What: A call for art and article submissions on sustaining movements for the 2017 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar
Deadline: May 15, 2016
The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar collective (www.certaindays.org) is releasing its 16th calendar in the Fall of 2016. Over the years, we’ve turned our attention to various themes: grassroots organizing, resisting repression, and visions of justice. The theme for 2017 is focused on what it takes to sustain our movements.
We are looking for 12 works of art and 12 short articles to feature in the calendar, which hangs in more than 2,000 ………..READ MORE
. . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Certain Days 2017 Call for Submissions: SUSTAINING MOVEMENTS
In the communities of Rochester and Buffalo, N.Y., there is a growing campaign to support Jalil Muntaqim, Black liberation activist, revolutionary, writer and political prisoner. He has spent 45 years behind bars.
Known as Anthony Bottom at the time of his arrest, Jalil Muntaqim is currently incarcerated at Attica Correctional Facility, or as he calls it, “Apartheid Attica.” He was a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. He was arrested in 1971 along with Albert “Nuh” Washington and Herman Bell (who is still incarcerated in New York state) and convicted on largely circumstantial evidence. Their ………..READ MORE
. . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: From inside Attica: Interview with Jalil Muntaqim (By Mitchell Jones)
We recently received this distressing information about the ongoing persecution of comrade Robert Seth Hayes.
As many of you know, Seth has had a chronic cough since May of this year for which he did not receive any diagnosis or treatment for many months.
When Seth finally saw the pulmonologist at Coxsackie on Monday, . . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Medical Emergency: Robert Seth Hayes
The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal and Toronto and three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell. We are committed to doing work grounded in an anti-imperialist and . . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar 2016
On October 7, 2015, Jalil was arbitrarily denied receipt of four books after they had been approved by the package room. Jalil would like folk to write to Commissioner Annucci regarding this matter.
Write to Commissioner Annucci at:
Anthony Annucci Commissioner of DOCCS 1220 Washington Avenue The Harriman State Campus, Building 2 Albany, New . . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Jalil Arbitrarily Denied Books including HIS OWN
On October 7, political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim was denied 4 books which arrived for him at Attica Correctional Facility. Muntaqim is a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, and one of the longest held political prisoners in the world today; he has been incarcerated since 1971, when he was . . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Mailroom Censorship at Attica
More than a memoir, Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead takes the reader on a tour of America’s underbelly. From Iowa to Compton to Venice Beach to Fairbanks, Alaska, Mead introduces you to poor America just trying to get by—and barely making it. When a thirteen-year-old Mead ends up in the Utah State Industrial . . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead
WHEN: Saturday, October 24at 7:00pm WHERE: Plan B Halifax, 2180 Gottingen Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 3B2 facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/624566001016376/
Comrades in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have organized the first joint book launch for Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead and Escaping the Prism … Fade to Black by Jalil Muntaqim. Ed Mead will be . . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Halifax Double Book Launch: LUMPEN (Ed Mead) and ESCAPING THE PRISM (Jalil Muntaqim)
The following appeared in the Prison Letters section of Overthrow Volume 6 #4 , December 1984/January 1985 — it was scanned by as part of the Arm the Spirit archive project (thanks!)
Back in – on or about 1971, after the jail house rock rebellion in N.Y.C. where every house of detention was taken . . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Kuwasi Balagoon Writes to Overthrow (1984)
Jalil Muntaqim is a former member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. For over forty years, Jalil has been a political prisoner, and one of the New York Three (NY3), in retaliation for his political activism.
Escaping the Prism … Fade to Black is a collection of Jalil’s poetry and . . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Escaping the Prism … Fade to Black: Poetry and Essays by Jalil Muntaqim
Joel is an antifascist prisoner in Sweden. In July 2014, he was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for attempted murder, violent disorder, and carrying an illegal weapon. The sentence followed a collective defense against a Nazi attack on an antifascist demonstration in Stockholm. . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Interview with an Antifascist Prisoner in Sweden
New York State Political Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim was recently denied parole for
the 8th time by the New York State Parole Board. Jalil first became eligible for
parole in 2002, and has been denied parole from that time to the present. At
this point there is no longer a need to discuss Jalil’s accomplishments . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: NYS Parole Board’s War Against Political Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim
Urgent need for money to cover legal fees for Tyendinaga Warriors.
