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Books and Articles

    < Can't Jail the Spirit. Editorial El Coquí, 2002.
To order, call (312) 235-0070 Available from Committee to end the Marion Lockdown. PO Box 578172, Chicago, IL 60657.
Biographies of political prisoners in the United States.

    < Blunk, Tim, and Raymond Luc Levasseur and the editors of Jacobin Books. Hauling Up the Morning, Izando la mañana. Red Sea Press, 1990.
Writings and Art by Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War in the U.S. Includes contributions by Assata Shakur, Laura Whitehorn, Susan Rosenberg, Marilyn Buck, Katya Komisaruk, Barbara Curzi, Dylcia Pagán, Kathy Boudin, Alicia Rodríguez and Linda Evans, among many others.

    < Chinsole, ed. (see also Racism/Colonial Control/Prisons). Schooling the Generations in the Politics of Prison, 2d ed. Afrikan/Black Prison Education Fund, 1997.
Contributors include Mumia Abu-Jamal, Assata Shakur, Sundiata Acoli, Ramona Africa, Erskine Johnson, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Yvonne Johns, Karen Johnson and others.

    < Churchhill, Ward and J.J. Vander Wall, eds.Cointelpro Papers: Documents from the FBI’s Secret War Against Domestic Dissent.South End Press, 1990.
Discusses the ideals of the COINTELPRO (Counter INTELligence PROgram), which was created by the FBI to counter progress made by the black, Latino, and female populations in the 1960s and 70s.

    < Churchill, Ward and Jim Vander Wall. Agents of Repression: The FBI's secret wars against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement.South End Press, 1988.
Details the FBI's secret wars against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Argues that Counterintelligence Program type activities continued after 1971 (contrary to official announcements). Concludes with consideration of recent FBI activities against the Puerto Rican Independence movement and the Central American sanctuary and solidarity movements.

    < Falcon, Luis Nieves, Coordinator. Special International Tribunal on the Violation of Human Rights of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War in United States Prisons and Jails. Special International Tribunal, 1990.
Application of principles of international law to several cases of political persecution and coercion in the United States.

    < Fernandez, Ronald. Prisoners of Colonialism: The Struggle for Justice in Puerto Rico. Common Courage Press, 1994.
The story of the Puerto Rican political prisoners and prisoners of war as a continuous thread in the Puerto Rican independence movement, including Lolita Lebron, Alejandrina Torres, Ida Luz Rodríguez, Alicia Rodríguez, Dylcia Pagán and Carmen Valentín.

    < Harlow, Barbara. Barred: Women, Writing, and Political Detention.Wesleyan University Press, 1992.
A survey, with extensive excerpts, of writings by and about women political prisoners in Northern Ireland, Israel, El Salvador, Egypt, South Africa, and the United States.

    < Jackson, George (see also Writings by Prisoners). Blood in My Eye. Black Classic Press, 1990
Political essays, thoughts and fragments from the legendary prison activist and revolutionary.

    < Jackson, George. Soledad Brothers: The Prison Letters of George Jackson. Lawrence Hill Books, 1994.
The definite book on the politics of prison by arguably America’s foremost prison activist.

    < Peltier, Leonard. Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance. Griffin Trade Paperback, 2000.
An American Indian movement Activist (AIM), Peltier was imprisoned two decades ago on charges stemming from conflict with the FBI on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. During his years in prison, Peltier has been subjected to horrific conditions and treatment. He writes about those experiences as they were part of a sundance, a traditional American Indian ceremony in which unendurable sufferings are embraced as a spiritual testimony.

    < Shakur, Assata, Marilyn M. Buck, Laura Whitehorn, and Out of Control: le (see also Women and Prisons). Sparks Fly: Women Political Prisoners and the Prisoners of War in the U.S.. Regent Press, 1998.
The stories of women political prisoners recorded by some of the most renowned female political prisoners.

    < Shakur, Assata. Assata. Lawrence Hill Books, 1988
Autobiography of Assata Shakur (born Joanne Chesimard), Black Panther leader politically persecuted in United States, and living in exile in Cuba.

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