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Longtime activist Nancy Kurshan’s new book, 'Out of Control: A Fifteen Year Battle Against Control Unit Prisons,' has just been released by the Freedom Archives. The book documents the work of The Committee to End the Marion Lockdown, which she co-founded in 1985.

(Buy the new book Out of Control here)
 
 
Strategizing to Defeat Control Unit Prisons and Solitary Confinement
--An interview with author/activist Nancy Kurshan

By Angola 3 News

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The Angola 3 case may help change the arbitrary and sometimes abusive use of solitary confinement. "It's exactly the kind of movement on this issue that we've been pushing for," said attorney and law professor Angela Allen-Bell of Southern University Law Center. Allen-Bell is a member of the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3.

Reforming Prison’s Harshest Tactic
–The Angola 3 case may help change the arbitrary and sometimes abusive use of solitary confinement
 
By Katti Gray

 

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After four decades of solitary confinement in the nation's most populated maximum-security prison -- and one of its most historically brutal -- a member of the internationally known "Angola 3" has reasonable cause to expect that he will soon be released, his attorneys and supporters say. The request to set free Albert Woodfox, 65, is being heard by the same federal judge who in 2008 ordered that Woodfox be released, a ruling that Louisiana prosecutors successfully appealed and blocked.

Albert Woodfox: Freedom After 40 Years in Solitary?
--Supporters of one of the Angola 3 tell The Root why he might be released this time.

(The first of two parts)

by Katti Gray
(This article was originally published by The Root on January 29, 2013, and is being reprinted here by Angola 3 News with permission from the author. Special thanks to Katti Gray, whose articles for The Root are archived here.)

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Last week, the "Dismantling Racism" class from St. Catherine University in Minnesota was taken on a Black Panther History Tour in Oakland and Berkeley, California, led by Billy X Jennings from It's AboutTime BPP Alumni & Legacy. Angola 3 News came along and filmed the tour. This is part one.

The Black Panther Party’s Living Legacy

--Touring Oakland and Berkeley with Billy X Jennings

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On February 2, 2013, the Michigan Journal of Race and Law is hosting a symposium at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. As described by the flyer posted below and the Journal's website, the all-day event will be held on campus in Room 1225, South Hall. The keynote address will be given by James Forman, Jr.

Please help us spread the word about this important event! The main website for the event is:

http://students.law.umich.edu/mjrl/index.htm
 

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Two weeks after the release of Amnesty Intl’s new report on the use of prolonged solitary confinement inside California’s ‘Security Housing Units’ (SHUs), entitled "The Edge of Endurance: Conditions in California’s Security Housing Units," prisoners initiated another hunger strike, with 500 participants statewide. In this new interview, Tessa Murphy speaks about her visit to California SHUs and Amnesty's report based on the visit. Our introduction features key excerpts from Amnesty's report detailing how Amnesty thinks the CA authorities have not done enough in response the the 2011 hunger strike.

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Amnesty International Denounces Torture in California Prisons
--An interview with Tessa Murphy
 
By Angola 3 News
 

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A bill opposing the shackling of pregnant prisoners, AB 2530, has been passed unanimously by the California State Legislature and is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, with thirty days to either approve or veto it. Last year, a previous version of this bill was also passed unanimously by the Legislature, but it was ultimately vetoed by Brown. With Brown’s decision expected anytime, local activists are urgently mobilizing to stop him from vetoing this important bill once again. AB 2530 supporters have created a webpage for the public (not just California residents) to contact the Governor.

Will AB 2530 Unshackle Childbirth in California?
--An interview with Tina Reynolds and Vikki Law
 
By Angola 3 News
 
A bill opposing the shackling of pregnant prisoners, AB 2530, has been passed unanimously by the California State Legislature and is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, with thirty days to either approve or veto it. Last year, a previous version of this bill was also passed unanimously by the Legislature, but it was ultimately vetoed by Governor Brown.
 

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An important ruling is expected early in September from the European Court of Human Rights, regarding whether or not US prisons respect human rights enough for the UK to extradite ‘war on terror' suspects to the US. We interview activist/journalist Aviva Stahl from CagePrisoners.com alongside Hamja Ahsan, the brother of Talha Ahsan, one of the appellants that will be seriously affected by the September ruling, imprisoned since 2006.

View the embedded links here: http://angola3news.blogspot.com/2012/08/do-us-prisons-violate-european-human.html

Do US Prisons Violate European Human Rights Law?
--An interview with Hamja Ahsan and Aviva Stahl

By Angola 3 News

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Diverse grassroots movement confronting the widespread use of prolonged solitary confinement in US prisons appears to be gaining momentum. On the morning of Tuesday, June 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights is having an important public hearing on “Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal and Public Safety Consequences,” presided over by Chairman Dick Durbin.

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Prolonged Solitary Confinement on Trial
--An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell
 
By Angola 3 News
 

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Legal Defense Funds Needed ASAP

We are friends and family members of the "Cleveland 5," the five guys here who are on trial, accused of trying to demolish an area bridge. We are working to support these young activists, in whatever ways they need. Thus far, what stands out as the most pivotal thing is that the boys need a good lawyer, who cares about the case, has relevant experience and goes the extra mile for it. As it stands, they're all being represented by public defenders, with varying degrees of apparent interest in the case. We have been in communication with a local attorney with an inspiring record of civil rights work, but to hire him, we need to raise $20,000 immediately.

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