Nationwide epidemic of suicide in solitary: Solitary confinement iz murder!

If anyone still believes we are a civilized society, the following post from Moorbey’z Blog will wipe away your delusions of ignorance. We often hear people speak of how a civilization can best be judged by how the most vulnerable in it are treated. However, they are always referring to our disabled, children and elderly. Even those with the best of intentions fail to include our prison population. We have a strong, deeply ingrained bias against the men and women in our prisons. It’s as if we feel that it’s best to err on the safe side and assume guilt rather than getting involved and finding the truth about these severely neglected people.

Criminals! Ooh, they’re bad people. Murderers, rapists, gang-bangers. We don’t want to think about them. We just want to go to our feeble jobs, bring home our feeble paychecks, eat dinner and watch the ignorance box (some of which are as big as some apartments I’ve lived in these days). Ignorance sure can be bliss. But it can also be suicidal. Societal suicide.
We aren’t that much better than the prison guards if we continue to allow basic human rights to be kept from people that just happen to be in prison. Even if they ARE guilty. They are still our sisters and brothers and they deserve a chance to redeem themselves if they did commit a crime. And many aren’t guilty of a crime. I could go on with statistics about how often someone is finally released from prison after serving years for a crime someone else committed – even after being convicted with “evidence” from multiple eye witnesses. And worst of all, we allow people to serve life sentences for refusing to cowardly obey the brain-deadening dogma of the dominant culture. Political prisoners is a term most of us previously associated with Stalin’s Russia. Gulags. Things aren’t much different here in the good ‘ol United Snakes of Corporations. (By the way, suicides is a term used far too easily in prisons – just saying). I’ll leave the readers of this post to continue with the following eloquently written words:

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This year at Holman in Atmore, Alabama, there have been five suicides in its segregation unit – more suicides or homicides than in its population. The latest was a mentally ill young man in his 20s.

“Stop isolating suicidal people” was a major message delivered by hundreds of protesters who traveled from around California to the infamous California Institute for Women (CIW) state prison near Los Angeles to protest conditions that have caused a spate of suicides and for a vigil in remembrance of recent victims. – Photo: California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP)

“Stop isolating suicidal people” was a major message delivered by hundreds of protesters who traveled from around California to the infamous California Institute for Women (CIW) state prison near Los Angeles to protest conditions that have caused a spate of suicides and for a vigil in remembrance of recent victims. – Photo: California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP)

The state of Alabama began criminalizing incidents stemming from citizens having mental health breakdowns in the 1990s following the closing of its main mental health facility. As of October, the toll stands at five suicides.

The state of Alabama houses its mentally ill in the same general population as its regular inmates. The…

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Monsanto has been voted “The World’s Most Evil Corporation” many times… and for good reason.

They have committed war crimes, crimes against nature and crimes against humanity.

They contributed to the devastation of 5 million acres of jungle and generations of birth defects in Southeast Asia by manufacturing Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. And never apologized.

They developed saccharin about a century ago and defeated the U.S. government in court to continue selling it to an unsuspecting public – despite scientific data showing it to be detrimental to human health.

They developed genetically engineered organisms, then proceeded to purchase disreputable politicians to circumvent legislative processes, manipulated and suppressed scientific data, purchased misleading “news” stories in corporate media, pressured and/or consumed smaller competition and bypassed financial & environmental regulations all over the planet.

They have also changed agriculture and livestock techniques that have been in use for millennia by patenting their “terminator seeds” and bovine growth hormone (rBGH) – which have led to farmer suicides in India, health epidemics, monstrous animal torture, devastated economies, brought lawsuits from a number of countries and, along with their companion herbicide Roundup, have created new organisms that cause sterility in livestock and plants.

This is beyond the wildest horror/sci-fi tale anyone could imagine before Monsanto rose to prominence as a global agrochemical & biotechnology behemoth.

