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The Roots of Mass Incarceration: Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor

The journal Socialism and Democracy recently published a special issue on “The Roots of Mass Incarceration: Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor” — this is normally not a journal which is available for free, however given the important nature of this issue, for a limited time all content is free and can be downloaded.

The table of contents are below, however to download go to: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/csad20/28/3#.VRLwx_nF-Sq

Table of Contents

  • Editorial Notes
    Victor Wallis

Introduction

  • Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor: The Roots of Mass Incarceration in the US
    Mumia Abu-Jamal & Johanna Fernández
  • Deepening the Debate
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Hunger Strike at South Woods State Prison

Kersplebedeb has received a letter from Shaka Zulu, Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter, informing us of a hunger strike at South Woods State Prison, where Shaka was transferred earlier this month.

The letter was written before the hunger strike, however was only received a week after the strike was to have begun. We do not know if the strike is ongoing, but whether it is or not, it is worth following through on the call for solidarity issued by Shaka Zulu, and calling the prisoncrats to support the prisoners demands.

The prisoners complaints are:

A. Bad ...........READ MORE

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AK Press Warehouse Fire

AK Press is currently dealing with the aftermath of a major fire. They need cash to get back on their feet. This is serious. Donate at: http://www.gofundme.com/akpressfire

The following is from the AK Press page set up with information about what happened and how to help:

AK Press is currently dealing with the aftermath of a major fire. You are in the right place if you want to help.

A lot of people have been asking what is the best way to help us recover. We still aren’t sure the exact amount of stock that is ruined, or how long ...........READ MORE

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Appeal for Solidarity from Brandon Baxter (Cleveland 4)

Greetings,

Please consider echoing my appeal for solidarity.

I’d like to start by thanking everyone for their solidarity to this point. I’ve lived far more comfortably and with greater support than most others in prison. To be blunt, your constant insistence that I never feel forgotten has literally saved my life. I know that if early on I had not had that reassurance I would have committed suicide. So, thank you all for carrying me, kicking and screaming, throughout this.

Today I come to you with a dire need. When I pled guilty to the charges made against me I ...........READ MORE

Shaka Zulu

“I Can’t Breathe,” Could You?, By Chairman Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu

All power to the people!

Northern State Prison, like most prisons, constitutes one huge cesspool of corruption, connected to one huge machine called Mass Incarceration. This huge machine conforms to the capitalist logic of maximization of the rate of profit.

Our minds and bodies (mental and manual labor) in the Mass Incarceration system undergird the foundation of profit. They utilize our labor power to manufacture “things” that are then put on the “Market” for a price. We get nothing in return. Northern State Prison is a part of that nation-wide system of exploitation.

So for 15 years – ...........READ MORE

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Kersplebedeb E-books @ AK Press!

 AK Press, the radical distributor of Kersplebedeb Publications in the united states, is having a sale on e-books. This is timely, as Kersplebedeb has just finished arrangements for many of our books to be available as e-books via AK Press. So this is kind of a special opportunity, for a limited time, those of you into kindle or ipad or nexus or whatever reading, can download these titles at half price! Kersplebedeb’s titles on AK’s site are listed below (and you can see a complete list of AK’s own digital downloads, also at half price, by clicking here): ...........READ MORE

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Victory! Shaka Zulu Transferred!

Comrades and those who are fast becoming Comrades –

We have a victory! Our enemy buckled under the People Power you sent there way. We in NABPP-PC say that unity passes through struggle. Hopefully these last 60 days brought you all closer to realizing that the Power of the People is Stronger than the walls of Repression.

On 2-26-15 I was transported to South Woods State Prison. About 10 minutes before crossing into Philadelphia (PA) – deep into South Jersey. I was placed in a specially designed Isolation Unit that hold only 20 men (more on this place in a ...........READ MORE

Peter Collins

Compassionate Release for Peter Collins, Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer

Peter Collins

Peter Collins is a long-time prisoner-activist, incarcerated for the 1983 murder of a police officer in a failed robbery.

Prisoners’ rights activists in Canada will likely know of Peter’s work around Prisoners Justice Day, and his activism around various issues pertaining to the expanding prison system in this country. Peter has drawn, painted, silk screened dozens of images to commemorate PJD for the past 31 years. He has done interviews, written papers and recorded statements talking about the significance of remembering those who have died behind prison walls (and in other carceral spaces) and of continuing to fight ...........READ MORE