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 […]

The California Prison System Iz Cracking Down on “Obscene” Politikal Publicationz

  By Charlotte Silver San Quentin prison in Marin County, California. Photo via Flickr user Andrew Reid Wildman, Artist, Writer, Photographer In February 2013 a group of inmates in California’s Pelican Bay State Prison called for a statewide hunger strike to protest the widespread and sometimes capricious use of special housing units (SHUs, a burreaucratic […]

Fight against Indefinite Solitary Confinement Continuez in the Courtz, Community Ralliez in Support

  Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition   Oakland—California prisoners challenging long-term indeterminate sentences in solitary confinement will continue their fight in the courtroom Wednesday afternoon during a status conference in Ashker v. Brown, a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners at the Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU). Since the last hearing eight months ago, […]

We are the world

  by Mutope Duguma We human beings are a political, social, cultural and economic force trapped within the colonial powers of our oppressors’ system, in and out of prison. Our struggle is for absolute self-determination and liberation on a national and international level, by way of changing from scientific capitalism into a scientific socialist system, […]

A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed

Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper is scheduled to be put to death on March 19. He has written us a letter that, he acknowledges, “could be my final statement on earth.” It is well worth your time. Ray Jasper was convicted of participating in the 1998 robbery and murder of recording studio owner David […]

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 […]

Retaliation against hunger strikerz with inadequate food

Dear Pledge Signers,    Thank you for your ongoing support of the hunger strikers who participated in their non-violent strike in 2013, in an inspiring show of unity across prison-manufactured racial and geographical lines.   Hunger strikers at Pelican Bay are being retaliated against through food service that is insufficient, inedible, and lacking nutritional value. […]

Confronting California’z abuse of solitary

by American Civil Liberties Union Solitary confinement can eat away at someone’s mind, making mental illness worse and leaving many people depressed, suicidal, hopeless or hallucinating. It’s no place for individuals with mental illness. The fact that the mentally are not supposed to be housed in solitary confinement in Pelican Bay does not mean that sane […]

From prison isolation to a sense of doom – former Pelican Bay Prisoner Steven Czifra

By Geoffrey Mohan Photography by Mark Boster Reporting from Berkeley November 8, 2013 He’s the older guy in class. Old enough for you to notice. But he notices you, too, like he notices everyone else — your face, your gestures, where you sit, your race. It’s only after he’s taken this unconscious roll-call that Steven […]