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Hosted by Max Parthas and Yusuf Hassan, Abolition today is a weekly online radio program with specific focus on modern slavery as it is practiced through the 13th amendment of the US constitution and by private for-profit prisons worldwide. Airs live Sundays 7PM EST. 4PM PST and 5 Central. abolitiontoday.org

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We'll share history and make history in one night. In Columbia SC at the capitol building on June 27th, 2015 Thomas Washington, Tribal Raine and Max Parthas recorded the reading of "I Denounce the So-Called Emancipation as a Stupendous Fraud" by Fredrick Douglas (1888) in a 9 part series. They are powerful eye-opening and moving presentations that can be used for education purposes with students, viewing and conversation with friends or family, or just to show someone the truth. On a historical level, the readings were done June 27th at the South Carolina Statehouse. The day after Reverend and state Senator Clementa Pinckney, (one of nine victims in the June 17, 2015, shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC), lay in state at the capitol with his body having to pass under the rebel flag. This was the same day and same place Bree Newsome cut the confederate flag down just yards away. The monument we recorded at is one of the few in America dedicated to the history of the African Diaspora. In the center of the display is a marble dais with the 4 stones of the 4 African nations where Enslaved Peoples in SC originated. A direct connection to those ancestral lands. Our intention was to speak to the state and the nation using not our words, but those of a man who was arguably the greatest statesman we have ever know. His words ring true today. A sad truth that most have never heard. Hidden and muted on purpose because it didn't fit the false narrative. The productions include news clips of current events (at the time) which drive all of his points home like a prophet. During this black history month of 2023, we will play the Denouncement series on Abolition Today for the first time in its entirety. This week, the whole episode IS the Bridging The Gap Segment.
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In this episode we discuss the origins, creation, history, purpose, and actions of what is now modern US police forces. As always, we'll have profound in depth discussions, amazing music and poetry, and we'll bring the words of the... more

It's Easter Sunday and National Poetry Month. We've got Poets, Preachers and Teachers who will break down slavery in Black and White. - The story of Ota Benga - The History of White People in America - How America Invented Race... more

This week we are joined by members of United Tennessee to talk about their ballot measure to abolish slavery in the state for the first time. TN is one of FIVE states so far that will give citizens the opportunity to vote to abolish slavery in... more

In our first broadcast for National Poetry Month we'll be honoring the legendary wordsmith Gil Scott-Heron and discussing the critical role of proper perspectives. We know like he knew that "the first revolution is when you change your mind".... more

You heard a taste of her work and research a few weeks ago during S3-E8 Runaway Slave Syndrome. This week she joins us live! Professor Sinha has written for The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books,... more

(REPLAY) This week we examine the human trafficking and warehousing bodies aspects of modern legal slavery. America has the largest prison population in the world. With only 4% of the worlds population we have 25% of it's... more

We've come a long way and covered a lot of ground since S1-E1 of Abolition Today on March 15th 2020. The day Breonna Taylor was murdered by Kentucky slave-catchers. We'll share some of the highlights, favorite moments, and look... more

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... more

It's the day after the Abolish Slavery National Network Quarterly Gathering and we're joined by Jean'na Anthony Kenney of Ohio's EPIC- Ensuring Parole for Incarcerated Citizens. A nonprofit prisoner rights advocacy group specializing in... more

In this episode we discuss false narratives surrounding the antebellum abolitionist efforts. To assist in that endeavor we're going to listen to some of Professor Manisha Sinha's lecture "Did Abolitionists Cause the Civil War?" Manisha Sinha... more

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