It’s a wonderful life – is it?

by Shai Alkebu-Lan Soledad, Calif. – Have you ever seen the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring actor Jimmy Stewart? He played the character George Bailey. What I remember most was the epic line by George Bailey, who urged the members of the “Building and Loan” (i.e. an old Housing and Urban Development HUD dinosaur […]

Folsom hunger strike begins today, May 25 – your support is needed

by Anthony Estrada via a family member On May 16, inmates at Old Folsom State Prison made contact with the outside world to announce that they will begin a hunger strike on May 25. This announcement comes in response to ongoing mistreatment, dehumanization and unbearable living conditions at Old Folsom. Hunger strikes are a last […]

Sitawa: Exiting solitary confinement – and the gamez CDCr playz

by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa It is very important that you all clearly understand the depth of human torture to which I was subjected for 30-plus years by CDCr and CCPOA.* The torture was directed at me and similarly situated women and men prisoners held in Cali­fornia’s solitary confinement locations throughout CDCr, with the approval and […]

Censoring the Bay View showz how much master fearz a revolt

by Malcolme Morgan Before the hunger strikes and the Ashker settlement ended indefinite solitary confinement in California and released nearly everyone from solitary into general population, artists in solitary played a major role in the movement. This is by one of the best and most prolific. – Art: Michael D. Russell, C-90473, HDSP D3-20, P.O. […]

Unity between racez iz going strong; be proud of yourselvez!

by Kendra Castaneda Perez The End of Hostilities between races within the California prison system went into effect in 2012. Since that time, I am amazed at how the different races have worked diligently to unify with one another despite a few little hickups here and there. I want to remind those men within the […]

We must leave the cropz in the field

by Anthony Robinson Jr. “One of the gravest obstacles to the achievement of liberation is that oppressive reality absorbs those within it and thereby acts to submerge human beings’ consciousness. Functionally, oppression is domesticating.” – Paulo Freire, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” The mass of prisoners have become domesticated by the paternal instincts of the rules […]

Amplify the voicez these prisonz try to silence: Fight censorship from California to Pennsylvania

Pack the courtroom for the hearing on Abu-Jamal v. Kane, challenging Prisoner Gag Law SB 508, on Thursday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m., in U.S. Courthouse, 228 Walnut St., Courtroom 2, Harrisburg, Penn. by Willow Katz “(T)he only recourse for those who demand accountability and the rule of law in the justice system is to amplify […]

Bringing the truth to light: Sunlight deprivation at San Quentin

by Robert Frazier A recent study concluded that even a moderate deficiency of Vitamin D results in a 53 percent increased chance of developing dementia. The most abundant source of Vitamin D is a chemical reaction which occurs when our skin is exposed to direct sunlight. However, true to form, California’s mad scientists conducting the […]

A New Year’z call to action for the prisoner class: Support the Bay View

by Uhuru Baraka-Rowe 2015 is right around the corner. For those of us locked down behind enemy lines, what will our New Year’s resolution be this time around: Stop smoking? Eat healthier? Exercise more? Here’s an idea: for the entire month of January 2015 let’s donate money to the Bay View. At a time when […]

CDCR’z new con game to undermine our class action suit

by Randall ‘Sondai’ Ellis In order to successfully advance in each step of CDCR’s newly enacted Step Down Program (SDP), prisoners are expected to fill out and complete a series of thought policing or brainwashing workbooks. One such workbook is entitled “The Con Game” and purports to elucidate for the prisoner via “self-directed journaling” the […]