- From My Collection #19: Free Joan Little
The following are some newswire photographs from my collection related to the trial of Joan (pronounced JoAnne) Little which I have previously written about here.
- I Wish I Knew More About #2: Evelyn Cunningham
Last year, I thought that I would start a new series on the blog titled “I Wish I Knew More About…” as a way to catalog information that interests me but don’t have the time to explore. I wrote about Emma J. Atkinson then. At the time, I mentioned that I didn’t know if I [...]
- La Lucha Continua: Thoughts on Chicago’s Mass School Closings…
It was a shameful day as the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 50 schools (the single largest mass closing of schools in the nation’s history)… There’s a young man named Brian Stirgus who has spent countless hours organizing to keep CPS schools open over the past few months. He’s 17 and a high [...]
- The Drug War: Still Racist and Failed #16
- Radical Love: Resisting School Closings in Chicago (w/ Photos)
I spent yesterday afternoon at a rally at Daley Plaza opposing school closings. The rally was the culmination of a three-day march across Chicago by students, educators, and community members. The video below offers a good report about the protests and the issues surrounding the proposed closures. As I listened to several speeches and then [...]
- Thurgood Marshall and Prison Cruelties…
I’ve been reading some of the letters published in the book “Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall” by Michael G. Long. Long (2011) writes that: “Marshall dealt with prison abuse claims frequently in his early years at the NAACP (p.27).” One example from the book is below: On July 2, 1937, [...]
- Image of the Day: Malcom X
Malcolm would have been 88 years old today had he lived. I write a lot about him on this blog. I’ve never featured his fingerprint card. I have profound admiration for the man Malcolm grew into becoming. It’s a testament that everyone is capable of making great contributions to society.
- “Think I’ll Be on the News?” Resignation, Near Death, & Affirming Humanity in Chicago
Catharsis (n): 1: purgation 2 a : purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear) primarily through art b : a purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension 3: elimination of a complex by bringing it to consciousness and affording it expression After all of these years, I [...]
- Prison Architecture #1
I collect postcards and these include images of prisons. I’ve decided to feature some of them on Saturdays as part of a series I am titling “Prison Architecture.” Hope you find them interesting. I do.
- From My Collection #18: Convict Road Gang Photos
The following is a set of six original photos of Black prisoners on a chain gang building Rt 30 in Florida. The photos date back to the 1930s.