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As each day passes without an arrest of Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, the anger and outrage around the country among the grassroots masses increase tenfold. ... Posted Apr 4, 2012

As national outrage has grown against the racist murder of Trayvon Martin, protests have taken place around the country.... Posted Apr 4, 2012

What do Koch Industries, Verizon Communications Inc., Coors Brewing Co., Wal-Mart, the Altria Group (Philip Morris’ parent company), PhRMA, the American Bail Coalition and BellSouth Corp. have to do with the murder of Trayvon Martin?... Posted Apr 4, 2012

Trayvon Martin’s name has become a universal rallying cry for justice in every nook and cranny of the unjust U.S.... Posted Mar 28, 2012

The Million Hoodie marches calling for justice for Trayvon Martin and an end to institutionalized racism are spreading like wildfire.... Posted Mar 28, 2012

Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Black youth killed by racist vigilante George Zimmerman, was robbed of any opportunities that the future may have held for him.... Posted Mar 28, 2012

An incident occurred on March 15, the first day of the NCAA college basketball tournament, that reflects the charged racist, anti-immigrant atmosphere permeating every sector of capitalist society, including college sports. ... Posted Mar 23, 2012

Thousands of outraged people from all walks of life gathered n New York City to protest the brutal murder of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American, on Feb. 26.... Posted Mar 22, 2012

Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American youth, was shot in the chest and killed at point-blank range by a vigilante on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. ... Posted Mar 20, 2012

At the 84th Academy Awards ceremony Feb. 26, a stunning, brilliant female actor, Viola Davis, lost to another brilliant female actor, Meryl Streep, for the best lead actress award. Davis is African American and Streep is white.... Posted Mar 9, 2012

The U.S. motion picture industry has a record of advocacy of imperialist wars, racism, sexism and all forms of bigotry. This was the obstacle course through which Anna May Wong — star of more than 50 films and the first Chinese-American star of her own TV show — had to navigate. ... Posted Mar 9, 2012

Several hundred people marched to the County Courthouse in Quitman, Ga., in support of the the Quitman 10+2 for a rally addressed by state and local leaders of numerous civil rights, faith and community organizations. ... Posted Mar 1, 2012

The shocking, untimely death of the extraordinarily talented Houston on Feb. 11 at the young age of 48 is a devastating blow to music lovers around the world. ... Posted Feb 27, 2012

The struggle to free Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald in Minneapolis deserves wide publicity and support. McDonald, 23, is an African-American transgender woman who was brutally attacked by racist, anti-lesbian/gay/bi/trans/queer bigots on June 5.... Posted Feb 22, 2012

On Feb. 16, 21 activists gathered for a pretrial Manhattan court session to face charges of disorderly conduct after being arrested at an Oct. 21 protest against the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy.... Posted Feb 22, 2012

Not many people know about The Quitman 10+2, all African Americans.... Posted Feb 16, 2012

During Black History Month, it is important to tell the real story about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American aviators who were allowed to fly airplanes in the U.S. military. ... Posted Feb 15, 2012

One of the leading pioneers of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, Patricia Stephens Due, passed away on Feb. 7 in Smyrna, Ga.; she was 72 years old.... Posted Feb 13, 2012

The brutal attack on Occupy Oakland on Jan. 28 by the Oakland Police Department is part of a nationally coordinated attack against the Occupy movement, which includes the Feb. 4 eviction of Occupy DC from McPherson Square in the U.S. capital by riot-clad cops. ... Posted Feb 11, 2012

On Feb. 4, several hundred people marched through the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx, N.Y., to protest the Feb. 2 police killing of unarmed, 18-year-old African-American Rahmarley Graham in his home.... Posted Feb 9, 2012

Dr. Huey Percy Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, was born in Monroe, La., on Feb. 17, 1942, the youngest of seven children born to Walter Newton and Armelia Johnson.... Posted Feb 9, 2012

On July 16, 1862, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born into the antebellum slave system in Holly Springs, Miss. Wells-Barnett, who died on March 25, 1931, during the Great Depression, is still recognized as one of the early pioneers in the struggle against lynching and for the rights of African Americans, women and the working poor.... Posted Feb 2, 2012

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a leading figure in the Civil Rights movement, passed away on Oct. 5 in Cincinnati.... Posted Oct 14, 2011

Aiyana Stanley Jones, a 7-year-old African-American girl, was shot to death during a police raid on a home on Detroit’s east side on May 16, 2010.... Posted Oct 14, 2011

