political prisoners

Mumia Abu-Jamal puts racist system on trial

October 2017

After more than 35 years behind bars, Mumia Abu-Jamal may finally have a chance to prove his innocence. And expose the heart of the racist U.S. justice system at all levels — police, prosecutors and judges. A renowned political prisoner, former Black Panther, and journalist, Mumia was framed for the killing of a Philadelphia police… Read more »

“A New Day” by Mumia Abu-Jamal

July 10, 2016

This statement originally appeared on Prison Radio. The events of last week continue to reverberate throughout national consciousness. The unprovoked killings by cops in the streets of America’s Midwest, and the subsequent killings of cops in Texas, show us that a new stage has been reached in America’s longest internal war, and that no one… Read more »

In support of journalist Guadalupe Lizárraga

December 23, 2016

Dr. Raúl Cervantes Andrade Procurador General de la República La Procuraduría General de México Paseo de la Reforma 211-213 Cuauhtémoc, Cuidad de México, C.P 6500 MEXICO Dear Attorney General Cervantes Andrade, We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, are writing to express our concern over the recent harassment of Ms. Guadalupe Lizárraga, an award-winning journalist based… Read more »

En apoyo a la periodista Guadalupe Lizárraga

23 de diciembre 2016

Dr. Raúl Cervantes Andrade Procurador General de la República La Procuraduría General de México Paseo de la Reforma 211-213 Cuauhtémoc, Cuidad de México, C.P 6500 MEXICO Estimado Procurador General Cervantes Andrade, Nosotros, las organizaciones e individuos firmantes, le escribimos para expresarle nuestra preocupación por el reciente hostigamiento por agentes de su dependencia contra la Sra…. Read more »

Chelsea Manning and Oscar López Rivera to be free

January 2017

In a wonderful development, outgoing President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of courageous whistleblower Chelsea Manning and Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar López Rivera. They are both due to be released on May 17. These terrific victories can’t compensate for Obama’s record as a top persecutor of whistleblowers, nor for the unjust sentences and… Read more »

Letters to the editor

August 2017

Readers respond to articles on … fracking and earthquakes; the U.S. dollar; and healthcare. Also: notes on a farewell event for Rasmea Odeh, and a call to release human rights activists in Turkey. Plus: Freedom Socialist fund drive success.

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor, August 2016

August 2016

1946 GEORGIA: A JIM CROW EXECUTION Family fights for long-denied justice Editor’s note: The family of James Lee Allen asked for help in getting a posthumous pardon for Allen from the state of Georgia. In 1946 Allen, a Black teen, was executed. He was 14 years old when he “confessed” to the crime of raping… Read more »

National prisoner labor strike spurs resistance to a new level

October 2016

On Sept. 9 prison inmates across the U.S. began a unprecedented nationwide labor strike to end slave labor in jails and prisons. This date commemorates the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, when a thousand prisoners seized control of the notorious New York prison and demanded political rights and better living conditions. After four days… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor — October 2016

October 2016

LUMMI TRIBE WINS Complex coal issue handled well I was delighted when I opened the recent mailing from Freedom Socialist and came across Lois Danks’ article [“A big win for Indian treaty rights: Lummi tribe stops North America’s largest proposed coal port,” Vol. 37, No. 4]. While I am not Lummi (I am Aleut), I… Read more »