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Here’s the Conservative Playbook for Tearing Down Black Lives Matter | Mother Jones

In the wake of last Friday’s murder of a Harris County, Texas, police deputy, Fox News pundits have bent over backward to find a way to connect the killing to the Black Lives Matter movement. A guest on the Fox talk show The Five on Monday called the movement a “criminal organization,” and several hosts, including Bill O’Reilly, described it as a “hate group.”

Harris County law enforcement officials have yet to determine a motive for the shooting, and suspect Shannon Miles had been found mentally incompetent to stand trial on a felony assault charge in 2012. But that hasn’t stopped Fox News from showing a recent clip of protesters at the Minnesota State Fair chanting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” as pundits discussed the Texas killing, or from running inflammatory on-screen banners that read “Murder Movement” and “Black Lives Matter Taunts Cop Killings.”

Source: Here’s the Conservative Playbook for Tearing Down Black Lives Matter | Mother Jones

How Trayvon Martin’s Death Launched a New Generation of Black Activism | The Nation

A new brand of activism is sweeping the country following the murder of Trayvon Martin. Is the ‘old African American guard’ being pushed aside in the rush of young men taking abusive municipalities to task. History is taking a turn away from silencing rhetoric to an era of talk, talk, and more talk among our young. #OYRchallenge

The Nation

A group of 100 black activists, ranging in age from 18 to 35, had gathered in Chicago that same weekend. They had come together at the invitation of Cathy J. Cohen, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago and the author of Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics, and her organization, the Black Youth Project. Launched in 2004, the group was born as a research project to study African-American youth; in the decade since then, Cohen has turned the BYP into an activist organization. The plan for this meeting was to discuss movement building beyond electoral politics. Young black voters turned out in record numbers in the 2008 and ‘12 elections: 55 percent of black 18-to-24-year-olds voted in 2008, an 8 percent increase from 2004, and while a somewhat smaller number—49 percent—voted in 2012, they still outpaced their white counterparts. But how would young black voters hold those they had put in office accountable? And what were their demands?

via How Trayvon Martin’s Death Launched a New Generation of Black Activism | The Nation.

Eyes Of The Rainbow – a documentary film with Assata Shakur

Published on May 4, 2013
“Like most poor people in the United States, I have no voice. The Black press and the progressive media, as well as Black civil rights organizations, have historically played an essential role in the struggle for social justice. We should continue and expand that tradition. We should create media outlets that help to educate our people and our children, and not annihilate their minds. I am only one woman. I own no TV stations or radio stations or newspapers. But I believe that people need to be educated as to what is going on and to understand the connection between the news media and the instruments of repression in America. All I have are my voice, my spirit and the will to tell the truth. But I sincerely ask those of you in the Black media, t hose of you in the progressive media and those of you who believe in truth and freedom to publish my story.’ -Assata Shakur

The Eyes of the Rainbow
Assata Shakur and Oya
(used with permission from the producers)

An English language documentary
by the independent video group Imagines del Caribe
Gloria Rolando, Director: Havana, Cuba

Angela Davis on the “Racialization” of Terrorism, From Assata Shakur to Boston Marathon Bombings

Published on May 3, 2013
Watch the full interview with Angela Davis on Democracy Now! at The legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis tells Democracy Now! that the FBI’s adding of former Black Panther Assata Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorist List exemplifies a longstanding “racialization” of terrorism in the United States, and an effort to deter the young activists Shakur has inspired today. “When the grandchildren of those who were active in the late ’60s and early ’70s are becoming involved in similar movements today, there is this effort to again terrorize young people by representing such an important figure as Assata Shakur as a terrorist,” Davis says. “Before the Tsarnev brothers were discovered to be the alleged perpetrators [of the Boston Marathon bombings], there was an attempt to present the person who planted the bomb as either a black man or a dark skinned man with a hoodie. This racialization of what is represented as terrorism is an attempt to bring the old-style racism into the conversation with modes of repression in the 21st century.”

