New Abolitionists Radio – Are “Americans” Comfortable With Prisons For Profits & Modern Slavery?


On the anniversary of the passing of The Fugitive Slave Laws, Senator Bernie Sanders released legislation to ban private for profit prisons from the US. The “Justice Is Not For Sale” Act. The 1st presidential candidate or sitting president to have done so since the birth of privately owned corporate prisons some 45 years ago and the 1st to try and legislatively end the practice of selling people on the open market since Abraham Lincoln. We consider this a major victory in our efforts to end modern slavery in America. You’ll hear about to hear it word for word in a moment.

• We have a clip from an interview with Noam Chomsky that we want you to hear. It helps explain why we need such legislation and we need it now.

• Similar to the Annie Duhkan case Hundreds of criminal cases in Oregon are being reevaluated after accusations that forensic analyst Nika Larsen of the Oregon State Police Laboratory stole drugs she tested. We’ll give you the info.

• A car chase turned deadly in Northern San Bernardino on Friday, when police shot and killed an unarmed man from a chopper. Yes. Like Mutual of Omaha. Like a big game hunter. We’ll share the story later.

• In what we consider another abolitionist victory, a delegation of the human-rights arm of the Organization of American States received an earful Monday from alleged victims of police abuse in Miami-Dade County, during the first leg of a fact-finding mission into racial discrimination and police violence in the U.S.

• A panel of activists, researchers, community members, and other volunteers on Monday unveiled a new report with 189 “calls to action” to address the scourge of racial inequity in and around St. Louis, Missouri, illuminated by a year of protests following the police shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last August. Yohanan has the details

• We skipped it last week so let me ask again. What state did not actually ratify the flawed 13th amendment until 2013? What states longest running commissioner of prisons facing prison himself for using the entire states corrections system as his own personal money maker? What state has had federal judges call their juvenile detention centers “Cesspools of unconstitutional violations?” Where were the very last plantation chattel slaves in America freed from? The answer is Mississippi. Tonight we show that Mississippi is #Ferguson.

• This week’s Rider of the 21st Century Underground Railroad is Michelle Dawn Murphy who was 17 years old when she was convicted of first degree murder involving her own child in November 1995. She was freed in May 2014 based on DNA evidence and was exonerated four months later when Harris declined to retry her because of insufficient evidence.

• Our Abolitionist in profile is Anna Murray Douglass (1813-1882) who is best known as the first wife of black abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Expect all of that and more tonight on New Abolitionists Radio.

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