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Over 40 years ago in Louisiana, 3 young black men were silenced for trying to expose continued segregation, systematic corruption, and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US, an 18,000-acre former slave plantation called Angola. In 1972 and 1973 prison officials charged Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox, and Robert King with murders they did not commit and threw them into 6x9 ft. cells in solitary confinement, for over 36 years. Robert was freed in 2001, but Herman and Albert remain behind bars.
Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party --An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell
In her new law journal article, "Activism Unshackled & Justice Unchained," law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell concludes that the US government's response to the BPP, primarily within the framework of the FBI's infamous COINTELPRO, was itself terrorism. Bell writes that "the magnitude of the unwarranted harm done to the BPP has not yet been explored in an appropriate fashion. Much like a fugitive, it has eluded justice."
Albert Woodfox Speaks to the Experts About 42 Years of Solitary Confinement
Now, all these years later, the hearing on the civil case related to our long-term solitary confinement is approaching. So they sent this psychiatrist to question me. What he was doing, of course, was to try to get me to say that forty years in solitary confinement hasn't really been all that bad. "You seem quite well adjusted," he said. I told him that unless he sits in a cell 23 hours a day for forty years, he has no idea...
A Moral Outrage: Albert Woodfox's 41 Years in Solitary Confinement, Despite Three Overturned Convictions
We new interview with Rev Dr Patricia Bates from the National Religious Coalition Against Torture (NRCAT), who attended Albert Woodfox's recent January 7 oral arguments before the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rev. Dr. Bates made a statement at the press conference outside the courtroom on behalf of NRCAT. Amnesty International is calling for Albert Woodfox's immediate release from prison.
Russell "Maroon' Shoatz Files Lawsuit Protesting 22 Consecutive Years in Solitary Confinement
Earlier this week, on Wednesday, May 8, lawyers for Russell "Maroon' Shoatz filed a federal lawsuit regarding his placement in solitary confinement for over 22 consecutive years. The written complaint, directed at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and the Superintendents of SCI-Greene, where Shoatz was last held, and SCI-Mahanoy, where he was transferred to on March 28, 2013.
The Black Panther Party's Living Legacy: Touring Oakland & Berkeley with Billy X Jennings
Last week, the "Dismantling Racism" class from St. Catherine University in Minnesota was taken on a Black Panther History Tour in Oakland and Berkeley, led by Billy X Jennings from It's AboutTime BPP Alumni & Legacy. Along with ongoing BPP history exhibits at the Alameda County Law Library in downtown Oakland and the window of Rasputin Music on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley is a new photo exhibit running until February 28...
Will AB 2530 Unshackle Childbirth in California? --An interview with Tina Reynolds and Vikki Law
A bill opposing the shackling of pregnant prisoners, AB 2530, has been passed unanimously by the California State Legislature and is now on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, with thirty days to either approve or veto it. Last year, a previous version of this bill was also passed unanimously by the Legislature, but it was ultimately vetoed by Brown. Activists are urgently mobilizing public pressure to stop another veto by Gov. Brown.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012(2 comments)
Do US Prisons Violate European Human Rights Law? --An interview with Hamja Ahsan and Aviva Stahl
On April 10, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in the case of Babar Ahmad and Others v The United Kingdom, thereby making a landmark ruling on the legitimacy of solitary confinement, extreme isolation and life without parole in US supermax prisons. This judgement is now being appealed to the Grand Chamber, with a decision expected in September regarding whether or not the appeal will be considered.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Prolonged Solitary Confinement on Trial --An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell
On the morning of Tuesday, June 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee is having a hearing on solitary confinement. Submitted for the hearing is a new law journal article by Prof. Bell entitled "Perception Profiling & Prolonged Solitary Confinement Viewed Through the Lens of the Angola 3 Case: When Prison Officials Become Judges, Judges Become Visually Challenged and Justice Become Legally Blind."
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
VIDEO: The Outer Limits of Solitary Confinement, w/ Robert King of the Angola 3
"The Outer Limits" at UC Hastings marked 40 years of solitary confinement for Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3, by exploring the expansion and overuse of solitary confinement, mobilizing support for the Amnesty International Petition to remove Wallace and Woodfox from solitary confinement (being hand delivered to LA Governor Bobby Jindal on Tuesday, April 17) and support for the California Hunger Strikers.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Guantanamo Prison's True Secret: Jason Leopold in Conversation With Andy Worthington
British journalist Andy Worthington, the author of "The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison," has been documenting the array of human rights abuses at Guantanamo for over six years now He recently spoke alongside Truthout.org's investigative journalist Jason Leopold at the UC Hastings College of Law, in San Francisco, hosted by the college's chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Medical Self Defense and the Black Panther Party --An interview with Alondra Nelson
Alondra Nelson, a professor at Columbia University, is the author of a new book, "Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination." She writes that "the Party's focus on health care was both practical and ideological." The BPP provided free community health care services. The BPP also confronted the medical-industrial complex, declaring that health care was "a right and not a privilege."