Political Prisoner Support
While all imprisonment is political, for the last 50 years, the U.S. state has expanded its prison system in part through a counterrevolutionary strategy that includes targeting and caging advocates for freedom and justice who oppose the U.S. state.
Many of these political prisoners, during their time of incarceration, continue their activism and advocacy, supporting incarcerated people to survive the social death and ill health imposed by the prison.
Many of these same activists have been foundational to the current abolitionist movement. As part of our commitment to abolition, it is our duty to fight for their freedom.
Widely respected elder Jalil Muntaqim became ill and contracted COVID-19 in May 2020. Our biggest fear is that if he is not released, his prison sentence will become a death sentence.
This registry of imprisoned people and campaigns is a project of the Los Angeles Anarchist Black Cross (a member of the Anarchist Black Cross Federation) in 2014 as a way of solving the problem of inaccurate prisoner lists, and it is now maintained by Philly ABC
Mumia Abu-Jamal is an internationally celebrated black writer and radio journalist, author of six books and hundreds of columns and articles organizer and inspiration for the prison lawyers movement, former member of the Black Panther Party and supporter of Philadelphia’s radical MOVE organization who has spent the last 30 years in prison, almost all of it in solitary confinement on Pennsylvania’s Death Row.
Native American activist Leonard Peltier has spent over 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Prosecutors and federal agents manufactured evidence against him (including the so-called “murder weapon”); hid proof of his innocence; presented false testimony obtained through torturous interrogation techniques; ignored court orders; and lied to the jury. People are commonly set free due to a single constitutional violation, but Peltier—innocent and faced with a staggering number of constitutional violations—has yet to receive equal justice.