Statement on Immigration by Politikal Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim

ICE and Homeland Security are targeting immigrants at work, on their jobs, in court buildings, schools and Immigration Offices, and on the border, which reminds me of Kristallnacht, broken glass and Germany’s rounding up of Jews, sending them to concentration camps. It also reminds me of when the U.S. was rounding up the Japanese in […]

Black Eyed Peas – Street Livin’

We have the POWER to make change together: http://BlackEyedPeas.com/StreetLivin Prison Industrial Complex. Immigration. Gun Violence. Police Brutality. These issues are critical for our families, friends, communities, and world. Stay Woke, Take Action Now. For more information on these issues, please visit: http://baji.org/ http://communityjusticerc.org/ http://www.livefreeusa.org/ http://schoolsnotprisons.vote/ http://www.gatheringforjustice.org/ https://unitedwedream.org/ http://hiphopcaucus.org/ http://iamangelfoundation.org/

Free All the Politikal Prisoners

By Zolo Agono Azania I was introduced to Zolo Azania some twenty years ago through his artwork – striking portraits of Harriet Tubman, Malcom X and Emmet Till, artwork that reflected Zolo’s deep commitment to the Black freedom struggle – exhibited at the Autonomous Zone, a storefront operated by a small group of socially conscious anarchists […]

The Rise of Incarceration in Los Angeles: An Interview with Kelly Lytle Hernandez

By Erica Sterling In today’s post, Erica Sterling, a PhD student in the Department of History at Harvard University, interviews Kelly Lytle Hernandez about her new book City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Hernandez is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Ralph J. Bunche […]

FREE SPEECH THE OLDEST, WHITEST MAGIC TRICK

In the name of free speech, let’s get real. The ACLU defended the civil rights of Nazis in 1934 and their argument remains the same: The basic right to free speech must be defended even if the words spoken (and the speaker) are despicable. When the ACLU finally decided that they wouldn’t represent armed hate groups, it felt […]

The Poetic Address to the Nation

  The Poetic Address to the Nation was an event that brought together poets to speak out and against the current administration. The event featured poets Cam Awkward, Guillermo Gomez Peña, Michelle ‘Mush’ Lee, Chinaka Hodge, and many others to share pieces from immigration, to trans violence, to activism. Making Contact is broadcasting an abridged version […]

The Prison State of Amerika

by Chris Hedges Prisons employ and exploit the ideal worker. Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are not paid for sick days or granted vacations. They cannot formally complain about working conditions or safety hazards. If […]

Nigerianz are Flocking to Work in Texas Prisonz

An immigration trend changes the face of corrections By Maurice Chammah John Okperuvwe flew from Lagos, Nigeria, to Boston in September 2008 after winning a visa through a lottery run by the U.S. State Department. He spent three days in Boston with a friend, and then moved to Los Angeles, where he knew a pastor […]

A Graphic Novel Illustratez the Architecture of Immigration Detention

by Victoria Law In the United States, a Congressional mandate requires that approximately Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fill 32,000 beds in immigration detention facilities every day. In Canada, nearly 100,000 people have been detained since 2006. But for most North Americans, these massive detention facilities are largely invisible. That’s by design. The physical architecture […]

A Reflection of Our Barbarity: Jailing Immigrant Motherz and Babiez

By Sonali Kolhatkar   A Spanish and English welcome sign in a secured entrance area at the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. (AP / Eric Gay) Hundreds of undocumented families who have fled from poverty, violence and organized crime in Central American countries including Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are locked up […]