Chess vs. checkerz

by Abdul Olugbala Shakur Life is like a game of chess and checkers. Many of us play checkers. And many of us think we’re playing chess, but, in practice, we’re actually playing checkers. So it should be of no surprise to any of you when I say, most poor people play checkers, prisoners in particular. […]

My View on Prison Life and New Possibilitiez

  Reflecting on my 43 plus years of incarceration, I can state with absolute conviction that one of the worst aspects of prison life for the imprisoned is the ongoing antagonism and violence—frequently created out of malice or out of sheer ignorance by prison guards—among the convicts. These are my thoughts on the cessation of […]

Calipatria riots need to cease and unity needz to spread

  by Kendra Castaneda Over the last few months, there has been an excessive amount of fighting between different races at Calipatria State Prison within the general population Level IV yards A, B and C. On Tuesday, March 11, a riot at Calipatria’s B yard kicked off between Mexicans from Southern California, labeled Southerners by […]

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 […]

Ongoing Urgent Campaign to Release PP Abdullah Majid from SHU

  PLEASE POST AND SPREAD WIDELY! URGENT CAMPAIGN TO RELEASE PP ABDULLAH MAJID FROM SHU We received word on Friday, June 13, 2014 from Ms. LaBorde, Abdullah’s Mom, that he has been transferred to Five Points. This is exactly the pattern that Majid was speaking about when we visited him in the SHU at Elmira. […]

Fight new prison censorship rulez proposed by CDCr

  by Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition   We need your help. Under the guise of “obscenity” regulations, CDCr has proposed sweeping new political censorship rules for mail going both into and out of the prisons. If these changes are approved, CDCr will permanently ban any documents it defines as “contraband,” including political publications and […]

Important Alert: Fight new prison censorship rulez

    “They want to be free to pursue the maintenance of the SHU torture units and the expansion of the prison industrial complex (and the ever-growing portion of the public’s tax dollars) without the prospect of legitimate criticism and the voice of opposition.” -Prisoner in Corcoran State Prison SHU     We need your […]


  PLEASE POST AND SPREAD WIDELY! URGENT CAMPAIGN FOR PP ABDULLAH MAJID We just received a letter from Majid dated May 9, 2014. “Just a quick note to let you know I got a year in SHU. Need to get the word out so folks can start calling Albany and Elmira about this sham hearing […]


  Todd Ashker – CDCR # C58191 Arturo Castellano – CDCR # C17275 Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa R.N. Dewberry – CDCR # C35671 Antonio Guillen – CDCR # P81948 May 1, 2014 Dear Members of the California State Assembly and Senate: We are writing to offer our position on the two bills pending before the Assembly […]

Arturo Castellanos’ update on Pelican Bay’z response to hunger strike demandz – positive and negative

  by Arturo Castellanos Authorized Personal Property Schedules Letter dated March 3, 2014 – I’m one of the four main SHU reps here at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP). I’m writing this brief article about the positive outcomes during our meetings with Sacramento and PBSP officials since the end of our last hunger strike. They […]