Inmates in Pennsylvania launch boycott of prison profiteers

“I am going to boycott the third-party correspondence system,” Bryant Arroyo, an activist and organizer currently detained at SCI Frackville in central Pennsylvania, told this WW reporter during an extended Sept. 23 interview. Arroyo urges all prisoners to immediatelyi in response to the draconian new prison policies of current Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Eliminating the […]

ACLU and Abolitionist Law Center Sue Pennsylvania to End Mandatory and Permanent Solitary Confinement for Prisoners Sentenced to Death

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2018 CONTACT: Alexandra Ringe, American Civil Liberties Union, 212-549-2582, aringe@aclu.org Andrew Hoover, ACLU of Pennsylvania, 717-236-6827 ext. 213, ahoover@aclupa.org Bret Grote, Abolitionist Law Center, 412-654-9070, bretgrote@abolitionistlawcenter.org HARRISBURG, Pa. — The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Abolitionist Law Center, Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feiberg & Lin LLP, and Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP filed a […]

The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisonz

  Abolitionist Law Center has initiated a new collaboration called The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP). FTP’s mission is to conduct grassroots organizing, advocacy and direct action to challenge the prison system which is putting prisoners at risk of dangerous environmental conditions, as well as impacting surrounding communities and ecosystems by their construction and […]

Maroon Suez DOC and Winz! Settlement Reached

Pittsburgh PA —A settlement has been reached in the case of Shoatz v. Wetzel, which challenged the 22-year solitary confinement of Abolitionist Law Center client and political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz. This brings an end to litigation begun in 2013. In February 2014, following an international campaign on behalf of Shoatz, he was released from solitary confinement. […]

Pennsylvania Seekz Mumia Abu-Jamal’z Execution via Medical Neglect

by PETE DOLACK Having failed to have Mumia Abu-Jamal executed via the legal system, Pennsylvania authorities are intent on administering a “slow-motion execution” through medical neglect. His medical condition remains dire, and his supporters are asking activists to make calls so that he can receive proper health care. The work of supporters does matter: Mumia […]

Mumia Abu-Jamal update 4 5/22/2015

Mumia Abu-Jamal called on Wednesday night from the day room just outside the prison Infirmary and Prison Radio was there.  Of course it was topical, brilliant and searing: listen here “Waco”.  You make it possible for his voice to continue soaring over the prison walls. He was returned to SCI Mahanoy late on Tuesday night […]

Lawsuit seekz attorney and family access to Mumia Abu-Jamal

May 18, 2015: This morning attorneys for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal filed a lawsuit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania federal court seeking immediate access to their client, who has been held virtually incommunicado at the Geisinger Medical Center since Tuesday, May 12. Abu-Jamal has been denied all communication with his attorneys since that time. Bret […]

Prisonerz and Advocacy Groupz Win Right to a Trial On Constitutionality of the Silencing Act (PA SB508)

  This afternoon, Chief Judge for the federal court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Christopher Conner, ruled that Plaintiffs in the cases Abu-Jamal v. Kane and Prison Legal News v. Kane had standing against Attorney General Kane to seek a ruling on the constitutionality of the Silencing Act, a censorship law targeted at Mumia […]

Amplify the voicez these prisonz try to silence: Fight censorship from California to Pennsylvania

Pack the courtroom for the hearing on Abu-Jamal v. Kane, challenging Prisoner Gag Law SB 508, on Thursday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m., in U.S. Courthouse, 228 Walnut St., Courtroom 2, Harrisburg, Penn. by Willow Katz “(T)he only recourse for those who demand accountability and the rule of law in the justice system is to amplify […]