FEDERAL COURT WILL APPOINT MONITOR TO ENSURE ILLINOIS PRISONERS HAVE BASIC HEALTH CARE

 Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois. (Jim Larrison on Flickr) 49   A settlement that includes the appointment of a monitor by a federal court was reached in a class action lawsuit over the unconstitutional lack of health care in Illinois prisons. The draft consent decree between the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and […]

Father Augustus Tolton, First Black Priest in the U.S.

He was born of the marriage union of two slaves, Peter Paul Tolton and his wife Martha Jane, in Ralls County, Missouri, April 1, 1854. The slaveholders, the Elliots, had all their slaves baptized, including the Toltons and their four children.  With the outbreak of the War between the States, Peter Paul hoped to gain […]

Venerable Pierre Toussaint

       Venerable Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853) was born a slave in Haiti and died a freeman in New York City. He is credited by many with being the father of Catholic Charities in New York. Pierre was instrumental in raising funds for the first Catholic orphanage and began the city’s first school for black children. […]

Hiding and abusing the mentally ill and physically disabled inside Texas prisons

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington, Deputy Chairman New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapterery “We have little sense of our own power. The power is in the masses; we comrades are the masses. The actions we take from this day forward will dictate our future. You know just as I do what needs to be done […]

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 […]

How To Make A Negro Christian

  This is just one of the many documents published and circulated throughout the slave holding states, that clearly exposes the conspiracy engaged in by both the clergy and the plantation owners, to insure the continuation of the unholy, degrading, inhumane, yet highly profitable slave industry. By introducing the enslaved masses, to the useless, fictitious […]

Amerikan Crime: The 1944 Lynching of 15-Year-Old Willie James Howard for Writing a Christmas Card to a White Girl

  THE CRIME In December 1943, Willie James Howard, a 15-year-old Black youth, was in the 10th grade in Live Oak, Florida, and working at the local dime store. For Christmas, Willie James gave cards to all his co-workers, including a 15-year-old white girl named Cynthia Goff. He signed the card to Cynthia “with L.” […]

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights!

  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights! source:  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights  at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights! The post-WW II promise of human rights was a compact meant for white people only,but a People-Centered Human Rights framework seeks global liberation and transformation. “If human rights […]

Black revolutionary currents of the Atlantic

  The tempest created by Haitian revolutionaries and communicated via slave societies across the Atlantic was a major turning point in the history of the Americas.  by Julius S. Scott   This an excerpt from “The Common Wind” (Verso, 2018) by Julius S. Scott In the summer of 1792, just three days before the third anniversary […]

The Willie Lynch Letter

The Willie Lynch Letter The Willie Lynch Letter: The Making Of A Slave! This speech was delivered by Willie Lynch on the bank of the James River in the colony of Virginia in 1712. Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies. He was invited to the colony of Virginia in 1712 to […]