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A U.S. Truth And Reconciliation Commission on Racism

By February 24, 2014

In the United States, a country ruled by the ideology and practice of white supremacy since its inception, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on racism is being proposed. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, an associate professor of constitutional law at New York City’s John Jay College of Law and the author of “Race, Law, and American Society: 1607 to Present,” […]


After emancipation, ‘Sick from freedom’

By February 15, 2014

Last year the U.S. commemorated the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which gave enslaved Africans their freedom effective Jan. 1, 1863. The federal government’s main motivation was to deprive the Southern slavocracy of their labor force, not some moral freedom ideology. Professor Jim Downs, author of “Sick from Freedom: […]


Struggle frees people’s lawyer Lynne Stewart

By January 3, 2014
Lynne Stewart

New York, Jan. 1 — There she was standing, then walking slowly towards us, unshackled, without handcuffs or belly chain, and with a gigantic smile on her face. She was a sight for sore eyes, her inner and outer beauty reflected. Lynne Stewart’s family — her two children, who are attorneys; a daughter, who is a hospice doctor; grandchildren […]


The ‘Scottsboro Boys’: A horrific travesty of justice

By December 12, 2013
The nine Black teens, aged 12 to 18 — Haywood Patterson, Roy Wright, Andy Wright, Charlie Weems, Clarence Norris, Ozzie Powell, Willie Roberson, Olen Montgomery and Eugene Williams, (not named in order) meeting with their lawyer, attorney Samuel Leibowitz in 1931.Photo: Fred Hiroshige

Eighty-two years after their arrests, the last three of the innocent “Scottsboro Boys,” Charles Weems, Andy Wright and Haywood Patterson, were posthumously exonerated by the state of Alabama. On Nov. 21, the long-overdue pardons, although merely symbolic gestures, were officially granted. In this case, “better late than never” amounts to “justice delayed is justice denied.” […]


Harlem, N.Y., rally says no to U.S. attack on Syria

By September 9, 2013

An emergency protest rally was called Sept. 3 to inform the Harlem, N.Y., Black community of the impending U.S. attack on Syria. The rally was organized by the Black-led December 12 Movement and the Freedom Party in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on 125th Street.       Passersby heard that a U.S. […]


Ralph Poynter visits Mumia Abu-Jamal

By August 25, 2013

He’s still glowing, days later. On Aug. 10, Ralph Poynter, spouse of “the people’s lawyer,” Lynne Stewart, visited Mumia Abu-Jamal in SCI Mahanoy Prison in Pennsylvania for the first time. Both Stewart and Abu-Jamal are political prisoners. Lynne Stewart is dying in a Ft. Worth, Texas, federal prison. Her request for early “compassionate release” based […]


Black farmers demand justice

By August 8, 2013

In 1997, Timothy Pickford, an African-American farmer, along with 400 other Black farmers, filed a federal complaint against then-Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. The Pickford v. Glickman lawsuit alleged racial discrimination in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s allocation of farm loans, disaster payments and other assistance. The farmers claimed that the agency failed to process […]


Central Park 5: Merry-go-round for justice

By August 4, 2013
Outside the courtroom, July 23. WW photo: Anne Pruden

For the umpteenth time, another “Central Park 5” court hearing/status conference was adjourned on July 23. Again, the Manhattan courtroom was filled with supporters, including New York state Sen. Bill Perkins; City Councilmember Charles Barron’s assistant; and Sharrone Salaam, the mother of Yusef Salaam, one of the “Five.” In 1989, five Black and Latino teens, […]


Black farmers’ lawsuit: Justice delayed is justice denied

By June 21, 2013

African-American farmers won a landmark lawsuit in 1999 against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for racist discrimination in Pigford v. Glickman.  In 2011, a federal court approved a second settlement for additional claimants, but no payouts have been issued.   Vicious attacks have been leveled against these and other historic settlements — and the farmers […]


Free Lynne Stewart now!

By May 20, 2013

The lifesaving struggle to free Lynne Stewart, “the people’s lawyer,” continues.  Following a full-house rally on May 9 at St. Mark’s Theatre in New York City, a vigil was held in Foley Square on May 15.  The latter activity was held near the Manhattan federal courthouse where, in 2010, Stewart was unjustly convicted and sentenced […]