Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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Behind Enemy Lines

Stories from the prison industrial complex.

Bill to propel $12 billion prison construction project sent to governor with budget package

While governor and legislature propose massive cuts to education and 2,000 public works projects are on hold, prison expansion is pushed forward.

Method of execution

I will continue the ardent struggle from the "inside out." As you fight to abolish the death penalty from the "outside in," may we intersect in success!

Christmas Day in a Louisiana dungeon

Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace are about to begin their 37th year in the dungeon of the old slave plantation, Angola. A crucifixion. Where is the public outrage that will resurrect them?

Reductions in prison population can save the state billions

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is proposing the only real solution to the overcrowding crisis: reducing the number of people in prison and canceling new prison construction.

Free the Atenco 13!

As economies crumble around the globe, states are becoming increasingly repressive, especially against those who are its political opponents and resisters.

Thirty-five years of isolation, introspection and torture

When imprisoned and placed in an isolation unit, you begin to live inside yourself, measuring how you are doing against the challenges that you are confronted by to gauge how well you are getting on.

Rev. Pinkney granted bond, will be home for Christmas

A Court of Appeals granted the ACLU's motion for bond on behalf of Rev. Edward Pinkney, who is serving a 3-10 year sentence for harshly criticizing a judge.

COINTELPRO plot against ‘Omaha 2’ included a cadre of top FBI officials

In Omaha, Nebraska, the leaders of a Black Panther group, Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa (formerly David Rice), were the targets of a clandestine operation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation code-named COINTELPRO.

Today’s Black woman

The 2008 presidential race provides an opportunity to redefine traditional views of beauty. When the child in the projects of New Orleans can look at the first lady and see herself, that iconography alone works as a powerful antidote towards curing what ails America.

What happened to freedom?

I have been constantly pushing for liberation quite vigorously and many of you inspire me to push harder and remember the words of a great freedom fighter, Sis. Harriet Tubman, who said: "I started with this idea in my head. There's two things I have a right to: death or liberty."

Herman Wallace in trouble, hospitalized – updated 11/29

Robert H. King, Angola 3 activist, former political prisoner, called to tell me that Herman Wallace, while visiting with Jackie Sumell and her friend, had what appeared to be a heart attack or stroke. Alarmed, Jackie banged on the door of the locked visiting room to get guards' attention.

Freedom is cream corn and sausage

I recall listening to a recording of Albert Woodfox describing how it felt after 15 years or something crazy long like that to finally get a contact visit from his mom and feel her hug. Now, after nearly 36 years in solitary confinement, Woodfox could soon be released on bail.

The Black/Afrikan community and the death penalty

"Slavery became a haven for the death penalty. In Virginia, before the end of slavery, there was only one crime for which a white person could be executed. But there were 66 crimes for which a slave could be executed.” – Sis. Angela Davis, 2003

The meanings of victory

by Mumia Abu-Jamal: The count has been called and Barack Hussein Obama Jr. has become the 44th president of the United States of America. But, in truth, history will record him as No. 1: the first African-American president.

Jerry’s Brown-nosin’ with California’s prison guards

The prison guards' union is built on the backs of human beings in cages. Jerry Brown is cozying up to the prison guards and fighting Proposition 5, a measure that offers drug treatment and a second chance to young people, nonviolent offenders and prisoners.

All Power to the People!

The SF Bay View has served as a vehicle that forces from various walks of life have utilized to provide information about their respective politics, campaigns, events etc. In particular, the POCC's One Prisoner One Contact Campaign shall definitely be affected: a campaign that assesses and stresses the importance of maintaining communication and contact with those who are held captive behind enemy lines with those who are in the outside communities.

Aaron Patterson’s torturer Jon Burge arrested

Political prisoner Aaron Patterson was tortured by Chicago police and brought up on trumped up charges originally in 1986, when he was framed for a double homicide. In 2003, Gov. Ryan of Illinois acknowledged the torturing tactics of the Chicago Police Department under the leadership of Lt. Jon Burge and tenure of then prosecutor and now Mayor Richard M. Daley.

SF County Jail’s cruel and unusual punishment of Herman Bell of the San Francisco...

Herman Bell arrived from New York in late May 2007 to face this extremely unjust prosecution of eight former Black Panthers and community activists. Confinement in the San Francisco County Jail has been devastating to what little quality of life Herman and Jalil Muntaqim have experienced in New York prisons for three decades.

Free Troy Davis!

On Oct. 14, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the death-row case of Troy Anthony Davis, putting him on the fast track to be murdered by the state of Georgia for the murder of a Savannah police officer in 1989. But on Friday, Oct. 24, in his third 11th-hour reprieve, the federal appeals court in Atlanta granted a stay so Troy's lawyers can file claims of his innocence. Block Report Radio speaks with Troy's sister Martina Davis about his case.

Imprisoned Rev. Pinkney runs for U.S. Congress

Due to the great outpouring of support in Michigan, Rev. Edward Pinkney has become the Green Party candidate in the 6th District Congressional race. He is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, a political heir to Whirlpool Corp.-Harbor Shores Community Redevelopment Inc.