Judge Suspends Release of Herman Bell, Elderly Black Panther Jailed 45 Years, Amid Police Pressure

by Amy Goodman , Critical Resistance   A judge in New York has suspended the release of Herman Bell, a 70-year-old prisoner who has been granted parole after 45 years in prison. Bell was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the killing of two New York City police officers in 1971. At […]

Assata Shakur – Influential Black Leaders

On May 2, 2013, the FBI placed Assata Shakur, now living in Cuba, on its Most Wanted Terrorists list, which has included the likes of Osama Bin Laden and other Al Quaeda figures, some of whom were executed by drones. This was the day after the State Department was due to release its list of […]

Don’t Let Parole Become a Meaningless Concept

Some felt Herman Bell deserved execution or at least a prison sentence of life without parole, but in mid-1970s New York those weren’t options. No question, Mr. Bell’s crime was a despicable assault on society itself. In 1971, with fellow Black Liberation Army radicals, he ambushed two police officers in Harlem, repeatedly and fatally shooting […]

San Diego forum says ‘Free Mumia and all politikal prisoners’

By Gloria Verdieu   San Diego — Workers World Party hosted a “Free All Political Prisoners” forum at the Brown Building, a space for activists in the City Heights community here on Dec. 9. This meeting was called to pay tribute to Long Distance Revolutionary Mumia Abu-Jamal on the 36th anniversary of his arrest on that […]

Jalil A. Muntaqim: The making of a movement

by Jalil A. Muntaqim I was captured on Aug. 28, 1971, in San Francisco after a car chase and gun battle with San Francisco police. It was alleged that myself and co-defendant Albert Nuh Washington were attempting to avenge the assassination of George L. Jackson in San Quentin on Aug. 21, 1971. I was convicted […]

Exiled Black Liberation Fighter – Assata Shakur. November 2nd marks the 38th year of her liberation!

  On May 2nd 1973 State troopers on the New Jersey State Turnpike stopped Assata and 2 other members of the Black Panther Party.  Surviving 2 deadly gunshot wounds Assata was charged with the murder of a trooper.  Six years later, on November 2nd 1979 she escaped from New Jersey’s Clinton Correctional Facility and is living […]

Apartheid Attica

Nestled in the upstate New York rural community, stand grey walls and ominous gun towers, inside 24 hundred souls captured and confined. Marching two by two, 40 strong, escorted by club wielding guards enter a messhall, a sea of Black and Brown faces, under camera surveillance and controlled, by the threat of club wielding automatons. […]

The Making of a Movement

by Jalil A. Muntaqim I was captured on August 28, 1971, in San Francisco after a car chase and gun battle with San Francisco police. It was alleged that myself and co-defendant Albert Nuh Washington were attempting to avenge the assassination of George L. Jackson, in San Quentin on August 21, 1971. I was convicted […]

A gathering to honor a freedom fighter

by SAEED SHABAZZ Assata Shakur “My name is Assata (she who struggles) Olugbala (for the people) Shakur (the thankful one), and I am a 20th century escaped slave,” she wrote on her website in 2013. “Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence […]

Cuba pledges refuge for ‘U.S. civil rights fighters’

By Chris Fry   On June 16, Donald Trump, while announcing the rollback of President Obama’s modest improvements in U.S. imperialism’s posture towards revolutionary Cuba, demanded Cuba return freedom fighter Assata Shakur. As part of the Cuban government’s overall response to Trump’s attack, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez rebuffed Trump’s demand: “Regarding the issue of the […]