Black vs. Blue

45 yearz ago the Black Pantherz and New Orleanz Police had a tense standoff; amazingly, it ended non-violently by  ORISSA AREND ILLUSTRATION BY JASON RAISH On Nov. 19, 1970, the city administration had had its fill of revolutionary Black Power rhetoric, acts of defiance and maybe even the services that the fledgling New Orleans Black […]

Police “Training” iz the Problem: They are Trained to Oppress Blackz

Police Training (image by Black Agenda Report)   DMCA “It is not lack of training that breeds killer cops, but the training, itself.” There is no military gear on display in the video of a New York City cop’s take-down of James Blake as the Black former tennis pro leaned against a pole in front of […]

Coming Home to Roost: Amerikan Militarism, War Kulture, and Police Brutality

by Colin Jenkins “President Kennedy never foresaw that the chickens would come home to roost so soon…” – Malcolm X, December 1, 1963 “Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle… you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight!” The thundering […]

The Most Important Legacy of the Black Pantherz

by BRANDON HARRIS In 1969, when this photograph of Black Panther Party members was taken, outside a courthouse in New York City, the organization had begun to fracture due to clashes with the authorities and internal dissent. CREDIT PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID FENTON / GETTY “Relations between police and Negroes throughout the country are getting worse,” a […]

POWER TO THE PEOPLE: The Black Pantherz were fighting for the same rightz as Black Lives Matter

Panther girls – Oakland, California – 1969 by Collier Meyerson The Black Panthers came to rise in Oakland, California in the late 1960s. A northern answer to the civil-rights movement, the Panthers were tackling issues very similar to today’s Black Lives Matter protesters: Police brutality, housing discrimination, high levels of poverty, and unequal education. The […]

New Janelle Monae Track Wantz You To ‘Say Her Name’

Janelle Monae and her imprint, Wondaland Records, just released a new song protesting police brutality. The song, which you can listen to on SoundCloud, is a revamped version of “Hell You Talmbout” from Monae’s 2013 album The Electic Lady. It features the Wondaland roster, including Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, George 2.0 and […]

Hugo Pinell was assassinated under color of law

August 17, 2015 A TRIBUTE TO HUGO PINELL FROM THE REMAINING SAN QUENTIN 6! LONG LIVE COMRADE HUGO! A PEOPLE’S HERO!  The people who run prisonz must be the world’z ultimate sadistic bastardz, putting people in sardine canz and expecting them upon release to suddenly become productive citizenz iz tantamount to shooting someone and then […]

Review of “Writing on the Wall”

By Jennifer Black Edited by Johanna Fernandez with an electrifying foreword by Cornel West, Writing on the Wall is Abu- Jamal’s 8th book.  Following in the tradition of Live from Death Row, it is destined to become another classic tome in the canon of Prison Literature and Mumia’s broad reaching political commentary produced from the bowels of the […]

Univ. of California Academic Workerz’ Union Callz on AFL-CIO To Terminate Police Union’z Membership

The letter written by the UAW’s Black Interests Coordinating Committee (BICC) charges that police associations operate in ways that are antithetical to the mission statement of the AFL-CIO, particularly its stated goal “to fulfill the yearning of the human spirit for liberty, justice and community; to advance individual and associational freedom; [and] to vanquish oppression, […]