Although the word “recession” has faded completely from the U.S. corporate and government media, a recent jobless report shows that the unemployment rate has risen again to 9 percent. And the unemployment rate among African Americans went up at an even higher rate than that for the general population.... Posted May 12, 2011

Muslims from the New York City area joined hundreds of others March 6 to “Say no to anti-Muslim bigotry” with an “I am a Muslim too” rally in the Times Square area.... Posted Mar 9, 2011

In 1901 the Socialist Party of America, after much ideological and political struggle, emerged as a coalition of various factions within the socialist movement. It had conservative, moderate and revolutionary tendencies within its ranks. Eugene V. Debs, an organizer of workers in the railroad industry, emerged as a charismatic figure, the party’s political candidate and a public spokesperson for the socialist movement.... Posted Feb 19, 2011

When Ezell Blair Jr., Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeill and David Richmond began their sit-in in Greensboro, N.C., on Feb. 1, 1960, just 3.3 percent of textile workers were Black. By 1978 African Americans held a quarter of the jobs in the mills.... Posted Feb 19, 2011

An Ohio jury returned verdicts in the trial of Rebecca Whitby, daughter, and Rebecca Whitby, mother, on Feb. 7, acquitting them on most of the charges. ... Posted Feb 13, 2011

Gov. Haley Barbour calls the impending release of the Scott Sisters an “early” release. A release from 16 years of wrongful incarceration is most certainly not an “early” release.... Posted Jan 5, 2011

The Scott Sisters, who are African American, have spent 16 years of their lives at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility for the “crime” of taking $11 from a convenience store in December 1993. At the time of their arrest, Jamie was 22 years old and Gladys was 19 years old and pregnant. Two African-American youth, who admitted taking the money, stated at the Scott Sisters’ trial that they falsely implicated the sisters in order to receive a reduced sentence.... Posted Jan 5, 2011

Rep. Charles B. Rangel was convicted Nov. 16 by a House ethics panel of 12 of the 13 ethics violations he faced. While ethics experts suggest that he will likely be issued a letter of reprimand or a formal censure, rather than being expelled, the trial and conviction cast a shadow over someone the Christian Science Monitor calls “one of the most legendary Black politicians in U.S. history and one whose venerable career contributed to the success of generations of Black politicians.”... Posted Nov 17, 2010

On Oct. 29 a predominantly white and suburban federal jury falsely found African-American Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner guilty of one count of attempted extortion and three counts of lying to the FBI.... Posted Nov 3, 2010

The stage and steps of Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland shook and trembled with the strong unifying cry of “We are all Oscar Grant!” as over 1,000 people — Black, Brown, Native, Asian and white — came out despite rain to attend a rally that followed the dramatic shutdown of Bay Area ports by workers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Clarence Thomas, long-time ILWU Local 10 member and labor activist who co-chaired the rally with Jack Heyman, another ILWU dockworker, proudly announced, “All of the Bay Area ports are shut down today in honor of the fight for justice for Oscar Grant.”... Posted Oct 27, 2010

Shareef Aleem started the Aurora, Colo., chapter of Cop Watch and was a leading member of Colorado Communities United Against Police Brutality. He is the founder of New Ghetto Boogieology and hosts a radio show on Denver’s KGNU. Aleem was charged with second degree aggravated assault on a cop during a Regents meeting for Colorado University Professor Ward Churchill in 2006, but was later found not guilty.... Posted Sep 10, 2010

Community members organized two powerful protests against the Buffalo News on Aug. 27. The anger of the community spoke truth to power about the insensitivity and racism of the Buffalo big-business-owned media.... Posted Sep 6, 2010

Several brutal attacks have targeted African-American men in Michigan, Virginia and Ohio.... Posted Aug 11, 2010

A political firestorm erupted on July 20 when Shirley Sherrod, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development director for Georgia, was terminated as the result of a false accusation made against her by a right-wing propagandist. A deceptively edited video of a speech, delivered by Sherrod at an NAACP event in March, was used as the pretense for her firing and public vilification.... Posted Jul 28, 2010

At the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held in Kansas City the week of July 12, the largest civil rights organization in the U.S. went on record through a resolution condemning the racist elements within the right-wing Tea Party movement... Posted Jul 23, 2010

Statement by the militant youth organization Fight Imperialism, Stand Together.... Posted Jul 14, 2010

