THE NEW BLACK P ANTHER
White Right Wing Republicans Attack New Black Panthers
The House Judiciary Committee recently rejected a 15-14 vote for a Resolution of Inquiry against members of the New Black Panther Party. Not because of political alliances, but because the matter was already decided in court. In the November election of 2008, the atmosphere was heated. White racist were threatening to kill black men and women if then Senator Obama won, “America’s golden prize.” Mr. Obama received numerous threats against his life for being a black man who dared to aspire to the nation’s highest office, President of the United States of America. It is no surprise then that he is the only president (and his family) to receive the most death threats – hundreds daily. Senator John McCain and members of the Republican Party resorted to ploys of all types using notable names such as “Joe the Plummer” in an effort to stifle the rising popularity of the virtually unknown Senator Barack H. Obama. The Philadelphia polling place is not invincible to white racism or attacks on black life, therefore, the Philadelphia chapter of the New Black Panther Party had to respond. When the lives of our children, babies, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers are at stake, it is our duty to respond. The Black Panther Party became the viable vehicle for voter protection originally defending the rights of black people’s right to vote in Alabama’s, Lowndes County district. Stokley Carmichael and black people in Lowndes County organized movements armed and ready to die defending the rights of blacks exercising their right to vote. The party line vote sought by Rep. Frank R. Wolf and Rep. Lamar Smith, ranking Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, is an insane course of action. Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. of Michigan voted the resolution “unfavorably” out of committee, calling the Philadelphia polling disruption an “isolated incident.” The resolution was sent to the House floor weighing the facts against the hatred determined to provide balance to the onslaught. Rep. Wolf wrote seven letters over seven months seeking information on the case. Each time he wrote, the Department of Justice responded according to standard policy. Continued on page 31
‘Red-Neck Republicans’ Out to Get Them, New Black Panther Leader Says
al last May of voter intimidation charges against his black power group, a decision that sparked conservative protests. But last week in a podcast interview, Shabazz let loose – with a racially tinged rant against the Republicans he said are trying to turn the issue into campaign ads for this fall’s midterm elections. “These white rightwing, red-faced, red-neck Republicans are attacking the hell out of the New Black Panther Party, and we’re organizing now to fight back,” Shabazz told the podcast host, a man who calls himself “Brother Gary,” who hosts a show called Conscious Chats on Blogtalk Radio. Shabazz singled out GOP Reps. Frank Wolf (Va.) and Lamar Smith (Texas) two critics on the House Judiciary Committee, along with “Old Uncle Tom Michael Steele, the black Negro who heads the Republican National Committee.” “We are gearing up for a showdown with this cracker,” Shabazz said, although it wasn’t clear to whom he was referring. “If he keeps talking, were going to Capitol Hill; we’re just gearing up right now.” At issue is an incident at a majority-black polling place in Philadelphia in November 2008, where two members of the anti-white and antiSemitic fringe group stood in military-style garb, one of them carrying a night stick. One of the members of the party in Philadelphia, he added, “just happened to be a little too black or too strong,” and “made a mistake” by bringing a weapon to the polls. “They are beating these war drums – it’s constantly on the front page of the Washington Times [...] and I’m expecting some ads with the New Black Panther Party for midterm elections in 2010,” Shabazz said.
“Shabazz Blasts Back”
By Ryan J. Reynolds New Black Panther Party president Malik Zulu Shabazz hasn’t said much publicly about the Obama Justice Department’s dismiss-
US Department of Justice Panthers, Republicans
EMROILED in Major Fight
didate Barack Obama, as well as black men and women across the country. Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter also hushed the propaganda in a statement saying “No one has been denied the vote… this is the United States of America and unless [the men standing outside] break the law or do anything, they have the right to stand out there. We don’t need anyone trying to trump up anything or generate any kind of excitement,” Mayor Nutter stated to reporters. Unfortunately for those involved, that’s just what happened. Atty. Malik Zulu Shabazz, Mr. Samir Shabazz and Mr. Jerry Jackson’s names were dragged through the mud. According to Michelle Malkin, ultimately the voter intimidation suit as written by Public Affairs Spokesman Alejandro Miyar was dropped against Mr. Samir Shabazz, Mr. Jerry Jackson and Atty. Malik Zulu Shabazz “after careful review.” In a statement to the Associated Press, Atty. Malik Zulu Shabazz said, “The U.S. Justice Department made the right call in dismissing a voter intimidation lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party and recent questions about that ruling are a political witch hunt to discredit Attorney General Eric Holder.” Atty. Shabazz also stated, “No insider influence played a role. The Panthers “were not active
Timeline of Phony Voter Intimidation Charges
By Chawn Kweli The year 2009 for the New Black Panther Party was very “eventful,” to say the least. During 2009, the name of the New Black Panther Party was brought up in major newspapers and media outlets more times than any in recent memory. The Washington Times specifically launched a smear campaign against the New Black Panther Party and the Washington based Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz. The deeper question in all of this is why? In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Philadelphia, the suit alleged that two men wearing NBPP uniforms: Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson, an campaigners (for Obama) and he owes us no favors.” Behind this unceremoniously veteran Civil Rights Defense Attorney Christopher Coates lost his position as Chief of the Voting Section, and transferred to the U.S. attorney’s office in South Carolina according to the website www.mainjustice. com, which reported no official announcement of the personnel change. In the final days of the George W. Bush administration, Coates signed off on the controversial voter intimidation complaint against the New Black Panther Party and three of its members. The dismissal resulted in outrage by some of the Republican members of Congress, and a formal investigation by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which subpoenaed Mr. Coates and J. Christian Adams (the lead attorney in the case), to testify why the complaint was dismissed. Joseph H. Hunt, director of the Justice Department’s Federal Programs Branch, ordered the lawyers’ silence in a formal letter to the attorney for J. Christian Adams, the lead attorney for the department in the alleged voter intimidation case. Justice Department Civil Rights Division chief Thomas E. Perez, a Maryland lawyer who served as Maryland’s labor secretary, was accused by Rep. Steve King of Iowa a Republican, of not being “truthful”
elected member of the Philadelphia Democratic Committee and a credentialed poll watcher, intimidated voters on November 4, 2008 by staning outside a polling place, with Samir Shabazz holding a police style baton. New Black Panther National Chairman Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz was also named but not present during the alleged incident. Dr. Shabazz is a well respected attorney who has fought many high profile cases. According to informtion obtained by Dr. Shabazz, there were earlier reports of men in Nazi style uniforms seen at the polling place. Dr. Shabazz explained the presence of the BPP men by reminding the media of the racist threats being spewed at then Presidential can-
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while under oath, to such an extent that “There are people who have gone to jail for such a level of purported dishonesty.” A fair question to Mr. King is, “Do you not understand the maximum penalty was sought in the alleged intimidation case?” Frank Rudolph Wolf recently took the lead in the charge for a re-opening of the alleged voter intimidation case. Representative Wolf, serving since 1981, is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia’s 10th Congressional Dis of voter intimidation. Rep. Frank Wolf, in a recent opening address pressed for the Department of Justice, pursued a comical course saying, “I rise today to introduce a Resolution of Inquiry directing the attorney general to transmit to the House all information relating to the decision to dismiss an important voter intimidation case, United States v. New Black Panther Party.” The case sought to enforce Voting Rights Act statutes against members of the New Black Panther Party, alleging I take oversight of the department very seriously. I also strongly support voting rights protections. In 1981, I was the only member - Republican or Democrat - of the Virginia delegation in the House to vote for the Voting Rights Act, and was harshly criticized by the editorial page of the Richmond Times Dispatch. When I supported its reauthorization in 2006, I was criticized again by the editorial pages. Time and again over the last year, the department has stonewalled any ef-
T H E LY N C H M O B : W O L F, S M I T H , A D A M S , & B E C K E R O U T T O G E T T H E P A N T H E R S
trict, and is the most senior of Virginia’s eleven Congressmen. Rep. Wolf has been called in some circles, a war-monger, a man who puts politics ahead of justice and a liar who promotes torture. The Leesburg Tomorrow blog wrote “He comes across as a kindly grandfather, and is always around for a photo op with babies and hardworking families. Of course, that did not prevent him from enabling the Bush administration’s assault on the middle class for eight years.” Rep. Frank Wolf accused Attorney General Eric Holder of ignoring his requests for an explanation why the Justice Department dismissed charges
they threatened Philadelphia voters, both verbally and physically last year. This case was inexplicably dismissed earlier this year over the ardent objections of the career attorneys overseeing the case as well as the department’s own appeal office. It is unfortunate that Congress must resort to oversight resolutions as a means to receive information about the dismissal of this case, but the Congress and the American people have a right to know why this case was not prosecuted. As ranking Republican member of the House Commerce-JusticeScience Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Justice Department,
fort to learn about the decision to dismiss this case. I have written Attorney General Holder on six occasions asking for an explanation for the dismissal of this case. To date, I have received no response from him. I wrote the DOJ inspector general to request a review of this decision. He deferred to the Office of Professional Responsibility – which reports directly to the attorney general. I have written the Office of Professional Responsibility seeking information on its investigation, and the Office refused to share any information. continued on page 30
Uncle Tom Michael Steele RNC Chairman, Disses NBPP
In his new book entitled, “Right Now” Uncle Tom Michael Steel Bootlicks and Buckdances to please the White Man by Attacking the New Black Panther Party on Page 5 and 64 as part of his war against the Obama Administration.
THE HYPOCRISY OF BUSH
& The United Snakes Justice Department
come to the people, we’re going to bring the people to the federal government.” In view of the facts, Kanye West was not only right, but courageous. The Obama administration, working to correct wrongs by the previous administration, made the right call not to collapse to right wing pressure. Hatred of our organizational politics and efforts does not give any entity the right to press false charges.
By Chawn Kweli The Famous quote by entertainer Kanye West drew criticism during the aftermath of Katrina. His statements may have been unfavorable, but certainly worthy of further exploration. The George W. Bush Administration authorized and promoted the illegal use of torture on captives of the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The New York Times detailed solid evidence that approval for torture came from top Bush/Cheney Administration officials stating, “A prosecutor should be appointed to consider criminal charges against top officials in the Pentagon and others involved in planning the abuse.” We look to the courts to enforce civil rights but find nothing is right about it. The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice was created in 1957 by President Eisenhower. While the Bush Administration was in of-
fice, enforcement of civil rights laws was null. The Bush Administration filed virtually no cases under section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. When the Administration did, it was against black people. The Bush Administration failed to enforce voting rights or equal employment rights. How can the Bush administration have the nerve to file “voter intimidation” charges against the New Black Panther Party? Katrina is a shining example of the type of neglect offered to innocent black life throughout the Bush Presidency. The government’s lack of response to Katrina and the impact on black life in New Orleans has not been adequately discussed. This reminds me of Reverend Al Sharpton’s remarks to a crowd in Atlanta during the Bush era, “We feel that the federal government has failed to intervene in the cases of hate crimes - swastikas and nooses, and since the federal government won’t
Wolf chases panthers
Smith. For good reason, they refuse to let the Justice Department bury questions about a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party. The case involves two Black Panthers who stood outside a Philadelphia polling place in November 2008 while wearing paramilitary garb and using racial epithets, while one of them brandished a nightstick. The Obama Justice Department dropped three out of four charges in the case last May after the cases, in effect, had already been won. At every turn, the Justice Department has stonewalled the two lawmakers and others wanting an explanation for the dismissal. Since September, the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) supposedly has been conducting an investigation into why the charges were dropped. To outside observers, that “investigation” has seemed lethargic at best. Meanwhile, OPR chief Mary Patrice Brown reportedly is on the verge of an Obama nomination for a federal judgeship, for which she is being vetted by some of the same people who presumably would be questioned in the Black Panther probe. OPR also came under fire two weeks ago when the department’s senior career officer, David Margolis, overruled the office and criticized its shoddy work on its review of the conduct of two George W. Bush-era lawyers who wrote memos on enhanced interrogation of suspected terrorists. In light of OPR’s own apparent or potential politicization, Mr. Wolf asked the Justice Department’s inspector general, Glenn A. Fine, to conduct his own inquiry into the mishandling of the Black Panther case. In early February, Mr. Fine declined, saying such an investigation is out of the scope of his responsibilities although, he added, he had long told Congress that such questions should indeed be within his purview. Enter Mr. Wolf again, this time joined by Mr. Smith. On March 2, they sent another letter to Mr. Fine, urging continued on page 31
Reprentative Frank Wolf ( R - VA ) , 2 L E G G E D D O G CONGRESSMAN
By THE WASHINGTON TIMES March 09, 2010 Give credit for honorable persistence to Northern Virginia’s veteran Republican congressman, Frank Wolf, and to Texas Republican Rep. Lamar
6 THE NEW BLACK PANTHER
New Black Panther Party Bold And Strong After 20 Years
demonstrated by the members of the New Black Panther Party for the members of the original Black Panther Party during the three day event, was quite the contrary. Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz, National Million Youth March, NY 1999 Chairman of the New Black Panther Party, put that debate to rest during his keynote address stating “How is it that we are in error? Could it be that our critics have been mistaken? Could we be the reformers under Osiris X (TX) & Hannibal Rushadeen our father Khallid Ab(NY) at 2009 Summit dul Muhammad?” differences” first with self, The New Black Panour families and the entire ther Party has been the subblack Community at large, ject of much debate on the created an electric atmo- legitimacy of “rightful heirs” sphere amidst the highly an- to the Legacy of the original ticipated reunion with alleg- Black Panther Party for Self edly warring and quarreling Defense. While The New factions of the original Black Black Panther Party continPanther Party and the New ues to receive much criticism Black Panther Party. from the media for well over 20 years, b e i n g called anti-Semitic, bigots and racist, their efforts to assist with the Disaster of Hurricane Katrina were totally ignored by Min. Zayid Muhammd on fire and organizing in Newark, NJ, 2009 mainstream media. T h e Coming off the split portrayed by main- heels of the Black Power stream media is one of “ir- Convention and the Black reconcilable differences,” but the love shown and Continued on page 31
By Chawn Kweli December4th-6th was one not to miss. It represented a historic summit marking 20 years of struggle for the hearts and minds of our people by the New Black Panther Party throughout the burning hells of North America and for Africans worldwide. Having roots in the city of Dallas, Texas the New Black Panther Party went home to its founding state to remember those who sacrificed so much to keep the legacy of the Black Panther Party alive and well in the 21st century. Hosted by Sister Crystal Muhammad who serves as Regional Representative for the Southwest Region of the New Black Panther Party, the stage was set for one of the most historical events in recent Panther history. Crystal Muhammad diligently organized and hosted attendees to ensure a successful convention. Ms. Muhammad and members of the Dallas Chapter had a full house hosting chapters from as far away as New York,
New Jersey, Kentucky, Georgia and Virginia. During the three day convention, original founding member David Foreman led a large Panther caravan throughout the city of Dallas, TX to historical landmarks, such as the first meeting place of the New Black Panther Party, as well as the street where the founing members did their first “ Thug and Drug “ Patrols. According to David Foreman, who serves as National Minister of Defense for the New Black Panther Party, “The thug and drug patrols began because children were unable to play outside due to the presence of drug dealers, who were openly visible to the entire community.” The Party began conducting armed patrols securing the territories of black Neighborhoods infested with U.S. introduced crack cocaine, heroin and other forms of chemical and biological warfare aimed at our people. The unity theme of the convention, “working out
20 Years of Struggle on THE FRONTLINES
