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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 Regan

July 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 Pacheco

May 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 Dunn

April 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 Wallace

April 10, 2020

Prisons Are Becoming Death Camps. Free them All.

Incarcerated people work for slave wages while facing dangerous crowding and limited access to hygiene products. We need to free them all.

Liz Dunn

April 7, 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 Brain

November 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 Brain

October 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-Glick

February 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 Freeman

January 26, 2019