Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard

In commemoration of the Attica Uprising 47 years earlier, incarcerated organizers chose yesterday as the final day of the nearly three-week-long National Prison Strike that began on August 21. The … Source: Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard Advertisements

The Next Step for Organized Labor? People in Prison

The Industrial Workers of the World is calling for a nationwide prison strike in September. By Mike Elk Inmates on the Gwinnett County, Georgia, work crew cut grass off Highway 124. (AP Photo / Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johnny Crawford) In the early 2000s, the small but militant Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) launched union drives […]

Who’z behind unpaid prison labor in Texas?

by Aaron Cantú Several of the officials charged with regulating Texas’s prison labor program, wherein thousands of workers behind bars are compelled to produce goods and provide services for free, are connected to some of the richest and most powerful institutions and people in the state. The Texas Board of Criminal Justice, which oversees Texas […]

At Ohio’z Supermax Prison, a Hunger Strike Endz But Extreme Isolation Remainz

Vaidya Gullapalli 0 Comments Last week, men incarcerated at Ohio’s supermax prison, the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, brought a month-long hunger strike to a close. Between 30 and 40 men had refused all meals since March 16 to protest new restrictions placed on already severely limited recreation and programming for those in solitary confinement. […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Ohio enacts “Black Laws” Enforcing Black laws (drawing) 1830 Date: Thu, 1804-01-05 On this date in 1804, “Black Laws” were enacted in the state of Ohio. The Congress of the Buckeye state became the first legislative body in the country to enact Black Laws, intended to restrict the rights of free blacks. Two groups supported […]

Lucasville vet: Refusing to snitch on men merely protesting inhumane prison conditionz cost me 27 yearz

by Edward Julious In light of the fact that Blacks here in Amerikkka are continually faced with racism, discrimination and a Jim Crow-style so-called justice system, I am truly invigorated when I read articles like Michelle Alexander’s “You Are True Heroes For Our Time” (December 2013 Bay View). I myself feel like, as a people, […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

In the African Story: On Aug 24th, 1854, the National Emigration Convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio, with some one hundred delegates. William C. Munroe of Michigan was elected president. Emigration is the act of leaving one’s country or region with the intent to settle permanently in another. Related articles Engaging with our diaspora US families, Congolese orphans […]

It’s Time to Kill the Death Penalty

The U.S. should join 140 other countries and ban the death penalty. by Brad J. Bushman, Ph.D.  In Old Testament times, the death penalty was used as the punishment for murder (Genesis 9:6). But death was also the punishment for a number of other offenses, such as eating leavened bread during the Feast of Unleavened […]

Inside a CCA private prison: Two slavez for the price of one, Part Two

by Anthony Robinson Jr. “The slave went free, stood a brief moment in the sun, then moved back again towards slavery.” – W.E.B. Du Bois, “Black Reconstruction” In 1973, the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals issued a report which stated in part: “The prison, the reformatory and the jail have achieved […]

The Irish Hunger Striker Who Ignited a Generation

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/19/a-prisoners-salute-to-bobby-sands/ The Irish Hunger Striker Who Ignited a Generation by DENNIS O’HEARN I attended a birthday party last week. It was in Ohio State Penitentiary, on the 60th birthday of Bobby Sands, the Irish political prisoner who died after 66 days on hunger strike back in 1981. He was 27 then and he was followed […]