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 […]

Amerika’s Sick Slaveowner Mentality Is Alive and Well

A billboard of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco’s Union Square. (Eric Risberg / AP) The slave patrols live. Just ask any of the people at Nike who answer the phones and are dealing with an avalanche of angry white callers throwing the N-word around and complaining about Nike treating Kaepernick with respect.  Trump, Pence, […]

California protest demands ‘End solitary confinement!’

Rally outside federal courthouse in San Francisco Aug. 21. Inside, four prisoners — Todd Ashker, Arturo Castellanos, George Franco and Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa — leaders of statewide fight against solitary confinement, attended meeting with prison authorities. Court had ordered prison officials to attend meeting to discuss more serious steps to dismantle abusive solitary conditions. Inset, […]

Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard

In commemoration of the Attica Uprising 47 years earlier, incarcerated organizers chose yesterday as the final day of the nearly three-week-long National Prison Strike that began on August 21. The … Source: Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard

An Inside Account of the National Prisoners’ Strike

“We just want to be able to take care of ourselves as men and women, in this Department of Corrections,” a strike participant from a South Carolina prison said. Photograph by David Paul Morris / Bloomberg / Getty On August 21st, the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, a labor union for prisoners that aims “to end prison […]

South Carolina prisoners jailed in ‘a modern day plantation’ at Workers.org

South Carolina prisoners jailed in ‘a modern day plantation’ By Jared Ware Conducted after an April 15 rebellion at Lee Correctional Institution, a South ­Carolina maximum security prison, this excerpted interview is Part 5 of a series. (Earlier segments are availabl.e at workers.org.) Lee was the deadliest prison uprising since the Lucasville Uprising on April 11-21 1993 […]

Solidarity Update: Second Week of the National Prison Strike Travel

Prisoners have been staying strong throughout these weeks of the prison strike  Prisoners will be engaged in the following actions in prisons across the country: Work Strikes: Prisoners will not report to assigned jobs. Each place of detention will determine how long its strike will last. Some of these strikes may translate into a local list […]

Amerikan Crimes: September 13, 1971—Massacre of Heroic Attica Prisoners

On September 9, 1971, the most powerful and significant prison rebellion in U.S. history erupted at Attica state prison in New York. Attica was part of the Black liberation struggle and the revolutionary upheaval of the 1960s. (AP Photo) 45 anniversary In that light, and in that spirit, “American Crime” is a regular feature of […]

The Slaves Rebel

Mr. Fish / Truthdig The only way to end slavery is to stop being a slave. Hundreds of men and women in prisons in some 17 states are refusing to carry out prison labor, conducting hunger strikes or boycotting for-profit commissaries in an effort to abolish the last redoubt of legalized slavery in America. The […]

Strike Statement to the Press; August 22, 2018

Statement regarding the ongoing Nationwide Prison Strike issued August 22, 2018, Day 2 of the strike. Issued by the Prison Strike Media Team Amani Sawari official outside media representative of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak prisonstrikemedia@gmail.com Jared Ware Freelance Journalist covering prisoner movements jaybeware@gmail.com @jaybeware on Twitter Brooke Terpstra Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) National Media Committee […]