New Abolitionists Radio: Weekly News Roundup, Pot Arrests Leading Category In US System of Slavery

Today is the March 29th broadcast of New Abolitionists Radio and we are 13 weeks deep into 2017 and the new trump/Truman show. The news that uncovers evidence of legalized slavery and human trafficking just keeps pouring in and we have older stories that may have escaped your attention at the time of their publishing.

On this day in 1973 Two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement, the last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam as Hanoi freed the remaining American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam. Yet in 2017 there is still no talk from the states or the feds on freeing anyone unjustly incarcerated.

Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in D.C. Is Set for August

Abolitionist Organizer Krystal Roundtree appeared on The Real News network’s broadcast with former political prisoner Eddie Conway. She says this is a call to end legalized slavery in the United States once and for all time.

White supremacists lament backlash after fatal NYC sword attack

A white supremacist and neo-Nazi website condemned the racially-motivated sword slaying of a black man in New York City, with the admitted racists lamenting they will now be “unfairly discriminated against.” Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin wrote in a letter posted Thursday that alleged killer James Jackson “does not represent White Supremacy.”

Prosecutors charge man with murder as an act of terrorism in New York stabbing

Prosecutors in New York have upgraded the charges against a white man who police say admitted to fatally stabbing a black man in a burst of racial hatred, indicting him on two new charges of murder as an act of terrorism.

Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes – combined

On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 people sit behind bars on simple drug-possession charges, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. Nearly two-thirds of them are in local jails.

Officials Ruled Inmate’s ‘Boiling’ Death An Accident. But Documents Show They Omitted Key Details.

The June 2012 death of Darren Rainey, an inmate at the Dade Correctional Institution in South Florida, attracted national attention after other inmates claimed he was burned like “a boiled lobster” after about two hours in a shower that guards had modified to punish prisoners.

California’s prison spending is out of whack

Where is the de-incarceration dividend? With crime up, Californians have a right to ask why the savings from prison realignment haven’t materialized and why an expected $100 million to $200 million in Proposition 47 savings has been budgeted by Gov. Jerry Brown at less than $30 million.

California to free 9,500 inmates to reduce state prison population

California corrections officials say they are adopting new sentencing rules that aim to trim the state prison population by nearly 9,500 inmates after four years. The regulations released Friday include steps like reducing sentences up to six months for earning a college degree and by up to a month each year for participating in self-help programs like drug counseling.

Tracking State Prison Growth in 50 States | Prison Policy Initiative

State-by-state briefing on prison growth (and occassional contraction) from 1978 to 2012.

The Daily Ledger: Arizona Passes Convention of States

Graham Ledger, host of The Daily Ledger on One America News, points out the mainstream media missed an inspiring story of citizen activism.

U.S. Attorney’s Office Under Investigation After 700 Lawyers Were Spied On in Prison

‘WIN AT ALL COSTS’ A court-appointed investigator has found that the United States Attorney’s Office for Kansas is in possession of hundreds of phone and video recordings of communications between attorneys and their clients, inmates at a privately run prison facility in Leavenworth.


We Wanted To Find Troubled Jails, So We Counted The Bodies

WASHINGTON ― In any given year, the vast majority of the thousands of jails in the United States do not report a single death. That makes sense. Jails are supposed to be controlled environments. You can’t get in a car accident behind bars.

Rider of The Week:

Ex-Black Panther leader plans community service after release in officer’s killing

Released after 44 years behind bars in the shooting death of a Baltimore police officer, former Black Panther leader Marshall “Eddie” Conway said in a radio interview Wednesday that he plans to dedicate the next stage of his life to community service.

Abolitionists In Profile:


The goal of the abolitionist movement was the immediate emancipation of all slaves and the end of racial discrimination and segregation. Advocating for immediate emancipation distinguished abolitionists from more moderate anti-slavery advocates who argued for gradual emancipation, and from free-soil activists who sought to restrict slavery to existing areas and prevent its spread further west. Radical abolitionism was partly fueled by the religious fervor of the Second Great Awakening, which prompted many people to advocate for emancipation on religious grounds. Abolitionist ideas became increasingly prominent in Northern churches and politics beginning in the 1830s, which contributed to the regional animosity between North and South leading up to the Civil War.

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