It’z Not Just the Copz

Public defenders know that the trouble with our justice system extends far beyond abusive policing. Jonathan Rapping (Flickr/Krystian Olszanski) One has to admire the way we, as a country, have paid tribute to the lives of Rafael Ramos and Wenijan Liu, the two New York police officers shot to death while sitting in their police […]

Execution by medical neglect?: Pennsylvania’z Prison System iz Torturing Mumia Abu-Jamal and hiz Family Too

 MahoneyPrison, Mumia’s place of incarceration, and two of his legal team ( by ThisCantBeHappening!) by  Dave Lindorff Mumia Abu-Jamal, the radical Philadelphia journalist convicted of killing a white Philadelphia police officer in a trial fraught with prosecutorial misconduct, witness coaching and judicial prejudice back in 1981, spent nearly three decades in solitary confinement in the […]

The Prison State of Amerika

By Chris Hedges Reprinted from Truthdig Alcatraz (image by Olivier Bruchez) 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 […]

33 Yearz of Resistance, and Still Going Strong!

Mumia’s message to all of us on the anniversary of his arrest Dear Brothers, Sisters, Friends and Comrades, On the Move       We gather together today in the spirit of resistance, and when we look around us we see that we are surrounded by that spirit:  the spirit of rebellion, the spirit of resistance, and […]

Mumia Speakz On CCNY Illegal Takeover of Harlem’z Guillermo Morales – Assata Shakur Center

Audio & Text Mumia Abu Jamal Speaks On The 1st  Anniversary Of The Illegal Police Takeover Of Harlem’s Guillermo Morales-Assata Shakur Center @ CCNY CCNY Center Shuttered: War Against 60’s (1:16) by Mumia Abu-Jamal ” We have learned recently of the closing of the Morales/Shakur Student Center at CCNY.  What does this mean? Why now?  […]

Profiting Off Misery

by Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones Private prisons today are nothing more than a return to the monstrous rackets of the past. In an era of budget shortfalls and market-based solutions, the American penal system is quickly becoming a for-profit enterprise. Private prisons, once an isolated and temporary solution meant to house low-level inmates, incarcerate eighteen times more people than they […]

‘Mass Incarceration on Trial’

Review by Judith Tannenbaum “Mass Incarceration on Trial,” by Jonathan Simon, professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, is a new book (from The New Press) that talks about mass incarceration nationally, but focuses on California. The book should be of value to all California citizens for, as Simon writes, the decisions in […]

500 innocent Amerikanz are murdered by police every year (USDOJ).

      Posted July 04, 2014 In 1994 the US Government passed a law authorizing the Pentagon to donate surplus Cold War era military equipment to local police departments. In the 20 years since, weaponry designed for use on a foreign battlefield, has been handed over for use on American streets…against American citizens. The […]

Folsom inmatez wired for success (video)

  “I know it’s going to work for me when I get out,” one inmate said confidently, standing in the middle of a busy Vocational Electrician classroom inside the walls of Folsom State Prison (FSP). He is one of 27 prisoners in the class learning valuable skills and earning certifications, putting each one of them […]

Two lessons the USA must learn from Glenn Ford

  by Josefina Salomon http://livewire.amnesty.org/2014/03/12/two-lessons-the-usa-must-learn-from-glenn-ford/ By Tessa Murphy, USA campaigner at Amnesty International. There are two lessons the USA should learn from the release of Glenn Ford, a 64-year-old man who spent 28 years on death row in Louisiana for a crime he didn’t commit. The first lesson is that the death penalty is never […]