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.