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 […]

Valedectorian

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner Lynne Stewart was a a diligent and resourceful peoples lawyer, a movement lawyer, the kind of attorney who defended the poor and indigent, and unpopular and hopeless political cases and always went the last mile for her clients and her principles.  To  make an example of her […]

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 […]

The Revolutionary Response To Racism: Reply To A Kommunique By Azzurra Crispino (2017)

The Dispatch Recently, I received a copy of a communique issued by Azzurra Crispino, an ethics professor, who is also an anarchist, a Gandhian pacifist, a founder of Prison Abolition Prisoner Support (PAPS), and the elected media co-chair of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWOC/IWW). Azzurra’s statement defended […]

Text and audio: “Farewell thoughtz to my friend Lynne Stewart” from Jaan Laaman, politikal prisoner

International Woman’s Day March 8 2017 With a sunny sky outside, and a “Day Without Woman Strikes” and other very positive and powerful events taking place all across the United States and around the world, I am sitting quietly and sadly reflecting on the life of my friend Lynne, who died last night. There is […]

Do You Really Know The Black Panther Party?

by Melissa Rosman   An unidentified man raises his fist in defiance at a protests against the incarceration of members of the Black Panthers, New York, New York, November 17, 1969. The protesters were demanding the release of 21 Black Panther members suspected of plotting various bombing incidents around the city. (Photo by David Fenton/Getty Images) […]

TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017: “The Black Pantherz, Then & Now”… Veteran Panther Leader Kathleen Cleaver To Speak @ New York University

From The Desk Of Black Panther Veteran-Zulu Nation King Sadiki “Bro.Shep” Ojore Olugbala     “Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here,  that people  are dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act.  Do what must be done, […]

Futurez Without Wallz: Welcome PP Maliki Shakur Latine Home March 25

Family and Friends of Maliki Shakur Latine Present A Welcome Home Celebration for Maliki Shakur Latine Futures Without Walls Saturday, March 25, 2017, 4-8 pm Mayday Space, 3rd Floor* 176 St. Nicholas Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn Music, Speakers, and DJ and Featuring  Asha Bandele, Amina Baraka, Ngoma, Abiodun of The Last Poets, Nicole Goodwin, Art by […]