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"Tactfulness of the Heart: Jean Genet and The Black Panthers"
Angela Davis

[Excerpts from an unpublished speech at the Odeon seminar in Paris, organized by Albert Dichy for IMEC, May 25th, 26th and 27th, 1991.]

When Jean Genet came to the USA in spring 1970, although it was our
first meeting with him, there were many of us Black Americans who
already considered him an ally because of his play The Blacks that had
showed in New York a few years before. The Black Panther Party invited
Genet so he could help them, holding conferences in different
universities over the USA. It was a major critical stage of the black
of struggle in the USA. I was in charge of translating his speeches,
for instance at UCLA where I was teaching philosophy. A party was
arranged for him in the house of filmmaker Dalton Trumbo in Hollywood:
many stars showed up and it helped raise funds to pay the imprisoned
Panthers' lawyers. David Hilliard, a member of the Black Panther
Party, largely mentioned in Prisoner of Love, told me Genet had
arrived with worn out clothes and was asked to get a bit dressed up.
He was taken to a San Francisco shop run by a Black man so moved that
Genet came to the USA to help the Panthers, he offered him a jacket, a
pair of trousers and a shirt. I remember him, so happy to wear these
gifts, and me, so excited to meet him. I knew his writings, he was a
mythical character to me but, face to face with him, I had an almost
motherly feeling. He was like a little boy, very kind and laughing a
lot . . .

Release Events for "White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race"
September 22 - October 6

Please come celebrate the publication of Maxwell Tremblay and Stephen Duncombe's new book: White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race. Just released from Verso, White Riot is a collection of first-person writing, lyrics, letters to zines, and analyses of punk
history on issues of racial identity. This book brings together writing from leading music critics, personal reflections from punk pioneers, scholarly essays from academics, and reports on punk scenes from around the world.

The Monster Bares Its Fangs: On the Pogroms in South Africa Andile Mngxitama

Seeking Autonomous POC to Make Something New Are you interested in founding an organization of people of color united around anti-authoritarian politics?

Over time, many collectives self-identified with APOC (Anarchist People Of Color) have come and gone. New autonomous people of color are getting involved. Interest in seeing something more consistent is a common refrain. What could be needed is an organization that helps strengthen and build collectives, supports activists and puts out a coherent vision for the present and future as autonomous people of color.

“Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century” Black Radical Congress, June 20-22, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri

With the launch of the Black Radical Congress (BRC) in 1998, a current of optimism rippled through the social justice movement. In the tradition of other black political gatherings such as the National Negro Congress, the National Black Political Convention and other more recent ones, the BRC set out on a mammoth challenge to build unity within the Black Liberation Movement (BLM) and consensus around the Freedom Agenda.

Four updates from Illvox.org:

Here is my own offer for ending the conflict (originally written almost 3 months ago, right after shmanapolis):

Fellow Leftists...

Walter Rodney Lives!

Peoples Power No Dictator!

Wazir Mohamed

[A reflection on Walter Rodney’s continuing relevance 27 years after his assassination in Guyana on June 13, 1980, by the Wazir Mohamad, former Co-Leader of the Working Peoples’ Alliance of Guyana, now
PhD Candidate in Sociology-Binghamton University, New York.]

Part 1

The Stalled Rodney Inquiry and the Racial Dimension of Guyana

I think it necessary that this pertinent question is asked: What happened to Walter Rodney, why was he assassinated, and who was responsible? After years of stops, starts, and inaction on this issue, in 2005 it seemed as though an international inquiry into Rodney’s assassination was finally on the cards.

The Guyanese Parliament on June 29 2005 passed a unanimous resolution authorizing the creation of a commission of inquiry, whose terms of reference were to be ironed out among representatives of the Government, the Rodney family, and others. This year as we mark 27 years since his passing we ask, what has happened to this decision for the inquiry?

It is now 27 years since Walter Rodney “the prophet of self-emancipation” was murdered in a dark corner, at a dark moment of Guyana’s history. That day in June 1980 is arguably the saddest of modern Guyana. I was 22 years old at that time, but my life was already enmeshed in the struggle which Walter Rodney defined in terms of a battle for “peoples’ power – no dictator”. Dictatorial rule was the hallmark of the Burnham presidency which ruled Guyana for more than two decades. Yet, for many years until his death in 1985 Burnham was revered in the corridors of power in the region, in Cuba, the Soviet Union, and all the Eastern Bloc Countries.


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