The Prison State of Amerika

by Chris Hedges Prisons employ and exploit the ideal worker. Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are not paid for sick days or granted vacations. They cannot formally complain about working conditions or safety hazards. If […]

Capitalism, Slavery, Racism and Imprisonment of People of Color Cannot Be Separated

Mark Karlin The punitive exception clause within the 13th amendment ushered in a system of neoslavery that continues to submit prisoners to conditions that amount to a collectivized situation of “living death” under the prison industrial complex. (Photo: Prison fence via Shutterstock) Slavery didn’t end; it evolved. That’s the powerful argument made in Slaves of the […]

New Poem and Request from Jalil Muntaqim

  Here is a request from Jalil Muntaqim as we begin his parole campaign for his hearing in June 2016. Jalil would like people to contact Tavis Smiley and request that he interview Ward Churchill about Jalil’s book Escaping the Prism. tavis@tavistalks.com and http://www.facebook.com/TavisTalks He would also like people to contact Amy Goodman and request […]

Mumia and the Multitudez

By: Seth Tobocman Our graphic narrative series The Illustrated PEN is relaunching in January 2016! We’ll be kicking off the new year with five guest editors—MariNaomi, Robert Kirby, Liza Donnelly, Grace Bello, and Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper of World War III—whose work we’ll be highlighting over the coming weeks. Up this week is work by guest […]

Starve the beast

By TIM YOUNG Plantation toil, penitentiary moil, where slavery ends The Prison Industrial Complex begins Check your history 1863 to the 21st century Wanton misery, no mystery, Statistics quite frightening Fraught with disparity… African Americans constitute 12 percent of the nation 50 percent of the prison population. That’s mass incarceration Modern day enslavement Casting a […]

THIZ VIDEO EXPLAINZ WHY SO MANY BLACK PEOPLE ARE IN PRISON

Anyone who cares about criminal justice should watch this video. It does a good job of explaining why black people go to prison so much more than whites. Take a look. source: http://blacktimetravel.com/this-video-explains-why-so-many-black-people-are-in-prison/#prettyPhoto

7 Lessonz in 1 Abolitionist Notebook: Joy James on Abolition

“When you kill a living being, you kill yourself and everyone else as well.” —Thich Nhat Hahn I was introduced to prison abolitionism when asked to organize a 1998 prototype for Critical Resistance at CU-Boulder. Alongside several thousand attendees at the “Unfinished Liberation” conference, I learned about the prison industrial complex. Below are 7 lessons […]

Mental Illness and Jailz: Race Is Left Out of the Equation

I image: Prison hall, profile in thought via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO) By James Kilgore In 1843, social justice crusader Dorothea Dix went before the Massachusetts Legislature with the intention of addressing an acute problem of the day: the incarceration of people with mental illness. Her declaration to the assembly highlighted the “state of Insane Persons,” […]

From Ferguson to Freedom: Hip-Hop’z Role

By Talib Kweli As the nation remains in the throes of an epidemic of police shooting deaths of young blacks, as well as the shooting deaths of nine people last week at a Charleston church by a lone gunman, it’s important to reflect on the extent to which racism is indoctrinated, institutionalized and entrenched in our […]