We Have Rights

ESPAÑOL   عربي   中文   KREYÒL AYISYEN   РУССКИЙ   اردو  A series of short animations produced by the ACLU and Brooklyn Defender Services explain what to do when ICE knocks on your door. Jesse Williams does the know-your-rights talk in English, Edwidge Danticat in Haitian Creole, Kumail Nanjiani in Urdu, and Linda Sarsour […]

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 […]

Prison strike organizerz to protest food giant Aramark

by Kamala Kelkar The people who organized the country’s biggest prison strike against what they call modern-day slavery have planned their next target: corporate food service giant Aramark. The $8.65 billion company is one of the country’s largest employers and serves hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches and other food to more than 100 million people a […]

More than 500 activistz lock down entrancez to Urban Shield to stop the militarization of police

by Mohamed Shehk and Omar Ali Pleasanton – On Friday, Sept. 9, activists chained themselves to the entrances to the Alameda County Fairgrounds to protest Urban Shield, the highly controversial SWAT training and weapons expo hosted annually by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Twenty-three activists were arrested, cited and released. Over 500 community members from […]

The NYPD’z Recordz of Itz Own Misbehavior Have Mysteriously Vanished

by  NICK PINTO The Young Lords Michael Abramson Just as lawyers for New York City are preparing for a hearing in federal court to close the books on lawsuits over the New York Police Department’s secret and illegal surveillance of Muslims, a lesser-known lawsuit that concluded Monday reveals that the police department’s records of its own […]

The Prison State of Amerika

by Chris Hedges Prisons employ and exploit the ideal worker. Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are not paid for sick days or granted vacations. They cannot formally complain about working conditions or safety hazards. If […]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Black Radical Who Matterz For Our Time

by Johanna Fernandez Two years ago, the New York Times featured an illustrated article on the discovery of a manuscript penned by hand in a dank, 19th century cell by a black prisoner, Austin Reed. Ignored in his lifetime, Reed’s memoire elicited great interest among contemporary historians, activists, scholars ofAfrican American literature, and thegeneral public. […]

Plan on Protesting? What You Should Know About Your Rightz and the Powers the Police Have

AlterNet / By Steven Rosenfeld <!– MailChimp RSS-Email Widget –>   Advice and reminders from experts for citizens protesting abusive policing. Photo Credit: HandsUpDontShoot.org Everyone knows the First Amendment guarantees free speech and freedom of assembly—the right to protest. But as demonstrations build across the country over institutional racism and excessive force in policing, there […]

Six Shocking Truthz About Prisonz

“According to a recent study conducted by the ACLU, at least 37 states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations. Corporations that many Americans hold in high regard are reaping major benefits from this almost free labor pool.” Salon.com published an article about the ways in which private for-profit prisons are socking […]

New Pennsylvania Legislation Sucker Punchez Inmate Speech

by Linn Washington Jr.   Part II of II The serious injustice endured by Pennsylvania prison inmate Lorenzo ‘Cat’ Johnson, detailed yesterday in Part I of this series, is the subject of a website and numerous other postings on the Internet. Those Internet postings detail gross misconduct by police and prosecutors that have kept Johnson imprisoned […]