Free Speech Society emergency bulletin

by Kijana Tashiri Askari, Abdul Olugbala Shakur and Joka Heshima Jinsai, Free Speech Society – We, class members of Ashker v. Brown, have been alerted to a contradiction that potentially threatens to disrupt, undermine and compromise everything that we’ve worked so hard to achieve and have sacrificed our lives for, via all three hunger strikes, […]

Black August, a story of Afrikan freedom fighterz

by Kiilu Nyasha Black August is a month of great significance for Africans throughout the diaspora, but particularly here in the U.S., where it originated. “August,” as Mumia Abu-Jamal noted, “is a month of meaning … of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice, of repression and righteous rebellion, of individual and collective […]

Huey P. Newton’z brother Melvin speakz on their Panther historiez

BlockReportRadio.com interviews Melvin Newton, about his brother Huey P. Newton and their history in the Black Panther Party in Oakland California. Melvin talks about Huey facing the death penalty after killing Oakland Police officer Frey, the Huey Newton Defense Committee, Huey’s concept of globalization called Intercommunalism, the founding of Black Studies at Merritt College, and […]

SNCC Legacy Project endorsez the Movement for Black Livez Policy Platform

by Jamilah King A group of civil rights era activists have passed the torch to a younger generation, so to speak. One week after the Movement for Black Lives released a wide-ranging, and long-awaited, policy platform, the activists’ vision for change has also earned an endorsement from delegates of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a […]

After Attica

http://ia600500.us.archive.org/13/items/150305OSPODCASTAttica/150305-OS-PODCAST-Attica.mp3   We’re revisiting the Attica prison revolt in 1971. It began as a civil rights protest and ended in a massacre when Governor Nelson Rockefeller ordered his state troopers to teargas the prisoners and open fire. In the story only now coming clear, Attica marks the twilight of the civil rights movement and the dawn of mass incarceration. […]

Learning from the Slaughter in Attica

What the 1971 uprising and massacre reveal about our prison system and the liberal democratic state. By Adam Gopnik The inmates during a negotiating session on September 10, 1971. An uprising born of panic and confusion triggered a cascade of paranoia that extended to the Nixon White House. Photograph from AP Prisons are the bad […]

Why Ramen Iz More Popular Than Cigarettez in U.S. Prisonz

Cutbacks in meal services have made packages of instant noodles a hot commodity in penitentiaries.  by Gwendolyn Wu Instant noodles are usually thought of as the go-to meal for broke college students. But it turns out that precooked, dried packages of ramen are helping another population survive. According to research presented Monday at the annual […]

“People Get Killed Over Soup”—Amerika Iz Basically Starving Prison Inmatez

by  Sarah Beller In a paper presented today at the American Sociological Association’s 111th Annual Meeting in Seattle, Michael Gibson-Light, a sociology PhD student at the University of Arizona, shares his findings that ramen noodles are overtaking tobacco as the most valuable currency in US prisons. That’s because food quantity and quality have declined so much that […]

8/29: Tweet Obama for Oscar Lopez Rivera

The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign NEW WEBSITE: http://www.ProLibertad.org ProLibertad@hotmail.com https://www.facebook.com/ProLibertadFC https://www.twitter.com/ProLibertad Telephone: 718-601-4751   In one week: On Monday August 29, let President Obama know that Oscar has the support of the masses!  Tweet the following message to President Obama: @BarackObama I add my voice to the thousands demanding: Free Oscar Lopez Rivera NOW! #FreeOscarLopez Ask your […]

Why Black August Should Be Celebrated Acrozz the Amerikaz

By: Ajamu Nangwaya On May 2, 1967, Black Panthers amassed at the Capitol in Sacramento brandishing guns to protest a bill before an Assembly committee restricting the carrying of arms in public. Self-defense was a key part of the Panthers’ agenda. This was an early action, a year after their founding. | Photo: AFP “The […]