Prisoner strike exposes an age old Amerikan reliance on forced labor

  Prisoners in 17 states and several Canadian provinces are on strike in protest of prison labor conditions. Their demonstrations are compelling Americans to understand that some everyday foods are produced behind bars, for cents on the hour, in a system many call “modern slavery.” Prisoners in the U.S. harvest and process eggs, orange juice, ground beef and fish. They also staff […]

Dismantle the Pipeline: A Review of Susan Anglada Bartley’s ‘A Different Vision: A Revolution Against Racism in Public Education’ (Luminare Press) | David Gilbert

by David Gilbert School was always a breeze for me. “Correct English” came naturally–it was the way people spoke at home. As for social studies, I was well-versed in the mythology of American democracy that masqueraded as “history.” My parents instilled confidence that I could excel at science and math, which they saw as a […]

Police have killed twice as many Americans since 9/11 than ISIS and al-Qaida combined

  By Frank Vyan Walton     Ever since Donald Trump decided to reignite the issue that was originally started when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick choose not to stand during the national anthem in protest of police brutality, we’ve been told that millions of Americans are disgusted by his and others’ “disrespect” for the […]

How the Government Built a Trap for Black Youth

KELLY LYTLE HERNÁNDEZ Photograph: Rennett Stowe   From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America Elizabeth Hinton Harvard University Press, $29.95 (cloth) Elizabeth Hinton’s richly researched new book barrels toward one chilling conclusion: beginning as early as the Johnson administration, federal authorities—regardless of political affiliation—systematically constructed a […]

Diversity Scarcity in Mental-Health Servicez

Longtime Commissioner Quits Two Cultural Committees in Protest Paul Wellman (file) LANGUAGE GAPS: Dr. Manny Casas wants Behavioral Wellness to look at its ethnic biases, which have translated to poor services for black and Latino clients. Story by Héctor Sánchez Castañeda Thursday, January 5, 2017 Dr. Manny Casas has been the only Latino on the […]

Solidarity with Sept. 9 prisoner strike

In the spirit of Attica uprising By Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly, the presidential and vice presidential candidates for Workers World Party, released the following statement on Aug. 30. On September 9, prisoners from coast to coast will rise up against the unimaginable cruelty of the U.S. prison-industrial complex in […]

Amend the 13th: Abolish Legal Slavery in Amerika Movement Mission Statement

by Joka Heshima Jinsai, founder Preamble “Section One of the 13th Amendment outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude “except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted”… Such an amendment amounted to an escape clause, a corrective loophole that left a form of slavery intact … In the very sentence abolishing slavery, […]

Civil Rightz Era rootz of mazz incarceration

  Listen to Elizabeth Hinton discuss the Civil Rights Era roots of mass incarceration on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show: In the United States today, one in every thirty-one adults is under some form of penal control, including one in eleven African American men. How did the “land of the free” become the home of […]

REPORT: Women Are Landing in Local Jailz At An Alarming Rate

And those inmates are disproportionately Black and Latinx. A new study explores how incarceration impacts their lives—and their families. Kenrya Rankin  From the cover of “Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform.” Courtesy of the Vera Institute of Justice and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Share […]

Illinoiz Institutez Chilling New Mandate for Schoolz to Teach Children How to Submit to Police

by Matt Agorist The police state apparatus will now condition children to prostrate themselves before their masters as they are extorted during traffic stops. Illinois drivers education now includes instructions on how to properly allow police to generate revenue. The bill signed into law on Friday by Governor Bruce Rauner authorizes a new curriculum for […]