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The KKK and Ferguson

By November 25, 2014

Domestic terrorism is not new in the United States. Following the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 freeing the enslaved Africans, and then the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction in 1865, the notorious hate group, the Ku Klux Klan, was formed that same year. Since then, the KKK […]


A look back to 1983: U.S. invaded, occupied Grenada

By November 6, 2014

October 25 was the 31st anniversary of the U.S. invasion, occupation and bombing of the island nation of Grenada. The country had become nominally independent from Britain in 1974, but then was ruled by a repressive, eccentric Grenadian, Prime Minister Eric Gairy, who was supported by the United States and Britain and had a brutal […]


Central Park Five settlement finalized

By September 19, 2014
Photo from a leaflet for an Oct. 29, 2012, protest for the Five.

“This is now the icing on the cake,” said Raymond Santana, one of the Central Park Five. “My whole life has been about fighting this case. … Back in 1989, our voices were taken from us and we were silenced, and now, to have it back, to stand up tall and to take what’s rightfully […]


Walking while Black — U.S. society divided by racism

By September 8, 2014

The “crime” of walking while Black — and driving, shopping, sitting, standing and merely existing while Black — in the United States is often punishable by death.  This means death by police bullets from cops trained to shoot and kill. Control of and infringement on the right to freedom of movement is common.  Too often, […]


Central Park 5 talk about settlement

By June 30, 2014
Three of Central Park 5 hold press conference after court ruling.WW photo: Dolores Cox

On June 19, 2014, twelve years after the filing of a lawsuit by the Central Park 5 — five innocent Black and Latino teenage boys who in April 1989 were arrested, interrogated for hours without an attorney, coerced into confessing, tried, convicted and imprisoned for a crime they never committed — New York City Mayor […]


A tribute to ‘Ancestors of the Middle Passage’

By June 27, 2014
Ancestors of the Middle Passage

Brooklyn, N.Y. — On June 14 from noon to sunset, the 25th annual “Tribute to Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage” took place at the “Ancestors’ Circle” on Brooklyn’s Coney Island boardwalk. The takeaway message from the organizers was: “We will never forget you and we will never turn our backs to you.” The tribute […]


How Voting Rights Act was set back

By June 24, 2014

At his Escambia County polling site on June 3, 93-year-old African-American Willie Mims was disenfranchised by Alabama’s strict new voter ID law. Mims was turned away because he did not have a photo ID. He explained that he no longer drives, so his license had expired. He was not offered a chance to cast a provisional […]


‘Central Park Five’ rally at City Hall: A tale of two de Blasios

By May 6, 2014

New York — On April 17, the December 12th Movement held a large, diverse rally at City Hall here to bring attention to the 25th anniversary of the unjust arrest and demonization of five teenaged Black and Latino youth that was fast approaching. On April 19, 1989, a white female jogger was beaten and raped in New […]


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: […]