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Originally published at Red Wedge.

By Joseph Ramsey

Brian Dolinar opens The Black Cultural Front: Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation (University Press of Mississippi, 2012) by quoting not from a major artist or critic, but from a virtually forgotten participant in a long-dismembered radical organization, an audience member at a panel about “Culture” held by the National Negro Congress of 1940.  During the lively discussion that followed the official presentations, a woman identified in the proceedings only as “Mrs. Lynch” spoke up, reminding the room that the cultural front mattered because “it is the cultural things that keep us from going stark crazy” (3).[1]

It’s a poignant opening, and one that indicates Dolinar’s anti-elitist approach. To be sure, The Black Cultural Front is a study concerned with interpreting the work of three important writers and artists, figures who were swept up and shaped by the mid-20th century movement for social justice — Langston Hughes, Chester Himes, and Oliver Harrington.  But it is also a book committed to presenting mid-20th century Black Left culture more broadly as a “down to earth” matter, a matter of sustaining organizations and struggles, a pragmatic practice of engaging everyday people, of helping them to survive in dangerous and shifting circumstances.  Dolinar is well aware that without the “Mrs. Lynches” of the world — the “no name” participants, so often lost to official history — there are no social movements to speak of (let alone writers or artists or critics to represent them).


By Mike Ely

Heart broken over the loss of Yuri Kochiyama, a lifelong revolutionary, internationalist and visionary.



We have just received the following terrible news regarding brother Kevin Rashid Johnson. Please show solidarity in the ways you can.

Dear Friends, May 29th




by Nat Winn


Basketball is the sport in the United States specifically associated with African American people and culture. The great majority of players are Black. The professional basketball league in the US, the NBA markets Black culture to sell its product. Today, it became very clear just what the biggest profit makers in basketball, overwhelmingly old white men, really think of the Black players and coaches who make the sport so popular.

In the middle of the NBA basketball playoffs, with millions of people's attention focused on basketball, news broke today that Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers had been caught on audio telling a female friend that he was offended by her being seen in public with Black people, including being in an instagram photo with basketball legend Magic Johnson.

The following report was posted on The Wire. Kasama will continue to post on this story as it develops.


Hundreds Protest Albuquerque's Trigger-Happy Police Department

MAR 30, 2014 10:52PM ET / NATIONAL

 In the last three years, Albuquerque police department officers have shot and killed 23 people -- one of the highest per capita fatal police shooting rates in the country. One of the most recent was James Boyd, a mentally ill homeless man. The incident was captured on video, and shows Boyd, armed with two knives, standing several feet away from officers. He is turning away from them when he is shot. As he lay on the ground, officers fired beanbags at him and set a police dog on him. He died the next day.

Posted by on in Race & Liberation

Last year lifelong revolutionary Chokwe Lumumba was elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, a majority African-American city in the heart of the American south. His election was part of a long-term plan for "self-determination, participatory democracy and economic justice." Now in the aftermath of his sudden and tragic passing, organizers are discussing how to carry on his legacy, and how to continue the radical social efforts projected by the Jackson Plan. Below, Jaisal Noor of radical news outlet The Real News interviews Kali Akuno and Glen Ford about the upcoming Jackson Rising Conference that was scheduled before Lumumba's death. —ISH


After Late Mayor Lumumba is Laid to Rest, What’s Next for Jackson, Mississippi?

Kali Akuno and Glen Ford discuss the significance of the upcoming 'Jackson Rising: The New Economies Conference'

KALI AKUNO and GLEN FORD, interviewed by JAISAL NOOR, THE REAL NEWS, March 18, 2014


It is exciting that pot legalization is happening in some states. But it remains a fact that almost a million Black people are in prison, many of them for non-violent drug possession charges. The author of "The New Jim Crow", Michelle Alexander spoke on March 6th with Asha Bandele about pot legalization and who is benefiting from it and asks what it will mean for Black prisoners. The following article on her conversation appeared on Alternet. - Nat Winn


Michelle Alexander: White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison

For 40 years, poor communities of color have experienced the wrath of the war on drugs.

 Ever since Colorado and Washington made the unprecedented move to legalize recreational pot last year, excitement and stories of unfettered success have billowed into the air. Colorado's marijuana tax revenue far exceeded expectations, bringing a whopping $185 million to the state and tourists are lining up to taste the budding culture (pun intended). Several other states are now looking to follow suit and legalize. 

But the ramifications of this momentous shift are left unaddressed. When you flick on the TV to a segment about the flowering pot market in Colorado, you'll find that the faces of the movement are primarily white and male. Meanwhile, many of the more than  210,000 people who were arrested for marijuana possession in Colorado between 1986 and 2010 according to a report from the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, remain behind bars. Thousands of black men and boys still sit in prisons for possession of the very plant that's making those white guys on TV rich.

Posted by on in Race & Liberation


Chokwe Lumumba has died. The news just reached me, and has generated great feelings of sadness and loss. We do not yet know the causes, but will watch and listen for that news.

Chokwe Lumumba was a lifelong revolutionary -- a communist-inspired and Black nationalist leader -- encircled by the organized networks of the New Afrikan Peoples Organization (NAPO) and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM).

Chokwe embraced a defined revolutionary strategy for Black independence early, and then pursued it throughout his life.

