Tuesday, October 24, 2000

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  • Corporations Profiting From Slavery

    This past month, California Gov. Gray Davis signed the Slaveholder Insurance Policy law, which requires all insurers whose businesses date to the 19th Century to review their archives and make public the names of insured slaves and the slaveholders through the state’s insurance commissioner. Under a typical $11-a-year policy in the 1800s, a slave owner received $500 when a slave died. This new legislation makes California the first state to require insurance companies that sold slave policies in the 1800s to open their archives to the public.

  • The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter

    On April 7, 1988, Albie Sachs an activist South African lawyer and leading member of the ANC was car-bombed in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, by agents of South Africa’s security forces. His right arm was blown off and he lost the sight of one eye.

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