Heroic or Heinous: The Death Penalty Case of Thomas Porter (2018)

by  Kevin Rashid Johnson Who is Thomas Porter? Thomas Porter is a 42-year-old Black man held on Virginia’s Death Row for the October 25, 2005, shooting death of a Norfolk, VA cop, for which he was charged, tried, and convicted of capital murder. His is a case that warrants close and broad public attention and action. […]

Press Release: As Lockdowns Spread, Prisoners Call For A Voice In Ending Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9.21.18 Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committe, tc.iwoc@gmail.com Outside Contact: Allegra Kennedy, 612-716-3181. Inside Contact by request.   As Lockdowns Spread, Prisoners Call For A Voice In Ending Violence   This Tuesday Minnesota’s Faribault Prison went on lockdown, after four officers were reportedly assaulted. This comes on top of the brutal lockdown […]

How the Police Shooting of Botham Jean Disrupted Dallas’ Reputation for Reform

The brain-twisting shooting of a man inside his own apartment is yet another example of both police escalation and the flexibility often afforded cops who commit egregious acts. Amber Guyger, Botham Jean COURTESY/KAUFMAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, FACEBOOK Family and friends of Jordan Edwards cried tears of both joy and relief inside a Dallas County courtroom last […]

FBI sought electric chair execution of Black Panther leaders in Omaha

Originally posted on Richardson Reports:
Nebraska’s electric chair where the FBI sought the execution of the Omaha Two  (credit: Nebraska Dept. of Corrections) On December 4, 1969, in a Federal Bureau of Investigation orchestrated pre-dawn raid in Chicago, Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were shot to death. Fourteen handpicked policemen, armed with…

Afrikan-Amerikan suffrage: Voting rights and suppression

By Dolores Cox At the end of the U.S. Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th Reconstruction Amend­ments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified. In 1865, the 13th Amendment abolished “slavery and involuntary servitude” — except for people convicted of a crime. In 1868, the 14th Amendment granted citizenship to African Americans, albeit second-class citizenship. The […]

9-13-1971- Attica & A Shameful Date in U.S. History

“We are men! We are not beasts and we do not intend to be beaten or driven as such. The entire prison populace, that means each and every one of us here, have set forth to change forever the ruthless brutalization and disregard for the lives of the prisoners here and throughout the United States. […]

Colin Kaepernick, the Black Panthers, and Fred Hampton

by Simon Wood “When the truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie” – Yevgeny Yevtushenko In the 2016 preseason American football games of the San Francisco 49ers, quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to sit rather than stand for the US national anthem. In an interview, he explained his stance: “I am not going to stand up to […]

Monthly ‘Politikal Prisoner of War’ Roster & An Urgent Call!

From AbdudDharr Abdullah “I believe in the Black Panther Party; we failed because we took God out. I beg you not to do the same thing. If you take God out, you’re not going anywhere except to jail. You’re going to be killed, or you’re going to stay angry.”      Assata Shakur:  From “Look for […]

Folsom prison strike manifesto and bill of rights 1970

In 1970, prisoners protesting about the brutal regime at Folsom Prison, went on strike for 19 days. They wrote the following manifesto and bill of rights in support of their action. The following manifesto and bill of rights were written in 1970 by inmates at Folsom prison in the United States. They were formulated to support a […]

In the Year of the Pig: The Real Vietnam War Heroes

by Ann Garrison John McCain’s death triggered mass media regurgitations of Vietnam-era imperial racism and just plain idiocy, but also reminded us of those who risked everything to stop the war. “There’s no doubt that the pig in the film is the US in Vietnam.” I’ll be glad if I never hear John McCain’s name again, […]