Tha National Question & Black Liberation

By Lamont Lilly In commemoration of Lenin’s death 90 years ago. Excerpted from a talk given at the March 29, 2014, “Hard Times are Fighting Times” conference in Durham, N.C. Just as Vladimir Lenin did in October of 1917, it is time that freedom fighters once again revisit the importance of the National Question. As […]

End the Prison-Industrial Complex

               There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison — deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation and so on — but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. If that doesn’t trouble you, it should. […]

Censorship on the Prison Plantation: Extinguishing Dissent

By Robert Saleem Holbrook “We have as far as possible, closed every avenue by which light may enter the slave’s mind. If we could extinguish the capacity to see the light, our work would be complete: they [enslaved Africans] would then be on a level with the beast of the field and we would be […]

Mumia is a Yogi

  By Jamila K. Wilson Breathe…Breathe.  Deep breaths.  Allow your inhale to expand your belly, and intentionally press your bellybutton back into your body.  Use this breath to center yourself in this moment.  You are where you are supposed to be.  The external environment might feel harsh and oppressive; but let this breath ground you in […]

Alternatives to the Present System of Capitalist Injustice

By Mumia Abu-Jamal and Angela Y. Davis   The Feminist Wire offers an exclusive look at this new essay to be published in the forthcoming volume Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, edited by Frances Goldin, Michael Smith, and Debby Smith. Read it here before it hits the shelves! We live in an era of […]

The War on Marijuana in Black and White: Report

OVER-POLICING Between 2001 and 2010, there were over 8 million pot arrests in the U.S. That’s one bust every 37 seconds and hundreds of thousands ensnared in the criminal justice system. WASTED TIME AND MONEY Enforcing marijuana laws costs us about $3.6 billion a year, yet the War on Marijuana has failed to diminish the […]

THE NEW JIM CROW Online documentary

A online video documentary  depicting the way the war on drugs has gave rebirth to the jim crow laws and how the prison industrial complex makes billions to lock us up

No More Herman Wallaces!

Herman Wallace earlier this year, before his release from prison We honor Black Panther Herman Wallace, who died on October 4, 2013 after spending 41 years in solitary confinement in a Louisiana prison for allegedly killing a prison guard. These charges were always suspect, and on October 1 a U.S. District Chief Judge agreed and […]

Prison gerrymandering

Prison-based Gerrymandering is a way to bulk up an election district with prisoners who cannot vote.  It increased political power for those living near a prison, while diluting it everywhere else- especially from where the prisoners come from. Maryland, Delaware, and New York eliminated this practice.  What is your state doing about it?  Check the state-by-state […]