Slavery and Prison – Understanding the Connections

by Kim Gilmore “I’M BEGINNING TO BELIEVE THAT `U.S.A.’ STANDS FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED Slaves of America” (Esposito and Wood, 1982: 149), wrote a 20th-century prisoner from Mississippi in a letter detailing the daily violence he witnessed behind prison walls. His statement resounds with a long tradition of prisoners, particularly African-American prisoners, who have used the […]

September 9 Builds Peace and Solidarity

by MIM(Prisons) October 2018   permalink Reports from the September 9 Day of Peace and Solidarity are starting to come in. Comrades in prisons across the country commemorated the anniversary of the Attica uprising, building the movement and taking a stand against the criminal injustice system. This day of action was initiated in 2012 by a prisoner-led organization […]

Beyond Prisons — Episode 29: Kempis ‘Ghani’ Songster (Part 1)

  Kim Wilson interviews formerly incarcerated activist Kempis “Ghani” Songster in part one of Beyond Prisons episode 29. In 1987, at the age of 15, Ghani was imprisoned for homicide.  Despite his age, he was certified as an adult, convicted of first degree murder, and given a mandatory life sentence without parole, or what is […]

The National Prisons Strike Is Over. Now Is When Prisoners Are Most in Danger

The fact is that men and women behind bars are in most in danger in the days, weeks and months after they have dared to protest  by  Heather Ann Thompson  , andrewmedina/iStock/Getty Images Plus Over the last few weeks men and women across the United States – and even as far away as Nova Scotia, […]

Plausible deniability and sinister bigotry ​inside ​Texas prisons

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington “The white cop in the ghetto is as ignorant as he is frightened, and his entire concept of police work is to cow the natives. He is not compelled to answer to these natives for anything he does; he knows that he will be protected by his brothers, who will allow […]

Six powerful documentaries about race and criminal justice

FILM & TVLISTS Put all of these on your watch list 12September 2018 Text Declan Rhys Massicott This autumn brings with it a host of films exploring the relationship between black people and law enforcement. In October, there’s certain to be a lot of hype around the major young adult feature film The Hate U Give, starring Amandla Stenberg and Issa […]

Incarcerated People Stage Strikes Nationwide

Strikers say meager wages and sentencing laws that target people of color amount to modern day slavery. by  Alfonso Serrano Incarcerated people will stage strikes in prison across the U.S. from August 21 to September 9 to force comprehensive prison reform. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images SHARE     Starting today (August 21), incarcerated people across the […]

The bravery of the Soledad Brothers, jailed black activists charged with murder of white prison guard

-photo-freedomarchives- On January 16, 1970, three inmates in California’s Soledad Prison, Fleeta Drumago, George Jackson and John Clutchette, were charged with the murder of a white prison guard, John Vincent Mills and became known as the Soledad Brothers. Prior to their joint charges, the Soledad brothers had spent time in prison on separate charges of burglary […]

Comrade Malik Speaks: Retaliation & Repression in a South Texas Prison

“Any kind of act that’s designed to delay or deprive you and me, right now, of getting full rights, that’s the government that’s responsible. And any time you find the government involved in a conspiracy to violate the citizenship or civil rights of a people in 1964 [or 2018!–Malik] then you are wasting your time […]

Press Release: New Prisoner Audio Confirms Humanitarian Crisis at Stillwater Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8.13.18 Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, tc.iwoc@gmail.com Contact: Joanna Nuñez 702-588-9882 New Prisoner Audio Confirms Humanitarian Crisis at Stillwater Prison: Prisoners and Families Demand An End to the Lockdown The lockdown at Stillwater Prison is now in its 27th day. As families and prisoners demand an end to the lockdown the […]