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  [Book Review. 11/23/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal [Book Review: Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary, by Dennis Childs {University of Minnesota Press: forthcoming spring, 2015}] Ask any historian, activist or scholar about the origins of the American prison system and they’ll confidently reply the Walnut Street Jail, nineteenth century, Philadelphia. On...
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  [col. writ. 12/2/14] ©’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal The flames of Ferguson have eaten their fill, and its eerie glow has cast light on how impotent are the Black political class, who cannot solve a problem that is a bane of Black existence. Usually, when they speak, they seem to be ventriloquists, who mouth the words of white politicians, drowning the deep concerns of their constituents in an ocean of e...
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  [col. writ. 11/30/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal Ferguson, Missouri has been the project of the grassroots of the youth, not just of Ferguson, but of many communities. They have stood up to automatic weapons, to a hostile media, to their critical elders- and to an unresponsive federal government. They have stood in the torrid heat, and the frozen snow. They stand today in over 100 cities. Yet...
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  [col. writ. 11/26/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal In the ashy aftermath of Ferguson, Missouri, after over 170+ US cities faced spirited and sometimes violent protests, it was disturbing in the extreme to hear President Barack Obama come out and call for respect for the ‘Rule of Law.’ In his case, it was particularly ironic given the fact that when he was born, it was  at a time when the very marriag...
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  [col. writ. 11/28/14] ©’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal Protests in over 170 cities; demonstrations during dozens of Black Friday sales, with demands to not spend Black America’s money on mindless materialism, while millions mourn. The police killing of teenaged Mike Brown, and the subsequent whitewash by a prosecutor’s state grand jury, has touched a raw nerve  among young Black America and beyond. The qu...
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  [col. writ. 11/22/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   His name is Albert Woodfox, but unless you’re deep into Black History, I bet it’ll mean little to nothing to you. Perhaps it sounds familiar; “Albert Woodfox.” “Albert Woodfox.” Hmm…..” oh! Oh!!” -- the Angola 3, right?”   Well, right. That’s it.   Albert Woodfox is the last member of the Angola 3 - three Black men, most of whom have spent 3 or 4 dec...
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  [col. writ. 11/24/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal Like a fever, the news broke, but, unlike a fever, it brought no relief. For the news, from the perspective of the national Black community wasn’t good. The 12-member grand jury in Ferguson, investigating the killing of a Black teenager, Mike Brown, returned with ‘no true bill’: legalese for no charges; no indictment. No case. Despite the fact that B...
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  [col. writ. 11/19/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal The recent election, the 2014 midterms, should neither be forgotten nor dismissed. They should be studied and remembered, for there are lessons to be learned there.   While it was doubtless a wipeout for Democratic candidates, snatching from them their last grasp of legislative power, it was also a lesson on how little millions of people care about p...
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  [col. writ. 11/14/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   In Ferguson, tensions are tighter than a drum, in morbid anticipation of the decision of the grand jury in the fatal police shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed local Black teenager.   We have said ‘decision of the grand jury’, but in truth, it isn’t the grand jury which really decides anything - it’s the prosecutor.   As the old saying goes, ‘a prosec...
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  [col. writ. 11/5/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   The elections are over, but the results have just begun.   The mid-terms, and the source of much of the vote, puts one in mind of Charles Dickens (1812-1870), the great British novelist, among whose works is A Tale of Two Cities, which is, in fact, a tale of two classes in one city; late 19th century and industrial London; the very rich and the very p...
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