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…
• Our lead story today will be the organized prison strike. We’ll share information, provide a narrative and keep you up to date on what’s happening. We’re also going to make an open invitation for a necessary public debate. We’ll explain shortly.
On and near this day in history.
• On Aug 20th, 1862, in Mitchellville, SC, Major General Ormsby told a Union settlement named after him of Formerly enslaved Africans that they should have two names. A 1st and a Last. He told them to use their old masters name which quickly started a trend. And that is how African Americans came to have the last name of their old slavers.
• Also On August 20th, 1619, The first enslaved Africans were brought by the Dutch to the American colony of Jamestown. This began a slave trade that would last centuries and affect hundreds of millions of lives up until this day right here, right now.
• Finally, on August 21st, 1791, In Southampton County, Virginia, Nat Turner staged his organized rebellion. (also known as the Southampton Insurrection)
In direct action news.
• 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 Abolitionists in profile tonight is Lucy Stanton 1831-1910.
Educator and abolitionist Lucy Stanton Day Sessions is believed to be the first African American woman to graduate from college, completing a Ladies Literary Course from Oberlin College in 1850.
• Our Rider of the 21st-century Underground Railroad today is Arnie Cosby, Jr. who was in jail facing a charge for facilitating a murder he did not commit. After two years, Cosby was released thanks to the efforts of Scott Davis. candidate for State House Seat District 54 in Nashville.
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New Abolitionists Radio is an award-winning weekly radio broadcast and podcast series started in 2012 to bring awareness to legalized slavery and human trafficking in the United States which is inadequately referred to as “mass incarceration”.
The 13th Amendment of the US Consitution did end slavery when it carves out the exception clause that led directly to Jim Crow laws across the country, primarily in the South to target the large African-American populations the vast majority who were formerly enslaved and put them into what became known as the convict leasing system which is still in practice in less barbaric ways than in the 1800s. Because of the 13th Amendment, all persons of every age, sex, gender, race, religion or national origin can legally become of slaves regardless of guilt or innocence.
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