Moving forward with our fight to end solitary confinement

by Todd Ashker Greetings of solidarity and respect to all similarly situated members of the prison class unified in our struggle to end long term solitary confinement and win related long overdue reforms to the broken California prison torture system! As one of the four principle prisoner class representatives, I am presenting this further update […]

Successful Motion in Court Strengthenz CA Prisonerz’ Case against Solitary

Oakland – Pelican Bay prisoners named as plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the use of solitary confinement in California gained an important victory yesterday as U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of a motion filed by the plaintiffs’ counsel. The motion allows prisoners who have been in solitary confinement for more […]

An End to Solitary iz Long Overdue

California’s Savage System of Confinement by MARIE LEVIN Less than two weeks ago the United Nations Committee against Torture issued a report strongly criticizing the U.S. record on a number of issues, among them the extensive use of solitary confinement. While the U.S. uses long-term solitary more than any other country in the world, California […]

W.L. Nolen Mentorship Progam Cited az Gang Material

  by a California prisoner July 2014 permalink       Community Bulletin from the Pelican Bay Human Rights Movement – First Amendment Campaign This bulletin is to alert and update the community on the current fascist offensive that is being waged by one sadistic pig named S. Burris of the Pelican Bay State Prison […]

Unfair Punishment Part Two: Sentenced to Poverty

  The state often traps formerly incarcerated people — even those convicted of low-level offenses — with insurmountable debts.   By Sam Levin       @SamTLevin            When Chloe Turner was in state prison, her family sent her money on a few occasions. It wasn’t much, but it was more than her fellow inmates — many of who were serving […]

Urgent request to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez to visit California hunger strikerz

The following open letter was sent Aug. 16, 2013, marked “URGENT.” Juan E. Mendez U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment c/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations Office at Geneva CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland Washington College of Law 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, […]

Corcoran SHU hunger strike: The riot team was ready for full-scale war

by Aaron Jabari Scott   I write with the very utmost respect and solidarity to all who support our ongoing protracted peaceful protest to bring about change to our torturous conditions and environment.   Jabari Scott Here at Corcoran State Prison, 4B1L Short Corridor on July 11, 2013, at approximately 11 a.m., Sgt. Vogel and […]

The Prison Industrial Slave Complex, a profit-making industry

by the Pelikan Bay First Amendment Rights Campaign: Abdul Shakur, Ifoma Modibo Kambon, Dadisi Yero Kambon, Raridi Yero, Abasi Ganda, Kijana Tashiri Askari, Yafeu I-Yapo Many within society, and rightfully so, may find what I am about to allege very incredible and absurd, beyond the capacity of their comprehension, but the truth must be told if justice is truly to be served. “Lessons from […]

CDCR’s Oct. 11, 2012, Security Threat Group Pilot Program

  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation issued new rules in this October 2012 memorandum entitled “Pilot Program for Security Threat Group Identification, Prevention and Management Plan.” According to the Prison Law Office, CDCR says the memorandum will be available in all of the prison law libraries. However, it has not been made available […]

Survey questionnaire from the Pelican Bay Human Rights Movement First Amendment Campaign

  George Jackson and Black August are anathema to the overseers of California’s prisons. Any association with them and the liberating principles they stand for invites the most severe punishment the system can inflict. Hugo Pinell, the man who has been held in solitary confinement for 42 years – longer perhaps than anyone in the […]