The Continuum of Abuse: Slavery, Black Laws, Contract Labor, Jim Crow, Lynching, Prison/Industrial Complex, Death Penalty

Sunday February 3, 2013 – 2pm

The Continuum of Abuse: Slavery, Black Laws, Contract Labor, Jim Crow, Lynching, Prison/Industrial Complex, Death Penalty

Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, 215-735-3456

How come executions in the 21st Century follow the same pattern that lynching did in the 19th Century? 

It is significant that the death penalty, like lynching, is most prevalent in the South. It is the latest in a series of techniques to subdue and control the African American population and maintain a system of white privilege. Prisoners arrested because they had no money (vagrancy) were leased to the same plantations where they had been slaves when they could not pay their fines.  Angola Plantation became Angola Prison. The prison/industrial complex and death penalty continue the abuse of African Americans which started with slavery.

Welcome by Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader, Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia


  • Shujaa Graham was on Death Row until exonerated, and is now Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Witness to Innocence. Google him, he is amazing.
  • Pam Africa is the coordinator for the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal and has been on the frontlines in the movement to have Abu-Jamal released from prison.  
  • L. V. Gaither is a political activist and independent historian who resides in Houston, Texas. He is editor and publisher of the Gaither Reporter: An Independent Journal of Politics, Literature and Culture, and author of Loss of Empire: Legal Lynching, Vigilantism, and African American Intellectualism in the 21st Century.  
  • Sandra J. Jones author of Coalition Building in the Anti-Death Penalty Movement is Professor of Sociology at Rowan University, whose research includes race/ethnic relations and social movement theory.
  • Michael Coard, a criminal defense attorney with more than 15 years of trial experience, specializes in murder cases and formerly worked at the Charles W. Bowser Law Center after having served as Legal Counsel for State Senator Hardy Williams. He is an adjunct professor in the African Studies Department and the Urban Studies Department at Temple University as well as a volunteer instructor of Criminal Justice and also Hip Hop in the university’s Pan African Studies Program.

Part of the Ida B. Wells, Lynching & Trayvon Martin project February 22 to March 3, 2013 produced by Moonstone Arts Center

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