“prison is the glue that holds this whole crooked house of cards together”

By THE NEW INQUIRY Racism is different in prison. There are at least three kinds of racism in the US. First is the kind most of us are familiar with on the outside: color blind people who would never use the N-word and who might even thoroughly examine their prejudices and micro-aggressions against others, but would […]

“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 […]

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. […]

Propter Nos

It offers a platform for Black and radical anti-racist theoretical and cultural work — such as poetry, short essays, experimental writing, artwork — and will also increasingly serve as a source of commentary and analysis from imprisoned activists and grassroots abolitionist organizations. For a print copy of PN, please send a request by snail-mail to: True Leap Press, […]

Bury Me Not in a Land of Slaves: A Short History of Immediatist Abolitionism in Philadelphia, 1830s to 1860s

by Arturo Castillon (Edited by Madeleine Salvatore) The above image is a depiction of the 1851 Christiana Riot, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where a slave-owner was shot and killed when attempting to retrieve an alleged “fugitive slave.” The subsequent trial took place in Philadelphia.   I ask no monuments, proud and high, To arrest the gaze […]

23 August: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) © UNESCO International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is […]

Abolition Collective letter of support for Jalil Muntaqim

The Abolition Collective expresses its support and solidarity with Jalil Muntaqim, Political Prisoners, and the right of incarcerated people to engage in popular education. Jalil has been politically active since his incarceration. Most recently, he was punished for teaching an administratively sanctioned Black History class in Attica Prison, and was transported to a supermax prison […]

When Slaveholderz Kontrolled the Government—An Interview with Matthew Karp

by Timothy Shenk In order to downgrade the centrality of slavery to the development of the United States and global capitalism, mainstream historians attempt to depict the slaveholding classes as provincial actors. However, the slave owners were the most powerful people in the country. “Southerners imagined—and worked to build—an American republic whose foundation was slavery.” […]