MASS INCARCERATION AND ITZ MYSTIFICATION: A REVIEW OF “THE 13TH”

DAN BERGER 13TH Directed by Ava DuVernay October 27, 2016 — This article was originally published by The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), and is reprinted here with permission. When prisoners in Alabama last spring proposed a national strike to protest “prison slavery,” they called out the infamous clause in the Thirteenth Amendment. The amendment […]

Do You Have the Right to Resist an Unlawful Arrest?

by Paul Markel Paul G. Markel is the host of Student of the Gun TV and Radio. Markel received is Bachelors Degree in Conflict Resolution in 1991 after studying at home and abroad. Paul has been writing professionally for over twenty years as well as teaching Small Arms and Tactics to US Military, Law Enforcement […]

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 […]

Measuring Incarceration

Don’t overlook local jails. By Christian Henrichson As the national spotlight burns bright on criminal justice reform, policymakers and the public are closely watching the data for signs that we’ve turned the page on mass incarceration. Indeed, a recent report from the Brennan Center for Justice noted that 28 states have decreased imprisonment over the […]

Ending Inmate Isolation: Inside the Battle to Stop Solitary Confinement in Amerika

  Just before 2:30am Daniel Treglia jostled awake at the sounds of the mechanical iron doors slowly screeching open. The jangling keys and the heavy footsteps that followed were all part of the normal soundscape inside the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison, where guards patrol hourly each night. But on that […]

September 9th Prison Strike

Prison inmates around the country have organized to resist the world’s largest and most profitable system of human bondage. Mass Black incarceration marks the U.S. as a racist police state. “When we stand up to these authorities,” say the prisoners, “they come down on us, and the only protection we have is solidarity from the […]

New Graphic on Police Spending vs. Youth Spending in LA CityBudget!!! Meeting Today 4-6PM to Fight for a Different Future

LA City spends 70 TIMES MORE on the Los Angeles Police Department than it does on youth.  And next year will be worse with LAPD set to receive a budget increase of $180 Million. Please join us today and EVERY FIRST FRIDAY for the LA for Youth Meeting to push LA to invest in youth!  […]

Black man’z discovered manuscript exposez prison abusez from almost 200 yearz ago

Austin Reed was a criminal. He admits this outright. He conspired, stole, and even stabbed a man when he was just 6 years old. (Then he burnt the man’s house down.) But thanks to a recently discovered manuscript, Reed is also an invaluable documentarian of a crucial period of American history. In the memoir The […]

A Minimal Demand: Roll Back Incarceration to 1970 Levelz

  by BAR executive editor Glen Ford Prison populations have increased more than seven-fold since 1970, when the mass Black incarceration regime was set in motion. If incarceration was rolled back to 1970 levels, 86 percent of current prisoners would be released. Let’s demand it be done – NOW! “Demands are not formulated to woo […]

3 Anger-Inducing Chartz About Kidz and Prison

  Does the justice system think white kids are more redeemable than black kids? —By Madison Pauly | Pikul Noorod/Shutterstock In 2005, when the Supreme Court struck down the use of capital punishment sentences for juveniles, it was a step toward greater legal recognition that children are different from adults—that young people’s changing brains and social […]