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Support the Tyendinaga Arrestees!

Urgent need for money to cover legal fees for Tyendinaga Warriors.

On March 8, following a week of action demanding a national inquiry into the at least 825 missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada, warriors from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory blocked the CN mainline.… Read the rest

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Michelle Alexander Writes to California Hunger Strikers

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

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New Book from Sanyika Shakur: Stand Up, Struggle Forward!

“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

Stand Up Struggle Forward: New Afrikan Revolutionary Writings On Nation, Class and Patriarchy

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

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Support SPARC Transport Program! Support Virginia Prisoners and Their Families!

SPARC stands for Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change; it is a revolutionary group based in Virginia, currently centering work around mass incarceration. SPARC’s primary program is a monthly van trip from Richmond to the far-flung prisons of Wise County, for the families and loved ones of those incarcerated at Wallen’s Ridge and Red Onion. … Read the rest

Prison Guards Face Civil Suit in Attack on Virginia Prisoner Frank “Outlaw” Reid

“We will have to earn, if not demand, respect for our rights through sacrifice and struggle just like the masses of other politically, socially and economically marginalized people on this planet. And that’s where out best chances for justice lie—in struggle, not in a civil lawsuit.” –Frank “Outlaw” Reid

Friends, Comrades and Allies,

Frank “Outlaw” Reid, a comrade imprisoned in Red Onion State Prison, and co-author of Defying the Tomb, is bringing four guards before a jury on October 28-30 in Wise County, VA for a brutal beating he suffered at their hands in 2009.… Read the rest

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Orange Is Not New, and Prison Is Not Our Best Color [Susie Day]

[Reblogged from MrZine; see the original here]

Twenty-five years ago, I, a hapless reporter on assignment, went to the DC Jail and met the woman who was to be my life’s partner.  I interviewed her about her political bombing case; we fell in love; I visited her in various prisons for 11 years; she was released; we’re now spending the rest of our lives working out our relationship, which has much to do with politics and everything with what she went through in prison.… Read the rest