The New Black Panther Party and its leadership has been much misunderstood and maligned since they stormed into Jasper, Texas in 1998. The New Panthers alliance with the popular and fiery Minister Khallid Muhammad began in 1994, following an assassination attempt on Muhammad’s life. Dr. Khallid Muhammad had ran into controversy as a right hand man and spokesman for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. As the New Black Panther Party openly embraced er Mike Mgee had also lit a fire in Milwaukee by forming the Black Panther Militia and threatening violence is the city did not meet certain demand in helping the poor Black residents. 1989 Dr. Khallid Muhammad began his alliance with, and mentoring of the Howard University Student Revolutionary Malik Zulu Shabazz, the current NBPP National Chairman. In the Summer of 1998, The New Black Panther Party stormed into Jasper Texas twice to demonstrate and take a stand for self-defense in the wake of the lynching and beheading of James Byrd. The Panther militant strategy, aided by the military prowess of David Foreman and Robert ‘war’ Williams, marked a clear departure from Civil Rights leaders at Byrd’s funeral who called for peace and nonviolence. KhalLynching of James Byrd, Jr., TX, 1998 lid Muhammad was Muhammad’s radical teach- named the National Chairings and activism, the mar- man in 1998. Muhammad’s riage between them quickly national following and Milbore fruit. Armed demonstra- lion Youth March recruited tions dealing with The Texas young leaders into the New Church Burnings marked Black Panther Party all over a coming to a birth of into the country. The New Black national attention by the up- Panther Party spread from start radical outfit. two cities to over twenty-five The New Black Pan- (25) cities during the dynamther Party started small in ic times of Muhammad’s 1989, which was not so co- ‘;chairmanship. The Harlem incidentally the year of the Million Youth March of 1998 passing of the Honorable ended in a brawl with poHuey P. Newton- founder lice and Muhammad’s forcof the BPP from Oakland. es and 17 cops were sent to Co- founders David Fore- the hospital in a major meman and Aaron Michaels lee. In 1999-2000 Khallid began in Dallas, Texas and Muhammad tapped Divine began by combating drugs Allah, Malikah Muhammad, in the Black Community and Minister Zayid Muhammad, abuse of power by school Minister Malik Shabazz board officials. Command- (Detroit), Hiriam Ashantee,
Shame on Jamestown, 2007
Najee Mahammad, Hashim Nzinga and other young leaders to lay the National Foundation. Dr. Khallid tapped his mentee and long time defender and Million
had even sued the party in the early 1990’s. In a shocking turn of events on February 17, 2001, Dr. Khallid passed from amongst us from serious medical injuries or even “There has been no organization more suspected negactive on the frontlines in the last 12 years, ligence or foul than the mighty New Black Panther Party.” play. The entire controversy and Youth March organizer, At- the weight and stress of his torney Malik Zulu Shabazz mission was turned over to to be his National Spokes- his student and confidant, man and Minister of Justice. Attorney Malik Zulu ShabaIn his tenure as the NBPP zz and the other Panther leader, Dr. Khallid Muham- leaders who remained loyal mad crisscrossed the coun- to his cause. In 2001 Attortry, preaching a militant doc- ney Shabazz as the National trine of self determination Chairman began a period of and self defense. The former leadership that marked great NOI Supreme Captain was advances and maneuvers for a relentless organizer. At a the New Black Panther Party. Panther national summit in ( PART 2 NEXT ISSUE) October, 2000, he stormed the Israeli Embassy in Washington with over 90 New Black Panthers. As the influence grew, Dr. Khallid and the New Panthers took intense criticism from Bobby Seale and some Original Panther members who
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An Insider Look into the REAL situation in Haiti
cared for also pitched in and helped us clean the rest of the patients. I was so grateful for their help, I said to them “thank you so much for your help” One of the brothers said in English back to me, “no, thank you” I almost started crying but I did not. For some of the patients who had family members sleeping on the floor under or next to their beds we got them up and had them clean their loved ones which helped us out a lot. Bro Zayid advised me to journal my experiences which I did most of the days I was there in Haiti, it was an emotional release for me along with crying now and then of course not got in from night duty she was there, I think she must have taken the day off or was going in late. She showed us a picture that she had taken on her digital camera of someone’s hand that had an open sore with maggots, both of us broke down and started crying. There were mornings when I got off work that I was so physically and emotionally exhausted, eyes burning from fatigue and dust, and right across the street from us I’d look at the determined resilience of my people; selling their wares, cooking and trying to rebuild, and I found myself looking to them for strength. February 12th the 1 month anniversary of the quake, there was church services, singing worshiping and praising , not just that day, but all weekend. The Island was closed for 3 days, businesses were closed…I saw sistahs wearing white with bible in hand going to church with their families stepping over piles of rubble to get there. When I went in to work those last 3 nights patients had their radios tuned in to the church services throughout the island. There is a RN sister we met in Haiti she rode with us into Santo Doming on our way black to the US we had dinner at a friend of hers just before they drove us to the airport. Donne has an orphanage and school. we need people to adopt and raise our babies. Any black people interested in adopting call or email Donne Sylvanie Joseph her email is email@example.com she is in public in front of the patients. bilingual,and has the soul and smile of We met another RN from Miami an angel her number is 509 3673 3032 who worked days (12 hour shifts),and (yes, that’s how you dial the number) she stayed in the same compound we or call 509 3493-3134. were staying, in Croix de Bouquet. One morning when me and Neferti Continued on page 32
The Words of Suffering
By, Khadijah J. Shakur RN New York Chapter, Chief of Staff
The City of Port Au Prince itself is overcrowded. There was no electricity in certain parts of the capital. Not every building was affected by the earthquake. There would be heaps of odorous garbage on the street. next to the rubble and there were sisers selling vegetables and other items. At night we would see piles of garbage on fire in the streets. There was a Nursing School in the gated area not far from the Internal Medicine building where Neferti and I worked 12-13 hours a night for7 nights. After climbing up the rubble as far as I could safely go, to try to look inside I could smell the stench of death in that building; a brother from the 101st Airborne told us the best angle to see and to smell. There was a wide range of of patients we took care of ; ages ranged from 23 to 90. They had swollen stomachs and were thin; had TB, HIV, malaria, diabetes, and stage 3 bedsores with maggots; you name it, our people had it (there seems to be maggot infestation of patients). I saw the spirit of Pan Africanism in the patients family membersand one particular night stands out. Nef and I started cleaning a patient, which his son helped us to do, but not only did he help us clean his father, he helped us clean most of the patients. Afterwards, two brothers of a man that I had
How much do we really know?
Fidel Castro Speaks Out on Haiti
January 14, 2010 By Kiilu Nyasha I cannot remain silent in the face of so much racism and disinformation streaming over the mainstream media regarding the ongoing Haitian tragedy. This 7.0 major earthquake of January 12 and its aftershocks have left in its wake a state of emergency unlike any of us has witnessed in our lifetime - just 700 miles from our East coast shores. Upwards of 50 thousand people are already counted as deceased, and many more injured and dying for lack of basic medical care. Estimates are reaching a possible 100,000 deaths, not to mention the devastating destruction of homes and buildings, including the Presidential Palace. Time is of the essence, yet the international response has been painfully, tragically slow. Would this pace of rescue - where every minute counts in digging people out of the wreckage – have been the case if the earthquake ery, expelling the colonial powers of victims were European? Britain, Spain and France. In fact, Haitians won their war of indepenBlame the victims dence against Napoleon’s crack troops Ignored by most commentators is the in 1804, and were celebrating their bitruth of Haiti’s historic and ongoing centennial when the U.S. kidnapped poverty-in classic “blame the victim” and exiled (for the second time) their coverage. E.g., it’s not mentioned that popular President Jean-Bertrand ArisHaitians fought their way out of slav- tide who won two landslide victories in internationally monitored elections. The majority of Haitians have demanded his return ever since. Mainstream reporters describe this U.S.-backed coup as Aristide being ousted by rebels, implying his own people ran him out of the country. They talk about Haitians living on a dollar a day but fail to mention that part of the reason Aristide was attacked involved his attempt to double the minimum wage to about $2.50 a day; or that American factories exploit Haitian workers in underpaid, overworked sweatshops. Continued on page 32
Why Red Tape and No Medical Tape?
By David X Haiti is in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical supplies. Government officials, mainly United States bureaucratic agencies, are dictating the who, what where, when and how to handle the Haitian people’s tragic catastrophe. There are many unanswered questions as to why this catastrophic earthquake even hapreminisce of similarities with the vicpened. Haitians are wondering why tims of hurricane Katrina. If the disashelp is moving at a snails pace. ter in New Orleans taught us anything, then we too should take a closer look Why are much needed medical, at the devastation in Haiti. How do food, and personal supplies having difwe as black people make sure needed ficulty making its way into Haiti, while funds and supplies are allocated and the military manages to deploy many distributed to the people and families troops, heavy equipment, arms and in need in Haiti? The U.N., Red Cross, ammunition all throughout Haiti with F.E.M.A., United Way and other so no logistics problem? called main stream help groups have This should have us to ponder and proven to be untrustworthy in times of major and minor disasters, especially when it concerns black people. It is reported that more than 400 military personnel are in Haiti now, supposedly helping with the aid effort. More than a total of 5,000 military personnel, (3,000 soldiers and 2,200 marines) are expected to be assigned there indefinitely. Why? Black folks need a Black United Emergency Response Team, A Black Cross, or maybe a United Black Way organization to come to the aid of people of color, (Hue-man beings). And if black/latino so-called celebrities and the black well to do rich elite donated at least one million dollars each, black folks would have enough to start self help emergency relief funds for food, clothing, shelter, medical supplies and man-power needed for any natural or any not-so natural disasters.
THE NEW BLACK P ANTHER
A Revolutionary History of Haiti
soldiers, as he was a gifted leader and military strategist and used discipline for his troops. Toussaint negotiated with General Laveaux and changed his position in May 1794. He fought against the Spanish Empire and delivered the North to the French Republic. He fought against the British as well. Bell (2007) affirms thatT oussaint controlled most of two provinces. His two lieutenants Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Henry Christophe were extremely effective. Toussaint’s success drove Andre Rigaud, a man of color who was leading forces in the southwest, to renew his attacks where free By Chawn Kweli First given the name Haiti (Ayiti) by the Arawak and Caraibe Haitians Indians, the word Haiti means, “Land of mountain.” It was a country governed by five well organized kingdoms, the Magua, the Marien, the Xaragua, and the Higuey. Haiti was self sufficient and its population lived in perfect harmony, peace and contentment with the land before Christopher Columbus’ arrival in 1492. His presence wielded colonial powers, opening a wound for the Spanish, the French and the English to wrestle for the rule of Haiti. The original Haitians were believed to be in an upwards of 1 million before Columbus’ occupation. After his arrival, the original Haitians died by the thousands and were enslaved. By 1697, the Spanish recognized the French's control of the western third of the island, and named it Saint Domingue. The smallest accounts of the Haitian Revolution are that the slaves rebelled in 1791. By 1803, the whites were driven from Haiti. In the words of the Wu-Tang Clan, “Can it all be so simple?'' Several Revolutions were being fought on several fronts. The key figures in the rise of the oppressed in Haiti were Toussaint L'Ouverture, whose name meant "the awakening of all saints," or "all souls rising." According to Bell (2007), he was born on the Bréda plantation of Bayon de Libertat, near Cap Francais. When freed at age 33, he married a woman named Suzanne. He was a high degree of the Masonic Lodge of Saint-Domingue. By early 1794 Toussaint L'Ouverture was organizing 4,000,000 blacks into a band of in to Toussaint L'Ouverture, giving the island to his army. He initiated the abolition of slavery in Santo Domingo and made a new constitution which named him governor for the rest of his life. Toussaint L'Ouverture played the strong role in the first real attempt by one in bondage; to get free in the hells of North America. At the confrontation of the French Revolution, the colony known then as St. Domingue, provided two-thirds of France's overseas trade, operated approximately one thousand ships, and was captained by fifteen thousand French sailors. It became the richest of
Jean Jacques Dessalines
people of color were concentrated in Port au Prince. Rigaud controlled a force of officers of color and black troops who controlled the South. He was also successful in leading his troops (to gain the withdrawal of 10,000 British soldiers). By 1801, the Spanish gave
the European nations. It was a fertile slave market for the European and was a financial booster for the French economy because St. Domingue thrived off of slave labor. Continued on page, 31
Gambia Recognizes NBPP, Dr. Shabazz for Solidarity during their 45th Anniversary
Dear New Black Panther We can say at this Members and Black Com- point that if any person is munity Members in General, qualified they can go to work or live in Africa due to Enclosed is an exerpt from our International Efforts an article by the Gambian Press in which our National Nat. Chief of Staff Hashim Chairman Dr. Malik Zulu Nzinga Shabazz was one of the chosen few leaders that was rec- Letter to the Gambian Presiognized for standing with dent acknowledged by Press the Gambian President and More World leaders, others our Gambian brothers and felicitate President Jammeh sisters on their 45th anni- Africa versary. Many Africans who were enslaved came from The Gambian leader His the Gambia. Thanks to our Excellency Sheikh Profesinternational Ambassador sor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh Brother Hughie Rose who is continues to receive more always in the Gambia, the felicitation from world leadNew Black Panther Party is ers, diplomats and individubeing offered international als on the occasion of the recognition and land and countrys 45th Independence trade with our Gambian Anniversary celebrations. brothers and sisters. The latest messages We are working on came from HE Mahmoud getting The Gambian Presi- Ahmadineejad, president dent Jammeh and the Hon. of the Islamic Republic of Robert Mugabe on by satel- Iran, HE Raul Castro Ruz, lite during our Black Power president of the Councils of Convention. State and of Ministers of the
His Excellency Shikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh
Republic of Cuba, HE Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, president of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and HE Paul Biya, president of the Republic of Cameroon among other diplomats and prominent personalities. The messages read: [exerpt] On the auspicious occasion of 45th Independence An-
AMB Hughie Rose Raising The Gambia; the Fastest Growing NBPP Chapter
NBPP International Ambassador and U.K. Chairman Hughie Rose is doing a marvelous job. He has spearheaded the growth and development of the NBPP’s fastest growing Chapter in the Gambia. In addition Brother Hughie has established official diplomatic ties between the New Black Panther Party Leader, Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz, and several international heads of state. The NBPP International Ministry and the Pan African influence of the NBPP is growing daily due to the strong works of this well travelled, bold, young black man.
niversary celebration and national day of your country, I seize this opportunity to congratulate Your Excellency, government and the people of the Republic of The Gambia on this historic event. I am confident that under Your Excellencys wise and dynamic leadership, the gain registered with the framework of our warm and our constructive bilateral relations over the years will be further enhanced for the mutual benefit of our two countries and peoples. Whilst wishing Your Excellency continued personal well-being and good health, as well as peace, progress and happiness for the brotherly people of the Republic of The Gambia, please accept Your Excellency and dear brother the assurances of my highest consideration and fraternal esteem. Mahmoud Ahmadi Neejad President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Continued on page 33
THE NEW BLACK P ANTHER
What qualities did the Honorable Khallid Muhammad possess that made him well respected, feared and loved? When I met him in December, 1988, via my grandfather Malik El Amin (Thomas X), I had been watching his video tapes as a student at Howard University. I was already in awe of him when we met; I was not let down in the least in person. He confirmed what I believed: Khallid Abdul Muhammad was one of the greatest Black Men of all time. The number one reason I chose to help and later follow Dr. Khallid was his consistency. You could rely on Dr. Muhammad to stick by the principles of what he was teaching and regardless to circumstance he delivered sound doctrine. He believed in the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and refused to waver. As a Law Student I grew in my allegiance to him because he could debate and voraciously defend the Messengers teachings- and everything else he was teaching-with “undeniable, irrefutable, facts, truth, proof and evidence.” Staying true to core Black Muslim teachings, Nationalist-Pan Africanist Ideology and Revolutionary Doctrine in a time when everybody was running for cover is what I admired the Sword of Allah for, first and foremost. This is why Khallid Abdul Muhammad was called the “conscious of Minister Louis Farrakhan,” by Attorney Alton Maddox at the Black Holocaust Nationhood Conference, October 15, 1995. The Black Nation relied on Khallid to remain hard on the white man and uncle toms. The Black Nation relied on Dr. Khallid to defend separation and self defense. The Black Nation Relied on Dr. Khallid to teach a radical , revolutionary, spiritually based, Black Liberation teaching and Harold X did not disappoint. Khalld Muhammad was consistent, even when under fire and intense pressure.
