How the Ashanti game of Oware was used by slaves in the Caribbean to plan their escape from plantations

Oware is considered the oldest Mancala board game in the world. Dating back centuries to ancient Africa, specifically the Ashanti tribe in Ghana, Mancala is one of the most commonly known board games in Africa, among others. The worldwide spread is noted to be because of the slave trade Carribean that saw many Africans sold to […]

We are the revolutionary force that can free the people

by Kamau Askari (Roscoe Abell) “George and the Dragon” (2016) – Art: Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, 264847, Pendleton Correctional Facility, G-20-2C, 4490 W. Reformatory Road, Pendleton, IN 46064 Many New Afrikans (Blacks) for some reason think that the revolution is dead. The revolution is not dead. It is the spirit of the people that is dead. […]

Fred Hampton’s Death Is Just One Example of the Government’s Covert Disruption of Black Lives

by Monique Judge At a rally outside the U.S. Courthouse October 29, 1969, Dr. Benjamin Spock, background, listens to Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois Black Panther party. It was part of a protest against the trial of eight persons accused of conspiracy to cause a riot during the Democratic National Convention in 1968. Photo: […]

Unsilencing Stealth Histories of Armed Struggle and Shortcomings of Left Media Analysis

By Jared Ball    This is an important re-posting of an interview with (April 2016) and statement from (May 2017)  Dhoruba bin-Wahad. Dhoruba bin-Wahad, formerly of The Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, discussed his critique of the “alternative press” and Left analysis of the history of armed struggle – what he calls “stealth” histories – as exemplified in a recent interview with Angela Davis. A STATEMENT […]

Why the Kingdom of Dahomey gave up the fight against slavery in 1730

King Behanzin of Dahomey and his household — Photo: New World Encyclopedia The Kingdom of Dahomey (present-day Benin) has a rich yet complicated history. It had kings and princes who made decisions that had a huge impact on the natives of the once prosperous kingdom. One of these kings is Agadja Trudo, the third ruler […]

The Activist Files bonus episode – The migrant caravan at the border

What’s going on at the U.S. southern border? In this bonus episode of The Activist Files, our Senior Legal Worker Leah Todd talks to Bertha Justice Fellow Lupe Aguirre and Staff Attorney Angelo Guisado about what they witnessed at and around the U.S.-Mexico border, the differences in the way the media describes the situation and what is actually happening on the ground, […]

All US Presidents, Living and Dead, are War Criminals

  by  Glen Ford All US Presidents, Living and Dead, are War Criminals Especially at state funerals, media and politicians pretend that US presidents are honorable men, instead of the mass murderers that all of them become in office. “The US has caused the deaths of 20 to 30 million people since World War Two, a […]

Standing Up against Racist, Fascist, Nazi, Swastikas in South L.A.

by LABOR/COMMUNITY STRATEGY CENTER The defacing of an historical mural on Crenshaw Boulevard, Our Mighty Contribution,” by placing swastikas over the faces of Black women members of the Black Panther Party, Thursday, November 29,  is profoundly symbolic and real–a material reflection of the U.S. white settler state out of control. For us at the Strategy Center, the fight against racism, national […]

Black revolutionary currents of the Atlantic

  The tempest created by Haitian revolutionaries and communicated via slave societies across the Atlantic was a major turning point in the history of the Americas.  by Julius S. Scott   This an excerpt from “The Common Wind” (Verso, 2018) by Julius S. Scott In the summer of 1792, just three days before the third anniversary […]

The Willie Lynch Letter

The Willie Lynch Letter The Willie Lynch Letter: The Making Of A Slave! This speech was delivered by Willie Lynch on the bank of the James River in the colony of Virginia in 1712. Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies. He was invited to the colony of Virginia in 1712 to […]