They did all of this to implement an economic strategy that has caused desertification of soil, water and air contamination, has infected the global food supply with carcinogens that have increased cancers astronomically and have essentially guaranteed an end to nutritional food as we know it.

Finally, the rest of the planet is fighting back. The Monsanto Tribunal, held at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, has put in motion a process that, while technically without enforcement power, will set legal precedents for people around the world to start putting an end to multinational corporations raping the planet and putting the health of all living beings in jeopardy  merely to increase profits.

The following is an e-mail I received about the tribunal:

The hearings of the Monsanto Tribunal have been very impressive and so was the People’s Assembly.

During the last two days the world was watching witnesses’ testimonies, lawyers’ pleas and the first impressions of the judges. We had 750 participants in The Hague representing 30 nationalities from all over the world, thousands were following us online on the livestream and social media and the Tribunal received a lot of press attention. Both victims and experts thanked us for giving them a voice on this important international platform; and a very well documented voice in this new process to hold corporations accountable for their acts.

The chairwoman of the Tribunal, Judge Tulkens, expressed the importance of the Tribunal in an interview with the French newspaper, Le Monde: “The questions of the access to water and to healthy food are old. Those are not new issues coming out of the mind of angry activists. Those issues, just like the right to a healthy environment, are likely to become more important with climate change. It is our duty to set legal tools to face those issues. The Monsanto Tribunal is a step and a tool within this dynamic.”

The Tribunal received quite a lot of media coverage. From French and German TV news programs to many newspapers and radio programs in various countries. See the links on our social media platforms (and later on the website).

Monsanto was invited to the Tribunal, but decided not to appear for their defense. We did get their attention though. They issued a statement in 5 languages saying that we are ‘pushing’ the wrong issues, since the real discussion is about feeding the world. Monsanto fails to see feeding the world in a safe way was exactly the topic of the Tribunal of the discussion farmers, consumer movements, and their associated networks had in the parallel People’s Assembly. Many eminent speakers stressed that Monsanto and agribusiness giants like them do not feed the world. Rather, they are involved in producing commodities, feed for animals, fuel for cars, and sugar for the food industry at a very high cost for human health and environment. This is production that feeds profit, not people. It’s the small- and medium-scale farmers that are actually feeding the world.

This Tribunal and People’s Assembly are about showing the tremendous costs of industrial farming for humans, for health, and for nature. They are also about standing up to Monsanto and their likes, and stopping them from poisoning our world and controlling our food supply, One way to do this is by showing the true cost of the current global food system, and the very real alternatives that exist.

Nnimmo Bassey at the opening said: “Being an ambassador to this Tribunal is like being an ambassador to mother Earth. If mother Earth could speak, Monsanto ought to be in jail long before now. Food is a celebration, it is culture, it is life. This is a struggle not against one multinational corporation, it is a struggle for life, it is a struggle for liberty. A struggle to stop big companies from colonizing our food systems, colonizing our agriculture, holding mother Earth as a slave for their profits.”

Please follow us on Facebook where many pictures and videos have already been posted. You can also see them if you have no Facebook yourself. In the coming weeks we will continue to release short interviews of the witnesses, experts and lawyers, as well as the speakers in the People’s Assembly. We will also add all of this to our website, including all the hearings of the Tribunal and the written testimonies in different languages. Please be patient, we will keep you informed!

The judges are now thoroughly reviewing the evidence from legal briefs and witness testimonies to answer the six questions posed in the Tribunal’s terms of reference. They will then present a legal advisory opinion, hopefully soon but if necessary next spring: we will supply logistic support, but the timing is up to them.

As Judge Tulkens said, “We will try to deliver the legal opinion before December 10th, the International Day of human Rights. It will be addressed to Monsanto and to the United Nations. From this legal opinion, other jurisdictions can be involved and more judges will step in. We, as the judges [at the Monsanto Tribunal] have seen, heard, noted and deliberated. Chances are that the international law will take into consideration new issues such as the ones related to ecocide.”

