Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Commentary re Youth Uprising for 12/18/14 Freedom Is A Constant Struggle, by Kiilu Nyasha

For the first time in nearly 45 years, I’m really excited about young people rising up all over the country in the wake of police murders of Black and Brown people, esp. the blatant killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In those cases, neither of the rogue cops was indicted or had any charges filed against them.  As a former Panther, police brutality and murder is nothing new.

From Ferguson, Mi. where Michael Brown was left to bleed to death for 41/2 hours to NYC where Eric Garner was choked to death – Black youth have been in the forefront of a mass movement taking to the streets.

In solidarity with Blacks, who’ve been the most targeted by racist police, people of all backgrounds and ages are collectively protesting this open season on Black people,.

Malcolm X Day Speech – May 17, 2015 By Kiilu Nyasha

We are gathered here today to honor our martyred hero, El Hajj Malik el Shabazz, Malcolm X, who would be 90 years old had he survived another 51 years. Born on May 19, 1925, Malcolm X was assassinated Feb. 21, 1965 in NYC’s Audubon Ballroom. It’s notable that he and Martin Luther King were assassinated when both were 39 years of age.

I want to share with you some quotes you rarely hear expressing Malcolm’s changed ideas. More often his anti-white notions are propagated, virtually ignoring his transformation once he returned from the Hajj in Mecca and visits to Northern Africa. Only about a month before he was murdered, he clarified his positions on race, segregation, and capitalism. E.g., In Jan. 1965, on New York’s WBAI, he said:

"We don’t judge a manby the color of his skin. We don’t judge you because you are white; we don’t judge you because you’re black….We judge you because of what you do and what you practice.”

Friday, May 8, 2015

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ayana Labossiere and Robert Roth on Haiti

This April 2, 2015 episode of Freedom is a Constant Struggle features Ayana Labossiere of Haiti Action Committee and Robert Roth of Haiti Emergency Relief Fund.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ruchell Cinque Magee and the August 7th Courthouse Slave Rebellion By Kiilu Nyasha, 2008

On Wednesday, August 6, 2008 9:13 PM, Kiilu Nyasha <> wrote:

I can hardly believe that 38 years have gone by since the Marin Courthouse Slave Rebellion of August 7, 1970.  Ruchell is now 69 years old, same as me.  It's a sin and a shame the fascist state has taken this brother's whole life, damn near.  And he has never seriously injured anyone.  Quite the opposite, Ruchell has been responsible (through his jailhouse lawyering) for the release of countless prisoners over the decades he's been incarcerated.  

Fast forward to April 2015 and Ruchell has now been locked up for a total of 60 years, 52 in California gulags and 8 in Angola State Prison, Louisiana.

Ruchell Cinque Magee and the August 7th Courthouse Slave Rebellion

“Slavery 400 years ago, slavery today, it’s the same but with a new name”.-- Ruchell Cinque Magee

Monday, March 9, 2015

Haiti Solidarity Interview with Mildred Aristide, former First Lady of Haiti (

Mildred Aristide is an attorney, who as former First Lady of Haiti, headed the country’s National AIDS Commission and authored a book on the root causes of child domestic service.  Since her family’s return home from forced exile in 2011, Ms. Aristide and her husband, former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (known throughout Haiti as Titide) have focused their efforts on developing the University of the Aristide Foundation. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

2014 MIDTERM ELECTIONS: Big Bucks & Political Mercenaries by Kiilu Nyasha

This midterm election has not only spent a whopping $4 billion, the highest yet; it also witnessed the lowest voter turnout. Given these two facts, I would deduce voters are fed up with the blatant corruption endemic to U.S. electoral politics.

It’s clear to me that in practice, Democrats and Republicans comprise one capitalist party with a Left and Right wing. Republicrats, as Mumia dubbed them.  I simply call them fascists, meaning they are in bed with big business and the military with no regard for the lives of the U.S. majority, everyday working people, employed and unemployed.

Monday, August 25, 2014

BLACK AUGUST 2014: Quotations from George Lester Jackson, ed. by Kiilu Nyasha

August 21, 2014, marks the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of our beloved Comrade George Lester Jackson.  Here are more quotes from his two books; the first was the bestseller, Soledad Brother: the Prison Letters of George Jackson and Blood In My Eye, published after his death.  It’s remarkable that these statements are as pertinent today as they were 43 years ago, perhaps more so.

"Iola," Princess of the Press: The Story of Feminist Anti-Lynching Crusader, Ida B. Wellls-Barnett, by Kiilu Nyasha

"I then began an investigation of every lynching I read about.  By 1893, over a thousand Black men, women and children had been hanged, shot and burned to death by white mobs in America."

A tireless champion of her people, Ida B. Wells was the first of eight children born to Jim and Elizabeth Wells in Mississippi in 1862, six months before chattel slavery was ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. Her parents, who had been slaves, were able to support their children because Elizabeth was an excellent cook and Jim a skilled carpenter. But when Ida was only 16, her parents and youngest sibling died of Yellow Fever during an epidemic.  In keeping with the strength and fortitude she demonstrated throughout her remarkable life, Ida took responsibility for raising her six younger siblings with her grandmother’s help. Educated at nearby Rust College, a school run by white missionaries, Ida was forced to drop out; she got a full-time teaching job by lying about her age, and spent weekends washing, ironing and cooking for her large family.

Wells eventually moved to Memphis, Tenn., where she taught school in a small town called Woodstock and continued her education by attending Fisk University and Lemoyne Institute during the summers.

Friday, August 1, 2014

‘Day of the Gun’ - How KRON-4 distorted the story of Black August- Review and rebuttal (2002)

George Jackson was a unifying force who fought to transform the gangster mentality into a revolutionary one. KRON-4 aired a special program in October labeled “Day of the Gun.” The “day” was Aug. 21, 1971, when George Lester Jackson, three prison guards and two inmate trustees were killed.

As one of countless people who knew and loved George, I found the title itself offensive. How would you feel if your loved one had been murdered by gunshot and the day of his death symbolized by the weapon of destruction, not the human tragedy, the loss of life?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Comments for Freedom is a Constant Struggle on BAVC July 17, 2014 by Kiilu Nyasha & Israel's War on Gaza, July 20, 2014

I've never been so ashamed to admit I'm an American citizen. The past weeks have demonstrated clearly that this nation hates children. Not only does it hate its own children for whom there's no safety net, but the suffering, endangered children fleeing Central America and being threatened, harassed, and jailed, as well as children being murdered in occupied Palestine, over 40 to date.

Mass-murdering Israeli dictator, Netanyahu, had the chutzpah to thank Obama and thank Americans for our support on network television! It enrages me that we have to listen to some fascist thanking us for slaughtering children.