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Ashanti Alston Omowali, Anarchist Panther & Related Topics

Ashanti Alston Omowali, Anarchist Panther & Related Topics

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Ashanti Alston stated:
Black culture has always been oppositional and is all about finding ways to creatively resist oppression here, in the most racist country in the world [the United States]. So, when I speak of a Black anarchism, it is not so tied to the color of my skin but who I am as a person, as someone who can resist, who can see differently when I am stuck, and thus live differently.
Ashanti Alston stated:
Black culture has always been oppositional and is all about finding ways to creatively resist oppression here, in the most racist country in the world [the United States]. So, when I speak of a Black anarchism, it is not so tied to the color of my skin but who I am as a person, as someone who can resist, who can see differently when I am stuck, and thus live differently.

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Ashanti Alston Omowali
Anarchist Panther
& Related Topics
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Ashanti Alston Omowali
is an anarchist activist, speaker, and writer, and former member of the Black Panther
 
Party. Eventhough the party no longer exists, Alston sometimes refers to himself as a Black Panther, and sometimes
 
as "the @narchistPanther", a term he coined in his
@narchist Panther Zine
series. He was also member of the Black
 
Liberation Army, and spentmore than a decade in prison after police captured him and he was convicted of armed
 
robbery. Alston, like all anarchists,disputes the moral issues of property and terms his activity in the BLA "bank
 
expropriation". Alston is the former northeastcoordinator for Critical Resistance, a current co-chair of the National
 
Jericho Movement (to free U.S. political prisoners), amember of pro-Zapatista people-of-color U.S.-based Estación
 
Libre, and is on the board of the Institute for AnarchistStudies.
..Read more below 
 
Contents
Articles
Ashanti Alston1Black anarchism2Anarchism and nationalism4Anarchism in Africa13Anarchist People of Color14Anarchist Black Cross Network15
References
Article Sources and Contributors17Image Sources, Licenses and Contributors18
Article Licenses
License19
 
Ashanti Alston1
Ashanti Alston
Ashanti Alston
"Anarchist Panther"
Born
1954
Ashanti Alston Omowali
is ananarchistactivist, speaker, and writer, and former member of theBlack Panther Party. Even though the party no longer exists, Alston sometimes refers to himself as a Black Panther, and sometimesas "the @narchist Panther", a term he coined in his
@narchist Panther Zine
series. He was also member of theBlackLiberation Army, and spent more than a decade in prison after police captured him and he was convicted of armedrobbery. Alston, like all anarchists, disputes the moral issues of property and terms his activity in the BLA "bankexpropriation". Alston is the former northeast coordinator forCritical Resistance, a current co-chair of the NationalJericho Movement (to free U.S. political prisoners), a member of pro-Zapatistapeople-of-color U.S.-basedEstación Libre, and is on the board of theInstitute for Anarchist Studies. Since 1999, Alston has produced four issues of thezine,
@narchist Panther Zine
(the name being a reference to hiscurrent affiliation as an anarchist, and his past membership in the Black Panther Party). Alston has identified himself as ablack anarchistas well as apostmodern anarchist. Alston rejects traditional anarchist dogma and says "Every time I hear someone talk about my people as if we are just some 'working class' or 'proletariat' I want to get as far away from that person or group as possible, anarchist,Marxist, whatever" (
 Beyond Nationalism, but Not Without It 
 
). Opponents of this perspective within theAnarchistPeople of Colorcamp insist that opposing authority yet placing the needs of people of color above others representsracism, and thatblack nationalismwould mean using force to exclude people based on the color of their skin and isutterly incompatible with anarchism. Also claimed is that one cannot deny a "white nationalism" if one is to have a"black nationalism" and thus it is best that neither exist. While Alston supported a nationalist position in the firstissue of his publication, it was a far milder version of the positionLorenzo Kom'boa Ervinhas taken and Alstoncannot be seen as totally supporting nationalism or trying to purge anarchism of "non black people".Alston occasionally speaks at events as diverse as animal rights events and union activist conferences.
External links
Anarchist Panther
(personal website)Ashanti Alston 2004 interview.
Ashanti Alston lecture in Pittsburgh, PA on February 24, 2005
Ashanti Alston 2008 interview, by Team Colors.
Video of talk given by Ashanti at the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 2009 in Ireland.

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