There was justifiable outrage on July 9 when a Los Angeles jury, stripped of all its potential African-American jurors, found white former Bay Area Rapid Transit cop Johannes Mehserle guilty of only the lightest of the charges against him — that of involuntary manslaughter. That's the charge used when an intoxicated person accidentally kills someone with his/her car, for example. But Mehserle hadn't been in an accident. He had shot and killed young African-American Oscar Grant while kneeling on Grant’s back in a BART station in Oakland, Calif.... Posted Jul 11, 2010

Media in the San Francisco Bay Area are full of warnings that the Oakland Police Department, police of the Bay Area Rapid Transit, the California Highway Patrol and the Alameda Sheriff’s Office have all been practicing “riot control” maneuvers in anticipation of a verdict in the trial of former BART cop Johannes Mehserle.... Posted Jul 2, 2010

A federal judge in White Plains, N.Y., “indefinitely postponed” the trial of the Newburgh 4 on June 15. The four are charged with plotting to bomb a Bronx synagogue and a Jewish community center and shoot down military planes at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Judge Colleen McMahon angrily criticized prosecutors for covering up an investigator’s report showing the “plot” was the work of a government agent, working for the FBI.... Posted Jun 28, 2010

An important demonstration is scheduled for June 21 in Washington, D.C.... Posted Jun 10, 2010

Rebecca Whitby and her family are celebrating a temporary reprieve. Judge Stuart Friedman declared a mistrial on May 14 before the jury had even been selected. The charges, including resisting arrest and obstruction, that Whitby and her mother are facing arose from the brutal beating of Whitby by police in the family’s home in April 2009 and her mother’s attempts to protect her daughter from repeated punches in the face.... Posted May 23, 2010

Anyone who still believes that the U.S. is the most democratic and just country in the world has only to examine the shocking case of the Scott sisters to be disabused of that erroneous notion. While this case is becoming more and more well-known by word of mouth, mainly on the Internet, the 16-year-old case has never received the national and international media attention that it so richly deserves. The facts of the case will explain the reason why.... Posted Apr 29, 2010

Jordan Miles is one of millions of young Black people in the United States trying to escape the deplorable conditions the racist capitalist establishment subjects African Americans to on a daily basis.... Posted Apr 8, 2010

Crookedness in U.S. ruling-class politics is the rule, not the exception. To win the game, politicians often have to play by the same rule book as their peers — a book that’s filled with corrupt tricks. So why is it that some politicians get singled out for exposure, if they’re all playing the game?... Posted Mar 10, 2010

Sometimes a legacy can be buried within the rubble of politics for a long time, waiting to be unearthed and refined like a diamond in the rough. Such is the legacy of Claudia Jones. She was persecuted by the McCarthyite anti-communist witch hunt and by the McCarran-Walter and Smith Acts against immigrants.... Posted Mar 10, 2010

On Feb. 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the latest settlement to provide compensation and resources to African-American farmers. An organization that represents African-American farmers, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund — founded in 1967 — welcomed the announced settlement.... Posted Feb 25, 2010

History has a way of repeating itself, it is said. This couldn’t be truer than in the racist differential treatment of Black men and youth by U.S. state and local police departments. Equal justice under the law has never been part of the U.S. criminal justice system.... Posted Feb 25, 2010

It was on Feb. 1, 1960, some five decades ago, that the student movement was initiated when four youths were arrested for demanding service at a segregated whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C.... Posted Feb 11, 2010

On Feb. 1 the long-suppressed autopsy of slain Muslim leader Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah was released to the public at the Dearborn, Mich., police headquarters. Imam Abdullah was killed in Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit, on Oct. 28.... Posted Feb 10, 2010

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer recently made outrageously racist and anti-poor remarks at a town hall meeting of his Republican supporters.... Posted Feb 6, 2010

Around 11 p.m. on Jan. 12, another tragic incident demonstrated the racist establishment’s brutal punshment of the crime of “walking while Black” in Pittsburgh. Jordan Miles, an 18-year-old viola player and honors student at the prestigious Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA), was walking from his mother’s home to his grandmother’s home where he frequently stayed, when he was inexplicably and brutally attacked by three white Pittsburgh police officers.... Posted Feb 4, 2010

February 2010 represents the 84th anniversary of the founding of Negro History Week, now known as African-American History Month. This month of commemoration was initiated by historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who worked tirelessly for many years to popularize the dissemination and study of the history of African people in the United States and throughout the world.... Posted Feb 3, 2010

On Dec. 9, supporters of political journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal marked the 28th year of his incarceration on Pennsylvania’s death row, more determined than ever to fight for his exoneration.... Posted Dec 17, 2009

