Brazil’s hidden slavery

By Julia Carneiro BBC Brasil, Rio de Janeiro – 25 December 2014 Rio de Janeiro is a city looking to the future. Major development work is underway in the city’s historic port area as it prepares to host the Olympics in 2016. But the construction effort to make all that happen has unexpectedly shone a light on […]

The history of British slave ownership has been buried

A new BBC documentary tells how a trove of documents lays bare the names of Britain’s 46,000 slave owners, including relatives of Gladstone and Orwell David Olusoga – the Guardian The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a […]

5 of the worst atrocities carried out by the British Empire

 by SarYatsiliel  King Albert I of the Belgians and Queen Elizabeth inspect the military camp of Leopoldville during their visit to the Belgian Congo, 1928. (Photo by Koninklijk Paleis: Courtesy of Archief van het Koninklijk Paleis, Brussel / WikiCommons) A new YouGov poll has found the British public are generally proud of the British Empire […]

Haiti, stop the repression! No impunity! NO NEW ARMY!

by Haiti Action Committee The people of Haiti need our solidarity in the face of the increasing violence of the fraudulently imposed government of Jovenel Moise. Last Thursday, July 14, 2017, in Petionville, Haiti, near Port-au-Prince, a young book vendor was shot to death by a police officer in front of horrified witnesses. The police […]

Exploited, abused, neglected: Mental illness and solitary confinement in Texas prisons

by Noah ‘Comrade Kado’ Coffin and Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington Imagine spending 23 hours each day alone in a 6-by-9-foot space. Crowd into it a toilet-sink combo, rusty iron set of bunk beds and overhead lockers, layers of peeling paint in multiple colors, showing the years of neglect, black mold, roaches, rats, along with spiders […]

Finding Toussaint L’Ouverture in Tennessee

By Brandon Byrd Toussaint L’Ouverture meeting General Thomas Maitland, Saint-Domingue, 1790s. In the summer of 1777, as musket balls flew about New York’s battlefields, José de Gálvez felt confident. The American Revolution had unsettled the entire Atlantic World, raising new questions for the Minister of the Indies. But, amid the uncertainty of international war, he, the man charged with […]

Albert Woodfox: My 43 years in solitary confinement

Image copyrightM-A VENTOURA/AIUK by  Joanna Ing   Albert Woodfox spent 43 years in solitary confinement. He was released in February 2016, but says he is still adapting to life outside. He had been in solitary confinement in Angola prison, the state penitentiary of Louisiana, since April 1972 for the murder of prison guard Brent Miller. Along […]

Champion of the Black Community Is Given Her Rightful Due in Richmond

Maggie L. Walker fought segregation her whole life in the former capital of the Confederacy. Now her statue towers over the Virginia city The daughter of an enslaved woman, Maggie L. Walker led the fight for civil rights and women’s rights in Richmond, Virginia. (National Museum of American History) By Ben Panko In Richmond, Virginia, a city full […]

All Power to the People

“Reclaiming a missed opportunity.”

I’m Off to Florida and a New Phase of Reprisals for Publicizing Abuses in U.S. Prisons

Packed off to Florida Following Texas prison officials planting a weapon in my cell on March 26, 2017, then stealing most of my personal property on April 6, 2017, in an ongoing pattern of retaliation for and attempts to repress my writing and involvement in litigation exposing and challenging abuses in Texas prisons, including their […]