Cruel & Unusual?

What does climate change mean for a country with 2 million prisoners? In some ways, incarcerated people are on the front lines, exposed to ever-higher temperatures — the heat index has hit 150 degrees in one prison — without air-conditioning in their cells. In Texas, at least 20 prisoners have died from heat stroke, and […]

“Boundary Safeguards and Restrictions in Southern States” (1619 – 1898)

  [Reading is from the Appendix of “Black Labor, White Wealth” By: Dr. Claud Anderson] 1619    Maryland Segregation Policy            Recommended that blacks be socially excluded. 1642     Virginia Fugitive Law                Authorized branding of an “R” in the face of runaway slaves. 1686     Carolina Trade Law                Barred blacks from all […]

There’s a Pretty Good Chance Your Amerikan Flag Was Made by a Prisoner

People of color are incarcerated in huge numbers. And they’re manufacturing America’s symbol of freedom.     Every generation or so, the American flag becomes a flashpoint in civic discourse. In recent memory, it’s been held aloft by civil rights marchers and burned by critics of the Vietnam War. It became a show of unity […]

Support Demands of PRISONERS UNITED on Hunger Strike, starting in Alameda County Jails

Originally posted on Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:
Families, loved ones and community members,   PRISONERS UNITED in Alameda and Santa Clara County Jails are being deprived of their human and constitutional rights of due process and inflicted with cruel and unusual punishment, inhumane living conditions, and the torturous practice of solitary confinement.. Today, October 15,…