By Black Ink

Fragments of Autobiography by Afeni Shakur

I was born in Lumberton even though my mother and my father and my sister were living in Norfolk, Virginia at the time, but my grandmother who lived in Lumberton got sick, so my mother went to Lumberton to see about my grandmother and I was born while she was there. A midwife delivered me.…

NURA #1

The sun’s red sparked my orange passion, I’m light like yellow. Fire raging inside of me, I’m a young mad nigga, mad with love, and rage, and hope that is contagious. Faith flew from my heart and took my veins with it. Still tethered to my being, my spirit lay out of me. Cast in…

January 2020 Message from Joshua Williams

This is my speech to all my people in the fight, so sit back and listen. I say to the people all around the world, fighting against slavery, fighting against racism, fighting against the system, I say to you, don’t get tired. Keep fighting. Be strong, because one thing about us is we are stronger…

An Interview with Michael Kimble

Note: Gay anarchist Michael Kimble, incarcerated in Alabama for killing a violent racist, was recently placed in segregation at Holman Correctional Facility, for allegedly coming to the defense of a fellow prisoner who was being beaten by guards. He and his loved ones on the outside are requesting support in getting him transfered to a…

Zoé Samudzi: Merry Christmas, San Quentin

We are just two days from Christmas, yesterday evening was the first of eight nights of Hanukkah. Many different organizations do letter-writing drives for incarcerated people and toy or supply drives for their families because one of the state’s most time-specific cruelties is a maintained separation of families to be together during what ought to…

5 Years Since

Saturday, November 9, 2019 will be the five-year anniversary of the murder of Aura Rosser by two white Ann Arbor cops.   5 years since November 9, 2014 Ann Arbor police department shot and killed an innocent black woman named Aura Rosser We rose up Ann Arbor city council publicly announced they’re nothing (and still…

Locked Up

Introduction Prison has come out of the shadows into the limelight, as not a day passes without some allusion to “solving the problem” of the State’s overflowing dungeons. Advances in surveillance technology are offering alternative models of isolation and control that could see a large number of the latters’ potentially explosive inmates defused and—opportunely tagged…

The Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner

2019’s free May Day book was The Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner by Saidiya Hartman, an 80-page sewn paperback, edited and designed by Crisis in collaboration with the author, and published in an edition of 1000 copies. It was available for free at Bookbound Bookstore, For Keeps Books, Hasta Muerte, Interference…

Bend the Bars 2019

Bend the Bars 2019 is only a few weeks away! Bend the Bars is a day-and-a-half long conference about strategies and tactics for supporting the prisoner movement and the struggle for a world without prisons. It will take place in Lansing, Michigan from August 23 thru August 24. And you’re invited! We recently finalized the…