This week we bring you a special sedition on the anniversary of one of the most bad-ass and sophisticated revolutionary organizations in the United Snakes… The Black Panther Party.

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We kick things off by setting the stage in AmeriKKKa during a time of weekly riots in urban centers in response to police killings of black youth. After the break we look at the brutal repression unleashed on the Panthers by J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI program COINTELPRO. We close things up with a special interview with former panthers JoNina Abron-Ervin and Lorenzo Komboa-Ervin about the legacy of this group.

You can listen to our entire interview with JoNina and Lorenzo here.

When the Revolution comes,

it will be familiar.
It will be dead sons & angry,
armed mothers in the streets rioting over
the price of bread. It will hit home,

it will open every cupboard & come knocking
down each door with guns drawn, searching
without warrant what isn’t there, blaming
the shadow for the mushroom cloud,

when the revolution comes.
When the Revolution comes,

You better believe it won’t be televised.
You’ll see it out the window in the skies
dousing the crowd in arcs of orange & red,
a thunderous rapid raptaptap. It will be a blast;

it will go to your head, open every cupboard & come knocking
down each door searching for dead sons & angry,
armed sisters in the streets rioting over
the cost of living with this electric bill

when the revolution comes.
When the Revolution comes,

maybe it won’t be as bad as all that—
nonviolent, like a thief in the night,
breaking into the power structures
to flick the lights on & off—

but it won’t be televised. It will be a bat signal,
& some mild-mannered apparatchik will take credit
for breathing on a house of cards when it’s time
to play 52 pickup in the streets

when the revolution comes.
When the Revolution Comes,

it will be the threat of violence.
It will be an injustice met with
unpeace, not black & white
but a rainbow after rain:

it will be the red earth & orange
shafts of the yellow sun nourishing
the green sprouts after a blue thunder
of shouts on indigo tides of purple fury

when the revolution comes.
When the Revolution comes,

it won’t be televised,
tweeted or streamed live,
you won’t text in your vote
for your favourite side,

it will be familiar. It will be
the pale devil you thought you knew
coming out of the woodwork varnished brown,
with a paintbrush & a bucket of whitewash

when the revolution comes.
When the Revolution comes,

it will be dead sisters & angry,
armed fathers in the streets, rioting
to free their prisoners & imprison police.
It will be old fashioned, it will be bolt-action,

it will be familiar;
it will not be civil. It will be
a riot, a rifle, it will be the streets
& the price of bread, it will be a gas

when the revolution comes.
When the Revolution comes,

blood will grow thicker still than water,
boiling 360 degrees the universal solvent,
a rapid resettling of accounts in precious metals
with a paintbrush & a clip of ammunition,

a thunderous rapid raptaptap. It will be
a rainbow after rain, a blast,
it will go to your head.
It won’t be televised

when the revolution comes.
But until then,

keep a window open,
& an eye on the weather.

* * *

Written October 2016.


Today in Solidarity (4/28/15): For the past day, Baltimore police and the governor of Maryland have tried to shift blame for the unrest in Baltimore off of themselves and onto the gangs that have joined together in solidarity against police brutality. Tonight, the Blood and Crips have spoken out against this falsehood, calling for calm in the streets and an end to the violence. This is the type of revolutionary action that terrifies the police. This is the unity white supremacy fears. #staywoke #farfromover 

Young Black Girl Dies In Police Custody - Authorities Offer No Explanation, Media Silent

Pictured: Sheneque Proctor, 18 years old at the time of her death

A young African American woman from Brighton, Alabama recently died in police custody. Police have still refused to provide any reasonable explanation for the cause behind her death. We were among the first and only news sites to report on the death of Sheneque Proctor. But we honestly expected mainstream coverage of the tragic death of this 18-year-old woman to follow, especially given how widely our report on her death circulated.

We are used to being among the first to cover cases of police brutality and injustices, only to see the mainstream, corporate media catch on weeks or sometimes months later. But this time something is different. Unlike our early coverage of John Crawford, or Tamir Rice, the story of Sheneque Proctor continues to be ignored by the mainstream media, in spite of the numerous similarities to high profile cases like that of Eric Garner.

A new petition has begun circulating in response to Proctor’s death at the hands of police officers. Many have begun referring to Proctor as the “female Eric Garner,” not to diminish her unique life, personality and death, but instead to highlight how the media is ignoring the death of an African American woman with asthma in police custody.

The petition demands a federal and state investigation into the death of the 18-year-old, who died in the Bessemer City Jail after she was arrested on November 1st. She was at a Bessemer hotel at a party with friends when police arrived and arrested her for “disorderly conduct,” according to her aunt, Tracy Rodda. Early the next morning, Proctor was found dead in her jail cell, after having complained of problems with asthma which police apparently refused to take seriously.

Bessemer City Attorney Shan Paden commented, “I know the case. I know we had a death in the jail. Erring on a conservative side, not to protect the city but to protect the rights of an 18-year-old, the city of Bessemer will not disclose any information.

The petition was created on last Monday, but has received relatively little attention. The petition explains the following about Sheneque Proctor’s death and links it to unrest throughout the nation.

“The death of Black Men like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice is a clear indication that Black Lives are in jeopardy from Police who have declared it open season on Black Men,” Karen Jones of Montgomery Alabama writes, in her description of the petition.

“Insult over injury, no indictment and a video which clearly shows officers using a choke hold on Eric Garner who loudly and clearly stated that he could NOT breathe was not enough to save his life,” according to the online petition.

“Yet in Alabama where most of the historical landmark Civil Right Movements…we have lost an 18-year-old Black young woman under the hands of Bessemer Police,” the petition continues.

Proctor’s family says that she suffered from asthma, and had complained of being treated violently by Bessemer Police officers who made the arrest.

After Proctor made complaints, she was found dead in her jail cell the next morning, but Bessemer authorities refused to comment on the case. All media inquires have been referred to the State Bureau of Investigations, which spokeswoman Robyn Bryan said “is looking into the case.”

“This family deserves some answers,” the petition declares. “We don’t need another ‘I can’t breathe’ story. Her life mattered and still matters to her family. They deserve answers from the State Bureau of Investigations and the FBI.”

The petition demands that State Senator Quinton Ross, State Representative Alvin Holmes and U.S. Representative Terri Sewell “request both State and Federal investigations in the death of this 18 year old Black female.”

“We don’t know what happened,” said Proctor’s mother Scherita to reporters. Her family is encouraging people to sign the petition and help put the pressure on for a thorough investigation. 



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“young, gifted, and black” 

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