On Thiz Day In History (our story)

The “Mississippi Plan” begins Date: Tue, 1890-08-12 *On this date in 1890, The Mississippi Constitutional Convention began systematic exclusion of Blacks from the politics of South. The Mississippi Plan (Literacy and “understanding tests”) lasted until November 1st of that year and was later adopted with embellishments by other states: South Carolina (1895), Louisiana (1898), North […]

Shujaa Graham, The originz of “Black August” and Prison Movementz

  Download Podcast Shujaa Graham was born in Lake Providence, Louisiana, and grew up on a plantation in the segregated South of the 1950s. He moved to Southern California where he experienced the Watts Riots and police occupation and violence in his community. As a very young man, he spent much of it in juvenile […]

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 […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

  Plessy v Ferguson begins Date: Tue, 1892-06-07 *On this date in 1892, a 30-year-old African American shoemaker named Homer Plessy was jailed for sitting in the “White” car of the East Louisiana Railroad. Plessy was only one-eighths Black and seven-eighths white, but under Louisiana law, he was categorized Black and therefore required to sit […]

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 […]

Razor Wire, Prison Cellz, and Black Panther Robert H. King’z Life of Resistance

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. Hard Time was recently shown in Canada at […]

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 […]