“prison is the glue that holds this whole crooked house of cards together”

By THE NEW INQUIRY Racism is different in prison. There are at least three kinds of racism in the US. First is the kind most of us are familiar with on the outside: color blind people who would never use the N-word and who might even thoroughly examine their prejudices and micro-aggressions against others, but would […]

Akua, the influential slave healer who became queen in Jamaica but was executed by the British

The Queen of Kingston in Jamaica or Cubah Cornwallis, as she is popularly known, is lost in history due to the improper documentation that makes it hard to follow or believe in her existence. In trying to read about the adventurous life of this woman who took the unwilling journey into slavery from Africa and […]

Trauma and the Black community

A dive into national oppression, violence and trauma in Jacksonville, Florida By Christina Kittle Jacksonville, FL – The United States has a notorious history with the national oppression of Black people. In the South, remnants of slave society exist as a constant reminder of this – Confederate street names, school names and monuments are physical […]

The Straight Line from Slavery to Mass Incarceration

The US model of mass incarceration can only be understood as an extension of slavery, said Martha Escobar, author of Captivity Beyond Prisons: Criminalization Experiences of Latina Immigrants. “Bringing non-white bodies into this country to labor for a predominantly white society has been the model that has carried over as immigrants entered the United States,” said Escobar, […]

Rashid: The prison struggle continues

by Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson It’s been some years since I’ve been able to communicate through radio outlets. This on account of a series of transfers between various states’ prison systems – from Virginia to Oregon, then Texas to Florida and back to Virginia – as reprisals for my political work and publicizing the inhumane conditions […]

South Carolina prisoners: Society turns people into criminals

PART 6 By Jared Ware posted on September 22, 2018   Jared Ware conducted this interview after an April 15 rebellion at Lee Correctional Institution, a South Carolina maximum security prison. It was the deadliest prison uprising since the Lucasville Uprising on April 11-21, 1993. (Lucasville prison uprising 25th anniversary, Workers World) Individuals inside Lee who participated are identified […]

The New Prison Movement: The Continuing Struggle to Abolish Slavery in Amerika (2018)

Schools of Liberation The rising new prison movement Across Amerika (home of the world’s largest prison population) growing numbers of the imprisoned are coming to realize that they are victims of social injustice. Foremost, they are victims of an inherently predatory and dysfunctional capitalist-imperialist system, which targets the poor and people of color for intensified […]

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 […]