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” […]

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 […]

An end to ‘the hole’? 6 signz that solitary confinement reform is coming

  Much of the momentum in the movement to reform the use of solitary confinement in the United States comes from the work of prisoners themselves by Nur Lalji On March 18, author and activist Sarah Shourd spoke to Democracy Now! about the time she spent in an Iranian prison after crossing the border from […]

Pelican Bay earthquake promptz double locking of cellz, revealz need for united front

  by Joe A’Jene Valentine Know your enemy from your friend. On March 10, not too far from Pelican Bay State Prison, a 6.9 earthquake struck in Eureka and the powerful vibration was felt miles around. At that moment my thoughts began racing and the thought which prevailed was this: “If these haphazardly-designed concrete slabs […]

The Irish Hunger Striker Who Ignited a Generation The Irish Hunger Striker Who Ignited a Generation by DENNIS O’HEARN I attended a birthday party last week. It was in Ohio State Penitentiary, on the 60th birthday of Bobby Sands, the Irish political prisoner who died after 66 days on hunger strike back in 1981. He was 27 then and he was followed […]

Hunger Strike Sparkz California Prison Reform Effortz

  The conditions and ethics of solitary confinement in the U.S. are at the heart of a debate raging in the California corrections system. By Matthew Heller   Looking down the wall in the Solitary Confinement area in Boise, Idaho. The only light in the rooms come through a little window in the door and […]

So thiz iz our banned testimony- pelican bay hunger strikerz to legislatorz

For Release Tuesday, February 11, 2014 We are prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison who have all lived for over 15 years locked 23 hours a day in  small windowless cells, without ever being able to hug or touch our families, without ever seeing birds, trees, or the outside world, with no programs or chance for […]

Mission Statement of the Pelican Bay Human Rightz Movement First Amendment Campaign

by Kijana Tashiri Askari, Baridi Yero, Abdul Olugbala Shakur, Kamau Askari, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, Sondai Kamdibe We, the captive class of New Afrikan Black Revolutionaries at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, Calif., are confronted with a dilemma by having our mail and our revolutionary reading materials stolen or confiscated by fascist vigilantes under […]

Prisoner Political Action Committee update: In solidarity, we can win

by Jesse Perez   As announced shortly after the suspension of the 2013 California prisoners’ hunger strike, the idea of developing a mechanism that would allow us to participate in the public political discourse on a more direct and competitive basis was proposed. At the time, this approach was presented for consideration to our reps […]