Stop the District Attorney’s Cover-up! Stop the Frame-up of Mumia Abu Jamal!

What can you do? Call the DA’s Office and demand that they release all of the files ordered by Judge Leon Tucker Join in a rally outside the DA’s Office, across from the southeast corner of City Hall, on Monday, June 26 from 4-6PM Join in mass protests on Saturday, July 8th – details coming soon   Campaign to […]

The Thrilling Tale of How Robert Smalls Seized a Confederate Ship and Sailed it to Freedom

He risked his life to liberate his family and became a legend in the process The only way Robert Smalls could ensure that his family would stay together was to escape. (St. Martin’s Press) By Cate Lineberry  Darkness still blanketed the city of Charleston in the early hours of May 13, 1862, as a light […]

Beloved Poet Nikki Giovanni on Love, Friendship, and Loneliness

“Some people forget that love is tucking you in and kissing you ‘Good night’ no matter how young or old you are.”     BY MARIA POPOVA   In his magnificent meditation on the nature of creativity, the late poet Mark Strand defined poetry as the art of “meaning carried to a high order,” adding: […]

Support Kevin Cooper’s Campaign to Persuade Gov. Brown to Commute His Sentence

Kevin Cooper’s case is urgent. Though completely innocent, he has lost his legal appeals and his petition for clemency from the Governor is a last effort to win his freedom. He has been on death row at San Quentin prison for 32 years. If California starts up its executions again, Kevin is at the top […]

Where Life Iz Seized

  By Adam Shatz Écrits sur l’aliénation et la liberté by Frantz Fanon, edited by Robert Young and Jean Khalfa. La Découverte, 688 pp, £22.00, October 2015, ISBN 978 2 7071 8638 6 Author of the anti-racist jeremiad Black Skin, White Masks ; spokesman for the Algerian Revolution and author of The Wretched of the Earth, the ‘bible’ of decolonisation ; inspiration to […]

Pack the Court in Philadelphia Monday, April 24th to Free Mumia Abu Jamal

11 Thingz To Remember About Dred Scott’z Fight for Freedom

1. Dred Scott was owned by several owners before he tried to sue for his freedom in a Missouri Court. 2. Born into slavery in Southampton County, Virginia around 1799. It is unclear whether Dred was his given name or a shortened form of Etheldred. 3. In 1818, Peter Blow, the owner of Scott, took his […]

Text and audio: “Farewell thoughtz to my friend Lynne Stewart” from Jaan Laaman, politikal prisoner

International Woman’s Day March 8 2017 With a sunny sky outside, and a “Day Without Woman Strikes” and other very positive and powerful events taking place all across the United States and around the world, I am sitting quietly and sadly reflecting on the life of my friend Lynne, who died last night. There is […]

Root or Ruth?

A powerful essay by Shoola Oyindamola (Based on Sojourner Truth’s speech in 1851 — Ain’t I a Woman?) A Black woman should be given the freedom to choose if she wants to fight mainly for racial equality or gender fairness or for both. Although racial discrimination has reduced tremendously in the 21st Century, questions arise on why […]

the White Man’z guilt

  James Baldwin, “Unnameable Objects, Unspeakable Crimes” I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED, AND IT IS NOT A PLEASANT wonder, just what white Americans talk about with one another. I wonder this because they do not, after all, seem to find very much to say to me, and I concluded long ago that they found the color […]