Funeral for Black Panther Party member Bobby Hutton

When You Die, What Will People Say About You?

Get in the practice of periodically asking yourself the same question.  If you were to drop dead right now, what would people say about you?  The answer to that question will never be provided by how many internet arguments you believe you won.  It won’t materialize based upon how many people you overtalked or abusively dominated.  And, it won’t be influenced by whatever image of yourself you spent so much time constructing that has absolutely nothing to do with who you really are as a person.  . . .

the importance of revolutionary language at the Black People's Survival Conference

The Importance of Revolutionary Language

Organizations and individuals that are guided by Black (Afrikan) revolutionary theory and practices need to be mindful of the language we use — as language is one of the first means by which liberalism attacks. If we are not intentional in aligning our language with revolutionary action and organizing it is liable to be co-opted by the state. Even the most radical of theories such as prison and police abolition can be twisted and watered down by politicians, news outlets, and infiltrators — to the point that they are no longer recognizable. . . .

An artists collage with a theme of reparations.

Reparations: Why Paying Them in Cash is Throwing Good Money After Bad

African Americans won’t turn the tide by going on a shopping spree, or leaving it to whites to decide what we can and cannot teach our children, where we work, and for how much, whether we are free or imprisoned, or whether we live or die. We need power over our own communities just as the white working class needs it over theirs. . . .

An African walks in front of a flaming tire blockade in the road in Haiti.

The African World is on Fire

When the people flood the streets of Lagos, Bamako, Dakar, or Pretoria to denounce Africom, SARS and Israeli trained police forces, it does not make the nightly news. Each day there are literally 10,000 meetings in churches, basements, classrooms, and open fields to discuss our fight to live free and defeat our enemies. We even stopped hearing about Black Lives Matter when the People in the street called for the dismantling of terrorist police forces. . . .

Black August, Letter Writing and the ‘Harm Reduction’ Administration

There are four major components in the yearly commemorations of Black August: study, fast, train, and fight. People are encouraged to study the works and words of former and current political and politicized prisoners. People are encouraged to fast from sunrise to sunset. People are encouraged to train and become more physically active. People are encouraged to fight against the system. However, one of the lesser centered but equally important aspects of Black August is letter writing.  Nearly a half-century ago, Gresham Sykes wrote in The Society of Captives: A Study of a Maximum Security Prison that, “life in the . . .

A protest in New York calling for an extension of eviction moratoriums and a cancellation of rent.

On the Eviction Crisis: This is Dire

This is dire. The continued failure to cancel rent payments in the pandemic on Biden’s watch means people will die, families will be separated, and the carceral system will act to claim both parents and children. How? Families with small children are more likely to be behind on their rent, especially Black families. The moratorium did not eliminate rent payments but simply halted them, meaning those families will now have to pay impossible sums or face eviction from landlords who have been chomping at the bit for this moment to present itself. When families are evicted–forced into being unhoused or . . .

Jonathan Jackson, 17, with William Christmas, James McClain and Ruchell Magee take judge, prosecutor, three jurors as hostages to waiting van Aug. 7, 1970

Black August: Fight, Study, Fast, Train

Black August is an African (Black) institution that is commemorated annually to honor the contributions of our African freedom fighters who sacrificed in order to strike blows against the U.S. capitalist empire on behalf of the African masses.  . . .