Women in the Mozambiquan Revolution

By: Kimya Banks Chief of Economic Development

As former colonial powers, such as Great Britain and France, were granting their colonies independence, Portugal was striving to maintain its colonial authority over its three “overseas provinces:” Guinea-Bissau, Angola, and Mozambique.

Guinea-Bissau gained its independence on September 10, 1974, after 11 1/2 years of armed conflict. Angola gained its independence on 11 November 1975, after 14 years of armed conflict.

Mozambique succeeded in achieving independence on June 25, 1975, after a civil resistance movement known as the Carnation Revolution, which was backed by portions of the Portuguese military, overthrew their military dictatorship, thus ending 470 years of Portuguese colonial rule in the East African region.

The Mozambique War of Independence was a conflict between the Salazar-Caetano dictatorship and the Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (FRELIMO). FRELIMO waged a guerilla “People’s War” to destabilize the colonial government and unite all Mozambicans to the cause of independence. To stamp out the rebellion, the Salazar-Caetano regime pursued a brutal counter-guerrilla campaign, utilizing the Portuguese Armed Forces.

While women were among the most vulnerable victims of the war, they were also its unintended beneficiaries. With war comes a weakening of the state and the traditional family, which affords women unprecedented opportunities to break free from patriarchal control. During times of war, when women’s subjugation and marginalization are exacerbated by heightened levels of physical and sexual violence, it is because the men are either off to war, maimed or dead, that the women are empowered to break free from patriarchal constraints. Some women seized the opportunities afforded them by war and prospered, especially as informal entrepreneurs. A few rose to the occasion and became engaged in civil society activism, such as setting up victim support networks and participating in peace-building.

Gender inequality and violence against women were not uncommon features of pre-colonial Mozambique. Women were a subordinate ‘second sex.’ Rooted in political economy, the subjugation of women was reinforced by the sex division of labor at the economic level and by the ideology of patriarchy at the political level. Colonialism introduced women to new Western forms of sexism, which were often more oppressive to women than what previously existed. In the more urban areas, where strangers were now neighbors, colonialism eroded the support mechanisms of the pre-colonial society: the traditional extended family, kinship ties, ‘economy of affection,’ and thereby exposed women to greater vulnerabilities and insecurities. Continue reading “Women in the Mozambiquan Revolution”

Who’s really REAL?!

By Diakiesse Lungisanni Chief of Political Education and Culture

Fem Queen performance has been and will ALWAYS be one of my fave’ categories when it comes to the Ballroom scene. For those of you who have been living under a rock during the era of the FX show Pose, a fem queen is basically a transgender woman who competes in the Ballroom scene. Fem Queen Performance is a category where Fem Queens compete against each other through voguing.

The sensuality, THE HAIR! Most importantly the pure, raw, uncut creativity CANNOT be matched anywhere else! 

“What in the entire f*ck?” was my reaction when I was watching some recent clips of the Fem Queen Performance category at The Last Time to Shine Ball, Old School Edition, via Youtube, where this Icon, a supposed leader within the Ballroom scene, criticized and CHOPPED a young transgender woman because she was wearing padding. This clip alone has started a conversation, not only within the Ballroom scene but in the GSNA/Black Queer sector of our nation as a whole. What became overwhelmingly clear was the divide between GSNA men and African transgender women, and the disgusting, vile ideals of gender “normality” forced upon us by wyt power!

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Fuck a Green New Deal, We need a Red, Black and Green New Deal

By : Chief Robert Quinones of Agitation & Propaganda 

Umm, has anyone actually read Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s proposal for a green new deal?  That shit is trash. Liberals and Bernie bros have been fawning over the “progressive” forces in the Democratic party like AOC, Ilhan Omar, and Bernard Sanders.  

They think that this lil click represents an anti-establishment “radical” force that can represent their interests, is the first step in taking on the one percent and fighting climate change.  What these liberals fail to understand is that the “squad” is a TOOL of the white ruling class. 

