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Sunday, January 24, 2021
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Behind Enemy Lines

Stories from the prison industrial complex.

Liberate the Caged Voices

“Is this the life you want?” By design of the rich white slaver writers, the Constitution with the 13th Amendment to maintain free labor – then known as slavery, now identified as corporations – was constructed intentionally to support capitalism.

San Quentin prison staff forcing prisoners to accept liability for their own deaths from...

Like asking prisoners to shovel the dirt for their own graves, Gov. Newsom and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s moral and criminal neglect, Eighth Amendment violations, incompetence and malfeasance has now inspired the Governor and CDCR to coerce prisoner victims into accepting blame for the inhumanity of their oppressors.

‘The Streets are not Your Friend’

Managing Editor Nube Brown reads the poem ‘The Streets Are Not Your Friend’ by imprisoned writer Terrance Blackwell.

I Like Jazz

Managing Editor Nube Brown reads aloud the poem ‘I Like Jazz’ by William Morganherring.

‘They want us to get COVID; they don’t care who dies’: Prisoners’ families stage...

People who are prisoners are fighting for their lives and dependent solely on the support and voices of families and organizers on the outside because California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation (CDCr), the Governor’s office and legislators are acting like they don’t care if they die, and by non-action appear to encourage death by COVID for prisoners.

Rebecca Hensley memorial

The power, love and humanity of Rebecca L. Hensley is deeply remembered by Calvin “Casino” Coleman as the precious human life of his friend and mentor transitions to the ancestor realm.

Keith LaMar: A Love Supreme

The power of Keith LaMar’s authenticity expands to pure joy as he shares his journey on death row in Ohio with his exploration of love, solidarity and hope through jazz music, relentless push to prevail in his innocence, honoring the fundamental power of the people and the power in walking a journey together.

Prison Lives Matter is a united front

Mentored by Jalil Muntaqim, Kwame “Beans” Shakur describes the construct of the work ahead with Prison Lives Matter, “In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela,” to build unity, strength and international support in the movement to liberate all political prisoners, prisoners of war and politicized people caged by the U.S.

Colin Kaepernick, Angela Davis, Pam Africa spotlight Mumia’s fight for freedom

The call to act is urgent to free Mumia Abu Jamal, Russel "Maroon" Shoatz, and all political prisoners, with sustained mass movement of collective energy to accept nothing less than unconditional compassionate release for our fellow brothers and sisters held by the U.S.

Ruchell Cinque Magee speaks

As the ugly truth about US suppression of, especially, Black people’s resistance to white supremacist slavery oppression increasingly educates the People, Ruchell Cinque Magee’s brilliant fight to free himself from decades-long wrongful incarceration as a US political prisoner highlights the compelling need for the People’s support for release.

Oregon statewide groups organize mutual aid fundraiser for imprisoned firefighters

Oregon steps up to honor imprisoned firefighters’ human dignity. Organizations are shining the love light bright in gratefulness for 285 imprisoned firefighters putting their lives on the line for a mere $6 per day to save lives, homes, pets, wildlife, forests and fellow free firefighters (up to $25.07 per day).

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.