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Prisoners sue California prison system following targeted raid against Black people
When danger to the white supremacist, capitalist, imperialist prison system is perceived, state sanctioned fear and terror are unleashed on defenseless Black prisoners.
Defend Oakland mentor and educator Minister King X from baseless racist...
Minister King X, peaceful artist, activist and mentor community member, is snatched by the ever-searching tentacles of CDCr under false pretext of a parole violation and intentions to send him back to prison.
George Jackson, 50 years later
In this powerful writing of a revolutionary history, education as foundation becomes glaringly obvious and unequivocally key to achieving true freedom.
San Quentin on trial for 29 COVID-19 deaths under its watch
Over 300 habeas corpus petitions put San Quentin and CDCr on trial charged with 'cruel and unusual punishment' by deliberate indifference resulting in 29 preventable COVID-19 deaths, record infections, unbearable fear and anxiety, with grave and unnecessary risk to staff and community.
Ultimate injustice: The wrongful conviction of Donald Ray Young
Innocent, wrongfully convicted and purposefully sentenced to death at San Quentin, Donald Ray Young awaits his appeal currently pending in the Supreme Court of California, which can begin only after the trial record is certified as correct – by the trial court.
Residents demand Newsom grant mass releases as COVID-19 deaths surge in...
Obviously conflicted about what to do when to ensure the desired outcome for his political career, Gov. Newsom continues to embrace political gain rather than do the right thing during trauma and death in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. By refusing to mass release prisoners from California’s overcrowded prisons, he provides safety and wellbeing for no one, the people, all of the people, he promised to serve.
States say they’re decarcerating, yet 1 in 5 prisoners has had...
Trapped behind the walls she said, “In the beginning, I used to flippantly say that when the COVID finally comes here, the prison will just let us all get sick and die. I thought that I was just being dramatic, but it might have been more prescient than I know.”
San Quentin prison staff forcing prisoners to accept liability for their...
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.
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.
No warning shot
Not in our most creative nightmare could we imagine being snatched off the street or out of our home thrown into another reality of waking into the horror of hand shackles, waist chains and leg irons, the “Devil’s Playground” of gladiator fights and corrupt and sadistic prison guards, unless we are Black, Brown or other targeted persons.
Ronnie Goodman 1960-2020
Another star shines in the night sky. Ronnie Goodman passed away in early August this year. He died on the street, just after his 60th birthday, on the same corner where he’d been living for more than a year. We stood around waiting for the medical examiner to come and take him. The cops had put a sheet over him.
Ronnie Goodman, artist with ‘a visual voice’ on homelessness, 1960-2020
After a lifetime of creating art while homeless or incarcerated, on Aug. 7, Ronnie Lamont Goodman was found dead in his tent outside the Redstone Building in San Francisco’s Mission District, where he intermittently stayed and stored his drawings and illustrations. He was 60.
The situation at San Quentin: Give prisoners access to phones NOW!
San Quentin Warden Ron Broomfield announced the prison is cancelling all phone calls, in the name of protecting everyone inside from spread of the virus. Maybe it is more to keep any information about what is really going on there out of the hands of families, friends and the MEDIA!
Legal and medical experts urge SF courts to restore ‘zero bail’...
San Francisco – San Francisco County jail has seen a 40 percent increase in positive COVID-19 cases since June 18, 2020. This surge prompted a broad coalition of prominent entities to send a joint letter to the San Francisco Superior Court, urging it “in the strongest possible terms” to restore the zero bail policy in San Francisco to help reduce the jail population during the ongoing pandemic.
Gov. Newsom made a cynical gamble on prisons during the pandemic...
Gavin Newsom seems more interested in protecting a future run for president than the health and safety of the state’s most vulnerable populations, whether they be undocumented residents or prisoners in our state’s sprawling gulag. Being “tough on crime” while preserving a generally liberal reputation is the cynical balancing act.
It’s inevitable to catch this virus; I’m just counting down the...
I am a Harlem Native who is incarcerated, and nearing the end of my prison sentence – three more years. However, within this pandemic, I sit in a pressure cooker, Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Westchester County, where the coronavirus infection rates are among the highest. Staff and inmates are infected.
Coronavirus: The invisible enemy behind enemy lines
There are 2.3 million people incarcerated in America. I am one of them.
A plea to Governor Newsom: Don’t abandon elderly incarcerated people to...
It’s important we avoid using “violent criminal” rhetoric to justify abandoning thousands of elderly people, which endangers us all. And, it is no longer acceptable to put white folks’ fears ahead of the safety of Black and Latinx people.
Death penalty on the verge of extinction
Prisons are an extension of the slave trade, and the death penalty is just a more evolved way of lynching Black folks. With ACA(12), we can vote the death penalty into extinction.
Kevin Cooper: My thoughts on Gov. Brown’s executive order
I write this missive to you so that you will hear from me about how I feel and what I think going forward in this fight for my life. Like all of you, I am happy that we have finally “won” something from some entity in this state. But after learning what exactly outgoing Gov. Brown wrote in that executive order I am not as excited as I was at first, or should be.