Lets lay it all out: the Democrats and the Republicans are two wings of the same bird, and that bird is White Power Imperialism.  On one side you have the Republicans; some bumbling idiots who can’t hide their racism and show their love of free-market capitalism any time they get the chance.  On the other side, you have the Dems-still idiots but at least they know that they have to pretend to give a damn about the struggles people are concerned with if they want the masses of people to have faith in the US government.  

To use Malcolm X’s metaphor, the difference between the Democrats and Republicans is the difference between a Fox and a Wolf; one is shrewd and slick, the other announces itself with its proud howl; both will bite cho motha f*ckin ass.  Let’s look at history, for an example. In 2016 Hilary “we came, we saw, he died” Clinton ran on a platform of tryna be the first female president. She acted like she was being progressive to appeal to a largely white feminist voting base.  In that same year, Donald Trump ran on a platform of hating Mexicans and mocking disabled people, a return to American values.  

Both candidates share the same basic principles and support systems in place, that keep colonized people oppressed.  It’s not like Hillary ISN’T a racist like Donald. She stole the money raised to help Haiti after a devastating earthquake to PAY FOR HER DAUGHTER’S WEDDING! And how feminist is it to have instilled a market of sex slaves in Libya after assassinating Muhmar Ghadafi?  This basic dynamic is present in every presidential election of fake progressive values vs traditional values (y’all remember when Obama was supposed to bring change?). It gives the masses of people the illusion of choice.

All that being said, the talking point that is “The Green New Deal” is just the most current example of the same dynamic of fake-progressive vs traditionalism at play.  In order to counteract trump’s raw uncut white nationalist values, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is proposing a plan for a “greener” more “efficient” white supremacy, that the Dem’s can speak to in the upcoming 2020 elections.  The masses of people are concerned with environmental catastrophe. They are concerned about wealth inequality so the Democrats have to make it so capitalism can feign concern about these issues and instead of solving them, they profit off people’s want for real change.

Now, does Alexandria Cortez’s outline present an answer to the problems of Climate Change and all that? Upon my inspection of the document, the answer is an astounding hell da fuck naw.  Essentially, the proposal is a call to make a greener industry in the world’s premier empire: the US of A.  

The document is coded in the rosey language of your typical liberal, they express an interest in changing  “systemic injustice” and a want to protect “people of color”. In the same breath, they promote “labor market flexibility” and “entrepreneurialism ”. Liberals don’t understand it but this language makes it clear.  The green new deal doesn’t aim to save the planet, it aims to save capitalism.

 

The capitalist economy was created and is maintained by the process of ruthless exploitation of Africans and Indigenous peoples called colonialism.  All the products in the European countries are made from natural materials stolen from Africa, The Middle East, Asia, and South America. And so long as this parasitic system exist, the planet’s natural resources will be extracted indefinitely leading to ecosystem degradation and climate change.  

 

The only difference between capitalism as it stands and capitalism under the green new deal is what resources the white world demands.  Before America would destabilize and invade countries for oil, now it will destabilize and invade countries for lithium. It would be naive to think its just a coincidence that the CIA backed coup in Bolivia had nothing to do with the fact that country is a foremost producer of lithium, the essential elements that make electric cars possible. 

There are even overt imperialist tones that appear in the oh so progressive green new deal like this part: “with the aim of making the United States the international leader on climate action, and to help other countries achieve the Green New Deal.” The United Snakes always wants to be the police of the world, even though people see that it got no moral leg to stand on. We Remember when the US “helped” Haiti or “helped” Puerto Rico and “helped” Libya.  This Green New Deal is an attempt to seem legitimate to a growing population of people that can see through their BS.

Bottom line, the planet cannot survive under a system that prioritizes profit over people and the environment. No kind of deal that the white ruling class presents us with can change that.  The eco-system was fine until the settlers left europe and started bringing diseases and extinction to people and nature alike.  

