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Black Prison Movements

Review by Daniel Burton-Rose

This impressive offering from the Network of Black Organizers (NOBO) provides coverage of many of the issues confronting Black and New Afrikan prisoners and their outside communities. A large portion of the writings are by political prisoners and POWs past and present, such as Mumia Abu-Jamal, Sundiata Acoli, Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Mutulu Shakur, and George Jackson, and they are about the tools the United States government has and continues to use against them, such as counter-insurgency warfare and behavior modification techniques. The book also demonstrates clearly the political nature of the mass incarceration of Black / New Afrikan peoples in this rabidly racist and unequal society. Black Prison Movements provides an excellent picture of the agony that the penal system inflicts on both individuals and on a people as a whole. Most importantly, it is also a testament to the continued resistance of Black and New Afrikan prisoners. 187 pages. ISBN 0-86543-495-6. $14.95. Afrika World Press Inc. 1995. Available from Left Bank Distribution, 1404 18th Ave., Seattle WA 98101. 40% off to prisoners.

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