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 […]

Inside the Gun of the Black Panther Party

By Ibram X. Kendi This post is part of our online roundtable on Robyn Spencer’s The Revolution Has Come On May 2, 1967, Black Panthers amassed at the Capitol in Sacramento brandishing guns to protest a bill before an Assembly committee restricting the carrying of arms in public. Photo: Walt Zeboski / AP In 1973, Amar Casey arrived […]

Do Black Activists Have An Obligation To Tone Down Their Rhetoric ?

  Whenever the oppressed in general, and Black people in particular, raise strong — even militant — objections to their treatment, there are always those who say “Tone it down.”  Many people — both Black and White — are uncomfortable when forced to confront the issues of race and racism: Many Whites don’t want to […]

The FBI is a racist sewer

By Stephen Millies Longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover hated the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and wanted him dead. Hoover called Dr. King “the most notorious liar in the country” at a Nov. 18, 1964, news conference. Hoover was furious the Black leader had just won the Nobel Peace Prize. The FBI boss […]

Sordid History and Great Crimes of the FBI

In his statement on firing FBI Director James Comey, Trump wrote that “the FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement.” But what is the actual history and role of this “cherished and respected” institution that Trump is […]

The Black Panther Party, Revealed

April 11, VCU’s Department of African-American Studies will host a forum on the Black Panther Party’s 50-year legacy; three former Black Panthers will share their experiences, framing the infamous organization’s reputation for a new generation, with context by Samantha Willis Members of the Black Panther Party in an undated photo (courtesy the Library of Congress) […]

Demonstrators wearing the insignia of the New Black Panthers Party protest the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, July 9, 2016. | Photo: Reuters “We want land. We want bread. We want housing, education and justice and peace,” Black Panther Party chairman Henry Wallace said.“All power to the people!” the crowd chanted, the […]

Politikal Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim Moved to Shawangunk CF

We just got the news that Jalil has been moved to Shawangunk. His new address is: Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283 Shawangunk Correctional Facility P.O. Box 700 Wallkill, New York 12589-0700 (845) 895-2081 (Ulster County) Please take the time to write or send him a card so he knows he is in our hearts and on […]

Lynne Stewart, people’z lawyer, freedom fighter, presente!

by Mumia Abu-Jamal Lynne Stewart, after 78 winters in America, has died, after battling for years against breast cancer. But those were just some of her battles and, like most of us, she won some and lost some. But she never stopped fighting! For decades, she and her husband, Ralph Poynter, fought for New York’s […]

Mumia Abu-Jamal on Black Panther Party (BPP)

‘We Want Freedom’ By John Steffin   This past fall marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party. To celebrate the occasion, Common Notions, a publishing house in Brooklyn, N.Y., republished Mumia Abu-Jamal’s acclaimed history of this revolutionary organization. At a time when white supremacy is emboldened and capitalism is in […]