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115 minutes | Oct 2, 2022
S3-E33 The 8 Weeks Of Abolition (Week 3) With No Exceptions Prison Collective
Guest Jeannie Alexander and Theeda Murphy of Tennessee’s No Exceptions Prison Collective joins Max and Yusuf as we go through "The 8 Weeks Of Abolition" (Now Week 3). Abolishing constitutional slavery in 5 states. Priority #1 is the #Freedom5. There's only 5 weeks left and we want to make sure you know what you can do to help make history and permanent change in the nation. Without a doubt our plan is to win in all 5 states. Alabama, Vermont, Louisiana, Oregon, and Tennessee. On November 8th Tennessee citizens can vote yes on 3 and remove the slavery exception clauses from the TN constitution. That's right. In 2022 we've finally got an opportunity to actually end constitutional slavery in the birthplace of the KKK. Tennessee. Of course we'll have incredible music mixes and we'll bring the ancestors voices back to life for a new generation on our Bridging The Gap segment. If you're a slavery abolitionist, don't miss a single one of these 8 episodes of Abolition Today! We're in week 3 now. The future depends on you. Let's make our envisioned future a reality.
126 minutes | Sep 25, 2022
S3-E32 The 8 Weeks Of Abolition (Week 2) W/Guest Mark Hughes of Vermonts PR2
Executive Director of the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance, Mark Hughes joins Max and Yusuf as we go through "The 8 Weeks Of Abolition". Abolishing constitutional slavery in 5 states. Priority #1 is the #Freedom5. There's only 7 weeks left and we want to make sure you know what you can do to help make history and permanent change in the nation. Without a doubt our plan is to win in all 5 states. Alabama, Vermont, Louisiana, Oregon, and Tennessee. On November 8th Vermont citizens can vote yes on PR2 and remove all 3 slavery exception clauses from their constitution. Yes. They have 3! For those that don't know, Vermont was the first state in the union to introduce the offensive and illegal exceptions in 1777. Of course we'll have incredible new music mixes and we'll bring the ancestors voices back to life for a new generation on our Bridging The Gap segment. If you're a slavery abolitionist, don't miss a single one of the next 8 episodes of Abolition Today! The future depends on you. Let's make our envisioned future a reality.
117 minutes | Sep 18, 2022
S3-E31 The 8 Weeks Of Abolition (Week 1) W/Guest Savannah Eldrige of the ASNN
We are back LIVE! The ASNN's new lead organizer Savannah Eldrige, joins Max and Yusuf as we enter the final 8 weeks of abolishing constitutional slavery in 5 states. It's been a few weeks and there's so much to speak about. Priority #1 is the #Freedom5. There's only 8 weeks left and we want to make sure you know what you can do to help make history and permanent change in the nation. Without a doubt our plan is to win in all 5 states. Alabama, Vermont, Louisiana, Oregon, and Tennessee. Of course we'll have incredible new music mixes and we'll bring the ancestors voices back to life for a new generation on our Bridging The Gap segment. If you're a slavery abolitionist, don't miss a single one of the next 8 episodes of Abolition Today! The future depends on you. Let's make our envisioned future a reality.
121 minutes | Sep 11, 2022
Attica, #ShutemDown, and 911 (Replay)
We discuss organized prison rebellions past and present. Starting with #ShutemDown2021. This week we'll acknowledge many historical events whose anniversaries occurred either within the past week or will come up this week such as the Attica Uprising September 9-12, 1971, which came on the heels of the August 21, 1971 murder of George Jackson, the murder of 6 young black children in Birmingham, Alabama (4 at the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church and 2 others later that day). And of course, yesterday marked the anniversary of 9/11. We'll also be joined by Chinweizu Abu, the Moderator for the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights Coalition to update us on the events and results of the #shutemdown2021 movement. (Max is still suffering complications from covid and Yusuf is getting his new home in the South in order, so we need another week before returning to live broadcasts.)
119 minutes | Sep 4, 2022
Rikers - The Island Of Death (Replay)
Max & Yusuf cover Rikers jail and all the horrors behind that island of death. We'll be joined by Dr Stewart who has spent the last 3+ years on Rikers awaiting a trial. Unlike just about every other coverage you've seen, we examine this hell on earth from the perspective of Slavery Abolitionists and not as prison abolitionists or reformists. (Replay) Max is sick and recovering from a virus. We were intending to have Dr Stewart on again this week but circumstances prevent it. We'll return live "God willing" on September 10th with a breakdown of the ASNN Vermont trip.
