prisons

We must affect the bottom line

For 381 days Black people in Montgomery, Ala., refused to ride the bus.

Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun develops a plan to attack the economic basis of unpaid prison labo[u]r, and connects it with the history of economic direct action campaigns like the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This article first appeared in the San Francisco Bay View.

On Dec. 6, 1865, Black bodies were nationalized – and our prison movement was born

“Amend the 13th: Abolish Legal Slavery in Amerika Movement” – Heshima Denham

Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun traces the emergence of contemporary mass incarceration from older forms of chattel slavery. This article first appeared in the San Francisco Bay View.

Campaign to Redistribute the Pain 2018

A series of articles setting out the Free Alabama Movement's economic analysis of prison labour and strategy for 2018. These articles first appeared in the San Francisco Bay View.

Repression Breeds Resistance: Greg Curry on the Lucasville Uprising and Aftermath

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Greg Curry, one of the people who was made a scapegoat for the 1993 Lucasville Uprising that brought Ohio prisoners together across racial lines, describes the repression he faced in the aftermath of those events. "Here is one prisoner's story about fighting back - more pointedly surviving - while coming to consciousness."

Criminalizing "Panther Love" - The New Wave COINTELPRO Tactics in Texas Prisons

“The Impact of COINTELPRO” – Art: Black Panther Emory Douglas, 1976

A description of the repressive counter-insurgency tactics used against members of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter), IWW members, and other radical inmates in Texas prisons. While libertarian communists have disagreements with the NABPP-PC's Maoist ideology, this text is reproduced for the useful information it contains about ongoing class struggles.

End Prison Slavery in Texas Now! (2018)

A call to action for the new year from Comrade Malik

Incarcerated Workers Take the Lead: Prison Struggles in the United States 2008-2016

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In the last eight years we have seen a multitude of struggles: from hunger strikes to riots, from work stoppages in individual units to mass strikes across several prisons, from hostile gangs forming truces and challenging racial divisions to immigrant mothers (incarcerated with their children) refusing their meals and duties. Published by Houston Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and Unity & Struggle.

"to storm all the bastilles"

An interview about anti-police uprisings and the Black Lives Matter movement, conducted with Luke O’Donovan, a young white man imprisoned for using a knife to defend himself against a gang of homophobic attackers during a party in Atlanta, GA. He [was] released from prison in late July 2016. You can learn more about his case at letlukego.org.