2018 Survey of U.S. Prisoners on Prison Labor

by MIM(Prisons) June 2018 permalink The Western press often aims the diparaging term “labor camps” at Asia and the former socialist countries of the world. Yet, with the largest prison population in the world, it should not be surprising that it is the Amerikans who have more prisoners working for them than any other nation. And their labor […]

Beyond Prisons — Episode 25: Fight Toxic Prisons

https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/force-cdn/highwinds/beyondprison/Beyond_Prisons_-_Fight_Toxic_Prisons.mp3 Panagioti Tsolkas, an organizer with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons, joins the Beyond Prisons podcast for a discussion of prison ecology and the intersection between the criminal legal system and the environment. We talk about how his organization came into existence and he gives us some examples of issues they’re working on in […]

Why Are For-Profit US Prisons Subjecting Detainees to Forced Labor?

by Azadeh Shahshahani , Gina Ferazzi/LA Times via Getty Images   In 2017, officials at the Stewart immigration detention center in Georgia placed Shoaib Ahmed, a 24-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, in solitary confinement for encouraging fellow workers to stop working. Ahmed, who was paid 50 cents per hour to work within the facility, was upset because his $20 […]

Nationwide Prison Strike Set for August 21 – September 9

The death of 7 inmates in fighting at South Carolina’s Lee correctional facility “is an indictment on the nation as a whole,” said Brother Dee, of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, in an interview with Black Agenda Radio producer Kyle Fraser. Inmates with the prison slavery abolition movement have put forward a list of ten demands, including the […]

Organizing for the 25th Anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising

  Twenty-Five years after the longest prison uprising in which people died, the full story has not been told. April 11, 2018 will be the 25th Anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising, a defining event in the history of criminal justice and prison systems in Ohio and the United States. Lucasville stands out from other prison […]

End Prison Slavery in Texas Now! (2018)

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party, Prison Chapter, Texas Region.  More information about him and more follows the article.                       “For years we were called Niggers to indicate we had no value or worth and that anything could be done to […]

Tracking the impact of the prison system on the economy

by Emily Widra One of the most popular parts of our 2003 book The Prison Index: Taking the Pulse of the Crime Control Industryconcerns the economic power of the criminal justice system. I updated three of the graphs and concepts from that book: Bureau of Justice Statistics data on the number of justice system employees was […]

Make history in 2018, not excuses: Whose side are you on?

  Part V: Campaign to Redistribute the Pain 2018 by Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun, formerly known as Melvin Ray, Free Alabama Movement “Times Are Changing” – Art: Arkee Chaney, A71362, P.O. Box 1327, Galesburg IL 61401 Greetings of love, dedication and resiliency to all Freedom Fighters and fearless frontline generals, soldiers and warriors who dare to […]

Confederate Monuments Celebrate Yesterday’s Slavery and Racism, U.S. Prisons Practice Slavery and Racism Today (2017)

Assailing Slavery and White Supremacy today On August 11, white supremacists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia against the removal of the statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee. In the wake of that rally, which turned deadly when a rally-goer plowed his car into a group of counter-demonstrators, killing one and injuring 19 others, there have […]

No more fire fighting slave labor

by Gayle McLaughlin, former mayor of Richmond, Calif., and candidate for lieutenant governor of California As our tortured climate pounds the East with water and leaves much of California tinder dry, Southern California fire season seems to grow worse by the year. And in our growing need for firefighters, California continues the abusive practice of […]