Prisons

Fri
27
Feb

Alabama Prisoners Who Plan Peaceful Protest Say Officials Are Retaliating

Alabama Prison Press Release

Free Alabama Movement
(256)783-1044

For Immediate Release
February 27, 2015

Contact:
Ann Brooks
(256)783-1044

(Springville, Ala.) – Prisoners at St. Clair Correctional Facility (SCCF) are demanding that Alabama's commissioner of prisons stop riot police from beating and abusing them two days before the start of a peaceful work stoppage at the prison on March 1.

The strike is being organized by the Free Alabama Movement (FAM) to protest the severe overcrowding and filthy living conditions at SCCF. FAM will hold a press conference on March 3 at the State Capitol in Montgomery.

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) for years has refused to improve the substandard living and health conditions at SCCF, according to the FAM. The immediate demands of the peaceful strike include:

Tue
24
Feb

Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'

  • Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US
  • ‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights
  • Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death

Tue
24
Feb

Fire to the Prisons #12 Out Now

The new issue of Fire to the Prisons is now completed and available online. Check out the new issue, print your own copies, and view past PDFs at our new website: www.firetotheprisons.org. (NOT TO be confused with .com, which is hosted by unknown sources)

Fire to the Prisons is an insurrectionary periodical. It focuses on promoting a revolutionary solidarity between different struggles, prisoners, and existing social tensions that challenge capitalism and the state.

We made 10,000 copies of this issue because we wanted to get them as far and wide as possible. In order to create a publication for free to comrades and the general discontented public, we have forfeited our traditional magazine form and went with a less costly newspaper. We hope to spread this as far as it can go. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this project and we hope that it shows.

Tue
24
Feb

The Worrying State of the Anti-Prison Movement

by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
February 23, 2015
Social Justice: A journal of crime, conflict & world order

After declining for three consecutive years, the US prison and jail population increased in 2013. The widely declared victory over mass incarceration was premature at best. Below I raise four areas of particular concern about the state of the anti-prison movement.

(1) A tendency to cozy up to the right wing, as though a superficial overlap in viewpoint meant a unified structural analysis for action.

Tue
24
Feb

Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

By Leon Neyfakh
Slate
February 6, 2015

Criminal justice reform is a contentious political issue, but there’s one point on which pretty much everyone agrees: America’s prison population is way too high. It’s possible that a decline has already begun, with the number of state and federal inmates dropping for three years straight starting in 2010, from an all-time high of 1.62 million in 2009 to about 1.57 million in 2012. But change has been slow: Even if the downward trend continues, which is far from guaranteed, it could take almost 90 years for the country’s prison population to get down to where it was in 1980 unless the rate of decline speeds up significantly.

Sun
22
Feb

The Money-Spinning Prison Industrial Complex

by AnonWatcher
February 22nd, 2015

The money-spinning prison industrial complex isn’t a new concept. It’s been around since the chain-gang days. Arguably, they benefited the community by doing hard labor, but times and prisons have changed. The idea of cheap labor has matured into a profit-spinning, lucrative business for those invested in the prison machine.

Is it a new form of slavery? The world prison population ranks the United States in first position with 2,228,424 prisoners, equating to roughly 25% of the world’s prison population. It’s double the amount of China, who ranks second with 1,701,344, yet has a population five times greater than the US. [1]

Wed
18
Feb

Help Eric McDavid Adjust to His Post-Prison Life, After Being Entrapped by the FBI

by Will Potter
Green is the New Red
February 16, 2015

Eric McDavid was released after nine years in prison as an “eco-terrorist” after the government acknowledged withholding evidence during his trial. It was a major legal victory, but there’s a long road ahead adjusting to post-prison life.

His supporters have created an online fundraising campaign to help him get on his feet. They say:

Mon
26
Jan

Jason Hammond's Sentencing Statement

I write this statement after pleading guilty to state charges against me for my participation in an organized direct action taken against a group of white supremacists in May of 2012. I would like to share my thoughts about this action. First, major thanks and love to my friends and family who have supported me, for my amazing partner who kept me sane, my band for letting loose and my lawyer Sara Garber who has been ridiculously helpful in fighting this case with me.

Sat
24
Jan

Krow's Post-Sentencing Statement

My sentence to nine months in jail in conjunction with a withheld felony sentence, amounting to 15 years in prison if I “step out of line” in the eyes of the “state,” was a harsh and classist attack on my beliefs and lifestyle. Judge Fox strives to kill my spirit by burying me in a dying urban hole, and desires that I refrain from involvement in the anti-resource extraction struggle; I refuse to be “killed,” and I refuse the idea of coerced complacency.

Thu
10
Dec

Protest 20/20 attack on MUMIA

Protest 20/20 attack on MUMIA

MAINSTREAM MEDIA OFFENSIVE AGAINST
MUMIA ABU-JAMAL LAUNCHED BY ABC

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ABC's Sam Donaldson's report on his "4 month investigation" into the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal reeked of sleaze as he labeled Mumia alternately as "vicious, cold-blooded cop killer", "America's last political prisoner," and ""Hollywood's unlikeliest hero."

The 20/20 "newsman" took special aim at the worldwide Mumia movement and all of the participants in it, including those with celebrity status (ex., Ed Asner and Mike Farrell were summarily dismissed by Donaldson as simple anti-death penalty activists who knew nothing about the case).

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