43 Yearz & Still In

by Herman Bell 43 YEARS AND STILL IN I’ve lived in this cell longer than I’ve lived on the streets.  Its metal locker where I keep my food from the mice, the toilet and face bowl, the bed, the floor, the cell bars and metal clothes rack all have come to know some part of […]

Against racism, for hope and healing, support Coyote and hiz family az he returnz to jail

The Bay View met Coyote years ago when he was locked up in Nevada and sent us one of his brilliant commentaries on the evils of imprisonment. We rejoiced with him when he was released and ask readers to support him now as he’s locked up for doing the right thing. Donate what you can […]

NOIR READZ’ BOOK SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE DELIVERZ BLACK LITERATURE TO YOUR FRONT DOOR

Noir Reads is a literature subscription service that offers a simple way of accessing and reading books written by black writers. The service was created by Derick Brewer and Zellie Imani with the hopes of exposing readers to authors who aren’t white men. And at the same time, amplify the often overlooked stories and narratives […]

How Albert Woodfox Survived Solitary

As one of the Angola 3, he was in isolation longer than any other American. Then he came home to face his future. by  Rachel Aviv “What does it feel like to be free?” Woodfox asked. “How do you want me to know how it feels to be free?”Photograph by Mark Hartman for The New […]

They Want that New New World

CARINA DEL VALLE SCHORSKE “Africans Thrown Overboard from a Slave Ship, Brazil, ca. 1830s,” The Liberator, January 7, 1832. Courtesy of  slaveryimages.org. She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks M. NourbeSe Philip Wesleyan University Press, $15.95 (paper) Documenting your own past becomes a political and spiritual imperative when established institutions are not doing it […]

Message from Dr. Mutulu Shakur regarding hiz clemency appeal

To all who have carried my burden in 2016 I’m humbly grateful. Allah knows it hasn’t been easy. You’ve taken time of your lives and your family’s. I don’t know how I would come to this point without you. The struggle for freedom under any circumstances, is an arduous task and I do not take […]

Black Pantherz at 50: Reflectionz on their legacy

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, founded in Oakland, California. I went to the Oakland Museum of California to see the exhibit “All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50” and it got me to reflect on how the Panthers and other movements of that era affected […]

Prison Radio Korrespondent Kevin “Rashid” Johnson Gassed

You are the reason that our correspondents can write, draw and record. When prisoners are putting their lives on the line, you respond. Just this week, artist, activist and Prison Radio correspondent Kevin “Rashid” Johnson was sprayed with mace and attacked while handcuffed behind his back by cops at the Clements Unit in the TDCJ […]

Sitawa: Exiting solitary confinement – and the gamez CDCr playz

by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa It is very important that you all clearly understand the depth of human torture to which I was subjected for 30-plus years by CDCr and CCPOA.* The torture was directed at me and similarly situated women and men prisoners held in Cali­fornia’s solitary confinement locations throughout CDCr, with the approval and […]