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 […]

Conversation from Death Row: Keith LaMar speakz with Jack Schuler

Topic: What’s it like to write about the world when your world is the size of a closet? On Tuesday July 12th, 8:00 Eastern, folks across the country are invited to listen in on an interactive phone call with Ohio death row inmate Keith LaMar. Author Jack Shuler, American literature and narrative nonfiction writing professor […]

Ending Inmate Isolation: Inside the Battle to Stop Solitary Confinement in Amerika

  Just before 2:30am Daniel Treglia jostled awake at the sounds of the mechanical iron doors slowly screeching open. The jangling keys and the heavy footsteps that followed were all part of the normal soundscape inside the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison, where guards patrol hourly each night. But on that […]

Locked Far Too Long Behind the Wallz (reprinted from 2010)

(Artwork by Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, 1859887, Clements Unit, 9601 Spur 591, Amarillo TX 79107; Featured at HugoPinell.com) Locked Far Too Long Behind the Walls by Kiilu Nyasha (First published on September 26, 2010) Trust no one in whom the desire to punish is strong. (Fyodor Dostoevsky) I’ve been corresponding with prisoners since 1970, shortly after […]

Locked Down Alone: New Report Documentz Solitary Confinement in Ohio’z Prisonz

By Sarah Blatt-Herold This month the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and Disability Rights Ohio released a collaborative review of solitary confinement and mental illness in Ohio prisons. After extensive research, tours of Ohio prisons, and interviews and surveys of incarcerated individuals, their families and prison staff, they released the report Shining a Light […]

George Jackson University – a statement from itz founder

by Abdul Olugbala Shakur Within the California Department of Corrections (CDCr), the name George Jackson evokes both fear and hate among prison guards. His very name represents resistance – the epitome of our Black manhood – and this explains in part why the CDCr has spent the last 44 years attempting to censor the name […]

Control Unitz: Social Control for Semi-Coloniez in the United $tatez (united snakez)

by cipactli of Brown Berets – Prison Chapter                              permalink   Comrades living outside of the First World, and specifically outside of United Snakes borders, may be surprised at the social reality of this prison house of nations. The methods employed on the […]

Terrible Tier II: We are fighting for our livez

by Deron Ruffin I’m writing to show the brothers some love who went on hunger strike in California. It’s crazy how you see other people going through the same thing that you are living. What really impressed me is the fact that all the brothers stood up for the cause – putting aside small differences, […]

Jericho Movement planz campaign for Truth Commission on politikal prisonerz

by Michael Richardson Jericho Movement calls for Truth and Reconciliation Commission Jihad Abdulmumit, Co-Chair of the National Jericho Movement, a political prisoner advocacy group, confirmed planning is underway for a national campaign to ask Congress to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine COINTELPRO-era abuses of the criminal justice system by the Federal Bureau of […]

Remembering Yogi

by The People’s Minister of Information JR Valrey The memorial for Hugo “Yogi” Lyon Antonio Pinell was a beautiful and monumental event that loved ones, comrades and the community came from far and wide to attend. The celebration was held at the African American Art and Culture Complex on 762 Fulton in San Francisco’s legendary […]