Redefining Veteran’s Day

By Jared Ball  Originally published in 2011 with Black Agenda Report. I am officially a veteran. Like many I was conscripted by this country’s “poverty draft” and its associated judicial-military pipeline, the one that encourages military time over jail time, and then immediately pressed into service of this nation’s imperial projects. And while I recognize this […]

Freedom Fighter Sundiata Acoli back at FCI Cumberland

Sundiata was brought to Trenton for a parole hearing. He received a three-year hit and is now back at FCI Cumberland. Please take the time to write to Sundiata and let him know he is in our hearts and on our minds: Sundiata Acoli (C. Squire) #39794-066 FCI Cumberland, P.O. Box 1000, Cumberland, MD 21501 Address the envelope […]

Meet the only white badass member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA) who fought for black power

Marilyn Buck…composite On November 5, 1981, it was reported that Marilyn Jean Buck, the only white member of the Black Liberation Army was charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery. Buck allegedly held the title of quartermaster – a person designated to store weaponry in safe houses for the BLA. Buck, Cynthia Boston; a member of the […]

The Black Panthers still in prison

Antoinette Russell vividly recalls the first time she was led to believe she would finally meet her father as a free man. He called her up on a prison phone, his voice shaking with excitement, and told her: “I’m coming home!” That was 17 years ago. Since then, every two years, she’s been put through […]

After 47 Years Behind Bars, Will Jalil Muntaqim Go Free?operation

by  Messiah Rhodes It all started the night of May 21, 1971. Two police officers, Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini, were fired upon while walking to their patrol car at a housing project near the Macombs Dam Bridge in Harlem. Jones died instantly from a gunshot to his head. Piagentini, who was shot 13 times, died […]

Mutulu Shakur seeks parole for role in Brinks murder of two Nyack officers and guard

(Photo: File photo) The mastermind behind the 1981 Brinks robbery in which two Nyack police officers and a security guard were killed by self-proclaimed revolutionaries is again seeking parole after more than 30 years in federal prison. Mutulu Shakur, once the leader of the Black Liberation Army and the Republic of New Afrika movement, is scheduled […]

Prison Panthers and awakening the Black radicals

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington “What made him (Malcolm X) unfamiliar and dangerous was not his hatred for white people but his love for Blacks, his apprehension of the horror of the Black condition, and the reasons for it, and his determination to work on their hearts and minds so that they would be enabled to […]

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 […]