It’s not mass incarceration, but slavery

Speech delivered at the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March Aug. 19, 2017, in Washington, D.C. We asked, or the organizers asked the people here today as representatives to speak a little bit about the 13th Amendment. Some of them got up here and told us how none of this is gonna work. Some of […]

The Actual Voices of Enslaved Black People Recorded From The 1800s

Amazing what was found on old recording devices from the late 1800’s. Records were found of multiple interviews of actual Black American slaves of the time. What you will hear is both disturbing and shocking. How does it make you feel?       These recordings are part of the WPA slave narratives, interviews which […]

No more fire fighting slave labor

by Gayle McLaughlin, former mayor of Richmond, Calif., and candidate for lieutenant governor of California As our tortured climate pounds the East with water and leaves much of California tinder dry, Southern California fire season seems to grow worse by the year. And in our growing need for firefighters, California continues the abusive practice of […]

40 Acres and a Mule Would Be at Least $6.4 Trillion Today —What the U.S. Really Owes Black Amerika

Slavery made America wealthy, and racist policies since have blocked African American wealth-building. Can we calculate the economic damage? by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn and Jeff Neumann       Sources: Introduction http://theconversation.com/slavery-in-america-back-in-the-headlines-33004 http://www.civil-war.net/census.asp?census=Total 1. 1.5 million pounds in 1790 and 2.25 billion pounds in 1859, based on Empire of Cotton, by Sven Beckert (2014) pgs. 104, […]

War on Blacks at Wabash Valley: Shaka Shakur charged with attacking guard

September 18, 2017 by IDOC Watch On Aug. 31, Shaka Shakur, political prisoner and inmate of Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, was involved in an altercation with two correctional officers. Jon Sexton, 71, was taken to the hospital following the incident when Shakur allegedly slipped his restraints and attacked Sexton with a sharpened piece of plastic. […]

The condemnable and the condemned: To live and die in Texas prisons

September 16, 2017   by Noah ‘Comrade Kado’ Coffin with Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington Should you or a loved one ever have the great misfortune of being tried and convicted in the state of Texas, your sentence, no matter how great or small, could very well be a death sentence. If you are resilient, strong of mind and […]

Homicide Justified: The Legality of Killing Slaves in the Atlantic World

By Andrew T. Fede “Flogging a slave fastened to the ground.” 1853. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library Digital Collections. This is an excerpt from the preface of Andrew T. Fede’s Homicide Justified: The Legality of Killing Slaves in the United States and the […]

Mississippi Black Codes (1865)

  The status of Blacks was the focal problem of Reconstruction. Slavery had been abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment, but the white people of the South were determined to keep the Black population in “their place,” socially, politically, and economically. This was done by means of the notorious “Black Codes,” passed by several of the […]

A Lesson on Slavery for White Amerika

African-Americans, freed from plantation slaveholders, in Bermuda Hundred, Va., in 1864. These men worked as teamsters to help the U.S. forces that freed them fight the Confederacy in the Civil War. (Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge / Library of Congress) Look at the following series of tweets from the president of the United States, reflecting […]

Tear Down Those Prison Walls

In an essay for Prison Radio, Pennsylvania political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal said the U.S. has created “a nation of millions in chains” — a “Prison Nation fueled by the politics of fear.” Prison abolition, he said, “is a question that is now right on time for us all.” source: Tear Down Those Prison Walls