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Successful motion in court strengthens California prisoners’ case against solitary

Oakland – Pelican Bay prisoners named as plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the use of solitary confinement in California gained an important victory yesterday as U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of a motion filed by the plaintiffs’ counsel. The motion allows prisoners who have been in solitary confinement for more than 10 years, but have been transferred out of Pelican...

Incite and Colour of Violence

Pragya Esh interviews Rachel Caidor, organizer with Incite: Women & Trans* People of Color Against Violence and "Color of Violence 4," Incite's 4th conference to address violence against women of colour. NOTE: the N-word is used in the context of a spoken word piece by Jillian Christmas for Black History Month. The F Word Media Collective is a grassroots feminist media collective operating out of...

Beyond Reform: Essays Call for a Sweeping Reassessment of Incarceration

Prison populations have exploded in the United States, with a nearly eight-fold increase in the number of people behind bars from 1970 to today. In the initial decades of that breathtaking ascent, Black radical organizations, along with other groups spearheading systemic change, were devastated by, among other things, government counter-intelligence operations. For the full article please visit Truthout .

Students Walk Out on Testing, Rise for Black Trans Lives and Unionize

1 . The Weeklong Walkout—and More On Monday, February 23, at 10:25 AM, 250 students from Santa Fe, New Mexico, walked out to protest the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, the new high-stakes standardized test that 11 states have adopted . Some of us met with Superintendent Joel Boyd, who urged us to write letters to Secretary of Education...

Free Nicoll: New Yorkers Brave the Cold to Rally for Transgender Asylum Seeker

Braving 20-degree temperatures and snow, about 20 activists held a rally in front of a New York immigration office Thursday in support of a transgender detainee being held in an all-male facility in Arizona. The immigrant-rights and LGBT activists were part of a nationwide effort calling for the release of Nicoll Hernández-Polanco. Hernández-Polanco says she fled Guatemala to seek asylum in the U.S. While she...

Movement for Justice in El Barrio: Ten Years of Struggle for Another Possible World

“Ten years of grassroots community resistance to gentrification and displacement in El Barrio, New York. Ten years of building a social justice organization based on self-determination, participatory democracy and autonomy. Ten years of majority-women organizing for dignity and justice. Ten years of breaking down borders and supporting movements from New York City to South Africa and beyond. Ten years of fighting sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia,...

Words Beyond Walls: A Mother's Love in Immigration Detention

While immigration detention is increasingly becoming a topic covered by mainstream media, the voices of those directly affected by detention often remain absent. In an effort to fill this void, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is launching a series of blog posts called "Words Beyond Walls." In this series of posts, we will explore the reality of living in U.S. immigration detention...

Dems Support Bill for Undocumented Students

The Yale College Democrats are advocating for a new bill that would allow undocumented students to access public financial aid. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Roland Lemar, would require the state Office of Higher Education to amend existing policies that currently prevent undocumented students from participating in Connecticut student aid programs for public higher education. While undocumented immigrants who completed their high school education...

Estimated $24 Billion in College Debt Has Massachusetts Students Seeking Relief

SPRINGFIELD — Juhi Dasrath, a student at Springfield Technical Community College, is in the vanguard of a new band of activists urging government to take steps to help erase skyrocketing student debt, which has left almost one million Massachusetts in hock to the tune of $24 billion. An intern with STCC's PHENOM chapter (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts), Dasrath helped organize a campus event...

Beatings and Abuse of the Most Vulnerable Prisoners

For over a year I have been communicating with Comrade Mailk Washington, a man imprisoned in Texas. We have been exchanging stories of life, and finding common ground in our very different experiences, we have been discussing civil rights and social justice; over the course of this year I can say that we have become friends. Like many, I read about the horrible conditions in...

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