Prision System is the modern day Slave Trade :More Black Men Now in Prison System than Were Enslaved

“More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began,” Michelle Alexander told a standing room only house at the Pasadena Main Library this past Wednesday, the first of many jarring points she made in a riveting presentation. Alexander, currently a law professor at Ohio State, had been brought in to discuss her year-old bestseller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness More Black Men Now in Prison System than Were Enslaved. Interest ran so high beforehand that the organizers had to move the event to a location that could accommodate the eager attendees. That evening, more than 200 people braved the pouring rain and inevitable traffic jams to crowd into the library’s main room, with dozens more shuffled into an overflow room, and even more latecomers turned away altogether. Alexander and her topic had struck a nerve.

Growing crime rates over the past 30 years don’t explain the skyrocketing numbers of black — and increasingly brown — men caught in America’s prison system, according to Alexander, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice  Harry Blackmun after attending Stanford Law. “In fact, crime rates have fluctuated over the years and are now at historical lows.”

Ozomalti and Tom Morello rock out after Los Angeles Union Rally

Los Angeles native artist's Ozomalti nnd Tom Morello treated LA union workers to an after rally concert.Ozomalti are three time Grammy award winners who have a long history of speaking out against social injustice, using their sonic fusion of funk-salsa-hip hop, the group uses a music  to unite cultures and find deeper meanings of the political issues that we all are struggling with.

Tom Morello formerly of Rage Against the Machine , who was also provided musical inspiration to the  Wisconsin workers during their protest at WI Gov. Walkers office, as a union  member himself,  came out and stressed the important roles unions play  in today's economy and the quality of life they provide for working Americans.

performance Video's after the jump

Union Workers rally in L.A. : But where's the Tea Party at, We need to Unite and take down the Military Industrial Complex and Walmart !!!

Jason Garrison
March 29,2011

An estimated 5,000- 8,000 protesters hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles, the march was an action of solidarity in support of Wisconsin Union workers affected by legislation from Gov. Scott Walker attack on collective bargaining. 

Although within the state of Wisconsin there lies a strong Tea Party presence which in Wisconsin opposed the Union workers and sided with Wisconsin  Gov. Walker on this issue, stating public workers should not be allowed to unionized, with the reasoning of that they are being paid with tax payers money, and they are making to much money and the health benefits are a luxury that tax payers shouldn't be responsible to cover those coasts. At this rally no such Tea Party presence was felt .

Workers rights anthem "Mr. President" -Y-Love & Awkword- (download)

Y-love and Awkword drop  MR. President: The Wisconsin Protest Song, althought we may not excatly agree politically on spefics of the issues , the track is hot and good foood for thought.

Far as the Wisconsin scenario it's a classic case of divide and conquer , pitting two groups against each, the Tea Party and Unions, they should be united and fighting back against the same enemy> The Corporate Fascist politicians within the U.S>. federal and state Governments.

For years now they have sold out American jobs to slave labor Countries, and WE have bought into it, for the short term benefit of saving a few bucks. Now the country has no industrial manufacturing base leaving the working class and middle class at each others throat > If you want to be mad > Be mad @ Walmart , the once all American company now is the highest importer of Chinese made goods, produced by the slave class within China.

Also note that it is well known that Walmart uses Government programs to subsidize it's employee's salaries, through teaching and , recruiting , and encouraging them to receive general relief benefits to make their family ends meet.

Download after the Jump

Fake Four drop benefit EP for J-A-P-A-N

The indie Hip Hop powerhouse known  as Fake Four Inc (Awol One, Sole, Myka Nyne,etc) team up with  Japanese emcee Kaigen to drop a Benefit EP for the people suffering in Japan. 100% proceeds go to Relief International