The Voice of Michael Brown Lives On in the Neo Jim Crow Art Movement

At the turn of the century, a young civil rights attorney saw a Northern California poster that read, “THE DRUG WAR IS THE NEW JIM CROW.” Ten years later, she would publish her seminal work, The New Jim Crow: Mass … Continue reading

VOTE IMAGE ON PROMINENT L.A. BILLBOARD

Affluence, provides you the space where you don’t have to see, hear, or smell, that which makes you uncomfortable. If you know someone who has lost a loved one to incarceration, might it have been related to policies from Lawmakers … Continue reading

"Black Migration"

“Black Migration”, Theme of Poetry Celebration

EVENT: 29th Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry
THEME: Black Migration
DATE: February 2nd, 2019
TIME: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Oakland Public Library, West Oakland Branch, Multi-Purpose Room
1801 Adeline Street, Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 238-7352
CONTACT: Oakland Public Library, West Oakland Branch (510) 238-7352; or
Wanda Sabir (510) 255-5579, info@wandaspicks.com Continue reading

God Is A Woman

God Is A Woman is one of the many literary works by prisoners hoping to be published in the 57th issue of the Columbia Journal. Founded in 1977 by students in the Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Writing … Continue reading

WOULD ARETHA HAVE RENDERED, THIS IMPRISONED, BLACK POET’S RENDITION, OF “MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE”?

In 2017, at the annual Congressional Black Caucus, Texas congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee stated, “Mass incarceration is the Civil Rights of our time.” Would 20th century civil rights activists Aretha Franklin had lent her voice to the 21st century version of “My Country Tis of Thee,” whose opening stanza is “My Country, is Still not Free”? Continue reading

WRONGLY CONVICTED DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED NEAR DEAF-MUTE NEEDS LEGAL HELP

We are writing this appeal for legal services on behalf of Ivan Warren, an illiterate, developmentally disabled, near deaf-mute, schizophrenic, California State prisoner. Ivan found himself in trouble with the law when three non-intimate associates needed to find themselves a … Continue reading

Resilience: The 28th Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry

AYA
“fern”
symbol of endurance and resourcefulness

The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. “An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty.” (Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary) Continue reading