Prison Activist Resource Center

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PARC is a prison abolitionist group committed to exposing and challenging all forms of institutionalized racism, sexism, able-ism, heterosexism, and classism, specifically within the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC).

11/29/2018
Stop the Merging of Sensitive Needs Yards and General Population in California State Prisons!

this is an ongoing situation and a petition attached. please read this petition and sign. updates will come as we learn more. thanks! solidarity

"The merging of state prison yards in this way is dangerous, reckless and could lead to deaths, injuries and increased time on people's sentences.

We stand in solidarity with Californians across the state – family members who have loved ones inside the state’s prisons and fire camps, and people who are incarcerated within those facilities – who are panicking that the announced reintegration of Sensitive Needs Yards (SNYs) into CDCR's general population will increase violence, serious injuries and deaths throughout the system.

Already, a riot that broke out at Norco is suspected of being caused by reintegration. People who have been forced to debrief in order to leave secure housing units or access programming fear that they will be mistrusted and attacked in general population. People who have experienced or are at greater risk of sexual and physical assault fear that they will be victimized. People who are working hard to come home fear that they will catch new charges and/or disciplinary write-ups jeopardizing their release date. Everyone fears that this will increase prison politics and racial animosity – spreading violence across facilities and, ultimately, into communities."

https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/stop-merged-yards-in-california-department-of-corrections-and-rehabilitation?source=facebook-share-button&time=1541019842&fbclid=IwAR1jP2GS5eyj4Wnm5y4l_alVgU_E4AUAA4xTnUvzxkoGOB_20Njqk9vLj7I

The merging of state prison yards in this way is dangerous, reckless and could lead to deaths, injuries and increased time on people's sentences. We stand in solidarity with Californians across the state – family members who have loved ones inside the state’s prisons and fire camps, and people w...

11/28/2018
Prison Activist Resource Center

please support PARC! Every dime goes to printing the directory, envelopes and stamps.....every prisoner who wants a directory gets one for free! compliments of YOU!

"Ever since the ACLU stopped sending their Prisoners' Assistance Directory directly to prisoners, PARC is the only organization to freely provide information to tens of thousands of prisoners incarcerated across the nation."

PLEASE DONATE TO KEEP RESOURCE DIRECTORIES GOING TO PRISONERS FOR FREE. THANK YOU!
PARC HAS NO PAID STAFF. ALL VOLUNTEER EVERY DIME GOES TO THE DIRECTORY AND MAILING.

https://connect.clickandpledge.com/Organization/prisonactivist/campaign/2018-Directory

11/28/2018
Prison Activist Resource Center

"Ever since the ACLU stopped sending their Prisoners' Assistance Directory directly to prisoners, PARC is the only organization to freely provide information to tens of thousands of prisoners incarcerated across the nation."

PLEASE DONATE TO KEEP RESOURCE DIRECTORIES GOING TO PRISONERS FOR FREE. THANK YOU!
PARC HAS NO PAID STAFF. ALL VOLUNTEER EVERY DIME GOES TO THE DIRECTORY AND MAILING.

https://connect.clickandpledge.com/Organization/prisonactivist/campaign/2018-Directory

For the last eighteen years, the Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC) has corresponded with and mailed a directory of resources to prisoners, their friends, and family members. We are often the first point of contact for people to connect with prisoners' rights organizations, community organizatio...

11/27/2018
Prison Activist Resource Center

Prison Activist Resource Center

For the last eighteen years, the Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC) has corresponded with and mailed a directory of resources to prisoners, their friends, and family members. We are often the first point of contact for people to connect with prisoners' rights organizations, community organizatio...

11/11/2018

Prison Activist Resource Center

oakland

11/11/2018

Prison Activist Resource Center

11/04/2018

LETTER WRITING....means the WORLD to political prisoners!!! Meet some amazing people and write letters to people who are STILL committed to liberation of the PEOPLE!!

