Today’s Date in Afrikan Diasporic History (Our-story): A Must-Read on MLK

As, virtually, everyone knows; today marks the date Martin Luther King was born. A little more than three years before his assassination, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz/Malcolm X had been assassinated. Given the conciliatory tone of his comments about Dr. King, shortly before his death; his public remarks of support for the ‘voting-drive’ efforts that were ongoing in […]

Previously Banned Film Finally Released Exposing How U.S. Installed Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

  A full original English version of controversial director and documentary filmmaker Oliver Stone’s “Ukraine on Fire” has finally been made available in the United States — after being blackballed for distribution in the US and Europe when released in 2016. The film openly explores Ukraine’s 2014 Maidan, and in the process, uncovers some damning truths about […]

Doing ‘Hard Time’ in the Nation’s Jails

by Chris Barker Photo by Michael Coghlan via Flickr   jails & prisons Before I had thought much about the distinction between jails and prisons, a local prosecutor suggested that I take my political science students to El Dorado Correctional Facility, a maximum-security state prison located about 45 minutes northeast of Wichita. We applied to the Kansas […]

The Big Business of Prisoner Care Packages

Inside the booming market for pocket-less clothing By TAYLOR ELIZABETH ELDRIDGE   It’s the holiday season, but many incarcerated Americans won’t get presents directly from home. PRISON-APPROVED ITEMS To stop drugs and weapons from entering jails and prisons, many corrections agencies bar family members from mailing packages or bringing them during visits. Those who want to […]

A Civil Conversation: The lessons of Nicodemus, Kansas

One of the few black settlements of the West remains-Barely by Wayne Hare    hcn.org Dec. 15, 2017 A Civil Conversation is a new, ongoing series exploring the experiences of African-Americans in the West, in an effort to create more informed public dialog on issues of race and racism. Four years ago, on my way home from a […]

International Commission Probes U.S. Police Impunity

by Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton, a mentally challenged young Black man who died in a hail of Milwaukee police gunfire in 2014, was among those that testified at hearings of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in Washington. Cops have killed thousands, “but there has been no justice in […]

Alarming New Study Shows Flint Water Affects Baby Weight

by Auditi Guha New Study Shows Flint Water Affects Baby Weight “It was a very sharp reduction in birth weight.” Babies born in Flint, Michigan, following the water crisis that started three years ago weighed less than they likely would have if the crisis had never happened, a new study has found. Authors Rahi Abouk […]

Film Review: ‘This Bitter Earth:’ The Rape of Recy Taylor

By Kelisha B. Graves   Alma Daniels, Recy Taylor’s younger sister, hums out a pithy ultimatum at the onset of the film: “What they did to her? They didn’t need to live.” Nancy Buirski’s documentary, ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor,’ is equal parts wrenching and relevant. The documentary unfurls gingerly and casually against the beat […]

The Assassination of Fred Hampton, Surveillance of Civil Rights Leaders, and Harassment of Black Lives Matter Just Business as Usual for Law Enforcement

The criminalization of drug use was and still is an easy excuse to surveil and control populations. by Morgan Humphrey Drug Policy Alliance Blog  Screenshot / YouTube   On this day, 49 years ago, 21 year-old Fred Hampton, Black Panther Party of Self-Defense State chairman, was drugged and assassinated of by the Chicago Police Department (with the […]

Maggots on Prison Food Is Crime on Crime

By John Kiriakou hree state prisoners in Oregon have filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court against four of the state’s prisons, saying that they were forced to eat fish and chicken intended to be animal feed or “bait food,” as well as spoiled milk and other moldy, rotten or inedible food. The suit accuses […]