The slave-trade rootz of US private prisonz

by Evan Taparata In this image of the domestic slave trade, two slave traffickers detain a free African American man whom they kidnapped to be sold into slavery. The image appeared in Jesse Torrey’s 1817 book “A Portraiture of Domestic Slavery.” Credit: Courtesy of archive.org Five years from now, the use of private federal prisons […]

Law & Order: A Look At Amerika’z Prison System

 Prison should be the last resort for the nation’s least violent, not the first line of defense that favors a historic archetype of oppression The famous singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone once said, “Slavery has never been abolished from America’s way of thinking.” Arguably, today’s prison system is the nation’s revised approach to […]

Modern Day ‘Slave’ Patrolz and the Ongoing Legacy of Police Terrorizing Afrikan/Black Communitiez

by Solomon Comissiong The U.S. system of mass Black incarceration cannot reformed, but must be dismantled, root and branch. “The job of the police force in predominately African/black communities is to make sure those communities are contained and kept in a state of constant fear and terror.” “Reforming this system wont work in any way, […]

Black, old and locked up

Amerika’s prisonz are filled with older inmatez, most of whom are Black Carolyn Guniss “If the goal is to reduce the prison population, they have to focus on aging, violent offenders. The numbers show that releasing only nonviolent offenders will not reduce the population. There just isn’t enough of them,” Farid said. Then there is […]

Working az intended in Dallas and beyond: The inextricably wound threadz of White Nationalism and US law enforcement

by Johnny Islamabad Everybody knows what happened last week. Everybody knows: the streetside roadrage execution of Delrawn Small under the indifferent glare of a Brooklyn stoplight on July 4. The parking lot tackle-and-slaughter of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge for the crime of selling CDs outside a store on July 5. The videotaped, thoughtless murder […]

NYC draft riotz anniversary: the white riotz that left dozenz of Black people dead in 1863

Today marks the 153rd anniversary of the New York draft riots– turned race riots- in 1863, and in wake of the borderline race riots currently persisting in 2016, one could (facetiously) call it serendipitous that we recognize this shameful moment in history, as it repeats in our present:  With the American Civil War (1861-1865) in full […]

HORRIFIC LETTERZ TO SLAVE OWNER, R. C. BALLARD, REGARDING ABUSE OF THE FEMALE SLAVE

Enslaved men endured many forms of abuse at the hands of their masters and overseers, including whippings and beatings. Women slaves, too, felt the pain of the lash, as well as other forms of mistreatment. Many women were also sexually abused, whether by being harassed, raped, or forced into concubinage. The attached letters address two […]

Fighting the Real Enemy on September 9 Solidarity Demonstration

by Soso of MIM(Prisons)               permalink September 9, 2016 will be the fifth annual Day of Peace and Solidarity demonstration in prisons across the United $tates. This is an opportunity for prisoners to commemorate the anniversary of the Attica uprising and draw attention to abuse of prisoners across the country […]

My four monthz az a private prison guard

by Shane Bauer Chapter 1: “Inmates Run This Bitch” Have you ever had a riot?” I ask a recruiter from a prison run by theCorrections Corporation of America (CCA). “The last riot we had was two years ago,” he says over the phone. “Yeah, but that was with the Puerto Ricans!” says a woman’s voice, […]