‘This is huge’: Black liberationist speaks out after her 40 years in prison

Exclusive: Debbie Sims Africa, the first freed member of a radical Philadelphia group many say were unjustly imprisoned, talks about reuniting with her son and defends the Move members still locked up: ‘We are peaceful people’  Debbie Sims Africa was 22 when she was sentenced. Her release is seen as a major breakthrough for those imprisoned […]

Prison records from 1800s Georgia show mass incarceration’s racially charged beginnings

A Georgia penitentiary in 1911. Library of Congress   Henry Minter was working as a farm laborer in Georgia in the 1870s when he met Mary Dotson, a young black servant girl. The couple never married – which would have been illegal at the time – but they stayed together until Henry’s death. Mary, who was left with […]

Black Power & White Welfare, Yesterday & Today

Reflections on Richard White’s The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 by  Howard Machtinger , Most of us–99% at least–must pay the other 1% by week or month or quarter for the privilege of staying here and working like slaves Henry George in his 1886 campaign […]

Black Panther Party 21 50th Anniversary- great event in Buffalo!

Please don’t miss amazing upcoming event! Sekou Odinga, dequi kioni-sadiki and Matt Meyer coming speaking about from Black Panther 21 to 21st Century Revolutions- The history of the Black Panther Party 21 from resistance and national and international movement building to COINTEL PRO, exile, mass incarceration, political prisoners and targeting of Black liberation and why […]

Mass Incarceration With No End?

by Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford Although US incarceration rates have been going down in recent years, at the current pace it would take 75 years to cut the prison population in half, according to Nazgol Ghandnoosh, of The Sentencing Project. Moreover, simply reducing the prison population does not address the system’s racial disparities and lack of […]

Academics In Cars #3: Dr. Natasha Pratt-Harris Talks Baltimore, Police Training and Ivory Towers

Dr. Natasha Pratt-Harris, the only Black woman from Baltimore, working in Baltimore as a Criminologist, was our guest academic in the car and took us for a ride around Baltimore discussing how her own history growing up there informs her current work. That work involves community engaged police training and work within and about the prison-industrial-complex.Academics In Cars […]

Mule Creek State Prison is run by white supremacists

by B.L. Thornton I observe the following:  is run by an organized gang of white supremacist custodial, medical and psychiatric staff and their unconscionable non-white accomplices. I shall only cite the following examples of the willful denial of medical treatment by MCSP medical staff, as they shall allow me to die if my life depends […]

Mass incarceration for profit: The dual impact of the 13th Amendment and the unresolved question of national oppression in the United States

African Americans remain the targets of a system of institutional racism and super-exploitation by Abayomi Azikiwe As the United States faces profound challenges in the areas of race relations, class exploitation, the rights of immigrants, women and other marginalized groups, the threat of world war and other potential calamities, it is of utmost necessity that those […]

Prisoner firefighters poisoned by Montecito mudslide – no forewarning

by Malcolme Morgan I was recently transferred from San Quentin State Prison to Oak Glen Conservation Camp, which is one of several chain gang facilities or “fire camps” in the state of California. Incarcerated firefighters save bureaucrats in California millions of dollars every year by performing the various odd jobs that nobody else wants to […]