We would like to thank you and all the volunteers for your amazing support. This would not have been possible without you. Stay tuned, follow us on social media, show your support and share messages wherever and whenever you can. Ask friends to sign their support. Together we will put an end to the era of poisoning and exploiting the world and move onward to a system where we work with nature instead of waging a war against it.

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I live in the Bronx and was just a few train stops south of this Nazi-like raid by NYPD. I heard nothing about it between the day it happened and the day I hit the road one week later to go west to help a severely disabled person relocate. This is not typical police behavior in NYC (as despicable as they are). A new police commissioner (James O’Neill) is making a name for himself by adopting brutal tactics at the expense of non-white working class people in a quiet neighborhood – obviously to garner approval from the type of ignorantly dysfunctional people crawling from beneath slimy rocks around the country now that one of them is running for president of the U.S.

I’ve walked those streets and there is definitely no reason for police to go hunting for dangerous criminals there. They could have chosen a much more dangerous neighborhood in NYC, but apparently they are either incredibly ignorant of what’s going on in the city in which they “serve” (sever?) or decided to play it safe and terrorize innocent people without risking their own safety. The latter would be amazing cowardice considering the military weaponry police departments have collected at discount prices from the U.S. Department of Defense in recent years.

An extremely important aspect of this event that deserves relentless coverage by media who purport to care about civil rights is this unprecedented use of the RICO statutes. While obscenely wealthy white-collar criminals running powerful criminal organizations like Monsanto, Citigroup, Merck and Goldman Sachs continue to terrorize the entire planet, young men trying to “scrape by” in a system designed to hold them down are treated like major Mafiosos.

Anyway, the following is an e-mail I received from the MumiaNYC website that heroicly informs the public about what is actually transpiring in OUR streets and prisons:


Wednesday, October 19:
Press Conference 8:30 AM
Pack the Court 9:00 AM
Press Conference & Rally 5:30 PM

Thursday, Oct 20:
Pack the Court 9:00 AM

On April 27, 2016, over 700 NYPD and federal officers, using military-grade equipment, executed the largest mass raid in NYC history, in Eastchester Gardens in the Bronx. 120 people were arrested and indicted on “conspiracy charges.” The NYPD and the feds are using conspiracy charges and social media monitoring to indict whole social networks.

Some of the men indicted have already been acquitted for the charges on a state level, but under Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), they are being charged at the federal level for conspiring to commit the crime.
The use of RICO in Black and Brown communities is a continuation of strategies—such as COINTELPRO, the street sweep and stop-and-frisk—used to terrorize communities of color and perpetuate mass incarceration. The newly appointed police commissioner, James O’Neill, oversaw the arrests of the Bronx 120, and we can be certain that under his regime these mass raids and kidnapping of young black men will continue.

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Monsanto vs. Planet Earth

 I received the following from the Organic Consumers Association:  



Sunday, October 16, is World Food Day. It’s also the day that the International Monsanto Tribunal will conclude, in The Hague, Netherlands—and mark the beginning of justice for Earth and its inhabitants

Monsanto and its friends in the pesticide industry will try to characterize this historic citizens’ initiative as a “kangaroo court.”

But those of us who are here at the People’s Assembly (October 14), and awaiting the start of the formal Tribunal (October 15-16), can attest to the fact that there are no kangaroos in sight. There are only distinguished judges and lawyers, people who have been harmed by Monsanto’s products, and concerned citizens from all over the world.

Citizens’ Tribunals are not mock trials. They have a long history of bringing justice to issues where governments either act corruptly or fail to act. It is the legal right of citizens to ensure the carriage of justice, when governments do not.

The Tribunal will be based on the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” adopted by the United Nations in 2011. It will be an international court of lawyers and judges that will assess the potential criminal liability of Monsanto for damages inflicted on human health and the environment.