Dr. Khallid Abdul
It is one thing to have a radical teaching and another matter to maintain that teaching when under intense pressure, criticism and attack. When the controversy erupted over Dr. Khallid Muhammad’s speech at Kean College in November 1993, he came under blistering scrutiny. Muhammad came under attack from the Congress, the white press, Black Politicians and a bevy of other forces. Dr. Khallid had studied Minister Louis Farrakhan’s and Minister Malcolm X’s history in controversy well. Every step he made in the first 5 months of 1994 were divine steps and charged with valuable lessons to be learned in the Black Nation. Initially, after his suspension, he tried his best to tone down his rhetoric without deviating from his core principles. He was under pressure to remain loyal and adhere to the rules of the organization of which he had been a member since college, the Nation of Islam. After a while the spirit of the ancestors took over and he rose to another level of mastery by teaching the classic Khallid Muhammad teachings to the world, but he had a team of researchers and advisers around him that convinced him that his teaching was both needed and defendable. Witness the Destruction of Phil Donahue in May, 1994. Donahue was soon dumped by the Zionist media masters after he was knocked down several times and intellectually TKO’d by Dr. Khallid Muhammad in a debate over Muhammmad’s Kean College speech. The genius of Dr. Khalld has not been properly understood. One simply cannot reduce Dr. Khallid to mere slogans or lyrical rhymes. By God’s grace, this series will open your eyes to one of the Greatest Black Men of All Time. By, Atty. Shabazz
THE NEW BLACK P ANTHER
Fighting Racism with Solidarity
Remembering Fred Hamptom
By Carlito Rovira The wave of repression unleashed on the black liberation movement in the 1960s and 1970s by the FBI’s “Operation COINTELPRO,” reached its height with a series of murderous attacks on the Black Panther Party. One of the most horrendous episodes of this onslaught took place 40 years ago. On Dec. 4, 1969, Black Panther Party leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were assassinated by police. Despite a life cut short, the young Black Panther left behind a rich legacy of struggle. A powerful speaker and brilliant leader, Fred Hampton dedicated his brief life to revolutionary struggle. In a coordinated effort between the Illinois State Attorney’s Office, Cook County Police Department, the Chicago Police Department and the FBI, a heavily armed assault was launched in the early morning hours on Fred Hampton’s residence. With a vicious sense of racist hatred and no regard for human life, the police fired their weapons at will towards the wall separating the hallway from the apartment. The two revolutionaries were killed. In the days that followed, law enforcement officials were quick to reinvent the facts, claiming that the occupants of the apartment fired guns at police. Their story never held water, as evidence gathered from the forensic investigation and other inquiries pointed exclusively to police savagery in the attack. Hampton was born in Chicago on Aug. 30, 1948. His parents originated from Hayneville, La., where sharecropping and racial injustice were common. His greatgrandparents had worked on a plantation in that region under the horrors of slavery. Like millions of African Americans, Hampton’s parents left the South during the Great Migration of the 1930s to look for a better life and flee the constant threat of racist terror. They settled in Maywood, Ill., a suburb of Chicago where they worked bert, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and others. He gained a reputation for his knowledge of black history and began to sense the need for struggle. As a student at Proviso East High School, he noticed that most of the students who failed were black. Hampton began to speak out against the school administration for not providstudents alike. The year after he graduated from Proviso East, a school administrator requested his help to calm racial tensions among students. At Triton Junior College, he studied law as a defense against police brutality aimed at the black community. He joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and became the leader of its youth council at the West Suburban branch, galvanizing a membership of 500. While Hampton was in the NAACP, the Black Panther Party was opening chapters across the country and becoming a prominent force in the black liberation struggle. Hampton began to absorb and understand the revolutionary content of the Panthers’ political perspective, and joined. He soon demonstrated his leadership abilities and became deputy chairman of the party’s Illinois chapter. His disposition and skills as a speaker earned Hampton a moral authority. His political achievements included brokering peace with the supposed “street gangs” of Chicago, amongst them the Puerto Rican group the Young Lords. Hampton was instrumental in transforming the Young Lords into a revolutionary political organization. Hampton valued the need for a multinational revolutionary struggle, and organized the original Rainbow Coalition comprised of the I Wor Kuen of the Asian community, the Brown Berets of the Mexican community, the poor white workers of the Young Patriots, the Young Lords and the Black Panthers. Continued on page 33
at the Argo Starch Company. An event that likely affected the young Fred Hampton, much as it affected most of Chicago’s black community, was the 1955 gruesome lynching of Emmett Till. The 14-year-old Till was visiting family in Mississippi when he was abducted and killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Till was the son of family friends and neighbors of the Hamptons. Hampton was attracted to books, and took it upon himself to read the speeches and writings of Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Dubois, Joan El-
ing tutoring and remedial programs for students. He was also critical of the fact that the faculty and administration were all white when one-fourth of the student body was black. Hampton challenged the school’s exclusive racist practice of nominating only white girls to compete for “Miss Homecoming Queen.” He organized a protest, walk-out and school boycott. As a result, the following year black female students were included in this contest. Fred Hampton was respected by white and black
STILL HELD CAPTIVE BY THE ENEMY: POLITICAL PRISONERS FIGHT ON
fighters. However, this fluctuation in blood sugar levels will be a continuing problem for Seth, as the prison does not provide a diabetic diet. Although the prison is classified as a medical facility, fresh fruits and vegetables, which are important to diabetics, are practically impossible to find in either the visiting room machines or the commissary, not to mention the mess hall. Apparently NYSDOCS has never heard of whole grains or a heart healthy diet. One has to wonder how dangerous a green pepper, a cherry tomato or some spinach leaves must be in the hands of an inmate and what a threat this is to the guards. An entire green salad would probably cause a total lockdown! Seth’s wife Sheila is working hard on being granted permission to bring Seth fresh fruits and vegetables when she visits, but prisoners at Wende are only allowed two 20 pound food packages a year. Sheila cannot do this alone and needs our help. We need to call both Wende and Commissioner Brian Fischer in Albany and demand that a diabetic diet be provided to all inmates with diabetes at all NYS Correctional Facilities. The contact number for Commissioner Brian Fischer at the NYSDOCS is 518-457-8126. The contact number for Wende is: 716-937-4000. Ask to speak with the warden about providing a diabetic diet for inmates; be sure to use Seth’s DIN number, which is: 74A2280 Due to the forces of inertia, obviously this will be difficult to accomplish. Never-the-less, Seth’s wife Sheila is more than willing to provide him with fresh produce until the dietary issue is resolved. Please write to Seth, as it is very important he receive letters at this time: Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280, Wende C.F., P.O. Box 1187, Wende Rd., Alden, NY 14004-1187
Robert Seth Hayes Update
We are happy to report that due to his recent diabetic episode, all disciplinary charges against Seth have been dropped. He is back on the honor block and no longer in keep-lock. It is truly amazing to think that a diabetic incident in which a person’s blood sugar plunges to 32 and then soars to 620 within a short amount of time can be classified as a disciplinary incident, but all DOCS rules are made to be broken when it comes to our freedom
Mumia Supporters Petition Justice Dept.
By ‘Little Red’ They came in droves. Despite the chilly November wind and the callous indifference of a steady rain, and in spite of incredible distances many had come, they came in droves. In a rain bowed wave of humanity, they came to protest the persisting persecution of an incredible human being facing an incredibly inhumane ordeal in the land of the free and the home of the brave. They came to Washington, DC, the seat of American governmental power and authority, to demand justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the irrepressible ‘Voice of the Voiceless,’ now in his 27th year on death row in Pennsylvania, now with all of his appeals virtually exhausted. This is not the first time they have come to the Justice Department in Washington for Mumia. They came in the height of the glory days of Bill Clinton’s presidency. They were told by then Attorney General Janet Reno that they had come much too early, as there were too many avenues to pursue within the courts before they, meaning the Justice Department, could give it serious consideration. Since then, all of those options were pursued with a vengeance, armed with new exculpatory evidence, armed with clear evidence of the blatant racial and political animosity and bias making a fair trial absolutely impossible, and yet still, at every turn, even the U.S. federal court of appeals pathetically overruled their own precedents and turned their backs on Mumia’s bid for freedom and justice. Most recently, the nation’s top court said that all the new evidence was either too late or too insignificant to make a difference in a trial. They have in fact said that they would even entertain renewed calls for the reinstatement of Mumia’s death sentence. Just weeks ago, Mumia’s attorney Robert Bryan put it this way to a Dutch audience: “Mumia is now a global symbol against the death penalty. This is the most dangerous time for Mumia since his 1981 arrest.” So now is indeed the time for the Justice Department to do what a Justice Department is supposed to do. Continued on page 34
THE NEW BLACK P ANTHER
Revolutionary Hip Hop Report
"Hip-Hop aint dead, they using it the wrong way" -UNO The Prophet
NEW BOOK!!! by PROFESSOR GRIFF
Hip-Hop has been the subject of much attention. We call clearly see what the Problems are within Hip-Hop, Violence, The Promotion of the Sale/Use of Drugs and Guns, Pimp Mentality, Thug/Goon Mentality, Msyogeny and the objectification of the Black/Latino Woman. We can also recognize that Hip-Hop has been under attack and the watchful eyes of the US Government through both the Hip-Hop Cop Programs across the US and the overall extension of CoIntelPro which we call “RapIntelPro” which seeks to achieve the same goals. The prevention of a Black Messiah who could galvanize the Black Power Movement. We witnessed how Tupac was targeted and ultimately assassinated and how the Government and the media sought to exploit a created rift between East & West Coasts in order to instigate an internal war among Black People. We have witnessed numerous other deaths and even more imprionment of “Rap Stars” Lil Wayne, Lil Boosie, Gucci Mane, Remy Ma, Lil Kim, C-Murder, TI and many more. So there it is again a summary of the overall problem. We are well acquainted with the problem. Allow us to introduce to you the people.... the Solution... Hip-Hop 4 Black Unity!!
20 yrs of Conversations and Enter-Views
PROFESSOR GRIFF, former Minister of Information from the Legendary Revolutionary Hip-Hop group PUBLIC ENEMY releases “Analytixz”
Hip-Hop 4 Black Unity
Bill Cosby Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is?!
After a highly controversial critique on Black America, received bitterly by some and highly praised and called much-needed by others, Bill Cosby has done what few have. “Dollar” Bill Cosby put his money where his mouth is. After blistering comments about the state of Hip-Hop, rather than remain a sideline critic, the Cos has thrown his hat into the ring. Cosby has formed a Hip-Hop group “The Cosnarati”, scooping up artists from across the country to create and release the positive Hip-Hop debut album entitled: “State Of Emergency”. This new group includes our brother the Hip-Hop Medicine Man Supa Nova Slom (featured on Hip-Hop 4 Black Unity’s Conscious Hip-Hop Artist Database) as well as Jace the Great and Brother Hahz all from Newark, NJ. Since this debut, The Cosnarati has been featured on everything from the Jay Leno Show, Today Show and XXL Magazine. In his new entre into the world of Hip-Hop we would only like to remind Mr. Cosby to not forget the Postive Hip-Hop that is “Conscious”, “Pro-Black” and “Revolutionary”, we cannot discount or overlook the contributions of artists like Public Enemy or Dead Prez because of harsh language or imagery. We must embrace all aspects of HipHop which are fighting against the oppression and miseducation of our people.
