THE ROOT OF AMERIKA’S OVER-USE OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENTS IN PRISON — AND HOW REFORM CAN HAPPEN

Tens of thousands of prisoners across the United States spend months, years – and sometimes decades – locked alone in windowless concrete rooms the size of wheelchair accessible bathroom stalls for at least 23 hours a day, seven days a week. Prison officials, not judges or juries, decide both which prisoners end up in solitary […]

California fires are crises of capitalism

By Gloria Verdieu By Gloria Verdieu and M. Matsemela-Ali Odom Over the past two decades, forest fires have become a problem that increasingly impacts the health and lives of Californians. Currently, there over 20 active fires blazing in California according to the CAL FIRE website, fire.ca.gov/general/firemaps. Some are referred to as National Forest fires, which […]

Police Reform Doesn’t Work, Says Sociologist

“Show me the American city where Black and brown folks are happy with the policing that emerges from” the usual menu of police re-training, body cameras and increased minority hiring. “I don’t think there is one,” said Alex Vitale, professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and author of the book, The End of Policing. Vitale says civilian […]

Neuroscientists Make a Case Against Solitary Confinement

by Dana G. Smith Neuroscientists Make a Case Against Solitary Confinement   On any given day, 80,000 US prisoners are subjected to punishment that inflicts permanent damage to the brain. “We see solitary confinement as nothing less than a death penalty by social deprivation.” Robert King spent 29 years living alone in a six by […]

Prisoner Prophet: Revisiting George Jackson’s Analysis of Systemic Fascism

The rise of Donald Trump has brought talk of fascism to the forefront. While comparing US Presidents to Hitler is certainly nothing new – both Obama and W. Bush were regularly characterized as such by their haters – Trump’s emergence on the national political scene comes at a very peculiar moment in US history. In […]

Urgent Call for Political Prisoner Kamau Sadiki

From Kamau’s daughter Ksisay: Freddie Hilton AKA Kamau Sadiki  #115 06 88 Urgent Call. ASMP wants to amputate my father’s ankle. Contact- Call Write Letters: Augusta State Prison 3001 Gordon Hwy, Grovetown GA 30813 Chief Medical Facilitator Dr Alston Warden Philbin (706) 855-4700 He needs a wounds specialist not amputation! Who Is Kamau Sadiki? Kamau […]

THE INTENTION BEHIND COLIN KAEPERNICK’S PROTEST

By AFROPUNK On Colin Kaepernick’s birthday, let’s listen to the man’s words and why he sacrifices for his people. Colin Kaepernick gave a powerful speech in Amsterdam when he received Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award 2018. //vplayer.nbcsports.com/p/BxmELC/nbcsports_embed/select/media/WjRWc60JczKz   Colin Kaepernick receives the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. Colin Kaepernick receives the ACLU Courageous Advocate Award. […]

How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control

‘Freeing a Slave from the Slave Stick Jamaica’ circa 1876. From the International Mission Photography Archive, University of Edinburgh. Courtesy USC Digital Library It is no surprise that the whip is synonymous with New World slavery: its continual crack remained an audible threat to enslaved workers to keep at their work, reminding them that their lives and bodies were […]

A thought-provoking interview on Imam Jamil & The 1968 Olympic Protest

Below is a transcript of the interview itself – it includes some historic photographs. If you appreciate the share, please consider making a much needed tax-deductable donation to the work of The Aafia Foundation, A large part of work is dedicated to Political Prisoners like Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. To donate: www.aafia.org And please give a […]

Amerikan Crime:The US invasion of Grenada, 1983

Historian Howard Zinn’s account of the American invasion of the small Caribbean island of Grenada, ostensibly to ‘protect’ US citizens, but in fact to re-assert US military and financial dominance over the region. In the autumn of 1982, President Reagan sent American marines into a dangerous situation in Lebanon, where a civil war was raging, […]