We must tear down the colonial capitalist system and replace it with a Decolonized Socialist system!  & rediscover our relationship to the land as Africans and Indigenous people!  

Join Black Hammer and help us build a truly sustainable future!

   

I keep a shotgun in every corner of my bedroom

I keep a shotgun in every corner of my bedroom, and the first cracker even looks like he wants to throw some dynamite on my porch won’t write his mama again”

-Fannie Lou Hamer

Throughout history, African and colonized people from across the globe have always needed to defend themselves from reactionary forces. From the maroon communities of the 1700s to the People’s Protection Units in Syria, armed resistance played an integral role in the preservation of strong and self-sustaining communities. 

It’s easy to recall the iconic Malcolm X photo, rifle in hand while peering out of his window, but contrary to popular belief, MLK was also a gun owner and was reported to possess an arsenal of firearms inside of his house. King also applied for his concealed carry license shortly after his house was bombed in 1956, but was ultimately denied by the state. Although the civil rights movement of the 1960s was predominately non-violent, there were groups of Black people such as the Deacons for Defense that oftentimes provided armed security during marches, much to the dismay of the NAACP and King’s peers. Ida B Wells, a prominent anti-lynching activist in the 1890s, vowed that a “Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every Black home and that it should be used for that protection that the law refuses to give.”

 

Robert F. Williams was the head of the Monroe, North Carolina chapter of the NAACP during the ‘60s. His branch was unique in that he was an advocate for armed self-resistance and was willing to meet “violence with violence.” As sit-ins throughout the South were rife with racist violence towards Blacks, Williams reported that “not a single demonstrator was even spat upon during our sit-ins” because they openly displayed their firearms and were willing to use them to defend themselves.

After Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana in 2005, a band of white nationalists used the opportunity to form a militia within the Algiers Point neighborhood to patrol and kill Black people that were looking for resources. Anarchists, as well as people from the community, provided disaster relief while also defending themselves from the newly formed “Algiers Point Militia” and law enforcement. This action further proves that community armed self-defense is an effective tactic, and without it the people would’ve been rendered defenseless in this circumstance.

As late-stage capitalism and climate change progress, it is important for marginalized communities to arm themselves. It is evident that armed self-defense is a part of the revolutionary history of African and colonized people. We cannot depend on the morality of white supremacists when they continually refuse to acknowledge our rights and humanity as African and colonized people. If their primary goal is the extermination of our communities, we should be prepared to defend ourselves. Join the Black Hammer Gun Club today and help us arm our communities together!

 

Qasem Soleimani was deemed a Terrorist because he resisted Colonialism!  

I always see this barrage of tweets coming from black twitter whenever some white devil decides to do a mass murder of colonized people. Colonized people online then march to their keyboard to tweet “Why isn’t he being called a terrorist.” 

We as colonized people are very confused about the world we see. The reason why this is is because we have some kind of faith in this system and believe that at its core it means well. This type of foolishness will always lead you to foolish outcomes. The reason why the white man that shoots up a church isn’t called a terrorist is because the killing of Colonized people is not something the system is against and doesn’t do themselves. 

The united states of america is the real terrorist. What is a terrorist? This is what the dictionary says: a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims. Were the atomic nuclear bombs that were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima not unlawful violence against civilians to politically intimidate Japan and the world into u.s. imperialist submission? 

Wasn’t it america that went to war against Vietnam to force them to submit to french imperialism? When america went to Vietnam they dropped napalm bombs on highly civilian populated cities and towns because the Vietnamese people wanted to be a free people. Napalm combusts the oxygen in the air, turning CO2 (carbon dioxide) into CO (carbon monoxide). In some cases, people have been boiled to death in rivers made hot by the heat of nearby napalm bombs.

