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 must keep building public pressure to ensure that Mumia gets the best possible treatment. On [...]

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 of incarcerated people with disabilities at five of the state’s prisons. The abuse and various [...]

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 won in a landslide, for the country was still in the grips of the Great [...]

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 offenders in their communities and in facilities that would be called “safe and secure healing [...]

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California Court of Appeal Orders 50% Cut of Prisoners at San Quentin

California Court of Appeal Orders 50% Cut of Prisoners at San Quentin by Hadar Aviram https://www.hadaraviram.com/2020/10/20/breaking-news-california-court-of-appeal-orders-50-population-reduction-at-san-quentin/ [Excerpts] We won In re Von Staich, the habeas corpus case challenging CDCR’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis at San Quentin. Justice Kline wrote: “We agree that respondents–the Warden and CDCR–have acted with deliberate indifference and relief is warranted.” Here is an analysis of the opinion. Justice Kline begins by stating the magnitude of the San Quentin catastrophe. Even against the horrific history of disease and contagion in prisons–including three separate [...]

THE HIDDEN CRISIS IN AMERICA’S JAILS—DYING INSIDE

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-jails-deaths/ “A lot of people are dying, and they've never been sentenced, and that's obviously a huge problem.” A Reuters investigation has documented thousands of in-custody death in jails, in most cases prior to trial and conviction. This should be a huge national scandal and a high-priority topic in the election, but it isn't. Here's the Justice Dept. memo in which AG Jeff Sessions ordered Trump's DOJ to stop seeking jail reform consent decrees: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1109621/download Watch the disturbing, graphic video… https://queso.prod.reuters.tv/rest/v2/queso/static/id/RCV8UH2/mp4 Rare scrutiny shows that deaths in [...]

Free Press in the Dock: Assange Railroad Nears Terminal

This court case is like the 'Pentagon Papers' on steroids.  And yet: Only five people (including Craig Murray) are being allowed into the public gallery at the Old Bailey. The mainstream media are suppressing details of the case and the court proceedings. The magistrate in charge is acting like a CIA agent - railroading Assange to be extradited. You will not get a clearer report of the court proceedings than in Craig Murray's online blog. https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/case  from which this report is excerpted: It is hard to believe, [...]

Say NO! to Israeli Annexation & Occupation

Samidoun Network in occupied Palestine and in the diaspora has issued the following call, originally in Arabic. As an international network, we fully join in this call and urge all supporters and friends of Palestine to take action on 1 July in support of the mobilization taking place in Ramallah, occupied Palestine, to confront Israel’s declared plans for the annexation of much of the occupied West Bank of Palestine. We know that many Palestinians in exile and supporters of Palestine are, like Samidoun’s members, engaged in the [...]

Poetry Corner: George Floyd

George Floyd by James Mozie #96728-004, US Pententiary Tucson As citizens we're outraged and sick of pointless deaths; that was cold-blooded murder with your knee on that man's neck. As he drew his last breath, you forgot your obligation: to serve and protect, but that was not your demonstration. You have sparked a situation through your abuse of power. Sad to say, you weren't the first in this line of cowards. So with no rest, we protest, til injustice pays the price. Don't give that cop a [...]

To Women with Children of Color on Fathers’ Day

On Father's Day to Women with children of color!   I want to Thank You, for allowing incarcerated men to be able to make a contribution even of the smallest magnitude toward the development of our communities. You have many reasons to be at odds with this infrastructure. The Department of Justice takes from us the comfort of your arms in the interest of the public, makes us pay restitution that is obliged to come from the income of loved ones and places us near bucolic surroundings [...]

Los Angeles and the Country Enflamed by Racist Police Murders

Check out this account of recent police killings, shootings and other attacks in L.A. by cops, deputies & CHP, and an amazing photo-essay: https://www.lataco.com/la-black-lives-matter/ Hundreds Block 101 in Protest of Police CHP Hits, Hospitalizes Demonstrator, Protests Escalate As Change Links went to press, 100s of people from BLM-LA, AIM and other groups blocked the 101 freeway in DTLA to protest the police execution of George Floyd in Mpls, and the racist police murders with impunity in LA. A CHP vehicle accelerated into the crowd as demonstrators swarmed [...]

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