Inmates Launch Nationwide Prison Strike

Inmates from at least 17 prisons have committed to participating in coordinated actions now through September 9.

Inmates are calling for an end to modern-day slave labor as perpetuated through the prison industry as well as higher standards of living and expanded access to resources.

Their actions will culminate on the 47th anniversary of the Attica Prison uprising during which 1,000 inmates at the Attica Correctional Facility took 42 staff members hostage.

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Administration Argues Again for Indefinite Detention

The administration argued it can indefinitely detain prisoners in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

A judge is considering a habeas corpus petition that was brought by 11 Guantanamo prisoners who claim that their indefinite detention is both arbitrary and illegal.

The Justice Department lawyer argued Wednesday that the administration could also hold people indefinitely even without charging them with a crime.

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A Gun Will Only Protect You if You Are White

A pregnant Muslim African-American woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for brandishing a registered, unloaded gun at a woman who was attempting to hit her with her car.

She expects to give birth to her second child in prison, most likely in shackles.

Siwatu-Salama Ra is a Detroit community activist who has focused her efforts on combating big oil in her home state and has consistently championed environmental protection and regulation, going so far as to represent Detroit at the Paris Climate talks.

Ra has also developed educational and outreach programs to assist mothers and their children in learning about nutrition and the environment.

This upstanding member of the Detroit community was enjoying her evening on the porch of her home with her mother on a Sunday in July when she became engaged in a violent confrontation initiated by her neighbor, Chanel Harvey.

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When a Victim is Charged with the Crime

In yet another incident of police violence, discrimination, and racial injustice, 18-year-old Lakeith Smith has been convicted of a felony murder that the court knows he did not commit.

Smith stands to serve 65 years in prison for three consecutive sentences, including the felony murder conviction of his then 16-year-old friend A’Donte Washington, who was fatally shot four times by Alabama police after engaging in a shoot-out.

Smith was offered a plea deal that would have given him 25 years in prison, but he instead opted to go to trial.

But because of Alabama’s Accomplice Law, Smith was — in the eyes of the court — legally responsible for the criminal activities that subsequently led to Washington’s death, and therefore legally responsible for that death, despite never having possessed or fired a weapon during the entirety of the incident.

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