REPORT: Women Are Landing in Local Jailz At An Alarming Rate

And those inmates are disproportionately Black and Latinx. A new study explores how incarceration impacts their lives—and their families. Kenrya Rankin  From the cover of “Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform.” Courtesy of the Vera Institute of Justice and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Share […]

My letter to willie lynch (return to sender)

my letter to willie lynch This is dedicated to people who lost their life in charleston sc… to all my people black, latino, & indian…

The Ballad of Rocky Rontal

   How do we forgive the unforgivable? By Daniel Alarcón Photographs by Carolyn Drake The first time I met Rocky Rontal, I asked him to describe his childhood. I watched him stiffen, like someone preparing for the sharp poke of a needle. He rubbed a palm over his close-cropped black hair. It was a long […]

Texas Banz Prisonerz from Social Media to Hide Abusez

by Kevin Rashid Johnson Suddenly Texas prison officials are banning prisoners from having people outside of prison maintain social media accounts for them. Since prisoners do not otherwise have direct access to the internet we can’t manage our own social-media accounts. Officials are taking advantage of certain social media providers’ rules that forbid one from […]

Give The Pigz Their Jobz Back: Resistance Iz Key – The Passive Approach Just Isn’t Working In Texaz Prisonz

by Jason Walker The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has been operating as a money making business, run by corrupt wardens and administrative personnel, since the beginning of the 20th century. This revolving door style of bad actors in high places is no different than what we see in mainstream politics (notably the presidential […]

Texas prison workforce: A model of profit, modern slavery, and humiliation

by Jason Renard Walker The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 4 specifically abolishes slavery in all its functioning forms: “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the state trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” Well, to the contrary the United States Constitution, 13th Amendment allows slavery but under […]

We Need to Talk About All Aspectz of Racism

by Tom Watts We need to talk about all kinds of racism and about racism in general, because it is all reactionary and all serves to perpetuate inequality and class exploitation. If we are serious about ending racism, we have got to understand it, where it comes from, who it serves and how it works, […]

Defining and Measuring the Lumpen Class in the United Statez: A Preliminary Analysis

            by MIM(Prisons)                                            permalink MIM(Prisons) began to draft a book on the lumpen class a few years ago. We found a gap in the theoretical material on this subject and realized that our observations […]

The ‘fundamentalism’ in police operationz

by Steve Martinot Introduction As police murders accumulate, and police chiefs get fired and replaced because they cannot stop it – as in Oakland and San Francisco – the notion that this represents a political crisis becomes a truism. It is not a “crisis of policing,” which would suggest a situation beyond the capacities of […]

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 […]