Prison should be the last resort for the nation’s least violent, not the first line of defense that favors a historic archetype of oppression The famous singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone once said, “Slavery has never been abolished from America’s way of thinking.” Arguably, today’s prison system is the nation’s revised approach to […]
By Teresa Gutierrez Karl Marx wrote that the capitalist class would create its own gravediggers. Black and Brown folks will assuredly be some of those gravediggers. The rampant terrorism against Black people by the police in this country has forever exposed their role in capitalist society. The police exist to defend the capitalists’ private property […]
Come to Philadelphia Sun., August 7, 2016 African American Museum 7th & Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 12pm to 4pm Free Admission – Everyone welcome! Hear updates on the MOVE 9 and further organizing on the 2017 MOVE Conference.
Comedian/Activist/Author DICK GREGORY offers his solution for ending the rash of shootings by police of unarmed Blacks in this exclusive clip from our Understanding series. Follow Baba Dick on Twitter @IAmDickGregory and @TheRealDickGregory on IG. Photographed on May 4, 2016 at Sankofa Books in Washington, DC. Camera: Les Rivera. Interview and Edit: Mike D.
By Abdul Olugbala Shakur Transcribed by Kilaika Baruti Though I have been active in the struggle for practically all of my life, from a Panther cub to an Urban guerrilla in the service of the underground, I have never considered myself to be a writer or at least not a good writer, but I felt it […]
by Jeff Edwards and Scott Medlock Edwards and Medlock are trial lawyers with Edwards Law in Austin. Texas, like other states, does not air condition its prisons—and by doing so, it kills people Air conditioning system adventtr—Getty Images In 2011, the State of Texas convicted Larry McCollum of forgery, for passing a bad check. He […]
by Paris Police officers stand near the scene of where three police officers were killed on July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) I’ve looked down the barrel of a cop’s gun on three separate occasions, none of which involved crime. The most recent was in my own home, when […]
Dan Berger – July 21, 2016 As part of a global action proclaiming “Freedom Now,” Black Lives Matter groups shut down police operations around the country on July 20. From Oakland to Washington, D.C., New York City to Chicago and Detroit, these bold and creative acts of civil disobedience issued a demand to […]
Sekou Odinga, Black Panther Party leader and former Political Prisoner/P.O.W. was released in 2014 after 33 years in prison. Since his release he has spent most of every waking moment working, speaking, writing and organizing: continuing to speak truth to power. When Sekou went to prison there were no such things as email or laptops, he […]
by Jalil Muntaqim http://sfbayview.com/2016/07/jalil-muntaqim-the-13th-amendment-prison-slavery-and-mass-incarceration/ Since the publication of Michelle Alexander’s excellent “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” the issue of prison and parole reform has been raised as far as Obama’s White House. In the national debate ensuing from Michelle Alexander’s book, some have not given credit to Angela Davis […]