104 minutes | Aug 28, 2022
The Birth Of An Abolitionist Nation (replay)
This week we're in Vermont for the Abolish Slavery National Network Anniversary Celebration. In honor of the special date, we're revisiting the beginning of the journey. Our broadcast from August of 2020 when the ASNN was newly formed as an institution designed to end constitutional slavery nationwide. This was before all the momentous accomplishments we have enjoyed and prior to the sometimes heartbreaking losses. At the end of it all, the ASNN has achieved great and historic deeds. Successfully removing slavery exception clauses from 3 states with 5 on the ballot this year and 2 dozen more ready for 2023. We introduced a joint federal resolution to repeal and replace the 13th amendment and reignited one of the most impactful movements in American history. The Slavery Abolitionist Movement. We will finish what our ancestors began. This was how it all started.
118 minutes | Aug 21, 2022
S3-E30 Louisiana, Slave State 2022
In S3-E30 we'll discuss the August 14th premier of the documentary #SlaveState2022 held in Baton Rouge, LA and will be joined by some of those who were there for that historic event. We've also got some powerful teaching to do about the state of Louisiana. Its historical to present connection to chattel slavery, convict leasing, and mass incarceration. Pattern recognition is a superpower. We'll update you on the upcoming August 28th anniversary event for the Abolish Slavery National Network which will be held in Burlington Vermont, and spend some time in remembrance of the largest prison slave labor work strike in US history. The Millions For Prisoners Human Rights March on Washington, DC held on August 19th, 2017. A catalyst moment that changed everything. As always, the music and poetry mixes will be diverse, powerful, and on fire. This week we have a special Bridging The Gap segment that you don't want to miss. Orson Wells reading John Browns speech at his sentencing.
122 minutes | Aug 14, 2022
Slave State with guest Curtis Davis
Max and Yusuf are joined by Curtis Davis. Author, abolitionist, and formerly incarcerated director of Decarcerate Louisiana. Curtis is a founding member and Executive Director of Decarcerate Louisiana, and the End Plantation Prisons Project. He was instrumental in overturning unconstitutional Jim Crow juries in Louisiana. He is also a member of the Abolish Slavery National Network and introduced the LA abolition amendment. Curtis's book "Slave State: Evidence of Apartheid in America" is available for purchase now. Curtis Davis spent 25 years in Angola prison. Since leaving that literal slave plantation he has become a beacon of hope for those still left behind. Of course we'll have news, updates, music, poetry, testimonies, and the voices of the ancestors reclaimed in our Bridging The Gap segment. (Rebroadcast) Max, Yusuf, Tribal, Tag, and Curtis are all in Louisiana for the red carpet premier of the documentary Slave State 2022. We will return with a live broadcast on 8-21-22
118 minutes | Aug 7, 2022
S3-E29 Enter The Dragons - Black August 2022
It's our 1st episode of Black August 2022. Martin Luther King Jr. warned that we face 3 evils in the world. Racism, Poverty, and War. In the 50 plus years since his assassination, racism has returned to its roots of forced bondage. Rebuilding a global system of enslavement through international prison industries. We've witnessed the largest mass displacement in mankind's history with some 82.4 million forced out of their homes. Unwarranted hubris among dictators has brought us dangerously close to a world shattering war with the most advanced military armies on earth. Fires rage out of control both literally and figuratively. Plagues unseen for generations have returned, and the threat of nuclear annihilation has never been closer. In merica we face civil war, mass killings, and political coups at the highest levels of government. White nationalists have become more emboldened than they have been since reconstruction. Saying the quite parts out loud for all to hear with no repercussions. All while slavery abolitionists work to finally end constitutional slavery in the US for the first time. Enter the Dragons of Black August 2022. Also, the free premier of the documentary Slave State 2022 happens on August 14th at East Baton Rouge Parish River Center Library. 250 North Blvd., 4th Floor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802. Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Come through and meet Max, Tribal, Curtis and the Decarcerate Louisiana organizers! Of course we've got flaming hot-fire music mixes, poetry, and our Bridging The Gap segment which brings the voices of the abolitionist ancestors back to life for a new generation.
119 minutes | Jul 31, 2022
S3-E28 Yankees, Carpetbaggers & Scalawags
3 Abolitionist Yankees met in Sumter South Carolina... it's not the start of a joke. It's today's reality. Max, Yusuf, and Tag will be broadcasting live from the Paul Cuffee Abolitionist center in Sumter, SC. With that in mind, we're going to talk about reconstruction, Yankees, Carpetbaggers, and Scalawags. What those labels mean and how they connect to today's Slavery Abolitionist movement. We'll also discuss the 5 state solution proposed by the Republic of New Afrika. We have some epic news to share. Another state is on the table to end slavery in 2022! That brings us to a grand total of SIX STATES where constitutional slavery abolition can become a reality in 2022. When we are successful on November 8th, that will make a total of 10 states who have explicitly abolished slavery without exception for the first time in US history. We'll tell you all about it. Of course there's music, poetry, and we will be Bridging The Gap by bringing the ancestors words back to life for a new generation.
