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. . . .

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. . . .

Lynchings By Law

By: Aaron Greene, member of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) & a coordinator for the JLS Right2Vote Movement. The U.S.  death penalty has always been a symbol of white supremacy and a violation of human rights law.  Having already executed 11 people this year, the Trump administration plans to execute five people (four of them Black) during a lame-duck session. This would be the first time a president has carried out executions during a lame-duck session since the Cleveland administration carried out the execution of an Indigenous man in 1890. The profound anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells once said: . . .

Community Control Vs. Defunding The Police: A Critical Analysis

Originally published: Black Agenda Report by Max Rameau and Netfa Freeman (June 10, 2020)    Defunding the police might end the armed and uniformed force as we know it, but the ruling class will then hire mercenaries to protect their wealth and enforce their will. The intensity and scope of the mass rebellion that has gripped the U.S. and expanded internationally has shaken global white supremacist capitalist patriarchy to its knees. The people have tasted a real sense of their own power and as a result some very unexpected developments have emerged. Among them is the demand to “defund the police,” . . .

Ride For Justice For Steven Taylor

Originally Posted by the Anti Police-Terror Project At the end of April, Anti Police-Terror Project’s Ride for Justice for Steven Taylor drew hundreds. Steven Taylor, a 33-year-old Black father of three, was shot to death by a San Leandro police officer as he struggled with a mental health crisis in a local Walmart. Demonstrators practiced social distancing from their vehicles adorned with signs that read “Justice for Steven” and “Compassion Not Cops” as they caravanned, circling the Walmart parking lot chanting and honking horns. Afterward, they headed to San Leandro Police Department—cars spanned the distance of several blocks in front . . .

A Call To Release All U.S. Prisoners in Response to COVID-19

The Vulnerability of Prisoners amidst a Global Health Crisis

Prison medical units aren’t prepared to respond to an outbreak of covid-19. Lets take the preventative measure of ensuring we don’t contract or pass on this virus. . . .

A Call To Release All U.S. Prisoners in Response to COVID-19

Let My People Go!

Under existing circumstances, COVID-19 would become a pandemic of the worse sort inside U.S. prisons, which only compounds the injustice and inhumanity inherent in the Amerikan so-called criminal justice process. . . .

Keith Davis Jr and The Convenience of Criminality

⁣ The case against Keith Davis Jr. is entangled in Baltimore politics and political allegiances. What has happened in these last five years has been on par with the neoliberal democratic misleadership engulfing the city.⁣ Keith Davis Jr. should not have survived on the morning of June 7th, 2015.  Assumed to be a hack thief, a case of mistaken identity led four Baltimore police officers to corner Davis Jr. into a dark garage after an on-foot chase in West Baltimore. Those four officers let off up to 44 rounds of bullets in that garage, resulting in Davis Jr. being shot . . .