How many of you have heard of COINTELPRO? COINTELPRO is short for Counter-intelligence Program which was an illegal and secret program created by former FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover. The origin of COINTELPRO goes all the way back to the 1950s when Hoover was working overtime to surveil and disrupt the activities of the Communist Party USA amidst the Red Scare. In the 60s, it was expanded to target organizations like the American Indian Movement, Young Lords Organization, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Students for a Democratic Society and especially the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense which, by 1967, would become the main target of COINTELPRO.
The Footprints of COINTELPRO from The Black Panther Party, the MOVE Organization, and Beyond
By Uhuru B. Rowe
The residue of COINTELPRO can be seen on the frame-up conviction of former Black Panther, Journalist, and MOVE supporter, Mumia Abu-Jamal, for the December 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer.
DO INCARCERATED BLACK LIVES MATTER?
IF SO, SUPPORT UHURU’S CLEMENCY REQUEST
Uhuru Rowe is a self-educated, socially conscious, politically active brother, who has been incarcerated for 22 consecutive years in the Virginia (VA) prison system where he has often experienced retaliation from prison authorities because of his political beliefs, organizing activities, and for speaking out against inhuman prison conditions.
Uhuru was involved in a robbery back in 1995 that resulted in the shooting deaths of two people. Though Uhuru was not the trigger-man, he accepted responsibility for his actions and entered a non-cooperating guilty plea which sealed his fate. The sentencing guidelines recommended a maximum sentence of only 13 years, but former Richmond circuit court judge, James B. Wilkinson, who was known to be a racist, ignored the recommendation and sentenced Uhuru to an aggregate sentence totaling 93 years. This sentence is an unprecedented 80 years over the guidelines recommendations! Continue reading “Do Incarcerated Black Lives Matter?”
#BLACK LIVES HAVE NEVER MATTERED TO WHITE AMERICA
By Uhuru B. Rowe
July 10, 2016
From Texas to Minnesota to Louisiana to Tennessee…the power keg is bursting as it had done in the 1960s and 1970s at the height of the Black liberation and anti-war movements. As expected, the killing of five policeman in Texas was quickly labeled a “tragedy” by corporate news media, but they never label it a tragedy when unarmed Black or Brown people are blatantly assassinated on camera by the boys in blue, AND the assassins STILL are acquitted during a “show” trial in court of “law”, IF they are indicted at all. And that’s because -since 1619- Black and Brown Lives has never mattered to white America. Continue reading “#BLACK LIVES HAVE NEVER MATTERED TO WHITE AMERICA”