Category Archives: Prison

Prison Hunger Strikers Call for an End to Indefinite Solitary Confinement, Better Treatment

Listen to John Tuzcu on Voice of Russia Radio “The day I arrived I was… told that I was at Red Onion now and if I act up they would kill me and there was nothing anyone could or would … Continue reading

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TheFightBack, Feb. 25: Jobs, Not Jails

Listen to TheFightBack‘s Feb. 25 show: This week on TheFightBack, we hear from activists on two separate but related issues: the lack of jobs for District residents and the abundance of jails. On the prison front, we play speeches from a … Continue reading

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Criminal (In)Justice in D.C.

Listen to Victoria Clark: “The whole criminal justice system… needs to be dismantled,” Victoria Clark said outside DC Jail at a Presidents Day rally organized by Occupy DC’s Criminal (In)Justice Committee. “We need to do away with for-profit prisons [because] … Continue reading

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TheFightBack, Jan. 28: Michelle Alexander on Mass Incarceration and The New Jim Crow

Listen to Michelle Alexander on TheFightBack: download MP3 “If he had been raised in the hood, the odds are high he would’ve been stopped, he would’ve been frisked, he would’ve been caught,” Michelle Alexander said of Barack Obama, who has … Continue reading

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Was Trayon White Arrested for Standing Up for his Constituents?

LISTEN TO TRAYON WHITE: “How am I unauthorized [to be here]?” Ward 8 School Board member Trayon White asked while standing at the Woodland Terrace Public Housing Project, which resides in the ward he’s elected to represent. White spoke with … Continue reading

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David Rovics on Bradley Manning and the Occupy Movement

Listen to David Rovics Here: “He’s one of the most heroic figures of our times,” activist and singer/songwriter David Rovics said of Private Bradley Manning, who’s charged with leaking hundreds of thousands of secret US government documents to WikiLeaks, the … Continue reading

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Private Bradley Manning: The Quantico Protest

LISTEN TO DANIEL ELLSBERG: download mp3 “One person can make an enormous difference,” said Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg before speaking to some 400 protesters on Sunday outside the Quantico Marine Corps base, where he was stationed in 1954. Today, … Continue reading

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Private Bradley Manning: The White House Protest

LISTEN TO JASON HURD download mp3 “If you ask me, it’s torture. You don’t do this to an American servicemember before he has even been tried and convicted. They had him in solitary confinement before he was even charged with … Continue reading

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Ban the Box, End the Discrimination, Part II

“Individuals released from jails and prisons are at high risk for being homeless,” said Debra Rowe, acting executive director of Returning Citizens United, at a March 11 hearing of the D.C. Council’s Committee on Aging and Community Affairs, chaired by … Continue reading

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Ban the Box, End the Discrimination, Part I

You’re holding me hostage to a crime that I committed almost twenty years ago. – Edward King, returning citizen Am I to ever gain the status of a citizen? – Antoine Ali-Moore, returning citizen “My own philosophy is that if … Continue reading

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