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The Establishment's Blog – May 2014 Archive (4)

FEATURE: "The First Decoration Day"

The Zinn Education Project published an article about Memorial Day, or “Decoration Day”, written by David W. Blight. According to him, "The First Decoration Day" was led by people who had recently been freed from slavery in Charleston, SC on May 1, 1865.

At the end of the Civil War, "Thousands of black Charlestonians, most former slaves, remained in the city and conducted a series of commemorations to declare their sense of the meaning of the war. The largest of these…

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Added by The Establishment on May 26, 2014 at 9:22am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "Angela Davis on what's radical in the 21st century"

In a brillant interview published this week by the Los Angeles Times, activist Angela Davis shares her thoughts about what's radical in the 21st century. The prison system, feminism, democracy and capitalism are among the topics mentioned.

Excerpts:

About a just prison system: "Most of us in the 21st century abolitionist movement look to W.E.B. Du Bois' critique about the abolition of slavery — that it was not enough simply to throw away the chains. The real goal was…

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Added by The Establishment on May 9, 2014 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: #BringBackOurGirls - Hundreds of Nigerian Schoolgirls Kidnapped

Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by extremist group Boko Haram. Why is it taking so long for this story to get major coverage, and for an international effort to take place? In an op-ed piece for cnn.com, Frida Ghitis writes: "If it had happened anywhere else, this would be the world's biggest story. More than 230 girls disappeared, captured by members…

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Added by The Establishment on May 5, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Haikus For Sundiata - Write On!

freedom

i love freedom

butterflies in the sky

and the stomach too.



the record

41 years down

no fistfight in all that time

so who's violent?



Former Black Panther and political prisoner, Sundiata Acoli wrote those two haiku poems in conjunction with a social media campaign launched by The Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign (SAFC), Haikus…

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Added by The Establishment on May 1, 2014 at 5:04am — 2 Comments

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