Alabama prisons: ON STRIKE!

by Devin Cole, published on Workers World, January 5, 2020 from: Occupied Muscogee Creek / Cherokee / Yuchi / Choctaw / Shawnee / Chickasaw land As of Jan. 1, 2021, incarcerated workers in Alabama’s odious prison system are on strike!  Led by the Free Alabama Movement, incarcerated workers throughout the state of Alabama have put down their work tools and[…]

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US Media Can’t Think How to Fight Fires Without $1-an-Hour Prison Labor

by Neil DeMause, published on FAIR, August 25, 2020 As a historic set of wildfires sweeps across California, sparked by lightning and stoked by record heat and drought resulting from climate change (Mercury News, 8/19/20; Scientific American, 4/3/20), many news outlets have drawn readers’ attention to an additional problem the state faces in fighting the fires: shortages of the prison[…]

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A Coronavirus Lament by Guantánamo Prisoner Asadullah Haroon Gul

By Andy Worthington, published on CloseGuantanamo.org, April 4, 2020 Most of us don’t think too much about Guantanamo any more.  Yes, this article is a little out of date.  The most recent writing by Haroon Gul, who is currently on a hunger strike, is a recitation of despair with suicidal undertones.  I thought you would better understand where he started.[…]

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Kamala Harris Has a Distinguished Career of Serving Injustice

by Marjorie Cohn, published on Truthout, July 8, 2019 Kamala Harris is rising in the polls after dramatically confronting Joe Biden during the Democratic primary debate about his opposition to federally mandated busing for desegregation. The following week, however, Harris backed away  from saying that busing should always be federally mandated, calling it just one “tool that is in the toolbox”[…]

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Statewide Network Rallies Hundreds for Prison Justice in Virginia

by Phil Wilayto, The Virginia Defender, January 2019 Braving temperatures just above freezing and dire forecasts of a life-threatening winter storm, more than 200 people rallied Jan. 12 at the Virginia State Capitol to demand justice for the state’s prisoners and changes in its criminal justice system. It was the second year in a row that the prisoner-led Virginia Prison[…]

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National Prison Strike Enters Week Two

by Terri Kay, originally published on Workers World, August 28, 2018 Prisoners across the country are striking in response to an April 15 prison-guard-incited riot at Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in Bishopville, S.C. Seven prisoners were killed in what was the deadliest prison riot in 25 years. A network of self-taught legal scholars called Jailhouse Lawyers Speak issued[…]

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