NYC ABC
https://nycabc.wordpress.com/2018/11/03/uff2018/


WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, November 6th, 2017
WHERE: The Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221

11/04/2018

" for adults, exorbitant criminal justice fines and fees remain the status quo. These realities are evident in the data . In total, the average adult on probation in Alameda County in 2018 may be assessed over $6,000 in probation supervision fees, public defender fees, and sheriff ’s work alternative program fees .4 The collections
rates are consistently low, while the burden of court debt wreaks extraordinary havoc on the lives of individuals, who are disproportionately people of color trying to successfully reenter society The current system is not only a manifestation of the racialization of the criminal justice system but also an example of how bad fiscal policy that exacts high pain for little gain contributes to wealth stripping of vulnerable communities . This white paper endeavors to provide evidence-based research
and concrete stories of harm directly caused by a suite of criminal justice fees authorized by local county agencies and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors ."

https://ebclc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/EBCLC_CrimeJustice_WP_Fnl.pdf

11/04/2018
Click here to support Show UP for Bo Brown! organized by Bo Brown

Why do we need to support Bo Brown? Because she has been supporting the PEOPLE for decades and decades... if you can...please donate to her care. SOLIDARITY.

"If you know one thing about Bo, you should know that she knows how to Show Up. Decades of hard work have built an enormous web of community and family around Bo, from the causes she supported as part of the George Jackson Brigade to the people with whom she was incarcerated; the countless families Bo has helped through hard times to the decades-long commitment she's proven to the health and liberation of all incarcerated people. Ask anyone who knows her and they can tearfully describe her ability to show up when it's time and stay in the fight til the fight is done. Bo has changed lives. She has made the world demonstrably, measurably better."

https://www.gofundme.com/show-up-for-bo-brown?fbclid=IwAR2SFoZinZhXr3dei13ET7oBKXjwpKe4SfnX502ghX6nSEvijpmdu4tnJoU

Bo Brown needs your love. Bo, who has worked tirelessly for her many strong communities for decades, needs you to show up for her, now. Bo Brown is a lifelong movement-maker and community supporter who is living with Lewy Body Dementia, for which she requires constant care. If you've never met Bo...

10/14/2018

New book by author, Dan Berger

10/10/2018

Another revolutionary warrior is with the ancestors! REST IN POWER COMRADE JABBAR!!! Let's carry on where he left off....FREE OUR IMPRISONED BROTHERS AND SISTERS!

It is with sad hearts that the Ujima People's Progress Party (UPP) shares the message that a leader, comrade and veteran of the African liberation struggle has transitioned. Comrade Abdul Jabbar Caliph aka Brother Jabbar transition yesterday evening after a year long fight with diabetes. He was a fierce defender of African people and particularly the African working class!
He served as a writer, event coordinator and political prisoner/anti-prison activist with the Ujima People's Progress Party. He served as a campaign manager and treasurer for the UPP's first election candidate in 2016. He also served as the Agitation-Propaganda Secretary of the Pan African Internationalist Committee cadre formation which helped form the UPP.
Always looking to build principled solidarity with other African and working class organizations, he worked a liaison with several organizations nationally.
We will miss Comrade Jabbar's sharp and to the point summations and writings. A no-nonsense personality he always fought to center our work on principle and consistent worldview. The last of his political initiatives are still in the process of being implemented, the UPP newsletter and the 2019 UPP statewide conference. We salute you comrade Jabbar!

10/10/2018

DIRECT ACTION!!! NEXT TWO DAYS....SHARE WIDELY PLEASE SHARE TOO

"Pennsylvania based Decarcerate PA and other community organizations will be taking actions this week on Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11. Tell your friends and come out.

Wednesday the 10th: 6pm-8:30pm at Governor Wolf's fundraiser outside of Yards Brewing Company at 500 Spring Garden. Come with signs, banners, and energy. Demand that Wolf side with health care advocates and not fascist prison guards.

Thursday the 11th: At 6pm the Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel will be at a town hall hosted by the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. The event will be at Yesha Ministries, 2300 Snyder Avenue. Tell Wetzel prisoners and their loved ones will not stop till these new policies are overturned."

10/05/2018

time to hit the books!

10/02/2018
Keeping the Spirit of the Prison Labor Strike Alive

"Thirteen years later, the prison authorities haven’t changed. Their fear of collective action by people in prison is central to their identity. Hence, when I hear about events like the Prison Labor Strike of 2018 and its aftermath, I find it stunning that so many people behind the walls are now prepared to take mass action against the system of incarceration."

STRIKES WORK...OTHERWISE THE INFORMATION WOULDN'T BE FORBIDDEN.

https://truthout.org/articles/keeping-the-spirit-of-the-prison-labor-strike-alive/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare

Prisoners and organizers of the strike now face retaliation as well as the challenge of advancing their demands.

