On Pan Afrikanism: Part One of an Interview with Comrade Rashid by J.R. Valrey (Block Report Radio)

Introduction Rashid: Let me begin with a general outline of what I’m aiming for in this interview. My focus is less on just criticizing the capitalist imperialist system and the innumerable miseries, horrors and conflicts it causes the majority of the world’s people. Instead, I want to propose solutions, and with a particular focus on the […]

HOW TO ORGANIZE A PRISON STRIKE

Organizers inside and outside of the penitentiary walls are teaming up—and getting creative—to fight for reform. by ARVIND DILAWAR “There are various industries that are run by inmates, and we intend to sit down and refuse to work—have an economic protest, if you would—to bring about change,” says one of the nearly 100,000 inmates in the […]

Erasing the Line: The Organic Link Between the Struggles of the Working Class, Amerika’s Prison Population, and Black Amerika (by Jason Renard Walker, Deputy Minister of Labor – NABPP-PC)

One of the most important ways that a tiny 0.01% of the population controls all of society is through its police, military, and prisons. These are some of the fascist institutions within capitalism that, through its control of mass media, can shape and mold how the contradictions between the capitalist class and working class are […]

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 […]

The End of Amerikan Prison Visits: Jails End Face-to-Face Contact and Families Suffer

It’s been described as ‘Skype for the jailed’ and is being sold as safer and more convenient. But it begs the question: are in-person visits a human right? Shannon Sims The Guardian Tiffany Burns tries to talk to her boyfriend Chrishon Brown, who is locked up in Jefferson Parish jail. Ben Depp One sunny day […]

Investigating alleged medical neglect in U.S. prisons

By Sandra Hausman There are about 60,000 Virginians in state prisons and regional jails. Providing health care for a single inmate runs $5,300 annually, and that cost has been rising 5-7 percent per year, but taxpayers may not be getting their money’s worth, and people locked up for minor crimes could be paying with their lives. […]

When Will We Tear Down U.S. Prisons—’Monuments That Enforce Terror’?

The United States has more than 5,000 state and federal prisons and jails, plus about 1,000 juvenile and tribal detention facilities. (Pixabay) This article was originally published on Black Agenda Report. New York state prison guards assaulted and seriously injured 69-year-old former Black Panther Herman Bell this week, a totally unprovoked beating timed to sabotage his chances for […]

Prisoners Drink Toilet Water in a Fight to Survive Under Lockdown

  Inmates in Texas experience flooding and lack of food and water. They are drinking toilet water while under lockdown and two prisoners were reported dead. Left Voice interviews Rachel, whose husband is currently in Beaumont Federal Prison. An evacuated Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison surrounded by floodwaters last year. (David J. Phillip / […]

Prisons and Other Maladies of the Racist State: Reading Blood in my Eye in the Era of Mass Incarceration

  Our “Reading Racial Conflict” series continues with a reflection on the evolution of mass incarceration policies. Dan Berger engages the present through George Jackson’s Blood in My Eye. Published posthumously in 1972 after Jackson’s death in a prison revolt he led, the book engages the intersection of race, imprisonment, and capitalism as it appeared in an earlier […]

How The BOP Uses CMUs To Silence Prison Writers

by Seth Ferranti Counting the days takes on a whole new meaning when you’re 22 years into a 25-year federal drug sentence. I was biding my time in a federal prison in Arkansas in 2013 when I was abruptly yanked from the compound and thrown into the Special Housing Unit. The reason? Writing articles critical of […]