For nearly 10 years, Michael Bell has waged a campaign for greater accountability when police use lethal force. He has spent more than $1 million on billboards, newspaper advertisements and a website, all of them asking some variation of this question: When police kill, should they judge themselves?
Author: Kushi Amlak-Sakhu
In the Grassmarket in central Edinburgh, a round stone known as the “shadow of the gibbet” marks the site’s history as an execution spot. While capital punishment continued in Britain long past the last Grassmarket execution in 1784 – the last hanging in Scotland was as late as 1963 – this memorial to such a gruesome practice is an important reminder that barbarity is a part of our history.
On April 24, political prisoner and world-renowned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal turns 60. He has spent over half his life in solitary confinement on Pennsylvania’s death row, and most recently, since early 2012, he has been in general population at SCI Mahanoy where he still faces life in prison despite ample evidence of his innocence.
Initially to be launched in Birmingham and surrounding areas from in late 2014, the Film Club with feature films by thought-provoking filmmakers from Migrant Media, CY Film Productions, Exposing The Invisible and Deadline amongst others.
Glenn Ford, one of the nation’s longest-serving prisoners on death row, is scheduled to be freed from a Louisiana prison after he was exonerated of charges that he killed a man in 1983, his lawyers announced. A Louisiana court on Monday ordered that Ford, an African American who served 30 years on death row, be released after new information exonerated the former yard worker of killing a white man.
War Matters chronicles 10 years of anti-war protest in the city of London through the story of Brian Haw, a veteran peace campaigner who camped in Parliament Square, London for over 10 years protesting against the war in Iraq, and examines the British arms trade and the repercussions of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in London.
The BBC’s Today programme is enjoying high ratings, and the Mail and Telegraph are, as usual, attacking the corporation as leftwing. Last month a single edition of the Radio 4 show was edited by the artist and musician PJ Harvey. What happened was illuminating.
Lawmakers in the state legislature have killed a controversial death penalty bill – at least until next year. Due to a nationwide shortage of lethal injection drugs.