Trailer: ‘They Call Uz Monsterz’ review

by Wanda Sabir Though the story of incarceration is always hard, it is more sobering when those affected are children. What if those youth convicted had an pportunityo to reimagine their lives and interrupt and rewind the script? What would the scenario look like? Who would star in the feature? Ben Lear’s “They Call Us […]

Update and Letter to the Community from Politikal Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim

Dear Friends and Supporters: Thank you all for extending your concern for my well being and supporting our continuing social media blast to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in demanding he grants my application to commute this sentence to time served. While we are happy for Judith Clark, we must realize there is something inherently disturbing. […]


He died an icon, a proverbial legend in his own time. When Mean Streets was published in 1967, Thomas was one of the first modern-day Latinos to publish a book in English. He followed this break-out with two novels, a collection of short stories, and many poems, which he termed “wordsongs” and performed in varied […]

Why Keep the Old and Sick Behind Barz?

  A prisoner at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo. CreditAndrew Burton/Getty Images Anyone who visits a prison these days might be shocked to see what looks more like a nursing home with bars and metal detectors. Prisoners put away years ago under the wave of draconian sentencing are now turning gray and […]

Special Appeal from Politikal Prisoner Leonard Peltier

Greetings Sisters, Brothers, Friends and Supporters, Over the past 41+ years, with over 20 years of good time (GT) credit, I have now over 60 prison years of time served. Under the Old Law system that applies to my case, this is by far longer than I was supposed to serve. Per the laws I’m […]

What Happenz to a Town When the Local Prison Closez?

By John Surico As America’s modern prison-industrial complex took shape in the second half of the 20th century, once-bustling manufacturing hubs—steel mills, coal mines, and industrial plants—were shuttering across the country. The Heartland was increasingly known as the Rust Belt, and it was only a matter of time before some down-and-out communities began seeking economic […]