Amerikkka Was Built on Busting Up Families…

by Raymond Nat Turner , BAR poet-in-residence Amerika was built on busting up families. They’re just making Amerika great again. “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes”    — Jefferson […]

Angola in Louisiana: Proving Ground for Racialized Capitalism

by W. T. WHITNEY The Civil War ended and Edward A. Pollard “of Virginia” immediately wrote a history of Confederate military operations. (1) There he insists that slavery is immune from moral blame. That’s because it “bestowed upon the world’s commerce in a half century a single product whose annual value was two hundred millions of […]

Beyond Prisons — Episode 25: Fight Toxic Prisons

https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/force-cdn/highwinds/beyondprison/Beyond_Prisons_-_Fight_Toxic_Prisons.mp3 Panagioti Tsolkas, an organizer with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons, joins the Beyond Prisons podcast for a discussion of prison ecology and the intersection between the criminal legal system and the environment. We talk about how his organization came into existence and he gives us some examples of issues they’re working on in […]

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Bullshit Anthem’ by Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito performs “Bullshit Anthem” at the 2018 Chicago Blues Festival Fantastic Negrito is a Grammy Award-winning musician who plays “blues music with a punk attitude from Oakland, California.”  He has an album, “Please Don’t Be Dead,” that will be released on June 15. One of the tracks on the album, “Bullshit Anthem,” is a […]

Badge of Impunity

by Jeffrey St. Clair What does it take to awaken a somnambulant media these days? Getting shot in the back 8 times by trigger-happy cops while standing in your grandmother’s backyard while holding a cell phone? That was the fate of young Stephon Clark on the night of March 18 in the Meadowview neighborhood of Sacramento, […]

“If You Don’t Like It Here, Then Leave!”

by Nana Baakan Agyiriwah  September 29, 2017  “If You Don’t Like It Here, Then Leave!” One of the strangest things that I hear from folks these days who seem to believe that I have a problem with living in the US, is this, “If you don’t like it here, then leave, go back to Africa or […]

Death camp Treasure Island

September 1, 2017 by Carol Harvey During the Holocaust, Nazis tortured 6 million Jews. Men, women and children convulsed in Auschwitz showers suffocated by Zyklon-B gas. San Francisco’s Treasure Island displays similar features. Men, women and children are stricken with tumors and cancers from exposure to radiation, chemicals and lead the Navy dumped into island […]

We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore: the Militarization of Domestic Police

by JOHN W. WHITEHEAD “If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality of soldiers? If you look at the police department, their creed is to protect and to serve. A soldier’s mission is to engage his enemy in close combat […]