At 19 years old, Jalil Muntaqim (Anthony Bottom) became a political prisoner within the United States “justice” system after being charged and convicted for the killing of two police officers in New York. As a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, Muntaqim was a target of COINTELPRO. He has been in prison for 46 years.
On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia city leadership and the Philadelphia Police Department carried out an attack on a group of Black radical individuals and families, bombing and killing 11 people – including 5 children. The group was the MOVE organization, founded by John Africa and emphasizes family and our life’s connection to nature – the attack was carried out after years of mounting tensions between the police and MOVE.
There are a number of things in this world we cannot measure with metrics, time, or money making it difficult to account for their effectiveness or worth – allyship has always been one of those things. When it comes to allies, there are more questions around their purpose and usefulness than there are answers. Enter the Safety Pin Box, countering everything allies thought their role actually was.
Unfortunately, we should now accept that Donald Trump will be President of the United States come January 20, 2017 (over a month later I’m still experiencing some disbelief in this truth). But what I won’t accept are his disingenuous attempts to be inclusive and to work for Black people.
“Why do we accept forms of security that are rooted in violence?” – Angela Davis, Lecture at University of Chicago November 2016
When I first learned of prison abolition it was from Angela Davis during a lecture she gave at my college campus in 2009. The concept of prison abolition seemed so large and out of reach and it wasn’t something I put much thought into until this year, but a defeatist attitude isn’t what abolished slavery – so who am I to doubt the possibilities of abolition?
If this year has taught us anything, it is that we must support and invest in our own organizations, services, and businesses if we are going to lay the foundation for our collective liberation.
To make it easier for you to give Black and knock your holiday shopping list out while supporting Black businesses, we have compiled gift and business guide for you. In a time where community building is imperative, you’ll be taking an intentional step towards that and becoming that friend that gives the best gifts.
There’s something on our list for everyone:
In the activism world, physical presence is important but there’s no denying that financial contributions are just as vital. Given the current climate of the U.S., many communities are fighting injustices at every turn, on every level. This Giving Tuesday, we are asking that you consider supporting organizations that work for justice for all people.
Here is a list of organizations and meaningful efforts that you can invest in on this Giving Tuesday:
On Friday, the world learned that Fidel Castro, at 90 years old, had died. Over the days since, I have learned more about both the revolutionary and the tyrant than I did in school. Honestly, I have more questions than answers.
I am by no means an expert on Fidel Castro or the longstanding political conditions in Cuba but I do believe that we should advance radical ideas in the pursuit of justice; and to do so, we have to study.
I’m in a weird place as a parent and an activist; at what point do I talk to my daughter about the truth behind Thanksgiving or any other holiday draped in an ugly American truth?
“I’m thankful for being born indigenous to this continent,” a powerful statement I could never make; a powerful statement most people that live in this country cannot make, but one young Native American girl did in a video about the truth behind Thanksgiving with a group of 5 of her peers.