On and/or near this day in history,
• June 27th, 1833. Prudence Crandall, a white abolitionist Quaker woman, was arrested for conducting an academy for black women in Canterbury, Conn.
• June 27th, 1872. Paul Laurence Dunbar, African-American poet and writer was born.
• On June 26th, 1964, the ST Augustine mass assault on African Americans resulted in mass arrests, unchecked racist violence, and the state-sanctioned kidnapping of black children.
The headlines read: “Gov. Farris Bryant ordered 80 more state troopers into riot-torn St. Augustine, a day after militant whites and blacks clashed as blacks defied Jim Crow laws by staging “wade-ins” on the beach. Wade-ins — where African Americans and their supporters would deliberately go into the ocean or swimming pools that whites had long decided belonged only to them — were apparently among the most offensive and provocative things that could be done to the poor fragile white folk, who must have been worried about their pure white skin getting stained or something.
“Hundreds of white segregationists raced into a civil rights march last night, screaming and flailing at Negroes in this city’s worst outbreak of racial violence,” the Associated Press reported.”
In tonight’s direct action news.
• A NATIONWIDE prison slave labor work strike is being called for on August 21st through September 9th. If you know someone inside, tell them what’s going on.
• The @RIGHT 2 VOTE CAMPAIGN
They need your support. It is a nationwide campaign being initiated by people currently confined in the United States. This campaign grew out of the August 21 National Prison Strike Demands, specifically, point #10: The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded.
• Our abolitionist in profile is Quaker abolitionist and teacher, Prudence Crandall. 1803-1890
• Our Riders of the 21st-century Underground Railroad is Gerald Manning, who just experienced freedom for the 1st time in his adult life.
On June 19, 2018, Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) client Gerald Manning walked out of prison at age 59 as a free man—the first time he’s experienced freedom in his adult life. Manning spent 42 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
• From new supreme court rulings to a cop on the job less than one day who killed a 17-year-old, We’ve got a lot to cover and never enough time, so let’s get to it.
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