How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control

‘Freeing a Slave from the Slave Stick Jamaica’ circa 1876. From the International Mission Photography Archive, University of Edinburgh. Courtesy USC Digital Library It is no surprise that the whip is synonymous with New World slavery: its continual crack remained an audible threat to enslaved workers to keep at their work, reminding them that their lives and bodies were […]

Remembering Real Malcolm x – what others think about master teacher

A home-made documentary dedicated to Malcolm X (Haj-Malik Al-Shabazz). A must watch video of Dr.Betty Shabazz, Gil Noble, Ossie Davis, Sonia Sanchez, James Baldwin, Muhammad Ali, Peter Bailey, James Farmer, John Henrik Clarke, Wyatt Tee Walker, Tavis Smiley, Dr.Cornel West, Jan Carew, Maya Angelou, Denzel Washengton. people should care, please share and spread the message. […]

Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust

World renowned journalist, and award-winning filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz presents the third installment of his docu-series Elementary Genocide: Academic Holocaust. The first two documentaries in the series; The School To Prison Pipeline and Elementary Genocide 2: The Board Of Education vs. The Board of Incarceration received critical acclaim and launched Shabazz as a political pundit and academic ambassador for the African […]

Sarah Baartman: The “first known Black female victim of trafficking”

 by Meserette Kentake “We cannot undo the damage that was done to her. But at least we can summon the courage to speak the naked but healing truth that must comfort her wherever she may be.” –Thabo Mbeki Sarah Baartman, the “first known Black female victim of trafficking,” died on 29 December 1815. A Khoi-san woman of […]

Comrade Malik: Racism in the US is a symptom of capitalism

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington Peace and blessings, sister and brothers! Well, October is here and it is most certainly time for a few October surprises! I’d like to send out a clenched fist salute to Amani Sawari of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. I have studied the transcript of Amani’s appearance on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. […]

The National Prisons Strike Is Over. Now Is When Prisoners Are Most in Danger

The fact is that men and women behind bars are in most in danger in the days, weeks and months after they have dared to protest  by  Heather Ann Thompson  , andrewmedina/iStock/Getty Images Plus Over the last few weeks men and women across the United States – and even as far away as Nova Scotia, […]

Prison strike solidarity update: Solid Black Fist newsletter released as striking continues

Jailhouse Lawyers Speak (JLS) is currently continuing to focus energy on supporting strikers who’re suffering retaliation, raising awareness of those who continue to strike and educating policymakers of strikers’ demands. These will be our primary focuses in this season. Newsletter issue #6 released We can continue to send support to strikers by sending them mail. […]

Clarence Brandley: A legacy of perseverance and struggle

By Gloria Rubac         September 22, 2018 Houston — Death row exoneree #40, Clarence Brandley, was honored and remembered at his funeral on Sept. 14. His five children, other relatives, his attorneys, investigators and members of the Coalition to Free Clarence Brandley helped fill the large New Loyalty Missionary Baptist Church in northeast Houston. Dozens of […]

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 […]