Assata Shakur is Welcome Here: Bringing Political Prisoners Back Into the Fold

January 24, 2014
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By Meron Wondwosen Every generation honors its live conformists and its dead trouble makers—Mignon McLaughlin It was November 5th 2005 and my first cousin was charged with treason by the Ethiopian government—a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment. Daniel and I share the same family features—same forehead. We have the same large eyes. We are in the same profession—the law. And much to our chagrin, because it’s painful...
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Feminists We Love: Andrea J. Ritchie

January 24, 2014
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Ford-FWL Andrea Ritchie

  Andrea J. Ritchie is a Black lesbian police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, litigation, organizing and advocacy on profiling, policing, and physical and sexual violence by law enforcement agents against women, girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color in over the past two decades. She currently coordinates Streetwise & Safe (SAS), www.streetwiseandsafe.org, a leadership development initiative aimed at sharing “know your rights” information,...
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*Pretty Sparkly Things: A Black Girl’s Encounter with the Prison Industrial Complex

January 23, 2014
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I love clothes. I always have. As a black girl coming of age in the early 1990s, I was up on all the adornment trends: from asymmetrical haircuts and Cross Colours jeans to neckties and button down shirts (a la Boyz II Men). As any person who went to a predominantly black school knows, you had to come to school CLEAN! Even as twelve-year-old kids, style was our form...
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Mumia: Vulnerability and Hope

January 23, 2014
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By Jessica Millward     I began writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal in December 2011 while he was in the liminal space between Death Row at SCI Greene and his release into the general population at Mahanoy Prison.  During the seven weeks that he was in “the hole,” we communicated in a series of hand-written notes back and forth. I am not part of the “Campaign to Bring Mumia Home.”...
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Sunny Days?: Sesame Street, Prisons and the Politics of Justice

January 23, 2014
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With Nelson Mandela’s funeral on the television, Sammy, who is 6, turned to me with a question that quickly grabbed my attention.  Having already discussed his death, his activism, and apartheid, Sammy was very aware of Madiba’s struggles for justice.  Listening to the commentators praise Mandela for his courage and beautiful spirit, he asked, “if he was so good, why would they put him in jail.” Inundated with messages...
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Ona Move!: A Conversation With Pam Africa and Ramona Africa

January 22, 2014
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Wilson-Interview w_ Pam & Ramona

By Jamila K. Wilson   As an activist in Philadelphia, I have been mentored by Pam and Ramona Africa of the MOVE family. They are two women whose love of truth supersedes their acceptance of the status quo.  Over the years, I have heard them speak about their lives as members of MOVE. The MOVE family is a radical black liberation group started by John Africa in 1972. MOVE...
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Long Distance Revolutionary: An Intergenerational Conversation

January 22, 2014
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Long Distance Revolutionary: An Intergenerational Conversation

By Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Clyde Gumbs and Jared Gumbs This summer I attended a screening of Prison Radio’s film about Mumia Abu-Jamal, Long Distance Revolutionary.  Mumia Abu-Jamal has been in prison for my entire lifetime, and I have learned on many occasions about his unjust incarceration, his participation in the Black Panther Party and his continued radio activism.  You can usually see a “Free Mumia” pin or t-shirt somewhere at...
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The Making of Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

January 22, 2014
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The Making of Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

By Noelle Hanrahan Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary is an inspiring portrait of a man whom many consider America’s most famous political prisoner – a man whose existence tests our beliefs about freedom of expression. Through prison interviews, archival footage, and dramatic readings, and aided by a potent chorus of voices including Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis and others, this riveting film explores Mumia’s life before, during and after Death...
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Excerpts from Sir by HR Hegnauer

January 22, 2014
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Excerpts from Sir by HR Hegnauer

  Dear Sir, I am afraid to say, I love you — a collection of simple sounds. I know this is the softest room in the body, but the navigation is so —. This is what it means to swim in a vivisection, and I like swimming; I do, but I need the tide to be more clear. By this, I mean my thoughts: I need them to just...
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How to Build a Prison (a poem)

January 22, 2014
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By Quincy Scott Jones   for Philadelphia, USA   1. Always hated that building and never knew why The one right before the on-ramp for 95 Cross-corner from the statue of Tamanend Riding the world-turtle stretching out his hand   William Penn got along with Indian That’s why it’s not Fort Philly That’s why there’s no wall But there’s this building   Five stories tall all boarded-up windows and...
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10 Facts about the Mumia Abu-Jamal Case

January 21, 2014
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By Johanna Fernandez  1. Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent. Mumia has been wrongfully imprisoned for 32 years. He spent the first 28.5 years of his imprisonment on Pennsylvania’s death row. In 2011, his death sentence was confirmed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and he is now serving a sentence of “life in prison” without parole. He is charged with the 1981 murder, in Philadelphia, of police officer Daniel Faulkner. 2. How does...
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