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: […]

by Rev. Mae Elise Cannon Last month, at the age of 71, after 41 years in solitary confinement, and less than three days of freedom, Herman Wallace died of cancer in Louisiana.  He once asked me: “Why would you be my friend? Are you forgetting that I don’t believe in God?” I don’t know that […]

Former Black Panther political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz

For immediate release: March 31, 2013   On Friday, March 29, family members and the legal team of Russell Maroon Shoatz were informed by staff at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Greene , Pennsylvania , that he had been transferred to SCI Mahanoy. The Superintendent’s Assistant at SCI Mahanoy confirmed that Maroon had arrived there on Thursday, March […]

Kevin Rashid – What iz a “Komrade” and Why We Use the Term

by Rise Up   Kevin “Rashid” Johnson Minister of Defense, NABPP–PC   What is a “Comrade” and Why We Use the Term   The concept of “Comrade” has a special meaning and significance in revolutionary struggle. We have often been asked to explain our use of this term, especially by our peers who are new […]