How Environmental Racism Perpetuates Over Policing

In 2022 New York City budgeted 10.7 billion dollars to the NYPD, continuing its presence as the largest police force in the United States, while allocating a mere 1.6 billion to the Department of Environmental Protection in a blatant act of ignorance to what real issues are facing New Yorkers. Predominantly Black Latine communities like the Bronx, Harlem, and central Brooklyn as well as the homeless population in New York, which is a combined 90% Black and Latine, are simultaneously on the forefront of inhuman policing policies and climate disasters. It’s of course no coincidence that these communities and populations . . .

A picture of Florynce Keendy

Black Women Organizing for Liberation

This piece is to give the flowers and honour to the Black women that have gone before us who using principles rooted in Black Feminism, futures, freedom and justice to imagine a world where we could be free while using a range of organising tools – from legal aid to direct action – to support radical movements.  . . .

Black Myths Podcast: The Indiana Prisoner Rebellion of 1985 Pt. 2

The Indiana Prisoner Rebellion of 1985 Pt. 2

Continuing the focus on the Indiana prisoner rebellion in 1985 at the Indiana Reformatory (now Pendleton Correctional Facility), this interview spotlights Christopher “Naeem” Trotter. Trotter, in solidarity with John C. Cole aka Balagoon and their comrades, led the takeover of a cellblock inside the Indiana reformatory for 15 hours. . . .

Activists protesting outside the Rittenhouse trial

Rittenhouse and Verdict Mania

Black people give great attention to certain court cases in hopes of receiving justice when the system is designed to be unjust. That recognition and the commitment to fighting back will be of greater use than divining conclusions about a racist nation when juries reach verdicts. . . .

Spirit of Mandela Tribunal at the Shabazz Center

Don’t Ignore the 2021 Tribunal on Genocide

If it is understood that Africans in the US, a group that at no point in history have chosen to be part of the genocidal and psychopathic US empire, are under attack by that very same empire,  then our right to fight for our national liberation, independence and national identity is unquestionable. . . .

Police wearing face masks

US COVID-19 Relief Funds are Being Spent on Police and Prisons

The rallying cry for community control of police must be extended to the entire governmental apparatus. We have a plethora of governments at the city, county, state and the federal level yet they rarely act on the public’s behalf. That is why elected officials from Idaho to Pennsylvania to Alabama are certain they can get away with using the people’s money for dubious reasons. New prisons and better paid police are all we have to show for sickness, unemployment, and death. . . .

A shadow puppet scene depicting police terrorism from the movie Candyman

“Candyman” and the Impact of White Supremacy

That long history of racist violence against Black men is told in cleverly laid-out shadow puppetry, which simultaneously removes the physical gruesomeness of the acts portrayed while delivering their inhumane brutality. Each shadow-puppet story relates to a different iteration of Candyman, and the collective trauma of centuries of violent racist brutality against Black men turns the Candyman figure into something other than a villain. Terrifying in his visage and actions, certainly, but the question emerges as the connections are made between this history and the urban legend come to life: Is Candyman the monster, or is the monster what created Candyman? . . .