10/02/2018
After 40 years in prison, Debbie Africa remains committed to MOVE's mission

Revolutionary for LIFE! Bravo Debbie Africa!

"Many of the clashes between MOVE and the city were the result of a racist criminal justice system, including police brutality and double standards of justice, said Linn Washington, a journalism professor at Temple University.

Those systemic issues have not disappeared.

“These problems that gave birth to the MOVE organization, the systemic abuses of police departments still persist today despite the presence of Black police commissioners, and Blacks in the hierarchy of the police department,” Washington said.

But “the MOVE that you see today is totally different from the MOVE that was existing back then.”

Today, MOVE members in the area no longer live the strict, back-to-nature lifestyles that John Africa endorsed, but they remain steadfast to his teachings."

http://www.phillytrib.com/news/after-years-in-prison-debbie-africa-remains-committed-to-move/article_ce8daf58-9c44-58a3-b00f-c669f87731a8.html

Nearly four decades behind bars have not diminished Debbie Sims Africa’s commitment to MOVE.

09/14/2018
South Carolina Prisons Are Putting Hundreds of Lives At Risk By Not Evacuating

Anyone could be arrested, falsely, as we know (or should know by now) and unable to afford GOOD legal defense and railroaded into a "plea agreement" to avoid LONGER unjust sentences. So think of this as the #1 reason why we must ABOLISH PRISONS/JAILS ...restorative justice IS the only way to justice.

"Neighboring states of Virginia and North Carolina are evacuating prisoners from low-lying areas, but it appears that incarcerated individuals are not counted among the people of South Carolina, whose lives the government is “not going to gamble with.”

Unfortunately, this is nothing new. Horror stories about the un-evacuated Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina show what’s at risk when inmates are left behind during natural disasters. When the storm hit in August 2005, the generators went out, leaving inmates in the dark, and trapped in their cells by electric-controlled doors that wouldn’t open, as filthy flood water steadily rose around them. Human Rights Watch reported that at least one building in the prison compound, which housed nearly 600 inmates, was completely abandoned by guards, and inmates weren’t evacuated until four days after the storm, with water at chest-level, and no food or drinking water. “They left us to die there,” HRW quoted one inmate as saying later. Corinne Carey, researcher from Human Rights Watch, added, “Of all the nightmares during Hurricane Katrina, this must be one of the worst.”"

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/south-carolina-prisons-no-evacuation-723722/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

As Hurricane Florence heads towards the state, thousands are being urged to evacuate, so that not one life is lost — but the lives of prisoners seem to be an afterthought

09/06/2018
Cell Phones Pull Back Curtain on Prison Conditions | Black Agenda Report

"Prison officials across the country are apoplectic over inmate access to cell phones, partly because “it allows people that are incarcerated to serve as reporters, to broadcast firsthand what they are experiencing behind bars,” said Nazgol Ghandnoosh,"

https://blackagendareport.com/cell-phones-pull-back-curtain-prison-conditions

Prison officials across the country are apoplectic over inmate access to cell phones, partly because “it allows people that are incarcerated to serve as reporters, to broadcast firsthand what they are experiencing behind bars,” said Nazgol Ghandnoosh, senior analyst for The Sentencing Project, i...

09/05/2018
Evolving Tactics of the National Prison Strike | Black Agenda Report

podcast..." “Tactics have developed and enlarged,” said Terpstra, “to include not only work stoppage but boycotts and sit-downs and lay-downs, so that all prisoners can take part” in the August 21 to September 9 action."

https://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php/evolving-tactics-national-prison-strike

The tactics of imprisoned activists have evolved since the prison strike of 2016, which was brutally repressed, especially in Georgia, said Bruce Terpstra, of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee. “Tactics have developed and enlarged,” said Terpstra, “to include not only work stoppage...

08/29/2018
Comrade Malik Speaks: Retaliation & Repression in a South Texas Prison - It's Going Down

" Revolutionary Greetings, Sisters and Brothers!

Well, it is Black August, and the white supremacists and fascists at the FBI have collaborated with all the white supremacists and fascists inside the Texas prisons, and have tried to bury my ass in a cement slab death-trap in Beeville, Texas. Don’t be fooled or tricked – this is a well-coordinated retaliation and repression campaign."

https://itsgoingdown.org/comrade-malik-speaks-retaliation-repression-in-a-south-texas-prison/

Comrade Malik speaks on ongoing horrific conditions inside South Texas Prisons. “Any kind of act that’s designed to delay or deprive you and me, right now, of getting full rights, that’s the government that’s responsible. And any time you find the government involved in a conspiracy to viola...

