The North American Earth Liberation Prisoners Support Network (NAELPSN) has announced the release of the latest issue of its newsletter, "Spirit of Freedom". NAELPSN describes its purpose as providing "support primarily for North American Earth and Animal liberation and indigenous prisoners. We also act as a clearinghouse on grand juries, anti-terrorism legislation and state repression of communities of resistance... We actively interact with other prison support groups and movements including the Anarchist Black Cross Network and the broader prison abolitionist movement." |
NAELPSN is not alone in its concern for the state of the "criminal justice system" in the United States, which has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world. Human Rights Watch, for example, points out that, in the year 2000, the number of people "behind bars, on parole or on probation reached a record 6.47 million, or one in every thirty-two adults". "Land of the free"? Amnesty International has documented racial discrimination, police brutality, ill-treatment and torture of prisoners, and abuse of women and children in prison in the U.S. NAELPSN offers people who are concerned about these injustices an opportunity to support those who are suffering under this brutal system. The "Spirit of Freedom" newsletter gives more details.
"Spirit of Freedom" is distributed quarterly. It is free to prisoners and $1.50 to everyone else.