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‘More Black Than Blue,’ the first report of the 2019 ‘Black Census,’ reveals winning...

“For far too long, Black voters in this country have been marginalized, misrepresented and taken for granted in electoral politics."

Census 2020: Black bodies creating white power

Today, significant numbers of prisons – where Brown and Black inmates from urban areas are incarcerated – are located in rural, predominantly white census tracts. And for years, these Brown and Black bodies have been used to inflate the census figures in order to enhance the political power of those rural white areas.

Dockworkers show us how unions can be a powerful force against racism

In 1969, the legendary African American activist Bayard Rustin wrote, “The Negro can never be socially and politically free until he is economically secure.” Rustin could have been describing the civil rights unionism of ILWU Local 10.

Two powerful women, Alicia Garza and Wanda Sabir, discuss growing the power of women...

"I think that women have always been in the vanguard of change and that is because we have been forced to make a way out of no way for a very, very long time and when you bring people together who have been forced to make a way out of no way, suddenly not only do they start sharing tips and ideas with each other about how to keep making a way out of no way, but then we start to question why isn’t there a way."

An open letter to presidential candidates on voting rights

When ​Brianna Ross​ was 19, she was convicted of a felony for ​stealing diapers​ for her son. At her sentencing hearing, a judge told Ross that she’d face a lifelong punishment for her mistake: She would never be allowed to vote.

Assange is not a journalist (if journalists are shameless propagandists for the ruling class)

Prosecuting and convicting Assange for the crime of possessing and publishing classified material would establish a precedent for convicting any journalist, media outlet, or citizen who publishes, republishes, cites, quotes, or even tweets classified material.    
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Community speaks on Kevin Epps being denied bail for the second time #FreeKevinEpps

The Peoples Minister of Information JR speaks with the community at the May 20, 2019, bail hearing for Kevin Epps in San Francisco Superior Court, the second hearing thus far.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Sen. Bernie Sanders introduce Inclusive Prosperity Act to curb Wall...

“It’s past time to make sure Wall Street pays their fair share so that we can provide funding for things that make us a better nation like jobs, housing, infrastructure and college education,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Presidential candidate Kamala Harris calls for change – ‘Time to speak truth’

“In 99 percent of counties, if you are a minimum wage worker working full time, you cannot afford market rate for a one-bedroom apartment” and “Last year, 12 million Americans borrowed an average of $400 from the payday lender at up to a 300 percent interest rate.”

Parole justice moves forward in New York State despite police union publicity stunt

This year, advocates are demanding that the understaffed Parole Board be filled with people who believe in rehabilitation, have experience in human services and have a background that allows them to be impartial evaluators.

Hijacking the Congolese people’s victory

The Congolese people were determined to rid themselves of Joseph Kabila’s regime on Dec. 30, 2018, the date of the presidential, legislative and provincial elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). For two years, the people had made tremendous sacrifices in life and freedom in a deadly battle against President Kabila, who was bent on remaining in power by any means necessary.

Can gene therapy cure sickle cell anemia?

According to the program, sickle cell anemia is a disease that evolved in places like sub-Saharan Africa because it protects people from Malaria. There are millions of cases in the world and 100,000 in the United States of America. Most are African-American. The conclusion of the program is that a cure for sickle cell anemia may be at hand. You can watch the program on your computer or cell phone. I hope you will watch it.

Juneteenth, second annual day of solidarity to end prison slavery

It’s that time again and I am sending out this call to action in order to encourage everyone who is passionate about ABOLISHING all forms of SLAVERY and involuntary servitude to get organized and come together in one united action of revolutionary solidarity on June 19, 2019, to protest against enslavement, degradation and dehumanization of Amerikan prisoners and all human beings throughout the world who are subject to any form of SLAVERY or OPPRESSION!

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and the ‘pseudotyping’ of the state of Israel

Pseudotyping, in the social sense, is the false perception that criticism aimed at the behavior of an individual, or individuals within a group, is a criticism of the entire group to which those persons belong. And it arises from the well of pain created by harmful stereotyping that the entire group has suffered in the past.

Greens say ‘No to NATO’ while war parties give standing ovations to NATO

Last week was one of contrast over the issue of war and militarism as NATO came to Washington, D.C. “No to NATO” protests began on March 30 and continued until the meeting of NATO foreign ministers on April 4. While people were opposing NATO’s aggressive militarism, the two Wall Street and war parties were giving the NATO general secretary standing ovations.

Mumia Abu-Jamal: An Evening for Justice and Freedom unites movement leaders

Mumia Abu-Jamal: An Evening for Justice and Freedom was presented to a full house at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Oakland on April 6. Pam Africa, minister of information for MOVE and chair of Friends and Family of Mumia Abu Jamal, who has dedicated decades to spreading support for Mumia worldwide, inspired the crowd. Alice Walker asked, Why isn’t Mumia free?

One year before Census Day, California calls on ethnic media and CBOs to ensure...

The U.S. Census has always undercounted African Americans and the reasons are mostly economic. Correctly counting all the individuals in households with multiple or multigenerational families called “sub families” is a major factor. Other variables like families without permanent housing or affected by incarceration or homelessness, homes without broadband subscriptions and low literacy can all come into play.

Chelsea Manning defies secret grand jury, Julian Assange scoops Michael Cohen

by Ann Garrison In 2010, former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning leaked the “Collateral Murder” video and the Iraq and Afghan War Logs, which implicate...

Gov. Newsom’s executive order halts death penalty. Now let’s drop LWOP!

Our hope is that Gov. Newsom will extend the equity and justice informed lens that brought him to stop the death penalty as he moves forward examining other forms of extreme sentencing in California, including Life Without the Possibility of Parole.

‘We stand with Ilhan’ against Zionism and anti-Semitism

Omar, a Somali immigrant representing her Minnesota community, and Tlaib, a member of Michigan’s Palestinian community, are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. They back the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign opposing Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people.

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Independent review of Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s autopsy shows death was...

“(N)othing in Jeff’s autopsy revealed any indication of chronic drug use or overdose. (The reports) provide peace of mind that we did know Jeff better than the circumstances of his death have suggested.” – Robert Chan, Adachi family attorney

Judge releases Kevin Epps on bail

“Why are we here?” the judge asked the DA, who still did not produce the “strong evidence” that he claimed when Kevin Epps was unexpectedly jailed on May 7. The judge released Epps to his jubilant family and supporters on bail to prepare for his preliminary hearing.

Hunger strike declared in Indiana’s worst torture chamber – call now!

In the Wabash SHU, the most extreme lockdown unit in Indiana, starved prisoners demand access to commissary.