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Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind

By | Editors' Choice

In three decades of advocating for prison abolition, the activist and scholar has helped transform how people think about criminal justice. By Rachel Kushner, New York Times — There’s an anecdote that Ruth Wilson Gilmore likes to share about being at an environmental-justice conference in Fresno in 2003. People from all over California’s Central Valley had gathered to talk about the serious environmental hazards their communities faced, mostly as a…

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Albert Woodfox was released from prison in 2016 after more than four decades.

After 40 years in solitary, activist Albert Woodfox tells his story of survival

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The former Black Panther and member of the Angola 3 reflects on how he turned his cell from a place of confinement to a space for personal growth. By Albert Woodfox, The Guardian — My wrists were handcuffed to my waist by a leather strap. These restraints would become standard for me for decades to come. They walked me to a car and I got in. A captain next to…

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Moms United to End the War on Drugs Re-launches #TrueLoveNotToughLove Campaign on Valentine’s Day

Moms United to End the War on Drugs Re-launches #TrueLoveNotToughLove Campaign on Valentine’s Day

By | News & Current Affairs

Moms from Across the Nation Propose a Better Way to Solve the Opioid Overdose Crisis and Save Lives. Moms from California to Washington D.C. are Available to Tell Their Powerful Stories. On Valentine’s Day Moms United to End the War on Drugs is launching the second annual “True Love, Not Tough Love” campaign. Moms reject paternalist drug policies that circumvent our maternal wisdom and replace it with cruel, anti-family values….

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A woman shops for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Want to Eradicate Hunger in America? Take on Racism.

By | Commentaries/Opinions

A new study found that people who experience discrimination are almost twice as likely as others to struggle with hunger. By Greg Kaufmann, The Nation — With more than 40 million people in the country struggling with hunger, anti-hunger advocates in the United States have their work cut out for them. In 2017, nearly 12 percent of all US households were food insecure—meaning they didn’t have access to enough food for all household members…

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Nov 19th Edition of Vantage Point Radio: Can the Working Families Party Be the Third Force in American Politics?

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Topics: Protecting the Financial Health of New York Consumers • “The Adultrification of Black Youth in the Criminal Justice System” • Can the Working Families Party Become the Third Force in American Politics. Guests: Lorelei Salas (New York Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, New York, NY) and Jeree Thomas (Policy Director, The Campaign for Youth Justice, Washington, D.C.)

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The National Association of African American Drug Policy Coalition

Call for Papers – National African American Drug Policy Coalition

By | Black Family Summit (BFS) Posts

National African American Drug Policy Coalition Call for Papers and Panel Presentations Join NAADPC members, state chapters and affiliates of NAADPC in panel discussions, research sessions, and select presentations in Dallas, Texas February 11-12, 2019. Special sessions will be conducted by Retired Superior Court Judge Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. The program is being co-sponsored by the National Association of African Studies. An abstract not to exceed two pages for a…

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From Black Women’s Blueprint on Twitter.

Hundreds Gather for the March for Black Women in D.C.

By | News & Current Affairs

“We Are Marching To Say That Black Women’s Lives Matter…” By Taryn Finley, Huff Post — Black activist groups marched on the National Mall and Justice Department in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to raise awareness about the injustices black women face. Black Women’s Blueprint, BYP100 and Trans Sistas of Color Project and other groups have united for the March for Black Women. The event’s co-chairs are activists Farah Tanis, Bré…

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Inmates in prison

Prisons Are Already Retaliating Against Inmates Protesting ‘Modern Slavery’

By | News & Current Affairs

On Tuesday, inmates across the country launched a strike to protest labor conditions in prisons. Only three days into the strike, some inmates have experienced retaliation. By Tarpley Hitt, Daily Beast — Inmates are already experiencing retaliation for alleged participation in the nation-wide prison strike that launched August 21, representatives from the prison labor advocacy group Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) told The Daily Beast. The strike, organized by a…

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Prisons

Prisoners Protest ‘Modern Slavery’ In Nationwide Strike

By | News & Current Affairs

Incarcerated people in at least 17 states are refusing to work, in some cases for jobs that pay as little as 4 cents an hour. By Tarpley Hitt, The Daily Beast — Inmates in prisons across the country launched a massive strike on Tuesday, calling for an end to what organizers call “inhuman” treatment in the criminal justice system. The national coordinated effort will include “work stoppages, sit-in strikes, commissary…

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Debtor s’ Prison

How Prisons Serve Capitalism

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By Dan Berger, Public Books — I once asked a class at a prison in Washington State how they would describe the relationship between capitalism and incarceration. “They get you coming and going,” someone quickly offered. Perhaps he had in mind the legal financial obligations that are levied against many people upon their conviction.1 He also could have been referring to the exorbitant costs of commissary supplies. In January, Florida prisoners announced…

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