Prisonerz and Politikz: from the San Quentin Six to Pelican Bay

September 23 – 518 Valencia Street – 7:30p California holds more prisoners than any other state while the U.S. incarcerates far more people than anywhere else on earth. During the 1960s and 1970s a political movement erupted among the imprisoned—Dan Berger’s new book Captive Nation takes us through that political history. We welcome Luis “Bato” […]

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 […]

Do You Pay a ‘Prohibition Premium’ for Marijuana Where You Live?

There are huge variations in pot prices depending on where you live, and what the laws are. By Phillip Smith August 11, 2015 Photo Credit: Carin The western US has marijuana legalization in four states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—as well as legal medical marijuana in a number more, including California, with the most wide-open […]

Black Panther cub on new era of civil action

What I remember most viscerally is the fear. It had been almost four hours, and I couldn’t get the handcuffs off. The lights in the underground subway station were flickering, and I had an almost phobic fear of the dark. The white cop who had cuffed me to the gate inside the subway station was […]

Black August: Beyond 34 yearz of resistance

August 9, 2013 by Shaka At-thinnen When the concept of Black August manifested in 1979, many thought it was simply a focus group protest growing out of the avoidable death of Khatari Gaulden on Aug. 1, 1978, in the San Quentin prison infirmary. Survival for Africans in California’s prison population of 20,000 inmates had to […]

Do Prosecutorz Have an Unfair Advantage in Our Criminal Justice System?

Reagan-appointed judge questions fairness of criminal-justice system by Steven Greenhut One of California’s most prominent federal judges, Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit court of appeals, has sparked a nationwide debate about the state of the nation’s criminal-justice system with a recent 42-page jeremiad in the Georgetown Law Review. The article depicts a system that tilts […]

California iz not for rich people only! First Nation, Black, Brown and poor people stand together to take the state back for the people

by Tiny, daughter of Dee, POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE “Of course they don’t care if our laundromats and hardware stores are closed to make way for condos. These tech millionaires don’t do their own laundry or fix their own apartments,” said Patricia Kernan, one of many elders and children who spoke outside the San Francisco District […]

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 […]

A village cannot be built in a jail: Why gender responsive iz not gender justice

by Misty Rojo of Justice Now and California Coalition for Women Prisoners The issue of “gender responsiveness” as an excuse to open more prisons has been rearing its ugly head lately with the expansion of CDCR’s supposed “reentry hubs” and “community based facilities,” totaling 4,090 new beds altogether. Yet one woman in the new Female […]