The Next Step for Organized Labor? People in Prison

The Industrial Workers of the World is calling for a nationwide prison strike in September. By Mike Elk Inmates on the Gwinnett County, Georgia, work crew cut grass off Highway 124. (AP Photo / Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johnny Crawford) In the early 2000s, the small but militant Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) launched union drives […]

Prisonerz Call for a National Strike on the Anniversary of Attica

by neal shirley In Alabama and Texas, prisoners have enacted multiple strikes and uprisings over the last few weeks. Now they are calling for a national prison strike on the anniversary of the Attica Prison Riot. Since the last Prisons are for Burning column, things have seriously heated up. On the night of Friday, March 11th, […]

HOW DANGEROUZ IZ YOUR BLACKNEZZ?

WITH TWO MEN SENT TO DEATH ROW BASED ON RACIST TESTIMONY, TWO CASES HIGHLIGHT THE DEATH PENALTY’S FATAL FLAW by JAMIL SMITH Two black men sitting on death row in the South, Kenneth Fults and Duane Buck, recently turned to the Supreme Court for help. Fults, who had an intellectual disability, murdered 19-year-old Cathy Bounds during […]

California Endz Solitary for Gang Validation, Texas Prisonz Persist in the Abusive Practice

  California Solitary Success Four years after over 6,000 California prisoners united in the first of three mass hunger strikes protesting the torture of long-term solitary confinement (among other things), a major achievement has been won. In a federal class action lawsuit brought on their behalves, Ashker v. Governor of California, it was found that […]

‘TDCJ placed me in harm’z way because I spoke out in reference to the extreme heat’

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington Greetings, brothers and sisters. This year in Texas we have seen a marked increase in the exposure of heinous acts of abuse and mis­treatment perpetrated by state employees who work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Behind the scenes, the prisoners responsible for this massive movement to combat injustice have […]

Texas Deniez Prisonerz All Access to Paper and Envelopez

by a Texas prisoner April 2015 permalink I’m writing because here in Texas the legislature or some “committee” got the bright idea to forbid prisoners the ability to purchase stationary materials (which consist of: writing paper, typing paper, envelopes of all kinds, and carbon paper) from outside vendors. This really is felt by those who […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

The Blues are born from the Afrikan Amerikan culture Paramount Stars, 1925 Date: Tue, 1890-01-14 On this date we focus on Blues music in America. Technically, as a musical style the Blues are characterized by expressive pitch inflections (blue notes), a three-line textual stanza, and a 12-measure form. Typically the first two and a half […]

There iz power in unity!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington Revolutionary greetings, comrades and allies. “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed” is a Steve Biko quote favored by Comrade George Jackson, member of the original Black Panther Party. Comrades, for many months here in Texas, Comrade Rashid, our minister of defense, […]

Dallas: armed demo in solidarity with Ferguson

Taking advantage of Texas’ open carry law, a gun club named after one of the founders of the Black Panther Party marched in Dallas on Wednesday to protest against police brutality, KTXA-TV reported. Around two dozen members of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club carried rifles and red, black and green flags as they marched […]