Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell

On Wednesday August 12th, 2015, Hugo Pinell was murdered in the midst of a prison riot. Rest In Power Yogi Bear. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Remember Yogi Bear: Hugo Pinell is a Nicaraguan prisoner currently incarcerated at California State […]

We can’t breathe! Thoughtz on our Agreement to End Hostilitiez

by Kijani Tashiri Askari and Akili Castlin The Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary defines the word “hostility” as 1) a hostile state, condition or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness; 2) a hostile act; 3) Opposition or resistance to an idea, plan project, etc.; 4) acts of warfare; 5) war. So our initial question to the people […]

The Black onez too

by Kevin Cooper During the recent events surrounding the murder of unarmed Black males by white police officers in this country, it has been pointed out, and correctly so, that America has a steep and tortured history concerning the murders of Blacks by whites – legally and illegally! But what has for the most part […]

6 inmatez on San Quentin Death Row sue over time in solitary

By Bob Egelko A group of Death Row inmates has sued the state for keeping them in solitary confinement for years or even decades, locked in windowless cells with no phone calls or human contact. It’s treatment, they said, that “amounts to torture.” The suit was filed in federal court Wednesday by six condemned prisoners, […]

Ronald ‘Elder’ Freeman: He walked the San Quentin yard with the noble stature of a revolutionary

by Jalil A. Muntaqim When I first met Elder, he was introduced to me as Kojo. The Black Panther I knew as Kojo walked the yard of San Quentin with the noble stature of a revolutionary. He served his time with the dignity and the spirit of a caged Panther. I know that spirit, as […]

Amerika’z fortress of blood: The death of George Jackson and the birth of the prison-industrial complex

In 1971, activist George Jackson was mysteriously killed in San Quentin prison — a tragedy repeated time and again Dan Berger   (Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson) A young black man gunned down by law enforcement. His body is then left outside for four hours. The shocking gore of the situation sparks countless protests around the country […]

George Lester Jackson – New Video (and Audio)

This extraordinary video is from a 16mm film “work print” made in 1971–1972, and includes interviews with George Jackson, Georgia Jackson (George and Jonathan Jackson’s mother) and Angela Davis, while she was still in the Marin County Courthouse Jail, before her acquittal. We have not been able to identify the other prisoners. As you will […]

‘Mass Incarceration on Trial’

Review by Judith Tannenbaum “Mass Incarceration on Trial,” by Jonathan Simon, professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, is a new book (from The New Press) that talks about mass incarceration nationally, but focuses on California. The book should be of value to all California citizens for, as Simon writes, the decisions in […]

Special assignment: George Jackson funeral

by Billy X Jennings I was working at Central Headquarters of the Black Panther Party (BPP) when George Jackson was murdered by guards in San Quentin Prison in 1971. I had never met George personally, but I knew his mother and sister, who worked very closely with the Party. I had met his brother Jonathan […]

The Death Penalty: Killing in the name of God iz the ultimate act of blasphemy

  by Abdul Olugbala Shakur The Death Penalty is one of many signs of a society that is morally deter­iorating, especially a society that proclaims an affinity with God and the Holy Scriptures. First of all, there’s nothing in the Holy Scriptures which gives moral support and/or credence to the implementation of the Death Penalty. […]