At his death, he was the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi -- a revolutionary winning by a landslide in this African American heartland, in the middle of the surrounding white racist heartland.

We will now never know what he would have done with that post, that pulpit, to affect the liberation politics of Black people, and of us all.

In a time when so few revolutionary voices are heard on the stage of visible politics, we are robbed of his. And the loss is real.

Chokwe is gone. this determined figure from the  generation first stirred by the great civil rights movement, then hardened by the great Black Liberation struggle, and finally tempered by long years in the wilderness of America.

Who will rise to take their place? Who will step now forward? And under what banners? Who will learn the lessons, avoid the mistakes, and standing on shoulders like these reach even higher?  


The oppression of African American people has been central to the expansion and enrichment of the United States. 

And we deeply believe the final liberation of African American people will be central to the ending of U.S. capitalism and its vicious role in the world.

Today white racism rages all around us, in the ugly ideas of white racists, but also in the structural racism so deeply embedded in American life: marginalization, grinding poverty, second-class education and that outrageous conveyor belt to prison that faces yet another generation of Black youth.


Posted by on in Race & Liberation

On February 16th at the Center for Marxist Education in Central Square, Cambridge, radical activist and scholar Jeff Perry discussed the life of Hubert Harrison (1883-1927), one of the founders of Harlem Radicalism. Hubert Harrison was an immensely skilled writer, orator, educator, critic, and political activist who, more than any other political leader of his era, combined class consciousness and anti-white-supremacist race consciousness into a coherent political radicalism.


It's 2014 and a white man still can't be convicted of murdering a black person. That is missing from the coverage of this latest outrage. For all the talk of a 'post-racial America' and made up crap on a 'thug culture,' it is still the case that here in the 'land of the free' that blacks have 'no rights which the white man was bound to respect.' That logic is built into the very foundations of the United States - a country founded on slavery and genocide.

Intro by Enaa



by Nat Winn


Another Black teenager is killed by a racist white vigilante. This time the murderer killed his victim because of a dispute over “loud music”. And so now 17 year old Jordan Davis of Jacksonville, Florida is dead.



Much respect to Tim Wise! Wise recently appeared as a guest on CNN to discuss the absurd claims of Fox News's Megyn Kelly that it was a "fact" that Jesus and Santa Claus were white. Wise intelligently and boldly called out the way in which the image of Jesus as a white man was one of the tools through which European colonialists carried out campaigns of conquest and genocide against millions of non-European peoples. Among other things, Wise stated: 

Here's the reality. The image of a white Jesus has been used to justify enslavement, conquest, colonialism, the genocide of indigenous peoples. There are literally millions of human beings whose lives have been snuffed out by people who conquered under the banner of a white god,



by Nat Winn


Prohibition may likely be nearing its end. In Colorado and Washington laws have been passed allowing for usage of marijuana. In a recent interview with The New Yorker magazine, the president took a soft tone around the question of legalization, describing smoking weed "as a bad habit and a vice" but added, "I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol." Obama even mentioned the disparity with which the poor are targeted by prohibition stating that, "Middle-class kids don't get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do."

Well what about this last point raised by Obama? As weed is culturally mainstreamed and slowly legalized in this country what is being done about the hundreds of thousands disproportionately Black and Latino, who have been arrested or sit in prison for the mere act of possessing a little bit of pot?

As prohibition is being defeated, let's demand for a pardon, a general amnesty for all those people imprisoned or tainted with a criminal record under this racist system for possession of marijuana.

Today on December 25th we celebrate Christmas,the most popular festival in the world which commemorates the birthday of Jesus.

One of the most complex questions is assessing this legendary prophet.,Jesus.To scientific people the miracles were not true,nor his ressurection.However the religious minded people Christ ressurected and performed miracles.Over the centuries the ruling classes used Christianity as a tool for opression and the Church became the equivalent of a very powerful political body which influenced the functioning and political decisions of the State.The propertied classes used the Church as an instrument to opress the poor.In the Spanish Inquisition the Red Indian massacre was sponsored by the Church.The Church offered support to slavery and supported supression of slave revolts.In the era of capitalism the Church was one of the leading allies of the factory owners.



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Independent scholar Jeffrey B. Perry, the leading authority on the path-breaking anti-racist work of Theodore Allen and Hubert Harrison, discusses the origins of modern racism, as well as the importance of anti-racism to contemporary working-class political struggles. This event was held on October 19, 2013 at the Center for Marxist Education in Cambridge MA.

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Below is the statement on the suspension of the California Prisoners Hunger strike.  More updates, news and statements can be found on the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity website.




Warning: This is not the history or politics you have been taught.

It is Malcolm X's immortal discussion, called A Message from the Grassroots.

Today, our oppressors' media is doing unrestrained and shameless crowing about the 1963 March on Washington -- using it to repackage the peoples struggle as a Democratic Party sidecar, and using their coverage to cover over how much the U.S. remains a brutal prison house for African American people and other people of color.


First poem I've written in 30s years. It's still a bit of a work in progress. Hopefully I'll be able to add a video soon.

It began as a flier and statement on the verdict, but when I read it to a crowd, I read it in a poetic style, and decided to change my flier into a poem.


I Have A Mouth, So I Must Scream


Photos by Natalio Pérez, free use with attribution.