Wednesday, October 21, 2015

More than 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs acknowledge legalized slavery & human trafficking a problem in the USA

10-21-2015 5-50-13 PM

Tune in for two hours of news, information and commentary related to 21st Century Slavery & Human Trafficking. Asserting that “too many people are behind bars that don’t belong there,” More than 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs — including some of the most prominent law enforcement officials in the country — are adding their clout to the movement to reduce the nation’s incarceration rate. The group includes the police chiefs of the nation’s largest cities, including William J. Bratton of New York, Charlie Beck of Los Angeles and Garry F. McCarthy of Chicago, as well as prosecutors from around the country, including Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney.

Wisconsin’s capital city arrested nearly one-third of the Black children who live there in 2013A report from the American Civil Liberties Union found that more more than 80 percent of the children who are sent to state juvenile detention centers from Madison’s Dane County are Black youth. Many Black children are arrested for normal childhood behavior, yet charged with crimes like “disorderly conduct.” According to, a Black child is 14 times more likely to be arrested for disorderly conduct in Madison, than a white child.

• Rather than face federal investigations Judicial Correction Services Inc., a company that once was criticized by a judge as helping Harpersville run a "debtors prison" and "judicially sanctioned extortion racket," is being allowed to pull up stakes and leave scot free after dozens of towns cancelled contracts with the company around the state. JCS issued a brief statement Monday that it was ceasing operations in Alabama..

• Our message is getting out. A little-known provision in the Kentucky Constitution that still allows for slavery as a form of punishment is drawing calls for change in next year’s General Assembly. Specifically Section 25 of the Kentucky constitution states that: “Slavery and involuntary servitude in this state are forbidden, except as a punishment for a crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” “It’s inapplicable, and it’s outdated language,” said John Johnson, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. “The horrors of slavery and what it means — we ought not have that in our public constitution.”
The human rights commission is urging lawmakers to pass legislation next year to amend the wording. If adopted by a three-fifths majority in both the House and Senate, voters would still have to approve the changes in the 2016 general election.

• Tallying more than 600,000 online votes over the last few months, "Women on 20s" has been campaigning to replace Jackson with a woman has chosen Harriet Tubman, the 19th century abolitionist who escaped slavery and led other slaves to freedom via the ‘Underground Railroad.’ As their pick to adorn the $20 bill and now plans to petition the White House. Their goal is to have a new bill in circulation by the year 2020 .

•Today we will not be doing our America is #Ferguson segment. Instead we’ll open the lines for callers and continue next week with Nevada is #Ferguson.

• This week’s Rider of the 21st Century Underground Railroad is Shawl Whirl. More than 25 years after police tortured him into confessing to a murder he didn't commit, Shawl Whirl walked out of an Illinois prison Wednesday afternoon, finally free. An appeals court in August threw out his conviction and ordered a new trial, but he never went back to court. Prosecutors dropped the case, and on Tuesday, a judge dismissed all charges.

• Our Abolitionist in profile is William Lambert, (1817-1890)

Expect all of that and more tonight on New Abolitionists Radio.  

Thursday, October 8, 2015

#Montana is #Ferguson

10-7-2015 6-38-40 PM

Tonight is open forum as we deviate from usual format. Give us a call and discuss any news you have learned concerning 21st Century Slavery & Human Trafficking.

In the news....
  • The US government just weeks after President Obama visits a prison, thousands of drug war victims are due to be released with tens of thousands more to be released later. This is big news and a jubilant time for the freed and their families.
  • US AG Loretta Lynch made the ridiculous statement that she does support mandates to require cops to track those they kill. During the same interview she did say she supports states right's to legalize cannabis.
  • California is granting amnesty for traffic and non-traffic tickets. Why is forcing the state to give up a sizable chunk of money derived from policing for profit?
  • Washington State police have a virtual license to kill? The state is discussing revoking that license.
  • A state population that is 90% white and .06% black. If you’ve been following the America is Ferguson series you already know how this is going to look. Like someone is hunting black people and throwing them in cages in unbelievably unequal numbers. Today we show that...Montana is #Ferguson.
  • This week’s Rider of the 21st Century Underground Railroad is Eric Caine, 24, and Aaron Patterson, 25, who were tried together in 1989 and convicted by separate juries of stabbing an elderly couple to death on the south side of Chicago. On March 16, 2011, 25 years after his conviction, the state of Illinois dismissed all charges against Caine and Cook
  • Our Abolitionist in profile is Sarah Remond (1826-1894). an African-American abolitionist, an eloquent orator, and inspiring leader – who made her first speech against slavery when she was just sixteen.