CAT ON FIRE

[col. writ. 10/19/16] ©’16 Mumia Abu-Jamal OVER HALF HIS LIFE, LORENZO “Cat’ Johnson has been held in some of the toughest prisons in Pennsylvania, under some of the worst conditions, often in the hole. For over 20 years, he has been part of one of the biggest lifer populations in America; People sentenced to death […]

Ramona Africa Talkz MOVE, Liberation and Surviving 1985 Bombing

By: Lamont Lilly Ramona Africa, sole living survivor of U.S. bombing of the MOVE home in Philadelphia. | Photo: Reuters The U.S. freedom fighter discusses the history of MOVE and what it means to fight for liberation in part one of an exclusive interview. Former U.S. political prisoner, Ramona Africa, is the Minister of Communication […]

Politikal Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim Moved to Shawangunk CF

We just got the news that Jalil has been moved to Shawangunk. His new address is: Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283 Shawangunk Correctional Facility P.O. Box 700 Wallkill, New York 12589-0700 (845) 895-2081 (Ulster County) Please take the time to write or send him a card so he knows he is in our hearts and on […]

Valedectorian

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner Lynne Stewart was a a diligent and resourceful peoples lawyer, a movement lawyer, the kind of attorney who defended the poor and indigent, and unpopular and hopeless political cases and always went the last mile for her clients and her principles.  To  make an example of her […]

PRISONER DEMANDZ REMAIN IGNORED IN WEEKS AFTER VAUGHN REBELLION

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware. Photo by trconrad2001 on Flickr In the weeks since prisoners took hostages and a corrections officer was killed in an uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, the Delaware Department of Corrections has dismissed and ignored prisoners’ demands. State lawmakers, union officials, and others have largely done the same. Staff shortages […]

Robert “Seth” Hayez

Robert Seth Hayes was born in Harlem, New York in October 1947.  His father, John Franklin Hayes, was the child of sharecroppers and came to New York Cityfrom South Carolina; his mother, Francine Washington Hayes, moved to New York from Pittsburgh.  Both of Mr. Hayes’ parents worked for the U.S. Postal Service, trying to provide […]

The Context for the Trump Phenomenon (David Gilbert, 2/19/17)

The bizarre and dangerous rise of Donald Trump did not just pop up out of the thin air. The very foundation of the U.S. is white supremacy. This country is, at its core, imperialist, patriarchal and based in a range of ways human beings are delimited and demeaned. Nor are the specific and terribly virulent […]

I was a slave working under the California Department of Correctionz

The prison industrial complex turned me into a valuable commodity. by Flores Forbes, Columbia University Associate Vice President for Policy and Program Implementation “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” […]

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017

By Peter Wagner and Bernadette Rabuy Wait, does the United States have 1.3 million or more than 2 million people in prison? Are most people in state and federal prisons locked up for drug offenses? Frustrating questions like these abound because our systems of confinement are so fragmented and controlled by various entities. There is […]

Oppose cutz to visiting in NYS prisonz

Dear comrades – can we do another push to get people to CALL GOV. CUOMO at 518-474-8390 and SIGN the petition at https://www.change.org/p/governor-cuomo-don-t-restrict-visits-in-nys-prisons so we can stop the governor from limiting visiting in the max joints in NYS? A cut-back in visiting days would badly hurt our political prisoners, along with all those incarcerated in […]