Monthly Archives: January 2011

Help Rhode Island “Ban the Box” Sign This Petition!

It is well established that the path to stability for the formerly incarcerated is through employment, yet studies show that simply asking “Have You Been Convicted of a Felony?” is a major barrier on two levels.  First, it sends a … Continue reading

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SUSAN ROSENBERG’S 16 YEARS AS A POLITICAL PRISONER COME TO LIGHT IN NEW MEMOIR

An AMERICAN RADICAL: Political Prisoner in My Own Country to be published March 1, 2011 It didn’t take me long to get to know Susan.  We could do the convict’s shorthand considering we both spent our most formative years in … Continue reading

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Touchdowns and Lockdowns: Transcending Racial Politics in Prison Through Sports

(Ed.  This article first appeared in AlterNet, and is being re-posted upon request, inspired by the NFL playoffs.) Jesse Owens and Joe Louis dared to disprove the Master Race theory. Jackie Robinson took the spikes at second base because he … Continue reading

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Prison Labor Unions in America: What North Carolina Taught Us.

With the development of the Georgia prisoners’ labor strike, there is renewed interest in the labor movement behind the walls of prison and the rights of the incarcerated to organize.  A jailhouse lawyer like me always wants to know the … Continue reading

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Formerly Incarcerated Convene to Establish First National Agenda

On February 28th to March 2nd, 2011, a group of activists who have first-hand experience regarding inhumanities of the American prison industrial complex will convene in Alabama to lay the groundwork for a national civil rights movement.  This conference of … Continue reading

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Death Threats On Jailhouse Lawyer in PA. Take Action!

The Human Rights Coalition-Fed Up! has received reports that Andre Jacobs, a Pennsylvania state prisoner in solitary confinement, has been physically abused, issued death threats, denied medical treatment, called racial slurs, and had his legal property illegally withheld and confiscated … Continue reading

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Any FBI Employees in YOUR Activist Organization??

The struggle continues for the Minneapolis activists working in solidarity with Palestinians, who are now accused of aiding “terrorists” and whatnot, but what we now know is that an FBI agent infiltrated their circle of social justice activism.  With the … Continue reading

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