After 44 years in prison, Herman Bell fights for release on parole

Vol. 82/No. 6 - February 12, 2018

Former Black Panther Herman Bell will have spent over 44 years in prison when his parole hearing comes up later this month. Bell, who just turned 70, was convicted in 1973, with Albert Washington and Jalil Muntaqim (Anthony Bottom) in…


Fight for voting rights of former prisoners makes gains in Florida

Vol. 82/No. 6 - February 12, 2018

Supporters of political rights in Florida have gathered more than 766,000 signatures to put an amendment to the state constitution granting voting rights to over 1.5 million people who had been convicted of felonies on the ballot this November. Floridians…


Fla. paper reports ‘Militant’ victory on prison censorship

Vol. 82/No. 6 - February 12, 2018

“Newspaper Wins Censorship Battle with Florida Prisons,” headlined a Jan. 24 article by Anne Easker in the Charlotte Sun. Charlotte is south of Tampa Bay, not far from where subscribers to the Militant are incarcerated, and where they helped fight successfully against moves…


Victories scored against New York and New Jersey prison book bans

Vol. 82/No. 4 - January 29, 2018

Authorities have been implementing a pilot program at several state prisons in New York that severely limits access to books prisoners or their friends and families can order for them to read. As more facts about it have come to…


‘Militant’ wins overturn of Florida prison ban — again

Vol. 82/No. 4 - January 29, 2018

The Florida prison system’s Literature Review Committee says that the impoundment of the Dec. 18 issue of the Militant was a “mistake” and has been reversed. Officials at the Florida State Prison in Raiford banned the issue because of the…


Weeks after lifting ban, Florida prisons censor ‘Militant’ again

Vol. 82/No. 3 - January 22, 2018
Dec. 18 Militant impounded by Florida prison officials

Despite repeated rulings by the Florida prison system’s own Literature Review Committee overturning the impoundment of the Militant, prison officials at Charlotte Correctional Institution in Punta Gorda and at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton, Florida, have impounded another issue of…