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 […]

Inside Prison, Racial Pride Often Looks Like Hypocrisy

Illustration by DonkeyHotey via Flickr Prior to being confined, I had never heard of Kwanzaa. I knew nothing about Juneteenth. During my short time in the free world, I met nobody who celebrated such things. Then, following my arrival at Washington State Penitentiary, a prisoner that I lived on the cellblock with offered me a “Happy Kwanzaa” […]

NYPD Watch Group Says 93 Percent of Weed Arrests in 2018 Were People of Color

The police watchdog group Police Reform Organizing Project is calling on progressive leaders to push for immediate decriminalization.   By Adam Drury So far this year in New York City, the NYPD has made 6,604 arrests for weed. In fact, marijuanaarrests are the third most common type of arrest for the NYPD. And those thousands of […]

International Tribunal to expose U.S. (united snakes) colonial crimes in Puerto Rico

By Berta Joubert-Ceci This year marks the 120th anniversary of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Puerto Rico during the Spanish-U.S. war, which ended with the U.S. capturing Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Philippines and Guam. July 25, 1898, was the day when U.S. ships, commanded by General Nelson A. Miles under orders of President William McKinley, […]

7/21: Harlem Freedom March for the Puerto Rican Politikal Prisoners!

The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign WEBSITE: http://www.ProLibertad.org ProLibertad@hotmail.com https://www.facebook.com/ProLibertadFC https://www.twitter.com/ProLibertad Telephone: 718-601-4751 Support our International Campaign to Free Ana Belen Montes: http://www.prolibertad.org/u-n-campaign-for-ana-belen   Sign the petition to help Free Nina Droz Franco: https://www.change.org/p/libertad-para-nina-droz-franco