Sunday, February 25, 2024
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Abolition Now!

Writings and investigations from our siblings behind bars.

Unbroken – bury your fear!

Moved to our own educational critical thinking by Joe A’Jene Valentine’s critique of F.M. Shabazz’ story in SFBV’s May 2021 issue, another gift of shared humanity from the inside expands the view.

We need the Bay View like a fish needs water

What we input into our minds determines our outlook and eventually determines our output. That’s the problem with today’s generation. We are simply inputting the wrong type of information into our precious brains. We need the Bay View like a fish needs water. I can’t over emphasize the importance of having knowledge.

RACISM-1619; The real killer virus

Society, like every other organism, is equipped with what it needs to fight infection.

As hunger strikers’ medical crises worsen, marchers will ‘bring the noise’ to downtown SF...

Legal representatives visited Pelican Bay SHU hunger strikers Tuesday. Each prisoner explained how medical conditions of hundreds of hunger strikers in the SHU are worsening. The only way to prevent people from dying right now is for the CDCR to negotiate with the prisoners' outside mediation team.

Unlock them up!

The People speak – no new, updated or refurbished jails or prisons. 

The WHY of the Prisoner’s Subscription Fund

Prisoner’s subscriptions provide education and human interactions and relationships.

New report challenges governors to use clemency powers to fight the COVID-19 pandemic

As COVID-19 outbreaks continue to explode in prisons and jails across the United States, a new report challenges governors to make full use of their executive power to release larger numbers of people from detention in order to create less crowded, less dangerous conditions in the face of the pandemic.

Mishandling of COVID-19 at Eastham Plantation

It is notable that prisoner Steve McCain is caged in a prison still owning the name of the plantation it was built on, Eastham Plantation, meting out the same cruelty, disrespect and dehumanizing atrocities on prisoners as was perpetrated on the slaves before them, who originally cleared the land before the Civil War.

Federal judge strikes down California’s death penalty

A federal judge has ruled that California’s death penalty system is unconstitutional, finding it arbitrary and in violation of the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment. “Today’s ruling ... is a monumental victory for justice,” declared San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi. “I commend U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney for his courage and wisdom,”

Tee time

To get the dream ball airborne, Shai Alkebu-Lan adroitly lays out an entertaining, thoughtful perspective and explicit course of action, starting with the tee from which a plan unfolds, once one has teed off.

Isolation as ‘rehabilitation’

Again, bright light shines on the inhumane and genocidal systems of  u.s. prison plantations today.

Maroon fights two battles

Mumia Abu Jamal, himself a long time U.S. held Political Prisoner in compromising health, advocates for 77-year-old Maroon, also a U.S. held Political Prisoner, being systematically tortured during COVID-19 while battling stage 4 cancer alone, denied health care, instead suffering "care" abuse by DOC. The humanity of the brothers reveals the shame of the system.

Building a movement to end solitary confinement, against imprisonment

After hunger strike leaders reached an agreement last week with the CDCR to end the hunger strike that swept across California’s prison system, prisoners have started to transition to eating food again. Their concerns include not wanting fellow prisoners to die.

The meanings of victory

by Mumia Abu-Jamal: The count has been called and Barack Hussein Obama Jr. has become the 44th president of the United States of America. But, in truth, history will record him as No. 1: the first African-American president.

A Quest for Democracy in Sacramento

More than 200 people came to the Capitol in Sacramento as part of a lobby day for justice-involved and formerly incarcerated individuals, with participants travelling from around the state. The second annual Formerly Incarcerated People’s Quest for Democracy focused on 16 bills, including policies on reentry, sentencing reform and sealing of juvenile records.

Reflections: We are the sons

When nothing is legal except wealth and power – what shall we do?

Living for the oppressed

Although KB’s housed in the cell next to me, we hadn’t talked for about a week. He expressed frustration with me. Feeling years in segregation has affected my mind – negatively – in that I don’t seem interested to use my “wits” to get out: of segregation and ultimately prison. He goes for the “be a good boy and they’ll let you out” line. Had to correct him.

The WHY of the Prisoner’s Subscription Fund

Gratitude “for the constant reminder, the opening of our mind’s eye.”

The WHY of the Prisoner Subscription Fund

What is Black authenticity?

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.