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Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

Stories from the prison industrial complex.

Emergency! Comrade Malik calls for our help: ‘Don’t allow the feds to assassinate me!’

“When I embraced this life as a freedom fighter and whistleblower, I knew there would come a time when the oppressors would place me in harm’s way and then feign ignorance. I think it’s time we all got more serious about protecting our most advanced political elements.” – Comrade Malik

Justice demands Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom – not continued imprisonment to appease the Fraternal Order...

Formerly hidden evidence disclosed by current District Attorney Larry Krasner justifies a new trial and Abu-Jamal’s immediate release. “Abu-Jamal should have been released by Krasner,” declares Pam Africa.

Another death penalty horror: Stark disparities in media and activist attention

Rodney Reed and everyone else on death row are flesh-and-blood human beings who deserve humane and just treatment, not extermination, regardless of whether you believe they are innocent and haven’t had a fair legal process.

New clemency system could turn Rodney Reed’s 20 years of injustice into 20 days

Rodney Reed’s scheduled execution has been put on hold five days before he was to be put to death, after more than 20 years in prison. Common sense and 21st century DNA technology could take 20 days, not 20 years, to give an innocent person his or her life back. It is time for a change in who should control clemency.

Urgent action alert: Stop prison officials from blocking Shaka Shakur’s access to educational and...

Shaka Shakur is a politically active incarcerated New Afrikan who was transferred on Dec. 18, 2018, from the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) to the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) as part of a campaign by prison officials to neutralize his activism.

‘Mumia Abu-Jamal is just one step away from freedom,’ says Maureen Faulkner

Philadelphia police have been violent and racist and corrupt for decades. They have a lot to lose if Mumia wins – because when Mumia wins, the forces that support Black dignity and freedom are winning.

Modern-day slavery from incarceration to forced adoption

System-impacted women and girls are now leading the criminal law reform ... showing the American public and policymakers that previous beliefs on punitive punishments and “rehabilitation” are wrong.

Robert Earl Council enters 11th day of hunger strike to protest Alabama prison abuse

The Alabama Department of Corrections is once again targeting and repressing incarcerated hunger striker Robert Earl Council (aka Kinetik Justice) for exposing the inhumane conditions at Limestone Correctional Facility.

It doesn’t taste like chicken

I am an innocent man in prison – 11 years now – and I still can’t tell you how it feels.

Activists across the world deliver South Carolina prisoners’ demands to United Nations

South Carolina’s prison system has reached a breaking point, and right now it is breaking the minds, bodies and spirits of human beings.

In Texas, environmental racism is in our FACE

“The struggle to restore the soil and the struggle to create a just social order have up to now been carried on mostly as parallel political movements, without much mutual awareness."

Presidential candidates engage with formerly incarcerated organizers at historic forum on criminal justice issues

On Monday, Oct. 28, Democratic presidential candidates fielded questions from formerly incarcerated people for the first time during a nationally-broadcast forum.

How the patriarchy oppresses men

“Patriarchy,” the zine stated further, “is a system of entitlement that rewards behavior that is anti-woman.”

Santa Rita Jail prisoners stage hunger strike and work stoppage to protest filthy conditions,...

Homeless detainees are sent to filthy holding cells to sit and lie down in vomit, urine, feces, semen, on food- and dirt-stained floors. Rather than caring for the heroin addict in the infirmary, the detainees are made to tend to the addict, clean up the addict and his messes, and suffer the indignity, smell and infectious disease risks.

A key reparation to descendants of slaves wouldn’t cost a dime

There should be no talk of reparations in the United States unless it includes the ending of the historic and horrific crime against humanity: the death penalty.

Join the phone zap to move Comrade Malik, badly beaten, out of USP Beaumont

Comrade Malik, currently in solitary confinement after being attacked at USP Beaumont, urgently needs to get out of there and into an institution in California. Prison officials need to know that many, many people are watching out for him and they can’t get away with any more dirty tricks.

Aramark: Multibillion dollar food vendor starves and exploits prisoners

"In Ohio prisons, maggots were also found in Aramark’s foods." | Corporate profit and Aramark's starvation diets

30 days after release, prisoner holds fundraiser

Prisons are not the place for the promotion of peace, especially in their maximum security and solitary confinement housing units.

Political speech in prison

When I asked, “Will I be released from segregation since I’ve done nothing wrong?” He said, “Well, you wanna be all political, this is what happens.”

Judge Marks and mass incarceration in the Middle District of Alabama

The stories of injustice coming out of the Middle District of Alabama are still replete with nonviolent, disproportionately Black defendants with longstanding drug problems – ones who commit victimless crimes tied to unsuccessfully or untreated addictions – receiving draconian sentences.

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Artivists in Action and Solidarity: Rattle the KAGE Dec. 7, 4-7pm

Artivists in Action and Solidarity: Rattle the KAGE Dec. 7, 4-7pm! Busting down walls and opening doors through art, culture and education at the first annual Ratcliff Award celebration benefiting SF Bay View and Prison Focus. Y'all come!

Invitation to Bid for Southgate Road Realignment Project on Yerba Buena...

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I will not be silenced!

The Trump administration has an overt and covert campaign of suppression aimed at journalists, activists and servants of the people – including Comrade Malik, who plans to edit the Bay View upon his release.