Retaliation and resistance behind bars

The nationwide prison strike has ended, but as they have in the past, prison officials are trying to identify and punish anyone who defied repression, writes Joe Andrews.   “THEY’RE LOOKING for the leaders right now. They want to take our heads off.” These words came from a representative of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak (JLS), a group of […]

Maroon Comix Launches!

  This month, a terrific single-volume comic book celebrating the contributions of maroon communities was published by PM Press, the imprint on which Maroon The Implacable: The Collected Writings Of Russell Maroon Shoatz was released five years ago. As stated in the official overview of Maroon Comix: Origins And Destinies: “Escaping slavery in the Americas, maroons made miracles […]

Haiti & Bastille Day

By Stephen Millies July 14 is Bastille Day. On that date in 1789 tens of thousands of poor people in Paris attacked a hated prison called the Bastille and began the French Revolution. The continual intervention of poor people in the cities and countryside — particularly in Paris — drove the revolution forward. Karl Marx […]

The Pedagogy of Hip Hop: Underground Soundtracks for Dissecting & Confronting the Power Structure

Disclaimer: The language expressed in this article is an uncensored reflection of the views of the artists as they so chose to speak and express themselves. Censoring their words would do injustice to the freedom of expression and political content this article intends to explore. Therefore, some of the language appearing below may be offensive […]

Damas!

By E. Ethelbert Miller How can they really dare to call me almost white when every part of me yearns only to be black – Leon Damas The term Pan-Africanism entered my vocabulary when Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) walked across the stage of Cramton Auditorium on the campus of Howard University. The year was 1970. […]

Claudia Jonez: Unknown Pan-Afrikanist, Feminist, and Communist

By: Ajamu Nangwaya Jones used the organizational space of the Communist Party to advance the cause of anti-racism, world peace, decolonization and the class struggle. Claudia Jones was a revolutionary whose activism spanned two continents, North America and Europe. Claudia Vera Cumberbatch was born on February 21, 1915 in Belmont, Trinidad and Tobago, the land […]

A Relentless Will to Win: George Jackson and Afrikan Resistance

In 1960, a skinny 18-year-old African-American named George Jackson walked into a Los Angeles courtroom and pleaded guilty to stealing $70 from a gas station. Though there existed exculpatory evidence, Jackson had already racked up two convictions for petty larceny, and his court-appointed attorney thought it best if he plead guilty in exchange for a […]

Barry Sheppard: Recovering the revolutionary legacy of Malcolm X

  By Barry Sheppard March 5, 2015 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — February 21 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, one of the greatest leaders of the 1960s Black liberation movement in the United States. Lenin once wrote: During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly […]