Who Is Being Healed?

Abolition for the People

I was 19 when I went to prison, but prison isn’t what healed me

This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men. The series, which comprises 30 essays and conversations over four weeks, points to the crucial…

Kwame Akoto-Bamfo via BBC

I engage with America’s deceptions when I feel like it. Most of the time I accept America’s commitment to dishonesty. Kidnapped Africans from West and Central Africa were not immigrants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The intention of the American aspiration of a more perfect union did not include Africans…

Do we care about police lying, prosecutorial misconduct, and prison violence dispensed by the prison guards — in the pursuit of justice?


“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I wanted to hate Ava Duvernay for making When They See Us. Her film was too poignant, too distressing, too good, and, frankly, too close to home. The scene when Korey Wise, the…

Marlon Peterson, a Brooklyn native, shares this open letter to Jay-Z on his birthday. Originally written in July 2017.

Dear Jay,

If you ain’t from “old Brooklyn, not this new shit,” then this think piece ain’t for you. Shout out to NA Rock, aka, Nostrand Ave, to those who don’t…

photo originally posted on cbc.ca

Trump’s character is the unveiling of America’s character. America is not a she. America is a mediocre white male.

I was born in the same American metropolis as three American presidents: FDR, Theodore Roosevelt, and Trump — New York City. Unlike them, I have never recited the pledge of…

Marlon Peterson

Been there, done some of that, and doing a lot for us. Organize. Centralize. Come as One. My words are my words and mine only! #BePrecedential about Justice

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