jackson and the birth of the prison-industrial complex

In 1971, activist George Jackson was mysteriously killed in San Quentin prison — a tragedy repeated time and again Dan Berger   (Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson) A young black man gunned down by law enforcement. His body is then left outside for four hours. The shocking gore of the situation sparks countless protests around the country […]

Culture shock! Leaving Skeleton Bay after decadez in solitary

by Daryel ‘Ifoma’ Burnett Please accept my apologies for being negligent in not writing much sooner about my transfer out of Skeleton Bay. I could give you a bunch of reasons, but they would probably sound like lame excuses. I’m still decompressing from being warehoused inside that pathological incubator for over 25 years while slowly […]

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa: Worse than Pelican Bay

by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa (R.N. Dewberry) This place is worse than Pelican Bay State Prison in so many ways. I’ll start sending updates on corruption and racism against prisoners who have been placed in Steps 3 and 4 of these keepers’ Step Down Program (SDP). The DRB (Departmental Review Board) lies to the public. Prisoners […]

Ending hostilitiez means no more violence on the yardz – period!

by Pablo Pina I believe that a lot of racial tension in California prisons comes from this: The end of hostilities is being misinterpreted. It’s not that all these young prisoners are just going into the prison system and running wild. No, I doubt that is the real problem, especially in regards to the Mexican […]

SB 260: Don’t deny yourself a chance at life

by Kevin Curley There may be hope after all. Back in 1995, I was a juvenile, tried as an adult, tried and convicted of first degree murder. Everything in my case attracted corruption from the LAPD – not allowing my mother to be present in the interrogating room to me being railroaded and unjustly convicted […]

From Freedom Summer to Black August

San Quentin prison (Gino Zahnd/Flickr) By Dan Berger This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer, when thousands of mostly white college students from around the country traveled to Mississippi to contest segregation at its most violent source. Commemorations of the momentous civil rights campaign appropriately highlight the black political participation that has grown […]

Bobby Seale connectz Ferguson ’14 to Oakland ’68 and the BPP’z struggle 4 community control of police

It was mind blowing for me, Bobby Seale, to see the images of a tear-gassed, smoky night in Ferguson, Missouri where the people were protesting the murder of an 18-year-old African American male, Michael Brown, murdered by the Ferguson police with his hands up in surrender. I’m taken back to another tear-gassed, smoky night in […]