120 minutes | Jul 24, 2022
S3-E27 The Hypocrites Hand-Guide For Dummies
Max is back, +1. If you know you know. This week we're calling out the blatant hypocrisy of US elected officials. Frankly, we're sick and tired of it. It's the same old song over and over. Everything is called slavery BUT slavery. A red herring to chase. While they rename and redefine everything from covid isolation to roe v wade as "Slavery", they are actually practicing real slavery on you and me. Us and ours. Then, to put the crit in hypocrite, they have the audacity to point fingers at other nations doing far less than what merica is doing right now. At this moment in history, the US is in violation of multiple international treatise simply by having ANY exception for ANY reason that allows enslavement within their federal and state constitutions. Article 4 of The Declaration of Human Rights doesn't say; "No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms." (Except for merica who can use it as a punishment for crime whereof the party has been duly convicted) It's a crime against humanity that is in practice across this nation every day within a for-profit prison industry and a criminal justice system that acts as a revenue generator. The next time you hear these unholy hypocrites talk about prison labor in China or assassinations of journalists, remember you live in the country with the largest prison population on earth. Where police turned slave-catchers have killed enough people in one decade to fill every seat in Yankee Stadium with dead bodies. "There comes a time when it is best that the worse should be made known" – Frederick Douglass We'll have incredible music, and bring the voices of the ancestors back to life for a new generation.
117 minutes | Jul 17, 2022
S3-E26 Femme Fatale Frenemies
While Max is away, Yusuf will be joined by guest co-hosts Tag Harmon and Jean'na Kenney. We'll have a candid discussion about the forgotten and most times ignored history that 40% of the enslavers were white women. We'll share an interview with Prof. Stephanie Jones-Rogers about her book, They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South. We'll see how this history shaped the erasure of black women from the Women's Suffrage Movement and Voting Rights. We're talking about Femme Fatale Frenemies: A Relationship That Started on the Plantation and perpetuates to this day. As always, we'll have powerful music clips, and we'll bring the ancestors' words back to life for a new generation with our Bridging The Gap segment.
120 minutes | Jul 10, 2022
S3-E25 The Sugar Land 95 and the Convict Leasing and Labor Project
This is a special episode. We'll be joined by Shifa Rahman and Brian Palmer of the Convict Leasing and Labor Project and Savannah Eldrige of the Abolish Slavery National Network. The mission of the Convict Leasing and Labor Project is to expose the history and ongoing impact of the convict leasing system and its connection to modern prison slavery while restoring the dignity of all victims of forced labor and their descendants. CLLP aims to lead a national conversation on the history and impact of forced labor, including chattel slavery, convict leasing, and the modern crisis of mass incarceration. The Sugar Land 95 are the 95 African-American individuals unearthed during a construction in Sugar Land, Texas, 30 miles southwest of Houston. Archaeologists found evidence that the 95 individuals belonged to the state of Texas' convict leasing system and were buried in the unmarked gravesite. The first bone was found in February 2018, by a backhoe operator clawing through the dirt on land owned by the Fort Bend Independent School District. By the summer, the remains of 94 men and one woman, all African-American victims of convict leasing, had been recovered on the future site of a career and technical education center. Ranging in age from 14 to 70, the inmates had muscular builds but were malnourished, their bones misshapen from back-breaking, repetitive labor. They were buried in plain pine boxes sometime between 1878 and 1911. CLLP has been at the forefront of the fight to preserve the Sugar Land 95's burial ground and ensure they are properly memorialized. As always, we'll have powerful music, clips, and we'll bring the ancestors words back to life for a new generation with our Bridging The Gap segment.
120 minutes | Jul 3, 2022
The Meaning of July Fourth for the Currently Enslaved (Rebroadcast from 7/4/21)
Max and Yusuf are traveling this week to continue fighting the good fight of ending slavery. Enjoy a rebroadcast of our 4th of July broadcast from last year. We'll be back July 10, 2022 God-willing with a new LIVE broadcast. "Slavery never ended. Not a solitary day has passed where it but for a single second suddenly ceased. It wasn't solved, it evolved from slaves on plantations to involve caged convicts being leased, Or, warehousing bodies for profit like living slabs of meat. Like the deceased beast you eat at a rich man's feast. Deliberate deceivers. Talking about freedom and peace in a nation where nobody has either." - Max Parthas - Slavery is Abolished ...
120 minutes | Jun 26, 2022
S3-E24 Freedom Fest with guest Damita Bishop of FAIR
FREEDOM FEST 2022 kicks off at Grant Park in Atlanta, GA on July 2nd. This week we'll be joined by the activist, slavery abolitionist, and creator of Freedom Fest Damita Bishop. Damita is also the founder of Fighting Against Institutionalized Railroading (F.A.I.R.) We'll update you on the amazing Juneteenth news and events that just passed and the events coming up during the July 4th weekend. As always, the music and poetry will set the theme and we'll bring the voices of the ancestors back to life for a new generation in our Bridging The Gap segment.
