Private Prisons in US Turn a Profit, Ruin Black Lives

Val Reynoso Mass Incarceration is a billion-dollar industry which exploits prisoners who are predominately Black and non-white Latinx people for profit. The U.S. is currently home to the largest prison population in the world at a staggering 2.3 million incarcerated people. Many believe that mass incarceration will ensure our safety through harsher methods; however, mass…

The Black Panthers Didn’t Fight Symbols

Glen Ford New York state prison guards assaulted and seriously injured 69 year-old former Black Panther Herman Bell, this week, a totally unprovoked beating timed to sabotage his chances for parole after more than 40 years behind bars. In neighboring New Jersey, former Panther Sundiata Acoli was denied parole last December shortly before his 80th…

The United States is a Racist Monument, Tear it Down!

Danny Haiphong “Prisons in the US are monuments that enforce terror against oppressed people.” Much attention has been given to the Confederate monuments that have been taken down by activists across the United States, beginning in Charlottesville, VA. Confederate monuments harken back to a period when the future of Black bondage was a key question…

We Are All Antifa

National Lawyers Guild Last month, thousands gathered in San Francisco and Berkeley to defeat the hatred of fascism and white supremacy. A united front of labor, clergy, students, socialists, anarchists and others successfully prevented the fascists from holding their rallies. This is antifa — a broad movement of people who stand against the violence of…

Mexico: Police Open Fire on Rural Students, One Seriously Injured

El Enemigo Común Rural activism by normal school (teacher-training) students has once again become the target of armed repression by the Mexican state. On Wednesday, June 21, students from the Vasco de Quiroga Rural Normal School in Tiripetío, Michoacán, were brutally repressed by Special Operations Group police (GOES) who detained, beat and shot at the…

The Body Count Rises in the US War Against Black People

By Ajamu Baraka Before we can even process the acquittal of the murders of Philado Castile, we hear about another murder of a black person by the police occupation forces.  This time the victim, Charleena Lyles, is a black woman who was also five months pregnant. Again, there is anger, confusion and calls for justice from the…