The court will also rely on the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2002, and it will consider whether to reform international criminal law to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense. The International Criminal Court, established in 2002 in The Hague, has determined that prosecuting ecocide as a criminal offense is the only way to guarantee the rights of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected.

While the Tribunal can’t impose penalties, its final verdicts will serve as the foundation for future legal cases against not only Monsanto, but also Bayer, Syngenta, Dow and others. The panel of judges will issue their advisory opinions on the six terms of reference within a month or so, after they’ve had sufficient time to weigh the testimony they will hear during the two-day Tribunal.

This initiative, long overdue, follows on the heels of a new “state of the science” review released this week by PAN International. The review, which presents a large body of research documenting the adverse human health and environmental impacts of glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides, calls for a global “phase-out” of Monsanto’s Roundup.

Want to show solidarity for the International Monsanto Tribunal? Here’s how!

Find a Monsanto Tribunal/World Food Day event near you

Join the Monsanto Tribunal Thunderclap

Join the Monsanto Tribunal Twitter Rally

Sign on as a supporter of the Monsanto Tribunal (no donation required)

Make a donation to the Monsanto Tribunal

Watch up-to-the-minute videos of the People’s Assembly on the Monsanto Tribunal website http://www.monsanto-tribunal.org or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/MonsantoTribunal

Livestream the People’s Assembly and Monsanto Tribunal

Like Monsanto Tribunal on Facebook

Follow Monsanto Tribunal on twitter

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Police Body Cameraz Are OK, But How To Protect Innocent Prisonerz?

Wrongful arrests and prosecutions happen EVERY DAY in the U.S. We need to bring OUR criminal justice system up to date. It’s stuck centuries in the past and we continue to allow innocent people to rot in jail. Not only does this despicable situation put innocent people in jail, it allows criminals to roam the streets to potentially find more victims. Let’s make this an issue that’s discussed in the media instead of having millions of people obsessing about dysfunctional behavior by celebrities – especially since most of them have nothing worthwhile to add to society. Lorenzo Johnson does have something worthwhile to add to this discussion:

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by Lorenzo Johnson
Police officers are increasingly being required to wear body cameras so that their use of force can be documented and judged. But what about the action that takes place behind the scenes — in police stations and prosecutors’ offices? It’s time to think about what measures can be put in place to hold all law enforcement accountable. As an innocent prisoner and avid writer on wrongful convictions, I say it’s time not to only present solutions, but enforce them, too.
We are living in a time when police body cams can help determine if an arrest was warranted, if the officer used excessive force, and if a killing was justifiable. When society can’t trust the police who are supposed to protect and serve, it’s a serious problem — one that needed to be addressed a long time ago.
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I visited the Oakland Museum of California recently to see the exhibit honoring the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers. There was a variety of displays showing their true history (as opposed to the Capitalist Pig version obediently manufactured by mainstream media for decades) which included video & audio displays, newspaper clippings, photographs, FBI documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (heavily redacted, of course), copies of the original Black Panther Party newspaper, artwork, pieces of buildings from Oakland that were destroyed through a gentrification project (intended merely to displace poor Black families for the financial benefit of wealthy white landowners) and a wall with hooks on which people are allowed to hang a piece of paper with the name of a Black Panther member they want remembered.

The exhibit tells the basic story of the Black Panther Party from its founding by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale (who met at Merritt College) in Oakland in October of 1966 to the relentless surveillance and violent attacks by the FBI and local police departments, the operation of food programs & health clinics, political aspirations, social inspirations and the assassinations across the country by law (order) enforcement officers. It gives basic information for young people who know little of the group’s history, but also has something to interest those of us who have been around long enough to have lived through some of what went down all those years ago.

I’m not going to write a history of the party. It’s been done many times by more talented writers with more extensive knowledge on the subject as well as by people with relevant personal experiences. I’m just going to share my experience of the exhibit and hope that it inspires a couple of people to do their own research and find the truth about the one of the most misunderstood and viciously maligned groups in recent history.


