The link between capitalism and racism

by Kate Jeffreys We live in an age of racism. In Australia, the federal and Western Australian governments’ attempt to drive Aboriginal people in remote communities from their land is only the latest episode in the war on Indigenous people. In the United States, there is an epidemic of police slayings of predominantly Black young […]

Support these Komradez; OSP Hunger Strike Enters Third Week

Ten prisoners at OSP [Ohio State Penitentiary] have been on hunger strike since Monday March 16th. Supporters have been calling the prison and the legal services department at ODRC [Ohio Dept of Rehabilitation and Correction] central office with no discernable effect. The Warden and OSP staff refuse to take the hunger striking prisoners seriously. Unit […]

Ohio State Penitentiary Hunger Strike Enterz Second Week

On Monday March 16th, over 30 supermax prisoners at Ohio State Penitientiary went on hunger strike. Warden Jay Forshey and OSP staff are refusing to meet their demands or negotiate with them. Some of the hunger strikers have not even been met and consulted with regarding their demands. Eleven prisoners remain on hunger strike and […]

Prison closingz in Virginia mean worse conditionz for prisonerz

by Robert Machado Prisons are closing in Virginia. Officials say they can’t afford to keep them open. All the inmates needed to be out of Powhatan Correctional Center – not including receiving and medical because those will remain open – in Powhatan County, the Cold Springs Work Center in Augusta County, the White Post Diversion […]

Robert C. Fuentes, ‘poet, jailhouse lawyer and humanitarian in the hunger strikez,’ diez of CDCr medical neglect

by Mary Ratcliff Robert Fuentes was an award-winning poet and essayist. PEN America awarded him the Dawson Prize in fiction in the 2010 Prison Writing Contest for a piece titled “Lessons,” which is published at http://www.pen.org/fiction-short-story/lessons, and begins: “Well, I originally contemplated about trying to sugarcoat what I had to say; but in the end, […]

Pennsylvania hunger striker: I’m in search of a voice to help me bring light to our strugglez

by Andrew Stevenson I’m from SCI-Smithfield in Pennsylvania and I’m in search of a voice to help me bring light to the struggles that the inmates in this facility face. Now I’ve been on my hunger strike since June 11, 2014, and the reason for my hunger strike is policies being overlooked, harassment from COs […]

Largest hunger strike in history: California prisonerz speak out on first anniversary

  One year ago, on July 8, 2013, 30,000 California prisoners initiated the largest hunger strike the world has ever seen. Sixty days later, 40 prisoners, who had eaten nothing in all that time, agreed to suspend the strike when state legislators promised to hold hearings on ending solitary confinement, the heart of their demands. […]

The California Prison System Iz Cracking Down on “Obscene” Politikal Publicationz

  By Charlotte Silver San Quentin prison in Marin County, California. Photo via Flickr user Andrew Reid Wildman, Artist, Writer, Photographer In February 2013 a group of inmates in California’s Pelican Bay State Prison called for a statewide hunger strike to protest the widespread and sometimes capricious use of special housing units (SHUs, a burreaucratic […]

CDCr counterpunch: New rulez designed to silence prison protest

  by Mutope Duguma To all officers and personnel within the CDCr* who have not fully grasped the state of our affairs as it relates to the events of the last three years, in particular “those damn hunger strikes,” if I could read your mind, this is what I think I’d hear you say: We […]

Menard hunger strikerz’ message of solidarity with conscious captivez nationwide

  by Muntu Sua Ra Okito (Percell Hansberry) The Menard High Security Unit hunger strikers send a message of solidarity to the brothers of the struggle at Pelican Bay SHU, Ohio Supermax, the Georgia SMU hunger strikers and all prisoners of consciousness who refuse to bow down to state torture and systemic degradation up in […]