Lying With a Straight Face

by Kevin Cooper San Bernardino District Attorney Michael Ramos discusses his opposition to abolishing the death penalty at a 2012 press conference. (YouTube) DEATH ROW, SAN QUENTIN, Calif.— “There are no innocent people on death row in California.” Those were the words of San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos when he appeared in TV commercials […]

The murder of a Soledad Brother

Luke Pickrell looks at the legacy of Black Panther and revolutionary prisoner George Jackson on the anniversary of his murder in 1971.   GEORGE JACKSON was murdered by prison guards on August 21, 1971. Half a century later, his story deserves to be known by a new generation of activists. Jackson was born on September 23, […]

A reprieve for death-row prisoner Kevin Cooper?

By JEFF MACKLER Executions are scheduled at one minute after midnight at San Quentin Prison, just over the San Rafael Bridge in Marin County and overlooking the San Francisco skyline. On the cold winter night of Feb. 10, 2004, death-row inmate Kevin Cooper was being fully prepped for the hereafter, dressed in a new set […]

Voices: Kevin Cooper

By Mary Kate DeLucco “I have hope. And because I have hope I have life.” For Kevin Cooper, who has been on San Quentin’s death row since 1985, it is a hope that survives because of “the number of people I have helping me, who believe in my case, my innocence, and in me.” Those […]

Have anti-Muslim sentiments arrived in prison?

by Kevin D. Sawyer The Central California Intelligence Center received a Suspicious Activity Report from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2010. A guard reported that he conducted a search of two inmates’ cells. “Both inmates are Muslims who appear to have radical Islamic views. Both inmates have since been placed in our […]

ATTICA UPRISING: Pariz Commune of the Black Liberation struggle

By Larry Holmes The story of Attica, Sept. 9, 1971, is the story of how prisons can be incubators of revolutionaries — like George Jackson, assassinated two and a half weeks earlier at San Quentin State Prison. Attica has been described as the biggest deployment of state violence since the crushing of the Native uprising […]

U.S. prisonz and the struggle against slave labor

By Sara Flounders The headline seemed to herald a new day and was reported by corporate media as breaking news: “Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons.” On Aug. 18, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates sent out a memo instructing federal officials to “not renew contracts with prison operators or to […]

“Blood in My Eye” 45 yearz later wit’ David Johnson of the San Quentin 6

The People’s Minister of Information JR interviews David Johnson of the San Quentin 6 about the 45th anniversary since the publishing of the political masterpiece “Blood in My Eye” in relation to the 45th anniversary of the assassination of the late great prison human rights leader and Field Marshall of the Black Panther Party George […]

‘I am a revolutionary and an optimist’, sayz former Black Panther

The story of Jalil Muntaqim, who’s spent 45 years wandering the prisons of the United States, becoming one of the longest-lasting political prisoners in history by Breno Altman Attica Correctional Facility, built in the northwest of the state of New York, 342 miles away from the capital, between the cities of Buffalo and Rochester, became […]

The Vortex of Dementia

By Abdul Olugbala Shakur  Transcribed by Kilaika Baruti Though I have been active in the struggle for practically all of my life, from a Panther cub to an Urban guerrilla in the service of the underground, I have never considered myself to be a writer or at least not a good writer, but I felt it […]