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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.

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From ImagesAttr Friday, June 26, 2015     

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Healing Our Wounds: Restorative Justice Needed For Albert Woodfox, The BPP & The Nation -Interview w/ Prof Angela Bell On June 8, a US District Court Judge ruled that the Angola 3's Albert Woodfox be both immediately released and barred from a retrial. Among those who communicated with Albert that week was Proessor Angela A. Allen-Bell. In the days following the ruling, she was a guest on several TV and radio shows focusing on Albert's case. She argues that recent Angola 3-related media coverage in the US is becoming "more substantive."

From ImagesAttr Sunday, September 7, 2014 (2 comments)     

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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."

From ImagesAttr Sunday, July 27, 2014     

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Panthers in the Hole: French Angola 3 Book Illustrates US Prison Crisis -Interview w/ Nicolas Krameyer of Amnesty France Amnesty International France and La Boîte Bulles have published a 128-page French language graphic novel entitled Panthers in the Hole. The book's co-authors David Cenou and Bruno Cenou present with visual art what Amnesty France describes as "la tragique histoire des Trois d'Angola" (the tragic story of the Angola 3). Nicolas Krameyer is head of the Individuals at Risk/Human Rights Defenders Program for Amnesty Intl. France.

From ImagesAttr Wednesday, April 30, 2014     

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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...

From ImagesAttr Wednesday, April 2, 2014     

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Razor Wire, Prison Cells, and Black Panther Robert H. King’s Life of Resistance --An interview w/ filmmaker Ron Harpel A new 40-minute documentary film by Canadian History Professor Ron Harpelle, entitled Hard Time, focuses on the life of Robert Hillary King, who spent 29 years in continuous solitary confinement until his conviction was overturned and he was released from Louisiana's infamous Angola State Prison in 2001. Hard Time was recently shown in Canada at both the Toronto and Montreal Black Film Festivals...

From ImagesAttr Monday, January 13, 2014 (1 comments)     

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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.

From ImagesAttr Saturday, August 17, 2013     

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Torture by Design: Saying No to the Architecture of Solitary Confinement and Cruelty --An interview with Raphael Sperry As the horror of solitary confinement comes under increasing scrutiny in the US and around the world, human rights activists are confronting this public health and safety epidemic from a variety of angles. One group, called Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility has challenged solitary confinement in US prisons by recently launching a petition "asking the American Institute of Architects to amend its Code..."

From Images Saturday, July 20, 2013     

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Opening the Box: Sarah Shourd on Herman Wallace, California Hunger Strikers and the Horror of Solitary Confinement Thanks to public pressure, Herman Wallace of the Angola 3, recently diagnosed with cancer, has finally been transferred out of solitary confinement, following a letter sent to the US DOJ by four Congressmen asking for an investigation into LA prisons. With the inspiration from this victory, the next step is Herman's release from prison on humanitarian grounds, as called for by Amnesty International's recent action campaign.

From ImagesAttr Thursday, May 23, 2013     

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Abusing Prisoners Decreases Public Safety --An interview with educator, author, and former prisoner Shawn Griffith If given the attention it deserves, an important new book entitled "Facing the US Prison Problem 2.3 Million Strong," is certain to make significant contributions to the public discussions of US prison policy. The author, Shawn Griffith, was released last year from Florida's prison system at the age of 41, after spending most of his life, almost 24 years, behind bars, including seven in solitary confinement.

From ImagesAttr Saturday, May 11, 2013     

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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.

From ImagesAttr Saturday, February 16, 2013     

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Strategizing to Defeat Control Unit Prisons and Solitary Confinement --An interview with author/activist Nancy Kurshan Author Nancy Kurshan's new book, entitled 'Out of Control: A Fifteen Year Battle Against Control Unit Prisons,' is hot off the press. Kurshan's book documents the work of The Committee to End the Marion Lockdown, which she co-founded in 1985 as a response to the lockdown at the federal prison in Marion, IL. It became a broader campaign against control unit prisons and human rights violations in US prisons, lasting 15 years.

From ImagesAttr Thursday, January 31, 2013 (1 comments)     

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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...

From Images Friday, October 19, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Amnesty International Denounces Torture in California Prisons, Demands Changes --An interview with Tessa Murphy Two weeks after the release of Amnesty International's new report on the use of prolonged solitary confinement inside California's "Security Housing Units' (SHUs), entitled "The Edge of Endurance: Conditions in California's Security Housing Units," prisoners initiated another hunger strike, with 500 participants statewide. In this new interview, Tessa Murphy speaks about her visit to California SHUs and Amnesty's report based.

From Images Saturday, September 29, 2012     

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World Premiere of Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal On October 6, the new documentary film entitled Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal, will be making its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival, just north of San Francisco.

From Images Thursday, September 6, 2012 (1 comments)     

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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.

From Images Wednesday, August 22, 2012 (2 comments)     

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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.

From Images Monday, June 18, 2012     

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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."

From Images Tuesday, April 17, 2012     

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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.

From ImagesAttr Thursday, March 15, 2012     

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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     

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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."

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