On March 8, following a week of action demanding a national inquiry into the at least 825 missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada, warriors from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory blocked the CN mainline. This action, which fell on International Women’s Day, came . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Support the Tyendinaga Arrestees!
The following is from a letter just received from Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter. As previously reported here, Rashid was recently transferred from Oregon to Virginia, likely in retaliation for his ongoing work reporting on and challenging abuses by the prisoncrats.
As can be seen here, . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Transfered, Beaten and Abused: The Ongoing Persecution of Kevin “Rashid” Johnson by the u.s. Penal State
The following is Geronimo ji Jaga’s intervention at a September 14, 2000 forum that Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) hosted during the Congressional Black Caucus’s legislative weekend in Washington, DC. It was initially included in a pamphlet published in 2001 by the Human Rights Research Fund (founded by activist attorneys Kathleen Cleaver and Natsu Saito) . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: COINTELPRO Murders (Intervention by Geronimo ji Jaga)
Convicted of the 1983 U.S. Capitol Bombing, and “conspiring to influence, change, and protest policies and practices of the United States government through violent and illegal means”, Laura Whitehorn, an out lesbian and one of six defendants in the Resistance Conspiracy Case, spent 14 years in prison. “OUT” is the story . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Out: The Making of a Revolutionary
on the main Kersplebedeb website: http://kersplebedeb.com/posts/daniel-mcgowan-released-after-lawyers-confirm-he-was-jailed-for-huffpost-blog/
Radical human rights attorney Lynne Stewart has been falsely accused of helping terrorists. On Tuesday, April 9, 2002, she was arrested and agents searched her Manhattan office for documents. She was arraigned before Manhattan federal Judge John Koeltl. This is an obvious attempt by the U.S. government to silence dissent, curtail vigorous defense lawyers, . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: IWD Message from Political Prisoner Lynne Stewart
This is an update about Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, a prisoner activist and intellectual who is currently in a dire situation in Snake River Correctional Institution in Oregon. As was reported last week, Rashid has been in the midst of a health crisis for almost a month now, which has included periods of severe disorientation. . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Kevin Rashid Johnson and Oregon’s Isolation Torture Unit
This Friday at La Belle Epoque in Montreal, join us for a conversation about political prisoners, and a screening of the film Freeing Silvia Baraldini.
Friday, March 1st at 7pmLa Belle Époque1984 rue Wellington, Montreal, QuebecThis film documents the life of former U.S. political prisoner Silvia Baraldini. Silvia moved to the U.S. as a . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Mtl Film Screening: Freeing Silvia Baraldini
Kevin “Rashid” Johnson is a New Afrikan Communist prison organizer and intellectual in the United States and one of the founders of the NABPP-PC (New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter). He has spent most of his adult life in the prison system and continually been subjected to political repression and violence in retaliation for . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Oregon DOC Attempting to Kill Kevin Rashid Johnson!
In this interview, New Afrikan Communist Sanyika Shakur discusses his personal social development, his time in Pelican Bay-SHU, the 2011 California prisoners’ hunger strikes, the effects of long-term isolation torture, New Afrikan nationalism, communism, and the struggle against gender oppression.
In a biographical note written while in PB-SHU, Shakur explained: i was born Nov . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Video Interview with Sanyika Shakur
This interview originally appeared in Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, 5:2, 259-270. For a PDF of the interview, go here. It is also mirrored on the Kersplebedeb site here.
In the 1960s and 1970s, many activists looked to the prisons for political leadership, while viewing prisons themselves as institutions of repression . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: New Interview by David Gilbert
Here it is again, a beautiful political calendar created by a Canadian collective working under the guidance and inspiration of u.s. PP/POWs David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell. Proceeds from this full color calendar go to the New York Task Force on Political Prisoners, the Palestinian NGO Adameer Prisoners Support and the . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar 2013
Two years ago today, Marilyn Buck died of cancer in New York City; after decades behind bars, she had been released from prison barely a few weeks earlier.
As comrade Judy Greenspan wrote at the time:
Marilyn died today not in the hospital but at Soffiyah Elijah’s house, her close friend and . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Celebrating the Life and Work of Marilyn Buck