Notes on Advancing the Struggle: Outside – Drugs

by a Colorado prisoner        permalink   Whether in prison or out in society, drugs constitute a major problem. In particular, for our Latino and Black communities, drugs represent a deceiving allure for youth in our communities. Power, status, authority, advancement, the all-mighty dollar – the “American Dream.” In reality, drugs are just another […]

Notes on Advancing the Struggle: Inside – Drugs

by a Colorado prisoner            permalink   Drugs are a powerful temptation. Not just for those who become addicted to using them, but also for those selling them. Many overdose or die due to drugs. Besides death and ruining your health and life, often drugs lead to prison. Once in the dungeons, […]

Support Robert Seth Hayes – Hallmark Doesn’t Make the Birthday Card that I Need

Author: Crystal M. Hayes, MSW – 4/20/2017 I turn 47 years-old in a short couple of weeks and Hallmark doesn’t make the birthday card that I need. I will likely celebrate my birthday the same way I have for most of my life, particularly in recent years. I will wake up — God willing. I […]

The illusion of correctional ‘medicine’

By Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal Taken from a March 31 audio recording on prisonradio.org In the netherworld of American prisons one must jettison any medical assumption one brings in from the so-called free world. We’ve been conditioned to see nurses as sweet sources of solace and doctors as people dedicated to healing the sick and […]

A young prisoner diez, hiz comradez pour out their love

Tragedy on top of tragedy for a young Black man: First he’s snatched out of his community and away from his family, where he’s badly needed, and swept into prison. For the beloved Weusi Joka Kambon, clearly an up-and-coming leader, prison snatched him away permanently. Justice must be done! – Art: Roger “Rab” Moore, G-02296, […]

On death row, art iz a way to win heartz and mindz

by Sharon Verghis Tyrone Chalmers started drawing at age 8. “Art shadows me everywhere I go in life … my best work comes from within my dreams.” Chalmers is a passionate and committed artist. He is also a convicted murderer on death row. In handwritten letters to Guardian Australia sent from Unit 2 at Riverbend […]

43 Yearz & Still In

by Herman Bell 43 YEARS AND STILL IN I’ve lived in this cell longer than I’ve lived on the streets.  Its metal locker where I keep my food from the mice, the toilet and face bowl, the bed, the floor, the cell bars and metal clothes rack all have come to know some part of […]

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. […]