Inmates to strike in Alabama, declare prison is “running a slave empire”

Inmates to strike in Alabama, declare prison is “running a slave empire”

Melvin Ray

Melvin Ray

Breaking: Reached in his cell, Free Alabama Movement leader tells Salon inmates will refuse work to end free labor

From Salon

Inmates at an Alabama prison plan to stage a work stoppage this weekend and hope to spur an escalating strike wave, a leader of the effort told Salon in a Thursday phone call from his jail cell.

“We decided that the only weapon or strategy … that we have is our…

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Ben Turk on the silencing of Sean Swain, anarchist prisoner in Ohio

Ben Turk on the silencing of Sean Swain, anarchist prisoner in Ohio

seanswainFrom The Final Straw

Streaming at AshevilleFM on Monday, 04/14/2014 for a week, then podcasting later at radio4all.net and airing on KOWA-LPFMin Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, and KXCF in Marshall, CA.

On April 6th of 2014, anarchist prisoner Sean Swain, who’s been kind enough to allow us to present his audio commentaries (available at http://www.seanswain.org) had his access to phone calls…

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New “Prisons Are For Burning” T-Shirts!

New “Prisons Are For Burning” T-Shirts!

prisonsareforburning!The Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army reprinted shirts from their hit show What Are Prisons For?  and donated them to us to help raise funds. The shirts come in red with black writing. They’re printed on Tultex brand shirts that are 100% sweatshop free. They are $20 , but sign up to become a Prison Books Sustainer and get one for free.

Every single dollar received goes to mailing packages of books to…

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Transgender Teen Sent to Connecticut Adult Prison

Transgender Teen Sent to Connecticut Adult Prison

Manson Youth Institution is a high security prison for young male offenders.

Manson Youth Institution is a high security prison for young male offenders.

From WNPR News

For the first time in state prison history, a transgender juvenile is being detained at an adult prison.

The juvenile was sent to York Correctional Institution in Niantic on Tuesday after a judge transferred custody of the teen from the state Department of Children and Families.

DCF wouldn’t talk about the…

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Shocking police overreach haunts Durham: Racial profiling, quotas and secret “conviction bonuses”

Shocking police overreach haunts Durham: Racial profiling, quotas and secret “conviction bonuses”

handcuffed-620x412How a federal grant incentivized a police department to go nuts on drug arrests — and terrorize its community

From Salon

In the late afternoon of Jan. 3, Robin Dean, a 50-year-old county employee, pulled into a Durham, N.C., Burger King parking lot to give a friend a package of frozen chitlins that she had cooked over the holidays. After the transfer was complete, the pair said goodbye and parted…

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This Month’s Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night April 16th!

This Month’s Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night April 16th!

The Internationalist Prison Books Collective brings you this month’s Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night!certain_days_political_prisoner

Write letters and birthday cards to political prisoners whose birthdays fall during the month of April.

Bring snacks and money to help with postage!

Letter writing is an easy way to let these people know they aren’t forgotten. If you can’t make it to the letter writing night then please…

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Retaliation Against Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain, because He Got Himself a Lawyer.

Retaliation Against Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain, because He Got Himself a Lawyer.

sean-swainFrom SeanSwain.org

It has become clear that the ODRC is messing with Sean’s ability to communicate. This is very likely a retaliatory attempt to obstruct his ability to sue their pants off. Below find a message from him about the phone restriction. Supporters have been calling since Sunday about the Jpay email restriction. It seems both originated with Cheif Inspector Gary Croft.

We were unable…

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