121 minutes | Jun 19, 2022
S3-E23 Juneteenth LIVE FROM VERMONT!
We're broadcasting live from the birthplace of the slavery exception clause! From June 18th through 21st, the abolitionist crew are rolling into the grand-daddy of all exception clauses, Vermont, for Juneteenth events. With Curtis Davis, Tribal Raine, Max Parthas, Yusuf Hassan and more! We'll have Spoken Word, a live panel discussion, meet and greet, a BBQ, and on Juneteenth we will broadcast S3-E23 of Abolition Today LIVE FROM VERMONT! Join us at The Richard Kemp Center. 372 N Winooski Ave, Burlington. 7 PM EST US
118 minutes | Jun 12, 2022
S3-E22 You Gon' Learn Today!
In every sense this episode is going to be a master class on the how, what, who, when, why, and where of contemporary constitutional slavery. On 6/15/2022 The ACLU National releases the full 170 page bombshell report titled: Captive Labor Exploitation of Incarcerated Workers "Though this report centers on the gratuitously harsh conditions of contemporary prison labor, it is embedded in larger conversations about racism, sexism, the U.S. criminal legal system, the 13th Amendment, and the ultimate morality of this country’s vast network of prisons, jails, and detention facilities." Yusuf and Max have been digging through the report and we'll pull out some major highlights. It's our last broadcast before we hit the road on our way to NC and VT. On 6/17/22 Max will be the Plenary Speaker at the Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association of the Religious Society of Friends. Also known as the Quakers. After a dozen years of working with the Quaker Community Max is hoping to see them rededicate themselves as traditional and present allies of the US slavery abolitionist movement. Then, from June 18th through 21st, the abolitionist crew is rolling into the grand-daddy of all exception clauses, Vermont, for Juneteenth events. Including Curtis Davis, Tribal Raine, Max Parthas, Yusuf Hassan and more! We'll have Spoken Word, a live panel discussion, meet and greet, and will broadcast S3-E23of Abolition Today LIVE FROM VERMONT! We've got it all in S3-E22. The facts, the momentum, the history, the music, the truth, and the voices of the ancestors brought back to life for a new generation. You may choose to look the other way, but after today, you can never again say that you did not know.
121 minutes | Jun 5, 2022
S1-E21 Louisifornia Love
This week Max and Yusuf are joined by multiple abolitionists from the California and Louisiana campaigns. Sylvester Ani Jr. and Angelique Evans representing #ACA3 with Laramie Griffin and Maria Harmon representing #hb298. Deep Red and Bright Blue states. Both of which celebrated historic senate wins this week as they stood on one accord. There's incredible breaking news to share and once again, the slavery abolitionist movement is gaining massive momentum. We'll tell you all about it. Those of us deeply involved in constitutional slavery abolition are in anticipation mode as we wait for 6/15/2022 when the ACLU National releases its full 170 page report titled: Captive Labor Exploitation of Incarcerated Workers This is going to shake up the country and further boosts the movement to end constitutional slavery now and forever. We're leveling up fast. As Juneteenth nears, members of the ASNN and partner states will be holding and attending special events nationwide. Including the premier of a brand new documentary at the National Civil Rights Conference. We'll drop the dates and data. We'll spend some time listening to the historic testimonies before Louisifornia's respective senates and as always, we will stimulate your heart, soul and mind, with amazing musical mixes. It all concludes by bringing the voices of the ancestors back to life for a new generation in our Bridging The Gap Segment.
119 minutes | May 29, 2022
S3-E20 UnCivil War
This Sunday we face the issue of potential civil war as it is and not as we want it to be. We'll let you hear what we've heard and listen to what the experts are saying. We'll also let those calling for a civil war speak for themselves. From police to the president. In their own damning words. We've got powerful music to match and we'll bring the words of our wise abolitionist ancestors back to life for a new generation in our Bridging The Gap segment. They have so much left to teach and you're gonna learn today.
119 minutes | May 22, 2022
S3-E19 Black Monopoly
This week we discuss the system of modern enslavement as it affects US descendants of slaves. The false narratives, the systemic traps, the criminalization processes, and the racial disparities which are uniquely over-represented in black communities. We'll be joined by the Director of Decarcerate Louisiana, Curtis Davis. DeLa just had their slavery abolition bill #HB298 pass through it's first committee hearing on May 16th. A complete reversal from last years loss in a 9-6 vote. In Louisiana, Black people constituted 33% of state residents, but 52% of people in jail and 67% of people in prison. Since 1970, the total jail population has increased 665%. We're going to explain why. We've got some great musical mixes for you and a powerful Bridging The Gap segment. This will be another must hear episode. Count on it.
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