Paper Mail Still Matters to People Behind Bars

By Victoria Law Pennsylvania’s prisons have started digitizing letters to prisoners chargin Mail call on Thursday, Sept. 13, was different from any other in Sheena King’s 26 years behind bars. As usual, the unit officer came to her door. But instead of handing her an envelope with a letter inside, he handed her four photocopied […]

Inmates in Pennsylvania launch boycott of prison profiteers

“I am going to boycott the third-party correspondence system,” Bryant Arroyo, an activist and organizer currently detained at SCI Frackville in central Pennsylvania, told this WW reporter during an extended Sept. 23 interview. Arroyo urges all prisoners to immediatelyi in response to the draconian new prison policies of current Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Eliminating the […]

Jailers lock down striking prisoners

by Workers World staff   Thousands of prisoners across Pennsylvania have been confined to their cells since Aug. 29. That’s when the state’s Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel declared an indefinite lockdown of all facilities under his jurisdiction. The lockdown, which began just days into the National Prison Strike (Aug. 21 to Sept. 9) is the […]

Stop firing of legal aid prisoner

By Sehu Kessa Saa Tabansi Revolutionary greetings to all the workers worldwide! When does being a laborer and doing right become the wrong thing to do? The answer is, apparently, when you are a prisoner working inside a prison law library in Pennsylvania. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, prisoner work, if you can even call […]

From the Keystone State to the Golden State: The need for a national movement to liberate politikal prisonerz

I felt the need to reblog thiz piece by Komrade Big Brutha Saleem because it’z relevance when first written and it iz still true now.  August 4, 2014 by Robert Saleem Holbrook   In Pennsylvania, former Black Panthers and Black Liberation Army members Russell Maroon Shoatz, Joseph JoJo Bowens, Clifford Lumumba Futch and Fred Muhammad Burton enter […]

“Flying Horse” Race Riotz of 1834

In 1776, Pennsylvania became the first state to pass a law for the abolishment of slavery, and under the constitution of 1790, Black men had the right to vote. As the population of Black Americans began to grow in Philadelphia, white people became more afraid that they would eventually outnumbering the white population. On August 12, 1834, the […]

Pennsylvania built a special hell for women: The Restricted Housing Unit of SCI-Muncy

by  ELLEN MELCHIONDO Women serving time at SCI-Muncy Prison in Pennsylvania The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has two state prisons for women, Cambridge Springs and Muncy; both are named after the town in which they are located. Cambridge Springs is in the far northwest and Muncy in the central region; there is no such facility for the […]

Pennsylvania Seekz Mumia Abu-Jamal’z Execution via Medical Neglect

by PETE DOLACK Having failed to have Mumia Abu-Jamal executed via the legal system, Pennsylvania authorities are intent on administering a “slow-motion execution” through medical neglect. His medical condition remains dire, and his supporters are asking activists to make calls so that he can receive proper health care. The work of supporters does matter: Mumia […]

Demand The US Justice Dept Do The Right Thing Philly August 1st

Ona Move This August 8th 2015 will mark 37 years now that our innocent family members have been unjustly imprisoned by Philadelphia and Pennsylvania officials for a crime that not only these officials but the world knows they did not commit . In 1998 and 2015 Two of our family members Merle Africa and Phil […]

Abu-Jamal on Obama, Ferguson, and How Afrikan-Amerikanz ‘Live in Hell’

“Oppression abroad gives rise to oppressions at home,” Abu-Jamal tells Sputnik in his first exclusive interview following a stint in solitary confinement. America’s most famous “political prisoner” argues that the plight of African-Americans has only gotten worse under President Obama. Activist and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner […]