Why Black Lives Still Don’t Matter

Photo by All-Nite-Images via flickr   In 1956, Harrison Finley, a black man, was shot dead in front of his parents’ home in Washington, DC by police officers for purportedly resisting arrest— “a catch-all charge that covers practically everything from loud talking to necking”—according to a leading African-American newspaper at the time. He was a […]

5 Things History Books Won’t Tell You About the Young Lords’ Activism

by Raquel Reichard Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords was a Chicago street gang-turned-national political and social action organization fighting for the liberation, self-determination and justice of Puerto Ricans, Latinxs and Third World people in the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. The members were largely the children of Puerto Rican migrants, a growing population […]

How the Police Shooting of Botham Jean Disrupted Dallas’ Reputation for Reform

The brain-twisting shooting of a man inside his own apartment is yet another example of both police escalation and the flexibility often afforded cops who commit egregious acts. Amber Guyger, Botham Jean COURTESY/KAUFMAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, FACEBOOK Family and friends of Jordan Edwards cried tears of both joy and relief inside a Dallas County courtroom last […]

Liberation Theologies: Decolonizing the Masters’ Tool

by Gregory Stevens               A scene from the movie, The Birth of a Nation. On August 21st, 1831 Baptist preacher, Nat Turner, lead one of the largest slave insurrections in the history of the United States. In an explosion of prophetic and apocalyptic rage, Turner overthrew his legal owners ruling […]

Recy Taylor, who fought for justice after 1944 rape, dies

ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, died Thursday. She was 97. Taylor died in her sleep at a nursing home in Abbeville, her brother Robert Corbitt said. He said Taylor had been in good spirits the previous day and her […]

Che Guevara in the Congo

Credits; Jacobin by David Seddon  The idea of Guevara as a latter-day Don Quixote, setting out on his adventures to undo wrongs and bring justice to the world, and, despite a series of disastrous encounters, managing to survive with spirits undiminished until the very end, is one that appeals to the romantic in all those who see […]

Prison Radio Kommentaries

Loaded: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Takes Aim at 2nd Amendment (3:57) On historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s book about America’s obsession with the 2nd Amendment Mumia Abu-Jamal Rape Nation (3:01) Mumia speaks on the potential power for change led by women. Mumia Abu-Jamal Roy: Just a Good Ole Boy (2:19) A weigh-in on the implications of the Roy Moore scandal. […]

Losing direction: The abysmal history of mental health care at Pelican Bay State Prison

by Mariposa McCall From 2010-2011, while working as a contract psychiatrist for the California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation (CDCr) providing supportive therapy and medication management for San Quentin State Prison (SQSP) inmates, I was inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and reminded of our shared humanity. When I returned to CDCr in […]

Why isn’t ‘prison reform’ seeking an effective demand for change?

by Anthony Robinson “A criminal justice system is a mirror in which a whole society sees the darker outlines of its face. Our ideas of justice and evil take on visible form in it, and thus we see ourselves in deep relief.” – “The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison” by Jeffrey Reiman […]