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Malcolm X addresses a rally in Harlem in New York City on June 29, 1963.

By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X and the Struggle Today

By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X and the Struggle Today

By Noaman G. Ali Fifty-two years ago today, Malcolm X was gunned down in Harlem. He was killed most likely by agents of the US government, but also, the fact is, the Nation of Islam wanted him dead, too. It may be worth thinking about Malcolm X and his relevance to the way we engage

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Profile of a Revolutionary: Kathleen Cleaver

By Harshita Singh Kathleen Cleaver was a member of the Black Panther Party (BPP) from 1967 to 1971, serving as the Communications Secretary on the first Coordinating Committee. She is currently a professor of law at Emory College, and one of the few surviving leaders of the original Party. As a child, Cleaver was heavily

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Profile of a Revolutionary: Huey P. Newton

By Nooria Alam and Saeed Mohamed Huey Percy Newton was the co-founder and Minister of Defense of the Black Panther Party (BPP). He was also a revolutionary, philosopher, intellectual, aggressor, and a tortured man. Huey’s accomplishments as well as his downfalls are part of his legacy in seeking self-determination for Afro-Americans. His popularity, particularly from

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Once a Panther, Always a Panther

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party October 22, 2016 By Tom “Big Warrior” Watts This month marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in Oakland, California. As an original White Panther, my involvement with the Panthers began in 1968, when I hooked up

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An Honest Tribute to “The Greatest”: Against Whitewashing Muhammad Ali’s Legacy

By Sara Jaffri On June 3rd, Muhammad Ali passed away. While he was known for being a boxing champion and entertainer, Ali represented so much more. In the context of the broader struggle against racism, capitalist exploitation and imperialism in the 1960s, Ali was consistently vocal about revolutionary justice and black liberation. He supported Native-American

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Convincing Your Killers? Black Lives Won’t Matter until Black Power Exists

By Basics Editorial Committee “Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” – Assata Shakur On Saturday March 26th, over a thousand people gathered for #BlackOut Against Police Brutality to demand justice for Andrew Loku and Alex Wettlaufer

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The TPS Carding Debate: Confusion and Misinformation is the Point

By Nooria Alam On June 24th, the Toronto Baha’i Centre hosted a public forum called “Conversation on Carding”,  where community members came together to discuss the Toronto Police Service’s’ policy on carding, lately a hot topic in Toronto media. Conversation focused on recent appearances by new TPS Chief Mark Saunders, who has defended carding as

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