the “Snow Riot”

In 1835 Washington discovered Francis Scott Key, author of the national anthem, had a thing or two to learn about freedom By Jefferson Morley Sunday, February 6, 2005; Page W14 THE LAMPLIGHTER CAME AROUND AT DUSK. With his long flaming pole poked skyward, he sparked the bowls of oil atop the fluted posts around Lafayette Square. […]

Know your rights when stopped by police

by Tim Lynch The Constitution is the law of the land, yet people can get arrested for invoking their legal rights. (Photo: Screenshot, YouTube)   Most people don’t know how to handle themselves during a police encounter. They know they have constitutional rights, but they also know that they can get into trouble by disobeying an officer. Not […]

Prison censors don’t like Uncle Du: Creators Ruben and Mandu respond

by Emmanuel ‘Mandu Ra’ Johnson First and foremost, I want to send my highest and utmost respects to the Bay View for going so hard for those of us who are extremely oppressed by the racist policies and institutions within this hateful nation we were forced to live in. These pilgrims dragged our ancestors out […]

From Cop to Anti-Imperialist

by an Alabama prisoner                  permalink I recently received my first issue of Under Lock & Key (52). I must say that your cause is a noble one. From 2009 to 2013 I was a police officer with the Birmingham Police Department here in Alabama. I got into […]

California teacher’z lesson plan on equality: ‘If you hang one black person, hang them all’

by Thandisizwe Chimurenga   The problem with this picture is that there should be more black people hanging, not less.   President-(s)elect Donald Trump hasn’t assumed office yet, but legions of racist assholes throughout the country have been emboldened by his win and have made their way into the light of day. One of them is in […]

Constitutionally, Slavery Iz Indeed a National Institution

Whether or not the words “slave” or “slavery” appear in the text of the Constitution, they dominate its spirit. Slavery profoundly altered the four months of Constitutional debate with respect to how slaves would be counted for apportionment, how often the census would be taken, how a president would be elected. By the time the […]

The Civil War: Lessonz for today’z struggle

By Sam Marcy Below are excerpts from the book “The Klan and the Government: Foes or Allies?” written in 1983 by Sam Marcy, the founder of Workers World Party. The entire book can be read online at In the Civil War in the U.S., the bourgeois democratic revolution was aborted. It did result in […]

Prison Radio Kommentariez

“Interview w/ Amy Goodman on Democracy Now” (13:42) Mumia Abu-Jamal Listen “Mexico State of Corruption: State of Terror” (3:26) Mumia Abu-Jamal Listen “The Dallas Six”  (2:38) Mumia Abu-Jamal Listen “Midterms in American (2:23) Mumia Abu-Jamal Listen “Who Wins and Who Loses” (1:39) Mumia Abu-Jamal Listen “Pennsylvania and the Constitution” (2:13) Mumia Abu-Jamal Listen “Fear Nation”  (3:03) Mumia Abu-Jamal […]

The Black Panther Party Revisited

The following was written by North American Executive Board member Barbara Sostaita.  I have previously written about the lack of diversity within the libertarian movement. Libertarianism as a boy’s club for white middle-class to upper-class men is the number one thing holding us back from capturing the hearts and minds of our communities. So, in […]

Why Can’t California Get Prison Healthcare Right?

J. Clark Kelso, the federally court-appointed receiver, outside of Folsom State Prison. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) To considerable embarrassment, no doubt, in the Brown-Beard administration, admissions to California’s newest prison near Stockton California were halted February 5 by the court-appointed healthcare receiver, law professor Clark Kelso. The prison, the first new facility in a decade, is […]