Law & Order: A Look At Amerika’z Prison System

 Prison should be the last resort for the nation’s least violent, not the first line of defense that favors a historic archetype of oppression The famous singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone once said, “Slavery has never been abolished from America’s way of thinking.” Arguably, today’s prison system is the nation’s revised approach to […]

Inmatez with Hep C sue Tennessee prison officials for treatment

  by Dave Boucher, (Photo: Getty Images / iStockphoto) Tennessee inmates infected with hepatitis C filed a federal lawsuit against state prison officials late Monday, asking the court to force the state to start treating all inmates who have the potentially deadly disease. The lawsuit, filed by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocates in […]

Black and Brown unity: a powerful force

By Teresa Gutierrez Karl Marx wrote that the capitalist class would create its own gravediggers. Black and Brown folks will assuredly be some of those gravediggers. The rampant terrorism against Black people by the police in this country has forever exposed their role in capitalist society. The police exist to defend the capitalists’ private property […]

FBI givez green light to crack down on Black Livez Matter protesterz – BLM statement followz

Following this story is a Black Lives Matter statement on the murder of police and escalating protests to end state-sponsored violence against Black people by Mara Verheyden-Hilliard The violent events of the past week have placed the country at a decisive moment. Words matter but deeds matter more. Leadership matters. President Obama spoke about the […]

The Vortex of Dementia

By Abdul Olugbala Shakur  Transcribed by Kilaika Baruti Though I have been active in the struggle for practically all of my life, from a Panther cub to an Urban guerrilla in the service of the underground, I have never considered myself to be a writer or at least not a good writer, but I felt it […]

Air Conditioning Iz a Human Right

by Jeff Edwards and Scott Medlock Edwards and Medlock are trial lawyers with Edwards Law in Austin. Texas, like other states, does not air condition its prisons—and by doing so, it kills people Air conditioning system adventtr—Getty Images In 2011, the State of Texas convicted Larry McCollum of forgery, for passing a bad check. He […]

If All Livez Matter, Act Like It

by Paris Police officers stand near the scene of where three police officers were killed on July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) I’ve looked down the barrel of a cop’s gun on three separate occasions, none of which involved crime. The most recent was in my own home, when […]

Fighting Apathy Among the Lumpen

by USW461 of United Struggle from Within        permalink In 2012 some United Struggle from Within (USW) comrades summed up an ongoing discussion about organizing the lumpen class, which is below. The summary gets at how we should approach organizing the lumpen. This is a critical question if we are to apply our […]

Got to be Strong

by a West Virginia prisoner       permalink That’s the way they wanna be, That’s the way they wanna be, That’s the way they wanna be, They do things that society can’t see. Lock mass numbers away from being free. Destroy lives, “but they’re not the enemy”. Imperialism trying to keep us down. Governments […]

The End of Prison Visitation

by Jack Smith IV, Mic A new system called “video visitation” is replacing in-person jail visits with glitchy, expensive Skype-like video calls. It’s inhumane, dystopian and actually increases in-prison violence – but god, it makes money. Losing Connection The only way Lauren Johnson could see Ashika Renae Coleman at the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del […]