Russell "Maroon" Shoatz is pictured after his release from solitary confinement.

Russell “Maroon” Shoatz is Free, But We Need to Free Them All

Of course there is deeply felt happiness that Shoatz will be freed for whatever time remains in his life, but no one should forget the tortures he suffered, including 22 years in solitary confinement. No one should forget the other prisoners such as Mumia Abu Jamal, Ruchell Magee, Sundiata Acoli, and Dr. Mutulu Shakur. They are the best known, but there are hundreds of people imprisoned since the days of the liberation movement. That movement was crushed in part because its most committed fighters were locked away. . . .

Spirit of Mandela Tribunal at the Shabazz Center

Don’t Ignore the 2021 Tribunal on Genocide

If it is understood that Africans in the US, a group that at no point in history have chosen to be part of the genocidal and psychopathic US empire, are under attack by that very same empire,  then our right to fight for our national liberation, independence and national identity is unquestionable. . . .

Jailhouse Lawyers Speak announces the call for National Abolition Demonstrations inside the prisons and Jails of America

Jailhouse Lawyers Speak calls for National Shut ‘Em Down Demonstrations

Jailhouse Lawyers Speak announces the call for National Abolition Demonstrations inside the prisons and Jails of America. . . .

Black August, Letter Writing and the ‘Harm Reduction’ Administration

There are four major components in the yearly commemorations of Black August: study, fast, train, and fight. People are encouraged to study the works and words of former and current political and politicized prisoners. People are encouraged to fast from sunrise to sunset. People are encouraged to train and become more physically active. People are encouraged to fight against the system. However, one of the lesser centered but equally important aspects of Black August is letter writing.  Nearly a half-century ago, Gresham Sykes wrote in The Society of Captives: A Study of a Maximum Security Prison that, “life in the . . .

Jonathan Jackson, 17, with William Christmas, James McClain and Ruchell Magee take judge, prosecutor, three jurors as hostages to waiting van Aug. 7, 1970

Black August: Fight, Study, Fast, Train

Black August is an African (Black) institution that is commemorated annually to honor the contributions of our African freedom fighters who sacrificed in order to strike blows against the U.S. capitalist empire on behalf of the African masses.  . . .

Flyer for the August 21 & September 9th National “Shut’em Down” Demos

In The Spirit of Abolition, Let’s Shut’em Down!

A call to action. National “Shut’em Down” demonstrations are called for August 21st and September 9th. Originally published on the Jailhouse Lawyers Speak blog. . . .

An elderly Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Update: the New Krasner Brief

by Pam Africa, International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal. This piece was originally published in the San Francisco Bayview. As you can see from our petition, we have been seeking to approach Larry Krasner diplomatically. In our effort to attract the widest possible range of supporters, we have written the petition with polite language. We are trying to give DA Krasner the benefit of the doubt by considering the possibility that he is sincere in his stated desire to confront Philadelphia’s ugly history of racial injustice.  For Mumia’s sake, we truly hope that DA Krasner’s defense of Mumia’s . . .

A picture of Romain Chip Fitzgerald

Remembering Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald

On March 30, 2021, the African Liberation Struggle gained a new ancestor, Romain “Chip” Fitzgerald. Chip, a former member of Black Panther Party for Self Defense, was a 50 year hostage of the California prison system, making him California’s longest serving Black Panther. . . .