A Spark of Hope: Lessons From the Zapatistas on the 25th Anniversary of Their Uprising

by Hilary Klein At the 2018 International Summit for Women in the Struggle called by the Zapatistas. The mural reads: “Capitalism converts everything, absolute everything into commodities. For it [capitalism] we women are propaganda, decorations…Down with this capitalist system!” Photo credit: Global Justice Now/Flickr/CC 2.0 January 1, 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising […]

Slavery and Prison – Understanding the Connections

by Kim Gilmore “I’M BEGINNING TO BELIEVE THAT `U.S.A.’ STANDS FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED Slaves of America” (Esposito and Wood, 1982: 149), wrote a 20th-century prisoner from Mississippi in a letter detailing the daily violence he witnessed behind prison walls. His statement resounds with a long tradition of prisoners, particularly African-American prisoners, who have used the […]

The King of Béisbol

  Roberto Clemente, in full Roberto Clemente Walker, (born August 18, 1934, Carolina, Puerto Rico—died December 31, 1972, San Juan), professional baseball player who was an idol in his native Puerto Rico and one of the first Latin American baseball stars in the United States (see also Sidebar: Latin Americans in Major League Baseball). Clemente was originally signed to a professional contract by the Brooklyn […]

5 Things History Books Won’t Tell You About the Young Lords’ Activism

by Raquel Reichard Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords was a Chicago street gang-turned-national political and social action organization fighting for the liberation, self-determination and justice of Puerto Ricans, Latinxs and Third World people in the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. The members were largely the children of Puerto Rican migrants, a growing population […]

Afrikan-Amerikan suffrage: Voting rights and suppression

By Dolores Cox At the end of the U.S. Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th Reconstruction Amend­ments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified. In 1865, the 13th Amendment abolished “slavery and involuntary servitude” — except for people convicted of a crime. In 1868, the 14th Amendment granted citizenship to African Americans, albeit second-class citizenship. The […]

The Slaves Rebel

Mr. Fish / Truthdig The only way to end slavery is to stop being a slave. Hundreds of men and women in prisons in some 17 states are refusing to carry out prison labor, conducting hunger strikes or boycotting for-profit commissaries in an effort to abolish the last redoubt of legalized slavery in America. The […]

Prisoner strike exposes an age old Amerikan reliance on forced labor

  Prisoners in 17 states and several Canadian provinces are on strike in protest of prison labor conditions. Their demonstrations are compelling Americans to understand that some everyday foods are produced behind bars, for cents on the hour, in a system many call “modern slavery.” Prisoners in the U.S. harvest and process eggs, orange juice, ground beef and fish. They also staff […]

The fascinating history (our-story) and evolution of Afro-Puerto Ricans

Afro-Puerto Rican women at a carnival…photo credit: Grandmother Africa Libertos were Puerto-Ricans of African lineage who were transported to the island via the slave trade. They traveled with Spanish conquerors (Conquistadors) and upon arrival to Puerto Rico, the original inhabitants – The Taino – died due to the introduction of new illnesses and the oppression […]

‘This is human trafficking’: After Maria, Puerto Rico to move 3,200 inmates to Arizona

Oliver Laughland – August 7, 2018 When Maria pounded the concrete walls and rusted iron gates of the Bayamón correctional complex last September, inmates here watched in fear through the reinforced windows and metal bars. “We went without running water for weeks, without electricity for weeks,” says inmate Joseph Villalobos, who sat in the open […]