The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights!

  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights! source:  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights  at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights! The post-WW II promise of human rights was a compact meant for white people only,but a People-Centered Human Rights framework seeks global liberation and transformation. “If human rights […]

THE ROOT OF AMERIKA’S OVER-USE OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENTS IN PRISON — AND HOW REFORM CAN HAPPEN

Tens of thousands of prisoners across the United States spend months, years – and sometimes decades – locked alone in windowless concrete rooms the size of wheelchair accessible bathroom stalls for at least 23 hours a day, seven days a week. Prison officials, not judges or juries, decide both which prisoners end up in solitary […]

How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control

‘Freeing a Slave from the Slave Stick Jamaica’ circa 1876. From the International Mission Photography Archive, University of Edinburgh. Courtesy USC Digital Library It is no surprise that the whip is synonymous with New World slavery: its continual crack remained an audible threat to enslaved workers to keep at their work, reminding them that their lives and bodies were […]

DRC: The boy soldiers and girl brides of war-torn North Kivu

DRC is one of the most complex humanitarian crises on the planet, but has less than 30 percent of the funding it needs Anita,16, was kidnapped and forced to marry a fighter when she was 15. Despite his promise of a dowry, she and her family received nothing. She was given little food and was […]

South Carolina prisoners: Society turns people into criminals

PART 6 By Jared Ware posted on September 22, 2018   Jared Ware conducted this interview after an April 15 rebellion at Lee Correctional Institution, a South Carolina maximum security prison. It was the deadliest prison uprising since the Lucasville Uprising on April 11-21, 1993. (Lucasville prison uprising 25th anniversary, Workers World) Individuals inside Lee who participated are identified […]

Afrikan-Amerikan suffrage: Voting rights and suppression

By Dolores Cox At the end of the U.S. Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th Reconstruction Amend­ments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified. In 1865, the 13th Amendment abolished “slavery and involuntary servitude” — except for people convicted of a crime. In 1868, the 14th Amendment granted citizenship to African Americans, albeit second-class citizenship. The […]

Jailers lock down striking prisoners

by Workers World staff   Thousands of prisoners across Pennsylvania have been confined to their cells since Aug. 29. That’s when the state’s Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel declared an indefinite lockdown of all facilities under his jurisdiction. The lockdown, which began just days into the National Prison Strike (Aug. 21 to Sept. 9) is the […]

Psychologists Say No to Torture

  Justin Norman / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Sometimes the good guys do win. That’s what happened on August 8th in San Francisco when the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) decided to extend a policy keeping its members out of the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The APA’s decision is important — and not […]

Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard

In commemoration of the Attica Uprising 47 years earlier, incarcerated organizers chose yesterday as the final day of the nearly three-week-long National Prison Strike that began on August 21. The … Source: Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard

Rally To Show Continuing Solidarity — The Four Prisoner Reps Will Be Present in Court August 21st

RALLY at the San Francisco Federal Courthouse while the four CA Prisoner Hunger Strike and Ashker Class Representatives ‘Meet and Confer’ with CDCr to address the continuing solitary conditions that violate the Ashker lawsuit settlement agreement. The four prisoner hunger strike representatives will be present in the courtroom, an historic presence!   Tuesday, August 21, 2018 RALLY 11:30am Phillip Burton Federal Building & U.S. […]