Dismantle the Pipeline: A Review of Susan Anglada Bartley’s “A Different Vision: A Revolution Against Racism in Public Education” (Luminare Press)

School was always a breeze for me. “Correct English” came naturally–it was the way people spoke at home. As for social studies, I was well-versed in the mythology of American democracy that masqueraded as “history.” My parents instilled confidence that I could excel at science and math, which they saw as a career path for […]

Beyond Prisons — Episode 25: Fight Toxic Prisons

https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/force-cdn/highwinds/beyondprison/Beyond_Prisons_-_Fight_Toxic_Prisons.mp3 Panagioti Tsolkas, an organizer with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons, joins the Beyond Prisons podcast for a discussion of prison ecology and the intersection between the criminal legal system and the environment. We talk about how his organization came into existence and he gives us some examples of issues they’re working on in […]

The Case for Delegitimizing the Police

by  William C. Anderson The Case for Delegitimizing the Police “Once you come to understand the institution’s ties to white supremacy, it becomes clear the system is toxic and cannot be fixed.” The institution of policing doesn’t deserve the unquestioned authority and purpose people give it in the United States. Fraud, corruption, and violence are […]

LOUISIANA PRISONERS DEMAND AN END TO ‘MODERN-DAY SLAVERY’

People incarcerated at Angola want opportunities for education instead of hard labor in the fields. On May 8, a group of prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary refused to perform the field labor they are compelled to do for virtually no pay. The prison, commonly known as Angola, stands on the site of a former […]

Electronic Monitors: How Companies Dream of Locking Us in Our Homes

Eighteen-month-old Anibal Jurado, waiting with members of the Mountain View Friends Meeting and the Sanctuary collation while his mother Ingrid Encalada Latorre has her ankle monitor fitted and activated at BI Incorporated in Greenwood Village so she can live with her family during her stay of deportation. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty […]

Taking Freedom: Modern-Day Slavery in Amerika’s Prison Workforce

  by BETH SCHWARTZAPFEL Proponents of prisoners’ and workers’ rights point to a push by the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, to “improve and expand federal prison industries” in several states. Known for its “model laws” crafted in partnership between extreme right-wing legislators and powerful corporations, ALEC drafted the 1995 Texas Prison Industries Act, which […]

Black Panther: The Revolution will never be televised(Spoiler review)

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The Sinister Psychology behind Incarceration

Originally, the punishment for committing a crime comes by a conscious nature and as a result of peer pressure and the public violation of social norms. Stealing resulted in the criminal working off the debt and hopefully learning a hard lesson. Assault on someone got the “eye for an eye” treatment, and murder ended in […]

Thanksgiving on Death Row

Free Me,” a painting by Kevin Cooper. (Kevin Cooper)   by Kevin Cooper Editor’s note: Kevin Cooper was convicted of a 1983 quadruple murder in a trial in which evidence that might have exonerated him was withheld from the defense. His case was scrutinized in a June 19 New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof. Visit savekevincooper.org for more information. DEATH […]

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 […]