It’s not mass incarceration, but slavery

Speech delivered at the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March Aug. 19, 2017, in Washington, D.C. We asked, or the organizers asked the people here today as representatives to speak a little bit about the 13th Amendment. Some of them got up here and told us how none of this is gonna work. Some of […]

The United States is a Racist Monument, Tear it Down!

by Danny Haiphong 13 Sep 2017 The United States is a Racist Monument, Tear it Down!   The United States is a Racist Monument, Tear it Down! “Prisons in the US are monuments that enforce terror against oppressed people.” Much attention has been given to the Confederate monuments that have been taken down by activists across the United States, beginning in Charlottesville, VA. Confederate monuments harken […]

The parallel epidemics of incarceration & HIV in the Deep South

In this week’s newsletter we take a public health approach to mass incarceration, examining how disparities in HIV rates overlap with inequalities in our criminal justice system. by Emily Widra In a New York Times Magazine article published in June 2017, journalist Linda Villarosa highlighted the “hidden HIV epidemic” among Black gay and bisexual men in the Deep […]

Workers Behind Bars: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration

September 1, 2017 by  Chris Costello In the era of neoliberalism, the institution of private prison is the subject of much debate. Proponents argue that the system is a cost-effective option. It allows the government to conserve tax dollars and allows cash-starved states to reallocate the funds. However, these assertions run counter to the vast […]

Tear Down Those Prison Walls

In an essay for Prison Radio, Pennsylvania political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal said the U.S. has created “a nation of millions in chains” — a “Prison Nation fueled by the politics of fear.” Prison abolition, he said, “is a question that is now right on time for us all.” source: Tear Down Those Prison Walls

Albert Woodfox and Laura Whitehorn on Mass (Politikal) Imprisonment

During the August 19, 2017 Millions for Prisoners March in Washington, D.C. we caught up briefly with two formerly-held political prisoners, Albert Woodfoxand Laura Whitehorn. They shared a bit about themselves, why such gatherings are important and why we need to continue to struggle against mass incarceration. source: Albert Woodfox and Laura Whitehorn on Mass (Political) Imprisonment

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Attorney Talks of New Movement in Activist’s Case

by Emily Wells A new front may be emerging in the fight to free African-American political activist and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in 1982 of the murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. The fatal shooting of Faulkner happened in the early hours of Dec. 9, 1981, during a confrontation, witnessed by Abu-Jamal, between […]

On Dec. 6, 1865, Black bodies were nationalized – and our prison movement was born

Part II: Campaign to Redistribute the Pain 2018 by Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun, formerly known as Melvin Ray, Free Alabama Movement As I write this article, I am not sure what day the Civil War began or what day it ended. The facts that I do know about the Civil War are not worth repeating here, […]

Black August and the Unmasking of the US Police State

  “The reason you call the police is because you’re in a police state.” – Dhoruba bin-Wahad “Before our eyes and ears, a ‘web of business relationships that now defines America’s media and culture’ has one particular business raking in billions of dollars while another defines the culture of a specific demographic as criminal.” – […]

The Criminalized Majority

by Dan Berger and David Stein Image: MGN “Everyone should go to jail, say, once every ten years,” opined novelist and poet Jesse Ball in a recent LA Times article. It may seem like Swiftian satire, but Ball’s proposal is earnest. Addressed “to a nation of jailers,” he argues that a brief but regular stint in […]