political prisoners

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 »

End of long-term solitary won by California inmates

December 2016

Across California, over 1,500 inmates are out of long-term solitary confinement — that’s 10 years or longer of mind and body destroying isolation. In the year since the historic legal settlement was signed, the long-term solitary population at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison alone has dropped by 99 percent, from 513 to 5. This victory… Read more »

Movie Review — Edward Snowden: from patriotic geek to NSA whistleblower

December 2016

Oliver Stone’s Snowden is a gripping dramatization of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s journey through the totalitarian madness of the CIA and National Security Agency (NSA). Commenting on the film, the director and co-writer blew a little whistle of his own. “They say we have freedom of expression; but thought is financed, and thought is controlled, and… Read more »

Chelsea Manning — a pioneer fighting on two fronts

December 2016

Courageous whistleblower and transgender activist Chelsea Manning remains in military lockup. But she does not remain silent. She resists brutish prison conditions by the Army and defends the right and need for whistleblowers. Manning was originally charged with espionage for leaking thousands of documents to WikiLeaks in 2010. These leaks exposed war crimes committed by… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor — December 2016

December 2016

100TH ANNIVERSARY Everett Massacre Thanks for the excellent article on the Everett Massacre [“1916 Everett Massacre: deadly attack on Wobblies in the Pacific Northwest,” Vol. 37, No. 5]. Readers would like to know that in the 1970s the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) invited IWW member Jack Miller and his wife Victoria to speak at the… Read more »

Court rules Mumia to get Hepatitis C treatment

February 2017

On Jan. 3, 2017, political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal (shown with wife Wadiya Jamal) won a court order for treatment of life-threatening Hepatitis C. This is an important victory. U.S. District Court Judge Mariana said denying treatment is cruel and unusual punishment and unconstitutional. He ruled that Mumia must receive medication within 21 days. The decision… Read more »

Lynne Stewart, 1939-2017

April 2017

People’s lawyer Lynne Stewart, who spent four years as a political prisoner, died at home in Brooklyn, New York, on March 7 from complications of cancer and a series of strokes. Born in 1939, she was 77. Lynne’s experiences as a public school teacher and librarian in Harlem led her to become an attorney for… Read more »

¡Libertad! Nestora Salgado freed

June 2016

International campaign wins freedom as the struggle continues to release community defenders in Mexico’s prisons