Monthly Archives: November 2020

“Prison Break” column for November
Check out the latest “Prison Break” column by the Certain Days calendar collective.

We’re being told that the fate of democracy itself is at stake, that by casting our votes this week we can return to the cruel yet familiar U.S. hegemony we know so well. While some may hold their noses and cast their votes against fascism, we all know that if voting changed anything it would be illegal. Abolitionists and freedom fighters will not stop until we have crafted something better upon the ashes of the old.

‘Home for the Holidays’ clemency rally in NYC- November 23rd

November 23rd
Outside Cuomo’s office, 633 3rd Avenue (between 40 and 41st Street)

Pathetic NY Governor Cuomo has one of the worst prison release records of all Governors across the country when it comes to clemency. There are 36,500 people in 54 state prisons. Over 6,000 of them have applied for commutations but in ten years, Cuomo has only granted 20 commuted sentences. Almost 20 people have died during the COVID-19 pandemic in NYS prisons.

Join Release Aging People in Prison on Monday, November 23 to demand #ClemencyNow

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Certain Days 2021 calendar is back from the printer!

Our friends with the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoner calendar crew have released their 2021 calendar and its now back from the printer. Lay your hands upon the 2021 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar! This is our twentieth edition and we are so excited to share them with you.

How to order:

In the United States via Burning Books
(Use BULK discount code for 10 and more!)

In Canada
1-9 copies via Kersplebedeb at
10+ copies via

Prisoner copies are just $8 and can be ordered at
(you buy them and we ship them!)

New poems by Eric King: “The brutality doesn’t stop with the arrest”


Police Brutality is state brutality,
it’s the media calling a protest “violent”
after pigs fired weapons and toxins,
into crowds of people exercising their “rights”.

If the knee hadn’t strangled George,
the “justice “system would have.
He would have been arrested
for trying to exchange non sanctioned paper
placed into federal custody.
He would have waited months
before being sent to federal prison
stripped of his “rights”, dignity, family contact ….for YEARS.

Police brutality is more than guns and sprays,
it is scanning every single piece of Mail you receive.
Its preventing you from speaking to your mom, post-surgery.
It’s convincing you that  YOU’RE the reason
It’s the longing for your partner’s touch,
while knowing,
your captives make six figures
to hold you in a fucking box


Police brutality is state normalcy.
It’s knowing that protests are popping off
not 5 minutes away
and the only thing stopping you from joining them
is 5 janky doors

It’s the sadness,
thinking that those in the streets,
overlooked the fact that we in here,
suffering the existence of police brutality
mentally, physically, existentially

It’s the indoctrination,
being taught
that we deserve this,
and there is no way out
except through their rules
and the goodness of their hearts.

That the days of Bill Dunne, Assata are over,
picket signs don’t bend steel.

Police normality,
is convincing us
that those arrested
deserve their treatment.

Those five doors may as well be 500

More on Eric King at

“Dope is Death” podcast on Dr. Mutulu Shakur

By the early 1970s, heroin was flooding the streets of New York City. Black and Puerto Rican neighborhoods like Harlem and the South Bronx were hardest hit. This four part podcast series explores how Dr. Mutulu Shakur, adoptive father of the late Tupac Shakur, along with members of the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords, combined community health with radical politics to create the first acupuncture detoxification program in America.

Over the course of the 1970s, the Lincoln Detox People’s Program became a fixture of hope in the South Bronx and detoxed thousands of people off of drugs. DOPE IS DEATH explores why this program was considered a threat to the political and social stability of the United States. And how its brightest star, celebrated community activist and healer Dr. Mutulu Shakur, ended up one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted until he was captured and convicted of RICO conspiracy.

Today, 34 years later, Dr. Mutulu Shakur remains incarcerated. Civil rights hero or enemy of the state? DOPE IS DEATH dives deep into the history of COINTELPRO and other legal tools that law enforcement can utilize to repress political dissidents.

Featuring: Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Dr. Mario Wexu, Juan Cortez, Walter Bosque, Johanna Fernandez, Felipe Luciano, Cleo Silvers, Dr. Shadidi Kinsey, Dr. Samuel Kelton Roberts Jr., Haki Kweli Shakur, Watani Tyehimba, Brad Thomson