Texas Prison Report: Deceptions, Lies and Misappropriation of Funds at the W.G. McConnell Unit

by Keith “Malik” Washington Peace & blessings, sisters and brothers! Today is September 4th, 2018, the heat and humidity inside my cell has reached a level which has caused me to feel dizzy, and I have been experiencing migraine headaches. Senior U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle denied my request for an Emergency Preliminary Injunction. One of my main […]

Retaliation and resistance behind bars

The nationwide prison strike has ended, but as they have in the past, prison officials are trying to identify and punish anyone who defied repression, writes Joe Andrews.   “THEY’RE LOOKING for the leaders right now. They want to take our heads off.” These words came from a representative of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak (JLS), a group of […]

Afrikan-Amerikan suffrage: Voting rights and suppression

By Dolores Cox At the end of the U.S. Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th Reconstruction Amend­ments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified. In 1865, the 13th Amendment abolished “slavery and involuntary servitude” — except for people convicted of a crime. In 1868, the 14th Amendment granted citizenship to African Americans, albeit second-class citizenship. The […]

9-13-1971- Attica & A Shameful Date in U.S. History

“We are men! We are not beasts and we do not intend to be beaten or driven as such. The entire prison populace, that means each and every one of us here, have set forth to change forever the ruthless brutalization and disregard for the lives of the prisoners here and throughout the United States. […]

Turnstile-jumping while Black

As the NYPD slows arrests for turnstile jumping, New York City’s neighborhoods of color remain a target. By ANNA FLAGG and ASHLEY NERBOVIG For New York City police, turnstile jumping has long been much more than a class A misdemeanor. The strict policing of people evading the fare on public transit was justified as an all-purpose solution to the rampant crime that plagued […]

Colin Kaepernick, the Black Panthers, and Fred Hampton

by Simon Wood “When the truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie” – Yevgeny Yevtushenko In the 2016 preseason American football games of the San Francisco 49ers, quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to sit rather than stand for the US national anthem. In an interview, he explained his stance: “I am not going to stand up to […]

Amerika’s Sick Slaveowner Mentality Is Alive and Well

A billboard of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco’s Union Square. (Eric Risberg / AP) The slave patrols live. Just ask any of the people at Nike who answer the phones and are dealing with an avalanche of angry white callers throwing the N-word around and complaining about Nike treating Kaepernick with respect.  Trump, Pence, […]

Monthly ‘Politikal Prisoner of War’ Roster & An Urgent Call!

From AbdudDharr Abdullah “I believe in the Black Panther Party; we failed because we took God out. I beg you not to do the same thing. If you take God out, you’re not going anywhere except to jail. You’re going to be killed, or you’re going to stay angry.”      Assata Shakur:  From “Look for […]

An Inside Account of the National Prisoners’ Strike

“We just want to be able to take care of ourselves as men and women, in this Department of Corrections,” a strike participant from a South Carolina prison said. Photograph by David Paul Morris / Bloomberg / Getty On August 21st, the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, a labor union for prisoners that aims “to end prison […]

Lying With a Straight Face

by Kevin Cooper San Bernardino District Attorney Michael Ramos discusses his opposition to abolishing the death penalty at a 2012 press conference. (YouTube) DEATH ROW, SAN QUENTIN, Calif.— “There are no innocent people on death row in California.” Those were the words of San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos when he appeared in TV commercials […]