Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party

By: Saturday September 6, 2014 5:40 pm

This past July, students from Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project visited the infamous Louisiana State Prison known as Angola. While there, students landed an impromptu interview with Warden Burl Cain, where they asked him about an inmate at Angola named Kenny ‘Zulu’ Whitmore, who has now been in solitary confinement for 28 consecutive years. This important interview was cited afterwards by Time Magazine in an article examining the impact of solitary confinement on prisoners’ health.

Zulu Whitmore is a member of the Angola Prison chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP) that was first started in the early 1970s by Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3.

 

Prison Officers Routinely Brutalize Mentally Ill Inmates at Rikers Island But Are Never Punished

By: Monday July 14, 2014 1:18 pm

A four-month investigation by the New York Times has uncovered a regular pattern of prison officers at Rikers Island committing brutal attacks against inmates in the New York prison. The investigation found that the vast majority of inmates who are attacked are mentally ill and in handcuffs when abused by officers.

Activist Cecily McMillan Released from Prison, Reads Statement from Women of Rikers Island

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 12:15 pm

Cecily McMillan, a New York activist, who was sentenced to ninety days in prison for “felony assault of a police officer” after an incident at an Occupy Wall Street event, was released from prison. She delivered a statement to the press and took the opportunity to read a statement that she and the women of Rikers Island drafted together.

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Advocates for Prison Sentencing Reform in New ‘Letter from Loretto’

By: Monday June 23, 2014 11:47 am

Reflecting on mass incarceration in the United States, which he has experienced firsthand during his time in prison at the Federal Correctional Institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou advocates for prison sentencing reform in his latest letter from jail.

The For-Profit Criminalization of Immigrants: Prison Contracts Require Placement in ‘Extreme Isolation’

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 10:57 am

The corporations make money incarcerating over 25,000 immigrants. Thousands are subjected to solitary confinement and denied medical care. The squalid conditions have spurred protests, hunger strikes and uprisings against abusive treatment, according to a multi-year investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Podcast: Fighting Immigration Detention ‘Bed Quotas’ Which Contribute to Record Number of Deportations

By: Sunday May 11, 2014 8:46 am

Every year, 34,000 beds in private prisons, federal prisons or even local, county or state prisons have to be occupied by the bodies of immigrants in the process of deportation. This has contributed to the record number of deportations of immigrants under President Barack Obama.

Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 Speaks to the Experts About 42 Years of Solitary Confinement

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 6:28 pm

This past weekend, I visited Albert Woodfox for the umpteenth time in the last five years. All but one of the visits have been at the David Wade Correctional Center in Homer, Louisiana, five hours from where I live. At the beginning, it was a grueling trip because I wasn’t used to it and I have to go up on Saturday and come back the following day for a total of ten hours behind the wheel in one weekend. Sometimes it rains and once, it poured all the way up and all the way back.

Hard Time: Black Panther Robert H. King’s Life of Resistance

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 6:08 pm

A new 40-minute documentary film by Canadian History Professor Ron Harpelle, entitled Hard Time, focuses on the life of Robert Hillary King, who spent 29 years in continuous solitary confinement until his conviction was overturned and he was released from Louisiana’s infamous Angola State Prison in 2001.

Along with Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, Robert King is one of three Black Panther political prisoners known as the Angola 3.

Podcast: Why Is British Government Stripping Individuals of Their Citizenship & How Is US Responsible?

By: Sunday March 23, 2014 8:20 am

In the United Kingdom, dual citizens are having their citizenship revoked. They typically are not being notified about it, and some times they are outside of the UK when this happens. There are also a few cases where individuals who have had their citizenship revoked were subsequently targeted in United States drone strikes or they were kidnapped, interrogated and wound up in a US prison.

Solitary Confinement in California Prisons: What Pelican Bay Prisoners Weren’t Allowed to Say to Legislators

By: Friday February 14, 2014 2:32 pm

California permits long-term solitary confinement of prisoners. It is one of at least eight states with prison systems where a practice that is known to cause significant psychological and physical effects is acceptable.

There has been an ongoing push to end solitary confinement in the state.

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