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    Watch Part 2 of our interview with Tom Robbins of The Marshall Project and former Attica prisoner Antonio Yarbough about "Attica’s Ghosts
    A savage beating, a culture “beyond repair.”
    March 05, 2015 | Web Exclusive
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    By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan–From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown 245 years later, two things remain clear: We never know what sparks a revolution. And, black lives matter.
    March 05, 2015 | Columns & Articles
  • Atticaprison
    Over four decades after the infamous Attica prison uprising, we look at the savage conditions inside the New York facility where three guards nearly beat a prisoner to death in 2011. The guards were charged for the attack, but just before the trial was to begin, they all have pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and will not serve jail time. This marks the first time a prison guard in New York has been criminally charged with a nonsexual assault of...
    March 05, 2015 | Story
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    This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march known as "Bloody Sunday." Watch our interview with Rep. John Lewis, who helped organize the march as a young civil rights activist. We also speak with "Selma" director Ava Duvernay.
    March 04, 2015 | Web Exclusive
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    As the Justice Department sheds new light on the racist criminal justice system in Ferguson, legal scholar Michelle Alexander looks at the historical roots of what she describes as "the new Jim Crow." From mass incarceration to police killings to the drug war, Alexander explores how the crisis is a nationwide issue facing communities of color. "Today we see millions of poor people and folks of color who are trapped, yet again,...
    March 04, 2015 | Story
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    Noam Chomsky weighs in on the Black Lives Matter movement across the United States, calling it a response to the unresolved consequences of slavery and racism dating back hundreds of years. "[Slavery] is a large part of the basis for our wealth and privilege," Chomsky says. "Is there a slave museum in the United States? The first one is just being established now with a private donor. This is the core of our history along with...
    March 03, 2015 | Story
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    Watch an extended web-only interview with Ilyasah Shabazz and A. Peter Bailey. They were both inside the Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965, the day Malcolm X was shot dead. Shabazz was just two years old, while Bailey was among the last people to speak with Malcolm X that day.
    February 24, 2015 | Web Exclusive
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    As the United States marks Black History Month, browse our interviews about the Black Lives Matter Movement, and with guests who where there when history was being made: 1968 Olympic medalist and international civil rights icon John Carlos, Black Panther Party leader Kathleen Cleaver, and Claudette Colvin–often called "the other Rosa Parks" because she was the first African American to refuse to give up her seat on a bus in...
    February 24, 2015 | DN! In Depth
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    As Democracy Now! continues to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, we are joined by his daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, and friend, A. Peter Bailey. Both were inside the Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965, the day Malcolm X was shot dead. Shabazz was just two years old, while Bailey was among the last people to speak with Malcolm X that day. Shabazz is a community organizer, motivational speaker and author of several books,...
    February 24, 2015 | Story
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    Calls for social justice were a strong current throughout the acceptance speeches at last night’s 87th Annual Academy Awards. Accepting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in "Boyhood," Patricia Arquette called for wage equality for women. Winning the Best Original Song along with the rapper Common for "Glory," featured in the movie "Selma," singer John Legend paid tribute to protesters from the civil...
    February 23, 2015 | Story