How the NYPD Union Is Manufacturing Outrage About a 70-Year-Old Black Panther’s Parole

 by Natasha Lennard Judging by tabloid headlines appearing on New York City newsstands, it might appear as though hundreds of thousands of people object to the release of former Black Panther Herman Bell from prison. That’s how many letters, the tabloids proclaim, were written in protest of the New York State Parole Board’s decision last month […]

California – Demand CDCr Release Drafters of Historic Agreement to End Hostilities from Solitary Confinement!

Emergency Action Alert: RELEASE DRAFTERS OF THE AGREEMENT TO END HOSTILITIES FROM SOLITARY CONFINEMENT In October, 2017, the 2 year court monitoring period of the Ashker v. Governorsettlement to limit solitary confinement in California expired. Since then, the four drafters of the Agreement to End Hostilities and lead hunger strike negotiators – Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, Arturo Castellanos, George […]

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 […]

Monday April 16th The People vs The PA Parole Board

ONA MOVE First we would like to take the time to thank everyone that made phone calls, sent faxes, tweets, and emails on behalf of The Move 9 Sisters, as this is the first phase in our push for parole. As we had addressed earlier, Governor Wolf has indeed made changes to the parole board […]

Taking Freedom: Modern-Day Slavery in Amerika’s Prison Workforce

  by BETH SCHWARTZAPFEL Proponents of prisoners’ and workers’ rights point to a push by the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, to “improve and expand federal prison industries” in several states. Known for its “model laws” crafted in partnership between extreme right-wing legislators and powerful corporations, ALEC drafted the 1995 Texas Prison Industries Act, which […]

Judge Suspends Release of Herman Bell, Elderly Black Panther Jailed 45 Years, Amid Police Pressure

by Amy Goodman , Critical Resistance   A judge in New York has suspended the release of Herman Bell, a 70-year-old prisoner who has been granted parole after 45 years in prison. Bell was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the killing of two New York City police officers in 1971. At […]

Attorney Bob Boyle and RAPP member Jose Saldana (who just got out in January after 38 years) on Herman Bell’s Release Travel

A two-part (both short) interview by Attorney Bob Boyle and RAPP member Jose Saldana (who just got out of prison in January after 38 years). “Judge Suspends Release of Herman Bell, Elderly Black Panther Jailed 45 Years, Amid Police Pressure” (Part One) https://www.democracynow.org/2018/4/6/judge_suspends_release_of_herman_bell – April 6, 2018: Amy Goodman interviews RAPP’s Jose Saldana and Attorney Robert Boyle […]

HOW NEARLY 2,000 CAMERAS TAMED AMERICA’S MOST NOTORIOUS PRISON

In the past few years, more than a thousand cameras have been installed throughout Attica Correctional Facility. HEATHER AINSWORTH FOR THE MARSHALL PROJECT

May 2018 Parole Hearings For The Move 9 Sisters

ONA MOVE In May 2018  Janet, Janine, and Debbie Africa all will be making yet another appearance before The Pennsylvania Parole Board. In 2016 all three of the women were denied parole and given a two year hit, despite having excellent conduct records, home and employment plans, and once again the recommendation of the prison […]

Bobby Hutton: The Killing That Catapulted The Black Panthers To Fame

https://www.npr.org/player/embed/600055767/600055768 An April 6 1968, 17-year-old Bobby Hutton, the very first recruit to Oakland’s Black Panther Party, was shot multiple times after he’d surrendered to the police. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Next we have a bit of hidden history from 50 years ago today. We recall what happened, of course, on April 4, 1968, when Martin […]