Exposing toxic work conditionz inside Texas Prisonz

by Keith “Malik” Washington and David “Chino” Martinez “Our current form of capitalism has no concept of right and wrong. It only recognizes what is profitable and what you can get away with. And when you have the government, the media, the military and the police on your payroll, you can get away with pretty […]

Mississippi Black Codez

1865  The status of Blacks was the focal problem of Reconstruction. Slavery had been abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment, but the white people of the South were determined to keep the Black population in “their place,” socially, politically, and economically. This was done by means of the notorious “Black Codes,” passed by several of the […]

TIME TO UNRAVEL AN AMERICAN TRADITION: THE PATTERN OF BLACK VOTER DISENFRANCHISEMENT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY

We know that the Supreme Court gutting the Voting Rights Act in 2010 has led to voter suppression if not downright disenfranchisement of people of color. But this is only the latest round of a repeating pattern of Supreme Court rulings and legislative action to disenfranchise people of color. The latest attempts to deprive black […]

Fifty one yearz ago today, Don Pedro Albizu Campos died in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fifty one years ago, Don Pedro Albizu Campos died in San Juan. The US and Gov. Luis Muñoz Marín had broken his body, but not his spirit. Half a century later, all of Don Pedro’s warnings have come true. Puerto Rico is bankrupt and the US is sending a “Financial Control Board” to control and […]

Stop retaliation against Texas prisoner population

As of Monday, April 18th, prisoners in Texas have been on rolling labor strikes for two weeks. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is retaliating by locking the prisons down and depriving prisoners of even the standard abysmal human necessities they are forced to provide. Retaliation against people who refuse to work for free […]

Angola Prison and the Shadow of Slavery

by  THOMAS BELLER Prisoners going to work, 2004. CREDITPHOTOGRAPH BY CHANDRA MCCORMICK   A few years ago, I was on a panel at the Tennessee Williams Festival titled “Writing New Orleans: The Most Exotic place in America.” It was held in the largest room in the hotel where the annual literary festival is held, and […]

How Did My Incarcerated Ancestor Die?

Tracing Your Roots: A reader seeks a death certificate for, and answers about, a great-grandfather who was imprisoned in the Jim Crow South. BY: HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. AND MEAGHAN E.H. SIEKMAN, NEHGS RESEARCHER A Southern chain gang; photo taken between 1900 and 1906LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Dear Professor Gates: My paternal great-grandfather, Sylvester Collins, lived […]

De Mau Mau

Black Vietnam veterans have been coming back from Vietnam angry and disillusioned with the American system. They were told they were fighting to safeguard freedoms in the United States — freedoms they, as Black people, don’t have. They know they were used: sent to fight Asian people, with a disproportionate number of Black soldiers in […]

Solitary Confinement and Justice: Why Albert Woodfox’z Release iz Not Enough

by  Vyette Tiya Albert Woodfox (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 After 43 years, Albert Woodfox, the longest-standing American held in solitary confinement, has been released. Woodfox was released from the West Feliciana Parish Detention Center in Louisiana. Woodfox spent the morning of his 69th birthday finalizing papers, closing correspondences, and by the end […]

Modern Implicationz of the 13th Amendment Slavery Clause Exception

by sankofa4fam Interviewer: What impact do you think the brutality of police has on black people and its culture? Also: How does this affect people of other races that have also experienced police brutality? Yohanan EliYah: I think the brutality of police on black people is somewhat unique, because it is tied directly to slave […]