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Lord Jamar of the Legendary Group BraNd NuBiaN blesses the people with a Hip-Hop History of the 5% Nation of Gods & Earths (NGE) and Father Allah (Clarence 13X)
THE 5% ALBUM
HIP-HOP ARTIST DATABASE
The Conscious Hip-Hop Artist Database is the first project of Hip-Hop 4 Black Unity. The goal here is multi-fold. 1. We seek to provide a shining example for our people to witness of the good, the righteous, the positive, the revolutionary within Hip-Hop. 2. We seek to silence the critics who claim that there is no good to come from Hip-Hop by having a readily available list of artists who immediately disprove this lie. 3. To shine light on those who may not normally be exposed to people beyond their own location. This database is nationwide and will
BLACK POWER MUSIC FOR OUR MOVEMENT
serve those who love “Conscious Hip-Hop” as a tool to get hip to artists they may not have heard before. You may not like everything on this list, but I can guarantee you are going to like something. If you don’t then you are probably just a Hater and/or a Self-Hater and in that case “I Can’t Do Nuthin For Ya Man”, ironic I would quote Flava Flav in this instance. Currently, The Conscious Hip-Hop Artist Database features over 80 entries. These are our people, from all across the Nation Black, Latino, Solo/Group, Male/ Female, Muslim, Rasta, 5%, Kemetic etc. I would submit this is the most expansive list of conscious artists to date. It is important to note that not only is this just a list, but we are in the process of organizing all of these artists in order to facilitate tours, collaborations, events, conferences and to be able to lend our talents to concentrated efforts towards our Liberation. Already there is a rumor floating around about a mighty union rumored to be called the Drop Squad, we assume from the 1994 Spike Lee movie, DROP Squad (DROP: Deprogramming & Restoration of Pride) stay tuned for updates as they come in.... and if you hear something about the Drop Squad let us know! In the meantime, below I have featured a select few artists from the Database, which I think represent a good cross section of what our potential represents. Familiarize yourself with these artists.
dr. muTuLu SHaKur offers us a powerful tribute to his Son Tupac Shakur.Features music, lyrics & poetry from various artists including Dr. Mutulu and other brothers in Federal custody
DARE TO STRUGGLE
THE FTP mVmT. coordinates this mix CD effort which features a who’s who of the Revolutionary Hip-Hop Undergro undarths (NGE) and Father Allah (Clarence 13X)
Food, Clothes & Shelter
top row (l-r): NYOil, Jasiri X, UNO The Prophet, narcycist, Mujahadeen Team bottom row (l-r): Maroon Society, Labtekwon, StarChild, X-Clan, Wise Intelligent NYOil www.nyoil.com Jasiri X www.jasirix.com www.realtalkxpress.com UNO The Prophet www.unotheprophet.com Stahhr The Femcee Narcycist www. Mujahadeen Team (featured in film “New Muslim Cool”) Maroon Society Labtekwon StarChild X-Clan Wise Intelligent
American History X
JaSiri X brings us his latest produced by Paradise The Grand Arkitech of Legendary XCLaN
THE DROP SQUAD
IS COMING YOUR WAY!!!
THE DROP SQUAD IS COMING
UNO The Prophet
THE NEW BLACK P ANTHER
Right-Wing Red-Neck Attack on New Black Panther Party
Since November 8, 2008 the New Black Panther Party For Self Defense has been under direct attack from the Republicans involving a so-called voter intimidation lawsuit. This incident took place at a polling station in Philadelphia on national election day. Shortly thereafter the United States Justice Department, under George W. Bush, filed Federal Civil Rights Violation and Voter Intimidation charges against NBP Philadelphia Chairman Samir Shabazz, Jerry Jackson, The New Black Panther Party and National Chairman, Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz. When the Presidency changed hands to Barack Obama, his Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department took a fresh look at the case and decided correctly that the charges should be dropped against Mr. Jackson, the New Black Panther Party and Chairman Shabazz because the evidence revealed that New Black Panther Party- nor did its leader- conspire to, condone, commit, or perpetrate in any way whatsoever, any acts of voter intimidation-period. The white, right wing enemies of the Obama Administration, led by lynch mob leaders Frank Wolf (R-Virginia), Lamar Smith (R-Texas), The Washington Times Newspaper, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (wrongs), Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele (Uncle TomMaryland), and of host of other lying, deceitful, manipulative, racist devils have taken great public offense to the dropping of the false charges against the NBPP. Recently, in an historic 15-14 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee barely rejected the Republican demands for the U.S. Justice Department to open up the files and turn over the litigation documents in the New Black Panther Case. The lynch mob is making a call for a re-prosecution of the Party and Attorney Shabazz and these devils are not giving up. The Republicans, as evidenced by Michael Steel’s new book, “Right Now,” are gearing up to use the New Black Panther Case as key ammunition in their mid- term election advertising and talking points as they wage political war against President Obama. Attorney Shabazz, in historic address at the New Black Panther 20 year Reunion in Dallas, Texas, warned that he, and New Black Panther, will not sit back and let the enemy defame and attack us in 2010 and we not fight back. Whether the fight is on Capitol Hill, in the halls of Congress or on the devils doorstep, the New Black Panther Party will vigorously defend its reputation, mission, legacy and leadership; and we will do this BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
The New Black Panther Newspaper is published by:
NBPP Communications Committee NBPP National Ministry of Information
Editor-in-Chief: Aza Nedhari Assistant Editor: Regional Min. of Info. Chawn Kweli National Distribution Manager Imam Akbar Bilal Contributors: Zayid Muhammad, Hughie Rose, Khadijah Shakur, David X, Divine Allah, Sister Jennah, Jamrhl Crawford Cover Design by Jamrhl Crawford
The Relevance of The New Black Panther Party
Black People in America and Black Revolution are frequently placed at opposite ends of our social equation. However, our divine justice and divine black liberation seem to find us at an extreme in this crucial hour of our social and political development, with very little economic development. Therefore, there must be a network to become an equalizer Imam Akbar Bilal, National to balance the scales. Not just the scales of justice, but Minister of Justice our social evolution as well. We have been divinely prepared to raise the black woman and child from dust to divine. Most black people, including black leadership, have walked away from the equation entirely void of any responsibility, knowledge, wisdom or understanding of our divine black liberation. In as much as the pledge of allegiance to a nation, they do not pledge to a democracy, but to the republic for which it stands. Our black liberation was not entered into the equation. The framers of the constitution never intended for us to attain our black liberation. They established a department of justice which is frequently referred to as his-justice (for and by the white man) and his-story. Truthfully, it has never been our story or our black liberation. We suffer from under utilized abilities, which everybody in America benefits from except black people. The relevance of the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense is that we will hold the line, not only for divine justice but, “We Shall Fight for Our Divine Black Liberation, and WE SHALL BE SUCCESSFUL!” In a post Obama era, we must hold Obama and his cabinet accountable & deal with the issue of our black liberation. This is a highly sensitive issue, as most of our people, including black Leadership have not been trained, Continued on page 30
The Nerve of These Devils!
What gives a suspected drunk, and warmonger like George W. Bush and his followers the right to file charges against any member of the New Black Panther Party? The same President, a former cocaine user who had trouble reading teleprompters and trouble speaking. George W. Bush, known as the “Texascutioner,” due to the inordinate amount of people on death row when he was governor. He has a terrible record on civil rights and is a straight up war loving murderer. George W. Bush was weak as wet toilet paper when it came to the case of James Byrd. Let us not forget Shaka Sankofa. Bush was governor for both cases. Yet, some how his little pea brain convinced him to press charges on a group of dedicated men and women who he knows are not guilty of the allegations. (what allegations?) During the tragic episode of September 11, 2001, he sat in a classroom with little children while the country was in turmoil. If such a tragic event had occurred in any other country in the world, do you think that nation’s leader would simply sit in a chair reading a children’s book? The New Black Panthers, who have been a thorn in his side for many years, is one of the groups who challenged the demon on every move he made. A few days after September 11, it was the New Black Panther Party spearheaded by the God sent “Attorney at War,” Malik Zulu Shabazz. Attorney Shabazz, a handsome, bold, clean-shaven, courageous black man held a meeting at the National Press Club and blasted his politics and policies. “We don’t blame Bin Laden, we blame George Bush,” said the NBPP National Chairman. He went on to say, “The number one terrorist is not Bin Laden; the number one terrorist is the United States and Israel." On the mall in Washington, D.C., he Chawn Kweli, Central Region remarked “Impeach Bush.” Minister of Information and Continued on page 34
Newspaper Co-Editor, is a rising star in the NBPP
New Years Reloaded
By Dawud Muhammad NEWPORT NEWS, VA-Now that the New Year 2010 has arrived (according to the Gregorian Calendar), many have said "happy new year," but do we really understand what it means to wish this greeting, or are we wishing a “Happy New Year” with last year’s problems? In examining the meaning of happiness, we learn that to be happy means to be fortunate, successful, and enjoying pleasure from the possession or fruition of good. Yet, as we observe the prevailing conditions such as homelessness, poverty, and joblessness in cities throughout America, people are being displaced from the inner cities under the guise of urban renewal. For those in government wishing everyone a “Happy New Year, what exactly are they doing to make life better for you and I? The masses possess no property, nor do they know how to create jobs or opportunities for themselves. Perhaps these government officials are speaking to the wealthy because we, who are poor, don't feel any happier about the conditions in which we continue to live - no more than someone living in a jail cell. These are perilous times in which we simply cannot afford to go back to sleep. The government bailed out Wall Street, but the majority of us live on Main Street! Until we decide to do something for ourselves, we will remain the permanent underclass. Let us reflect on the lives of those who fought, suffered and died to free us from this miserable condition. Continued on page 33
THE NEW BLACK P ANTHER
FACTS AND FIRE FRO
DR. MALIK ZULU SHABA
1. Dr. Shabazz, can you describe to our readers how it feels to have the opportunity to serve in such an important position of National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party?
the best of planners. I know one thing, the New Black Panther Party will not sit back timidly and be continuously defamed by any one-especially racist confederates. We must vigorously and aggressively defend our good name and organizational interest. We are not afraid of these white, Shabazz: Brother Chawn it is an honor and a chal- right- wing rednecks and by God’s permission, they will be lenge, or I would say a blessing and a burden to serve as put to flight in 2010. So what I will be doing is what Allah NBPP National Chairman. It is an honor to have been and my legal counsel advise me to do. able to serve and fight in the liberation movement of Black people since my career was launched in April 1988 on the campus of Howard University. After being blessed to serve under the direct leadership of Minister Khallid Abdul Muhammad for 13 years and as the National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party for nine (9) years, I know that I have the required experience and training to really help not just the NBPP, but Black people at-large. It is also a challenge. Consolidating and organizing and making productive a Black Nationalist outfit like the New Black Panther Party is not easy and I have sacrificed much to make the NBPP stronger and better. So on balance I would say that I feel good about what I have been blessed to accomplish as an individual and what I have been able to do in pushing the NBPP and the Black Nationalist agenda, duly accepting all burdens encumbered. However, I expect much faster progress from the NBPP in 2010 because I overstand that I and we have really just begun to make our mark in terms of what is required of us and promised to us in the divine scheme of our resurrection and rise. 2. Dr. Shabazz, what are your thoughts on all the controversy surrounding the Department of Justice dismissal of Voter Intimidation Charges against yourself and the New Black Panther Party? What do you plan to do next? Shabazz: I overstand that the Republican devils are using the New Black Panther Party “voter intimidation” case as a political tool in their broader war against the Obama administration; specifically here Attorney General Eric Holder. But this attack on the NBPP is also aimed directly at us, since the trumped up charges were filed by the Bush Justice department as part of their long running harassment and surveillance policy against the New Black Panther Party. The GOP Congressional enemies- and their proxy’s- The Washington Times, the right wing U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a host of other right wing reactionary media publications and organizations keep howling and pressuring the U.S. Justice Department to open up the files of this case as if there is some smoking gun of favoritism given to the New Black Panther Party by the Obama Administrationwhich is absurd. The GOP political strategists are gearing up to make the New Black Panther issue a part of their midterm election, demonization of Obama plan. So I say as I have always said: “The New Black Panther Party, nor Malik Zulu Shabazz was ever liable for, or guilty of any form of voter intimidation.” The case was a weak case and it deservedly was dropped so the devil can keep planning and Allah will be
3. Dr. Shabazz, Recently, the country of Haiti was severely struck with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake followed by a 6.0 aftershock. What can members of the New Black Panther Party and the black nation do to help in this time of need? Shabazz: We must do all we can and must do more than what we are doing. As the Party Chairman I am supporting 5 Major efforts as well as placing personnel on the ground as we speak, this can be found on www.newblackpanther.com. We must really support efforts like the Black Cross within the NBPP. We must move beyond rhetoric in terms of emergency preparedness and survival training. I plan on going to Haiti as soon as I can get some proper representatives on the ground to lay a base for the long term work we must do in Haiti. In the meanwhile I will push the above
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organizations and efforts as well as spread the truth that I know about the history of genocide, slavery, colonization, imperialism and racism practiced on our sisters and brothers in Haiti. The New Black Panther Party members and chapters should be doing more to help Haiti. Not enough supplies and clothes or needed items are being raised by the party. Admittedly, Haiti is a huge problem of immense international proportions, but the New Black Panther Party must get much,
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what I have been getting at all along and that is we must have an African United Front and a Black Power Movement because there really is not much beyond symbolism that Obama can offer the Black Nation at this point. Republican pressures and victories have forced President Obama even more toward the center and everybody is dissatisfied. The Blacks, from Congressional members to Civil Rights advocates as well as the working class are dissatisfied. The Republicans are dissatisfied. The Democrats are divided and dissatisfied. The independents are dissatisfied. This is all written in the scriptures and in the words of the most Honorable Elijah Muhammad who said that “dissatisfaction is the mother of change,” and that confusion would reign in America in her last days. This is a modern Rome and Babylon and the nation cannot unite because it is not written that she should unite, despite the leadership of an African descendant who was elected, in part on hopes of the former slaves, and the hopes of many whites who wanted relief from the devilishment of George W. Bush. Political prisoners, police brutality, poverty, unemployment, racism, poor health care, bad schools and a host of other ills have not been abated, and show no signs of abatement during the term of this administration or any other. Despite my respect for what that Presidential Black Family represents to our people, and despite my desire to see any Black man successful; I must firmly again say that our hope for freedom and independence and a nation of our own does not come from Washington; our help cometh from the Lord and from our support from the masses of our people. 5. Dr. Shabazz, With the high court returning to the case of Black Panther Party, Minister of Information Mumia Abu Jamal, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit new hearing, will you please speak to the case of Mumia Abu Jamal and to the history of political prisoners in this country. Shabazz: This enemy is serious about executing Mumia so all efforts to sound the alarm raise the stakes must be implemented. I visited Mumia in prison last year and will return soon and I want to thank Brother Minister Zayid Muhammad for representing the NBPP well on a variety of Political Prisoner fronts. Mumia is no doubt innocent of the fraudulent charges he was convicted on. His trial was infected with COINTELPRO and racism. The United States is one of a handful of nations that won’t admit that it has political prisoners and the political prisoner movement in the United States has fought this fight the best they can. For the last 5 years I have been calling for a consolidation of all forces-political and legal-that are fighting to free New-Afrikan Political Prisoners. That’s the only way to win this fight- through unity. Through common coordination of political, legal and other strategic resources we can make progress to free fall political prisoners in the belly of the beast. In the meanwhile the New Black Panther Party will continue to improve and upgrade in our correspondence and advocacy for political prisoners and prisoners in general.
much stronger if we are to handle the variety of immense challenges that African people will face in the years to come. So New Black Panther leaders, please get up and do more to help. 4. Dr. Shabazz, Some segments of the black community feel there is “no need to struggle” since the election of President Barack Hussein Obama. Will you speak to whyan organization such as the New Black Panther Party is still necessary in this day and time with the election of a Black President? Shabazz: To say that there is no need for an organization like the New Black Panther Party in the Obama Presidential era is equivalent to saying that there is no further reason to fight for our freedom and that we have achieved the prize of our total liberation. I don’t think so. In fact the political hell that Obama is going through right now proves
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6. Dr. Shabazz, there has been a resurgence of interest in the life of the Black Power General Khallid Abdul Muhammad. Can you share some memorable moments with our readers of your times with the General; Can you tell us your mind-state at the passing of Dr. Khallid Muhammad? How did you and the New Black Panther Party get through such a terrible time? What would you say to those who say they love Dr. Khallid Today, how can they help in his mission of Black Liberation? When Dr. Khallid fell ill and passed from amongst us it was the most stressful and trying of times. Dr. Khallid was so strong he was the source of strength for all who followed him. There is nobody in the wilderness of North America who has an where near the direct time, experiences, warwounds and training under Dr. Khallid Muhammad, other than Minister Hashim Nzinga. As his National Spokesman and Representative I really laugh at negroes who claim to be so pro-Khallid while he is gone but ran and hid from us while he was alive. We gave up careers, lives and wives to travel, build, organize, struggle and confront the enemy with Dr. Khallid. I breathed and absorbed persecution from a whole host of opponents on a daily basis to be a companion with this hard driving, flame-throwing Minister. I am forever shaped by my direct experience by my beloved, hard-nosed mentor. Dr. Khallid’s true disciples are in the the ranks of the New Black Panther Party, but they also exist in the Nation of Islam and other circles. Dr. Khallid’s legacy and work will continue far into the future as we do our work. There are so many war stories I could tell you, the best of which took place during our battles with Giuliani over the Million Youth March, or the tense times surrounding Minister Khallid’s suspension. I think the National Communications Ministry should work with me and Hashim and others to do Dr. Khallid’s book and DVD and even secure a museum or sacred place in his honor.
