Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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Abolition Now!

Abolition Now!

Writings and investigations from our siblings behind bars.

Assassination attempts against Mumia Abu-Jamal

The medical community must acknowledge the underlying oppressive violence that our community, our loved ones are suffering. It is state violence that is so important.

Sekou Odinga, Black liberation fighter, passes at 79

“Sekou Odinga lived to manifest ... the need to resist in order to overcome white supremacy and capitalist-imperialism, the scourge of the planet. Long Live the warrior spirit of Sekou Odinga.” - Jalil Muntaqim

Blue lies matter: How courts protect abusive cops and prison guards

Police and guard abuse is not and has never been about a few bad apples doing wrong. The entire legal system is structured to enable and protect abusers so they suffer no consequences for their offenses.

Help Amber Jackson prepare for freedom

I plan to pleasantly surprise anyone in my path. I go back to the Board of Parole Hearings in 2024 and I fully expect my release.

Virginia prisons defy new state law against solitary confinement

Once again Virginia's remote supermaxes are operating lawlessly outside the orbit of public scrutiny. They should have been closed down long ago.

Released Palestinians reveal horrors in Israeli prisons

Many released prisoners spoke about how their joy at being released was incomplete given the ongoing Israeli genocide in Gaza and the fact that they left comrades behind in Israel’s chambers of horror.

The plague of Virginia prisoners dying from medical neglect

At the Cancer Center, I met dozens of other imprisoned men with cancer. Every one of them had a horror story of suffering gross medical neglect or denied care leading to the dangerous, often torturous, advances of their diseases.

Back to Red Onion State Prison, site of entrenched racism and abuse

These super-max prisons – Red Onion and Wallen's Ridge – have never been needed. Every justification concocted for their ongoing operations has been exposed as a lie.

Rashid: Prison officials plant a street weapon in a vacant cell, then move me...

After I was moved to solitary, numerous officials admitted this incident was a premeditated set up. I was also told that the entire ploy was to create a pretext to have me emergency transferred to the notoriously abusive and racist Virginia prisons Red Onion or Wallens Ridge.

Guard slams cell door, amputating prisoner’s fingertip

The officers involved exhibited a flagrant disregard for the wellbeing and rights of inmates, demonstrating a deeply entrenched culture of corruption and abuse at Men Central Jail.

No place for old men

Today, men in their 70s and 80s roll around here in wheelchairs or hobble on walkers or even stroll with the help of canes.

‘Keep Families Close’ bill makes visitation easier for incarcerated parents of minor children

In California, thousands of incarcerated parents are placed more than 500 miles from their children and struggle to maintain contact with their children.

Extreme heat and overcrowding make Texas prison hell

The living conditions here on the Coffield Unit are in total violation of the Eighth Amendment. The SPCA would not allow dogs to be housed as we are.

Another victory for People’s Power: My release from solitary confinement

During my time in solitary, officials attempted to stop my cancer treatment at outside hospitals. It was only because of public awareness and protest that my treatment was resumed and recently completed.

A legacy of genocidal convictions: Jerome Coffey is innocent

Sentences to die in cages have effectively become the method of choice for white supremacy’s genocidal machine.

Celebrating the legacy of Dr. Mutulu Shakur

For those in the Bay Area interested in celebrating the life of Dr. Shakur, there will be a memorial on August 19 from 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco (762 Fulton Street)

The racist politics of confinement in Virginia’s high security prisons

At Virginia’s high security prisons dogs are a FIRST RESORT to force in almost any situation where guards invent or claim justification to use force on prisoners.

Ruchell Cinque Magee was just released from prison after 67 years caged!

On July 15, 2021, Ruchell was denied parole for the 16th time. In 2023, Ruchell Magee signed a petition for compassionate release after incessant work to challenge the legitimacy of his imprisonment.

Cinque’s return – a poem

After 67 years in prison Ruchell Cinque Magee has reached Freedom upon being released.

Letter from Dr. Tolbert Small to the family of Dr. Mutulu Shakur 

Whenever the oppressed pick up arms, Mutulu lives. Whenever our children and grandchildren resist tyranny, racism and oppression, Mutulu lives!