Berkeley studentz outrage police with demand to honour cop killer

by Debbi Baker Students at UC Berkeley caused quite a stir this month with their demands that a building on campus be renamed for Assata Shakur, the former black activist convicted of killing a New Jersey State Trooper 40 years ago. The request prompted a petition by a police organization imploring the university not to […]

8 Black Panther Party Programz That Were More Empowering Than Federal Government Programz

The Breakfast Program The free breakfast for schoolchildren program was set up in Berkeley, California, in 1968 by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton. It was the first significant community program organized by the Panthers, and perhaps the most well known. By the end of 1969, free breakfast was served in 19 cities, under the sponsorship […]

Watch a Clip from ‘Black Panther Woman’ – New York Premiere Thiz Weekend. Ticketz on Sale Now!

Still from “Black Panther Woman” by Tambay A. Obenson Set to make its New York premiere at a festival that I co-curate – the New Voices in Black Cinema Festival, at BAMcinématek in Brooklyn, NY – is “Black Panther Woman” – director Rachel Perkins’ documentary on the little known Brisbane chapter of the Black Panther Party, which was directly […]

Cuba spurned FBI bid to swap Assata Shakur for Cuban Five

BY MAGGIE TROWE Former FBI Director Louis Freeh recently revealed that the agency tried unsuccessfully in 1998 to swap some or all of the Cuban Five for Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther who was granted political asylum in Cuba in 1984. In two interviews with the North Bergen, New Jersey, Record, Freeh demanded Cuba […]

Ericka Hugginz Openz Up About Race

By Pawan Naidu Ericka Huggins, former Black Panther leader, addressed students, faculty and community members about a variety of topics regarding race on March 17. The discussion included Huggins’ experiences, social activism, ethic identification, issues from the past and today and how to end racial division. Huggins opened the discussion by expressing there is work […]

‘A Taste of Power': The Woman Who Led The Black Panther Party

  Elaine Brown was the first and only woman to lead the male-dominated Black Panther Party. She looks back on Jean Seberg, COINTELPRO, and internal divisions within the organization. Photo: Platon Elaine Brown | A Taste of Power, Pantheon | 1992 | 30 minutes (7,440 words)   Elaine Brown is an American prison activist, writer, lecturer and singer. In 1968, […]

Act Now to Defend Assata Shakur: Tell Barack Obama and Eric Holder, Stop Pressuring Cuba to Hand Over Assata

Please tell President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to stop trying to extraditeAssataShakur, anAfrican American freedom fighter who is living in exile in Cuba.The U.S. government is using negotiations with Cuba as an opportunity to go after Shakur. Roberta Jacobson, lead U.S. negotiator, testified at a recent congressional committee meeting that she raises Shakur every time she talks with Cuban […]

New Blog from Politikal Prisoner Jalil Muntqim: Blog #33: Future Focus

In seven years, by 2023, the U.S. will be 40 percent minority, and 50 percent of the entire population will be under 40 years old. These are the demographics that cannot be ignored as progressives move forward building opposition to institutional racism and plutocratic governing. In my thinking, it is incumbent on today’s activists to […]

Activist Elaine Brown

  by Yvonna Russell “I have all the guns and all the money. I can withstand any challenge within and without.” Elaine Brown commanded the delegates of the Black Panther Party in 1966 at the Oakland Auditorium as the first woman to lead as chairwoman. In her memoirs A Taste of Power she chronicles her […]

Black Livez Matter needz the Black Pantherz

The Panthers opposed not only police brutality but also the economic injustice of everyday life   by Deena Guzder Protests over police killings of unarmed African-Americans continue to erupt across the nation, largely thanks to the organizing efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement. As Black History Month draws to a close, it’s worth asking […]