Fellow Lovers, Freedom Fighters & Kindness Seekers, One of the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, has been dealt another hard blow as his mother recently passed away. Sitawa is one of the courageous organizers of both the 2011, and 2013 hunger strikes and has been in solitary confinement for over 30 years. As […]
Dear Lovers of Justice, As many of you know, Thursday April 17th marks the 42nd year of solitary confinement for the only member of the Angola 3 remaining behind bars, Albert Woodfox. Although Albert’s conviction has been overturned 3-times by the courts — he remains in CCR (Louisiana’s version of Solitary Confinement). As a campaign […]
On the return trip from the Senate Hearing on Solitary in D.C. I couldn’t wait to share my experience with Albert Woodfox. My letter began, “Dear Woodfox, at the risk of sounding absolutely ridiculous, this moment feels like a paradigm shift, maybe it is like one of those rare occasions from history, when abolitionists like […]
2013 proved to be a tremendous year, both for Herman’s House and in the wider struggle to end the use of torture in our prisons. While we are still in the process of coming to terms with the triumphant release and immediate loss of Herman Wallace, his legacy continues to provide us with fuel to […]
When you visit David Wade Correctional Center (where Albert remains unjustly held in solitary confinement) unlike both Angola and Hunt, your car is searched when you enter and again when you leave. There are signs that state- “no cameras, no drugs, no alcohol, no firearms”. The guards mindlessly follow up the hand painted restrictions while […]
On the heels of Thanksgiving– and for most of the holiday season we will be confronted by many of the frustrations of everyday life– the mini-deaths we all suffer: heavy traffic, mother-in-laws, the competing pressures of over consumption and under realized dreams, the inevitable challenges of the unknown. These confrontations seem to escalate from the […]
Please check out the recording of Jackie Sumell’s Tulane Lecture 10/2013 as she critiques a system that does not allow for the possibility of justice, or the beauty of miracles. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
Please listen to Jackie talk about Restorative Justice in the wake of Herman Wallace. #StopSolitary All Power to the People!
I had the great privilege of visiting with Albert Woodfox this weekend which is always an inspiring exercise in dialectics. As many of you know Albert is kept in solitary confinement at David Wade Correctional Facility which is in Homer, Louisiana. The drive to Wade is as difficult as it gets, it takes over 6 […]
Read about Jackie in the College of Charleston Alumni Magazine, get inspired, get involved– let’s build this house together! “When life is edited by tragedy, when the bullshit is pushed aside, when we have nothing left to connect with but our humanness people are amazing. There is ineffable good in the wake of life […]