Tactical targeting of iconic activist Hugo Pinell

by Brian Keith Barnett Time and time again, those of us behind these enemy lines are forced to consciously recognize the significance of the Black August attack on one of the iconic San Quentin Six. It is no puzzle for those familiar with the tactics and practices of prisoncrats that their spin doctors, like (CDCr […]

What Does a Book Have to Do With a Movement?

Todd Ashker is one of the leaders of the Pelican Bay hunger strikers and the lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit Ashker v. Governor of California. Sometime between 2008 and 2009, Ashker managed to get his hands on “Nothing But an Unfinished Song: Bobby Sands, the Irish Hunger Striker Who Inspired a Generation.” What does […]

CA Prisonerz Win Historic Gainz with Settlement against Solitary Confinement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 1, 2015 Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition CA Prisoners Win Historic Gains with Settlement against Solitary Confinement Agreement reached in Ashker v. Brown, end to indeterminate long-term solitary confinement in CA among the gains for prisoners Oakland – Today, California prisoners locked in isolation achieved a groundbreaking legal victory in their […]

Cheap Prison Labor Critical to Fighting California’z Wildfirez

Fires are proliferating throughout California where an unprecedented drought has turned the California countryside into a tinder box of dry and dying vegetation. But the fires are also emblematic of the state’s dependence on inmates to help battle the wildfires. California’s firefighting program (Cal Fire) boasts the country’s largest inmate firefighting program. Close to half […]


Few of us know the name, Hugo Pinell. That’s because the last time it was in the newspapers was probably in 1971, or 1976, when he was tried as a member of the famous San Quentin Six, six young Black prisoners facing assault charges stemming from battles with prison guards at the notoriously repressive California […]

Beloved politikal prisoner Hugo ‘Yogi Bear’ Pinell, feared and hated by guardz, assassinated after 46 yearz in solitary

Rest in power Komrade Hugo “Yogi Bear’ Pinell an honoured Ancestor who could not be controlled nor broken. Panther Love August 14, 2015 by Dr. Willie and Mary Ratcliff Black August add another hero and martyr to the roll. By some accounts, it was his first day on the yard after 46 years in solitary […]

Outrage!! Prison-break member from ’70z dead, 5 hospitalized in prison riot near Sacramento

California State Prison-Sacramento One inmate was killed and others injured during a riot Wednesday at California State Prison-Sacramento, adjacent to Folsom State Prison. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) By Paige St. John Jails and Prisons California Prison Hunger Strike (2013) Hugo Pinell, infamous for his role in the 1970s “San Quentin Six” prison break […]

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 […]