Confronting Columbus: Revisionism Versus Reality

by Colin Jenkins  Regarding the painstaking process of historiography, someone of relative importance once remarked, “History is written by the victors.” A statement which echoes Plato’s dictum that, “those who tell the stories also hold the power,” its modern source is unclear. Still, many do not hesitate to attach these words to Winston Churchill, Britain’s renowned […]

SAYING “WE’RE ALL BLACK” TO SILENCE INTERSECTIONALITY IS THE BLACK VERSION OF “ALL LIVES MATTER”

Like White People, Black men (in the most general sense) only differentiate between others when it serves them in a “positive” way. Hypermasculinity/homophobia and femmephobia, to an extent, all factor into the ways in which the average Black understands his “manhood”. Men will acknowledge the existence of gender roles when it means they get the big […]

A Letter to My Nephew

by James Baldwin January 1, 1962   James Baldwin’s thoughts on his nephew’s future—in a country with a terrible history of racism— first appeared in The Progressive magazine in 1962. Over 50 years later his words are, sadly, more relevant than ever.   Dear James: I have begun this letter five times and torn it […]

Revolutionary Daily Thought

“I contend that the cry of “Black Power” iz, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changez necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think that we’ve got to see that a riot iz the language of the unheard. And, what iz it that […]

Iz Marxism Relevant? Some Usez and Misusez – by David Gilbert, political prisonerz

I’m sure David would love to communicate with people about ideaz in thiz long, new article he wrote.  by David Gilbert (1/16/2017) “Imperialism is piracy […] reorganized, consolidated and adapted to the aim of exploiting the natural and human resources of our peoples.” “[N]obody has yet made a successful revolution without a revolutionary theory.” – Amilcar Cabral[1] […]

Dixie Be Damned

interview with authors saralee stafford and neal shirley When you study history, one thing that happens is you start to realize how recent and arbitrary everything in society is. How quickly things shift, and how inevitable those changes feel to the people who grow up in their aftermath. Countries, borders, governments, the judicial system, the […]

Hugo Pinell by Jaan Laaman

Death and Life of Hugo Pinell      It was with true sadness that, on August 13th, I received the news that legendary California prison activist Hugo Pinell was killed in a California prison.  This is Jaan Laaman, your political prisoner voice and let me share a few thoughts about the life and death of […]

45 Years iz 45 Yearz Too Long!

Patrolman Larry Minard, Sr. was killed and six other police officers injured when a suitcase bomb exploded in a vacant house in Omaha, Nebraska at 2:07 a.m. on August 17, 1970. Before the day was over, Paul Young, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Omaha FBI office, sent a memorandum to J. Edgar Hoover, director of the […]