A new syllabus for prison justice workers

Political Education is imperative in social justice work.

This is a living document of study created for Let’s Get Free: The Women & Trans Prisoner defense committee, a Pittsburgh based group that works with people in prison. We try to read,watch or listen to one or two items between each meeting and then have a brief discussion. This is one small way our group strives to honor it’s commitment to racial justice.

“Africans were kidnapped and brought to this country incarcerated. Mass incarceration is nothing new.” — Ricky Olds


  • 1619 Podcast – In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is time to tell the story. The full .pdf of the New York Times Magazine publication for the 1619 Project.
  • Reconstruction PBS Special – 4 part series: i think it’s free if you have cable or pbs membership. You can buy it from amazon for 3 dollars an episode of 8 bucks for the season.
  • Mumia Speaks 1996 Interview with Mumia Abu Jamal  (about an hour) Watch Long Distance Revolutionary
  • Prison Radio Short radio commentaries from people in prison including Mumia
  • The 1985 Move bombing in Philadelphia – The Confrontation – 15 minute video from Philly Inquirer: Produced for the 25th anniversary of the 1985 Move bombing in Philadelphia, in this video retired Philadelphia police officer James Berghaier and Move member Ramona Africa describe the fatal confrontation between police and Move.
  • Read Assata  Autobiography of Assata Shakur and research her
  • Watch Black Power Mixtape and Free Angela and Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
  • The Prison Industrial Complex and Global Economy​ by Eve Goldberg and Linda Evans
  • 13th Documentary by Ava Duvernay on netflix
  • Monumental Lies by Reveal – The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, but the Confederacy didn’t completely die with it. Monuments, shrines and museums are found throughout the South. We teamed up with The Investigative Fund to visit dozens of them and found that for devoted followers they inspire a disturbing – and distorted – view of history: Confederate generals as heroes. Slaves who were happy to work for them.

Commutation & Life Sentence 

Women in Prison

Queer and Trans

Non- Profits and Savior Complex 

Transformative Justice, Surviving Violence and Prison Abolition

Some resources for white people in solidarity for collective liberation

Disability Justice

Resources for PA and Communicating with people in PA Prisons


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