Prisons and Policing

Several dozen people participated in an economic crisis teach-in at McKeldin Park, the site of Occupy Baltimore.

Activist and academic, Lester Spence, spoke on the relationship of neoliberalism and the black community, and Joel Andreas spoke on the economy, militarism and imperialism.

On Oct. 4, 2011, a rally was held in front of the Baltimore City Jail, in Baltimore, MD. Its purpose was to gain public support to stop the state of Maryland from building a new jail for youthful offenders of the law at a cost to the taxpayers of an estimated $104 million. Some of the activists in attendance shared their views with me To learn more, go to: http://stopbaltimoreyouthjail.com/

 

 

Remember Troy Davis. Remember who killed him.

An 11th-hour protest demonstration to stop the execution of Troy Davis was held in Baltimore, MD, on Tuesday evening, September 20, 2011, at 4806 York Road. Mr. Davis is on Death Row in the state of Georgia. Its Board of Pardons and Paroles denied his bid for clemency on September 19th. Mr. Davis is scheduled for execution on September 21st, at 7 PM. The former head of the FBI, William S. Sessions, who is also an ex-Federal Court Judge, strongly advocates a stay of execution.

A protest rally to stop the execution of Troy Davis was held in Baltimore, MD, on Friday evening, September 16, 2011, at Sharp & Pratt Streets. Mr. Davis is on Death Row in the state of Georgia. He is scheduled for execution on September 21st. To learn more about his controversial case and the need to take immediate action on his behalf, go to: http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/cases/usa-troy-davis


A roundtable discussion was held on September 12, 2011, at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. It featured Bruce Fein, an attorney and adjunct scholar with the American Enterprise Institute. Ralph Nader was on the panel and also served as the moderator for the event. It dealt generally with the "US government's reaction to 9/11." Mr. Fein said: "We are at the verge of despotism!" He was sharply critical of the US Congress, labeling its members as "weak and irresponsible." Mr. Fein also ripped the former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), for not disclosing to the American people, via the "Speech and Debate Clause" of the Constitution, what she knew from the CIA about "torture, waterboarding and illegal surveillance." He said Rep. Pelosi acted like "a vassal, a serf," when she meekly followed the CIA's order to "shut-up" about the reported serial wrongdoings.

 

A roundtable discussion was held on September 12, 2011, at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. It featured Michael German, Policy Counsel to the ACLU on National Security, Immigration and Privacy. He was also a former Special Agent for the FBI. Ralph Nader was on the panel and served, too, as the moderator for the event. It dealt generally with the "US government's reaction to 9/11."

Marshall “Eddie” Conway is a former Baltimore City Black Panther who has been incarcerated by the state of Maryland for over four decades. His autobiography has just been published by AK Press, and we are honored to be able to present this short excerpt, detailing some of the dynamics of organizing within the prison walls—a very different terrain than that enjoyed by most of the other social movements examined in this issue. –IR

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