On Opportunism

The term “Opportunism” has taken on a general definition: “taking opportunities as and when they arise, regardless of planning or principle.” He was accused of “political opportunism”, implying a certain mercenary, ‘end justifies the means’ mentality. In this case, it is an individual personality characteristic – “He is an opportunist.” We also see opportunism as an essential feature of capitalism and imperialism, which seeks to use every opportunity to enrich the bourgeoisie at the expense of the people. This is the opportunism of corporate or state entities that pursue profit by every available means. In this struggle of ours, the . . .

Montgomery Country Chooses Genocide Over Community

The Montgomery County Senate Delegation in Maryland recently published a letter, not condemning the ongoing genocide and occupation in Palestine by the Israeli state, but rather an immigrant justice organization, CASA, that spoke out in support of Palestinians and their struggle for liberation.  CASA is a national organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for working-class Black, Latine, Indigenous, and immigrant communities with its power-building model focusing on human services, community organizing, and advocacy.  Recently, CASA has been in the news for “a rent stabilization bill that limits dramatic rent hikes and protects approximately 40%of the county’s population, the . . .

An amazon worker holds a sign calling for co-workers to vote yes to a union. Unions make good jobs.

Why So Few of Us Have a Good Job

A good job is obviously one that brings you a sense of fulfillment while carrying it out.  Since you are going to spend so much time there, more than you will with your loved ones, than this is a pretty important requirement.  Other equally important characteristics of a good job are livable wages, quality health care, and a good retirement program.  This means a wage that permits you to have a roof over your head, place food on the table, pay all your necessities, and have enough left over to save for a rainy day and enjoy some of the . . .

Founders of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors, Melinda Abdullah and Alicia Garza sit around a decadent brunch styled table to reflect on the state of the movement on the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.

BLM, Patrisse Cullors & Others Who Leave The Train

Editors Note: In recent months, mainstream media has flooded our screens and timelines with breaking news reporting about the misgivings of Patrisse Cullors and the Black Lives Matter national organization. The reporting is salacious and sensational, appealing to our desires to take down the three we “always” knew were “traitors to our movement.” But in what is becoming a mass hysteria among the US African left, are we learning any lessons? By only focusing on the money and the scandal, and not the ideological contradictions that produced all the individualism, opportunism and dead-end strategy of the past decade, we ensure . . .

Black Liberation to liberate our people

Three Steps to Black Liberation

If history should be any teacher, it has taught us this: the state has no interest in serving the needs of the masses of Black people in this country, who are poor and working class. Billions of dollars for a war abroad (from which weapons manufacturers and their shareholders profit handsomely) yet we can’t pass a minimum wage of $15 an hour — let alone a living wage — at home. COVID has exposed the horrors of having a for-profit healthcare system, with the wealthiest country on Earth having the highest infection and death rate, and with Black people in . . .

Organizer Do’s and Dont’s- 101

My license to speak about this comes from the fact I’ve been involved in organizing work since 1979 when I joined the Pan-Africanist Secretariat (Brother Oba T’Shaka for those that know) at 17 years old.  In 1984, I heard Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) speak and I joined the All African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP).  I’ve been an organizer/member of the A-APRP ever since.  That means decades of working with people, all types of people.  I’ve worked in organizing efforts in Africa.  In Europe.  In the Caribbean.  I’ve worked with African street organizations (what you would probably call gangs), church groups, . . .

A picture of PAIGC leader, Amilcar Cabral

Revolutionary Pan-Africanist Amilcar Cabral Considered the 2nd Greatest Leader of Humanity

At the beginning of this year, BBC World Histories Magazine asked historians to nominate the ‘greatest leader’ –someone who exercised power and had a positive impact on humanity – and to explore their achievements and legacy. More than 5,000 readers voted, and in second place, with 25 per cent of the vote is Amilcar Cabral, who as head of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), led his country to independence. What made Cabral great? Why must those who struggle for Pan-Africanism know and understand this man’s life, work and legacy? Let’s examine his contributions. . . .

How to Organize Your Black Student Union

How Do We Raise a New Revolutionary Consciousness?

In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful  I seek Allah’s protection from Satan, the rejected. I ask Allah to guide my heart and to guide my tongue. I seek refuge in Allah from misleading and being misled, from betraying and being betrayed into ignorance by others.  I wrote this ‘zine to help other student organizers across the globe. Now and in the past, everyday people have been sufferers of colonization, racism and various forms of feudalism. As for my race, the Black race, I am concerned particularly of our comprehension of this oppression. Too often do I see . . .