The Abolitionist, 2012, download here

Issue #17 / Summer 2012

Posted on May 25, 2012 | Theme: Prisoner Resistance!

Human Needs Over Profit. With Molly Porzig. An interview with Diana Block (California Coalition for Women Prisoners) and Manuel La Fontaine (All of Us or None) about the Occupy Prisons Movement and the Occupy National Day of Support of Prisoners.

  • From N.C.T.T. Corcoran SHU to the Occupy Movement. By New Afrikan Revolutionary Nationalism (NARN) Colloners in Corcoran’s Security Housing Unit. A message from prisoner organizers in the Corcoran SHU to the Occupy movement on the outside.
  • America is a Prison Industrial Complex. Statement from Jalil Muntaqim read at Occupy’s National Day of Support of Prisoners San Quentin February 20, 2012.
  • PFLP Leader Abdel-Alim Da’na Speaks. By Ben Lorber. Interview with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) leader. (Originally appeared in the Electronic Intifada.)
  • How We Get By. By Toshio Meronek with Regina Diamond, Faith Phillips, and Lala. Ex- and current prisoners relate how they made life a little more livable while dealing with extreme gender regulation.
  • From the Inside Out. By Kamau Walton. Interviews with Amelia Kirby, Sylvia Ryerson, and John “Mac” Gaskins of WMMT and Juliet Fox of 3CR, who run prison-focused radio programs in the U.S. and Australia.
  • Prisoner Led Organizing in São Paulo, Brazil. By Andrea Salinas. A short history of the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), a prisoner-led resistance group in Brazil.
  • HIV/AIDS Prison Organizing. With Ritika Aggarwal. An interview with Laura Whitehorn, the revolutionary ex-prisoner who speaks about her work on getting HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and treatment into prisons.
  • War Behind Walls. By the Red Family, Peoples Press, and friends. Abridged anti-prison industrial complex pamphlet from 1971. (Special thanks to the Freedom Archives.)
  • The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons. By Justin Piché. What the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons is, and how far it’s come over the past 25 years.
  • Resisting the War on Gangs (Inside and Out). By Isaac Ontiveros and Rachel Herzing. On the targeting of gangs by law enforcement, including organizing against gang injunctions, and the work of hunger strikers inside.

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