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Thursday, December 3, 2020
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Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

Stories from the prison industrial complex.

Time constraints

Brother Taquarius Ford first skillfully rolls out the prison sentencing conundrum. Ford then points to the mistake of extinguishing federal parole in a time when incarcerated people numbered 500,000 nationwide, breaking down the domino effect of this one act on what we see today in our 2.4 million incarcerated population.

Torment in Indiana prisons: The abuse, the lawsuit, the death of Phillip Littler

This horror story is unique to Phillip Littler – but not. Kevin ‘Rashid Johnson has told the story again and again, and as a revered artist, he lays bare these atrocities in drawings, exquisite in the pain they reveal, imploring us to listen, feel and act to abolish the existing evil culture killing our fellow human beings.

George Jackson to George Floyd

Kevin Sawyer deftly describes the murderous culture of police in our communities and guards in the prison system. The past 50 years between George Jackson’s assassination by guards at San Quentin, and the brutal murder of George Floyd by police on the streets of Minneapolis, shines the light brighter on the ongoing tragedy of blind hatred towards Black human lives.

Know your enemies from your friends

From behind the walls in a well of complexities, emerges clarity on the state of our humanity and the cloak of domination, oppression and abuse worn by Black and Brown people, even as some of that number are part of the fabric of the cloak.

Transgenders and Blacks at Lane Murray Unit: Victims of abuse and torture

To feel the words of the abused and tortured, to believe what they tell us they experience behind the walls of our prisons, is our opportunity to feel their pain, to feel the injustice of their being caged and treated worse than animals, and to acknowledge the open door to the opportunity to stand up in support and protection of our fellow human beings.

Eclipse: Dedicated to Tookie Williams

From behind the walls are jewels that are at times able to grace the lives of those waiting for their creators’ return.

Release – don’t transfer – 50,000 medically vulnerable people from California prisons

UCSF White Coats for Black Lives leaves no uncertainty how Gov. Gavin Newsom and his appointee, Kathleen Allison, are playing the shell game, toying with the lives of our elderly and infirmed caged community members, and all Californians. CDCr is exposing all of us to ravaging and likely death by COVID-19. Equally troubling is the mental torture of all prisoners, their families and loved ones.

A son’s fight for his father’s freedom

Families of U.S.-held Political Prisoners, and all prisoners, suffer their own traumas along with their caged loved ones. The carceral state systematically inflicts the pain of super oppression, often succeeding in fracturing the bonds of the family unit. The father and son Shoatz unit however, through love and commitment, has only become stronger.

Who really is the ‘Worst of the Worst’?

Alfred Sandoval digs deeper into the label “Worst of the Worst.” Sandoval deftly explores how this label is applied as an apparatus sustaining fear of each other, us (out here) and them (in there), thereby deflecting attention away from those who aggravate and sustain oppression.

No warning shot

Not in our most creative nightmare could we imagine being snatched off the street or out of our home thrown into another reality of waking into the horror of hand shackles, waist chains and leg irons, the “Devil’s Playground” of gladiator fights and corrupt and sadistic prison guards, unless we are Black, Brown or other targeted persons.

Faultlines of national oppression and class contradictions

Shaka Shakur makes crystal clear that freedom is not given. Freedom is taken and the price is high. The will of the oppressor to protect property and power is vicious and relentless. To win freedom, we must commit to the courage to take it.

The master’s greatest fear: Unity and community equals real change

Rope, bullet or knee. Rand Gould gives us a clear and present opportunity to digest the story, the players and the possibilities, to take charge, to identify and build our communities to join the movement and feel the strength of unity to actualize the change we demand.

Free David Gilbert: It’s that time of year again, Clemency 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the power to grant clemency to 76-year-old David Gilbert having served 40 years of a life sentence. Jerome Wright, now 12 years paroled, supports and promotes clemency for David Gilbert, whose mentorship inspired Wright towards a path of purpose in promoting something other than his own delinquent self.

Soledad uncensored: Racism and the hyper-policing of Black bodies, Part 3

The Bay View is serializing the introduction to “Annotated Tears, Vol. 2,” by Talib Williams, who is currently incarcerated in Soledad, California, and has written the history of that storied place. In the spirit of Sankofa, we learn the past to build the future.

Vote NO on Proposition 20

This November 2020 election needs you, educated and determined. More than ever in the history of this country possibly, it is crucial that we as the collective citizenry step up and vote with heads and hearts united. The fight is real and all kinds of trickery is being lambasted upon us to confuse and manipulate in the effort to keep the system of oppression in place. Vote No on Proposition 20.

Recognizing prison resistance: From George Jackson and Attica to the Agreement to End Hostilities

At San Quentin Prison on Saturday, Oct. 10, a demonstration and vigil hosted by No Justice Under Capitalism, California Prison Focus and KAGE Universal (Kings & Queens Against Genocidal Environments) will take place to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the Agreement to End Hostilities and recognize the ongoing history of prison resistance.

Autonomous Infrastructure Mission: The need for New Afrikan self-sufficiency in Amerika

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates the U.S. capitalist oppressive impact of legal modern slavery on Black communities and shines an even brighter light on the disproportionate distribution of wealth, privilege and opportunity in society.

New report states only 7 percent of people with incarcerated loved ones say their...

Incarcerated people are vulnerable to severe illness due to COVID-19, and the pandemic is spreading rapidly in prisons, jails and detention centers because of lack of health care and adequate access to basic necessities, such as soap and disinfectant.

Jalil Muntaqim: Support of Palestine is not anti-Semitic

Taking a look at the lens through which one might judge as anti-Semitic the view of the Israeli regime under Netanyahu and its treatment of the Palestinian people, Jalil Muntaqim argues that criticizing this corrupt government for genocidal, colonial and imperial behavior over, and its clear disdain for the Palestinian people is not anti-Semitic. Instead, it is the undeniable sense of human justice.

We’ve done it: 850 Bryant St. jail shutters its doors

People Power works. SF Sentencing Commission’s Safety and Justice Challenge Subcommittee, with city leaders, including representatives of the SF District Attorney and the SF Public Defender, released the first draft of the subcommittee’s final report on the successful completion of the operational plan to close County Jail 4.