There’s a Pretty Good Chance Your Amerikan Flag Was Made by a Prisoner

People of color are incarcerated in huge numbers. And they’re manufacturing America’s symbol of freedom.     Every generation or so, the American flag becomes a flashpoint in civic discourse. In recent memory, it’s been held aloft by civil rights marchers and burned by critics of the Vietnam War. It became a show of unity […]

How to Reverse Incarceration in Louisiana: Thirteen Stepz to Stop Being First in Being Last

by Bill Quigley Louisiana is the world capital of incarceration, with more prisoners than China. Racial profiling is endemic, sentences are draconian, and jury decisions need not be unanimous. Not coincidentally, Louisiana has the worst record of providing its citizens with the means to defend themselves in court. “When people get constitutional defense they usually […]

The Abuse Goez On: The Corrupting Dynamikz of Power in a Texaz Prison (2017)

Character Split It’s a truism that power corrupts; and absolute power corrupts absolutely. But that’s not the end of the story. In Amerika, prisons constitute the most absolute exercise of state power. Within their confines, officials control the lives, means of survival, and quality of life of their captives, and use that power to control, […]

What happened at Vaughn prison?

At Vaughn prison and elsewhere, we should demand transparency and stand with the inmates who dare to affirm their humanity. by Heather Ann Thompson On Feb. 1, scores of men in Delaware’s largest prison, the Vaughn Correctional Center, took over one of the buildings in their facility. The prison, built in 1971 and known for […]

You Will Suffer in Silence: The Lack of Redrezz in Texaz Prisonz (2017)

Corruption and Cowboy Justice I recall a couple years back when a guard here at the William P. Clements Unit remarked to me, that I had no idea how corrupt Texas really is. I almost begged to differ, and was about to recount all the corruption I’d witnessed over the years, but I caught myself […]

A long legacy of struggle

by Stephen Millies  African Americans have been mining coal and fighting bosses for over 200 years. Slaves were working in coal mines around Richmond, Va. as early as 1760. During the Civil War, a thousand slaves dug coal for 22 companies in the “Richmond Basin.” A 90 year-old ex-slave miner, West Virginia, 1921. Black miners were […]

From a Pennsylvania prison: The torture chair

By Sehu Kessa Saa Tabansi Dec. 26 — Power to the people! Since this has been the holiday season of consumer shopping frenzies and enlarged corporate profiteering, I thought it would only be fitting to offer a present of my own to the millions of workers out there who rarely get a glance inside the […]

Mutope: Because the Bay View waz there for uz, the world came to our defense

by Mutope Duguma First and foremost, I want to say that I will always love and respect Willie and Mary Ratcliff for their undying support of oppressed people in Amerika. They have been remarkable, to say the least. We love you both dearly and will do all within our power to help keep the San […]

From media cutoffz to lockdown, tracing the fallout from the U.S. prison strike

by Kamala Kelkar Dec. 18, 2016 – Prisons in some states are withholding newspapers from inmates and attempting to shut down social media accounts operated for them by friends and relatives amid a strike against prison conditions and billions of dollars worth of prison labor. The passing of the 13th Amendment in 1865 formally abolished […]