BLM at Six Years

Six years ago today, Eric Garner was brutally murdered by NYPD cops. Many people agree that the murder of Garner and the protests that rose up around the country (and the world) immediately afterwords marks the unofficial start of the modern Black Lives Matter movement. Continue reading BLM at Six Years

Juneteenth: America’s Real Independence Day

On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger marched into Galveston, Texas with approximately 20,000 Union soldiers. Upon arriving and taking control of the formerly-Confederate state, Granger read Order No. 3, which declared the freedom of the state’s remaining 250,000 slaves, effective immediately. (The full ext of Order No. 3 can be found at the bottom of this post.) Continue reading Juneteenth: America’s Real Independence Day

The Case for Jubilee Economics | pt. 5

This was not a planned part of my series on Jubilee economics, but given the way that systemic racism has once again reared its ugly head in America over the past few weeks, I felt like there was no way for me to ethically avoid discussing the connection between debt and racial injustice. Specifically, I want to take a look at student debt, and the way that it hinders economic progress and reinforces racial wealth inequality. Continue reading The Case for Jubilee Economics | pt. 5

Abolish the Prison Industrial Complex

The Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) is a complex system that uses police, the courts, and prisons to violently enforce the will of the political and economic elite. The PIC has a mutualistic relationship with racism and classism – the PIC depends on those evils to exist and expand, and the bigots and elites in society (and their enablers) use the PIC as a tool to advance their vile agenda. Continue reading Abolish the Prison Industrial Complex