H a p p y B i r t h d a y M a r o o n!

On August 23rd, 2018, our beloved father, grandfather, mentor, comrade, and friend Russell Maroon Shoatz turns 75! As we continue in our quest to have him freed from prison once and for all, we want to invite our supporters in the Philadelphia area to come out for a birthday celebration and panel discussion on Saturday, August 25th, […]

Politikal prisoner of war, Robert Seth Hayes, paroled after 45 years

Having been incarcerated since 1973, original Black Panther activist Robert Seth Hayes, 69, was released on parole last Tuesday. He joins a short list of revolutionaries from the 1960s and 1970s who are now hitting New York’s streets as elderly men after spending decades in the belly of the beast, simply for fighting for their […]

‘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 […]

Why Black People Need Maoism in 2018

by Carine Williams When they hear Maoism, many people think of China, Peru, and the Philippines. They picture peasants “surrounding the cities from the countryside.” This is, of course, understandable, but a mistake. Maoism is not simply “everything that Mao did,” or “everything that happened in China between 1949 and now.” I have spent a great […]

Black Panther prisoner Edward Poindexter serving life without parole in Nebraska prison

Edward Poindexer pictured the day of his arrest and in 2016 in prison where he still remains (credits: Omaha Police Department/Mary Loan)   via Black Panther prisoner Edward Poindexter serving life without parole in Nebraska prison

Rest in power, Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard, founding father of the Black Panther Party

July 30, 2018 – by Carole Hyams-Howard by Carole Hyams-Howard At 6:13 a.m. on July 23, Big Man joined the ancestors. Above all else, Elbert “Big Man” Howard loved his comrades and all oppressed people, who he never stopped fighting for. He was the love of my life and I will miss him forever. I am […]

The evil FBI frame up that sent innocent Black Panther leader to prison for 27 years

  Elmer “Geronimo Ji Jaga” Pratt Elmer “Geronimo Ji Jaga” Pratt was a decorated soldier who served two combat tours in Vietnam before he left the army and studied political science at University of California, Los Angeles. He became politically active and was recruited into the Black Panthers Party where his years in the army […]

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 […]

Black Panther Party co-founder Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard dies at 80

There will be a Celebration of Life Event to honor Elbert “Big Man” Howard on Saturday, August 25th at Bobby Hutton Grove inside of DeFremery Park, at 18th and Adeline – 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland, California 94607. Starts at 1pm. Speakers include Emory Douglas & Kathleen Cleaver. for info: 916-455-0908 On FB: It’s About Time/BPP […]

Why I believe that Edward Poindexter is innocent of murder

Edward Poindexter and Michael Richardson in 2016 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (Image by Michael Richardson)   Permission   Details   DMCA When I began researching the August 17, 1970 bombing murder of Omaha policeman Larry Minard for a book, that would take me ten years to write, I did not know Edward Poindexter and was unsure of his guilt or innocence […]