The New Black Panther Party must upgrade to the modern times and fulfill its obligations to the liberation of people. We must have a new government of efficiency and responsibility that gives better meaning to the program Black Panther Party. Our newspaper, The New Black Panther, will be out quarterly this year. Our overall web attack will be much better with targeted use of the social Network, Twitter and Facebook. Our Blog Radio and New Black Panther TV is up and running as we speak with a weekly schedule of shows. The National Ministry of Communications and the National Ministry of Justice are up and going strong. The new Black Power Manual is under review and ready for re-release. The National Defense Ministry, Economics Ministry, International Ministry, Political Prisoner/Prison Ministry and other key Black National Government functions will open up this Spring. We will process all who desire to join in a much better administrative way. Those that join us must meet better run NBPP chapters and start up new NBPP chapters that perform better than in the past. We will bring up new leaders and sit down dysfunctional leaders in 2010. The key difference in 2010 with me is that I will be pushing the Party harder than ever before to perform better and ready to purge the party of all dead weight. We are now writing our history to meet our own home circumference as we speak. 8. Dr. Shabazz, you recently organized a very successful Black Power Conference at the Crown Plaza hotel in Marietta, Ga; How difficult was it to pull together so many different schools of thought? What lessons do you hope that young activist and organizers take from the successful event of the Black Power Conference? Shabazz: Our Black Power Conference in May was successful because I have made friends and allies in many walks of revolutionary life in my career. Hashim Nzinga has that kind of rapport as well. Therefore, when we make a call for a Black Power Conference we can pull the Political Prisoner supporters; Mike Roberts; Tim Reid; Dr. Wesley Muhammad; Mukassa Ricks; Nation Of Islam under the Honorable Louis Farrakhan and Honorable Silis Muhammad; December 12th Movement; Dr. Leonard Jeffries and many others. The national work that the NBPP has been doing contributed to the conferences success. I have been disappointed in the follow up. The Convention was scheduled for October, 2009 in New York and the people want and deserve follow up-particularly the youth. God willing, we will remedy the problem and the Black Power Convention will take place this spring in New York. Once the Black Power Convention takes place we will be where we want to be in terms of building a real-live, well-run National and International Black Power Movement. In the meanwhile we will retool, renovate and upgrade the New Black Panther Party so they can properly handle the weighty assignment of spearheading a broad based Black Power Movement.
9. Dr. Shabazz , Given the fact that you are a Attorney what is your advice to other brothers and sisters in the professional field; who want to be a part of the liberation 7. Dr. Shabazz, you recently spoke on the “New direc- struggle of Black People but are afraid to step out with tion” of the New Black Panther Party. Can you explain to groups like the New Black Panther Party because of affiliaour readers what you mean by that; and how will the new tions with state or federal positions ? direction differ from the old direction?
years as Attorney and he “does not want,” as it is written in Psalms in the 23rd Chapter. I could even tell you that the white man will respect you more when he knows you are free and independent. My advice to the Black Professional, stand up sincerely and help your people and God will bless you; and if you don’t take a stand you may achieve material success but the devil will have mastery of your soul and you will not be happy. 10. Dr. Shabazz, Many of our youth today are not listening to so-called Preachers, Leaders or teachers for guidance, why do you think this is? Who do you suggest the youth listen too or study in today’s time? Shabazz: 95% of the leaders and preachers are compromising so I understand the dissatisfaction. However, the young people are still streaming into some churches. In that regard I would advise conscious teachers in the liberation movement not to ignore the spiritual and theological needs of the people. Of course I would tell the youth to listen to the New Black Panther Party and Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz. I would tell the youth to hear my ministers, Minister Hashim Nzinga, Minister of Information Jamarhl, Minister of Culture Zayid Muhammad, International Minister Hughie Rose, Minister Najee Muhammad, Youth Minister Divine Allah, Minister Hannibal, Minister Chawn, Minister Shaka Shakur, Sister Ministers Asale, Amirah and Krystal and all of those that are properly preaching our doctrine. I also advise the youth to hear from Dr. Wesley Muhammad and ALLAH Team; the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; the Uhuru Movement; Nuri Muhammad of the Nation of Islam; Reality Speaks; Zulu Nation; Black Riders Liberation Party. These are just some of the new generation of teachers that I have respect for.
I say to all Black Professionals that you must fear God and God alone and trust in the laws of MAAT. Don’t be so afraid of the white man and what the white man may do to you if you stand up and help your people. So many Black Attorneys, Doctorates, Doctors and well placed Blacks could make such a difference in the forward progress of the Black Nation if they would lose fear of their former slave-master. So I say to the Black Professional: Take comfort in the fact that Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz has been out front on the attack and under attack for 14 Years as Attorney and he “does not want,” as it is written in Psalms in the 23rd Chapter. I could even tell you that the white man will respect you more when he knows you are free and independent. My advice to the Black Professional, stand up sincerely and help your people and God will bless you; and if you don’t take a stand you may achieve material success but the devil will have mastery of your soul and you will not be happy. Take comfort in the fact that Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz has been out front on the attack and under attack for 14
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Making Black Power A Reality Through Politics
By Chawn Kweli CW: What Inspired You To Start This Campaign? DA: I’ve observed for some time a lack of conscious, revolutionary/activist minded men and women from my generation who are not utilizing the political arena. We must use every avenue to reach, teach, galvanize, mobilize, and organize our people. Although what we do is always political, often we fail to position ourselves in particular areas in which we have some hands on input in affecting policies by creating local ordinances, rules, etc. Such policies ultimately affect the way we live and consequently, determine what services our communities have access to. CW: Tell Us A Little Something About Yourself - Who Is Divine Allah? Divine Allah is a man with vision; one who understands that a true man inspires manhood in others. I am a creation of all thoughts of positioning myself to be of service to others. Divine Allah has an earnest desire to do something of significant value; to affect the lives of the people in my community in a positive and proactive manner. You could say that I am a man reaching my potential and enjoying the pursuit of my dreams. I’m in a good place in my life. the libraries, or on college campuses. In 1990, while on the precipice of reI was raised by both parents in Don- alizing what manhood was all about, nelly Homes Projects, affectionately my father passed. During this same known as Divine Land, in a North time period, I received a dose of the Trenton, New Jersey housing complex KNOWLEDGE OF SELF. I attended with the usual up and downs of any catholic school most of my life and impoverished, crime-ridden, inner city spent 4 years in public school at Trencommunity. Poor Righteous Teachers, ton Central and East Orange High. The the popular conscious hip-hop group environment was a cultural experience originated from these same projects. and sent me on a path to seek my DIMy father was a construction worker VINE purpose. and my mother was a home health and nurse aide. With both parents work- Although most of my friends did not ing, there was little time for teaching have both parents at home, there were the African and black cultural learn- more than enough father figures accesing experience. Thus, my learning was sible to us in the North Trenton area, limited to the yearly showings of the which kept us out of serious trouble. Dr. King movie played by Paul Whit- In my neighborhood, I became drawn field. Throughout the years, I yearned to those brothers and sisters with the to know more and found myself on a knowledge of self and a since of pride. quest for knowledge originating from These men and women served as role the street ciphers with the GODS; at models with their body language,
modes of dress, character and interactions with others. I learned that the highest degree one can achieve is the knowledge of one’s self, and I wanted to aspire to those levels of greatness. I feel blessed to have come full circle with the strong man I am today, matured and striving in my purpose What Do You Hope To Accomplish Should You Win In The Upcoming Elections? Honestly, it would be an accomplishment to represent the people of Trenton, particularly the North Ward. I’m not afraid to listen and speak to them openly and uncompromisingly about the challenges they face in their communities. I am that person whom they can see, hear, and connect with on a Continued on page 35
Black Cross & IN-CERT
Emergency Response For The Black Community
KM: After Hurricane Katrina, we journeyed with Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz and members of the New Black Panther Party to conduct a search and rescue mission. Five days after Katrina, we realized we were ill prepared for the real aftermath of the disaster. We conducted logistics on how to provide for our people and many became certified for disaster preparedness. We learned hot to form a coalition for black emergency response. The concept was presented to the National Central Committee of the New Black Panther Party and the initiative was formed. As we build our nation, we must be able to protect our nation. We understand self defense does not mean armed with weapons, it relates to all levels. Self Defense is a part of our 10 point program in the New Black Panther Party. In the spirit of Marcus Garvey, we formed a coalition with black nurses. I, along with Brother Osiris X, Brother DK and Capt. David Foreman, chartered this initiative. ting aide and relief to Haiti. Right now ships and vessels are delivering water and food to Haitians. We plan to take a delegation to Haiti to do what we can and make a difference. CK: What do you need right now? KM: Volunteers to help sort clothing, bedding and food; shovels, sledges and wheel barrels are needed so that the people of Haiti can help themselves. CK: What has been your most rewarding moment so far? KM: Honestly, we haven’t been given a dime, so were taking money out of our own pockets. All of our resources have been coming from black people – it is beautiful. CK: Where are your Headquarters located and hours of operations?
One-on-One with Krystal Muhammad By Chawn Kweli Many who are ignorant to the facts hardly know anything about women in the liberation struggle. Even less do they know about Sister Krystal Muhammad. Sister Krystal Muhammad presently serves as the Southern Regional Representative of the New Black Panther Party. She is a warrior and a force to be reckoned with. Chawn Kweli (CK): As-Salaam-Alakium (Peace be Unto you)
KM: The Black Cross Distribution CenCK: What is the number one priority ter is located at 2417 Riverside Dr. Krystal Muhammad (KM) :Wa-Lakium on the list right now in terms for the Houston, Texas 77004. For more infor–Salaam (Peace also be unto you ) mission of the Black Cross? mation, call 832-623-6086. Our website is: www.blackcrossreliefinitiative. CK: Please describe how you became KM: The first Mission right now is get- org involved in the Black Cross.
ing to assist. Anyone who is interested can receive training by IN-CERT to prepare them to be first responders in disaster situations. Enjoy the text of this When most major disasters occur across powerful interview. the country, you see and hear responses from the Red Cross or Blue Shield. CK: What is the name of your organizaSeldom do you here about the heroes tion? in our own community who “brave the KG: The Name is In-cert. Also known storm” and go wherever they are need- as the Inner City Emergency Response ed. Read and learn about your own Team. survival team called “IN-CERT.” Based in Houston, Texas, In-CERT stands for CK: How did INCERT come about? Inner City Emergency Response Team. KG: In 2004, the year before hurricane The team is headed by Mr. Khallid Katrina, we started initially as “HelpGreene. IN-CERT is about being pre- ing Hands” for the elders, helping them pared; people helping people; disaster with their yards and other chores. I had safety and being considerate and willOne on One with Khallid Greene Written by Chawn Kweli Photo courtesy of IN-CERT
a younger brother, whom I checked on when Hurricane Rita was headed to the city. We were told to evacuate the city, and in so doing, a lot of elders and wheelchair bound people were left stranded. At that time, Houston, TX was like a ghost town. We cleared roads to ensure it was safe and secure. We had a team of three guys experienced in law enforcement and child protective services. That was the day we decided “we need to take care of our community in the event of man made and natural disasters.” We took classes, prepared Continued on page 35
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Farrakhan Speaks Out
darkness,” Farrakhan said at the annual convention of the movement that embraces black nationalism. “It ain’t ego, it’s my love for you.” ease their plight, but you can use your bully pulpit. Speak for the poor. Speak for the weak.” He said helping the Nation of Islam, An estimated 20,000 people attended which has worked to reform black inmates for decades, would also be an the heavily guarded Saviours’ Day event at the United Center in Chicago. answer. Followers — men dressed in navy uni“Put some money on back of us,” he forms and women in white skirt suits said. “We can reform our people.” with matching hijabs — cheered on Farrakhan with shouts of “Allahu AkFarrakhan has vigorously supported bar,” Arabic for “God is great.” Obama for years and used his presiFarrakhan spent most of the fiery near- dency as a call to action for blacks. ly four-hour speech recounting a 1985 That was even as Obama distanced himself from the group for Farrakhan’s vision he had in Mexico. Farrakhan past comments that many considered has often described how he believes anti-Semitic. he was invited aboard an unidentified flying object he calls “the wheel” Supporters say Farrakhan’s words are where he said he heard the late Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad often taken out of context. speak to him. Farrakhan continued his praise of Obama Sunday, and said the nation’s He said that experience led him to inklings about future events, including first black president was manipulated into disavowing Farrakhan. the United States’ 1986 bombing of Libya. He would not say if he and Obama had ever met on the issue. Farrakhan recounted how his divine knowledge has allowed him to rec“They all want to know did I ever ognize countless warning signs over meet with him and what did I say or the decades — such as natural disaswhat he say,” Farrakhan said in the ters such as the earthquake in Chile speech. “I ain’t going there.” — and said they indicate impending ___ trouble, including for Obama. Dressed in ornate creme robes, he addressed the president directly: “Your people are suffering. You can’t Nation of Islam Saviours’ Day 2010: www.noisd.org
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CHICAGO (AP) — Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, boasting his divine stature, on Sunday predicted trouble ahead for President Barack Obama and urged him to do more to improve the lives of blacks and the downtrodden. The 76-year-old leader said the “white right” was conspiring to make Obama a one-term president, and pointed to his stalled efforts to introduce health care legislation as proof. He said those opponents and lobbyists were trapping him into a future war with Iran that could lead to mass destruction. “The word ‘prophet’ is too cheap a word. I am a light in the midst of
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GREAT BLACK WOMEN IN THE STRUGGLE
In honor of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting Black Women who are and have been trailblazers in the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. These women, often unheard of, have along side our brothers, laid the foundation for Black Women in America.
