What Would the Black Panthers Think of Black Lives Matter?

Black Panther Party official Fred Hampton speaking at a Chicago rally for the Chicago 8, activists charged with causing a riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. In the background is writer-activist Dr. Benjamin Spock. In 1969, police killed Hampton in a raid on his apartment. (AP) The black revolution is much more than a struggle […]

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. […]

Letter to a young gangster

by Uhuru B. Rowe Peace, young brother, I hope this letter finds you strong and courageously defiant in mind, body and spirit. I really enjoyed the few times we exchanged ideas about the new Black Liberation Movement. I was a little surprised when you told me that you consider yourself to be a Black revolutionary […]

On the Importance of Class Analysis: Lessons from Huey Newton

Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party were about much more than guns. On the Importance of Class Analysis: Lessons from Huey Newton by BAR contributor Danny Haiphong “Theory and organization guided by a class analysis is the difference between becoming the vanguard of history or simply a victim of it.” Black August has come […]

FRAMED, Chapter 9 People

  “I will never ever forgive the Black Panther Party for that.” —Ed Poindexter on being called a police agent   On July 2, 1970, a bomb exploded at Component Concepts Corporation in the Near North Side. The business had a Defense Department minority-subcontract and that was motive enough for “militants” according Omaha Police Captain […]

How Women Were at the Helm of the Black Panther Party

Women in the Black Panther Party were at the helm of most party activities. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons TeleSUR speaks with Mary Phillips, one of the founding members of the Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project. When one looks back at the revolutionary Black Panther Party, one envisions iconic Black leaders sporting black berets and […]

Hugo Antonio Lyon Martinez Pinell, March 10, 1944-Aug. 12, 2015: In your absence

by Allegra Taylor In your absence I am forced to accept the truth: You are not here with us. It’s been a two-year roller coaster ride; I have been up, down and all around with my emotions, as well as my thoughts. Tears stream down my face, and sometimes with a smile, when I am […]

Black August and the Unmasking of the US Police State

  “The reason you call the police is because you’re in a police state.” – Dhoruba bin-Wahad “Before our eyes and ears, a ‘web of business relationships that now defines America’s media and culture’ has one particular business raking in billions of dollars while another defines the culture of a specific demographic as criminal.” – […]

Free California political prisoners Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald and Ruchell ‘Cinque’ Magee

by National Lawyers Guild Political Prisoner Support Committee Resolution calling for the release of California political prisoners Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald and Ruchell ‘Cinque’ Magee WHEREAS, Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald and Ruchell “Cinque” Magee have been incarcerated for their political views and actions in support of the Black Liberation Movement; WHEREAS, even while in prison, Romaine “Chip” […]

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 […]