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 […]

CALIFORNIA: Challenges and Reports

by MIM(Prisons)                              permalink The decentralization of the prison population in California has helped make the voices of the oppressed harder to get out, as county jails step up repression in face of growing prisoner populations. At the Martinez Detention Facility in the […]

Here’z what really happenz after a state fully legalizez marijuana (Detailz)

Legal marijuana is the best thing to happen to the economy. If you don’t believe that, take a look at the hard numbers. As it stands right now, eight states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington state) and Washington, DC have laws on the books legalizing marijuana for recreational use. California, Maine, […]

Prison strikez’ financial impact in Kalifornia

by Yvonne Yen Liu, Solidarity Research Center Sept. 9, 2016, was the start of the largest prison strike in U.S. history. Over 72,000 incarcerated workers in 22 states refused to provide their labor to profit the prison industrial complex. California forces 5,588 incarcerated workers to labor in exchange for little or no compensation.[i] Another 4,000 […]

Warning issued for prison guardz, officerz about possible attackz from ‘Black Guerilla Family’ (BGF)

http://abc7news.com/video/embed/?pid=1456301 SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Jerry Elster as a former member of BGF. We regret the error. He currently works as the Healing Justice Coordinator for American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization devoted to service, development and peace programs throughout the world. An urgent bulletin […]

California’z Dangerouz Potential New Death Penalty Initiative

California’s death chamber At a time when more inmates on death row die from suicide than execution, the Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act could cement California as the new death belt. 31 years ago, Kevin Cooper was sentenced to death by a California court for the brutal murder of 4 people in a ranch […]

Solitary Confinement

Perhaps the single most barbaric aspect of mass incarceration in California is the cruel practice of assigning inmates to solitary confinement. This practice, affecting as many as 6,000 inmates at any given time, has been judged inhumane and unacceptable by human rights experts. The cruelty of the practice is underscored by its arbitrariness: people are […]