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.
By Uhuru B. Rowe
August 6, 2017
Peace Black brother,
I hope this letter finds you strong and defiant in mind, body, and spirit. I really enjoyed the few times we exchanged ideas about the new Black liberation struggle. I was a little surprised when you told me that you consider yourself a Black revolutionary because most young brothers who gang bang don’t identify themselves as such, and that’s because being one requires opposing and resisting racism and oppression which is a huge burden and responsibility. Others simply don’t understand the concept of a Revolutionary.
By Uhuru B. Rowe
March 28, 2017
I will like to expound on the U.S. government-sanctioned attacks on the MOVE Organization within the larger context of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) campaign of harassment, murder, and imprisonment during the revolutionary 60s and 70s, and even today, in an effort to thwart the realization and actualization of Black Power and Black Liberation .
The MOVE Organization, founded by John Africa, a former Black Panther, was/is a militant Black Liberation “back-to-nature” communal organization, which, like the Black Panthers, advocated armed self-defense. This stance of armed self-defense put the MOVE Organization–like the Black Panther Party– unwittingly in the cross-hairs of the federal government.