“FRAMED” Chapter 12 by Michael Richardson

“We believe organized violence is necessary.” —Mondo, August 20, 1970   The weekly edition of the black-owned Omaha Star newspaper came out with three articles that revealed the depth of racial discord in the city. An article on a black unity seminar discussed the focus of Ed Poindexter’s attention until the Minard murder. Poindexter was a member of the […]

The Dashiki: The History of a Radical Garment

by DAMOLA DUROSOMO DIASPORA—The dashiki is clothing as politics. It might not exactly seem that way in its present state—a revived, streetwear trend largely associated with the intricate and highly recognizable ‘Angelina print,’ but its story is one of African innovation and Black resistance. The word “dashiki” comes from the Yoruba word danshiki, used to refer […]

Neutralize their activities: The footprints of COINTELPRO from the Black Panther Party to the MOVE Organization and beyond

by Uhuru Baraka Rowe In the spirit of the MOVE conference held May 5-7 in Philadelphia to educate the public about the MOVE organization, I will like to expound on the U.S. government sanctioned attacks on MOVE within the larger context of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) campaign of harassment, murder, frame-ups and imprisonment […]

Defend Jaan Laaman: Political prisoner censored, segregated

By Prison Radio Jaan Laaman, lifelong, left political activist, political prisoner and Prison Radio correspondent, has been put in the SHU (Segregated Housing Unit) at the U.S. Penitentiary in Tucson, Ariz., after months of escalating censorship and increased repression. Laaman was sent to the SHU because of two short messages recorded for Prison Radio. One, […]

Albert Woodfox: “I choose to use my anger az a meanz for changing thingz”

by Rowan Moore “Everybody has fear,” says Albert Woodfox. “Fear is the soul telling the body that it’s in danger. Some people overcome that fear. I overcame it by having a cause. That’s what the party told me: always be honourable, always serve the people.” Woodfox, now a grizzled 69-year-old, has had more reasons to […]

Black Catz Have Many Livez: Reviving the Panther Vanguard and Building the United Panther Movement

  As convention would have it, the Black Panther Party (BPP) – founded in October 1966 by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale – ceased to exist in 1982.1  Not so. Although the last of its major community service programs and newspaper, The Black Panther, closed down in 1982, the Party’s politics, goals, and identity […]

THE TRUE, TRAGIC TALE OF THE ANGOLA THREE

PANTHERS IN THE HOLE: ROBERT KING, ALBERT WOODFOX AND HERMAN WALLACE By Bruno and David Cénou The following is from Panthers in the Hole, by Bruno and David Cénou, a graphic history of the lives of Albert Woodfox, Robert Hillary King, and Herman Wallace, who unjustly spent decades in solitary confinement at Angola Penitentiary in Louisiana. Translated from the […]

The NYPD’z Recordz of Itz Own Misbehavior Have Mysteriously Vanished

by  NICK PINTO The Young Lords Michael Abramson Just as lawyers for New York City are preparing for a hearing in federal court to close the books on lawsuits over the New York Police Department’s secret and illegal surveillance of Muslims, a lesser-known lawsuit that concluded Monday reveals that the police department’s records of its own […]

The NRA And The Black Pantherz: The Sordid History Of Gun Lawz

Until about 50 years ago, open carry laws were standard in every state — that is, until the Black Panthers challenged the NRA’s view of the Second Amendment. The gun control debate is a hot-button issue with the presidential debate fast approaching, as well as the regular occurrence of mass shootings in the U.S., yet […]

Revolutionary Daily Thought

  “The reason the government keeps old Black Panthers in prison is not because they fear they will engage in violence, and neither is it just to punish them; but rather, they fear their effects upon the youth who are seeking leadership and will fight.” ~ Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin