Juneteenth: A Celebration and Commitment to Fight for Liberation

Fri. June 23rd at 7:30 PM 2936 W. 8th Street in Los Angeles More than 150 years ago the 13th amendment, although not all at once, broke the shackles of slavery that clutched at the ankles of Black people. Since then, June 19th has rightfully been a cause for celebration, inspiring numerous festivals and parades […]

The downstream effect of 35 years of jail growth? A state prison boom

by Joshua Aiken  In our most recent report, Era of Mass Expansion, we argued that state lawmakers need to pay attention to local jails: the U.S. jail population has tripled over the last three decades almost entirely because local justice systems have increasingly detained people who are legally innocent but too poor to make bail. […]

Support the Hunger Strike of California Folsom Prisoners

Folsom Prison. Update: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network issued a statement on June 1 in support of the Folsom prisoners’ hunger strike. The strike began on May 25, reportedly with 59 prisoners of different races/nationalities participating. The statement said in part that “Samidoun expresses its strongest support for the strikers and their demands, and for […]

Amerika’s Toxic Prisons: The Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration

This collaborative feature by Truthout and Earth Island Journal is supported by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism. It will be followed by a series of online investigative reports on the environment and mass incarceration. Candice Bernd, Zoe Loftus-Farren and Maureen Nandini Mitra Truthout and Earth Island Journal Keith Cole is the lead […]

AMERIKA’S TOXIC PRISONS THE ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICES OF MASS INCARCERATION

By Candice Bernd, Zoe Loftus-Farren, and Maureen Nandini Mitra A special report by Earth Island Journal and Truthout MATTHEW MORGENSTERN IS CONVINCED his Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by exposure to toxic coal ash from the massive dump right across the road from SCI Fayette, a maximum-security prison in LaBelle, Pennsylvania, where he is currently serving a […]

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: On Locking up Our Own

If anyone doubted Black Americans still today suffer unfairly from incarceration rates and other horrific inequities out of all proportion to their numbers in the population, the case was closed by Michelle Alexander in her masterly The New Jim Crow (2010). Comes now James Forman Jr., to argue convincingly that key sections of the black […]

The Pedagogy of Hip Hop: Underground Soundtracks for Dissecting & Confronting the Power Structure

Disclaimer: The language expressed in this article is an uncensored reflection of the views of the artists as they so chose to speak and express themselves. Censoring their words would do injustice to the freedom of expression and political content this article intends to explore. Therefore, some of the language appearing below may be offensive […]

Prison Radio Kommentariez

The Court and the Contract (3:45) Mumia Abu-JamalEducated in Hell: The Imprisonment of Lorenzo Cat Johnson (3:03) Mumia Abu-Jamal Mumia’s 63rd Birthday- Sputnik News Interview (37:09) Ft. Ramona Africa, Dr. Anthony Moteiro, Noelle Hanrahan Message to Temple Students (3:09) Mumia Abu-Jamal Is The Religious Political? (9:52) Mumia Abu-Jamal Weapons of Deflection (1:53) Mumia Abu-Jamal A Beginning […]

Support Robert Seth Hayes – Hallmark Doesn’t Make the Birthday Card that I Need

Author: Crystal M. Hayes, MSW – 4/20/2017 I turn 47 years-old in a short couple of weeks and Hallmark doesn’t make the birthday card that I need. I will likely celebrate my birthday the same way I have for most of my life, particularly in recent years. I will wake up — God willing. I […]

‘Locking Up Our Own,’ What Led to Mass Incarceration of Black Men

By JENNIFER SENIOR  A police captain in Washington hangs a recruiting poster announcing police examinations to be given in predominantly black neighborhoods in 1968. CreditD.C. Public Library LOCKING UP OUR OWN Crime and Punishment in Black America By James Forman Jr. Illustrated. 306 pages. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. $27. James Forman Jr. divides his superb […]