One of the video displays is a collage of a diverse group of people reciting poetry, telling personal stories of prominent Black Panther members and events, sharing their experiences relating to the issues involved or telling about when they first became aware of the Panthers. The level of emotion varies, getting deeply intense at times.

Another was a psychedelic video display with audio of important political speeches. There was a microphone in front of it that people are allowed to use to express their feelings while the audio isn’t playing.

The walls are filled with short stories, quotes, art (by legendary BP artist Emery Douglas and others), photographs and old newspaper clippings from around the country (though mostly from the Oakland area), but on one section of wall hangs dozens of FBI documents showing the details of ruthless surveillance (and harassment) by the FBI which betrays the delusional paranoia of their evil, psychopathic leader (at the time), J. Edgar Hoover. (Hoover called the BPP “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country” and should be one of the most reviled figures in U.S. history, but far too many people refuse to face the truth about his obvious mental and emotional illness).

All the way inside, at one end of the exhibit, something I found interesting was the wall with hooks on which people can hang a piece of paper (available on a table in front of the wall) with the name of a Black Panther a person wants to commemorate. It hadn’t been filled when I was there, but I’m sure it will be soon.

The following are pictures my wife took during our time there:

The exhibit is a “must see” for anyone who cares about truth or is interested in history. One of the people featured in the video the museum made of people expressing their feelings on the Black Panther legacy was co-founder Bobby Seale, an iconic figure in the Civil Rights movement for decades. A person who should have been included (but obviously couldn’t be) was the other founder, Huey Newton, who was murdered in Oakland in 1989 under somewhat mysterious circumstances. This was a brilliant, caring man who saw the injustice of an obscenely corrupt system and spent the rest of his life trying to right it. I’d like to close this by paraphrasing Dr. Newton (my additions are in parentheses):

“You can jail (or kill) the Revolutionary, but you can’t jail (or kill) the Revolution.”

Important words. Peace to all…

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Jalil Muntaqim

Jalil Muntaqim, poet extraordinaire and long time political prisoner, currently resides in the notorious New York State prison, Attica. He was arrested in California in 1971, along with Herman Bell and Albert Washington, allegedly for the murder of two NYC police officers. Convicted in 1974, he was given a sentence of 25 years to life.

Due to his intelligence, resourcefulness and inspirational influence on free thinkers around the world, he is constantly refused release by the NYS parole board. This is because the spreading of knowledge by a potential leader “of the people” is the ultimate crime to the powers that be (who want to keep the masses ignorant, drugged and under their Nazi-like bootheels) so parole hearings are nothing more than show business for certain prisoners.

What’s the actual “crime” he is still being held in a maximum security prison for? Educating the masses on the evils of a system that incarcerates those who desire a more just world while promoting evils such as racism, sexism, homophobia, economic terrorism and the insidious war against critical thinking.

Now, Jalil has been placed on a mail watch. A friend never received several mailings from him and the mail was never returned, so it’s obvious that censorship is going on. This is definitely a violation of his First Amendment rights.

Jalil has requested supporters call and write to the prison. I received the following information from the MumiaNYC mailing list:


Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, New York State Department of Corrections at 518-457-8134

And write to:

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, Office of the Commissioner, Bldg. #2, State Campus, Albany, NY 12226-2050 

Let the commissioner’s office know that you are calling to say that all prisoners, especially political prisoners like Anthony Jalil Bottom #77A4283, should be allowed to communicate with people by mail about what is going on in our communities. 

Write to Jalil and let him know he has our support:

Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283
Attica Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 149
Attica, NY 14011-0149

Prisoners in the United States have been stripped of virtually every right the rest of us take for granted. This treacherous injustice will not fix itself. We all must attempt to fight evil wherever it exists.

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Martin Luther King Jr.