An overflow crowd heard Larry Holmes, keynote speaker at Springfield, Mass., Technical Community College’s 5th annual Rosa Parks Day observance on Dec. 1.... Posted Dec 13, 2009

Fighting to reverse 40 years of progressive change in the Wake County School Board, North Carolina Republican Party candidate John Tedesco was successfully elected to a District 2 School Board position in the Nov. 3 elections. Tedesco, a staunch segregationist and champion of “neighborhood schools,” and three other school board members joined incumbent Ron Margiotta to secure a pro-segregationist majority on the nine-member board.... Posted Dec 13, 2009

Dec. 4 marked the 40th anniversary of the targeted assassinations of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, two leading members of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. These young revolutionary activists were killed in a Panther residence on Chicago’s West Side in a neighborhood where the organization ran free breakfast programs and was in the process of establishing a free medical clinic.... Posted Dec 11, 2009

Visiting a prisoner is not easy, for either a family member or a political activist. Often the only way is to take a special bus round trip to one of the many prisons located, like Auburn, in a rural setting. A prison bus from New York City to Auburn takes six hours each way and leaves in the middle of the night from Lexington Avenue and 125th Street for a 9 a.m. visit. After corresponding with Jalil Muntaqim for more than four years, it was exciting to finally meet him this fall. Happily, he turned out to be exactly the same person as he is in his letters.... Posted Dec 11, 2009

Federal agents moved on Nov. 12 to seize four mosques and an Islamic charity, the Alavi Foundation, using phony claims that they were channeling money to fund an Iranian nuclear weapons program.... Posted Nov 22, 2009

Funeral services for Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah were held Oct. 31 at the Muslim Center on Detroit’s west side. More than a thousand people attended the memorial from the Detroit area and around the United States. The Muslim leader had been gunned down by FBI agents on Oct. 28. In response to the assassination of Imam Abdullah, the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) has called for a mass demonstration outside the federal building in downtown Detroit on Nov. 5, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.... Posted Nov 2, 2009

More than 1,000 people attended funeral services for Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah on Oct. 31 at the Muslim Center on Detroit’s West Side. The African-American Muslim leader had been gunned down by FBI agents three days earlier.... Posted Oct 29, 2009

Electricity was in the air Oct. 24 as hundreds of people filled the south steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin to shout loud and clear: “Todd Willingham was innocent!” Gathering for the 10th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty, abolitionists from all over Texas, around the country, and a few from overseas turned out in record numbers to demand that Texas Gov. Rick Perry immediately stop all executions in Texas.... Posted Oct 29, 2009

On Oct. 16, Alameda County (California) Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson granted a change of venue for Johannes Mehserle’s murder trial. Mehserle is the former Bay Area Rapid Transit cop who, on Jan. 1, shot Oscar Grant III in his back at point-blank range. Grant was subdued and lying on his stomach when he was shot. The killing was captured on cell phone cameras and broadcast via the Internet, causing a national outcry, as the cold-blooded shooting of Grant looked exactly like an execution.... Posted Oct 28, 2009

A fired-up action took place in New York City on Oct. 22 as part of the “National day of protest to stop police brutality, repression and the criminalization of a generation.” It was led by oppressed and militant youth.... Posted Oct 28, 2009

Oct. 16 is one of the most important dates in U.S. history. On that day, 150 years ago, was the raid on the U.S. Army arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Va. This military assault by an armed, well-trained, united band of Black and white militants was intended to be the opening battle in what would then develop into a widespread guerrilla war that would topple the system of chattel slavery.... Posted Oct 21, 2009

The racism of Keith Bardwell, Louisiana justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, sent shock waves and cries of condemnation throughout the United States and around the world. On Oct. 6 Bardwell refused to issue a marriage license to Beth Humphrey and Terence McKay because she is white and he is Black.  It’s Bardwell’s policy not to marry interracial couples because he alleges the children born of such unions will “suffer.” Bardwell is no doubt outraged that President Barack Obama had an African father and a white mother.... Posted Oct 21, 2009

Mildred Loving, a civil rights pioneer, passed away on May 2, 2008. She and her spouse, Richard Loving, were the plaintiffs in the landmark legal case Loving v. Virginia, which challenged Virginia’s Jim Crow miscegenation laws. In 1967 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided to strike down not only Virginia’s racist law but to prohibit all states from barring interracial marriages. Mildred Loving provided this statement to a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, which was held on June 12, 2007.... Posted Oct 21, 2009

