New Abolitionists Radio: Prison Reformism & Slavery Abolitionism

Today is the September 12th, 2018 live broadcast of New Abolitionists Radio and the international prison strike to end modern-day slavery has successfully run its course.

Tonight we welcome special guest LeRon Barton

He is a writer from Kansas City, MO living in San Francisco, Ca. A graduate of Paseo Academy of Fine Arts, and the author of two books, “Straight Dope: A 360 degree look into American Drug Culture” and “All We Really Need Is Love: Stories of Dating, Relationships, Heartbreak, and Marriage.” In addition to the books, LeRon is an essayist; whose topics cover racism, mass incarceration, politics, gender, and dating. These works have appeared in Salon, The Good Men Project, Elephant Journal, East Bay Times, and MoAD.
LeRon has also given talks and speeches at TedX Wilson Park, University of San Francisco, Glide Methodist Church, been a guest of Al Jazeera’s The Stream, Story Corp, Dr. Vibe’s Do You Know What Time It Is podcast, and has participated in panel discussions on race and prison recidivism. In his spare time, LeRon mentors young men in San Francisco and loves to backpack around the world.

This is part 3 of our must-hear podcast in a 4-week series discussing the various narratives vying for control during the 2018 prison strike.
Tonight, we’ll discuss Criminal Justice Reform.

On and near this day in history…

Never forget. September 11th…September 11th, 1861 when President Lincoln ordered John C. Fremont to rescind his order freeing some slaves in Missouri and issue a new order conforming to the Confiscation Act passed by Congress. Lincoln was the great betrayer and did so over and over. The reason prisoners are called state property is because of this;. “Quote-Unquote.

“With respect to slaves, the act authorized court proceedings to strip their owners of any claim to them but did not clarify whether the slaves were free. As a result of this ambiguity, these slaves came under Union lines as property in the care of the U.S. government. In response to this situation, General David Hunter, the Union Army military commander of Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida, issued General Order No. 11 freeing all slaves in areas under his command. Upon hearing of Hunter’s action one week later, Lincoln immediately countermanded the order, thus returning the slaves to their former status as property in the care of the federal government”.

In direct action news.
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 Willis Augustus Hodges, (1815-1890) the publisher of the weekly newspapers, The Ram’s Horn and an Underground Railroad agent. A rare black abolitionist living with “free” status in a slave state.• Our Riders of the 21st-century Underground Railroad today are Anthony Jakes and Robert Bouto. They spent 45 years in prison combined, serving their full sentences before being paroled.
Their cases are just the latest examples of a slew of wrongful convictions costing taxpayers millions of dollars in settlements — and it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

As always, we have a little time and a lot to cover.
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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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