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Stop Modern Day Slavery!

A lot of people seem to think that because there isn’t obvious, tangible, see-it-from-a-mile-away slavery happening in their own neighbourhoods, that type of oppression is a thing of the past. But the reality is that slavery is very much alive and well in many parts of the world – including North America.

Even more than that, you help to sustain those systems of slavery. That’s right – you. Check out this cool interactive site that shows your “slavery footprint.” There’s an awesome 11-step questionnaire that gathers information about various aspects of your life and practices and produces the number of slaves working for you.


Why we need to rethink Black History Month

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I am frustrated with Black History Month (Mois de l'histoire des Noirs) this year. I feel overwhelmed by the newspaper features, TV specials, artworks and concerts in "celebration" of black history. And, as a black woman of Jamaican parentage, and a scholar of Canadian history, I find myself questioning the direction Black History Month is going. Even though it is recognized on a national level, it has remained a series of local events and remembrances, and I'm wondering, how did we get here and is it time to rethink Black History Month?


Black History Month from Negro History Week to African Liberation Month

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"Who owns history? Not even the ones who made it." Kumasi, Black August Organizing Committee

Black History Month must be updated for the 21st century. February should be the month that we re-double our struggle against imperialism and white supremacy, and for reparations for slavery, the slave trade and colonialism.


| January 7, 2014

Karlee Sapoznik on slavery and social change

August 31, 2013
| In this episode Karlee gets passionate about social change, making a difference and how slavery is something we should not turn a blind eye towards.
Length: 44:25 minutes (35.6 MB)

Feminism, ecology and Maroon the Implacable

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There is only one political prisoner in the United States who openly identifies as a feminist and ecosocialist. His name is Russell Maroon Shoatz. He was a member of the Black Unity Council and the Black Panthers. He has been in prison for the past 40 years and for the last 20 he has been in solitary confinement in Pennsylvania's State Correctional Institution.

Progressive Voices

150 Years Later: Abolition in the 21st century

May 28, 2013
| On this week's episode of Progressive Voices, Angela Davis, esteemed activist, scholar and educator, gives a free lecture at Liuna Station in Hamilton, Ontario.
Length: 58:40 minutes (53.72 MB)

Lincoln, Marx and the struggle against slavery

An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln

by By Robin Blackburn
(Verso Press,

Marx did not support the North because he believed that its victory would directly lead to socialism. Rather, he saw in South and North two species of capitalism — one allowing slavery, the other not. The then existing regime of American society and economy embraced the enslavement of four million people whose enforced toil produced the republic’s most valuable export, cotton, as well as much tobacco, sugar, rice, and turpentine. Defeating the slave power was going to be difficult. The wealth and pride of the 300,000 slaveholders (there were actually 395,000 slave owners, according to the 1860 Census, but at the time Marx was writing this had not yet been published) was at stake.


White Slavery: The Irish Slaves that Time Forgot

White Slavery: The Irish Slaves that Time Forgot  - by John Martin

"...The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves

Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white..."

The New Jim Crow


Obama's mere presence in the Oval Office is offered as proof that "the land of the free" has finally made good on its promise of equality. There's an implicit yet undeniable message embedded in his appearance on the world stage: this is what freedom looks like; this is what democracy can do for you. If you are poor, marginalized, or relegated to an inferior caste, there is hope for you. Trust us. Trust our rules, laws, customs, and wars. You, too, can get to the promised land.

Perhaps greater lies have been told in the past century, but they can be counted on one hand. Racial caste is alive and well in America.

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