Woman Extraordinaire, Nannie Helen Burroughs
Born May 2, 1879 in Orange, Virginia, Nannie Helen Burroughs was the daughter of ex-slaves John Burroughs - a farmer and baptist preacher and Jennie Burroughs - a cook. At the age of 5 when Nannie’s father passed, her mother moved her and her sister to Washington, DC in pursuit of a better life and better education for her daughters. Ms. Burroughs has led a very colorful life and is remembered as a Black educator, orator, businesswoman and religious leader. In 1896, she graduated with honors in business and domestic science from the Colored High School on M Street (now Dunbar High School) and worked with other women (Josephine Rffin and Mary Church Terrell )to establish the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) the same year. In 1900, Ms. Burroughs moved to Louisville, Kentucky to work with the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention. In 1907, she received an honorary M.A. degree from Eckstein-Norton University in Kentucky, and two years later in 1909, she founded the National Training School for Women and Girls in Washington, DC, which was later renamed in her honor as “The Nannie Helen Burroughs School” after her death in 1961 at the age of 82. Ms. Burroughs created a creed of racial self-help through her program of the three b’s: the Bible, the bath and the broom. The Bible, the bath, and the broom stood for a clean life, a clean body and a clean house. She believed domestic work should be professionalized and even unionized. Ms. Burroughs trained her students to become respectable employees by becoming pious, pure and domestic, but not submissive. She emphasized the importance of being proud black women to all students, by teaching African-American history and culture through a required course in the Department of Negro History. In 1976, Mayor Walter E. Washington and Councilwoman Willie Hardy (Disrict of Columbia, Ward 7) proclaimed May 10th as Nannie Helen Burroughs Day. Councilwoman Hardy’s legislation to change Deane Avenue and Grant Street (from Minnesota Avenue to Eastern Avenue) to Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, Northeast was presented. This legislation was unanimously approved by the City Council on May 3, 1976; the dedication ceremonies were held on May 10, 1976.
The High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone
Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), better known by her stage name Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. Although she disliked being categorized, Simone is arguably most associated with her performance of jazz music. Simone originally aspired to become a classical pianist, but her work covers an eclectic variety of musical styles that include classical music, jazz, the blues, soul, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop music. Her vocal style is characterized by intense passion, a loose vibrato, and a slightly androgynous timbre, in part due to her unusually low vocal range which veered between the alto and tenor ranges (occasionally even reaching baritone lows). Also known as The High Priestess of Soul, she paid great attention to the musical expression of emotions. Within one album or concert she could fluctuate between exuberant happiness and tragic melancholy. Nina Simone recorded over 40 live and studio albums, the greatest body of her work being released between 1958 (when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue) and 1974. Songs she is best known for include “My Baby Just Cares for Me”, “I Put a Spell on You”, “Four Women”, “I Loves You Porgy”, “Feeling Good”, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, “Sinnerman”, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”, “Mississippi Goddam”, “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life” and “I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl”. Her music and message made a strong and lasting impact on culture, illustrated by the numerous contemporary artists who cite her as an important influence (see Legacy and influence). Several hip hop musicians and other modern artists sample and remix Simone’s rhythms and beats on their tracks. In particular, Talib Kweli and Mos Def routinely pay tribute to her outstanding and soulful musical style. Many of her songs are featured on motion picture soundtracks, as well as in video games, commercials and TV series.
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Newark Family Protests Police Murder
By Little Red Neither the rain nor elected indifference was going to stop this march. Defying a steady and sometimes heavy rain, the family of Basire Farrell marched for justice this early summer Saturday with the help of the Peoples Organization for Progress, the New Black Panther Party and others. Farrell, a 30 year old Newark resident, was beaten to death by three Newark police officers several weeks ago just days before his 31st birthday. “This is this family’s third march that they led themselves I must say proudly first, and each time we come out, I hear more about what happened and get more outraged at the madness,” said Zayid Muhammad, a national official of the New Black Panther Party. Muhammad was referring to the many eyewitness accounts which not only established that Farrell was not only tasered and shook violently helpless while he was handcuffed, but he was also savagely beaten to death while handcuffed. Meanwhile Newark police denies their officers have tasers. That was challenged by Eula Barnes, the district leader in Farrell’s neighborhood, who said Farrell was like a son to her. “I went to our Council President (Mildred Crump) and told her about how all of the eyewitnesses are each telling the same story, that Basire was tasered; that his body shock uncontrollably, that they put him in handcuffs and proceeded to beat him said that his posture was so maddening that she lost all of her composure and that’s when “the vengeance came out (towards him),” she explained. Although three city councilpersons live in the once famous South ward, the district where the fatal beating occurred, Council President Mildred Crump, Councilman-at-large Donald Payne Jr. and South Ward Councilman Oscar James, no one from the city has yet to contact the Farrell family to even offer an apology or their condolences for what happened to Farrell. Newark Mayor Cory Booker came into prominence representing the Central Ward, but he too has a South Ward address. Interestingly, the names of the three officers involved have been withheld pending an internal investigation. “Not only should we have their names, but we should have their pictures postered all over town “wanted for murder! Armed and extremely dangerous!” to let people know just whose masquerading around this town in blue as police officers; they are nothing but a menace to society,” Muhammad said angrily about the character of the investigation.
even after paramedics covered him with a sheet on the ground,” she angrily exclaimed. She explained that she was abruptly stopped by Newark’s chief of police who asserted that Newark police officers do not have tasers. She
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young man that he planned to become a plumber. So how does a man with the zeal and spirit to be a plumber end up in a shootout with four Lakewood police officers on Nov. 29, 2009? Mr. Clemmons relatives described him as a man suffering a mental breakdown. Maurice Clemmons was shot and killed by a police officer on Dec. 1, 2009. Maurice Clemmons was born in February 1972, during a tumultuous period of protest due to discrimination and impoverished conditions. The Clemmons family resided in Marianna, Arkansas, a poor county in one of America’s poorest states. Unemployment averaged nearly 30 percent, and the average family earns approximately $24,000 a year, which isn’t even close to the national median. Clemmons worked at Nortrak, a Seattle Rail-Supply Company. According to a company report “Clemmons was punctual and a good worker.” The judge who had urged Clemmons release, Marrion Humphrey was the presiding judge and marked a significant Continued on page 35
By Chawn Kweli What would cause a normal “regular” black man or woman to snap? I ask that question in view of the recent murder of Maurice Clemmons. Maurice told a parole officer as a
New York NBPP Using Old School T actics To Feed The Masses
NEW YORK (FinalCall.com) - Angel, a 34 year old unemployed resident of Spanish Harlem, stood in 26 degree temperatures enjoying a plate of food doled out by volunteers from the People Survival Program. Their presence in his high poverty neighborhood made the remaining line of hungry men and women smile in warm appreciation for their turn to eat. This was Angel's first hot meal since the day before, he said. And, like most of the nation's unemployed, he wants to work but cannot find opportunity.“This feeding program is key,” he explained, “I see lots of hardship, homelessness while top execs scam the government and leave the little people in need.” Spanish Harlem.Mr. Shakur explained that the veterans of The presidential election of 2008 was the triumphant struggle have been very forthcoming about the strengths culmination of year-long rallies that brought tens of thouand weaknesses of that earlier period. sands of white and black Americans to the rallying cry “Both the Panthers and Young Lords have told us that of, “Yes We Can!” It was another pivotal moment when feeding our people is key and that you must have a spiritua black person was pushing America's moral potential to al base of ethics and morals to guide the membership,” Mr. correct a perilous plummet into war, unemployment, foreShakur continued.“Therefore, areas where we set up food closures, loss of industrial capacity, unparalleled debt and tents have the greatest concentration of need which means loss of respect among the world's nations. that our good deeds will have that greater impact, like this This volunteer food program in Harlem reflects a area on Lexington between 124th and 126th Streets which growing realization that the hoped for change from the top is filled with men and women who need motivation and must give way to people saving themselves and their comhope.” munities. The presence of the food program every second The People Friday draws an immediate line where Survival Program ‘The working together to feed and clothe our people is a hundreds of men congregate before is gaining the at- humbling experience and you don’t have big egos getting getting on city buses that take them to tention of govern- in the way when you see the needy close up.’ Wards Island, a complex of homeless ment funded and —Shaka Shakur, NY Chairman NBPP shelters that can accommodate 800 non-profit organipeople. zations because “Imam Jamil Al-Amin has clear words of wisdom the successful six month experiment by the New Black for activists,” Mr. Shakur said while nodding to the line of Panther Party has pulled 14 groups together for the comhungry people, “and, that is a hungry man's revolution is mon interest of feeding and clothing the needy.The task food and a naked man's revolution is clothing.Furthermore was made easy for the party because of its ongoing food for anyone undertaking coalition building they need to program that brought it into contact with other groups on pay attention to the Mission Statement of The Million Man the same mission, said Shaka Shakur, New York chairperMarch and the ministries concept of the Millions More son of the party led by Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz. Movement.” “This is the first time in my experience where black As the food ran out other volunteers came forward to people see black people doing for one another without ingive out winter coats to another line of men and women, terference from others,” said Mr. Shakur. “In fact, the worksome with children.One of these volunteers, Brother Yoda, ing together to feed and clothe our people is a humbling said they could serve food all day; they just need more experience and you don't have big egos getting in the way people to step forward to offer food.“What warms my when you see the needy close up.” heart is the appreciation spoken and the smiles,” he said, The New Black Panther Party members are a youth“because we're repeating a successful time in history of ful group attempting to recapture the energy of self-pride the original Panthers and Young Lords feeding the poor and and community action indicative of the 1960s and 1970s. conveying self-respect and this time we've added our own Towards that end they have actively sought the knowledge of original Black Panthers and even the Young Lords, the Continued on page 31 Puerto Rican activist group that upset the status quo in
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pretty close to ridiculous.” Attorney General Eric Holder has a record of standing strong against injustice and has been fair minded and consistent in his dealings. Attorney General Holder, in a speech delivered on February 18, indicated that we do not talk to each other enough about race because “it is an issue we have never been at ease with.” Mr. Holder has candidly called Americans “cowards” to American efforts in the realm of race relations and serious matters like voter intimidation. Rep. Frank Wolf has been heartless in his pursuit against the New Black Panther Party and its National Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz. In a letter to Holder on June 8, Rep. Wolf wrote “he could not understand how the department could drop the case.” Clearly showing the personal motive of Mr. Wolf and members of the right wing, Mr. Wolf later goes on to attack the leadership credibility of Attorney General Holder and continued his allegations by saying, “I worry that the department’s commitment to protecting the ‘fundamental right to vote’ is wavering under your leadership. I fail to understand how you could dismiss a legitimate case against a party that deployed armed men to a polling station -- one of whom brandished a weapon to voters -- who harassed and intimidated voters, and could then decide such actions do not constitute a violation.” Rep. Frank Wolf is a prehistoric right wing agent of war, who is being propped up by internal forces to take aim at Atty. Malik Zulu Shabazz and the New Black Panther Party, by using a meritless case of voter intimidation to achieve his bigger goal of discrediting Atty. Malik Zulu Shabazz. Fox news reported a Justice Department spokeswoman told the hill newspaper, the facts don’t back charges that NBPP National Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz and party member Jerry Jackson violated the law or attempted to intimidate, threaten or coerce voters. Why have so many agreed there was no voter intimidation, but Rep. Frank Wolf continues to insist there was? The YouTube video which was widely distributed via internet around the world, did not even show voters being intimidated; only people going about their daily business and a man with a cell phone harassing members of the New Black Panther Party who were otherwise minding their own business. The Department of justice spokeswoman also added,” The decision to end the investigation was made by career officials, not political appointees.” Rep. Wolf comes from a long line of right wing pundits who share the President George W. Bush theory of “War now, Peace Later.” If the New Black Panther Party received the same kind of media and newspaper coverage for its efforts in black America, such as mentorship programs, educational classes, juvenile reformation, feeding the homeless, free food, free clothes, housing programs and its push for self-determination, every chapter of the New Black Panther Party would swell to capacity. This is why the right wing has to work so hard to keep our work and image smeared with flimsy tales about voter intimidation and make the New Black Panther Party the boogieman they must defeat to ‘remain heroes.’ The most heinous of crimes is the push to re-file the charges against an innocent man, Atty. Malik Zulu Shabazz and the New Black Panther Party. There is NO EVIDENCE Atty. Malik Zulu Shabazz ordered, condoned or suggested anything to the result of alleged voter intimidation. To say the least, Atty. Shabazz was nowhere near the polling station. He never spoke words to the public that would incite voter intimidation, nor did he give orders to members of the New Black Panther Party to intimidate any voter. Atty. Malik Zulu Shabazz was clearly named for political reasons due to his activism against the injustices in this country and abroad. The Neo-Conservatives and Militant right-wing elements have been trying for years to figure out a way to get Atty. Malik Zulu Shabazz tied up in court, but their dirty tactics will only serve as their own undoing. With the help of our GOD and the spirit of our ancestors, we will fight with those who fight with us. If it is the right-wing that opens fire; then we return righteous fire in defense of ourselves and the black nation. Relevance of the NBPP, continued from page 19 with very little social orientation on this issue. We introduced this subject because this is where our expertise lies. If we are not the experts in black Liberation, then someone needs to inform me who has divinely been prepared. And if we have not been divinely prepared to deliver divine liberation, then who will? If not now, when? There exists a network of Negro and congressional leadership who have avoided our divine black liberation in the face of opportunity to successfully achieve our black liberation, if we would just unite. “The eternal question we must all deal with is; how are we behaving in the face of our divine opportunity?” It is our social and political circumstances which will be evaluated and perhaps even diagnosed in this crucial hour. They tend to force feed failed social political prescriptions which have proven themselves useless to the black man, woman and child trapped by social circumstances in “The Hells of North America.” However, when we decide to take our black liberation, I believe the same divine power will aid us in “Taking Black Our Divine Black Liberation and Black Power! Allahu-Akbar! Shaka Zulu raised an army to check the bloody Brits and said “To hell with that bloody Brit” and other Eurals (Europeans). We have raised an army. No matter what others may think of us, we have a black army. Even Obama admits there will be armies here in the hells of North America which are not paid by the U.S. government. Ask Hugo Chavez if he is Commander & Chief at CITGO in Venezuela. He stated “George W Bush is not a devil, but the Devil.”
