Who are New Afrikan Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War?
Q: What are the principles of the Black Liberation Army? A: The BLA, as a result of realizing the economical nature of the system under which we areforced to live, maintains the following principles:1. That we are anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-racist, and anti-sexist.2. That we must of necessity strive for the abolishment of these systems and for theinstitution of Socialistic relationships in which Black people have total and absolutecontrol over their own destiny as a people.3. That in order to abolish our systems of oppression, we must utilize the science of class struggle, develop this science as it relates to our unique national condition.Q: Where can I find out more about the Black Liberation Army? A:The Talking Drum
Black Militancy: Notes from the Underground
Retrieved from Bad Subjects: Issue #71, December 2004Text written by Rashad ShabazzIf one were to examine, closely, the hegemonic discourses of black American history, onewould be surprised to find a long history of militant armed struggle. Slave rebellions, urban"guerilla" insurgencies, rural defense leagues, are all part of a tapestry of black militantrebellion to subjugation. The most recent icon of black armed struggle, the Black Panther Party, is a linchpin in understanding the development of this phenomenon in the late 1960s,which saw its high point in the 1970s. But it was not the only organization that used or openingadvocated the use of force against the state. Others did exist. They did not exist in the publicor "aboveground" as the Panthers did between the years of 1966 and 1974. Other factions of the organization existed outside the public eye
clandestinely. Not coincidently, this historyexists clandestinely. Clandestine is also a fitting way to describe some of the writers of this
history. It is fitting because they, like the histories of armed struggle in U.S., don’t exist in the
open, but they exist nonetheless.Many of those who (clandestinely) trace the historical trajectories of armed struggle are (or were) prisoners of the state. Assata Shakur, George Jackson, Kuwasi Balagoon, andGeronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, all participated in armed struggle. Branded by the state as criminals,underground black radicals, as well as white underground radicals were part of a network of militant "paramilitary" insurgencies. By several accounts this movement lasted from the late
1960’s until the beginning of the 1980’s. Today, imprisone
d underground activists continue towrite of this subjugated history from the cells that hold them.