Sept. 2 hearing set as member of Angola Three seekz freedom, end to trialz in guard’z death NEW ORLEANS –  A federal appeals court in New Orleans has set arguments for Sept. 2 in the case of longtime Louisiana inmate Albert Woodfox. Woodfox is seeking freedom after decades of prison isolation — and an end to the state’s efforts to try him in the 1972 death of a prison guard. Woodfox’s […]

November 20, 2014: Albert’s Overturned Conviction Upheld in Unanimous Decision

n We are thrilled and honored to announce that just hours ago, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Brady’s 2013 ruling overturning Albert’s conviction for a third time in a 3-0, unanimous decision (View the official court ruling here.) Though the courts have finally ruled in the interest of justice, it may still […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Massaccre In Opelousas Date: Mon, 1868-09-28 On this date in 1868, the Opelousas massacre occurred. That city in Louisiana was the site where local Blacks lost their lives by violent whites (many of them Confederate veterans and prominent citizens). The slaughter started when three local whites beat up an 18-year old man named Emerson Bentley, […]

Angola Three inmate in longest solitary confinement seeking damagez in court

Albert Woodfox, on lockdown in a small cell for 40 years, now seeking legal permission to sue the Louisiana prison service Albert Woodfox (left) and Herman Wallace in Angola prison. (Photograph courtesy of Amnesty USA) Photograph: Amnesty USA       Albert Woodfox, on lockdown in a small cell for 40 years, now seeking legal […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

The “Mississippi Plan” begins Date: Tue, 1890-08-12 *On this date in 1890, The Mississippi Constitutional Convention began systematic exclusion of Blacks from the politics of South. The Mississippi Plan (Literacy and “understanding tests”) lasted until November 1st of that year and was later adopted with embellishments by other states: South Carolina (1895), Louisiana (1898), North […]

Shujaa Graham, The originz of “Black August” and Prison Movementz

  Download Podcast Shujaa Graham was born in Lake Providence, Louisiana, and grew up on a plantation in the segregated South of the 1950s. He moved to Southern California where he experienced the Watts Riots and police occupation and violence in his community. As a very young man, he spent much of it in juvenile […]

Louisiana Warden Considerz End to Inmate’z Solitary Confinement After More Than Three Decadez

  Black Panther Party affiliation threatens Angola prisoner Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore’s transfer ANGOLA, La.—A man who has spent 35 years in solitary confinement—one of the longest stints in a U.S. prison—may soon be released into the general inmate population. In an exclusive interview today outside the gates of the largest prison in America, Warden Burl […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

  Plessy v Ferguson begins Date: Tue, 1892-06-07 *On this date in 1892, a 30-year-old African American shoemaker named Homer Plessy was jailed for sitting in the “White” car of the East Louisiana Railroad. Plessy was only one-eighths Black and seven-eighths white, but under Louisiana law, he was categorized Black and therefore required to sit […]

A Modern Day Slave Plantation Still Existz, and It’z Thriving in the Heart of Amerika

  by Laura Dimon  It was 1972. Thousands of American troops were battling communist forces in Vietnam. Nixon had won re-election by a landslide, but Watergate would soon usher in his demise. Space travel and technology were advancing rapidly. Change was brewing across America, but one place stood still, frozen in time: Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly […]

Albert Woodfox: Justice Delayed, Justice Denied

Symbol of grotesque injustice: Albert Woodfox You’re busy and successful, the very embodiment of American culture, or perhaps you’re a single parent struggling to pay the bills and stay one step ahead. You’re up early to exercise or get the kids to school, you work hard all day, often into the night. If only there was […]