Just to letcha all know, a tumblr has been put up by the group Ensemble Contre la Charte, featuring art against the Quebec’s proposed racist Charter of values. You can check it out at http://ensemblecontrelacharte.tumblr.com/
Some explanations, for those of you who do not read french, or are not from Quebec, are below.
For those of you who do read french, and are from here, you should be able to get it without having to read further.… Read the rest
Texas reigns supreme in the punishment business. With 173,000 inmates and more than twice as many paid employees as Google, Texas’s prison system is the largest in the United States, outstripping even California, which has an overall population 50 percent larger.… Read the rest
The clash at Elsipogtog has been a clash between the Mi’kmaq Nation and global capitalism itself. Months of resistance, culminating standoffs and battles with colonial police and mass arrests, galvanized support from many nations across “canada”.
Rather than attempt to summarize this conflict here in one post, i suggest readers check out the Warrior Publications blog, a source of excellent analysis and pretty complete coverage of this struggle (and many others too).… Read the rest
Robert ‘Seth’ Hayes is one of the longest-held political prisoners in the USA.
A former member of the Black Panther Party and the BLA, in 1973, following a shootout with police, Seth was arrested and convicted of the murder of a New York City police officer, and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.… Read the rest
Michelle Alexander is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, an essential work exposing the white supremacist core at the heart of the u.s. drug war and its system of mass incarceration.
November 25, 2013
To the Hunger Strikers in California’s Prisons:
I know that some time has now passed since your courageous hunger strike was officially suspended, but I want you to know that the memory of what you risked and what you accomplished continues to inspire me and thousands of others in the United States and around the world.… Read the rest
Interview by Aviva Stahl, reblogged from Solitary Watch
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The following is a partial transcript of an interview with Ray Luc Levasseur, a former political prisoner who spent over fifteen years in solitary confinement, primarily at USP Marion and ADX Florence.… Read the rest
“It was over 20 years ago that the book Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member exploded on the scene and gave us all a front row seat to explore the genocidal brutality of the neo-colonial world of gangbanging. A world that exists at the expense of New Afrikan communities and New Afrikan youth in particular, through our social savage way of attempting to gain power through AK’s, bats and beat downs … it was in the belly of the beast (prison) that ‘Monster’ underwent a revolutionary transformation, dissecting and re-building himself from the inside out, slaying the colonial thug ‘Monster’ and emerging through a re-birth as ‘Sanyika Shakur,’ a New Afrikan Revolutionary Nationalist.” — from the Foreword by Yusef “Bunchy” Shakur
This collection of writings by Sanyika Shakur, formerly known as Monster Kody Scott, includes several essays written from within the infamous Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit in the period around the historic 2011 California prisoners’ hunger strike, as well as two interviews conducted just before and after his release in Black August 2012.… Read the rest