Even here within their own borders, the united snakes is a terrorist to colonized people that dare to be free. The MOVE organization was a group of young black people that wanted to live a life away from technology, processed foods, and american propaganda. When they decided to criticize the police on a loudspeaker the police decided to illegally evict the men, women and children out of the MOVE house. When the MOVE members did not leave, the Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on them and their neighbors. This bomb killed eleven people (John Africa, five other adults, and five children aged 7 to 13).


This terrorism is what america does at home and abroad to the entire Colonized world! It attempts to crush the natural will of the people to resist its domination of their land, labor and resources through terrorism! The military travels around the world and shoots, bombs, and now drones people to submit to the rule of the white ruling class. So when a white man shoots up some black church how do you expect the machine of terrorism to properly critisize another proper terroist.

You are telling me this beast of terrorism is rightfully calling Qasem Soleimani a terrorist? The only crime Qasem Soleimani is guilty of to america is defying the will of white power imperialism. Qasem Soleimani didn’t use the cowardly terrorist tactics of america by killing defenseless citizens. He attacked u.s. and western imperialist invading soldiers who trained and armed to the T and whom  are the real terrorists. Terrorists who have brought nothing to his region other than the death of millions of people to steal the oil that lies underneath their feet. 

Soleimani spent his life going around and assisting and training the people of his region who were brave enough to resist against this inhumane western oppression. No wonder millions of people all over his region (Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan) came out and mourned his death for days in the streets. 

Those millions of people that came out are people who all have lost loved ones to this snake known at the west imperialism. These are people who have generations of stories of the horrors america and colonialism have put them through. The largest funeral in human history was for Qasem Soleimani! The largest funeral in history didn’t go to a Royal, a President, an Actor or a Musician it went to someone that resisted Colonialism. The largest funeral in human history chanted “Death to america!”. Those who want to be on the right side of the question must ask why is that?

8-10 million Iranians died over The Great Famine caused by the british in the late 1910s. The Great Famine and Genocide in Persia, during which american documents show that the british prevented imports of wheat and other food grains into Iran from Mesopotamia, Asia, and also the usa, and that ships loaded with wheat were not allowed to unload at the port of Bushehr in the Persian Gulf. britain intentionally created genocide conditions to destroy Iran and to effectively control the country for its own purposes. Iran at that time was called “land of desolation and death” .

This is important because what the british did to Iran back then we call “Economic Sanctions” today. These earlier imperialist tactics of terrorism is the origin of the modern terrorist tactics of today. The economic sanctions keep resources away from the Iranian citizens and force them into dire economic conditions. This tactic is used to force the people of the target country to overthrow their country’s government and replace it with a government that will yield to colonialism. Then the u.s will lift the sanctions so people can have food and medicine. If the people don’t try to overthrow their government and resist colonialism then the people will die from limited access to food and medicine. 

Last month over fifty babies died because they didn’t have access to medicine that was being sanctioned away from Iran by america. The trump administration has restricted the pharmaceutical sanctions so tight that only 3 percent of Iran patients are able to attain the medicine that was prescribed to them by their doctor.

The united snakes of america has not only funded and trained terrorist groups in Iran killing tens of thousands of people a year but also started a war between Iraq and Iran that killed over a million people.  

If Qasem Soleimani was planning anything he was planning the continuation of his life’s work which was organizing his people to fight and defeat the Colonialism. For this reason and this reason only did they assassinate him! For this reason and this reason alone did they assassinate Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Huey P. Newton, Patrice Lumumba, Che Guvera, Thomas Sankara, Paul Bogle, and so many more of our leaders who dared to resist and organize others to defeat Colonialism! 

What is the definition of terrorism again? A person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims. The united snakes and western imperialism illegally killed all of these Freedom-Fighting Colonized leaders to intimidate the oppressed people and make them throw in the towel to the unquestioned dictatorship of Colonialism. 

The Massa labels the slave that fought back as a terrorist while the massa defines himself as the keeper of freedom and peace around the world. 

