Prison Boycott in Illinois Targetz Costz of Incarceration

During the month of April, at least 100 of those incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center, about an hour outside of Chicago, Illinois, participated in a boycott of the overpriced phone calls, commissary goods and vending machines. “Mass incarceration is a luxury business,” stated Patrick Pursley, one of the men who joined in the boycott. The […]

Black people can’t be racist

credits: BW by Sobantu Mzwakali A man cannot hate the whip with which he is being flogged but then be expected to love the person doing the flogging. When such a black man, lying helpless bleeding on the ground expresses hate for the white person wielding the whip, it is only reasonable. Many times, in the presence […]

Locked Far Too Long Behind the Wallz (reprinted from 2010)

(Artwork by Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, 1859887, Clements Unit, 9601 Spur 591, Amarillo TX 79107; Featured at Locked Far Too Long Behind the Walls by Kiilu Nyasha (First published on September 26, 2010) Trust no one in whom the desire to punish is strong. (Fyodor Dostoevsky) I’ve been corresponding with prisoners since 1970, shortly after […]

Hunger strike at Wisconsin’z Waupun state prison against conditionz of a ‘living hell’

by Gary Joad An estimated half dozen or more prisoners locked away in solitary confinement at Wisconsin’s maximum security facility in Waupun, Wisconsin, announced last week they would begin a hunger strike in opposition to what one inmate has described as a “living hell” in the institution’s “hole.” Waupun, Wisconsin, population 11,340 at the 2010 […]