Voter Intimidation, continued from page 3 In fact, the only response I received is from a legislative affairs staffer, and was woefully incomplete and, in places, inaccurate. Two months ago, I met with House Judiciary Chairman Conyers to ask for his assistance in ob taining this information, but he has yet to take any action. This is a shameful failure to provide necessary congressional oversight. It is not only Congress that is being stonewalled by the attorney general; the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has repeatedly sought this same information, in fulfillment of its statutory responsibility to ensure the enforcement of civil rights law. After being similarly rebuffed, the commission filed subpoenas with the department for this information, as well as to interview the career attorneys that handled the case. However, we understand that the attorney general has instructed his department to ignore these subpoenas. The nation’s chief law enforcement officer is forcing these career attorneys to choose between complying with the law and complying with the attorney general’s obstruction. At least one of the attorneys has been compelled to obtain private counsel. I urge the House Judiciary Committee to report this resolution out favorably and to demand that the attorney general answer the questions surrounding this case. The career attorneys and Appellate Division within the department sought to demonstrate the federal government’s commitment to protecting voting rights by vigorously prosecuting any individual or group that seeks to undermine this right. The House must not turn a blind eye to the attorney general’s obstruction. He has an obligation to answer the legitimate questions of the House and the Civil Rights Commission. It is imperative that we protect the right of all Americans to vote - the sacrosanct and inalienable right of any democracy. “The idea that a Democratic U.S. attorney is going to do something different than a Republican U.S. attorney is
Right Wing, continued from page 2 that Mr. Fine and OPR conducted simultaneous and complementary investigations into the firing of eight U.S. attorneys by the Bush administration when some of the same considerations applied. One way or another, the truth will get out. It doesn’t take Inspector Clouseau to figure out that if the Justice Department has the image of springing Panthers from the penalty box, it looks mighty suspicious. From the strong stand brothers Aaron Michaels and Captain David Foreman made in the early 1990’s starting the NBPP, to the revolutionary leadership the Honorable Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammad displayed as he ushered the NBPP to the national scene; to the many unnamed servants, soldiers, comrades and warriors who currently make up the rank and file of the NBPP - the idea of self-determination of the original Black Panther Party of the 60’s era, stands firm in the hells of North America Considered one of the last ones still standing strong, dedicated to Black Power, Pan Africanism and Black Nationalism, the NBPP has answered the call numerous times to righteously defend the rights of black People, and ensure the saturated white racist histories and theologies of the educational system do not go unchallenged in the hearts and minds of black and African people in the United States and the World. As we celebrate 20 years of struggle, we will forge ahead until we win the ultimate struggle called the liberation and salvation of the black Nation.
It appears that Rep. Frank Wolf wants to see Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz and the Philadelphia members of the New Black Panther Party punished above the means of the “alleged” crime. Wolf said the committee’s failure to approve the resolution has set a “troubling precedent.”The day has finally arrived in which you cannot do anything you want Summit, continued from to black people and not expect page 6 them to defend themselves. Wolf went on to say, “Congress and the American people have Power Summit held May a right to know why this case 22-24 in Atlanta, Georgia, was not prosecuted.” National Geographic began airing a slanderous national The case went to court TV documentary on the New and the matter was decided Black Panther Party in which Mr. Wolf, so let it rest. Rep- the New Black Panther Party resentatives Wolf and Smith, was accused of a number of through their behavior, have things, including racism and exposed themselves as the rac- distorting the legacy of the ist cowards we suspected all Black Panther Party of the 60’s. along. We thank them for the The positive contributions of confirmation. the NBPP, such as consistent food and clothing drives, poWOLF, continued from litical education classes, selfpage 4 defense training, marches, rallies and acts of service to the the IG to reconsider because needy, were totally ignored of “the host of troubling ques- by enemies in the mainstream tions about whether the De- media, as well as party oppopartment’s political appointees sition within the ADL and the abused their power in this case Southern Poverty Law Center. for political purposes.” They Most recently, Republisted at least five major ques- licans in Congress have been tions they think the IG, not pressuring U.S. Attorney GenOPR, can best answer, including “whether White House officials attempted for partisan political purposes to influence the [Black Panther] case [and] whether senior Department management officials and political appointees actually colluded for these purposes with White House officials to derail the [Black Panther] case or cases against minority defendants in general.” They wrote that those “larger issues in this affair, whether for Rock of the Southeast, Mnister Najee Muhammad the pursuit of impartial justice, the pursuit of criminal justice for government officials eral Eric Holder to re-open and or the credibility of the STELE re-file charges against Attorney This point is important. Malik Zulu Shabazz and the New Black Panther Party. At no At some level, there time has it been directly or inneeds to be some indepen- directly suggested or otherwise dent authority, untainted by implied for any member of the political entanglements, who New Black Panther Party to vican investigate allegations of olate the laws, rules or regulaimproper political entangle- tions of the laws of any state in ments. The congressmen note the United States of America.
plantation owners from their homes tearing off their limbs, strapping them to racks and sawing them in half. White Plantation owners in America knew of the “potential” for trouble, but only after the Haitian revolution did the threat become real. After the slave revolution of 1791, slave uprisings in the United States increased greatly. When the great Denmark Vesey organized to burn Charleston, South Carolina, there is strong evidence that Vesey, communicated with black Haitians and even believed that black Haitians would support his uprising with an invasion. The strong example of Toussaint, led a revolt that forced the oppressor to take note. In reaction to the black revolution in Haiti, the United States enacted several laws and regulations keeping contact with Haitian slaves to a minimum. The People of Haiti have set strong liberation examples for oppressed blacks in America. Now, in their time of need, black people in the North America, whose conditions are not far removed from theirs, must set a strong example for them. Haitian Revolution, References continued from page 10 Bell, M.S. (2007). Toussaint Louverture: A Biography. New With whites in the col- York, NY: Pantheon Books. ony living well, and the blacks living low and working for little New York NBPP, or nothing, it produced a hacontinued from page 29 tred and resentment during the coalition buildhot night of August 22, 1791. flavor, The colony of St. Domingue ing with other groups and was set ablaze. Hundreds of therefore our efforts have thousands of slaves set fire a more powerful and lastto plantations, torched cit- ing impact.” According to ies and righteously killed the Shaka Shakur, the 14 groups oppressive white population. brought together under the The events of that night are People Survival Program are: regarded as the most success- the Almighty Universal Zulu ful revolts in history by slaves, Nation, The Fraternal Order of Black Spades, Black Law lasting 12 years The black Haitian revo- Enforcement Alliance, Street lution established the second Corner Resources, Harlem independent nation in the Single Stop, Harlem Tenants Western Hemisphere, produc- Council, Church of El Baring the first black governed re- rio, Black Student Union of public. The Haitian Revolt was City College, Safyia Bukhari felt as far as the United States. and Albert Nuh Foundation, Forcing Slaves here in the Unit- Black Panther Commemoed States to contemplate and ration Committee, United act on behalf of their own free- Muslim Alliance, Mosque dom. Stories told of revolution of Islamic Brotherhood, Dr. waged on the island of Haiti Barbara Ann Teer’s National detailed young white children Black Theater, and the New at the knife point of bayonets Black Panther Party. and slaves dragging off white
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racist, refusing to recognize the latest genetic science proving that race is a fiction, a stupid construct. We are one human species that originated in subSaharan Africa; our differences are essentially cultural and often political. If we were to recognize this, we would clearly see that Haitians are among the most vibrant, creatively artistic, socially conscious, courageous and resilient people on the planet earth. Obama’s pledge of assistance Pres. Obama has pledged $100 million in aide to Haiti, days after its worst disaster ever with a climbing death toll of tens of thousands, severe and life-threatening injuries, incalculable suffering, no infrastructure, no food, water, electricity, shelters, or even tents with some three million homeless. True to form, mainstream pundits are praising Obama’s contribution. I was not impressed, so I decided to find out what $100 million will buy, with the help of my assistant, Nedzada. We discovered that Obama threw a party that cost $50 million more than he’s sending to Haiti. Yup! He spent $150 million on his Inaugural Ball. We also learned the following: Top U.S. Firms are on pace to award $148.85 Billion in payouts for 2009, according to a Wall Street Journal Study. Billions with a B! You can also buy a Beverly Hills mansion, a yacht, or a painting for more than the relatively meager sum Obama is donating. Obviously, we cannot rely on this government to do the right thing by Haitians in their hour of need. It never has. So I would implore you to give all you possibly can, making sure you’re getting your contribution to the best possible agents for direct assistance to the Haitian people. Finally, if you’re planning to go to Haiti, I hope you’re planning to wear jeans and carry a shovel. Haitians need real help trying to dig out victims who may still be alive, not opportunistic posturing and photo ops. May the Haitian people turn grief into strength and keep their faith in the people, not governments. All power to the people.
CESSFUL HAITIAN REVOLU- ther exploit Haitian labor. TION !!! LONG LIVE THE Racism in coverage SPIRIT OF DR. KHALLID ABThe slow response and My heart is still there in DUL MUHAMMAD! the level of aid all points to Haiti, for all the MRE’s ,wheat the kind of racist attitudes we crackers, trail mix, water, coke ASHE saw during the Katrina traga colas and sardines and proedy – the devaluing of black Castro, continued from tein bars I ate, for all the exlives. About this same time of page 9 haustion and sorrow I felt I massive death and destruction would do it all again to go An example of such (the worst quake in 250 years), black to Haiti. mainstream media is having a I want to give a shout American corporate greed is fit about racist comments reout to the sister that lived the case of Disney using Haicorded in a new book about across from where we stayed tian labor to make their garthe presidential campaign of who cooked dinner for us ments at 27 cents an hour. 2008. Let s/he who is without before we went to work at Haitians organized and deracism cast the first stone. night……May Allah keep her manded a raise to 50 cents. Senate Majority Leader and her babies safe and bless Disney threatened to move to Harry Reid’s statement that her with prosperity and suc- China (where labor was even a “light-skinned” black who cess. To Luna Charles, Chief of cheaper) - and they did. On his re-election in doesn’t speak a “negro dialect” Operations from the Bed Stuy could win the Presidency was Volunteer Ambulance Corp 2000, Aristide built schools, simply the truth. Moreover, it for taking care of the logistics hospitals and clinics, a medihelps if he’s male. History’s lesthere in Haiti for us lodging, cal school to train doctors with sons testify to the preference of negotiations..etc and for the help from Cuba, and demandblack men over women of any vision, passion and love that ed restitution from France for hue. In fact, Sojourner Truth Commander James “Rocky” the main reason Haiti is the warned Frederick Douglas that Robinson CEO and Founder of poorest country in the West if he didn’t stand up for univerthe Bedford Stuyvesant Volun- – France’s extortion of (in tosal suffrage instead of comproteer Ambulance Corp shows day’s currency) $21 billion, mising to allow black men to for his people and life itself. the total paid to the French beget the vote without women, For those that thought about tween 1925 and 1946 as lossit would be a long time before me and wondered if I was okay es France suffered whenended women would have equal votand tried to help me on my and their richest, sugar-producing rights. It took another 50 journey to this mission, Thank ing colony was liberated. The years, 1870 until 1920! So it You for concern over my health guns of Britain, Canada and was predictable that Hillary as I was sick as a dog ( with the U.S backed France’s robcouldn’t win over Barack. But a bad cough and stuffy nose, bery. This same quartet continI digress. and fatigue) calling every day ues to occupy Haiti through its Just how many darkto see if I was okay. Bro Zayid UN Peacekeepers, a misnomer skinned black people do you Muhammad National Minis- if ever there were one. Their see in the media? It’s kind of ter of Culture of the NBPP, Sis. brutality is well known among comical to watch light-skinned Sheena Afrika Regional Field Haitians. Media gives undue blacks along with lighterMarshal,Sis Maati Sekmet Loskinned whites attacking Reid cal Chief of Staff in Trenton, NJ, credit to Bill Clinton in both since they’d be unlikely to and David X our MOI. A shout his former role as President have their jobs were they darkout to Dr. Ikuhara from North- and his current position as er skinned. Skin color in colWestern University Hospital UN Special Envoy (a first-time or-struck America is nearly alwho was so helpful,walked post). While it’s true that Clinways the elephant in the room. with all the meds we needed, ton helped pave the way for When I was a young did all the dressings and start- Aristide’s return in 1994 folwoman entering the employed all the IV’s that needed to lowing massive international ment offices of NYC in the be restarted, what a blessing pressure, it was not without preconditions that tied Aris- late 1950s, early ‘60s, I knew for Nursing that night. after being hired that I was ofFor the elder man that tide’s hands in solving Haiti’s ten breaking the color barrier died on me as I dressed his enormous problems. After all, - finding myself the only colopen sores May Allah alleviate it was the U.S. that backed the ored girl in the company (the your suffering and receive you 1991 military coup in the first spook who sat by the [elevator] into paradise. For the 20 year place. The regime change indoor) or one of two or three old Queen that died of TB, stalled Gen. Raul Cedras, who light-skinned office workers. for the 13 month young boy unleashed the death squads on Those were the days when the who died, for the sistah who Aristide’s Fanmi Lavalas party, generally lighter ethnic groups died of Meningitis, for the el- and conducted a reign of terror hadn’t yet replaced us as doder who died of Malaria. And resulting in some 10,000 Haimestics. Now, as blacks fill the for all those that died, in your tians deaths and the maiming prisons, we’re seeing a cradle memory I, Khadijah J. Shakur of countless others. The U.S. to prison pipeline. And it was dedicate this story of my expe- arranged for the General’s asyjust reported this morning (Jan. rience to you and May the An- lum in Panama and his golden 15) that African children in cestors receive you with love exile, with impunity for his America have a 50% poverty massive crimes. and light. More recently, Clin- rate. So what has changed? LONG LIVE THE SPIRIT OF ton has been busy setting up Not much. America and the THE HAITIAN PEOPLE, LONG investment opportunities for world are still color struck and LIVE THE SPIRIT OF THE SUC- Wall Street corporations to furHaiti account, continued from page 8
Gambia, continued from page 11 On the occasion of the national day of the Republic of The Gambia, I extend to you and to The Gambia government and people, cordial congratulations and reaffirm to you the resolve to continue and enhancing the relations of friendship and cooperation existing between Cuba and that sisterly nation. Please receive the assurances of my highest consideration. Raul Castro Ruz President of Councils of State and Minister of the Republic of Cuba --------------------------------------The celebration of your countrys national day gives me the greatest opportunity to address to you my warmest congratulations as well as best wishes for your continued good health and happiness. I am also pleased to pray for the progress and prosperity of the brotherly people of the Sister Republic of The Gambia. I am convinced that the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation that happily bind our two countries will continue to grow from strength to strenght for the mutual interest of our peoples. Please accept, Mr. President and Dear Brother, the assurances of my highest consideration. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz President of the Islamic Republic Mauritania --------------------------------------On behalf of the New Black Panther Party Central Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Malik Zulu Sabazz, we want to send our well wishes and greetings to you and the Gambian people, with solidarity and African love on this 45th Independence Day of The Gambia. We wish you success in your implementation of your 40year vision for Gambia. We endeavour for all African nations to be modelled on honesty, transparency and commitment to the liberation of our people. We see The Gambia as a beacon of hope and true model in which other African countries can adhere too. The NBPP has recognized and adore your dynamic leadership which has been exemplary, and we are proud to congratulate you on this historic occasion. Wishing you prosperity and long life. May Allah continue to guide and protect you to achieve Vision 2020 on behalf of all our people. Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz Chairman, NBPP Author: Daily Observer Hampton, continued from page 14
tion of socialism allowed many to envision its relevance to African Americans and other oppressed nationalities.
