Black Labor from Chattel Slavery to Wage Slavery

Sam Marcy Black August commemorates the Aug. 7, 1970, raid on the Marin County Courthouse led by young revolutionary Jonathan Jackson, and the Aug. 21, 1971, assassination of Black Panther prison organizer George Jackson at San Quentin Prison. Every year, revolutionaries use this month to uplift the Black liberation struggle, especially the cause of political prisoners. …

African (Black) Men (Mostly) With Guns

Ahjamu Umi The video was circulating endlessly this past weekend. Seemingly dozens of primarily African men (with a sprinkling of women) carrying semi-automatic weapons, marching, and chanting, in formation. Apparently, headed for the Ku Klux Klan headquarters in rural Georgia, U.S. It wasn’t clear what happened once or if they reached their destination, but its…

Examining the Wreckage

Nick Estes and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Mni Wiconi Banner. By Becker1999 from Grove City, OH, CC BY 2.0, Link The United States is on fire. As we write this introduction, we can read in the ashes and embers of smoldering cities the writing on the wall—the historic movements for Black lives against white supremacy have raised…

Food, Land and Power: Revisiting Black Cooperative Movements

Julian Agyeman and Kofi Boone Land loss has plagued black America since emancipation – is it time to look again at ‘black commons’ and collective ownership? “An expanded concept of the ‘black commons’ – based on shared economic, cultural and digital resources as well as land – could act as one means of redress.” Underlying the recent…

1976 Soweto Uprising: Youth Rebellion and the Burning Desire for Freedom

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat June 16 commemorates the Soweto Uprising, the gallant and courageous struggles of students against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction to further culturally subjugate Africans. June 16 commemorates the gallant and courageous struggles of students against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction to further culturally…

The People’s Uprising Against Racism in the United States

Claudia De la Cruz, Manolo De los Santos A massive rally in Philadelphia demanding justice for George Floyd. The accumulated frustrations of poor and black communities have overflowed in the form of protests across 200 cities in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken the streets in reaction to four centuries of…

Black-Outs, ‘Black Lives Matter’ and Black Power

Erica Caines A street in DC with the message “Black Lives Matter” painted on it. ”In 1965, the Africans rebelled in Watts. Yorty was mayor, a white man. You can call him a racist. In 1992, they rebelled. Bradley is mayor, he’s an African. What is the objective difference here? The only difference is that…

Trump’s Antifa Conspiracy Theory Attempts to Erase Powerful Black-Led Organizing

Spencer Sunshine The George Floyd protests have swept the country in a spontaneous explosion of rage. Their scope and intensity have equaled the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, which inspired nationwide actions. But some widespread theories on the right are circulating about the protests that are attempting to undermine the work of Black-led organizing efforts. The…

Coronavirus and the Crisis of African American Human Rights

Ajamu Baraka Pushing workers back to work and attempting to “normalize” the economy was the growing consensus among the capitalist class, not just Trump. “Trump is a useful idiot for the neoliberal forces who are in power.” “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his…

The Compensation is Freedom

Njera Keith Image of the Igbo Landing of 1803 Capitalism preys on revolutionary strategy. It eats Black culture for breakfast. It siphons organic energy from the impetus of movement workers. In the 21st century, the Non-Profit Industrial Complex is its primary agent in this pursuit. That the NPIC monopolizes movement resources is accepted quite unanimously…

Fear Pervades Black Politics, and Makes Us Agents of Our Own Oppression

Glen Ford Many Black voters recoiled in abject terror at the very thought that the Democratic Party – “our” party, in many Black folks’ minds – might fracture under the challenge of the Sandernistas. “The screechingly raucous, out-of-control Democratic debate in Columbia just days before the South Carolina primary appears to have scared the hell…

Annette Joseph-Gabriel’s “Reimagining Liberation”

Roberto Sirvent When fascism was on the march Black women intellectuals and activists imagined, and struggled for, a new world. “Black women are political protagonists, not secondary characters in global movements.” In this series, we ask acclaimed authors to answer five questions about their book. This week’s featured author is Annette Joseph-Gabriel . Dr. Joseph-Gabriel…