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[email protected] Power book banned in Texasinitiated in March 2016
updated on January 30, 2020
The book [email protected] Power and the Struggle for Aztlán has been banned throughout the state of Texas. The reason given for this censorship is bogus, and it has been upheld all the way through the Director's Review Committee. Read more about the reason for banning the book here. [email protected] Power outlines the special oppressive history of the colonization of Texas from the day the Spaniards landed on the continent to the present, so it's not lost on us that the banning of this book is an extension of that oppressive history.
Texas Department of Criminal inJustice (TDCJ) mail rules work out so that any book that is censored at the Director's level remains on a banned list forever. We are working with dedicated jailhouse lawyers to attempt a lawsuit to get this book back into the hands of prisoners in Texas, and hopefully to change the TDCJ rules so that banned materials must be re-reviewed periodically. There is precedent for this process in other states, for example in North Carolina, publications remain on the Master List of Disapproved Publications (MLDP) for a limited period of time, and then must be re-reviewed by mailroom staff and censored publications must go through the appeals process from scratch to be placed back on the MLDP. While this still allows for censorship of political materials, it may be an achievable reform in Texas through a lawsuit. Here we will be posting updates on this anti-censorship campaign. If you are a lawyer in Texas and can help with this struggle, please get in touch!
Updates/Reports from Inside
- [email protected] Power Book Accused of STG Material (January 2020)
|Click for more||STATE||DATE||TYPE||TITLE||REASON GIVEN||FACILITY||DIRECT LINK|
|[TX]||01/10/2016||book||[email protected] Power and the Struggle for Aztlán||no notification given to sender, mailroom told prisoner denial is unappealable||Neal Unit|
|[TX]||12/09/2015||book||[email protected] Power and the Struggle for Aztlán||violates BP-03.91||Allred Unit|
|[TX]||11/01/2015||book||[email protected] Power and the Struggle for Aztlán||unknown - no notification given||Allred Unit|
|[TX]||10/28/2015||book||[email protected] Power and the Struggle for Aztlán||unknown - no notification given||Allred Unit|
|[TX]||10/27/2015||book||[email protected] Power and the Struggle for Aztlán||unknown - no notification given||Hughes Unit|
|[TX]||10/19/2015||book||[email protected] Power and the Struggle for Aztlán||p. 234 promote peaceful protest, non-cooperation, hunger strikes, and no labor||Garza East Unit|
|[TX]||10/19/2015||book||[email protected] Power and the Struggle for Aztlán||p 234 promotes peaceful protest, noncooperation, hunger strike, and no labor||Allred Unit|
|[TX]||10/01/2015||book||[email protected] Power and the Struggle for Aztlán||unknown - no notification given||Eastham Unit|
|[TX]||10/01/2015||book||[email protected] Power and the Struggle for Aztlán||unknown - no notification given (prisoner in transit but not forwarded or returned)||Coffield Unit|