The Black Panther Party set standards for waging struggle. Their enthusiastic projec-
The white, racist U.S. ruling class was appalled. How dare the descendents of African slaves call themselves socialists and aim to achieve black people’s right to reparations! Even more daring was the Black Panther Party’s call for the overthrow of capitalism—a demand the ruling class could never tolerate. Their ability to forge unity in struggle was a threat in itself. All this was happening while resentment for the war in Vietnam was on the rise. The men of privilege and wealth, with a stake in preserving the imperialist system, grew apprehensive the more it became apparent that a mass revolutionary movement was arising. These circumstances compelled the government to destroy the Black Panther Party. . Operation COINTELPRO, an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program, was established in the mid-1950s to deter the development of any movement deemed a threat to the existing social, economic and political order. It remained secret until 1971, when antirepression activists broke into an FBI field office in Media,
Penn., and confiscated files re- mation gathered by O’Neal to vealing the hidden operation. murder Hampton. Hampton’s murder was part of a pattern As the Civil Rights move- of police raids, false imprisonment advanced, galvanizing ment and executions of Black strength from all sectors of the Panthers. COINTELPRO docupopulation (which broke the ments proved that assassination despicable Jim Crow laws and of black leaders was among its compelled the U.S. Congress aims. Fred Hampton and the to pass other progressive leg- Black Panther Party had to be islation), the FBI increasingly eliminated simply because turned its attention to the black they had touched upon capiliberation struggle. The Black talism’s greatest weakness - the Panther Party openly advocat- decisiveness and strength that ed for socialist revolution, and a multi-national movement openly supported the Chinese has in a battle against this sysand Cuban revolutions. The tem. Panthers’ breakfast program for children, among other soThe Black Panther Party cial programs, underlined their arose from the struggles of the commitment to meet the needs African American people, hisof communities that received torically the most oppressed nothing but oppression and and exploited group in the neglect from the government. United States. They symbolized hope and received the The staunch anti-cap- greatest affection. They attribitalist stance of these young uted black oppression to the revolutionaries who declared capitalist system, and dared to themselves Marxist-Leninists pick up arms against the state. made them the target of the The militancy and defiance most ruthless, racist elements of these young revolutionarin power. On numerous oc- ies deeply impacted the Civil casions, FBI Director J. Edgar Rights and socialist moveHoover expressed a special ments. disdain for the black struggle, particularly towards Dr. Martin Hampton and the Black Luther King Jr. and Malcolm Panthers believed all would X. Many were not surprised benefit if the banner of the when Hoover declared the struggle against racism and Black Panther Party “the great- national oppression was taken est threat to national security.” up by the white masses as their own. Hampton knew that it The slanderous editori- was possible to smash the raals against the Panthers in the cial barriers created by capitalcapitalist-owned mass media, ism to divide and conquer the combined with Hoover’s fre- working class. His confidence quent verbal attacks, reflected was based on the strong bethe wishes of the ruling class lief that this system provides a who sought the complete de- motive for all to unite and enstruction of the Black Panther gage in revolutionary struggle. Party and the ideals it embod- Long live the memory of Fred ied. Internal FBI memos show Hampton and the Black Panthat the government had a spe- ther Party! cial interest in Hampton’s political activities and his assoNew Years, continued ciations; Chicago police were from page 18 encouraged by the FBI to find a way to lock up Hampton. If we can’t truly live life, then we must give our life for the Prior to Hampton’s salvation of our people. May death, police raided the Pan- the Creator and the ancestors thers’ Chicago office on three continue to bless you and keep separate occasions. William you close. Forward forever; O’Neal, Fred Hampton’s body- backward never! “They got guard, was a police informant money for war, but can’t feed who was instructed to draw the poor.” Tupac Shakur up a floor plan of the targeted apartment weeks earlier. Law enforcement used the infor-
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African-American district attorney, Seth Williams, who vowed to pursue the reinstatement of Mumia’s death sentence. Serious legal observers believe the Supreme Court may even use the case of a neo-Nazi, Frank Spisak, who is on death row in Ohio with a similar fact pattern, to reinstate his death sentence by ruling against Spivak, and then reinstate Mumia’s death sentence, without even hearing the case directly. The tireless Pan African bottom lined the status of the case in this way. As they were being delivered, Orie Ross of Brooklyn asked them if they were familiar with the case. When they admitted they were not, Ross, in a straightforward matter of fact manner very reminiscent of Rev. CT Vivian’s confrontation with Bull Connor many years ago on the right to vote, laid out the background of Mumia’s ordeal, especially when detailing the new evidence and the extreme racial bias of the late presiding trial judge Albert Sabo’s “I’m gonna help them fry the nigger,” compelling Mijar to blush with embarrassment. the New Black Panther Party was meted out by members of the Republican Party. A Texan representative, Lamar Smith, Virginian representative Frank Wolf, the epitome of an “Uncle Tom Negro,” Michael Steele Republican Chairman, Bill O’ Reilly and racist affiliated Sean Hannity and a few other misfits, all thought it would be a good idea to take aim at the New Black Panther Party. Not a wise idea, for we now have the good fortune to expose these deceivers as the hypocrites they really are.
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To drive that home, demonstrators delivered at least 25,000 letters and petitions calling for a civil rights investigation into this incredible case. While many were from all parts of the United States, a considerable number were from abroad, from places like Japan, Spain, Mexico, Greece, France, Germany and South Africa. In a press conference before the demonstration and delivery of the letters, Fignole St.Cyr, a trade union leader from Haiti who came to personally deliver nearly a thousand letters, said that “the world should observe American justice because the U.S. is supposed to stand for democracy. Justice should not be two-faced. Justice for black people and for white people should be equal.”
“Mumia is innocent. They are about to commit out and out murder,” she said emphatically. Zayid Muhammad, a national official of the New Black Panther Party, joined the New York delegation and personally delivered his organization’s letter and pleaded with Attorney General Holder not On the positive side, to allow “political conventhis enormous demonstra- tion” to get in the way of detion comes on the heels of livering justice to Mumia. the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization “The affirmation of now in its centennial year, slavery and the property passing a resolution at their holding rights of slave masnational convention stating ters was once the political their new interest and com- convention of the day,” his mitment. They were best letter read. “Jim Crow segrepresented by Marvin ‘Doc’ regation and the practice of Cheatam of the Baltimore lynch mob terror to enforce Chapter of the NAACP, the that order was also once biggest chapter to not only the political convention of come out for Mumia, but to the day. However, on this also come out for other polit- date, at this incredible hour, ical prisoners. Under Chea- in this enormous historical tam, the Baltimore Chapter moment, with the eyes of has been steadfast in its call the world upon us all, we, for justice for Marshall Ed- not just as in we, the interdie Conway, the Baltimore national human rights comPanther now imprisoned on munity, but we, as in ‘we the account of a COINTELPRO people,’ simply cannot aldriven prosecution since low this to happen!” 1969. The most poignant Internationally, the point in the demonstration demonstration also comes occurred at the end with the on the heels of the City Coun- delivery of the letters and cil of Munich, Germany, one petitions. The Justice Deof Europe’s largest, coming partment sent out a phalanx out for Mumia. Dangerously, of African-American officers it comes on the heels of the at the Department’s entrance Philadelphia District Attor- to prevent the demonstrator’s ney Lynne Abraham’s pursuit entrance with the petitions, National Asst., Amirah Shabazz is dedicated to have Mumia’s death sen- and sent out a Latino repreand consistent on her post tence reinstated. Philadel- sentative, Alejandro Mijar, The most recent viphia also just elected its first to actually receive them. cious onslaught for
Frank Wolf’s efforts to keep the pressure up by rallying behind some trumped Nerve of Devils, continup charges for a National ued from page 19 Chairman with no record of violence or voter intimidaThe New Black Pantion. Given the plethora of ther Party, who roots are in Bush’s home state of Texas, wire taps bestowed upon the has been a resource of pride NBPP, courtesy of Homeland and protection for the black Security, rest assured that if the National Chairman of Community when needed. It isn’t the state killing black the New Black Panther Party, Malik Zulu Shabazz had folks; it is black folks deindeed ordered soldiers on fending themselves the ground to “intimidate” voters, it would have been Ever since Doctor Khallid Abdul Muhammad marched known prior to November 2008. the streets of Jasper, Texas in 1998 with an armed Black people suffer cadre of New Black Panther daily in this country and if members and community as much time was invested members, George W. Bush has been intent on destroy- working to eradicate disenfranchised, as opposed ing the New Black Panther to politicizing trumped up Party. Bush modeled his charges, our country would behavior after former FBI be in a much better place. director J. Edgar Hoover, who became obsessed with destroying the Black Panther party in the 1960’s. The right wing loved George W. Bush when he was in office; not so with President Obama. No assuring, uplifting words have been forthcoming for him.Besides finding a dress to match his high heels, destroying the Black Panther Party became J. Edgar Hoover’s number one priority.
Divine for Council, continued from page 24 regular basis. I’ve cultivated a connection with the community over the years and it’s a great thing. I am excited at the opportunity to play an integral role in building and uplifting my community, by utilizing the skills and knowledge I’ve mastered over the years. Winning the election would definitely give us more of a consistent base of power to educate, mobilize, and organize the community. I aspire to use my position to inspire the younger brothers and sisters who admire what we do as Panthers, revolutionaries and activists, and to become actively involved in the politics that affects their community. I would strive to create a political rites of passage program for young brothers ‘in the hood’ who choose not to play ball or attend college. They may choose a different route and delve into the political arena, to affect change with the day to day social injustices that many young men deal with. What Has This Campaign Taught You About The Present Politics In America? These are only a few of the Our National Chairman, Attor- rescue projects we are proud ney Malik Zulu Shabazz and to have assisted with during the spirit of the Black Panthers 2004-2008. will always be my number one influence. Councilman CK: What is the day to day life Charles Barron out of Brook- like for IN-CERT and Khallid lyn, New York is a political role Greene? model in our region right now. Ras Baraka out of Newark, KG: After Hurricane Ike, after New Jersey, Congresswoman a man made disaster, people Cynthia McKinney, Chokwe turn the community back into Lumumba out of Mississippi, the hands of unwanted eleand all young brothers and sis- ments. We set up daily neighters who are considering the borhood watches and citizens political arena as a means to patrols, our E.M.S runs daily. mobilize towards self-determi- It was really easy because we never thought about the extra nation. time we have in between our For Anyone Who Wants To days. We teach communities Help You In Your Campaign, that instead of taking the regular route to work drive around What Can They Do? your neighborhood and check The election is on Tuesday, it out. You may become the May 11th. For those who re- eyes and ears of your commuside on the East Region, please nity. That part of our program call your relatives in the Tren- has been in operation for a ton, NJ area and let them know year. Since then, we have takthey have a committed, dedi- en a mile stretch of neighborcated candidate on the ballot hood and cleaned it up, when for North Ward City Council, many people said could it not Divine Allah. Your vote is be done. needed and most appreciated. If you would like to contact CK: How important is the reus, volunteer, or donate to my covery progress after a Natucampaign, address your inqui- ral Disaster? ries and contributions to: 966 Princeton Ave. Trenton, New KG: One thing that is important with the recovery process, Jersey 08638 (609)338-2236. Do You Have A Website Or people will rush in with search and rescue teams. Since these Headquarters Address? My website is www.divine- recovery efforts could possibly forcouncil.com. On Face- hinder our people after a man made or natural disaster, we book: divineforcouncil. pattern our programs by the Is There Anything Else You old adage “teach men to fish.” Would Like The Readers To We teach people to do for Know? themselves through self deThis is our time! WUCUSU termination; that in order to (Wake Up, Clean Up, Stand recover, they will need food, Up). I want to thank everyone clothing, shelter and mediin advance for your support, cine. In the recovery effort, if donations to my campaign you cannot assist in providing and your willingness to believe supplies, medicine, etc., then in my abilities to serve your take the expertise you have community. I look forward to and use it for the recovery efmeeting each of you on Tues- fort because in recovery, all asday, May 11, 2010. Let your sistance is appreciated. vote be heard. CK: How can people get in IN-CERT, Continued from contact with you and INCERT? page 25 KG: The basic classes we give are free of charge, and the equipment you use is free of charge. The excuses are taken out; all you have to do is get the people to show up. The
Public relations number is 713-294-7331; the Dispatch line is 832-352-6192. We can be reached on the web at www.in-cert.com. Made in America, continued from page 28 change in Mr. Clemmons life. The Seattle Times reported, “Clemmons was known to offer his car to relatives who needed it.” This kindhearted brother is the same man shown to the world as a monster. Maurice Clemmons was arrested for assaulting a sheriff’s deputy. He told the officer, “Here’s what I want your report to say, “President Obama, he’s my brother.” Many reports of his kind deeds preceded Mr. Clemmons. Later, Clemmons would write while incarcerated, that he “fell in with the wrong crowd,” and wanted to “fit in and be accepted.” After serving 11 years, Clemmons appealed for clemency to state Governor, Mike Huckabee. According to the Seattle Times, Mr. Clemmons wrote in his petition that there was “absolutely no excuse” for his criminal past, and he lamented about the shame he had brought to his family’s name. On losing his mother while in prison, Clemmons wrote, “I was not able to be with her and make her proud of me before she passed away.” Prosecutors pushed twice for Clemmons to remain behind bars. Marion Humphrey a Pulaski County judge pushed for clemency saying, “Clemmons cumulative sentence was too long.” Gov. Mike Huckabee granted the request in May 2000, citing Clemmons “youth when the crimes were committed.” Before his death, Clemmons said “Many white people will be killed” if they do not right their ways.” I think it is safe to say Maurice Clemmons was “Made in America.” No matter what you may think about the actions of Mr. Maurice Clemmons, one thing is certain, Maurice Clemmons is a product of the racism, hatred and bigotry black people face every day in America and the elements of hatred will not prevail, until black people receive equal justice.
I now have a greater understanding regarding the lasting effects of local politics, which has taught me that we still have a tremendous amount of work to do. A lot of our people are seeking substantive change, as they are still caught up in that moment of inspiration that surrounded the election of President Barack Obama. People have an earnest desire to give to this administration the benefit of a doubt. Many brothers and sisters in my neighborhood previously had no interests in politics, but now they’re talking politics and staying abreast of local, state, national and international events. Each time they see me and the ‘Divine for Council’ team, they eagerly want to hear our views on current issues and how they may be a part of the issues that im- ourselves and had several incidents we responded to. Hurpact their communities. ricane Ike was a major one in Who Have Been Some Of Your which we rescued and fed 400 Influences And Motivation people. Keep in mind this was when the city was shut down. Thus Far?
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