On Sept. 24 in Chicago, 16-year-old honor student Derrion Albert, apparently heading to a school bus to go home, was caught in the middle of a fight between other students. Albert was killed in a scuffle witnesses say he was trying to avoid. The videoed altercation has been seen around the country and the world, with shock reverberating from the Roseland community on the far South Side of Chicago to inner cities across the U.S.... Posted Oct 14, 2009

Sixty years ago Paul Robeson—fearless civil rights advocate, renowned actor and magnificent singer—came to Peekskill, N.Y., to give a concert. The event became historic in the struggle against racism and fascism when concertgoers were attacked by a racist mob.... Posted Oct 8, 2009

WORKERS WORLD PARTYand newspaper endorse and are actively helping to build the Jobs March to take place in Pittsburgh on Sept. 20, as well as the Tent City that follows. Why is this march, which begins in the historically African-American section of a city that once was the steel center of the United States, so important?... Posted Sep 16, 2009

President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on Sept. 9 in a forceful attempt to revive the Democratic health bill. Obama’s speech came after weeks of racist attacks at town hall forums around the country, combined with demagoguery and distortions from right-wing politicians and commentators, that threatened to entirely sink any reform and forced Democrats to retreat from a “public option.”... Posted Sep 16, 2009

On Aug. 8, the New York police physically assaulted and arrested members of Juanita Young’s family during a cookout. Young has been outspoken against police brutality following the 2000 shooting death of her son, Malcolm Ferguson, by a plainclothes detective.... Posted Aug 12, 2009

It’s been two and a half years since the San Francisco 8— eight former members of the Black Panther Party—were cast into California jails and threatened with life sentences stemming from the 1971 shooting of a cop.... Posted Aug 8, 2009

A community/labor picket line and news conference were held in front of Cambridge City Hall on July 29 to launch a campaign against racial profiling. Organized by the Bail Out the People Movement, Boston chapter, the actions expressed solidarity with Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., whose arrest in his Cambridge house on July 16 has reopened a national debate on police brutality.... Posted Aug 5, 2009

The New York branch of Workers World Party will be holding a public forum on “Professor Henry Gates was right—Racial profiling and police brutality are wrong”, Sat., Aug. 8, 3 p.m. at the Solidarity Center.... Posted Aug 5, 2009

Just a month after the U.S. Supreme Court struck a racist blow against civil rights in a New Haven, Conn., firefighters’ case, Black and Latina/o firefighters and candidates won an important victory in New York City. Federal Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis ruled July 22 that two versions of a written hiring exam used by the Fire Department of New York unfairly excluded more than 1,000 candidates of color.... Posted Aug 3, 2009

The arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr.—a prominent African-American Harvard University professor—in his own home by Cambridge police on July 16 has shone a brilliant national and international spotlight on racial profiling in the U.S.... Posted Jul 29, 2009

The July 16 arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his own home in Cambridge, Mass., is but the latest glaring incident in the long history of racism permeating Boston, going back to the 1970s desegregation battles and before.... Posted Jul 29, 2009

Racial profiling is another expression of institutionalized racism rooted in a white supremacist ideology under capitalism. In the U.S., racial profiling has tragically become a way of life, like eating, sleeping and breathing. Being targeted based on the color of your skin or your nationality is a terrible burden to bear for any person of color, whether you live in the inner city, barrio, a reservation or in an upper-middle-class suburb.... Posted Jul 29, 2009

The racist treatment and rejection of 65 Black and Latina/o summer camp youth at a predominantly white, private swim club in Philadelphia in late June has unleashed a storm of outrage from around the region and across the country, forcing the club to reverse its stance.... Posted Jul 15, 2009

When looking at Black culture years from now, though there may be many artists who were political and whose music spoke to and of the actual struggle for Black liberation, Michael Jackson—who passed on June 25 at the age of 50 from alleged cardiac arrest—will shine forever brightly.... Posted Jul 8, 2009

The nightmare that has haunted thousands of Katrina survivors since storms and decrepit levees destroyed a significant portion of the Gulf Coast during the late summer of 2005 continues in large part today. Since hurricanes Katrina and Rita took place, hundreds of thousands of people, mainly Black and poor, have been forced to relocate to other cities due to the racist negligence of the U.S. government.... Posted Jun 29, 2009

The police are majority white in the U.S. but there exists a significant number of Black, Latina/o and Asian police officers. Racism and national oppression permeate every social institution in U.S. capitalist society, including the police. Officers of color have issued complaints against white officers for racist behavior, along with having to live under the constant fear of being “mistakenly” shot. This reality was brought home once again within the notorious New York Police Department.... Posted Jun 4, 2009

