September 1, 2013
It’s important people understand prisons are the ultimate symbol of oppression. The state tries to discredit the organizers of this hunger strike with all manner of lies and defamatory comments. But the very fact these men and women refuse to surrender their beliefs or to inform on their friends is a direct contradiction of the state’s mischaracterizations. These are men and women of principle who have given everything to the struggle.
April 29, 2013
Young people, to start, you must acknowledge that for everything you think you know, there is a great deal you don’t know. That the first pursuit of man is to acquire knowledge. But until you can discern the real from the fake, true knowledge and the wisdom to wield it effectively will always escape you.
February 17, 2012
Everywhere I go young people are dying of thirst, starving for truth and guidance, starving for knowledge from someone they could respect and believe would not bullshit them. At the end, Ikemba requests educational materials for the youngsters he’s teaching – can you help?
July 15, 2011
As always, a souljah’s greeting to the Bay View. I wish that I could think of more words to inspire the people out there to take a closer look, to watch the watchers, understand the tremendous damage being done in the misuse and corruption of the court system and prisons etc.
April 11, 2011
Prosecutor Al Giannini says the trumped up charges were “bulletproof.” That’s how he viewed young men, Black and Brown. In his eyes, we were all worthless pieces of scum who needed to be taken out back and shot, guilty or not.
January 12, 2011
As word comes out about the inhumane conditions of Georgia prisons, it’s important we all stand in solidarity with these men. To recognize and demand one’s own humanity is to simultaneously acknowledge and stand in unison for the human rights of all peoples.
October 18, 2010
Bro. Muteen (Robert Brown) died shut away in Nevada’s dungeons but never shut up. He got a lot of respect and took great pride in helping other convicts fight for their rights and their freedom in the courts.
June 4, 2010
On June 2, 2010, Marritte Funches, known affectionately as Ikemba, a longtime contributor to the SF Bay View, a mentor for consciousness and our brother on the frontlines of the plantations in Nevada, was attacked while shackled in chains by riot police in Unit 3 of Ely State Prison in Nevada when they wanted to conduct a cell search.
April 20, 2009
“You could hear a pin drop” when prisoner Marritte Funches’ letter was read at the April 14 hearing of the Nevada Board of Prison Commissioners. These are four of the shocking public comments submitted to the Prison Board on April 14.
April 20, 2009
The April 14 hearing before the Nevada Prison Board was the most explosive meeting that I have ever been to. The atmosphere was electric!
March 1, 2009
On Jan. 6, after 27 days of fasting and an incredible effort on the part of the pigs to interfere and frustrate my fast in protest of what has been happening to me and other men being denied medical care, I was all but forced to end it.
January 1, 2009
They tried to kill a true revolutionary, they tried to do him like George Jackson, and he beat them. So now they really want to do him in!
November 25, 2008
“I am writing to tell you that my daughter’s father, who is on the tier with Marritte, says that Marritte is in a lot of pain from probable kidney failure and all they are giving him for pain is aspirin!” This chilling message came by email from an activist in Nevada.
October 24, 2008
Marritte Funches is a very special friend of the Bay View newspaper, which he used for years to educate and encourage fellow prisoners at Ely State Prison in Nevada. We refuse to be silent while the Nevada “prisoncrats” endanger his life through deliberate medical neglect of his severe kidney disease.