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 […]

“The Burial of Slavery”: August 1, 1838

A Funeral Scene at the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York by Meserette Kentake Few acts of collective forgetting have been as thorough and as successful as the erasing of slavery from the Britain’s “island story”. ~David Olusoga On August 1, 1838, the British ended the Maafa (Atlantic slavery) in the territories, they had […]

When White Male Rape was Legal

Slavery in America–horrific work conditions, physical abuse, and lack of power come to mind; rarely do we consider the rape of black women by white men. White fathers and their sons regularly engaged in sexual violence against enslaved black women, often purchasing them for this purpose. This sexual exploitation was frequently allowed by white parents, […]

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 […]

Amerika’s Sick Slaveowner Mentality Is Alive and Well

A billboard of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco’s Union Square. (Eric Risberg / AP) The slave patrols live. Just ask any of the people at Nike who answer the phones and are dealing with an avalanche of angry white callers throwing the N-word around and complaining about Nike treating Kaepernick with respect.  Trump, Pence, […]