Assata Shakur: The Making of a Revolutionary Woman

Rachel DomondIn commemorating Black August, we commemorate the struggle of those who have fought before us and faced violent repercussions from the state. We uplift the revolutionary history of the Black working class and its fundamental position in forging and leading the struggle for liberation for all. And we recommit ourselves to the struggle for…

Black August, COINTELPRO & Learning the Important Lessons

Ahjamu Umi As 2021 moves along, there are a number of things that, like the sun following the moon, remain constant. The international capitalist system continues to utilize its control over our brain waves to promote, institutionalize, and normalize lies, confusion, and misinformation. The masses of humanity continue to resist this oppression in any number…

The Unknown History of Black Uprisings

Keeanga-Yamahia Taylor Historian Elizabeth Hinton’s book reveals that, in the late sixties and early seventies, there were hundreds of local rebellions against white violence and racial inequality. “These events did not represent a wave of criminality, but a sustained insurgency.” Since the declaration of Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s birthday as a federal holiday, our country…

Whiteness as a Covenant

John Kamaal Sunjata White supremacy, whatever its latest evolution, whatever its latest iteration, ensures that one man’s apocalypse is always another man’s paradise. The blessings and promises that whiteness bestows upon its “chosen people” are inextricably linked to absolute, total, and seamless damnation of generations and generations of racialized people. Whiteness has fabricated itself in…

Witnessing the Selling Out of Juneteenth Right Before Our Eyes

Ahjamu Umi President Biden hands a pen to Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) during the signing of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in the East Room of the White House. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press) For those active and aware of the African (Black) experience of struggle over the last 500+ years, Juneteenth, along with…

The Hidden History of Juneteenth

Gregory P. Downs “We knowed what was goin’ on in [the war] all the time,” said Felix Haywood, dismissing the notion that his fellow Texas slaves were ignorant of the Emancipation Proclamation. “Ending slavery was not simply a matter of issuing pronouncements, but of forcing rebels to obey the law.” One hundred fifty years ago,…