Prison records from 1800s Georgia show mass incarceration’s racially charged beginnings

A Georgia penitentiary in 1911. Library of Congress   Henry Minter was working as a farm laborer in Georgia in the 1870s when he met Mary Dotson, a young black servant girl. The couple never married – which would have been illegal at the time – but they stayed together until Henry’s death. Mary, who was left with […]

Why Are For-Profit US Prisons Subjecting Detainees to Forced Labor?

by Azadeh Shahshahani , Gina Ferazzi/LA Times via Getty Images   In 2017, officials at the Stewart immigration detention center in Georgia placed Shoaib Ahmed, a 24-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, in solitary confinement for encouraging fellow workers to stop working. Ahmed, who was paid 50 cents per hour to work within the facility, was upset because his $20 […]

BOOK REVIEW: New Mumia Abu-Jamal Book A Decolonizing House of Common Sense and Proper Propaganda About G*d$#mn Amerika

by Todd Steven Burroughs    Murder, Incorporated: Empire, Genocide and Manifest Destiny.  Book One: Dreaming of Empire. Mumia Abu-Jamal and Stephen Vittoria. Foreword by Chris Hedges. Prison Radio, 345 pp., $20. Reviewed by Todd Steven Burroughs LERONE BENNETT JR. IS the star of this writer’s favorite televised history discussion. In September of 2000, Bennett joined a panel of historians […]

Zora Neale Hurston’s Lost Interview With One of Amerikkka’s Last Living Slave

The Last Slave In 1931, Zora Neale Hurston sought to publish the story of Cudjo Lewis, the final slave-ship survivor. Instead it languished in a vault. Until now Their Eyes Were Watching God is required reading in high schools and colleges and cited as a formative influence by Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou. It’s been canonized […]

School history assignment stirs up a storm in Jamaica over how slavery should be taught

Hillel Academy, a private school in an upscale area of Kingston, was at the centre of a recent debate over a history assignment for Grade 9 students which asked students to create a model for the punishment of a slave. The wave of online anger began on Facebook, then graduated swiftly to Twitter, where a […]

A Database of Fugitive Slave Ads Reveals Thousands of Untold Resistance Stories

Freedom on the Move from Cornell University is the first major digital database of fugitive slave ads from North America. Advertisement for a fugitive slave in the Oppenheim (New York, 1824), Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, New York Public Library Readers of the May 24, 1796 Pennsylvania Gazette found […]

The Agreement to End Hostilities: Use it or lose all we’ve won

by Damu Katika Chimurenga, s/n Hayward L. Mayhan “Upon the thirsting for knowledge and wisdom, while attempting to understand our true Afrikan roots, once reading and researching, I would often inquire of my curriculums. In dialogue with other students and teachers within the university, I found myself doing likewise. Because of being taught to seek […]

This ‘modern-day’ slavery isn’t all that modern

by Swift Justice for Unheard Voiced OTCJ In the January 2018 edition of the San Francisco Bay View, my brother Bennu Hannibal Ra Sun, formerly known as Melvin Ray, started his article off by stating: “Fire burns off the dross of the hidden gem to reveal the precious metal.” Brother Ra Sun was hinting at […]

Brutha Sitawa: CDCr and Soledad Prison retaliate with false reports to return me to solitary confinement

by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, principal negotiator, Prisoner Human Rights Movement For years now, I have endured threats, both overt and covert, from the mouths and hands of CDCr’s (California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation’s) OCS (Office of Correctional Safety), ISU (Investigations Services Unit) and IGI (Institutional Gang Investigations), all of them paramilitary services that boast […]