Exclusive: Inmatez to strike in Alabama, declare prison iz “running a slave empire”

Breaking: Reached in his cell, Free Alabama Movement leader tells Salon inmates will refuse work to end free labor Josh Eidelson Melvin Ray (Credit: Free Alabama Movement) Inmates at an Alabama prison plan to stage a work stoppage this weekend and hope to spur an escalating strike wave, a leader of the effort told Salon […]

Judge: Using Pepper Spray on Mentally Ill Inmatez ‘Horrific

  By Don Thompson, Associated Press   A federal judge ruled Thursday that California’s treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation. U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton in Sacramento gave the corrections department time to issue updated policies on the use […]

16 April: N.Y. statewide Day of Action 4 parole reform

  n April 16th, people across New York State will be joining together to raise awareness about New York’s broken parole system and to rally local support for the SAFE Parole Act (S.1128/A.4108).  Join Milk Not Jails, the New York Council of Churches and hundreds of prison families, criminal justice organizations, and faith communities to […]

Demand a special review into the death of Shadae ‘Dae Dae’ Schmidt

by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners Shadae (Dae Dae) Schmidt Shadae Schmidt, aka Dae Dae, was a 32-year-old African-American woman who died of a heart attack on March 13, 2014, at CIW (California Institution for Women) prison in Chino, east of LA. We suspect her death is due to medical negligence because she had […]

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 […]

The hearts of warriorz

  by André Jacobs The connection between the minds and hearts of the people has grown so distant, so impersonal, so unlike the revolutionary spirit of the 1960s that the heartbeat of the movement can barely be felt or heard anymore. Come closer. Has the system been so effective in beating the fight out of […]

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 […]

Power Concedez Nothing: A Discussion on CDCr’z Insidiouz 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 […]

Janet Africa

    Ona move, Janet.  LONG LIVE JOHN AFRICA. I haven’t talked to you in a while, so I just wanted to write you a letter to catch up and see how you’re doing. I know you’re doing good and staying strong as always.  You might have your ups and downs like the rest of […]

Chuck Africa

ONA MOVE My name is Brian Africa and I’m inspired by Chucky Africa and all MOVE members in prison because of the strong example they set, never backin‘ down from this stagnated system after all these years (36) in prison.  This rotten system will never stop MOVE because they can’t stop life; life is MOVE’s ally, our Belief.  LONG LIVE JOHN AFRICA […]