Claudia Jonez: Unknown Pan-Afrikanist, Feminist, and Communist

By: Ajamu Nangwaya Jones used the organizational space of the Communist Party to advance the cause of anti-racism, world peace, decolonization and the class struggle. Claudia Jones was a revolutionary whose activism spanned two continents, North America and Europe. Claudia Vera Cumberbatch was born on February 21, 1915 in Belmont, Trinidad and Tobago, the land […]

CAT ON FIRE

[col. writ. 10/19/16] ©’16 Mumia Abu-Jamal OVER HALF HIS LIFE, LORENZO “Cat’ Johnson has been held in some of the toughest prisons in Pennsylvania, under some of the worst conditions, often in the hole. For over 20 years, he has been part of one of the biggest lifer populations in America; People sentenced to death […]

Ramona Africa Talkz MOVE, Liberation and Surviving 1985 Bombing

By: Lamont Lilly Ramona Africa, sole living survivor of U.S. bombing of the MOVE home in Philadelphia. | Photo: Reuters The U.S. freedom fighter discusses the history of MOVE and what it means to fight for liberation in part one of an exclusive interview. Former U.S. political prisoner, Ramona Africa, is the Minister of Communication […]

The Black Panther Party Had a Funk Band Called ‘The Lumpen’

And yes, they were good. by  Jamilah King   Band members L to R: James Mott, Bill Calhoun, Michael Torrance, Clark Bailey. Image: Ducho Dennnis/ It’s About Time Archives   Over at  Studio 360, Nishat Kurwa has a great piece up about a new book out called “Party Music” by musicologist Rickey Vincent that explores […]

The Black Pantherz House Funk Band

“All You Need Is a Loaded Gun”: Black Panther Party Funk Play/Pause Listen 11 min The Lumpen performing at Merritt College, 1970. Left to right: James Mott, Michael Torrance, and Clark Bailey. (Ducho Dennis, courtesy of It’s About Time Archives ) i The heyday of soul and classic R&B is full of socially conscious empowerment […]

Philly, Fri. 3/24: Tribute to Warrior Sisterz of the Revolution

FROM: Philly Activists With just 6 days week to go before the Tribute to Warrior Sisters of the Revolution on March 24, we want to remind everyone that this is a ticketed event.  We need to have an idea of numbers planning to attend prior to the event.   If you have not purchased your ticket or […]

Politikal Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim Moved to Shawangunk CF

We just got the news that Jalil has been moved to Shawangunk. His new address is: Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283 Shawangunk Correctional Facility P.O. Box 700 Wallkill, New York 12589-0700 (845) 895-2081 (Ulster County) Please take the time to write or send him a card so he knows he is in our hearts and on […]

Prison Radio Kommentariez

Delbert Africa, MOVE Member (3:30) Mumia Abu-Jamal There is a Storm a’Comin’ (4:59) Khalfani Malik Khaldun Trump Russian Backed (3:11) Kerry Shakaboona Marshall Victory for a Victim: A Salute for Mumia Abu-Jamal (3:15) Khalfani Malik Khaldun Rain Down on Me (1:52) Khalfani Malik Khaldun Trump Conspiring (3:44) Kerry Shakaboona Marshall Essay (3:23) Omar Askia Ali […]

Robert “Seth” Hayez

Robert Seth Hayes was born in Harlem, New York in October 1947.  His father, John Franklin Hayes, was the child of sharecroppers and came to New York Cityfrom South Carolina; his mother, Francine Washington Hayes, moved to New York from Pittsburgh.  Both of Mr. Hayes’ parents worked for the U.S. Postal Service, trying to provide […]

The Context for the Trump Phenomenon (David Gilbert, 2/19/17)

The bizarre and dangerous rise of Donald Trump did not just pop up out of the thin air. The very foundation of the U.S. is white supremacy. This country is, at its core, imperialist, patriarchal and based in a range of ways human beings are delimited and demeaned. Nor are the specific and terribly virulent […]