ESSAYS

Music and Black America’s Continuous Struggle for Freedom

February 18, 2021

Kevin Cooper explores the music that was created seemingly for the purpose of helping Black America’s historic struggle find a language of its own and shares some of his all-time favorites.

The Electoral College Must Go

January 19, 2021

It’s long since time to end this legacy of slavery and racism which insures some votes are worth far more than others.

View from Death Row: We Are the Living Dead

August 5, 2020

For weeks, prisoners at San Quentin have been sick and dying as the epidemic spread rapidly in the crowded, stacked cells. Then the author fell ill, too.

View from Death Row: The Disproportionate Blues

June 24, 2020

We African Americans have often been told that times have changed. We are tired of pretending.

Those Eyes

June 10, 2020

In the history of racist violence against Blacks, something remained the same in those oppressors, across time and place.

Why California Needs an Innocence Commission

May 17, 2020

To a large degree, DNA testing has proven that this criminal justice system is not as just as it claims to be. Throughout the history of this country, black people know this truth from experience.

Life on Lockdown

May 9, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic that has spread across this world has made the experience of having to live on lockdown against one’s will a reality for all people who certainly never expected this.

Experiencing COVID-19 on Death Row

April 25, 2020

A letter from Kevin Cooper to Death Penalty Focus.

Thank You, Gavin Newsom, From a Death Row Inmate

March 25, 2020

Real Justice – Not Cowboy Justice – For Rodney Reed

December 14, 2019

By Kevin Cooper in 2015 Still Relevant today (December 2019) (Original recording can be found here: https://www.prisonradio.org/media/audio/kevin-cooper/real-justice-not-cowboy-justice-rodney-reed-255-kevin-cooper) Mr. Rodney Reed who is an innocent African American man on death row in the state of Texas is in the fight of his life, for his life. He and his family are doing …

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