Prison records from 1800s Georgia show mass incarceration’s racially charged beginnings

A Georgia penitentiary in 1911. Library of Congress   Henry Minter was working as a farm laborer in Georgia in the 1870s when he met Mary Dotson, a young black servant girl. The couple never married – which would have been illegal at the time – but they stayed together until Henry’s death. Mary, who was left with […]

Freeing Jalil Muntaqim and the Continued Plight of U.S. Political Prisoners

Jalil Muntaqim will once again come up for parole next month.  Support for political prisoners is essential for at least honoring their efforts and the politics which drove their work and is also essential for maintaining an appropriate standard for defining “progress,” “change,” “advance.”  Particularly now when more than ever a sophisticated application of popular culture and celebrity […]

Murder Incorporated: Empire, Genocide, and Manifest Destiny

Listen to story: Download: mp3 (Duration: 11:56 — 10.9MB) FEATURING MUMIA ABU-JAMAL – A new book authored by Stephen Vittoria and political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, explores the history of the United States and takes on the myth that the US is a beacon for freedom and democracy. Murder Incorporated: Empire, Genocide, and Manifest Destiny is actually […]

Why Are For-Profit US Prisons Subjecting Detainees to Forced Labor?

by Azadeh Shahshahani , Gina Ferazzi/LA Times via Getty Images   In 2017, officials at the Stewart immigration detention center in Georgia placed Shoaib Ahmed, a 24-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, in solitary confinement for encouraging fellow workers to stop working. Ahmed, who was paid 50 cents per hour to work within the facility, was upset because his $20 […]

Black Agenda Radio – Mumia Abu Jamal Salutes “Father of Black Liberation Theology”

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“Stand Your Ground”: Siwatu-Salama Ra and Black Self-Defense, Part 2

by Tryon P. Woods “Stand Your Ground”: Siwatu-Salama Ra and Black Self-Defense, Part 2 “In a slaveholding society such as ours, even after the formal institution of chattel slavery has ended, each and every legal principle ultimately expresses the foundational antagonism between non-black and black.” When Siwatu-Salama Ra was sentenced to two years in prison […]

Former Black Panther Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald will remain behind bars

by Ann Garrison On May 4, former Black Panther Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald agreed to a five-year denial of parole instead of insisting on a parole hearing, even though he has served more time than any former Black Panther still behind bars: 49 years. Chip was arrested in 1969 and charged with murdering a security guard […]

WIN in Jalil Muntaqim’s disciplinary case!!!

We just won a victory on the disciplinary charges against Jalil for teaching an authorized African-American History Course! This is good news for Jalil, as the charges will be expunged, and he can proceed to have a family reunification visit with his mother and family, which was denied on May 10, 2018, the same day […]

Why Is Former Black Panther Chip Fitzgerald Still Behind Bars?

by Ann Garrison Why Is Former Black Panther Chip Fitzgerald Still Behind Bars?   “The good news is that we don’t have to wait the full five years.” On May 4, former Black Panther Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald agreed to a five-year denial of parole instead of insisting on a parole hearing, even though he has served […]

On Pan Afrikanism: Part One of an Interview with Comrade Rashid by J.R. Valrey (Block Report Radio)

Introduction Rashid: Let me begin with a general outline of what I’m aiming for in this interview. My focus is less on just criticizing the capitalist imperialist system and the innumerable miseries, horrors and conflicts it causes the majority of the world’s people. Instead, I want to propose solutions, and with a particular focus on the […]