Dennis Banks, warrior for Indian rights, presénte

by Mumia Abu-Jamal In the late 1960s and early ‘70s, two names emerged from the Native American and Indigenous community that stood for resistance to white repression and assaults on Native life: Russell Means and Dennis Banks. They were men who lived, at times, in urban America, and experienced its impoverishment as well as its […]

Remembering Gwen Patton, Activist and Theorist

By Ashley Farmer  “Ideas are powerful,” Dr. Gwendolyn Patton used to say when she talked to the younger generation about civil rights and political organizing. This simple but powerful notion undergirded Patton’s incredible activist life, one that spanned much of the late 20th century and many different facets of the Black Freedom Struggle. Patton always contended that […]

The Puerto Rican Colony, Oscar Lopez Rivera and the Politics of Parades

Iris Morales, attorney, activist, educator, filmmaker and author recently of Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords 1969 – 1976 joined us once again to discuss Puerto Rican colonization, the freedom of Oscar Lopez Rivera and the politics of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. See our previous interview with Iris Morales here!

Beloved Poet Nikki Giovanni on Love, Friendship, and Loneliness

“Some people forget that love is tucking you in and kissing you ‘Good night’ no matter how young or old you are.”     BY MARIA POPOVA   In his magnificent meditation on the nature of creativity, the late poet Mark Strand defined poetry as the art of “meaning carried to a high order,” adding: […]

ESSAY: NINA SIMONE

    NINA SIMONE   Nina is song. Not just a vocalist or singer, but actual song. The physical vibration and the meaning too. A reflection and projection of a certain segment of our mesmerizing ethos. Culturally specific in attitude, in rhythm, in what she harmonizes with and what she clashes against, merges snugly into […]

HIDDEN FIGUREZ: CHARLOTTE L. BROWN REFUSED TO GIVE UP HER SEAT IN 1863, LEADING TO MAJOR CIVIL RIGHTZ CAMPAIGN

It is often said Rosa Parks sat so we could stand. Well it seems there was a woman before Mrs. Parks to take a similar approach to civil rights. At 8PM on April 17, 1863, Charlotte Brown took a seat on a horse-drawn streetcar one block from her home on Filbert Street in San Francisco. […]

Hubert Harrison: Growing appreciation for thiz giant of Black history (Our-story)

by Jeffrey B. Perry Hubert Harrison (1883-1927), the “father of Harlem radicalism” and founder of the militant “New Negro Movement,” is a giant of our history. He was extremely important in his day and his significant contributions and influence are attracting increased study and discussion today. In this 90th year since his death in 1927, […]

Against racism, for hope and healing, support Coyote and hiz family az he returnz to jail

The Bay View met Coyote years ago when he was locked up in Nevada and sent us one of his brilliant commentaries on the evils of imprisonment. We rejoiced with him when he was released and ask readers to support him now as he’s locked up for doing the right thing. Donate what you can […]

“I Believe in the Lawz of Nature”

If u have never heard or read Anna Mae Aquash ‘z statement to the Kourt of South Dakota. She speakz truth to power.  Thiz iz a recommended read to be read again and again. If at all possible gain some rightouz revolutionary knowledge… Anna Mae Aquash Statement to the Court of South Dakota September, 1975 […]