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Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

Stories from the prison industrial complex.

Artist Tom Manning is gone, freedom fighter for Blacks, Natives, workers and all oppressed...

Class war prisoner, freedom fighter, man of the people, man for the people, long held political prisoner Thomas William Manning died on July 30 of a heart issue at the federal penitentiary in Hazelton, Kentucky.

‘Pantherism is for everyone!’

We’re either for the total freedom of humanity, or we’re for the continuation of the division of humanity that we have today. We are for total freedom – the New African Black Panther Party is for the complete and total liberation of all humanity.

Free South Carolina Movement commemorates Black August and exposes deplorable prison conditions

“For we are our own liberators; to expect that someone will take full responsibility for our own freedom is suicide!” – George Jackson

Angola 10-2ers argue for retroactive application of new constitutional amendment requiring unanimous juries

Louisiana must be made to release the African Americans who have been irreparably harmed and dehumanized by officials who took oaths to protect them.

Malik has been granted parole!

It is with great joy that I announce my parole from Texas state prisons (TDCJ)!

Stop a modern day lynching: Don’t let Pennsylvania murder MOVE member Delbert Africa

Rally to expose the PLANNED MURDER of DELBERT AFRICA by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections on Friday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m., at Geisinger Hospital, 1000 East Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, Penn. 18711. If traveling from Philadelphia, meet at 6 a.m. at JFK Blvd and 30th Street for rides.

No Prison Fridays: Panthers organize shutdown of prison construction project

The persistent turnouts of people’s power community outrage each week compelled New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and his attorney general to announce in early May that they had scrapped plans to build the youth prison at the planned site.

Black, Muslim, freedom fighter: Free Imam Jamil Al-Amin!

Atlanta’s CNN Center was the site of a rally July 26 for imprisoned freedom fighter Imam Jamil Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown.

Call immediately to save the life of Delbert Africa, last of the MOVE 9...

They could not kill Delbert Aug. 8, 1978, after the brutal beating they gave him and now they want to finish the job before he can come home on parole.

Fight Toxic Prisons Convergence report back

Prisons are both an economic project and a counterinsurgency program. Their neverending goal is to continue “locking people up who are trying to be free.” And a reoccurring theme and recognition of the discussion was that “we can’t destroy prisons without destroying capitalism.”

Kumasi speaks: What is Black August?

Listen to this historic recording of Kumasi (using the player above), the official historian of the Black August Organizing Committee, speaking about...

Hunger strike declared at North Carolina’s Scotland Prison for July 31

A hunger strike is due to start at Scotland Correctional Institution in Laurinburg, N.C., on July 31, 2019. Grievances filed and notaries requested are being ignored, and recreation is “canceled.”

Spotlight: Kevin Cooper’s case exemplifies decades of systemic failures

Not everyone caught in the criminal legal system prompts backsliding on reform, and not everyone is hit with high-profile murder charges. Not everyone is framed. And very few have Kim Kardashian fighting for them.

Heat-related conditions at the Allred Unit are cruel, unusual and a purveyance of unwritten...

“Heat illness is a very serious matter in Texas prisons. I am a living witness to these conditions and many other unjust and cruel things that occur daily in Texas state prisons.”

It’s not ‘try to get justice’ no more; we WILL get justice

When my feet first touched down in the streets of Ferguson, I felt connected suddenly, because I felt the pain of the people out there. I felt what was going on with them, and I did not want to leave.

Thoughts on ‘Democracy Denied’

During outside recreation, as we all were locked in individual dog cages that are side by side, I initiated a conversation into what we read in “Democracy Denied.”

Change maker Amani Sawari taking Amend the 13th Petition to the United Nations!

Re-empowering the disenfranchised with their Right2Vote provides us with a ‘voice’ and an opportunity to take part in a democracy which has failed us for decades.

Eddie Africa of the #MOVE9 is home after four decades of incarceration

The Abolitionist Law Center and the People’s Law Office are proud to announce that Eddie Africa of the MOVE 9 has been released from state custody after more than 40 years of incarceration.

Prison hunger strike supporters to protest outside Alabama’s Limestone Prison Saturday, June 22

As the U.S. Department of Justice has so far failed to pursue action by way of a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections, those who have confined loved ones argue that their inaction is proof that the DOJ does not believe incarcerated individuals in the ADOC are worth protecting. This mobilization demonstrates that those directly impacted by incarceration, and those fighting for change on the inside, will continue to make their own voices heard.

Act now to save Mumia’s eyesight and to demand his release!

Not only is Mumia's overall health deteriorating as he is threatened by permanent blindness, his failure now to receive the immediate attention he requires is cruel and unusual punishment, especially as an innocent man who has been unjustly incarcerated for almost four decades. Sign the petition.

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New felony murder rule results in justice 16 years later

“The felony murder rule used to cast a wide net when pursuing convictions, without requiring prosecutors to look more closely at the evidence ... This man has been in prison for 16 years for being a passenger in a car.”

‘A Lifetime of Being Betty (Reid Soskin)’ CD release party Saturday,...

“A Lifetime of Being Betty,” to be released Aug. 17 at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $24 at the door. Visit www.thefreight.org/event/1858290-little-village-foundation-berkeley/.

#HugosSoWhite: The literary convention diversity scandals

When there aren’t enough Black folks doing the writing, Black characters are written by white writers with all the inherent biases.

Hit me, Bruh! Thoughts on ‘The Last Black Man in San...

“Do you love it? You don’t get to hate San Francisco unless you love it.”

People’s Power stops a modern-day lynching

A massive phone protest by people from around the world and calls for direct protests forced the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to back down from carrying out the state’s latest attempt to kill MOVE 9 member Delbert Orr Africa.