Mumia Abu-Jamal: Two Commentaries

WHEN IMPEACHMENT ISN’T ENOUGH by Mumia Abu-Jamal, 11/17/19 audio recorded by Noelle Hanrahan transcribed by Fatirah Aziz   The Impeachment Hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives have begun, and with them, a step into history.   Will Donald Trump be impeached? I think the answer will be ‘yes’, and by so doing Trump will join 2 of his predecessors - Presidents William Clinton and Andrew Johnson, for both men were impeached, yet none were removed from office.   Unless I miss my guess, Trump will suffer [...]

Aug. 25 Anti-Slavery Cinema Commemoration of 400th Anniversary

400th Anniversary Anti-Slavery Cinema Commemoration On August 20, 1619 the first African captives arrived on continental North America via the transatlantic slave "trade;" some became slaves at the Jamestown colony, Virginia. The 400th Anniversary Anti-Slavery Cinema Commemoration remembers enslavement and resistance to slavery through movies and TV shows. Each work is introduced by film historians, activists, filmmakers, celebrities, scholars, etc., who participate in Q&As after each screening. Film historian/critic Ed Rampell is the series’ programmer. Screenings include: African American actress/screenwriter Tina Andrews introduces part of the 2000 [...]

Maroon Comix

Maroon Comix: Origins and Destinies Conceived, compiled and coordinated by Quincy Saul, illustrated by Songe Riddle, Mac McGill, Seth Tobocman, Hannah Allen, Emmy Kepler and Mikaela Gonzalez, with selections primarily from the writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz. ISBN: 978-1-62963-571-2; $15.95 from PM Press, PO Box 23912, Oakland CA 94623, www.pmpress.org. www.ecosocialisthorizons.com; prefiguration@gmail.com Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA httpss://ara-la.tumblr.com/post/175938515960/maroon-comix-origins-and-destinies This fascinating book, based primarily on the writings of political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoats (#AF-3855, SCI Dallas, 1000 Follies Rd. Drawer K, Dallas PA 18612-0286), examines the [...]

Poetry Corner: The War in America

The War In America by Bill Crossman I didn’t see the war in America when I was four dressed in my soldier suit posing for photos on my Dad’s shoulder at the Carolina Base my eyes drawn past the barracks at Black men in stripes and shackles stumbling off the flatbed truck at the edge of the woods, their clanking chains in the turpentine pines around us laying a silence as Black women boiling lye and fat for soap set aside paddles, Black pitch-gatherers rested machetes to [...]

One-man Play: Ingersoll Speaks

From June 1-25, LA  hosts the Hollywood Fringe. Thousands of performers present over 357 shows covering the whole spectrum of the arts. Here's one: “INGERSOLL SPEAKS!” by Ernest Kearney THE GREATEST AMERICAN YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF  "America don't know to-day how proud she ought to be of lngersoll." Walt Whitman Robert lngersoll (1833-1899) Civil War veteran, radical Republican power-broker and the most in?uential intellectual in US history. Ingersoll campaigned for Negro equality, supported the right of women to vote, opposed capital punishment and inspired the U.N. and [...]

Prisoners’ work strike ongoing

Anyone relying on mainstream media wouldn't know it, but the US prison system is shaking up right now. Here are some speculative numbers we can share with confidence at this time: At least 29 prisons were affected. We expect this number to rise dramatically as we gather reports. More than 24,000 prisoners missed work. There are probably thousands more who didn't work that we don't know about, yet. Many are still are not working today and intend to continue the strike until their demands are satisfied or [...]

What to a Slave is Your Fourth of July?

At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. O! had I the ability, and could I reach the nation’s ear, I would, to-day, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety [...]