Tearing Children of Color Away From Their Families is an Old and Continuing Amerikkkan Practice (2018)

Several months ago U.S. officials announced a depraved “zero-tolerance” policy for migrants entering the U.S. from what Donald Trump called “shithole countries” south of the border, even if they be fleeing deadly conditions as refugees—a status protected by international law. As a deterrent to entry by these people of color, the government instituted a policy […]

‘Akoben The AAMP exhibit Lest We Forget Slavery Museum Third Regiment US Colored Troop Reenactors’ on #SoundCloud

Today’s edition of Akoben features interviews with Ivan Henderson the VP of Exhibits at the African American Museum of Philadelphia who discusses the current John Dowell exhibit Cotton: The Soft Dangerous Beauty of the Past, Joe Ragsdale and his daughter Nicole at the grand reopening of the Lest We Forget Slavery Museum and three 3rd […]

Meet the gallant all-black Amerikan female battalion that served in Europe during World War II

The first time American women fought in a war was during the American Civil War. Women were not allowed to be selected into the draft, so they disguised themselves as men and fought instead. A few of them were only discovered to be women when found dead. American women were only allowed to serve in […]

Afrikan-Amerikan suffrage: Voting rights and suppression

By Dolores Cox At the end of the U.S. Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th Reconstruction Amend­ments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified. In 1865, the 13th Amendment abolished “slavery and involuntary servitude” — except for people convicted of a crime. In 1868, the 14th Amendment granted citizenship to African Americans, albeit second-class citizenship. The […]

Today It Locks Up Immigrants. But CoreCivic’s Roots Lie in the Brutal Past of America’s Prisons.

The renewed fortunes and the hidden history of the for-profit prison industry. by  SHANE BAUER In 2015, I spent four months working undercover as a guard at a medium-security Louisiana prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) with the aim of reporting on the conditions inside a private prison for Mother Jones. Shortly after I began, […]

The Slaves Rebel

Mr. Fish / Truthdig The only way to end slavery is to stop being a slave. Hundreds of men and women in prisons in some 17 states are refusing to carry out prison labor, conducting hunger strikes or boycotting for-profit commissaries in an effort to abolish the last redoubt of legalized slavery in America. The […]

After escaping a slave ship in the 1700s, this Afrikan chief became Florida’s most-feared pirate

An illustration of Black Caesar (Left) — YouTube He has been described as Florida’s most renowned black pirate who used the island of Elliott Key, and other hiding places along the Southeast Florida coast to conduct raids on unsuspected ships and villages. Black Caesar became notable during the “golden age” of piracy, that is, in the late 1600s […]

Meet Haiti’s founding father, whose black revolution was too radical for Thomas Jefferson

A statue in Port-au-Pirnce honors Jean-Jacques Dessalines’ legacy as a Haitian revolutionary. Now, a renamed Brooklyn street does, too. AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery Crowds cheered as local lawmakers on August 18 unveiled a street sign showing that Rogers Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn would now be called Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, after a Haitian slave turned […]

Black babies were once used as alligator and crocodile bait in Amerika in the 1900s

BY MILDRED EUROPA TAYLOR Black babies were allegedly used as alligator bait in the past — theundefeated.com There has been documentation that during slavery and into the 20th century, black babies were used as alligator bait. It has been reported that profit-seeking white hunters used black “slave babies” to lure alligators out of the swamps […]

Strike Statement to the Press; August 22, 2018

Statement regarding the ongoing Nationwide Prison Strike issued August 22, 2018, Day 2 of the strike. Issued by the Prison Strike Media Team Amani Sawari official outside media representative of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak prisonstrikemedia@gmail.com Jared Ware Freelance Journalist covering prisoner movements jaybeware@gmail.com @jaybeware on Twitter Brooke Terpstra Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) National Media Committee […]