Extreme Remediez

 by Max Nelson George Jackson’s Soledad Brother, forty years later. Max Nelson is writing a series on prison literature. Read the previous entry, on the French revolutionary Madame Roland, here. On August 21, 1971, George Jackson pulled a pistol on his wardens at San Quentin, the notoriously racist maximum-security prison to which he’d recently been relocated. When […]

Today, few know how bad it waz for Black and Brown people back in George and Yogi’z day

by Pablo Piña I was sitting in my cell in administrative segregation when the news station here in Corcoran announced that Hugo Pinell had been killed at Folsom Prison and that a riot had followed the attack on him. Both were not surprising to me; there were many prisoners who did not like Hugo for […]

‘May your spirit be with uz’: Prisonerz recall Komrade Big Brutha Hugo ‘Yogi’ Pinell

Lessons I learned as Yogi’s neighbor by Faruq Jabari Greetings, family. I was disappointed, hurt and angry upon receiving my SF Bay View 2015 September edition to find the announcement of the death – assassination – of Yogi, Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell. In 1992, at Pelican Bay, I lived nine months in the cell between […]

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 […]