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 […]

On u.s. political prisoners – Herman Bell

Your thoughtful words and warm greetings prompted me to express, as requested, a few thoughts on u.s. political prisoner (pp) support work and alternatives to incarceration. How do organizations work to support pps and simultaneously work to abolish the prison industrial complex?  First, it’s crucial that people are educated on u.s. political prisoners, and that […]

True rehabilitation will put prisons out of the slavery business

by Swift Justice Dear family, Thank you for being patient with my absence and the new method of my way in reaching out to you to discuss what we are attempting to accomplish. First and foremost, I thank God for giving us a platform to be heard to alleviate or mitigate the number of unheard […]

Watch Former PPOWs Sekou Odinga’s and Oscar Lopez Rivera’s Speeches at the Left Forum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8iexLVcAi8 Sekou’s speech starts at 51:25 on the video and he is immediately followed by Oscar.   Streaming live from Left Forum 2017 in NYC. Please share this livestream to Facebook. Also tune in for Session 1, Saturday 10 AM: Deep State 2.0: Against Anti-Semitism, but Critical of Zionism https://youtu.be/U9rCbWJOfVg Friday Opening Plenary: Challenging State […]

What’s hidden behind the walls of Amerika’s prisons

by Heather Ann Thompson Few Americans fully appreciate just how many of their fellow citizens are ensnared in the criminal justice system. Some may have heard that there are about 2.3 million people behind bars, but that figure tells only part of the story. Yes, in a stunning array of 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, […]

How black slaves were routinely sold as ‘specimens’ to ambitious white doctors

Used for whatever purpose. Slave by Shutterstock The history of human experimentation is as old as the practice of medicine and in the modern era has always targeted disadvantaged, marginalised, institutionalised, stigmatised and vulnerable populations: prisoners, the condemned, orphans, the mentally ill, students, the poor, women, the disabled, children, peoples of colour, indigenous peoples and […]