Lynne Stewart on the Steady Evisceration of the Right to Counsel

Lynne Stewart is one of the best known peoples’ lawyers in recent history. After a long career fighting against state repression on behalf of her clients, she’s now being held in a federal prison-hospital in Texas, where she is receiving Continue reading Lynne Stewart on the Steady Evisceration of the Right to Counsel

National Lawyers Guild Panel on Political Prisoners & Solitary Confinement

SAN JUAN, Oct 25 2013 – The struggle against the torture of solitary confinement is an urgent necessity in building liberation movements in North America.  That was the message conveyed to attendees of a major panel on political prisoners and Continue reading National Lawyers Guild Panel on Political Prisoners & Solitary Confinement

Action Alert – Demand an end to Arthur “Cetewayo” Johnson’s 34 years in solitary confinement

Arthur “Cetewayo” Johnson is a politicized prisoner who has been held in solitary confinement by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC) since 1979.

Despite his exemplary disciplinary record of the past 25 years, and his recently turning 61 years old, Cetewayo continues to be subjected to 23-24-hour lockdown in solitary confinement with its attendant austerity, monotony, and deprivations. He has not had human contact with anybody except prison guards in over 30 years. Continue reading Action Alert – Demand an end to Arthur “Cetewayo” Johnson’s 34 years in solitary confinement

The U.S.’s 64-Square-Foot “Torture Chambers”

By Pam Johnson

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 2013 (IPS) – He has not had human contact or a good night’s sleep in nearly three decades. Every single day, he wakes to the sound of metal doors clanging open and a pair of disembodied hands pushing a tray of food through a slot into his 64-square-foot cell.

For the next 23 hours, he will stare at the same four walls. If he is lucky, he’ll be escorted, shackled at his ankles and wrists, into a “yard” – an enclosure only slightly larger than his cell – for an hour of solitary exercise.

This is how Russell “Maroon” Shoatz, a prisoner in the restricted housing unit at the State Correctional Institute (SCI) Frackville in northern Pennsylvania, has spent the past 22 consecutive years. Continue reading The U.S.’s 64-Square-Foot “Torture Chambers”

Lawyers for Russell Maroon Shoatz submit request to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

October 17, 2013: Pittsburgh PA — Lawyers for Russell Maroon Shoatz submitted a Communication to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture – Fall 2013, Juan Mendez, requesting that he inquire into Shoatz’s nearly 30 years of solitary confinement within the Continue reading Lawyers for Russell Maroon Shoatz submit request to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

ALC Protests Coal Ash Pollution at SCI Fayette

In the August 31, 2013 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin, the Department of Environmental Protection published a Notice of Intent to Issue Operating Permit 26-00057 for the Matt Canestrale Contracting, Inc. Labelle Site. This permit covers a barge unloading and transferring operation associated with a reclamation area in Luzerne Township, Fayette County. At this site, coal ash and FGD sludge are used as capping material on a coal refuse pile. In accordance with 25 Pa Code §§ 127.426 and 127.428, the Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) herein files a timely protest and request for public hearing within 30 days of the publication of the Notice of Intent to Issue the Operating Permit Continue reading ALC Protests Coal Ash Pollution at SCI Fayette

Five Things You Need to Know About Solitary Confinement

NEW YORK/PITTSBURGH — By Bret Grote and Kanya D’Almeida. This article was first published by Ecosocialist Horizons Stop the average person on the street in any major city in the United States and ask them if they were aware that Continue reading Five Things You Need to Know About Solitary Confinement

Black August B’Earthday Celebration for Russell Maroon Shoatz

Join the Abolitionist Law Center, Scientific Soul Sessions, Human Rights Coalition – Fed Up!, and the Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz on August 23rd for a celebration of Maroon’s 70th birthday! Advanced tickets may be purchased here for $10 Continue reading Black August B’Earthday Celebration for Russell Maroon Shoatz