In 1998, Democracy Now! aired the audio of Assata Shakur reading her open letter she wrote to Pope John Paul II during his trip to Cuba in 1998 after the FBI asked him to urge her extradition. Listen at…

Angela Davis and Assata Shakur’s Lawyer Denounce FBI’s Adding of Exiled Activist to Terrorist List

Published on May 3, 2013 by – One day after the exiled former Black Panther Assata Shakur became the first woman named to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List, we’re joined by another legendary African-American activist, Angela Davis, as well as Shakur’s longtime attorney, Lennox Hinds. Davis, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is the subject of the recent film, “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners.” She argues that the FBI’s latest move, much like its initial targeting of Shakur and other Black Panthers four decades ago, is politically motivated. “It seems to me that this act incorporates or reflects the very logic of terrorism,” Davis says. “I can’t help but think that it’s designed to frighten people who are involved in struggles today. Forty years ago seems like it was a long time ago. In the beginning of the 21st century, we’re still fighting around the very same issues — police violence, health care, education, people in prison.” A professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, Hinds has represented Shakur since 1973. “This is a political act pushed by the state of New Jersey, by some members of Congress from Miami, and with the intent of putting pressure on the Cuban government and to inflame public opinion,” Hinds says. “There is no way to appeal someone being put on the terrorist list.”

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FBIs Most Wanted Assata Shakurs Open Letter to the Pope | Kulture Kritic

Assata Shakur

Back in 1998, the state of New Jersey wrote a letter to the Pope asking for his help in extraditing Shakur back to the United States.  She was arrested and incarcerated in 1973 for allegedly shooting two New Jersey state troopers, and escaped from prison in 1979.    Shakur wrote this letter to the Pope to explain her situation and the work she has been doing to fight against well-documented corruption among police and governmental agencies within the United States.  She also speaks about mass incarceration of African Americans and a series of racial disparities that have helped her garner support from around the world.

via FBIs Most Wanted Assata Shakurs Open Letter to the Pope | Kulture Kritic.

Did Obama’s Justice Department Ban Black Liberation Speech by Targeting Assata Shakur? |

The Justice Department made Black Panther Party activist Assata Shakur infamous when it added her name to the FBI’s most wanted list. To add insult to injury, the supposedly cash-strapped state of New Jersey announced that it would be adding $1 million to the FBI’s $1 million reward for her capture, bringing the total reward to $2 million dollars. But why is Shakur, 66, being targeted by the FBI? And why now?

Even if we suppose that Shakur is guilty of the crime for which she is accused, k!lling a New Jersey police officer during a shoot-out, wouldn’t that make her an escaped criminal as opposed to a terrorist? So this isn’t about Assata Shakur as much as it is about what, and who,  Shakur represents.

via Did Obama’s Justice Department Ban Black Liberation Speech by Targeting Assata Shakur? |


The Panthers & The Rebels: The TRUE Debate on Guns In America | BLACK CENTRAL™

The Black Panther Party had guns, yes. But they had guns due to the fact that brute force, sometimes lethal, was being used against Blacks of all walks of life. Men, women & children. But see the difference in the Black Panthers & the radical right wing nut jobs is that they had guns as a defense against those who WERE oppressing them. There was no made up, fairy-tale, fantasy land oppression that these racist, idiotic whites are drumming up. The oppression and brutality of Blacks WAS all so real. And the thing about it was that the U.S. government, President after blind eye President, turned said blind eye to the massacres, the beatings, the bombings, the lynchings, the senseless cold murders of those who dared raise their voices for equality, rights and a piece of the so-called American Dream; that America herself dangled in front of them and their ancestors like a carrot on a string in front of a horse.

The Black Panthers knew the importance of guns, the right to bear arms in a practical sense that allowed them the protection that the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies disallowed them to have. Was it their desire to have the government turn its collective backs on them while they were being beaten by police wielding nightsticks? Was it their desire to have the government stand by while Blacks from Jackson, Mississippi to Montgomery, Alabama to Oakland, California were viciously attacked by police dogs and hosed down their children? No. But in the sense of needing protection in a proactive stance to ensure that their lives were not taken, they created gun clubs, rifle clubs. Not to ride around in white neighborhoods looking for hooded Klansmen to murder, but just the opposite, to prevent these hooded Klansmen and double standard police officers from riding into their town aimlessly killing at will.

via The Panthers & The Rebels: The TRUE Debate on Guns In America | BLACK CENTRAL™.


The Daily Pennsylvanian :: John Legend talks social justice at Irvine

The Daily Pennsylvanian :: John Legend talks social justice at Irvine.

In a small backstage room at Irvine Auditorium, 1999 College graduate John Legend sat down without hesitation, happy to meet a group of reporters before the evening’s events. Though he was about to face a packed house, he spoke smoothly, almost as if he were humming one of his songs.

Last night, Legend joined Camille Charles, director of the Center for Africana Studies, to deliver the 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture in Social Justice. The event was part of an annual symposium, sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies, to honor black Americans dedicated to positive social change.