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Friday, September 20, 2019

Behind Enemy Lines

Stories from the prison industrial complex.

Angola 10-2ers argue for retroactive application of new constitutional amendment requiring unanimous juries

Louisiana must be made to release the African Americans who have been irreparably harmed and dehumanized by officials who took oaths to protect them.

Malik has been granted parole!

It is with great joy that I announce my parole from Texas state prisons (TDCJ)!

Stop a modern day lynching: Don’t let Pennsylvania murder MOVE member Delbert Africa

Rally to expose the PLANNED MURDER of DELBERT AFRICA by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections on Friday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m., at Geisinger Hospital, 1000 East Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, Penn. 18711. If traveling from Philadelphia, meet at 6 a.m. at JFK Blvd and 30th Street for rides.

No Prison Fridays: Panthers organize shutdown of prison construction project

The persistent turnouts of people’s power community outrage each week compelled New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and his attorney general to announce in early May that they had scrapped plans to build the youth prison at the planned site.

Black, Muslim, freedom fighter: Free Imam Jamil Al-Amin!

Atlanta’s CNN Center was the site of a rally July 26 for imprisoned freedom fighter Imam Jamil Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown.

Call immediately to save the life of Delbert Africa, last of the MOVE 9...

They could not kill Delbert Aug. 8, 1978, after the brutal beating they gave him and now they want to finish the job before he can come home on parole.

Fight Toxic Prisons Convergence report back

Prisons are both an economic project and a counterinsurgency program. Their neverending goal is to continue “locking people up who are trying to be free.” And a reoccurring theme and recognition of the discussion was that “we can’t destroy prisons without destroying capitalism.”

Kumasi speaks: What is Black August?

Listen to this historic recording of Kumasi (using the player above), the official historian of the Black August Organizing Committee, speaking about...

Hunger strike declared at North Carolina’s Scotland Prison for July 31

A hunger strike is due to start at Scotland Correctional Institution in Laurinburg, N.C., on July 31, 2019. Grievances filed and notaries requested are being ignored, and recreation is “canceled.”

Spotlight: Kevin Cooper’s case exemplifies decades of systemic failures

Not everyone caught in the criminal legal system prompts backsliding on reform, and not everyone is hit with high-profile murder charges. Not everyone is framed. And very few have Kim Kardashian fighting for them.

Heat-related conditions at the Allred Unit are cruel, unusual and a purveyance of unwritten...

“Heat illness is a very serious matter in Texas prisons. I am a living witness to these conditions and many other unjust and cruel things that occur daily in Texas state prisons.”

It’s not ‘try to get justice’ no more; we WILL get justice

When my feet first touched down in the streets of Ferguson, I felt connected suddenly, because I felt the pain of the people out there. I felt what was going on with them, and I did not want to leave.

Thoughts on ‘Democracy Denied’

During outside recreation, as we all were locked in individual dog cages that are side by side, I initiated a conversation into what we read in “Democracy Denied.”

Change maker Amani Sawari taking Amend the 13th Petition to the United Nations!

Re-empowering the disenfranchised with their Right2Vote provides us with a ‘voice’ and an opportunity to take part in a democracy which has failed us for decades.

Eddie Africa of the #MOVE9 is home after four decades of incarceration

The Abolitionist Law Center and the People’s Law Office are proud to announce that Eddie Africa of the MOVE 9 has been released from state custody after more than 40 years of incarceration.

Prison hunger strike supporters to protest outside Alabama’s Limestone Prison Saturday, June 22

As the U.S. Department of Justice has so far failed to pursue action by way of a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections, those who have confined loved ones argue that their inaction is proof that the DOJ does not believe incarcerated individuals in the ADOC are worth protecting. This mobilization demonstrates that those directly impacted by incarceration, and those fighting for change on the inside, will continue to make their own voices heard.

Act now to save Mumia’s eyesight and to demand his release!

Not only is Mumia's overall health deteriorating as he is threatened by permanent blindness, his failure now to receive the immediate attention he requires is cruel and unusual punishment, especially as an innocent man who has been unjustly incarcerated for almost four decades. Sign the petition.

Dr. Belay Reddick launches #PardonMEAmerica

Dr. Belay Reddick has coined the hashtag and movement #PardonMEAmerica to seek commutations from President Donald Trump for him and his five friends who are lost in the maze of excessive, inappropriate sentences that have destroyed their lives without providing them second chances.

All phone calls free from SF County Jail

Mayor London N. Breed and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy today announced that San Francisco will become the first county in the nation to make all phone calls from jail free and end all county markups on jail store items.

Comrade Malik invites Black activists and Freedom Fighters from under every banner: On Aug....

Clear your calendar for the third Sunday in August 2019 and make your way to Terre Haute, Indiana. Kwame “Beans” Shakur is a revolutionary scholar and activist who is organizing the First Annual REBUILD: New Afrikan People’s Assembly Conference at the Booker T. Washington Community Center on Aug. 18, 2019, in beautiful Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Michigan: The Good Time Bill myth

If Michigan state legislators really want to pass a bill that effectively reduces the current population inside jam-packed state prisons (TIS), they should introduce a bill, or bills, that simply repeals disciplinary time, as enacted back in 1998.

Biden his time

Do you elect someone who has failed you for decades, again, again – and again?

One year later, National Prison Strike demands manifest in presidential proposal

Every one of the [National Prison Strike] demands is addressed in Bernie Sanders’ criminal justice reform plan.

Mothers challenge SFUSD: ‘They treat my daughter like a criminal because...

Shonte insists that this incident is part of an ongoing saga of discrimination and profiling by Ida B. Wells staff and alleges that her daughter was targeted and had been searched over a dozen times the previous year.

#StokersSoWhite: 2016 Horror Writers’ Association boycott

“'Beloved' would have been considered gothic horror if it had been written from a white character’s point of view by a white author.”