As with all the other so-called “homegrown terror plots,” this case is being revealed for what it really is: entrapment. It is one more incident of an FBI informant going fishing, baiting, in particular, Black men and enticing them with money and other favors, directing their conversations and playing upon their anger against their oppression.... Posted May 27, 2009

2009 began with a rebellion. On Jan. 7, seven days after Oscar Grant III had been shot in the back and killed by Bay Area Rapid Transit cop Johannes Mehserle, the people of Oakland, Calif., rose up and rebelled.... Posted May 7, 2009

According to a Louisiana American Civil Liberties Union complaint, Russell Mills, the white police chief of Homer, La., a small town of 3,800 people 50 miles northeast of Shreveport, said to the Chicago Tribune: “If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names. I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested.”... Posted Apr 15, 2009

The period of the 1950s to the late 1960s saw the rise of many organizations of the nationally oppressed that used violence as a means of self-defense. Not only did these organizations protect their people from racist violence, including police brutality, but they also defended the culture of the oppressed group.... Posted Apr 12, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeal for a new trial without even giving any reasons. ... Posted Apr 8, 2009

On March 21, Lovelle Mixon, a young Black man, was pulled over by two motorcycle cops in Oakland, Calif. According to the Oakland Police Department, the stop was “routine” and was for a “traffic violation.” Other than that the details of the stop remain shady. But such routine stops involving racial profiling occur frequently in oppressed communities.... Posted Apr 1, 2009

Statement issued by members of the December 12th Movement, who held a press conference on March 21 in Harlem on the U.S. government’s refusal to attend the United Nations World Conference against Racism-Durban Review in April.... Posted Mar 27, 2009

Albert Woodfox, one of the three political prisoners known as the Angola 3, has been in solitary confinement for 36 years after a politically motivated murder conviction. Supporters, including some from as far as Maine and California, wore black T-shirts that proclaimed “I am Albert Woodfox” and “I am Herman Wallace,” the other member of the Angola 3 who has not been released.... Posted Mar 15, 2009

Resistance is the byproduct of oppression. With the first inkling of exploitation and oppression come the seeds of struggle to throw off those who would exploit and oppress.... Posted Mar 14, 2009

The Obama administration’s recent announcement that Washington will boycott the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance should give pause to anyone who thinks that the U.S. has fundamentally changed its domestic and foreign policy to now provide help for oppressed peoples or nations.... Posted Mar 4, 2009

The New York Post created a firestorm of righteous anger and spontaneous protest when it printed a horrific, racist cartoon Feb. 18 depicting President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee being shot to death by two white policemen. Many see the cartoon as advocating the assassination of the President.... Posted Feb 25, 2009

A case of judicial corruption in Pennsylvania has once again exposed the true nature of the profit-driven prison industrial complex and the warehousing of poor youth.... Posted Feb 19, 2009

The inherent violence of the capitalist system has been demonstrated time and again throughout history. It is not necessary to peruse a history book, but simply to pick up a newspaper, walk outside or observe everyday relations. Putting profit before need is violent and as established before, class society produces struggle of the opposing classes, from whence violence inevitably arises.... Posted Feb 19, 2009

Any serious attempt to delve into the nature of violence—where it comes from and its uses—has to analyze it from a class perspective, taking into account the most oppressed among the working class.... Posted Feb 16, 2009

In the early morning of the first day of the new year, as celebrations around the country were waning and millions were clinging to a hope of change coming soon with the first African-American president, the police of Bay Area Rapid Transit demonstrated the brutality of the capitalist state in Oakland, Calif.... Posted Jan 16, 2009

My rage was nourished by the hate I saw and felt from mainstream society and white people, a hate based on my black skin and my historical place at the nadir of America’s social caste.... Posted Oct 2, 2008

In April 2005, five Black Somerville High School athletes were racially profiled, attacked and beaten by white Medford, Mass. police. The cops, courts, media and school officials carried out a campaign to frame and vilify them. The youth, however, were seen as heroes by many in the working class and oppressed communities for defending themselves against a brutal, unprovoked attack. ... Posted Sep 21, 2006

When local police assaulted five Black youth last April in this Boston suburb, they struck a rock of resistance. The five young men, all high school students, have endured, along with their families, unjust expulsion from school even before their cases are heard and have had to spend thousands of dollars for lawyers to rebut a racist frame-up by the police.... Posted Oct 14, 2005

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