I can't say enough about how [Revolution] opens your eyes
and gives you an alternative other than the
hopeless lies of this system...”
A new generation of politically-conscious prisoners is coming onto the national and international scene. Many prisoners, who society calls the "worst of the worst" or "irredeemable”, are going through a transformation, changing how they understand the world and their role in it. The most visible is the summer, 2013 California prisoners’ hunger strike, which began with 30,000 prisoners asserting their humanity by striking against the torture of long-term solitary confinement. It ended 60 days later, after widespread retaliation by prison authorities, with hundreds still not having eaten food. Other hunger strikes and political struggles against the dehumanization of American prisons have happened in other states in recent years.
Within this emerging new generation is a significant section of prisoners across the country who are looking for a deeper
understanding of why this world is a horror, how we can get out of it, and what it means to be human. They are engaging with the challenging vision and strategy for a radically new, and much better, society and world presented in the weekly Revolution newspaper (www.revcom.us), in “BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian”, (Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA) and in other literature sent to them by Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund. PRLF sends approximately 800 English and Spanish subscriptions to Revolution, and has sent over 1200 copies of BAsics…, and other literature to prisoners in hellholes in 43 states and the District of Columbia.
Revolutionary Gregory Koger Released from Cook County Jail
Over 50 people came together in Chicago on Saturday, November 2 to celebrate Gregory Koger's release from Cook County Jail. Gregory’s release came after he served the remainder of an outrageous sentence that should never have been imposed, for a political act that was never a crime. (See "Revolutionary Gregory Koger Sent Back to Jail" for background.) The evening of music, hugs, and conversation was sponsored by the defense committee that has fought for his innocence and freedom for four years, warmly welcoming him back to the "outside" where he vowed to continue to fight to liberate humanity.
Statements from PRLF Supporters & Donors
Ray Hill—Founder of Pacifica radio station KPFT and host of the weekly radio program "The Prison Show".
Lynne Stewart—A highly respected 'peoples' attorney' in NY who is presently appealing a prison sentence of her own. She was tried and convicted on criminal charges for actions related to representing a client.
New Letters From Prisoners:
Prisoner Letter: Greetings from the Belly of the Beast (Dramatic Reading)
Help Send BAsics to Prisoners in the hellholes of America!
A new book, “BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian”, has just been released. Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, is a wide-ranging critical thinker; this book speaks powerfully to questions of revolution and human emancipation. Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund (PRLF) and Revolution newspaper (www.revcom.us) are sending 2000 copies of BAsics to prisoners across the US. This is a very bold foray to expand the influence of Avakian’s unique revolutionary perspective widely throughout US prisons. At $10/copy, this costs $20,000. Your help is needed to get this vital educational material to thousands of prisoners.
“…Like Cornel West, I say this not because I fully agree with everything that Bob Avakian teaches, but because Bob Avakian's revolutionary teachings and theory challenges me to think on the highest level of logic and reasoning, keeps my analytical mind strong, and my discriminating eye sharp…(read more)
Emergency Call! Join Us in Stopping Torture in US Prisons!
from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network
MOST AMERICANS IMAGINE THAT TORTURE HAPPENS SOMEWHERE ELSE, in other countries far, far away. But torture is occurring every day, right here in California. The question is how long will we tolerate it?
10,000 people in prison in California and 80,000 people in prisons across the U.S. are held in solitary confinement – a punishment that is a recognized form of torture. UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez told the UN General Assembly in 2011:“Segregation, isolation, separation, cellular, lockdown, Supermax, the hole, Secure Housing Unit… whatever the name, solitary confinement should be banned by States as a punishment or extortion technique … and indefinite and prolonged solitary confinement in excess of 15 days should also be subject to an absolute prohibition.”