Assata! July 16th Newark!

An Open Call to Share! Sunday, July 16th marks the 70th birthday of Assata! TJ Whitaker and i are hosting an intergenerational bday celebration at the REFAL CTR in Newark @ 4:30pm under the rubric of the NJ Black Panther Party Commemorative Committee. This is more than a drum call to come. This is a call […]

Death Row Doctoring: The Dicey Medical Ethics of Prison Executions

by Seema Yasmin, MD I had seen people die, but I had never watched a person be killed—until I moved to Texas. It was a warm day in September 2014 when my editor sent me to death row in Huntsville. I had joined the Dallas Morning News as a reporter that summer, never expecting my job […]

The downstream effect of 35 years of jail growth? A state prison boom

by Joshua Aiken  In our most recent report, Era of Mass Expansion, we argued that state lawmakers need to pay attention to local jails: the U.S. jail population has tripled over the last three decades almost entirely because local justice systems have increasingly detained people who are legally innocent but too poor to make bail. […]

Beyond Prisons Episode 7: Millions For Prisoners Human Rights March feat. Krystal Rountree

BEYOND PRISONS – EPISODE 7: MILLIONS FOR PRISONERS HUMAN RIGHTS MARCH FEAT. KRYSTAL ROUNTREE In episode 7 of Beyond Prisons, Brian and Kim are joined by Krystal Rountree, founder of iamWE and national organizer of the upcoming Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on August 19 in Washington, D.C. Krystal discusses the hard work being done […]

A LOOK INSIDE JAMES BALDWIN’S 1,884 PAGE FBI FILE

VIA ARCADE MEMOS ON “ALIASES,” SEXUALITY, AND THE BLOOD COUNTERS By William J. Maxwell   Baldwin and His “Aliases” June 1964 Baldwin was “Jimmy” to most of his friends and to himself as well when he meditated on the various aspects of his personality. The numerous “strangers called Jimmy Baldwin,” he observed of his own diversity, included […]

Support the Hunger Strike of California Folsom Prisoners

Folsom Prison. Update: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network issued a statement on June 1 in support of the Folsom prisoners’ hunger strike. The strike began on May 25, reportedly with 59 prisoners of different races/nationalities participating. The statement said in part that “Samidoun expresses its strongest support for the strikers and their demands, and for […]

The Puerto Rican Colony, Oscar Lopez Rivera and the Politics of Parades

Iris Morales, attorney, activist, educator, filmmaker and author recently of Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords 1969 – 1976 joined us once again to discuss Puerto Rican colonization, the freedom of Oscar Lopez Rivera and the politics of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. See our previous interview with Iris Morales here!

The Rise and Fall of the Angola Prison Chapter of the Black Panther Party

A short history of the forming of the only Black Panther Party chapter in prison, its actions and the repression dealt to its militants by prison authorities. Contains references to sexual violence.   In 1970, there were various pockets of unorganized resistance against cruel use of the infamous “Red Hat” dungeon – an isolated dungeon […]

What Mumia means to the youth

By Christian Cobb   The following talk was given by Christian Cobb at a June 1 forum on “Mumia Abu-Jamal Victories and Historic MOVE Conference” in New York City, which also featured MOVE members Pam Africa and Ramona Africa; lawyers Bob Boyle and Rachel Wolkenstein; and long-time Puerto Rican activist Esperanza Martell. The meeting was […]

Free Em All Radio! w/ Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. & The Lady of Rage! June 7, 2017

Free Em All Radio! w/ Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. & The Lady of Rage! Who We Be?! We Be the Great Grandchildren of Garvey…Offspring of Malcolm..and the Cubs of Panthers!  Marcus Mosiah Garvey…The Black Star to The Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA)..to Our Prideful banner of the Symbolic Red, Black and Green! Join Our Host […]