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Medical Emergency: Robert Seth Hayes

We recently received this distressing information about the ongoing persecution of comrade Robert Seth Hayes.

As many of you know, Seth has had a chronic cough since May of this year for which he did not receive any diagnosis or treatment for many months.

When Seth finally saw the pulmonologist at Coxsackie on Monday, November 2, the doctor wanted to know why the medical personnel at Sullivan (the prison where he is being held) had waited so long to bring Seth for a pulmonary exam. The pulmonologist intends to schedule for Seth a CT scan, a CT scan of his ...........READ MORE


Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar 2016

The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal and Toronto and three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell. We are committed to doing work grounded in an anti-imperialist and anti-racist perspective. We work in solidarity with anti-colonial struggles, political prisoners and the rights of undocumented citizens and migrants. We are queer and trans liberationist. We raise awareness of political prisoners and prisoners of war (PP/POWs) in North America and abroad, many of whom are now ...........READ MORE

Jalil Arbitrarily Denied Books including HIS OWN

On October 7, 2015, Jalil was arbitrarily denied receipt of four books after they had been approved by the package room. Jalil would like folk to write to Commissioner Annucci regarding this matter.

Write to Commissioner Annucci at:

Anthony Annucci
Commissioner of DOCCS
1220 Washington Avenue
The Harriman State Campus, Building 2
Albany, New York 12226-2050

Here are letters he wrote on this issue:

TO: Dale Artus, Superintendent
FR: A. Bottom ?#?77A4283?, D-38-31
Re: Denial of Books, Violation of Dir. #4911, Dir #4572
Violation of NYS Employees Manual §14.4

DT: October 7, 2015

Superintendent Artus:

There is a reoccurring ...........READ MORE


Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead

More than a memoir, Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead takes the reader on a tour of America’s underbelly. From Iowa to Compton to Venice Beach to Fairbanks, Alaska, Mead introduces you to poor America just trying to get by—and barely making it. When a thirteen-year-old Mead ends up in the Utah State Industrial School, a prison for boys, it is the first step in a story of oppression and revolt that will ultimately lead to the foundation of the George Jackson Brigade, a Seattle-based urban guerrilla group, and to Mead’s re-incarceration as a fully engaged revolutionary, well-placed and prepared ...........READ MORE

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Halifax Double Book Launch: LUMPEN (Ed Mead) and ESCAPING THE PRISM (Jalil Muntaqim)

WHEN: Saturday, October 24at 7:00pm
WHERE: Plan B Halifax, 2180 Gottingen Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 3B2

Comrades in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have organized the first joint book launch for Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead and Escaping the Prism … Fade to Black by Jalil Muntaqim. Ed Mead will be joining via Skype, and they will be showing the documentary short about Black Liberation Army political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim to mark the release of Ed and Jalil’s books by Kersplebedeb.


More than a memoir, Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead ...........READ MORE


Kuwasi Balagoon Writes to Overthrow (1984)

The following appeared in the Prison Letters section of Overthrow Volume 6 #4 , December 1984/January 1985 — it was scanned by as part of the Arm the Spirit archive project (thanks!)

Back in – on or about 1971, after the jail house rock rebellion in N.Y.C. where every house of detention was taken over by prisoners, who had not been disarmed of their sense of outrage, a few of us were transferred from Branch Queens House of Detention to Riker’s lsland and placed in the segregation unit, where Sekou Odinga sits sharpening his sword now. Among us were some ...........READ MORE


Escaping the Prism … Fade to Black: Poetry and Essays by Jalil Muntaqim

Jalil Muntaqim is a former member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. For over forty years, Jalil has been a political prisoner, and one of the New York Three (NY3), in retaliation for his political activism.

Escaping the Prism … Fade to Black is a collection of Jalil’s poetry and essays, written from behind the bars of Attica prison. Combining the personal and the political, these texts afford readers with a rare opportunity to get to know a man who has spent most of his life — over forty years –- behind bars for his involvement ...........READ MORE


Visions, not blueprints: an open letter from an anarchist prisoner

“We are an image from the future.”
— graffiti in greece, 2008

Rebellion has ruptured the placid suffering of yesterday.
Those of us who have acknowledged the ongoing class war in this society, siding with the oppressed, have seen these moments before. Moments where the police are turned back, overran; where anything becomes possible after they have been routed. But always these moments were brief glimpses of what we are capable of — always control reestablishes itself and snuffs out the many worlds we are creating.
Never before in my lifetime has rebellion been so far-spread, capable of sustaining itself ...........READ MORE


Interview with an Antifascist Prisoner in Sweden

Joel is an antifascist prisoner in Sweden. In July 2014, he was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for attempted murder, violent disorder, and carrying an illegal weapon. The sentence followed a collective defense against a Nazi attack on an antifascist demonstration in Stockholm. The interview was conducted in the fall of 2014. Explanatory notes have been added.

You were sentenced in connection with an antifascist demonstration in Kärrtorp, a suburb of Stockholm, in December 2013. Can you tell us about that day?

During the weeks before the demonstration, there had been trouble in Kärrtorp and the ...........READ MORE


Free Chelsea Manning!

Free Chelsea!

This summer i got some of these beautiful cloth bags, honoring Chelsea Manning and demanding her freedom. i still have a bunch left if anyone wants one — they cost $10 and some of the proceeds are going to the Chelsea Manning Defense Fund. (The bags were made by Art Metropole in Toronto on the occasion of a Tribute Night they organized in 2013.)

To get your bag, visit ...........READ MORE