Mass Incarceration

Jailed Occupy Activist Cecily McMillian Acts with The Stop Mass Incarceration Network to End Abuse at Rikers Island

Stop Mass Incarceration Network | August 15, 2014

NYC-SMIN activists joined with OWS activist Cecily McMillan and her supporters to deliver petitions demanding an end to human rights abuses on Rikers Island, New York City's notorious penal colony. Below is a report by a #Justice4Cecily supporter.

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Nationwide Protests to Mark Two Years Since Unjust Killing of Trayvon Martin

Stop Mass Incarceration Network | February 25, 2014

Press Advisory:
“Hoodies Up! Targets Held! We're Standing Up! No More Murder of Black Youth!”

Nationwide Protests to Mark Two Years Since Unjust Killing of Trayvon Martin Wednesday February 26

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February 26: A Day of Outrage and Remembrance

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network | January 27, 2014

Trayvon MartinHOODIES UP!
February 26, 2014
2 years since the murder of Trayvon Martin
A Day of Outage and Remembrance

We Are All Trayvon The Whole Damn System is Guilty!

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Fasting in Solidarity: Standing with the Hungering Grave Diggers of this System

Jill McLaughlin | August 19, 2013

I want to take this time to respond to the recent article that appeared in Revolution newspaper What is Actually Revealed in the California Prisoner Hunger Strike?: Responding to Jeffrey Beard's Los Angeles Times Op-ed as the California prisoner hunger strike enters its second month and 55 men at Guantanamo remain on hunger strike, I am wrapping up my 4th week of a weekly 3 day fast. I chose to do this weekly fast in solidarity with my revolutionary brother, Gregory Koger, who is currently locked up at Cook County Jail’s maximum security division.

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A "Fair Trial?" George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin and the System of "Justice"

Dennis Loo | July 15, 2013

A number of people say in the wake of the "not guilty" verdict of George Zimmerman in his killing of Trayvon Martin that this was a "fair trial."

As an aside, many of the same people now expressing satisfaction that "justice has been done" can be heard frequently complaining that victims of crime don't get their due in criminal courts and that all of the rights go to the suspect/defendant. This verdict exonerating defendant Zimmerman of wrongdoing should surely quell their complaints. After all, Zimmerman is the victim in this case, not Trayvon who lies six feet under because of Zimmerman. Or so one must conclude from the comments of those who celebrate this verdict.

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What About Trayvon Martin's Right to ‘Stand his Ground?’

Miller Francis | July 11, 2013

Like many people, I've been riveted by the George Zimmerman trial. I call it "the George Zimmerman trial" because that's what it is, but the more I watch, the more I wonder: Should it be renamed "the Trayvon Martin trial?"

I'm not just talking about some of the media's tabloid-like focus on Martin's background, his personal history, his school records and -- outside the courtroom -- the toxicology report. I'm talking about an aspect of the case that never comes up in the media coverage, one that I would argue is key.

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30,000 California Prisoners Join Hunger Strike

Larry Everest | July 11, 2013

Prisoners are rising above years of torment, torture and vilification to assert their humanity

As of this writing, thousands of prisoners remain on hunger strike across the state of California, with prisoners in other states also joining in. The hunger strike began on Monday, July 8, with 30,000 prisoners taking part in two-thirds of the state's 33 prisons. The New York Times reported that on Wednesday, the third day, 29,000 prisoners were still on hunger strike and that it could become "the largest in state history." (The next day, California prison authorities claimed that the number of hunger strikers was 12,421.)

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Interview With Carol Strickman about Pelican Bay Hunger Strike

Revolution Newspaper | July 6, 2013

Larry Everest: The June 20 communiqué from the principal prisoner representatives from the Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) SHU Short Corridor Collective Human Rights Movement stated they'd just held a mediation session with prison officials, that their demands hadn't been met, and so they felt compelled to resume their "hunger strike/work stoppage of indefinite duration until CDCR signs a legally binding agreement meeting our demands, the heart of which mandates an end to long-term solitary confinement (as well as additional major reforms)."

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"We have to put our lives on the line to force CDCR to do what's right"

Statement from Pelican Bay Prisoners:

The following statement was issued on June 20 by prisoners being held in isolation at Security Housing Unit (SHU) at the Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) in California. CDCR is the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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