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.)
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New York State Political Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim was recently denied parole for the 8th time by the New York State Parole Board. Jalil first became eligible for parole in 2002, and has been denied parole from that time to the present. At this point there is no longer a need to discuss Jalil’s accomplishments and why he should be home. Instead, let’s talk about the forces that are working to influence the parole denials of Jalil Muntaqim.
Law Enforcement officials across the country, spearheaded by The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), have led a nationwide media campaign against ...........READ MORE
Political prisoner Tom Manning has a book of his paintings coming out!
Who Is Tom Manning?
Tom Manning is a freedom fighter, political prisoner and prolific artist. His paintings are stories that jump off the page, revealing the outlook of people who struggle for liberation around the world.
His paintings are about life and his landscapes recall times of importance. The years of work to produce this beautiful book and important document are nearing their end and we need your help to fund the last phase of production!
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Please forward this to friends and comrades ...........READ MORE
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. This action, which fell on International Women’s Day, came the day after the release of a Parliamentary report which attempted to dismiss and deny the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and prevent any meaningful response or action. This is a continuation of colonization and its inherent violence against Indigenous communities, particularly Indigenous women. For ...........READ MORE
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. Seth has always maintained his innocence. Jailed for over 30 years, Seth has long since served the time he was sentenced to and while in prison he has worked as a librarian, pre release advisor, and AIDS councilor. He has remained drug and alcohol free ...........READ MORE
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.Levasseur was raised in Maine, born to a working-class family of Quebecois origin. He became politically radicalized about race and class at a young age, first after serving a term of duty in Vietnam, and again after he spent two years in a Tennessee prison. ...........READ MORE
A year ago, Ebony magazine published a useful article about CeCe McDonald, the 23-year-old Black transgender woman who was sentenced to 41 months in prison for second-degree manslaughter despite clear evidence that she was simply defending herself from a violent racist and transphobic attack.
It was a good article, and included facts and information of relevance both to McDonald’s case, and more broadly. For instance, that
Studies show that, despite comprising only 8 percent of the LGBTQ community, transgender women account for nearly half of all LGBTQ hate crime murders. Among this group, transgender women of color are nearly ...........READ MORE
The New Afrikan Independence Movement has lost a very important, dedicated, and tireless freedom fighter. He happened to be one of my oldest friends in the struggle. Very few individuals do you go to junior high and high school with in the same neighborhood, become friends, and join the same movement and become comrades, then pursue a career and become allies. My best friend, the one i got into all this trouble, and who i recruited into the Republic of New Afrika (RNA) in South Jamaica, Queens and he never looked back. i never had to be with him to ...........READ MORE
The Free Maroon Philly Collective supports the prisoners at Pelican Bay who have resumed a hunger strike after the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation have failed to comply with prisoners’ demands. As a collective fighting for freedom and an end to the violence of mass incarceration, we salute the Pelican Bay hunger strikers for their tenacity and courage to protest the inhumane conditions of their imprisonment. As the FMPC engages in a campaign to end the solitary confinement of Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz, who has served 21 consecutive years of solitary confinement, we note that it is increasingly important for ...........READ MORE
The following is from a letter just received from Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter. As previously reported here, Rashid was recently transferred from Oregon to Texas, likely in retaliation for his ongoing work reporting on and challenging abuses by the prisoncrats.
As can be seen here, Rashid is once again being targeted for physical and psychological abuse, with the goal of “breaking him”, i.e. destroying who he is and reducing him to a compliant inmate of their torture system. Rashid explains:
I was flown here to Texas on Jun 14. The day ...........READ MORE