Mumia: CIA = Crime All the Time

“The CIA, the executive hand of the president, has been involved deeply in every crime known to man,” said America’s best known political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. The agency commits thousands of crimes every day, but is immune from prosecution under the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2001. “That’s American […]

How They Police vs. What They Police: Reflectionz on Ferguson, Race, and “the Rule of Law”

By Paul Street How Throughout its coverage of the drama sparked by the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, US corporate media has framed the basic racial issue at stake as how police carry out their tasks: how they police.  The issue is not minor. How cops do their jobs is a serious […]

Solidarity had the might to move the mountain of prison torture that kept uz isolated and voiceless – we still need you now, even more

by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa and Jabari Scott CDCR deliberately lied about their implementation of the Security Threat Group (STG) Step Down Program (SDP) sanctioned by Gov. Jerry Brown. We prisoners, the Prisoner Human Rights Movement (PHRM), all our supporters, all state legislators and all citizens of California are being lied to and manipulated by Gov. […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

  Date: Tue, 1845-04-29 *It was on this date in 1845, Macon B. Allen and Robert Morris Jr. contracted their law firm and became the first Blacks to practice law in America. They opened their practice on May 3rd of that year in Massachusetts. Reference: Black First: 2,000 years of extraordinary achievement by Jessie Carney […]

End the Prison-Industrial Complex

               There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison — deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation and so on — but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. If that doesn’t trouble you, it should. […]

Scientistz call solitary confinement ‘damaging and unnecessary’

By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News, Chicago Robert King now campaigns against the use of isolation practices “To this day, I find it difficult to associate myself with my surroundings. My terrain, my geography is way off,” says Robert King. “It is off to the point where I get lost even when I am […]

A closer look at ‘crime’

by Asar Imhotep Amen aka Troy Thomas I do not accept the common usage of the term “crime.” Why? Crime is not solely the violation of legal codes. It encompasses behavior that violates human rights. But beyond the legal understandings, crime shatters relationships, both social – including political and economic – and interpersonal. Asar Imhotep […]

Blog #24: The Parole Travesty

By Juan Rogers,       President of the Attica Lifers Organization It is easy      to forget how America, with all of its faults, is still an exceptional      country, governed by laws        for the people and to some extent by the people.      Even those who commit crimes, and find themselves on the receiving end      of retributive punishment, […]

The Origins of Our Police State

Illustration by Mr. Fish By Chris Hedges ELIZABETH, N.J.—JaQuan LaPierre, 22, was riding a bicycle down a sidewalk Sept. 5 when he noticed a squad car pulling up beside him. It was 8:30 on a hot Thursday night at the intersection of Bond Street and Jackson Avenue here in Elizabeth, N.J. LaPierre had 10 glass […]