1. If you are into communist art and design, you need to know about OSPAAAL, the Cuba-based Organization of Solidarity with the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America is best known for its propaganda posters that promoted the causes of national liberation and socialism across the third world.


  2. "If you are a dialectical materialist… Marx’s racism does not matter. You do not believe in the conclusions of one person, but in the validity of a mode of thought; and we in the Party, as dialectical materialists, recognize Karl Marx as one of the great contributors to that mode of thought. Whether or not Marx was a racist is irrelevant and immaterial to whether or not the system of thinking he helped develop delivers truths about processes in the material world."
    — Huey P. Newton, Minister of Defense for the Black Panther Party


    Kevin Rashid Johnson is a political prisoner and leader of a prison organization called the New Afrikan Black Panther Party. He is an outspoken communist revolutionary whose life is in danger.

    Kasama recieved the following from Victor:

    CALL IMMEDIATELY: 541-881-5000 and then press “0”

    Kevin Johnson #19370490
    777 Stanton Blvd.
    Ontario, OR 97914

    I have not heard from Rashid for about two weeks, which is surprising, because he normally sends me 2 or 3 letters a week, sometimes for other prisoners. I just received a letter written Feb. 11, at Rashid’s request, by another Snake River prisoner, Corey Freiberg (#15863498). Corey’s letter begins as follows (edited for spelling etc):

    This is about Rashid. We need a lot of help. They are trying to kill him. On Jan. 31 they put something in his food that made him crazy. On Feb. 2 he took 30 pills. They did not do anything to get the pills out of him…. On Jan. 4 [sic; I assume he means Feb. 4] he ate 3 razor blades. This is all on videotape. They lied and said the X-ray showed nothing. The [blades] are still in him right now. He has not eaten since Feb. 3. He has not drunk anything since Feb. 5…. He is passing out and they won’t do anything to help him…. Said he is the one that won’t eat or drink so they are not helping him at all. He is peeing blood and has bad kidney pains…. Med staff will not give him IV fluids…. [As of Feb. 10 he had] lost over 16 pounds. His blood pressure is 191/100 and his urine is the color of coffee….”

    I phoned Snake River immediately. If you want to speak with anyone, you have to dial 541-881-5000 and then press “0”. I left messages with his counselor, Alice Tomlinson and also with a staff member named José Delgado. So far I have not heard back from either of them. I then called again, saying that it’s an emergency and I needed to speak to someone who would pick up (I mentioned the warden’s office). They connected me with a Sergeant Di Andrea. He looked up Rashid on his computer and said he was “all right”; I said I wanted to know more specifically, so he put me back onto the counselor’s answering machine. Obviously he is not “all right”; on the other hand, I think that if he had died, they would have had to tell me. I will keep trying. We should make many calls, reaching as high up as possible.

    There are obviously a lot of questions here. How could it have been on videotape? How could he have obtained all those pills? etc etc. The idea that he would try to destroy himself is totally out of character; on the other hand, I suppose that with certain kinds of drug, many strange things are possible. Let’s all stay in touch if we get any news.

    I am sending this both to the listserv and to the individual addresses I have, just to make sure everyone gets it.

    Ironically, just 2 days ago I mailed Rashid the proofs for the article of his that we will be publishing in the July issue of Socialism and Democracy. 

    Let’s all write to him (address below). Even if the letters aren’t delivered, the officials will know that a lot of people are ready to protest whatever abuses they inflict.


  4. Two new acquisitions today…


  5. "Friends are allowed to make mistakes. The enemy is not allowed to make mistakes because his whole existence is a mistake, and we suffer from it."

    Huey P. Newton

    h/t to compa AA

  6. Black Power Mural in Seattle’s Central District


  7. "I am an extremist, a communist (not communistic, a communist), and I must be destroyed or I will join my comrades in the only communist party in this country, the Black Panther Party. I will give them my all, every dirty fight trick in the annals of war."

    George Jackson, Blood in my Eye

  8. A drawing of comrade George Jackson by Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, Minister of Defense for the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter. The NABP is a Maoist, communist organization whose ideas are more clearly articulated in Johnson’s recent book, Defying the Tomb.

    The text in the image says "In our struggle for liberation there are various fronts, among which there are the fronts of the pen and of the gun, the cultural and the military fronts. To defeat the enemy we must rely primarily on the army with guns. But this army alone is not enough; we must also have a cultural army, which is absolutely indispensable for uniting our own ranks and defeating the enemy."

    (Source: rashidmod.com)


  9. "It is good only when it shows the oppressor hanging from a tree by his motherf—kin neck."

    -Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, shares his opinion on landscape art.

  10. notesandnoises:

    First piece I’ve finished for 2011. A saint portrait of Huey Newton. If you don’t know who Mr. Newton is, you are losing at life.

    This is pretty fantastic. I’m an atheist but a St. Huey P. Newton? Sign me up!

    (via notesandnoises-deactivated20140)