The Risky Business of Branding Black Pain

The commodification of civil-rights activism may appear revolutionary, but it can undermine the basic tenets of social movements. Colin Kaepernick’s Nike campaign illustrates this conundrum perfectly. SAIDA GRUNDY SEP 14, 2018 MATT WINKELMEYER / GETTY “It is both humiliating and humbling to discover that a single generation after the events that constructed me as a […]

9-13-1971- Attica & A Shameful Date in U.S. History

“We are men! We are not beasts and we do not intend to be beaten or driven as such. The entire prison populace, that means each and every one of us here, have set forth to change forever the ruthless brutalization and disregard for the lives of the prisoners here and throughout the United States. […]

Omaha police claimed bomb was made in kitchen of Black Panther home

           Omaha police said a bomb was made in the kitchen of 2816 Parker Street                                      (credit: Omaha Police Department)     via Omaha police claimed bomb was made in kitchen of Black Panther […]

‘Revolutionary Salute’: Palestinian Prisoners of PFLP Express Solidarity With US (united snakes) Prison Strike

Poster for the national prison strike in the United States. | Photo: Twitter / @JailLawSpeak   “We extend a special revolutionary salute to the imprisoned strugglers of the Black Liberation Movement,” the statement read. Several Members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, all of whom have been jailed by Israel for their participation […]

BK/NY – Tuesday, August 14th – Black August Card Writing Dinner

WHAT: Black August Card Writing Dinner WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 WHERE: The Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below) NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet. COST: Free As a lead in to two great events NYC ABC has coming up–a workshop on transformative justice and […]

‘Intoxicating freedom, gripping fear’: Mumia Abu-Jamal on life as a Black Panther

 Former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal. Photograph: April Saul/Philadelphia Inquirer The letter was dated 30 August 2016. Written in black ink in spidery, meticulous handwriting, it proclaimed at the top of the page: “On a Move!”, the mantra of the Move group of black liberationists from Philadelphia who clashed violently with the city’s police force 40 […]

Celebrate Black August: The Power of Prisoner-Led Organizing

The month of August bursts at the seams with histories of Black resistance–from the Haitian Revolution to the Nat Turner Rebellion, the Fugitive Slave Law Convention and the founding of the Underground Railroad… George Jackson’s funeral, Oakland, CA 1971, For many of us fighting the ravages of the prison industrial complex, George Jackson is a source of […]

‘This is huge’: Black liberationist speaks out after her 40 years in prison

Exclusive: Debbie Sims Africa, the first freed member of a radical Philadelphia group many say were unjustly imprisoned, talks about reuniting with her son and defends the Move members still locked up: ‘We are peaceful people’  Debbie Sims Africa was 22 when she was sentenced. Her release is seen as a major breakthrough for those imprisoned […]

7 powerful quotes Pan-African leader, Marcus Garvey, will be remembered for

Marcus Garvey It’s been 78 years since the death of Marcus Garvey, Jamaica’s first national hero who advocated for Black nationalism in Jamaica and particularly the United States. Born on August 17, 1887, Garvey in 1914 started the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), in Jamaica, which protested against racial discrimination and encouraged self-government for black […]

Our finances have to be redirected from cookies and chips toward freedom initiatives

Part VIII: Campaign to Redistribute the Pain 2018 by Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun, formerly known as Melvin Ray, Free Alabama Movement On Jan. 21, 2018, our loved elder, revolutionary leader and teacher Hon. Richard “Mafundi” Lake joined the Ancestors. Baba Mafundi left us with knowledge, love and an example of how to live a life of […]