Listen to this enlightening episode of BTR News as I engage in a compelling conversation with Professor Jocelyn Simonson, acclaimed author of “Radical Acts of…
In our lead story, a suspect in the murder of BLM leader and New Abolitionist Muhiyyidin D’baha is in police custody. We’ll talk about it tonight.
On and near this day in history.
• On July 28th, 1868 The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, It granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States—including former slaves—and guaranteed all citizens “equal protection of the laws.” This was one of three amendments passed during the Reconstruction era to allegedly abolish slavery and establish civil and legal rights for black Americans, it would become the basis for many landmark Supreme Court decisions over the years. Instead, it created a new class of oppressed citizens as convicts enslaved and leased out for labor under the 13th amendment were not considered ‘”former slaves”.
• On August 1st, The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 abolished slavery throughout the British Empire. This Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom expanded the jurisdiction of the Slave Trade Act of 1807, making the purchase or ownership of slaves illegal within the British Empire, EXCEPT for those “of the Territories in the Possession of the East India Company”.
In 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. If you want to help from the outside contact organizers at email@example.com
• The RIGHT 2 VOTE CAMPAIGN
Needs 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 tonight is William Loyd Garrison. (December 10, 1805 – May 24, 1879) he was a prominent American abolitionist, journalist, suffragist, and social reformer. He also Formed the first abolitionists’ society in favor of the immediate freeing of all slaves and published the famous anti-slavery paper The Liberator.
In his honor, I will read one of his poems instead of his bio.
• Our Rider of the 21st-century Underground Railroad today is Marcel Brown of Oak Park who after 10 years in prisons was exonerated for a murder he did not commit.
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