Hunger Strike of Mapuche Political Prisoners Lasts 85 Days in the Face of President Piñera’s Indifference
In the last few weeks, Chile has seen numerous demonstrations in solidarity with the 27 Mapuche political prisoners on hunger strike. Not only did President Piñera and the Chilean government ignore the demands, but they are also sending cops to repress the protests.
La Izquierda Diario ArgentinaJuly 28, 2020
Prison Abolition and Jailing Killer Cops
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, a seemingly basic demand was amongst the first to come to the fore: jail killer cops. But on the abolitionist Left, this demand raises some questions. How should those who want to abolish prisons relate to the demand of jailing killer cops? Left Voice encourages submissions to contribute to the debate on this important topic.
Tatum ReganJuly 15, 2020
We Are Facing Two Viruses: Palestine’s Fight Against the Pandemic and Israeli Occupation
Ahmad Al Jaradat, who lives in Hebron in the West Bank, reports on how the Israeli occupation of Palestine has undermined efforts to stem coronavirus outbreaks and has exacerbated deteriorating living conditions. He describes the situation for hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli prisons, who are at high risk of contracting the virus.
Mirta PachecoMay 1, 2020
Prison Struggle Is Class Struggle: Incarcerated Workers Rise up Against COVID-19 Exploitation
In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, workers from all sectors around the world have been fighting back against the capitalist conditions that have worsened the situation. Workers in Italy have gone on general strike, Amazon employees have walked off the job, nurses have protested, and Whole Foods workers have staged mass sick-outs. These actions haven’t just been limited to the general population of working-class people; there have also been actions by incarcerated workers.
Liz DunnApril 18, 2020
U.S. Prisoners Rise Up Against Deadly Conditions
Incarcerated people and supporters on the outside are staging demonstrations around the country to protest unsanitary conditions and overcrowding that contribute to the spread of COVID-19. They are demanding PPE, cleaning supplies, and the release of vulnerable populations within prisons. It is vital as socialists and those in the labor movement that we support such actions and denounce at every turn the exploitation of imprisoned people.
Julia WallaceApril 10, 2020
Rodney Reed’s Execution Was Stayed. Now Let’s Fight to Free Him.
Until just a few days ago, the state of Texas was set to execute a man for a crime he did not commit. Now we should fight for his release and the abolition of the racist death penalty.
Ezra BrainNovember 17, 2019
There’s No Such Thing As Community Jails: New York City Council Votes to Build Four New Jails
Mayor de Blasio is trying to claim that his just-approved plan to build four new jails will decrease the prison population of NYC, but it’s just another capitalist plot to expand the prison industrial complex.
Ezra BrainOctober 17, 2019
It’s Not Over: Brooklyn Inmates Still Without Heat
During the “polar vortex” this January, 1,600 prisoners in Brooklyn went without heat or water for days. After pressure from protesters and family members outside the prison, the Metropolitan Detention Center is beginning to address its inhumane conditions.
AJ Rio-GlickFebruary 5, 2019
Clemency Is Not Freedom: Lessons from the Case of Cyntoia Brown
Cyntoia Brown was granted clemency by Tennessee governor Bill Haslam earlier this week, but the terms of her release are far from just.
Madeleine FreemanJanuary 26, 2019