Today is the May 16th, 2018 broadcast of New Abolitionists Radio in the last month of our 6th season.
• On and near this day in history.
1- On May 16, 1918, the United States Congress passes the Sedition Act, a piece of legislation designed to protect America’s participation in World War I.
Aimed at socialists, pacifists and other anti-war activists, the Sedition Act imposed harsh penalties on anyone found guilty of making false statements that interfered with the prosecution of the war; insulting or abusing the U.S. government, the flag, the Constitution or the military; agitating against the production of necessary war materials; or advocating, teaching or defending any of these acts. Those who were found guilty of such actions, the act stated, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both.
You should remember that we are a nation which has been in a perpetual war for generations.
2- Also on may 16th, 1792 Denmark abolished their slave trade and on May 13, 1888, Slavery was abolished in Brazil. One of those nations has returned to using slavery today.
3- And finally, On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia city leadership and the Philadelphia Police Department carried out an attack on a group of Black radical individuals and families, bombing and killing 11 people – including 5 children. The group was the MOVE organization, founded by John Africa and emphasizes family and our life’s connection to nature – the attack was carried out after years of mounting tensions between the police and MOVE.
• Listen… As always, we have far more information to share than time allows. So, let’s just cover what we can today and focus on the issue rather than the stories highlighting the issue. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed and you will be moved.
In direct action news
• Again, we want to remind you about a Call for a #Juneteenth 2018 Mobilization Against Prison Slavery from SPARC This year. Supporters of #OperationPUSH, are calling on all opponents of mass incarceration and modern-day slavery internationally to honor the Juneteenth holiday (Tuesday, June 19, 2018) with community organizing and direct action.
• Another reminder. A NATIONWIDE prison slave labor work strike is being called for on August 21st through September 9th. Angola Prison has already begun. If you know someone inside, tell them what’s going on.
I want to give a shout out of congratulations to Newport, RI abolitionist J9 AKA @Jessica-Patrice Dorsey Coulter on her graduation day tomorrow. I wish I could be there J.
Oh, I also want to let you know that myself, the late Muhiyyidin D’baha and a number of other north and south Carolina abolitionists have cameo features on the Netflix Documentary KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy. Yea, I was as surprised to find out as you are.
Dr. Will Boyd- Candidate for US Senate (AL) will be joining us briefly today in advance of his interview on June 6th here at New Abolitionists Radio. Shout out to Swift Justice of Unheard Voices and The Free Alabama Movement for his tireless work to bring these issues to political light and gaining allies where needed most. In legislation.
• Our abolitionist in profile tonight is Levi Coffin (1798-1877)
“The President of the Underground Railroad.”
• Our Rider of the 21st-century Underground Railroad is John Bunn, convicted in an August 1991 killing based on tainted evidence produced by ex-Detective Louis Scarcella. Bunn was only 14 when he was arrested and jailed in the Crown Heights murder of Rolando Neischer. Prosecutors announced yesterday that they would not retry his case.
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