On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Slave Fort in Florida attacked, Seminole Wars begin Col. Edmund Gaines Date: Thu, 1815-07-27 On this date in 1815, the Seminole Wars began when a U.S. government, under pressure from Georgia slaveholders, ordered Colonel Edmund Gaines to attack and destroy a Negro Fort on the banks of the Apalachicola River in Florida. The government planned […]

Inside a CCA private prison: Two slavez for the price of one, Part Two

by Anthony Robinson Jr. “The slave went free, stood a brief moment in the sun, then moved back again towards slavery.” – W.E.B. Du Bois, “Black Reconstruction” In 1973, the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals issued a report which stated in part: “The prison, the reformatory and the jail have achieved […]

Untitled by Nate Butler

By Nate Butler Time in prison brings about honesty or insanity, and to repeat what the psychiatrist said to me, “If you been in jail for 24 years and you are not trying to take back your freedom, here go some medication because you must be crazy.” A conscious man, and if you’re not conscious […]

Today In Black History (our story)

  Ida B. Wells, journalist and anti-lynching fighter Ida B. Wells Barrett Date: Wed, 1862-07-16 On this date in 1862, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was born. She was an African American journalist, advocate of civil rights, women’s rights, economic rights, and an anti-lynching crusader. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the first of eight children, was born six months […]

On Thiz Day In Black History (our story)

  “Jumping The Broom,” a short history not a ‘Leap of Faith’ Date: Thu, 1700-07-15 “Jumping the Broom,” is celebrated on this date. This is an African American phrase and custom for marriage. The significance of the broom to African-Americans heritage and history originates in the West African country of Ghana. During the Trans-Atlantic Slave […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

  The “Three-Fifths” compromise U.S. Constitution (copy) Date: Thu, 1787-07-12 On this date in 1787, the Three-fifths Compromise was enacted. Delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia that year accepted a plan offered by James Madison determining a state’s representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. The issue of how to count slaves split the […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

  The Underground Railroad, “Free at Last” Date: Sat, 1787-06-30 The Underground Railroad, the organization which helped escaped African slaves from the South on their journey to freedom in the North and Canada, begun in 1787, is celebrated on this date. It is believed that it started and got its name when Isaac T. Hopper, […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

  Congress legislates equal pay to Black soldiers Charges against Private Ray Date: Tue, 1864-06-14 *On this date in 1864, Congress passed the enrollment Act that authorized equal pay for Black soldiers. During the Civil War, African-Americans formed 166 regiments and fought almost 500 battles. In so doing they earned 23 Congressional Medals of Honor. […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

  Harriet Beecher Stowe, a writer and abolitionist Harriet B. Stowe Date: Fri, 1811-06-14 *The birth of Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1811 is marked on this date. From Cincinnati, she is probably the most famous of the Beecher daughters. She was given the approved religious education of the time, but was troubled her entire life […]

How US Private Prisonz Are Making Millionz by Jailing Migrantz in Deplorable Conditionz

  Undocumented migrants have become easy cash cows for private prison companies. As states move for the first time in decades to address swollen prisoner populations, federal immigration detention centers are the new front in private prison corporations’ business strategy, and undocumented migrants their easy cash cows. Around the country there are 13 Criminal Alien Requirement […]