political prisoners

Whistleblower Manning: an inspiration to other brave secret-busters

August 2013

When Private First Class Manning blew the whistle on U.S. war crimes and imperial foreign policy, the Obama administration and its military went ballistic. It persecuted and prosecuted Manning for high treason and “aiding the enemy” and espionage. They jailed and tortured this brave whistle blower for three years before the June court martial began…. Read more »

Release Lynne Stewart!

August 2013

After a recent Bureau of Prisons’ rejection Stewart wrote, “This crass bureaucratic denial of the request that you all, by your signatures and letters and phone calls, demanded is an affront. How can they shunt aside a 73-year old woman who IS dying of cancer (maybe not on their timeline), her life one of good… Read more »

Manning movement builds

October 2013

The brave battle of Private Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) against the U.S. military has exposed and clarified a great deal more than she probably ever imagined. It blew open the vault doors of hidden war crimes by the very non-humanitarian USA. It exposed how appallingly far the government will go to snuff… Read more »

Lynne Stewart needs final push to win freedom

October 2013

On June 24, Director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Charles Samuels denied radical lawyer Lynne Stewart’s petition for compassionate release because she was expected to live longer than 12 months. In August, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the BOP has adopted a new policy changing the life-expectancy requirement to 18 months. Stewart’s prison… Read more »

Jailed lawyer Lynne Stewart should be home by now

December 2013

When the last issue of the Freedom Socialist was published in September 2013, Lynne Stewart’s August reapplication for compassionate release was pending at the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). As we go to press again two months later, it is still stuck there. What needs to happen is simple. The BOP needs to ask the trial… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Free Nestora Salgado

December 2013

Nestora Salgado, U.S. citizen and indigenous rights leader, is a political prisoner in Mexico — a casualty of the raging war against indigenous people there. She began by making frequent trips to bring aid to her desperately poor home town of Olinalá in the state of Guerrero. Then, appalled by the drug gang-fueled violence and… Read more »

Campaign to free the Cuban Five exposes US terror tactics against Cuba

December 2013

Fifteen years of organizing to free the Cuban Five starkly reveal that the U.S. government has done some down and dirty deeds trying to wipe out the Cuban revolution of 1959. Since the revolution, anti-communist Cuban exiles have murdered more than 3,400 Cuban citizens and injured over 2,000 in thousands of terror attacks. Based in… Read more »

World Beat: Free Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rican independista

February 2014

Puerto Rican independentista Oscar López Rivera, behind bars since 1981, is one of the many radicals of color hounded by the FBI in reaction to the momentum of the progressive 1960s. At 70, he is one of the longest-held political prisoners in the history of the world. Born in Puerto Rico, López Rivera came to… Read more »

Campaign to free Nestora Salgado from Mexican jail gains international support

February 2014

For more coverage on Nestora’s story, see our other article here. When indigenous leader Nestora Salgado, a Washington state resident and naturalized U.S. citizen, traveled south of the U.S.-Mexico border last year, she did not expect to end up a political prisoner. Her first trips to her hometown of Olinalá, Guerrero, were to bring aid… Read more »