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On October 30,2023, I was transferred to Red Onion State Prison (ROSP), a Virgina prison with an extensive history of racism and abuse. Red Onion’s notoriety goes back to when the prison first opened, with a 1999 report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). I was held at ROSP when HRW investigated and reported on it, and I witnessed and suffered all the abuses and racism revealed in the report. In fact, I spent many years afterward resisting and continuing to report on abuses at ROSP. In response, Virginia officials exiled and bounced me between numerous other state prison systems, landing...

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Black August, Black history -

August 19, 2022 by Natalia Marques, People's Dispatch Mirrored from: https://peoplesdispatch.org/2022/08/19/black-august-jalil-muntaqim-on-the-black-liberation-struggle-inside-and-outside-prison-walls/Jalil Muntaqim was first imprisoned in 1971, when he was only 19 years old, after being involved in revolutionary Black liberation groups the Black Panther Party (BPP) and the Black Liberation Army (BLA). Jalil spent 49 years behind bars before himself and his supporters won his freedom in October 2020.Revolutionary activists in the US, particularly those involved in struggles to free political prisoners and to end mass incarceration, celebrate and honor the tradition of Black August. According to these activists, Black August is a month to remember those who have died...

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Black August -

Black August is a month designated to pay tribute to the true heroes, martyrs, and history of New Afrikan (Black) people in our struggle for liberation against the over 400 years of violent repression, suffering, and exploitation that we’ve endured under the systems of bondage here in the Western hemisphere. Many important events and the lives of people that occurred and contributed to our struggles fell within the month of August, and coincide with our need to know, remember, and commemorate the people and events that have fed the flames of our struggle to yet be free. The concept of...

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antifascism, Three Way Fight, trans liberation -

[Originally posted to the ThreeWayFight on June 3, 2023.] 3WF: Trans and other gender-nonconforming people have become a major target of right-wing political attacks in recent years, and they continue to be major targets of systemic oppression and physical violence in U.S. society. How do you apply a three way fight framework to help us understand the contending forces in this situation? Rowan: It feels important to start this out by speaking to the seriousness and urgency of this moment. Transgender people I know (particularly trans women) are panicking. Trans people are fleeing Republican-controlled states, and even trans women in...

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A Brilliant Red Thread, Don Hamerquist, event -

  WHAT IS IT: A free presentation and discussion about the recently released book entitled A Brilliant Red Thread – Revolutionary Writings of Don Hamerquist   WHERE IS IT: The Word is Change Book Store 368 Tompkins Avenue (at Putnam) Brooklyn, NY www.thewordischange.com   WHEN IS IT: Wednesday, June 21, 2023 7pm to 9pm   WHO SPEAKS AT IT: Luis Brennan (Editor of the book) Amelia Cates (Portland organizer) John Garvey (Hard Crackers Magazine) Mike Morgan (Hard Crackers Magazine) Any willing audience members   WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IT: Hard Crackers Magazine www.hardcrackers.com         A BRILLIANT RED...

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