CDCr must effect genuine changez in itz old policiez, culture and practicez

by Baridi and Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa As always, allow us to begin by paying our respects to the families who lost their loved ones during the historic California hunger strikes. Prior to the solidarity hunger strikes, the four principal negotiators, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, Arturo Castellanos, George Franco and Todd Ashker, found ourselves locked inside Pelican […]

We Are the Amerikan Heartbreak: Langston Hughez on Race in a Rare Recording

Reflection on “the rock on which Freedom stumped its toe.”   BY MARIA POPOVA   The African American poet, essayist, playwright, novelist, and jazz poetry pioneer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902–May 22, 1967) was in a sense the William Blake of his generation — like Blake, he was endowed with a rare poetic genius that incurred merciless ridicule […]

A just rage

by  Henry Makori Black people are quickly labeled racist any time we raise our voice against white supremacy. It is racism fighting back. It is meant to silence us. We should not openly express what we feel and know. As Black people we should not own our experiences and history. No. We are instead supposed […]

Bob Lee, ‘Mayor of Fifth Ward,’ dead at 74

By Cindy George Bob Lee, a lifelong social worker and older brother of the late Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner El Franco Lee, died Tuesday. He was 74. His various titles included community organizer, writer, storyteller and folk artist. He also was known to some as the “Mayor of Fifth Ward,” an honorary title bestowed on […]

Beyond Victimhood: 5 Slavez Who Fought Back and Changed History

  December 2 marks the United Nations’ International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, which focuses on combating and eradicating contemporary forms of slavery.   The day also offers the opportunity to remember the horrors of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which lasted from the 15th through to the 19th centuries and was, according to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Black People More Likely to Be Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Study Showz

by by Niraj Chokshi This article originally appeared on The New York Times Andre Hatchett, center, next to his lawyer Barry Scheck at a news conference in 2016 after his exoneration in Brooklyn for the killing of Neda Mae Carter. Credit Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press Black people convicted of murder or sexual assault are significantly more likely than their […]