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Robert Scheer Talks With Eddie Conway About Making Real News After Prison

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with the former Black Panther to hear about how he helped fellow prisoners organize for reform while serving nearly 44 years for a murder he didn’t commit.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Albert Woodfox Is Free: Last of the ‘Angola 3’ Who Spent Decades in Solitary Is Released

Amnesty International described his release as “long overdue and undeniably just.” The three Louisiana prison inmates were placed in solitary confinement in April 1972 after the killing of a guard. The other two were released earlier.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE


EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rare Footage of Activist Abbie Hoffman in ‘Here Come the Videofreex’

A Truthdig exclusive from the soon-to-be-released documentary “Here Come the Videofreex” shows Hoffman discussing the trial in which he and seven other activists were accused of conspiracy and inciting riots during the anti-Vietnam and countercultural protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Touchdown for Black Lives Matter

Super Bowl 50 was perhaps the most political in pro football’s history. Not for the game itself, but for the remarkable halftime show with its powerful performance by musical superstar Beyoncé.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges, Eddie Conway and Ojore Lutalo on the Dehumanization of American Prisoners

“I think their goal was to dehumanize every prisoner because if you have a dehumanized prisoner, you can control him and the environment,” former Black Panther Conway says.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’

Watch the trailer for the new film that looks at the people behind the berets.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations That Feed on Prisons

The companies that cruelly exploit prisoners will get the message only if it is delivered in the form of a sustained, nationwide economic action.

Posted on Apr 5, 2015 READ MORE


How Prisons Rip Off and Exploit the Incarcerated

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discusses the forms of slavery and exploitation that thrive in today’s U.S. prison system with Eddie Conway (at right), a former leader of the Black Panthers who was imprisoned for over 40 years.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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Black Panthers: The Musical

“Party People” examines the complexity and struggle of the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



44 Years a Prisoner: The Case of Eddie Conway

Marshall “Eddie” Conway walked free from prison this week, just one month shy of 44 years behind bars. He was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE


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The Idol Smasher

The multifaceted Ishmael Reed has spent half a century destroying myths of the American empire, especially those that cement racism in place.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE



The Unsilenced Voice of a ‘Long-Distance Revolutionary’

Mumia Abu-Jamal, America’s most famous political prisoner and one of its few authentic revolutionaries, continues his fight for social justice after three decades in prison.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE


Was Activist Richard Aoki an FBI Informant?

Richard Aoki was respected as a “pioneering political activist and revolutionary in the Asian-American community” for his involvement in the civil rights struggle in the 1960s and beyond. Seth Rosenfeld’s new book “Subversives” presents evidence that Aoki was an FBI informant. Scholar Diane Fujino, author of a biography on Aoki, disagrees.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Mad, Passionate Love and Violence: Occupy Heads Into the Spring

Occupy had its glorious honeymoon when old and young, liberal and radical, comfortable and desperate, homeless and tenured all found that what they had in common was so compelling the differences hardly seemed to matter.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Saving Mumia Abu-Jamal

For 30 years, Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case has loomed large in debates about the death penalty in America. This week, his story took a major turn with the news that the prosecution in his murder case would no longer push for his execution. “Democracy Now!” ran two stories on the development Thursday, including a clip of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu requesting his release.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Prosecutors Stop Seeking Death Penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal

He may not walk free, especially if Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has his say, but after decades of struggles and appeals, Mumia Abu-Jamal will not face the death penalty for his fiercely contested murder conviction in the killing of a police officer 30 years ago.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE


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