Sign this to End the Censorship of Revolution at California's Pelican Bay State Prison!
PRLF urges you to read and sign the statement to End the Censorship of Revolution Newspaper* at California's Pelican Bay State Prison, and forward it to your friends, telling them why you signed it. Background information about this censorship from Revolution newspaper is here.
In May, 2013, Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund learned from several prisoners in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit (SHU, or solitary confinement) in California that Revolution newspaper, issue #302 (May 1st, 2013) was declared to be “contraband” by prison authorities and withheld from prisoners. While the prison officials were not more specific as to what they were referencing, articles on the three pages cited do have in common news coverage of the courageous and inspiring stand prisoners in solitary confinement in California have taken in calling for a peaceful hunger strike starting July 8, 2013, to end the inhumane conditions they face.
Read more and sign the petition here
Emergency Call! Join Us to Stop Torture in U.S. Prisons!
We received this call from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.
Tens of thousands of people imprisoned in the U.S. are being subjected to torturous, inhumane
conditions. Many are:
- Held in long term solitary confinement; locked in tiny, windowless, sometimes sound proof, cells; cut off from fresh air and sunlight for 22-24 hours every day and given small portions of food that lacks basic nutritional requirements.
- Denied human contact and violently taken from their cells for petty violations.
- Put in solitary arbitrarily, often because of accusations of being members of prison gangs based on dubious evidence, and have no way to challenge the decisions of prison authorities to place them in solitary.
Many are forced to endure these conditions for months, years and even decades! Mental anguish
and trauma often result from being confined under these conditions. Locking people down like
this amounts to trying to strip them of their humanity.
These conditions fit the international definition of torture! This is unjust, illegitimate and
profoundly immoral. WE MUST JOIN IN AN EFFORT TO STOP IT, NOW!
Come Out to Court Hearing on July 23 Not One More Day in Jail for Gregory!
PRLF received this call from the Ad Hoc Committee for Reason:
A court hearing has been set for July 23, 2013, where the State will move to put Gregory Koger in jail to serve the remainder of his 300-day sentence for peacefully videotaping a statement against censorship at a public meeting of the "Ethical" Humanist Society of Chicago (EHSC) on Sunday, November 1, 2009.
July 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm
Cook County Courthouse—Courtroom 104
5600 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie, IL
Statements from PRLF Supporters & Donors
Ray Hill—Founder of Pacifica radio station KPFT and host of the weekly radio program "The Prison Show".
Lynne Stewart—A highly respected 'peoples' attorney' in NY who is presently appealing a prison sentence of her own. She was tried and convicted on criminal charges for actions related to representing a client.
Prisoner Letter: Greetings from the Belly of the Beast (Dramatic Reading)
New Letters From Prisoners:
Help Send BAsics to Prisoners in the hellholes of America!
A new book, “BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian”, has just been released. Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, is a wide-ranging critical thinker; this book speaks powerfully to questions of revolution and human emancipation. Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund (PRLF) and Revolution newspaper (www.revcom.us) are sending 2000 copies of BAsics to prisoners across the US. This is a very bold foray to expand the influence of Avakian’s unique revolutionary perspective widely throughout US prisons. At $10/copy, this costs $20,000. Your help is needed to get this vital educational material to thousands of prisoners.
“…Like Cornel West, I say this not because I fully agree with everything that Bob Avakian teaches, but because Bob Avakian's revolutionary teachings and theory challenges me to think on the highest level of logic and reasoning, keeps my analytical mind strong, and my discriminating eye sharp…(read more)
2.4 million people in the US are imprisoned. This is the highest per capita rate in the world. One in nine black men between 20 and 34 are imprisoned - a higher rate than in apartheid South Africa. One-third of the women in prison in the world are in prison in the US. Many Super-max prisons here openly violate international standards of torture.