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    Assata: A Biography – A Review and Quotes

    by Carlos Martinez

    Good news: Assata Shakur’s autobiography has been republished. The former Black Panther and escaped political prisoner with a $2 million bounty on her head speaks to us from exile in Cuba. “The first thing the enemy tries to do is isolate revolutionaries from the masses of people, making us horrible and hideous monsters so that our people will hate us.”

    Political Prisoners, Mass Incarceration and What's Possible for Social Movements

    by Sundiata Acoli

    What can social justice movements do to resist and, ultimately, topple a state that is built on mass incarceration? The author, a political prisoner, says “at this moment it seems very possible for social movements to succeed in reducing prison populations. But any reductions under the present policy would only postpone the next incarceration binge to some more cost-efficient time.”

    On The Left Side of History: Political Prisoner Imam Jamil Al Amin

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Ten years ago, iImam Jamil Al Amin, the former H. Rap Brown was falsely convicted and sentenced to life in Georgia. When black, white, brown prisoners, Muslim and non-Muslim Georgia inmates openly acknowledged him as a leader and political prisoner, and public pressure mounted for a new trial and his removal from solitary, Georgia officials transferred him in the dead of night to the man-made supermax hell of Florence, Colorado, a federal prison some say is worse than Bagram or Guantanamo.

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    Echoes Of A Soledad Brother: The White Shadow Now Over Mumia Abu-Jamal

    by Todd Steven Burroughs

    Mumia Abu Jamal is out of death row but consigned to the twilight zone – or purgatory – of administrative custody placement, a status that seems to mean whatever prison officials say it means. “His transfer to general population, where he would have contact visits, access to prison services and programs, etc.—has been, uh, delayed.” Abu Jamal’s incarceration “echoes” that of George Jackson, shot down by guards 40 years ago...

    Redefining Veteran’s Day

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Jared Ball

    Wars produce veterans on both sides. Thus, opponents of the wars the U.S. government has waged since its inception against “enemies” within its territory are also veterans. “Nat Turner and his compatriots were once described as “insurgent[s]” as are those fighting today against the U.S. in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.” Nat Turner was a veteran, as was Sitting Bull. So are the dozens of political prisoners still held in the American Gulag. Let us commemorate their sacrifce, too, on November 11.

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    Osama bin Laden, Marshall “Eddie” Conway and the National Identity

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR editor and columnist Jared Ball

    What kind of nation finds “renewal” in targeted assassination, reaffirmation of its destiny in the ritualized killing of the ultimate “Other”? Must the U.S. national mission consist of paying $2 billion a week to blow up the poorest people in the world? How about simply changing the country’s public policy so as to make sure that Obama is actually responsible for less death and destruction than the so-called leading terrorist now recently and apparently deceased.

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    Political Prisoners in America

    by Stephen Lendman


    Besides race – but inextricably linked to it – the existence of political prisoners is among the biggest taboos in American life. "The United States is very, very concerned when its citizens begin to raise questions in these international forums, because (America) still prefers to posture itself, including the Obama administration, as the leader of the free world and that they don't have any human rights violations, and they certainly don't have any political prisoners.”

    Love and Struggle: The On-Going Scandal of Political Imprisonment

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Dr. Jared Ball
    From President Obama on down, powerful forces maintain that the Black Freedom Movement is not only over, but ended in complete success. Yet decades later, scores of veterans of that movement still languish in prison. If we won, how come our bravest are still behind bars? “Despite all the hope to the contrary, there has been no successful completion of a freedom movement in this country.”

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