Burning Down the Amerikan Plantation: An Interview with the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement

by  Colin Jenkins The following is an interview with members of the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM), conducted over the course of a month between July and August of 2017. We discuss their formation, vision and goals for the future, and what they are doing to spark a reawakening of revolutionary politics grounded in black liberation, […]

Black August and the Unmasking of the US Police State

  “The reason you call the police is because you’re in a police state.” – Dhoruba bin-Wahad “Before our eyes and ears, a ‘web of business relationships that now defines America’s media and culture’ has one particular business raking in billions of dollars while another defines the culture of a specific demographic as criminal.” – […]

Russell Maroon Shoatz: Rage, humiliation, testosterone, youth and the politics of liberation

by Russell Maroon Shoats/z Steve Bloom, a comrade and veteran activist, asked me several questions regarding my contribution to “Look for Me in the Whirlwind.” The questions delve into aspects of our political struggle against oppression back in the 1960s and ‘70s and are still pressing concerns. Steve: Today, looking back almost 50 years, what […]

From Mumia to Peltier, US Politikal Prisonerz Still Locked Up

(fyi – many of these people are state prisoners and are not under federal jurisdiction. Campaigns to free them focus on those states.) Black activist Mumia Abu-Jamal and Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier | Photo: Wikimedia Commons Many members of the Black Panthers and New Afrika party remain behind bars, some under dubious circumstances. In the […]

2016: Crisis & Opportunitiez by Russell Maroon Shoatz

Globally, 2016 has been dominated by political, economic, and social changes in the Northern Hemisphere. Massive upheavals have been occurring, seemingly churned up by the millions of asylum seekers fleeing wars and economic- and climate-related depredations in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. The upshot of these upheavals brought proto-fascists to challenge the welfare […]

Revolutionary Daily Thought

When a whole people undergo … separation from their historical past, they invariably become easy prey to those who want to use them, because not having any historical record to fall back on, they have nothing to compare things to.” – Russell ‘Maroon Shoatz

Black August and the Unmasking of the US Police State

By: Jared A. Ball A demonstrator confronts police near Camden Yards during a protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in Baltimore in this April 25, 2015. | Photo: Reuters Black August, paradoxically, shines a light on the contradictions of a country that never was, yet must always be. “The reason you […]

Politikal Prisoner Birthday Poster For August 2016 Iz Now Available

Hello Friends and Comrades, Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for August.(11″x17″ PDF, 2MB) Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night. Get together with some friends in your town to send birthday cards to these fighters […]

Maroon Suez DOC and Winz! Settlement Reached

Pittsburgh PA —A settlement has been reached in the case of Shoatz v. Wetzel, which challenged the 22-year solitary confinement of Abolitionist Law Center client and political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz. This brings an end to litigation begun in 2013. In February 2014, following an international campaign on behalf of Shoatz, he was released from solitary confinement. […]

“Maroon Haz Wingz” Interview with Ashanti Alston

Please check out the first installment of an interview with Ashanti Alston, former Black Panther, soldier of the Black Liberation Army, and political prisoner of a decade and a half. Allston speaks about the impact Maroon had on him while he was incarcerated, embracing his own resistance to authority within the Panthers,  and organizing for […]