Letters from Prison


A compilation of Martin Sostre’s correspondencefrom Erie County Jail, Buffalo, New York and Green Haven Prison, Stormville, New York

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By Martin Sostre
Introduction by Lorenzo Komboa Ervin and Gerald Gross
True Leap Press

Many prison abolition activists know of George Jackson aka “Comrade George,” Black Panther leader, revolutionary prison writer and organizer, who was assassinated in August 1971 in the California penitentiary, San Quentin.

Yet, in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Martin Sostre (1923-2015) was every bit as well known as a prison activist, revolutionary, and jailhouse lawyer, who almost single-handedly won democratic rights for prisoners to receive and read revolutionary literature, write books, worship alternative religious faiths, to not be held indefinitely in solitary confinement, and to obtain legal rights to have access to legal rights at disciplinary proceedings. He is responsible for changing prison conditions nationwide!

We don’t have him here today in the flesh, but we can at least honor his memory and never let it die.

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Weight 3.1 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.25 in


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