08/29/2018
Strike Statement to the Press; August 28, 2018

"“These are the NATIONAL DEMANDS of the men and women in federal, immigration, and state prisons:


Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.
An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.
The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.
The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.
An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.
An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.
No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.
State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.
Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.
The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count!"

https://incarceratedworkers.org/news/strike-statement-press-august-28-2018

News Article August 28, 2018 Strike Statement to the Press; August 28, 2018 Amani Sawari official outside media representative of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak [email protected] Jared Ware Freelance journalist covering prisoner movements [email protected] on Twitter Incarcerated Wor...

08/22/2018
22: Kevin Cooper Live From Death Row

Wrongfully convicted Death Row Prisoner, Kevin Cooper...podcast..."This week we interview Kevin Cooper, who has lived for more than three decades on death row in San Quentin prison for a quadruple homicide, despite clear evidence that he was framed by the San Bernadino Country Sherriff’s Department.

Kevin talks to us about his long fight for freedom--including the darkest moments on February 9, 2004, when he came within four hours of being murdered by the state of California. He was saved that night by a last-minute court decision that was the result of a nationwide campaign of protests and “Live from Death Row” events in which Kevin spoke to thousands of people across the country."

https://soundcloud.com/betteroffredpod/22-kevin-cooper-live-from-death-row

22: Kevin Cooper Live From Death Row This week we interview Kevin Cooper, who has lived for more than three decades on death row in San Quentin prison for a quadruple homicide, despite clear evidenc

08/14/2018
Witnesses: Police injure person in altercation on Market Street

what's new? just another day in the USA

"The person, described by witnesses as a teenage girl, was taken away from Market and Jones streets in an ambulance at around 1:34 p.m. after witnesses said police hit her and slammed her against a police car. Police were walking the woman out of the Downtown Smoke and Vapes shop in handcuffs when the incident occurred."

http://www.sfexaminer.com/witnesses-police-injure-woman-altercation-market-street/?utm_source=The+Examiner+E-dition&utm_campaign=df7a8f78c2-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e2b97b1e7f-df7a8f78c2-261006009

San Francisco police on Monday may have injured a person who was allegedly resisting arrest outside a smoke shop on Market Street, according to multiple witnesses at the scene and »

08/13/2018
California prison inmates are putting their lives at risk to put out wildfires for $2 a day

California is the world's SIXTH largest economy....for the governor to NOT PAY A LIVING WAGE TO ALL FIRE FIGHTERS ON WILDFIRES is bu****it!

" 3,400 inmates from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The groups work in unison, but while salaried California firefighters earn an annual mean wage of $74,000 plus benefits, inmates earn just $2 per day with an additional $1 per hour when fighting an active fire."

https://www.newsweek.com/california-wildfires-inmates-prisoners-firefighters-1061905

Inmate firefighters are putting their lives on the line to put out California’s wildfires for $2 a day.

08/06/2018

"The FBI’s director J Edgar Hoover had come to see the Panthers, with their links to revolutionary parties around the world and growing popularity in black inner cities, as a major threat to national security. He instructed his agents to redirect the secret domestic surveillance operation, known as “Cointelpro”, specifically onto black radicals.

Abu-Jamal recalled the naivety that existed within the Panther party about the governmental forces targeted at them.

“We didn’t know about Cointelpro. When people raised questions, we’d laugh at them and tell them: ‘Stop being paranoid!’ The very idea the government would read your mail, or listen to your phone calls, was crazy! We never believed we were important enough.”

The FBI certainly did think them important enough. It made sure the party was thoroughly infiltrated with informers, leaders were rounded up and imprisoned, internal dissent fomented. By 1970 open warfare had started to break out between west coast and east coast factions of the party, leading to threats, expulsions and internecine violence. "

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/30/intoxicating-freedom-gripping-fear-mumia-abu-jamal-on-life-as-a-black-panther

08/03/2018
Prison Activist Resource Center

FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS

another INNOCENT MAN still in prison for a crime he never committed. FBI's COINTELPRO VICTIM.

07/31/2018
NowThis Politics

INHUMANE! The only other country on the planet that could touch our inhumanity is Saudi Arabia!

