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Prisonvision turns our critical gaze to an analysis of prisons from the perspectives of prisoners, activists, radical scholar-activists, and the criminalized.
71: Prisonvision PRISONVISION: Surviving the Pinta, the Big House, the Joint
Arturo J. Aldama, Pancho McFarland, Mike Mosher
Prisonvision turns our critical gaze to an analysis of prisons from the perspectives of prisoners, activists, radical scholar-activists, and the criminalized.
71: Prisonvision Terror, Torture and Imprisonment: A Chicano Perspective
Pancho McFarland, Drawings: Mike Mosher, John Leanos
The disturbing, infuriating images of the widespread torture of Iraqi civilian women and men revealed to the world in April 2004 provide a contemporary example of a recurring practice in U.S. colonial history.
71: Prisonvision "Like a Disembodied Shade": Colonization and Internment as the American Way of Life
Natsu Saito
In 1898 Puerto Ricans had their own parliament, full Spanish citizenship, and political representation in the Spanish parliament; today they have no representation in Congress and only qualified U.S. citizenship.
71: Prisonvision “You Hold The Body”: Habeas Corpus, Jose Padilla, and the Exponential Growth of Social Control in the U.S.
Kevin Wehr
Regardless of the firmness of his plans, Padilla is in custody, and thus incapacitated. The public safety is no longer threatened by this man. Is it really necessary to suspend habeas corpus, a most fundamental individual right?
71: Prisonvision Black Militancy: Notes From the Underground
Rashad Shabazz, Images by Emory Douglas
If one were to examine closely the hegemonic discourses of black American history, one would be surprised to find a long history of militant armed struggle. Slave rebellions, urban "guerilla" insurgencies, rural defense leagues, are all part of a tapestry of black militant rebellion to subjugation.
71: Prisonvision The Legacy of Ajitha: Unearthing a Subaltern Indian Revolutionary and Political Prisoner
Shobas S. Rajgopal
The name Ajit from the Sanskrit, means "victory," and is more commonly used to name boys. As a revolutionary and later political prisoner, this young woman's name would be recorded for posterity in her country.
71: Prisonvision Have We "Put It All Behind Us"? Wages of COINTELPRO Still Evident in Omaha Black Panther Case
Ward Churchill
In 1975, an investigating committee headed by Senator Frank Church found that COINTELPRO had, from start to finish, been no more than "a sophisticated vigilante operation...fraught with illegality."
71: Prisonvision Prison Counter Stories: A Poetic Personal Narrative From the Survivor of American Concentration Camps
Elyse Yamauchi
While the government's euphemism for the camps was "evacuation centers," others call them concentration camps, places where political prisoners were housed.
71: Prisonvision Doin' Time: A Work in Progress
Rosalie Riegle
Increasing numbers of Americans engage in acts of civil disobedience. These resisters are arrested, tried, and often sentenced to serve long terms in prison and jail. A discouraged radical constituency in the United States needs to be convinced that "doin' time" is not only honorable but do-able.
71: Prisonvision Convicts in a Comics Workshop
Mike Mosher
A six-session Comics Workshop in a correctional facility was as much a learning experience for the instructor--dealing with the prison's security environment--as it was for the participating prisoners.
71: Prisonvision A Victim of Justice: Danny Brown's Fight to Reclaim his Name and Life
Michael Brooks
In Danny Brown's criminal case, there was also a significant problem: he was convicted for a crime that he didn't commit. The justice system in Lucas County, Ohio manufactured a lemon. Unfortunately for Danny, there are few legal procedures to mend his shattered life, and the roads to rebuilding his life are strewn with state-imposed barriers and outright government interference.
71: Prisonvision Three Strikes and Sex Offenses: Lessons from California’s Proposition 66 Campaign
Michelle Renee Matisons
Anti-prison activists might find some small relief in a federal effort to create job opportunities for former inmates and expanded educational opportunities and rehabilitation for people convicted of drug offenses. The situation is so grim that we will take whatever meager reformist crumbs get thrown our way and try to work with them.
71: Prisonvision Dangerous/Endangered Women: a Proposal to Reduce Recidivism
Rogelio Garcia-Contreras
The thousands of offenders released each year from Colorado prisons cannot be treated as an homogeneous group nor assisted in a standardized manner. There are some offenders who need this kind of programs more: The mentally ill offender, the serious and violent offender, and the female offender.
71: Prisonvision The New Invisible Man: Felon Disenfranchisement Laws Harm Communities
S. David Mitchell
What makes a United States citizen invisible? What makes a community invisible? The answer: felon disenfranchisement laws. The laws prohibit ex-felons from exercising certain enumerated rights or allow a felony conviction to be used to terminate legally recognized relationships.
71: Prisonvision Pinta Fearz: A Chicano Sociologist's Life on the Edge of the Law
Robert Duran
The jura's EyeZ are on me and in esta vida there ain't no gold at the other side of the rainbow. Suddenly, my tires pop and someone reaches from behind and forces me to the ground. Lying face first in the dirt the handcuffs are tightened as I feel a gun pressed against the back of my head.
71: Prisonvision Untitled Rage
Robert Soza, Painting: Mary Donohue
The experience of a young woman brings to light how this racist world works so hard to snuff out lives before they begin. My young friend knows first hand the criminalization of people of color, what is to be criminal simply because of the color of her skin. At the funeral of her family, because of skin color and class, she did not merit the respect afforded to "people."
71: Prisonvision Portfolio 1 by John Leanos: Face of Occupation
John Leanos
The artist gazes into the face of occupation (at least vile Rumsfeld's), sees the horrors of My Lai in the stinking corridors and cells of Abu Ghraib, and pierces the special American nexus of God, State and Oil.
71: Prisonvision Portfolio 2 by John Leanos: Are You Arresting Me...
John Leanos
Young Calvin, Caprisha and Deshawn really want to know.

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