A Database of Fugitive Slave Ads Reveals Thousands of Untold Resistance Stories

Freedom on the Move from Cornell University is the first major digital database of fugitive slave ads from North America. Advertisement for a fugitive slave in the Oppenheim (New York, 1824), Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, New York Public Library Readers of the May 24, 1796 Pennsylvania Gazette found […]

A Politikal Philosophy of Self-Defense

by Chad Kautzer Editor’s Note: This essay is an adapted excerpt from Setting Sights: Histories and Reflections on Community Armed Self-Defense (ed. scott crow). In his 1964 speech “Communication and Reality,” Malcolm X said: “I am not against using violence in self-defense. I don’t call it violence when it’s self-defense, I call it intelligence.” Earlier that year, he made a […]

MEXICAN PHOTOGRAPHER TAKES ON ANTI-BLACK NOTIONS OF “GOOD HAIR” IN “PELO BUENO” PHOTO SERIES

Delores Medel is a Mexican photographer whose work centers around women and girls in Latin America. Her latest project, “Pelo Bueno”, highlights the anti-Black distinctions between “good” and “bad” hair that plagues the region. “Pelo Bueno”, which translates to “good hair”, presents various women with their hair in natural states. “Natural, curly hair, free of […]

“Resistance, Occupation, and Politikal Prisoners”

36 YEAR LONG U.S. GOVERNMENT HELD BLACK PANTHER POLITICAL PRISONER MUMIA ABU JAMAL HAS ASKED FOR YOU TO COME OUT & JOIN US ON THIS COMING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 @ 2:00 PM FORTHIS POLITICAL FILM & DISCUSSION EVENT BEING HELD IN N.Y.C. Mumia Abu Jamal shared a Page.      The Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC), […]

Afro-Palestinians talk heritage and resistance

Palestinians of African descent describe their daily struggles against ‘double-racism’ and Israeli occupation. Their lives are characterised by checkpoints, daily interrogations, night raids and incessant fears of detention [Jaclynn Ashly/Al Jazeera] by Jaclynn Ashly Occupied East Jerusalem – “It’s hard not to get detained here,” 16-year-old Abdallah Balalawi, an Afro-Palestinian from Chad, told Al Jazeera from his […]

ESSAY: 4 MOVEMENTS / 12 MOMENTS IN THE LIFE OF AN EX-SLAVE

      Long Live Assata!     1.1 I’m not afraid to die but I am afraid I’m going to die. Afraid that, outside of a grave, there will not be one square inch of earth on which I can reside; afraid that my enemies will not allow me to breathe unless concrete and […]

CALIFORNIA: Challenges and Reports

by MIM(Prisons)                              permalink The decentralization of the prison population in California has helped make the voices of the oppressed harder to get out, as county jails step up repression in face of growing prisoner populations. At the Martinez Detention Facility in the […]

Afrikan Liberation Day represents expansion of human freedom

by Strike Thokoane Some 130 years ago, European powers met in Berlin to hatch an agenda of subjecting Africa and its peoples to mere vassals, property to be possessed and exploited for the benefit of white people. African Liberation Day celebrates the African people’s successful resistance to this oppression. The Day is also a proud commemoration […]

Liberation Theology: A March to Freedom

“My son, the Holy Church is on the right, but Jesus Christ was always on the left.”  -Isabel Allende  Liberation Theology: A March to Freedom explores the conceptual framework of “liberation theology” — a branch of Theology developed by Catholics and Christians looking to examine the church’s role in society, to address the socio-political and […]

A just rage

by  Henry Makori Black people are quickly labeled racist any time we raise our voice against white supremacy. It is racism fighting back. It is meant to silence us. We should not openly express what we feel and know. As Black people we should not own our experiences and history. No. We are instead supposed […]