How to End Mass Incarceration

The American prison system is brutal and unjust. But the rhetoric of prison abolition won’t help us end its depravities Unsigned painting of Charlestown prison yard, 1850. Boston Public Library / Flickr by  ROGER LANCASTER The United States has not always been the world’s leading jailer, the only affluent democracy to make “incapacitation” its criminal […]

Understanding Detroit’s 1967 Upheaval 50 Years Later

For five days in July, the Motor City was under siege from looters and soldiers al Firemen fight to control blazing buildings in Detroit on July 25, 1967. The city was filled with gunfire, looting and police officers for five days that July. (AP Photos ) By Lorraine Boissoneault smithsonian.com   The summer of 1967 was sultry in the United […]

A radical’s oral history of Detroit in 1967

Rebellion By Michael Jackman @michaeljackman The Tony Spina Collection, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University National Guardsmen patrol Detroit during the summer of 1967. This perspective on the events of the summer of 1967 comes from a few Metro Times fellow travelers in the form of John and Leni Sinclair, and Fifth Estate staffers Harvey […]

Amerikans Abandoned, POW/MIA’s in Vietnam

Researched and originally produced in the early 1990’s by the American Defense Institute, also reproduced and distributed by The Liberty House.SE Asia Americans Abandoned, POW/MIA’s in Vietnam March 1973: After years of fighting the Communists in SE Asia, the United States calls it quits, and its sons who fought the war and were captured by […]

Slavery didn’t end in 1865. It evolved’ – new exhibit explores racial state violence

If anyone urges you to adopt a “post-racial” mindset between now and September 3rd, flame them, then bring them to the Brooklyn Museum. The latest exhibit on display, “The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America“, is the antidote to ignorance, and a rude awakening–and reminding–of the raw realities that accompany living-while-black in this […]

‘Detroit:’ The Real Story Behind One Of The Most Horrific Police Brutality Events In History

By Malaika Jabali While Kathryn Bigelow’s film focuses on one horrific act at the Algiers Motel, where police killed three Black teenagers, the events that lasted over the five-day uprising is a crash course in America’s dark history with state violence and the overall oppression of Black and Brown people.   If you’ve read Turner House — the debut […]

On u.s. political prisoners – Herman Bell

Your thoughtful words and warm greetings prompted me to express, as requested, a few thoughts on u.s. political prisoner (pp) support work and alternatives to incarceration. How do organizations work to support pps and simultaneously work to abolish the prison industrial complex?  First, it’s crucial that people are educated on u.s. political prisoners, and that […]

On Dec. 6, 1865, Black bodies were nationalized – and our prison movement was born

Part II: Campaign to Redistribute the Pain 2018 by Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun, formerly known as Melvin Ray, Free Alabama Movement As I write this article, I am not sure what day the Civil War began or what day it ended. The facts that I do know about the Civil War are not worth repeating here, […]

To My People By Assata Shakur

Black brothers, Black sisters, i want you to know that i love you and i hope that somewhere in your hearts you have love for me. My name is Assata Shakur (slave name joanne chesimard), and i am a revolutionary. A Black revolutionary. By that i mean that i have declared war on all forces […]

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in Amerika

2016 National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction IBRAM X. KENDI Masha Gessen, Chair of the judges’ panel for the 2016 National Book Awards for Nonfiction, presents Ibram X. Kendi with the honor.       Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books) ISBN: 978-1568584638 National Book Foundation: Who did you […]