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Leaving the Cops Behind in 2015

Hira Mahmood , Muna Mire , Isabelle Nastasia , Victor Casillas Valle and Queen Arsem-O'Malley on January 01, 2015

We write to you as dispossessed queer youth and youth of color from Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Oakland. Over the past several months we have taken part in a national uprising against police violence and the killing of...

Assata Shakur is Still Welcome Here

Queen Arsem-O'Malley and Isabelle Nastasia on December 17, 2014

Assata Olugbala Shakur is on our minds today. Yesterday, Obama announced that the U.S. and Cuba would normalize diplomatic relations, after almost 54 years of embargo. A White House fact sheet, dubbed “Charting a New Course on Cuba”, outlines the...

365—An End to Solitary Confinement for Transgender Detainees

Jamila Hammami on December 10, 2014

December 10th is the United Nations International Human Rights Day. This year, the Convention against Torture is celebrating its 30th year, and the United Nations (U.N.) theme for 2014 Human Rights Day is Human Rights 365, the idea being that:...

Free Jane: Young Trans Woman Imprisoned Without Charges

Mariama Eversley on April 24, 2014

On this episode we speak with 3 guests — Chris Garaffa and Al Riccio from the Party for Socialism and Liberation and Aaron Romano the attorney of a 16-year-old trans girl who is currently incarcerated in a woman’s prison and...

Columbia Students Talk Prison Divestment

George Joseph on April 16, 2014

{Young}ist contributor George Joseph talks to memebers of Columbia Prison Divest about the prison industrial complex, actions the group has taken recently, and their plans for the future.

From #Not1More Queer Detainee to #Not1More Immigrant Detention Center

Janani Balasubramanian and Jamila Hammami on April 06, 2014

When immigrants—often those who have faced situations of extreme violence and torture—arrive at the U.S. border without papers or otherwise in violation of immigration law, they are placed in mandatory detention. Cages are the U.S. government’s answer to multiply marginalized...

We Beliebe that Another World is Possible

Jenny Marks and Isabelle Nastasia on January 31, 2014

Teen pop singer Justin Bieber was arrested last week in Florida on charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest. Because he is living in the U.S. on an O-1B Work Visa, many people reacted by demanding that he be deported....

Letters From a YSI Jail

Sandra Khalifa and Arely Lozano-Baugh on January 17, 2014

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." — Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letters from a Birmingham...

CeCe McDonald, Transgender Women of Color, and Dreams Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex

Lexi Adsit on January 14, 2014

I’ll be honest, I didn’t consistently follow CeCe McDonald’s story or read her blog. Mostly because incarceration is a huge fear of mine and I’ve heard so many negative experiences of incarceration for transgender women of color, I prayed CeCe...

Chicago Bureau Interview With Mariame Kaba: Can the U.S. Snap School-to-Prison Pipleline with New Rules?

Susan Du on January 14, 2014

This article was originally published by The Chicago Bureau, a publication devoted to examining issues of juvenile justice in Chicago. Mariame Kaba is the founding director of Project NIA, a Chicago-based nonprofit that supports youth involved in the criminal justice...

Florida Senators to Consider Future of Private Prison Company In Wake of Sexual Abuse

Sandra Khalifa on January 13, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Florida Senators will yield to mounting pressure from youth, community members, and fellow legislators from across the state and hold a public meeting on Wednesday to examine multiple allegations of abuse, negligence and unsanitary living conditions at...

Dream Defenders Just Picked a Fight with the Youth Private Prison Industry. Here’s Why.

Josh McConnell on December 19, 2013

Experts say the continued growth of for-profit prison operators like Youth Services International amounts to a cautionary tale about the perils of privatization: In a drive to cut costs, Florida has effectively abdicated its responsibility for some of its most...

Bringing Guantanamo Home

Nic Eaton on June 12, 2013

By Nic Eaton Special thanks to Jess Turturro, Constantine Tziovaras and Witness Against Torture. 117 days of hunger, 166 prisoners. While Twitter and Facebook repeat the refrain, even the most conscious of us can start to see numbers rather than...