This is what it’s like inside one of America’s harshest solitary confinement units

07/26/2018
Black Panther Party co-founder Elbert "Big Man" Howard dies

All Power to the People! RIP Elbert "Big Man" Howard!

"Howard was one of six people who founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland in October 1966, along with Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. The political organization started out patrolling police for possible abuse against blacks.

Key members quit in 1974 after years of fatal fights with police and each other. Later it became clear that the FBI had engaged in surveillance and harassment to undermine the party and incriminate its leaders.

Howard quit the party in 1974, but in its active years, he served as editor of its newspaper and deputy minister of information. He traveled to Europe and Asia to set up chapters and was responsible for the social programs that made the party famous."

https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Black-Panther-Party-co-founder-Elbert-Big-Man-13101201.php

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Elbert "Big Man" Howard, a co-founder of the Black Panther Party who served as newspaper editor, information officer and logistics genius behind the group's popular social programs, has died at age 80. His wife, Carole Hyams, says Howard died Monday in Santa Rosa, California, af...

07/19/2018
NYC passes bill to make phone calls free for inmates in city jails

"“Families and friends of incarcerated individuals should not have to choose between hearing from their loved ones and paying their bills just because these individuals cannot afford to pay for phone calls,” "

PHONE CALLS SHOULD BE FREE REGARDLESS OF WHAT CAGE A PERSON IS PUT IN, JAIL OR PRISON. this is a good start.

NEW YORK — Inmates in New York City jails will soon be able to make phone calls for free. The New York City Council approved the bill — sponsored by Speaker Corey Johnson —Wednesday and it now heads to Mayor Bill de Blasio's desk for his signature. The just under 10,000 people incarcerated in ...

07/18/2018

This is one of the BEST praline candies I've ever had! Check it out. Support the work and life of former BPP and Angola 3 prisoner, Robert King! freedom is indeed SWEET!

The History Of Pralines & my introduction to the making of this sweet succulent candy.
French settlers brought the recipe to Louisiana, where both sugar cane & pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection, and thus created what became known throughout the American South as the Praline.....
In 1962 I learned to make candy from a fellow prisoner named “Cap Pistol.” Over the years, using a stove made from cans and tissue. I perfected the recipe. Now that I’m free I can make life a little “Sweeter” for you. To order my Autobiography or to purchase my candy click the link in my bio.
Thanks for the continued support!!

07/17/2018
Inside, Outside, All On the Same Side: Prison Strike Round Table - It's Going Down

EXCELLENT PODCAST!!! "In this episode we talk to people across the country involved in the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), a part of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), one of the groups which has officially signed on to endorse the upcoming August 21st prison strike. IWOC was one of the organizations pivotal in supporting the 2016 prison strike which kicked off on September 9th – the anniversary of the Attica uprising, and spread to prisons across the US, and even into Mexico and Greece. Solidarity actions took place across the US and the world, and marked a turning point in how prison slavery under the 13th Amendment is viewed in this society."

https://itsgoingdown.org/inside-outside-all-on-the-same-side-prisonstrike-round-table/

In this episode we talk to people across the country involved in the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), a part of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), one of the groups which has officially signed on to endorse the upcoming August 21st prison strike. IWOC was one of the organiza...

07/13/2018
Ear Hustle - June 22, 2018 | KPFA

this is a weekly KPFA radio show (and podcast) on Friday's at 10:30 a.m. Fabulous prison radio show from San Quentin !!! listen, share with others!

EAR HUSTLE....https://kpfa.org/episode/ear-hustle-june-22-2018/

Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The podcast is a partnership between Nigel Poor, a Bay Area visual artist and Earlonne Woods, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and was co-founded with fellow inmate Antwan Williams.

07/12/2018
Click here to support Surviving cancer & a car accident organized by Eric King Support Team

" Life is already tough as a mother of two with her partner in prison, but she was also recently in a car accident, which thankfully left her in okay shape, but has left her care in unsafe conditions for long distance or highway driving. Even more recently she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, the severity and treatment of which is still being determined. Donations are needed asap as the financial toll of these recent development have already taken effect. All of the funds donated will be used by her to support herself and her children in this difficult time in her life. "

https://www.gofundme.com/surviving-cancer-and-a-car-accident

We're here to raise money for Eric's partner, and their two children who are currently experiencing financial hardship. Life is already tough as a mother of two with her partner in prison, but she was also recently in a car accident, which thankfully left her in okay shape, but has left her care...

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