Thursday, May 21, 2015

New York Teachers Stand Up Against Slavery

Tonight on New Abolitionists Radio

• We’ve reported before the unbelievable truth that teachers unions were invested in private prisons upward of 100 million dollars. A blatant conflict of interests. Recently the New York State United Teachers Representative Assembly (NYSUT RA) adopted a resolution to investigate current pension investments in prisons and to move immediately to divest from prisons. We have a invited a couple of guests involved with this resolution to help explain what is going on. Including Jamie Trinkle of ENLACE and Cecilia Cortez of the United Federation of Teachers.

Cecilia Cortez is a New York public school teacher and leader in the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Chapter. Jamie Trinkle is an organizer with Enlace and the Private Prison Divestment Campaign. The Private Prison Divestment Campaign works at the intersection of mass incarceration and immigration enforcement, to break the lobbying power of the private prison industry. Jamie is based in Portland, Oregon.

Enlace's work is divided into two components: the Enlace Institute, and one priority campaign. Since 2011, their priority campaign has been the national Private Prison Divestment Campaign.

• We have a number of current and pressing stories we’ll report on tonight. And as usual we’ll tie it all up in a neat little bow.

• In our Ferguson is America series- tonight we show you that Florida is Ferguson. When W.E.B. Dubois said "The slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; then moved back into slavery" he might have been talking about the Sunshine state.

• This week’s Riders of the 21st Century Underground Railroad is Phillip Bivens who in February 2011 became the second person in the United States to be exonerated posthumously thanks to DNA testing.

• Our Abolitionist in profile is Araminta "Minty" Ross 1822 – March 10, 1913.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

30 Year Anniversary of the MOVE Bombing

May 13th, 2015

 • Tonight on New Abolitionists Radio We mark the 30-year anniversary of the bombing of Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia. The raid killed six adults and five children, destroyed more than 60 homes and left more than 250 people homeless. It stands as the only aerial bombing carried out by police on US soil.

• Five Myths About Crime in Black America--and the Statistical Truths. Let’s kill the black on black crime narrative.

 • In his article ““Immigrants For Sale” exposes one-half of US government sanctioned slavery in the USA” Scotty Reid has uncovered communications between Abraham Lincoln and Alexander Hamilton Stephens. Let’s listen to what he found.

 • Marco Rubio, the US Senator from the state of Florida and current presidential candidate is on the private prison profiteers payroll. We’ll tell you how.

 • In our Ferguson is America series- tonight we show you that Delaware is Ferguson.

 • This week’s Riders of the 21st Century Underground Railroad is Kia Stewart, 27, exonerated April 13, 2015. After spending nearly 10 years of a life sentence behind bars for the killing of Bryant "B.J." Craig Jr., Kia Stewart, was able to walk out of the Orleans Parish Criminal Courthouse a free man.

 • Our Abolitionist in profile is William Henry Johnson 1833 - 1918. A Black Abolitionist, politician and crusader for the rights of Blacks.