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NJ lawmakers advance slavery apology

January 3, 2008

Payne said slaves, unlike other new arrivals to America, “weren’t welcomed by the Statue of Liberty.” He showed pictures depicting suffering slaves jammed into ship holds.

“Like it or not, New Jersey had a role in all of this,” Payne said. “There is much for the state to atone for.”

The measure was backed by Lawrence Hamm, chairman of the People’s Organization For Progress, a Newark group that advocates against poverty and racism.

“It is the right thing to do,” Hamm said. “It is always the right thing to do to recognize when a wrong has been done and then take steps to correct that injustice.”

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Newark March For Peace, Equality, Jobs & Justice

Newark March For Peace, Equality, Jobs & Justice
August 27, 2007

Lawrence Hamm said that the event was “part of an ongoing organizing effort to increase African American and Latino participation in the peace movement and to link the struggle to end the war to the struggle for racial, social, and economic justice here at home.” An impressive turnout – and a very diverse crowd – would indicate the organizers have achieved a measure of success.

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Years later, lessons from Newark riots to be learned

Years later, lessons from Newark riots to be learned
November 26, 2006

Lawrence Hamm has a different perspective.

Since the 1980s, Hamm’s group, The People’s Organization for Progress, has been the only group to hold an annual observance.

“The rebellion gave rise to the political movement, gave rise to the first black mayor in Newark, the first majority black City Council,” Hamm says. “The rebellion pushed forward people’s social consciousness.”

Detroit, whose 1967 riots were the worst in modern U.S. history until the 1992 Los Angeles riots left

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The Nation: Black Flag

December 13, 1971

The Nation: Black Flag 12/1971 TIME article – click on link above.

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