prisons

What is a workplace? Race, workplace struggle, and the IWW

Factory committees, shop floors, collective bargaining, contracts. What do those words mean to you? Well, it depends on your life experience, of course. To me and other workers in my industry, those words have been associated with folks who have “real jobs.” You see, even though I work a real job in a real industry, all industries are not treated equally.

Tracing Louise Michel in the Pacific

Numbo, 1877

An extremely well-researched text by Paul Mason exploring exiled Paris Communard Louise Michel's time imprisoned on the French colony of New Caledonia in the late 19th century.

Sisters Uncut Occupy London’s Holloway Prison

Image credit @sistersuncut, flares on the roof of Holloway Prison

Sisters Uncut, a UK-based feminist group, held a week-long occupation of north London’s Holloway Prison in late May in response to conservative austerity policies that have had a damaging effect on social services for victims of domestic violence.

The Rise and Fall of the Angola Prison Chapter of the Black Panther Party: Herman Wallace

Wallace Wilkerson and Woodfox, the three leading Black Panther Militants

A short history of the forming of the only Black Panther Party chapter in prison, its actions and the repression dealt to its militants by prison authorities.

Contains references to sexual violence.

How I Became an Anarchist: A. Neselbergs

Riga 1928

A translation of an article published in 1931 detailing events in Latvia before WWII and how Esperanto played a part in the political development of the author, a Latvian revolutionary. The Esperanto original can be found here.

The British camps

Frongoch concentration camp, north Wales, 1916

Though it reached its horrific heights at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, the British, not the Nazis, pioneered the concentration camp.

2011: Ohio Death Row Inmates Hunger Strike

The four death row inmates

Four inmates in death row for there role in the Lucasville Prison Rebellion were kept in extreme solitary confinement, in desperation they hunger struck to receive the same treatment as other death row inmates.

2010: State Wide Prisoner Strike in Georgia

1995: Full Sutton Prisoners Strike

History of a strike at Full Sutton prison that was broken up by the riot squad

1971: New Mexican Prison Strike

This strike by New Mexico penitentiary inmates has been overshadowed by the more violent and dramatic uprising in 1980, though many of the causes and tensions were the same.