Happy “Frederick Douglass Said F*ck Your Independence Day” Day

On July 5th, 1852, almost 13 years before slavery was completely abolished in this country, Frederick Douglass delivered a speech at an Independence Day celebration, pointing out the hypocrisy in the holiday and in the Founding Fathers’ ideals. OK, so he didn’t exactly make the speech on July 4th, but he was shitting on July 4th up and down the speech, so we celebrating the speech today, gawd dammit. The speech by the world renowned abolitionist started off somewhat cordial. He acknowledged America (even though he referred to Independence Day…

Court Orders An Expedited On Site Inspection of Parchman Prison for Roc Nation Attorneys

Via TeamRoc: The court “authorized expedited discovery in the form of an on-site inspection” at Parchman Prison; it is taking place today in Mississippi. The facilities, medical evaluations, and water and sewage tests will all be subject to scrupulous inspection by subject matter experts chosen by the legal team representing Parchman inmates. A record of the findings will be documented via photography at all stages of the inspection. Read the full orders here: Case: 4:20-cv-00007-DMB-JMV Doc #: 49 Case: 4:20-cv-00007-DMB-JMV Doc #: 48 Follow @teamroc for updates.

A Cry From Inside: Parchman Prisoner’s Medical Conditions Have Gone Untreated for Months

Upon his family’s Plea, for help, We demand Parchman State Penitentiary take immediate action on behalf of Wesley Clayton who is being held on lock down. In fear of retaliation, we demand transparency to the families of all men’s medical treatment inside MDOC facilities henceforth. Approximately two weeks ago a Mississippi woman was contacted by her husband from inside Parchman State Penitentiary Unit 29. She was informed that he had broken his arm and has been refused medical attention for the injury for over a month. Upon seeking treatment he…

Video: The Video Appears to show Another Day, Another MDOC Death #MSPrisonReformNow

In the early Sunday Morning Hours we received a video purporting to show another man who appeared to not be breathing or moving and who the men on the video stated was dead. They banged on the windows attempting to get the attention of guards stating that the man had been laying unresponsive for hours. Over $345 million is spent on MDOC each year by taxpaying citizens of the state of Mississippi and in less than a month this would be the 11th reported death with other injuries and possible…

My Survival Story: Formerly Incarcerated in MDOC’s Hell, I Know The Reasons We Must Fight For Change

In 2012, despite the wonderful places I thought my life would go, I ended up in prison and how I got there is just as important as what I experienced, but that would require an entirely separate series of articles. Upon entering prison you realize a few things – that no one is safe, that your life no longer matters, and that no one can hear you scream. I entered on a hot day and smelled the feces and dirty bodies upon entering the zone. Temps in the summertime at…