Life is difficult enough when striving to do things the right way, something always seem to still go wrong. So why the hell on earth do we think by doing something that is considered wrong by society going to get us great result?
Former Black Panther Released After 40years Behind Bars
Posted by Kareem Kinslow on July 1, 2014
Marshall “Eddie” Conway was released from prison in March after being convicted of killing a cop in Baltimore in 1970. He was a political prisoner.
Conway was convicted of the 1970 murder of Baltimore City police officer Donald Sager. Sager and his partner were ambushed by three gunmen while responding to a domestic disturbance call in west Baltimore. Conway was apart of a orgamzation some would call Militant, but in fact it was not at all. They had to protext themselves from Injustice that was going on around that time. You can imagine that Eddie was going through a pretty tense time in the early 70s. Society around that time was not all accepting still of African-Americans efforts to get freedom in this country of stolen land.
Marshall “Eddie” Conway, described by advocates as one of the nation’s longest-held political prisoners, was released yesterday after more than four decades in prison. Conway was the Minister of Defense for the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party when he was convicted of killing a Baltimore police officer in 1970, though he continuously affirmed his innocence. He claims he was framed for the murder, and a victim of dubious testimony gathered through surveillance under the controversial counterintelligence program COINTELPRO, which has been linked to assassinations and widespread arrests of black political figures. Local police officers’ unions are quoted saying they are disappointed Conway won’t be serving the remainder of his life sentence.
There is no way you can ignore the fact that a lot of black leaders are still in prison due to wrongly convictions and insufficent evidence. It was either prison or death and most historical black leaders can back me up if only they was around to do so. As you can see people want to see him die in jail, but the question is whats the deeper meaning behind all the Black Panthers being in jail/prison
This is official…We need more music with a message Big Up!
If you want to make money these days, owning stock in a prison company is the place to do it. The confinement of human beings, while selling their cheap labor to companies seeking to save on labor costs has become a cash cow. One company that has benefited handsomely from the profit boom is the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).
CCA is the largest owner of private prisons in the nation, behind only the federal government and three states. The company just announced that it’s Board of Directors has declared a special dividend to shareholders of $675 million dollars.
The company can pay its shareholders so well because it is rolling in money. The prison population has spiked since the Sentencing Reform Act of 1986, which created long prison sentences for those charged with the possession or distribution of drugs. Those hardest hit have been African Americans.
NAACP President Ben Jealous spoke to the matter recently when he announced his group’s plans to join Dr. Boyce Watkins, Russell Simmons and 175 scholars, activists and celebrities who are calling for an end to mass incarceration and the War on Drugs. The United States has just five percent of the world’s population, yet it houses 25% of the nation’s prisoners. Jealous says that it’s time for the nation to get smart on crime:
More than 500,000 of the 2.3 million people behind bars in the U.S. are incarcerated for nothing more than a non-violent drug offense. And over 40% of them are people of color. Although rates of drug use and selling are comparable across racial and ethnic lines, blacks and Latinos are far more likely to be criminalized for drug law violations than whites. One in nine black children has an incarcerated parent, compared to one in 28 Latino children and one in 57 white children.
The CCA operates a total of 67 prison facilities throughout the United States, with a total capacity of 92,500 beds in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The company was heavily criticized for offering to buy prisons in 48 states, in exchange for a guaranteed occupancy rate of at least 90%.