Lucasville Rebellion, longest prison ‘riot’ in history, began 25 years ago, on April 11, 1993

by Greg Curry My name is Greg Curry. I was serving time at Ohio’s maximum security prison, SOCF (Southern Ohio Correctional Facility) on April 11, 1993, when a major disturbance on L-side began. Many will recall the crisis at Waco, Texas, was the dominant news story during that time, squeezing out much of the news […]

Assata Shakur – Influential Black Leaders

On May 2, 2013, the FBI placed Assata Shakur, now living in Cuba, on its Most Wanted Terrorists list, which has included the likes of Osama Bin Laden and other Al Quaeda figures, some of whom were executed by drones. This was the day after the State Department was due to release its list of […]

Bring Herman Bell Home!

In response to vengeful threats from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, a coalition of public officials, artists, activists, formerly incarcerated people, and crime survivors calls to maintain the planned release of former Black Panther Herman Bell. By Haig Aivazian March 23, 2018 Just over a week ago, The New York Parole Board determined that Herman Bell was ready for release. […]

Don’t Let Parole Become a Meaningless Concept

Some felt Herman Bell deserved execution or at least a prison sentence of life without parole, but in mid-1970s New York those weren’t options. No question, Mr. Bell’s crime was a despicable assault on society itself. In 1971, with fellow Black Liberation Army radicals, he ambushed two police officers in Harlem, repeatedly and fatally shooting […]

THE NEW FORGOTTEN MEN AND WOMEN— ELDERLY PRISONERS APPEAL FOR HELP!

  In December 2017, Major Tillery, sixty-seven years old and imprisoned for life without the possibility of parole in Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Frackville made a proposal to Superintendent Kathy Brittain for remedial policies and to stop the disrespectful and abusive treatment of the seniors. “On behalf of all the Elderly Members of the […]

Sundiata Acoli’s “Affirmation”

Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford Political prisoner Sundiata Acoli, who was arrested with fellow Black Panther Assata Shakur in 1973, is among a host of political prisoners and activists that took part in a reading of Shakur’s poem, “Affirmation,” written in exile in Cuba. Acoli will not be eligible for parole until 2032, when he will […]

SPECIAL FROM THE NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS: ‘Panthers’ fiction, and the harsh Black Panther reality – By Nayaba Arinde

From The Desk Of Black Panther Veteran-Zulu Nation King Sadiki “Bro.Shep” Olugbala    NEWS YOU CAN USE! FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ ___ ‘Panthers’ fiction, and the harsh Black Panther reality Nayaba Arinde | 2/15/2018, 8:44 a.m. (Above) Former Black Panther Political Prisoner of War, Sekou Odinga   Sumptuous scenes and luscious garments quietly screaming African […]

Mutulu Shakur New Year Letter and April 2018 Parole Hearing

Peace, Firstly, I would like to ask for your forgiveness for such a long delay in responding to your letters of support, encouragement, seasons greetings and most importantly your individual requests. My delay is not indicative of disregard in any way– rather this last period, which has special implications in the Trump Era, calls for […]

RIP Richard ‘Mafundi’ Lake

Long Time Held Political Prisoner Mafundi Lake transitioned January 21, 2018.  Mafundi was found on the floor of his cell on that day. His wife Carolyn says that Mafundi suffered from various health conditions and had suffered three strokes in the past. Richard Mafundi Lake, Family Hour was on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Survivors are […]

Your Honor, a poem by #KuwasiBalagoon “I thought murder was legal”

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