California fires are crises of capitalism

By Gloria Verdieu By Gloria Verdieu and M. Matsemela-Ali Odom Over the past two decades, forest fires have become a problem that increasingly impacts the health and lives of Californians. Currently, there over 20 active fires blazing in California according to the CAL FIRE website, fire.ca.gov/general/firemaps. Some are referred to as National Forest fires, which […]

Lying With a Straight Face

by Kevin Cooper San Bernardino District Attorney Michael Ramos discusses his opposition to abolishing the death penalty at a 2012 press conference. (YouTube) DEATH ROW, SAN QUENTIN, Calif.— “There are no innocent people on death row in California.” Those were the words of San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos when he appeared in TV commercials […]

Black August International Tenets

by a California prisoner       July 2018             permalink [The following were submitted to us by a group of New Afrikans in California working with the United K.A.G.E. Brothers. K.A.G.E. stand for Kings Against Genocidal Environments. The United K.A.G.E. Brothers have been pushing this line of peace and unity alongside […]

BOP backs down on the restrictive book policy

Good news. The federal Bureau of Prisons has rescinded the policy changes that would have made it more expensive and more difficult for inmates to receive books. Ann E. Marimow at the Washington Post reports: The restrictions were already in place in facilities in Virginia and California and were set to start this month at a prison in […]

Open carry was legal until armed Black Panthers protested

Photo: Walt Zeboski / Associated Press 1967 Then-Assemblyman Willie L. Brown Jr., D-San Francisco, center, talks to a Black Panther Party member May 3, 1967. They were protesting a bill before an Assembly committee restricting the carrying of loaded weapons in public. In 1966, it was legal to openly carry loaded firearms in California — […]

2018: The Year of the Executioner?

by Kevin Cooper San Quentin State Prison in California. (Flickr / CC 2.0) Editor’s note: Kevin Cooper was convicted of a 1983 quadruple murder and sentenced to death in a trial in which evidence that might have exonerated him was withheld from the defense. His case was scrutinized in a June 19 New York Times column by Nicholas […]

The Hidden History of How California Was Built on Genocide

  History professor Benjamin Madley has written the first comprehensive investigation of the catastrophe that befell California’s Indigenous population from 1846 to 1873: a catastrophe that was entirely man-made. An American Genocide catalogs the killing of tens of thousands of Native people during those years, and proves just how complicit the Californian and United States […]

Thanksgiving on Death Row

Free Me,” a painting by Kevin Cooper. (Kevin Cooper)   by Kevin Cooper Editor’s note: Kevin Cooper was convicted of a 1983 quadruple murder in a trial in which evidence that might have exonerated him was withheld from the defense. His case was scrutinized in a June 19 New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof. Visit savekevincooper.org for more information. DEATH […]

JUST — COME HOME!

JUST — COME HOME! by Political Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim When I was captured my daughter was two months in the womb. Her mother and I were both members of the Black Panther Party, the political party whose legacy, beyond the media-driven narrative of militancy, is responsible for today’s free breakfast program for children, Sickle Cell […]

the PLAN de SAN DIEGO

  PLAN OF SAN DIEGO. With the outbreak of revolution in northern Mexico in 1910, federal authorities and officials of the state of Texas feared that the violence and disorder might spill over into the Rio Grande valley. The Mexican and Mexican-American populations residing in the Valley far outnumbered the Anglo population. Many Valley residents […]