Virgin Island Brothers Support Campaign

Please pass on to all respective list serves – members, supporters, family and friends! The campaign to free the Virgin Island 3, who have been locked up for 46 years, is kicking into high gear. Like many aging prisoners, they are experiencing increasing health problems and pose NO RISK to the society they’ve been locked […]

The Risky Business of Branding Black Pain

The commodification of civil-rights activism may appear revolutionary, but it can undermine the basic tenets of social movements. Colin Kaepernick’s Nike campaign illustrates this conundrum perfectly. SAIDA GRUNDY SEP 14, 2018 MATT WINKELMEYER / GETTY “It is both humiliating and humbling to discover that a single generation after the events that constructed me as a […]

Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard

In commemoration of the Attica Uprising 47 years earlier, incarcerated organizers chose yesterday as the final day of the nearly three-week-long National Prison Strike that began on August 21. The … Source: Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard

After police unions threaten Nike with boycotts, black officers insist they stand with Kaepernick

by  Jessica Sutherland  Daily Kos Staff Those who despise Colin Kaepernick—for his originally-silent and always-peaceful on-field protests against law enforcement’s rampant racism and unchecked brutality against people of color—are always quick to hide behind baseless accusations about what they believe are Kap’s real motivations. “He hates America!” some say. “He hates the military!” others shriek. All ignore the […]

US prisoners’ strike is reminder how commonplace inmate labor is – and that it may run afoul of the law

California inmates take a break from their ‘jobs’ fighting fires to play some chess. Reuters Prisoners in 17 U.S. states went on strike on Aug. 21 by refusing to eat or work to call attention to a number of troubling issues, including dilapidated facilities, harsh sentences and other aspects of mass incarceration in America. As we approach Labor […]

The marvel of the real Black Panthers

By Mohsin Uppal Photo: rocor @Flickr Possibly what is already the blockbuster of the year is out: Marvel’s Black Panther. It’s a film chronicling comic book hero Black Panther, also known as T’Challa, King of Wakanda. Black Panther was the first black superhero, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966 during the height of the […]

Assata Speaks From Exile on Tupac, Rap, CointelPro, Social Change

by  newafrikan77   What effect do you think Rap music has on the movement for social justice today? Assata Shakur: Hip Hop can be a very powerful weapon to help expand young people’s political and social consciousness. But just as with any weapon, if you don’t know how to use it, if you don’t know where […]

MARTHA PITTS

 REMEMBERING A REVOLUTIONARY By Assata Shakur This is not an easy statement for me to write. Somehow, I thought that Martha would always be here. In my mind she was like Mt. Kilimanjaro, always strong, always solid, always standing tall. I met Martha about 30 years ago. She was a proud intelligent, irreverent black woman. She […]

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 […]

Karen Spellman and the SNCC Legacy Project –Black Power Chronicle

  by BAR Editor and Columnist, Dr. Marsha Adebayo When did the “Civil Rights Movement” morph into the “Black Power Era” — or is that a false dichotomy. The best testimony on that question comes from those who participated in the process – people like Karen Spellman, an early activist with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating […]