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Slavery, Post-1865

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On August 14, 2018
One of the biggest weaknesses of any constitutional amendment is that of the 13th Amendment, allowing for unpaid labor by prisoners. Whether its writers thought through the potential repercussions of this, it was used by whites to ensure a whole lot of slave labor by African-Americans, simply by throwing them in jail for doing nothing […]
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On April 16, 1947, the SS Grandcamp, a French-registered ship of American origin, exploded in the harbor of Texas City, Texas. Carrying 2,200 tons of ammonium nitrate, this set off a chain reaction of explosions that killed at least 581 people, exposing the complete lack of safety for workers in the shipyards and leading to […]
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On October 4, 1978, nine Ellis Prison inmates in east Texas went on strike against the unpaid labor they had to do every day, refusing to pick cotton in hard labor. This small action, coordinated by an interracial group of prisoners, was a protest against both the almost unbearable hard labor they had to do […]
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Harvey and Climate Change

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On August 29, 2017
Perhaps Harvey is finally the storm where we begin to take climate change. Even hard-core climate denier Greg Abbott is calling these storms “the new normal.” Houston has been hit with “500-year floods” three times in the past three years, which means that term has no real baseline anymore. In fact, as this piece goes […]

Priorities

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On August 25, 2017

Look, if you are going to run a government dedicated to ethnic cleansing, the important priority when a hurricane brings catastrophic flooding to south Texas is making sure the people of the Brownsvil

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