civil liberties & police

No justice without radical change

February 2015

“No Justice, No Peace!” This ringing slogan is close to the hearts of protesters marching against police abuse in Black and Latino communities in the USA. And today the chant expresses mounting global defiance against state repression, whether in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America. But Presidents Obama and Peña Nieto of… Read more »

Updates: Mumi Abu-Jamal, Rasmea Odeh, Marissa Alexander

April 2015

Silence Mumia Abu-Jamal? Never! “Social change and social transformation form the raison d’etre of Goddard.” Mumia Abu-Jamal spoke these revolutionary words by phone from his prison cell during his commencement speech to Goddard College on Oct. 4, 2014. Abu-Jamal, a renowned journalist skilled at exposing crimes of the U.S. “justice” system, was framed for the… Read more »

For community control over the police! Now is the time to demand elected civilian review boards

June 2015

After every sickening murder by cops, politicians and police chiefs shake their heads sadly and create another toothless police commission. From Ferguson to Baltimore and beyond, outraged protesters have lost their patience with the system. (Keep visiting for continuing reports on Baltimore.) Many of these protesters want to bring this system down. Until that… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor, June 2015

June 2015

MUMIA VERY ILL Public pressure needed to save his life! (Excerpts from an email from On Saturday, May 2, Pam Africa and Abdul Jon visited Mumia Abu-Jamal at SCI Mahanoy. He was weak, stable, alert and still in the infirmary. Mumia’s attorney Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center submitted an expert medical recommendation… Read more »

Encuentro con Comandante Nestora Salgado

August 2015

A Nestora Salgado se le encarceló bajo falsas acusaciones y se le ha maltratado severamente desde agosto de 2013. Se puso en huelga de hambre, lo cual consiguió que les hicieran concesiones a ella y a los demás prisioneros políticos. Cuauhtémoc Ruiz, miembro del Comité Nestora Libre de México y del Partido Obrero Socialista nos… Read more »

A visit with Comandante Nestora Salgado after her hunger strike

August 2015

Nestora Salgado has been jailed on false charges and severely mistreated since August 2013. She led a hunger strike that forced concessions for her and fellow political prisoners. Cuauthémoc Ruíz, a member of the Comité Nestora Libre, Mexico, and the Partido Obrero Socialista, gives this account of his recent visit. On Sunday, June 21, I… Read more »

Nestora Salgado fasts for freedom, inspires defiance across Mexico

October 2015

“Nestora Salgado’s name has become a symbol of resistance for many women struggling … against patriarchal violence and for indigenous communities,” said R. Aída Hernández Castillo in the Mexican daily La Jornada in August. But the state sees her only as a threat. Aug. 21 marked the two-year anniversary of her imprisonment on false charges,… Read more »