Monthly Archives: February 2021

Celebrate Black History Month by Supporting Black Political Prisoners!

February is Black History month. What better time to support Black political prisoners from the Black Panther party, Black Liberation Army and beyond?
Check out or the NYC ABC Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners for addresses and bios.

Steve Martinez taken into custody in North Dakota

We just found out that NoDAPL Water Protector Steve Martinez was arrested yesterday for contempt of court for resisting a grand jury in North Dakota. Steve was originally subpoenaed in the winter of 2017 and refused to cooperate, but at the time contempt proceedings did not happen.

He’s been re-subpoenaed, four years later, and is being held for (again) refusing
to cooperate. We expect more info soon, including publicity materials. He’s being held in the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center in Bismarck North Dakota.

Steve Martinez 
PO Box 2499
Bismarck, ND 58502

To put $ on his books
Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department Detention Center

A New Graphic Novel Shows the History of the Black Panther Party

David F. Walker and Marcus Kwame Anderson’s graphic novel The Black Panther Party may be the first introduction to the revolutionary party for some. For others, it will provide additional context to the history. The graphic novel spans from the founding of the party by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in the mid-’60s to its unfortunate demise when members were murdered, ostracized, or imprisoned. It covers the constant government attacks to the Party—cue J. Edgar Hoover, who stated the Black Panthers were the “greatest threat to the internal security of the country”—and its internal strife, against a background of increased racial tensions throughout the nation.

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This graphic novel along with two other books are featured in NYC Books Through Bars‘ February bundle. You can buy all 3 books for only $30. They will be sent to this all-volunteer group who will send them to people in prison/jail. Order at

Watch ‘Dope is Death’- documentary about Dr. Mutulu Shakur for FREE!

Check out the brand new documentary for free online. Its the story of how Dr. Mutulu Shakur, stepfather of Tupac Shakur, along with the Black Panthers and the Young Lords, combined community health with radical politics to create the first acupuncture detoxification program in America in 1973 — a visionary project eventually deemed too dangerous to exist in America.

Be sure to check out Dr. Shakur’s site and see how you can contribute to his freedom.

Write Dr. Shakur and show support:
Dr. Mutulu Shakur #83205-012
FMC Lexington
PO Box 14500
Lexington, KY 40512

‘Prison Break’- February 2021

Check out the brand new column, Prison Break, by the Certain Days collective for It’s Going Down.

“Much has happened in the first few weeks of this new year. Illinois is ending cash bail, pressure continues to mount for the new president to curtail Federal executions, and Covid-19 continues to disproportionately affect those locked behind bars. On January 15th former FALN Puerto Rican political prisoner Elizam Escobar succumbed to cancer. Escobar was a committed revolutionary—and a talented artist—until the very end.

If you haven’t yet gotten the new 2021 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar, know that they are selling out quickly. Get one now while you still can. The moving essay for the month—a tribute to political prisoners and the inspiration they provide—is by Antoine Riggins, a politicized prisoner serving life in prison in Pennsylvania. The vibrant indigenous artwork for February is by activist and artist Gord Hill, aka Zig Zag.”

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