I was a slave working under the California Department of Correctionz

The prison industrial complex turned me into a valuable commodity. by Flores Forbes, Columbia University Associate Vice President for Policy and Program Implementation “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” […]

How to Reverse Incarceration in Louisiana: Thirteen Stepz to Stop Being First in Being Last

by Bill Quigley Louisiana is the world capital of incarceration, with more prisoners than China. Racial profiling is endemic, sentences are draconian, and jury decisions need not be unanimous. Not coincidentally, Louisiana has the worst record of providing its citizens with the means to defend themselves in court. “When people get constitutional defense they usually […]

New report revealz who payz for and who benefitz from mass incarceration

In a first-of-its-kind report, the Prison Policy Initiative aggregates economic data to offer a big picture view of who pays for and who benefits from mass incarceration. The report, Following the Money of Mass Incarceration, and infographic are a first step toward better understanding who benefits from mass incarceration and who might be resistant to […]

Prison Radio Kommentariez

Ok, Now What? (2:07) Kenneth Hartman The Magic of Black Music (3:25) Mumia Abu-Jamal For Dylann Roof: Life (2:02) Mumia Abu-Jamal What It All Means (1:35) Mumia Abu-Jamal Call to Action Iman Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin  (3:36) Khalfani Malik Khaldun Peace, Love and Joy (2:44) Lisa Strawn Water Crisis PA DOC (5:22) Bryant Arroyo Black Lives […]

Introducing Uncle Du, SF Bay View’z new comic strip!

by Ruben Beltran Thank you for the opportunity to share my work with an audience that will appreciate it. You had me there for a minute. When I opened the envelope and saw the samples I sent you along with my letter, my heart sank. I thought, “Oh, no! They didn’t like it.” Once I […]

White fear and the unbearable reality of Black perfection

by Jacqueline Bediako I ain’t gonna front – I shed tears when Trump and his minions were elected. It was the kind of crying that happens when your eyes get bloodshot and your veins pop out of your forehead. The impending doom that is a Trump presidency is the result of a white America unable […]

Understanding the Grim economikz of Incarcerated Labor

Incarcerated Labor: A Hellish Interview of Prison Labor Activst Azzurra Crispino https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https://soundcloud.com/this-is-hell/930azzuracrispino&color=CC3300&auto_play=false&show_user=false&show_artwork=true&visual=true Prison labor activist Azzurra Crispino explains how a nation-wide prison work stoppage revealed mass incarceration’s large-scale exploitation of incarcerated labor, and the brutal lengths the state will go to protect its interests – and calls for the public to embrace love in the […]

Open letter to Colin Kaepernick about Mumia Abu-Jamal

by Bob Mandel and Bob Wells Greetings Colin, We salute your courageous action protesting police brutality throughout the U.S. We are heartened to see others, including entire teams and athletes in different sports, joining you. Besides shooting Black people to death in the streets every day and every night, American law enforcement is seeking the […]

MASS INCARCERATION AND ITZ MYSTIFICATION: A REVIEW OF “THE 13TH”

DAN BERGER 13TH Directed by Ava DuVernay October 27, 2016 — This article was originally published by The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), and is reprinted here with permission. When prisoners in Alabama last spring proposed a national strike to protest “prison slavery,” they called out the infamous clause in the Thirteenth Amendment. The amendment […]