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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 last episode for the 1st month of 2023, we focus on the issue of modern slave-catchers. AKA police. The incentivization of incarceration, police arrest quotas, jail, fines, fees, and the utter inhuman brutality that results from such a... more

Georgia Organizer Damita Bishop joins Max and Yusuf to discuss Georgia's early abolition organizing efforts. As we continue to introduce the class of 2023's Constitutional Slavery Abolition Efforts, we'll also show you how The whole... more

We continue introducing the class of 2023's slavery abolitionist state organizers. The New Breed. This week we're joined by Amber Phelps of Abolish Slavery VA, and Ohio's Jeanna Kenney of EPIC - Ensuring Parole for Incarcerated Citizens... more

In our season premier we'll be introducing two of the new state organizers leading the way to abolish constitutional slavery in their states for the 2023 session. Michigan's Edmond Rushton and representing North Carolina, Abraham Syed.... more

The 2022 journey for slavery abolition and the 3rd season of Abolition Today has reached its amazing conclusion. In an epic and historic election, 4 out 5 states overwhelmingly voted to abolish slavery from their state constitutions!... more

In this last episode of an 8-week series we are joined by Tina Martin Wyatt. Activist, abolitionist, and the great X3 grandniece of Harriet Tubman. We're only 2 days away from the last voting day where abolishing slavery in 5 states is on... more

Max and Yusuf are joined by Curtis Davis. Author, abolitionist, and formerly incarcerated director of Decarcerate Louisiana. Curtis is a founding member and Executive Director of Decarcerate Louisiana, and the End Plantation Prisons... more

While Max is away, Yusuf will be joined by guest co-hosts Tag Harmon and Jean'na Kenney. We'll have a candid discussion about the forgotten and most times ignored history that 40% of the enslavers were white women. We'll... more

This Sunday we face the issue of potential civil war as it is and not as we want it to be. We'll let you hear what we've heard and listen to what the experts are saying. We'll also let those calling for a civil war speak for themselves. From... more

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