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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: […]


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.” […]