Sunday, April 11, 2021
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Behind Enemy Lines

Stories from the prison industrial complex.

Growing up Panther: An interview with K’sisay Sadiki

A testament to the human spirit and revolutionary resilience, this story is shared in two enlightening elements – Susie Day’s tender interview with K’Sisay Sadiki, daughter of Black Panther Kamau Sadiki, and Day’s illuminating commentary about Kamau Sadiki, the BPP and COINTELPRO, and the system’s attempts to crush the vital, wholeheartedly participatory lives of deeply-bonded father and daughter, committed to themselves, each other and the people.

Take me home

From the revolutionary heart comes the art for change. Ioki (Aoki) Pink Butler speaks her poem, written dedicated to the memories of Armias Ashegdon “Nipsey Hussle” and George Floyd.

Free yourself into forgiveness

Britney Gulley eloquently describes the prison we each one of us inhabits to whatever degree we allow, as we alone and in community are the masters of the prison we choose to call home.

Nixing prison time for certain crimes among proposed changes to California Penal Code

A year of deep study by the Committee on Revision of the Penal Code revealed glaringly widespread problems rooted in deep racial inequity and culminated in a final report with 10 substantial recommendations for reform; in tandem with the report, Senate Bills SB 81 and SB 82 are now working their way through the Senate, introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner and Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager.

The isms: All my life I had to fight

To move forward is to take responsibility to recognize in ourselves where we accept the isms that have been spoon fed into our belief system, keeping our eyes closed to the 1 percenter pissing on our foot, our believing it to be rain ‘cuz he names it so, while inhaling the undeniable smell of urine.

Unprepared for COVID, Texas women’s prison was equally unprepared for Uri

Unconscionable, inhumane, violently genocidal is the reality this story by Victoria Law for Truthout informs with reports by women incarcerated at FMC Carswell about what clearly is deliberate indifference to deadly conditions putting residents’ lives in danger, validating the consideration so stated: ‘If they can’t take care of us, release us.’

Report from behind the wall at CSP-Solano: CDCr still endangering lives after a year...

With stories so deeply compelling and told at great risk of retaliation, another of our caged community members describes the deliberate indifference to the safety of prisoners during COVID-19 in CSP-Solano prison, with no protocol, no common sense, no humanity, no recourse. Taxpayer dollars support this shame.

Bare Bones Incident Report: Brian Holliday, David Wade Correctional Facility

We receive hundreds of letters a month, from all over the country – many detailing devastating human and civil rights abuses. Here, I ask you to write Brian Holliday and tell him you care and hope he's okay.

Letters of life from slow death row

Tiyo Attallah Salah-El’s “Pen Pal” is lovingly reviewed by David Gilbert, himself in his 41st year of a life sentence. In the body of 92 prison letters written by Tiyo to Paul Alan Smith, he reveals deep friendships, teaching, mentoring and lawyering accomplishments, and evidence that in the worst situation imaginable he chose to make the best of it – the very best.

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.

Shape-shifting the narrative: Louis Hutchinson aka Wally

To be honest this is the first time I can honestly say ‘I’m Black and I’m proud.’”

One cop, three shots, zero proof

Mr. Chavez’s incarceration tells a truth about utter dismissal of fellow human beings and injustices perpetrated upon himself, his family and so many others, who are suffering and dying from the racist abuses of a system that is designed for dehumanization and genocide of non-white and other vulnerable people.

Louisiana: The last slave state in America

From Anthony Boult we learn the disturbing truth about just how historically diabolical the state of Louisiana is with regard to their caged “slave population,” utilizing a systematic strategy to destroy the dignity of the Black family and suppress the legal, political and socioeconomic rights of African Americans.

The found condom: A DeWayne Ewing mystery

This mystery, like so many others, is the daily nightmare that the pathologically corrupt injustice system and the capitalist Industrial Prison Complex systematically perpetrates on Black and Brown, young and poor and often innocent people. When will our rage as a society be the force that repels the greed and cruelty of the racist elite ruling class? District Attorney Nancy O’Malley’s office at 510-272-6222

Alabama prison guards brutally beat Kinetic Justice, sending him to trauma unit

Alabama Department of Corrections is the “worst of the worst” of present day criminal capitalist slave plantations and they have this week attempted to murder prisoner leader Kinetic Justice to silence his constant exposure of the ADOC’s inhumane brutality of those in its “care.” As a society, we must speak our outrage, or be utterly shamed.

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.

Find the nigger guilty

Guilty While Black – for the purposes of unfettered upward movement in the US Injustice system, those of the racist ruling class deny justice by hook or by crook, no holds barred. Daniel Andre Green, by this courageous description of his lived nightmare, being denied due process, fair and just hearing, judicial integrity or an ounce of respect as a human being, humbly asks for help from anyone who might care.

What is revolutionary intercommunalism and why do we embrace it

The world is in political and social transition, shifts in contradictions and conditions are occurring, and revolutionary people and organizations are reacting and responding to what is necessary to stay on track with their work to achieve a more just and vital world.

Let’s get this party started: On the split in the New Afrikan Black Panther...

Revolution is complicated, and more so when personalities protrude into the process. Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson expresses the pain of fissures and fractures in the life force of the revolutionary movement. It is energy, and passion and brilliance will continue to light the way as it reflects off the walls of the breach.

Liberate the Caged Voices: Strategic release

We have options, as expressed fervently by Nube Brown and Joka Heshima Jinsai, in the chorus of the collective voices of the lived experience of transformation on the inside blending with the advocate voices on the outside in harmony with consideration of strategic release to infuse our ailing communities with healing, self-determination and liberation.