Open Letter to Pres. Joe Biden from Political Prisoner Sean Swain

Dear President Biden:   I write to implore you not to nominate Gary C. Mohr as director of the Bureau of Prisons. Mr. Mohr is a radical, right-wing extremist who, as director of the Ohio prison system, instituted a domestic torture program to silence and neutralize his critics and political opponents. He committed crimes against humanity that are now challenged in international court, in Sean Swan versus the United States, InterAmerican Commission [...]

Poetry Corner: The Banning of the 1619 Project

The Banning of "The 1619 Project" by Tyrece Jefferson   There's no "patriotic education" But to enslave Black lives. We knew before "Ruby Bridges" Where the fact lies. Tell us the truth, not a bunch of lies. We still see segregated Black kids in school lunch lines. The world still racist No matter how they may screen. We have known brutal oppression Since the Confederacy of 1619.   Is this ban gonna [...]

Keep Cops Out of the MLK Day Commemoration This Year

Martin Luther King Day Organizers Say No Cops in the Commemoration The reckless killing of Valentina Orellana-Peralta, a 14-yr-old struck down by an LAPD stray bullet from an assault rifle shot in a crowded store has further steeled the determination of a coalition of community and grassroots organizations to ensure that Dr. King’s legacy not be tarnished by any further inclusions of police, ICE or military contingents on the day of his [...]

AUTOMATING BANISHMENT

AUTOMATING BANISHMENT The Surveillance and Policing of Looted Lands   Report Summary   Automating Banishment was researched and written by dozens of community members collaborating through the Stop LAPD Spying Coalitionʼs Land and Policing Workgroup. Over the past decade, the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition has been building community power to abolish LAPD surveillance. This report grew out of that organizing and examines the relationship of data-driven policing to real estate development, displacement, [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal on the (Crocodile) Tears of Empire

The Tears of Empire © 8/2021 by Mumia Abu-Jamal With the dramatic fall of Kabul, through the forces of the Taliban, the alligator tears of the political class are falling. Decrying the costs of U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. What has been thoroughly forgotten, however, is the unprecedented mass protests of February, 2003, before the [Iraq] war began. When the earth shook with antiwar, fervor and countries across the globe. Then-president George W. [...]

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Letters to the Editor

To the editor, While the origins of COVID-19 are debated, it remains true that animal agriculture greatly increases our pandemic risk. That's why Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla should support federal funding for cultured-meat research. For readers who aren't familiar with the term, cultured meat is grown from cells, without raising and slaughtering livestock. "Both farmed and caged wild animals create the perfect breeding ground for zoonotic diseases," Liz Specht wrote [...]

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal: The Treatment is Freedom

Mumia is now recovering from heart surgery, please contact Gov. Tom Wolf and prison authorities! Cite the UN's condemnation of the hospital shackling! On the morning of April 20, Mumia came out of surgery, and his lawyers were told that the procedure was successful. Later that evening, Mumia called his wife Wadiya, had a good conversation, and Wadiya says that he sounds strong! While Mumia recovers during the next few weeks, we [...]

Judge Orders Video Surveillance of CA Prison Guards

Federal Judge Orders Video Surveillance in 5 CA Prisons to stop abuse of imprisoned men & women with disabilities by Celeste Fremon https://witnessla.com/federal-judge-orders-video-surveillance-body-cams-in-5-ca-prisons-to-stop-abuse-of-men-women-with-disabilities/ On Thursday, March 11, Senior U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken handed down a  blistering ruling that ordered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to institute a series of changes with which the judge hopes to put a stop to what she describes as a pattern of systemic abuse [...]

Fear of Socialism — Again

[column written 12/09/2020 © 2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal]   As joblessness and deep hunger creeps across America, politicians have pulled out the fear card: socialism, to insure that voters stay in their place.   Astonishingly, for almost a century, this ploy has worked, and almost worked when President Herbert C. Hoover ran against Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal”, which Hoover decried as socialism, and a threat to the American way.   Roosevelt [...]

Closer to Justice for Juveniles in L.A. County

L.A. County Moves A Step Forward in a New Approach to Juvenile Justice © by Jeremy Loudenback https://imprintnews.org/justice/juvenile-justice-2/l-a-county-moves-a-step-forward-to-a-new-approach-to-juvenile-justice/49716 [Excerpt] Supporting radical changes to its juvenile justice system, the Board of Supervisors in Nov. endorsed a sweeping plan that would move 100s of young people out of juvenile halls and detention camps run by the Probation Department. Under the plan, a new county department would be charged with providing therapeutic care to youthful [...]

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