Solo travel to Vietnam was the amazing fulfillment of a childhood dream. The backdrop of my childhood was the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. So I traveled from San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh City(formerly Saigon) and visited three key places I was curious about: The Saigon River; the Mekong Delta and the underground village at Ben Dinh. The trip was amazing. I lodged at the Queen Ann Hotel and it was very nice, centrally located and offered an incredible breakfast buffet daily. My return air trip was on Cathay Pacific Airlines. Five key things I can recommend: . . .
Message to the Colonized: Remarks at ALD 2023
Peace Peace Africans! I’d like to thank the Maryland Council of Elders for organizing another wonderful African Liberation Day event and I like to thank Sister Abena for inviting me another year to gift books to children and also speak on behalf of Black Alliance For Peace. My name is Erica Caines and I wear many hats in the Black Alliance For Peace, which is an alliance that seeks to recapture and redevelop the historic anti-war, anti-imperialist, and pro-peace positions of the radical black movement. African Liberation Day has been my favorite time of year since I have been invited . . .
Willful Ignorance and Stylish Stupidity Threaten our African Souls
The U.S. has always been a violent, hostile hell for enslaved Africans and their descendants. Still, recent history betrays evidence of erosion of moral and cultural fortitude in the Black community. . . .
Your Granny’s Freedom
I’ve found recognizing systemic dysfunction to be healing. Understanding the mechanics of suffering opens your eyes to reality; to our actual living conditions, uninhibited by ideals and theories. . . .
Islamic Socialist Figures To Remember
Is Islam compatible with the ideologies of socialism and communism? Here are a few scholars and figures who agree that they are. . . .
The Relationship Between Sekou Touré and Amilcar Cabral
Touré’s relationship with Cabral demonstrates why it’s so important to get into spaces with and build principled unity with veterans. . . .
An African Palenque: Cuba and Global Black Solidarity
In August 2022, a Black activist delegation from the US followed the tradition of Black Cuban solidarity during a nine-day trip to Cuba. . . .
Co-opting The Revolutionary History of MLK
King interrogated and deeply analyzed the economic structures of capital as it relates to the social conditions of people. . . .