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Monthly Archives: May 2019

Veronza Bowers again denied parole

Veronza Bowers, now 73, a former Black Panther who has proclaimed his innocence during 46 years of incarceration, has just learned that once again he has been denied parole.

Comrade Malik in Texas forges strong solidarity with the POW Movement in North Carolina

A major goal of prison activists in North Carolina in recent years is to stop the funneling of youth under 18...

How can I satisfy the Parole Board I’m no longer a threat to society?

I am hoping someone out there will help sponsor me. I need funds for my art supplies, which are not cheap, as well as my other needs. I discovered my talent for painting while in prison. Now it is my new passion! I paint in watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil. I am looking to find a way to sell my artwork. Please, if it speaks to your heart, help me to help myself!

An open letter to presidential candidates on voting rights

When ​Brianna Ross​ was 19, she was convicted of a felony for ​stealing diapers​ for her son. At her sentencing hearing, a judge told Ross that she’d face a lifelong punishment for her mistake: She would never be allowed to vote.

Allowing prisoners to vote would reform America’s outdated prison policies

Felony disenfranchisement is a symptom left behind from Jim Crow. The rights of formerly enslaved Africans were tweaked, trimmed and stripped throughout the Jim Crow era.

The criminal justice system is not broken – it is ruthlessly effective

It is daunting to acknowledge, but this country’s competitive criminal justice system offers sad testimony not to a broken American criminal justice system, but to one that is ruthlessly effective. The criminal justice system, as it stands now, based on winners and losers, is working – wrongful convictions and all.

‘It’s not the drug, it’s the structure’: Mixing Black, gay, HIV+ with meth in...

“People use drugs, and are at the risk for the harms related to drug use, oftentimes because of a severe lack of access to resources."

National Lawyers Guild echoes smear campaign against Julian Assange

Assange was a hero to the Guild when he exposed Bush’s war crimes but is now vilified because he’s seen as hurting Clinton. The Guild is subordinating its principles for partisan electoral considerations, which means political differences.

Assange is not a journalist (if journalists are shameless propagandists for the ruling class)

Prosecuting and convicting Assange for the crime of possessing and publishing classified material would establish a precedent for convicting any journalist, media outlet, or citizen who publishes, republishes, cites, quotes, or even tweets classified material.    

I’m in my ‘Bay View mood’

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‘The United States of Paranoia’

The 15-minute political satirical comedy, “The United States of Paranoia,” by writer and director Rashan Castro is one of the crown jewels of the San Francisco Black Film Festival this year. Halfway through and thousands of police shootings and racial attacks into the Trump presidency, this film could not have picked a more relevant time to debut.
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Community speaks on Kevin Epps being denied bail for the second time #FreeKevinEpps

The Peoples Minister of Information JR speaks with the community at the May 20, 2019, bail hearing for Kevin Epps in San Francisco Superior Court, the second hearing thus far.

Mumia: Wars against Assange

The intrepid journalist and author Glenn Grenwald, in his 2014 work, “No Place to Hide” (Metropolitan Books: NY), offers a damning portrait of the U.S. media, so long trained to worship at the altars of power, as agents of first attack against those journalists who dare to question or expose imperial edicts or escapades.

Comrade Malik breaks his silence

We’re gonna fight back against these fascist pigs! Wherever there is oppression, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia or hatred of women, we are going to collectively confront that!

The debts we owe Haitians

Even though Haitians shed blood for American independence, the United States in its foreign policy has always held a deep-seated hostility towards Haiti, despite statements to the contrary.

Live music, dancing nuns, singing bandits in ‘Sister Act, the Musical’ – closing June...

Theatre Rhinoceros, the longest running LGBT theatre anywhere, has a winner on its hands with “Sister Act, the Musical,” directed by Aejay Mitchell, who also choreographed the work, musical direction by Tammy Hall. The run is a short three weeks, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Saturday, also 3 p.m., through June 1, 2019, at the Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., San Francisco.

Diane Barnes’ ‘My Stroke of Luck’ back at the Marsh through June 1, still...

Single mother doing all the right things for her boys, Dr. Diane Barnes has a stroke. She does not realize how it has affected her sons. Mom is just back, but she is not the mom her boys know.

Black women political prisoners of the police state

Black women who have confronted the abuses of America’s white authority have suffered its punishment throughout our history. Anarchist Lucy Parsons, born in 1853, is one of the few Black women mentioned in labor histories – usually as the wife of the martyred Albert Parsons, who was executed in the wake of Chicago’s Haymarket Riot of 1886.
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Don’t believe the hype: Retaliation is the rule, not the exception

TDCJ rules prisoners via the very real and constant threat of retaliation. Just a brief discussion with any current or former TDCJ prisoner would detail countless stories of revenge perpetuated by TDCJ officials on a daily basis.

In Georgia, protesters demand ‘End inhumane jail conditions!’

Prisoners and their families have been complaining about the horrible living conditions in the jail. They have told stories of inadequate and inedible food, black mold growing on cell walls and extensive use of solitary confinement. Also, access is limited for medical services for both pre-existing conditions and illnesses acquired inside the jail.