Sunday, January 16, 2022
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Behind Enemy Lines

Writings and investigations from our Brothers and Sisters behind bars.

George Jackson, 50 years later

In this powerful writing of a revolutionary history, education as foundation becomes glaringly obvious and unequivocally key to achieving true freedom.

Black Texas prisoner gassed, brutalized in solitary confinement cell

Jason Renard Walker witnesses and speaks out about the beating of Marquis Kingbury, with humanitarian and defiant disregard for Sgt. Schwartz’s threat that he will beat Walker nearly to death just like Kingbury should he ignore the threat. 

Who’s making the rules? Time added to sentences for our brothers at the fire...

Slavery is alive and profitable as CDCr dangles sentence-reduction incentives to get agreements with prisoner fire-fighters to risk their lives and then shamefully breaks those agreements for a longer haul of cheap/free labor.

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.

Liberate the Caged Voices

Sixty-six year old prisoner, Ifoma Modibo Kambon, describes how state prison actors administer their insidious tactics to destroy prisoners' minds, bodies and spirits with torture of decades in solitary confinement and other sadistic implementations of dehumanization.

Free Uhuru! Supporters ask Gov. Northam to grant him clemency

Justice for Uhuru Coordinating Committee (JUCC) is ramping up efforts to free unjustly sentenced Uhuru Baraka Rowe, and take down Virginia’s Richmond Circuit Court Judge James B. Wilkinson for egregious judicial bias and racism in sentencing of Black people.

Hunger striking for true freedom – statement for a political musical

While the Historic Hunger Strikes brought joyous victory with the end of indeterminate solitary confinement, the struggle continues with most of the representative body, now Elders, still in prison, suffering ongoing retaliation by parole authorities.

Veronza Bowers, political prisoner and healer: Making the wounded whole

Formerly incarcerated Pancho was shocked at Veronza Bowers’ still being caged in the prison system 30 years after he himself was healed to walk again by the healing energy of Veronza and his shakuhachi.

The birth, meaning and practice of Black August

Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson welcomes Black August in tribute, recognition, fortification, consciousness-building and inspiration, embracing community socialist values of mutual aid and support.

The savagery of Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentencing

Michael Dorrough describes the path for legislators to create humane prison sentencing, tools for rehabilitation and justice-based administration of incarceration.

Agreement to End Hostilities

The Agreement to End Hostilities, envisioned and written by the Best of the Best, is perhaps the most powerful document to be created in the past 50 years, a testament to the power of unity, and today a Blueprint for the possibilities for humanity globally.

Decades of torture, hundreds of men, weeks of starvation – and still we aren’t...

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first of three California Hunger Strikes, Bay View Editor Nube Brown interviews Paul Redd and Kubwa Jitu, captured and labeled the worst of the worst, sharing a combined 66 plus years total in solitary confinement, and revealing their humanity to be the Best of the Best.

Salute to Sitawa: ‘That Brotha still stands strong, unbroken!’

Ifoma Modibo Kambon pays tribute to Hunger Strikes’ unbroken lion, visionary and quintessential human, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa.

Remembering the mighty hunger strikes: 10th anniversary salutations!

Mutawally Joka Kambon shares his memories and honor of the 10th anniversary of the Prisoner Hunger Strikes that inspired a rejuvenated heartbeat in the struggle for humanity.

No one wants to live under constant assaults on their humanity

There is no choice when the life of humanity is the child you must protect, when you must fight back because it is the only choice.

Liberate the Caged Voices

Survival in the midst of historical and current long-term determined torture by prison guards against prisoners under the California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation is testament to the human spirit, and glaring evidence of our social decline as human beings to allow the existence of such atrocities.

A light at the end of the tunnel for Kevin Cooper

With determination, commitment and love, Kevin Cooper continues to fight for exoneration and freedom from oppression for himself and all who suffer the pain of the whip.

Building a united front inside: Educate, agitate, organize!

Power to the people is in education, agitation, unification and organization, inside and outside, to build lives without oppression.

Interstate prison transfers as weapons of political repression: My nine years in domestic exile

Determined not deterred, Kevin “Rashid” Johnson continues to be the brilliant flame of the candle on the cake that can’t be blown out.

California’s 2011-2013 Hunger Strikers ‘rocked the nation,’ but their Five Core Demands are still...

An update of this 10th anniversary of the California Prisoner Hunger Strikes from PHSS shows that the Five Core Demands are yet unmet by CDCr as prescribed by the Asker v. Governor of California settlement agreement thereby adding another year of court supervision.
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