Voices: Kevin Cooper

By Mary Kate DeLucco “I have hope. And because I have hope I have life.” For Kevin Cooper, who has been on San Quentin’s death row since 1985, it is a hope that survives because of “the number of people I have helping me, who believe in my case, my innocence, and in me.” Those […]

Police Forces Are Sending A Message To Black Suburban Residents: You’re Not Wanted

Michael M. Santiago for BuzzFeed News Places like Troy used to be lily-white, and most of their police departments still are. That’s a problem for the black and brown people moving from big cities like LA and New York in search of quieter places to raise families. by  Albert Samaha It started with a noise […]

At historik Black Pantherz school, Black teacherz were key to student succezz

  Gregory Lewis holds up a childhood photograph of himself campaigning for Bobby Seale. Lewis, who now works as a lawyer in downtown Oakland, attributes the Oakland Community School with much of his success. by Cassady Rosenblum In 1973, the Black Panther Party opened an elementary school in an old church on International Boulevard. At its […]

Outlaw or Criminal?

by Lisa Lorish Last week the FBI announced that it was ending its forty-five-year manhunt for D.B. Cooper. In case you are unfamiliar with the case, Cooper (real name unknown) famously hijacked a passenger plane from Oregon to Seattle in 1971 by claiming he had a bomb on board, freeing thirty-six passengers in exchange for $200,000 in […]

Intersectional Black Power: CLR James on Capitalism and Race

To ignore race, C.L.R. James often said, in many contexts and many ways, was a disaster in any social understanding; only the ignoring of class would be worse. Or to put it in his own words: The race question is subsidiary to the class question, and to think of imperialism in terms of race is […]

Protesterz shut down Oakland Police Department for almost 4.5 hourz today, demand end to police aggression against Black people

by Samantha Liapes, Chinyere Tutashinda and Alex Tom Oakland, Dec. 15, 2014 – At approximately 7:30 this morning, the Oakland Police Department Headquarters was blockaded by protesters demanding an end to racist violence against the Black community. One person climbed the flagpole directly in front of the OPD Headquarters to fly a banner in honor […]

The War on Marijuana in Black and White: Report

OVER-POLICING Between 2001 and 2010, there were over 8 million pot arrests in the U.S. That’s one bust every 37 seconds and hundreds of thousands ensnared in the criminal justice system. WASTED TIME AND MONEY Enforcing marijuana laws costs us about $3.6 billion a year, yet the War on Marijuana has failed to diminish the […]

(RACISM IS ANOTHER REASON MARIJUANA SHOULD BE LEGAL)

by Dennis Levy I If you don’t want marijuana legalized for medical or recreational reasons just listen up to what is happening in our communities. One evening, two friends and I were walking down Lenox Ave. in Harlem. We had just left the “House of Justice” on 145th street. We were talking, watching the people and […]