I refuse to surrender to COLONIALISM! The terror they have issued to our leaders and our people has failed its mission! It will always fail its mission to force us to bow! Because the spirit of revolution will always burn bright in Colonized people! It burned bright at the largest funeral in history last week among the millions of people all over the middle east! It burns brightly in the hearts of colonized people worldwide! We know who the real terrorist is and it ain’t us. 

The Iranian Parliament approved a bill Tuesday designating the entire U.S. military and Pentagon terrorist organizations. 

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have reportedly suspended any profile mentioning Qasem Soleimani in a positive fashion. Facebook says they are complying with u.s. sanctions. 

#BrandonSurvived police brutality: Columbia South Carolina

 

Black Hammer stands with the Legette family and condemns the Columbia Police Department for the unjustified attempted murder of Sir Brandon Legette, a member of the community of Columbia, SC, who survived being shot twice in the head, execution-style, by a police officer.

On August 24, 2019, Sir Brandon was stopped by police officers in a Food Lion parking lot after clocking out from his second job. His mother, Robbin Legette, knew nothing of the situation and only found out via the local news, at which point she drove to the hospital where Sir Brandon was being treated. She was not allowed to see him because he was in police custody. In an absolute miracle, Sir Brandon survived being shot twice in the head. Per the instructions of the police, the hospital staff refused to provide Sir Brandon or his mother Robbin Legette with any information. Sir Brandon was transported directly into police custody and then jail, where he remains on a $250,000 bond and is recovering from being shot twice in the head by the police. While in custody, Sir Brandon is still experiencing headaches but has only received a single Cat Stan (computed tomography), the results of which have not been released to him or his family.

Let’s come together and support the Legette family as they fight for justice, against the system of police and ‘justice’ systems that oppress us! Use the hashtag #BrandonSurvived to spread the story and awareness. Join us in demanding justice for Sir Brandon Legette!

Sign the petition below:
https://www.petitions.net/organize_because_bradonsurvived#form
BLACK POWER.

-Hee Jun Suh (they/them)

 

 

#BrandonSurvived, So we organize!

 

Through a literal miracle #BrandonSurvived! The Columbia South Carolina pigs did what all u.s. pigs do; they harassed, brutalized, and in this case tried to murder a Black man. Brandon unlike so many of our African brothers, sisters, and gender non conforming family who have been brutalized by the pigs, survived the vicious execution-style encounter.

This African Brother, who worked two jobs to provide for his family, left work early the mourning of August 24th only to get harassed by the pig chief, Sean Rollins. This is after the pigs were already targeting and intimidating him at his jobs prior to the incident. 

First of all, Brandon’s first Job was on private property so they shouldn’t even have been on the premises to get his tags. They illegally inspected his vehicle, took his plates, and left him with a threat “ I know where you are. I know how to get you now”. said a friend of the pig who attempted to execute Bandon. These pigs are a straight-up terrorist organization.

These disgusting white nationalists ambushed this brother as he left his job at 2:30 Am. Sean Rollins stalked the brother in the early hours of the morning and carried out an assassination attempt. Shooting Brandon twice in the head. One bullet which went between his brain and his skull, another that grazed his head. Brandon could hear them orchestrating a lie about why they shot him, as he bled out on the pavement

Of course, the pig department didn’t want Sean Rollins to suffer any consequences for doing what is expected of american pigs so they put him on paid leave.

So just to recap: these agents of parasitic capitalism and white power illegally searched his vehicle, harassed and threatened him. That same day these terrorists illegally stopped him in the middle of the night and shot him twice in the head!

We have also received reports of harassment, while Brandon was still hospitalized, fighting for his life to recover from the incident, by other friends of the pig department. Brandon even had to sit through unauthorized interrogation from the murderous pig’s cousin. At one point they even blocked his own mother from visiting him. Continue reading “#BrandonSurvived, So we organize!”

Chief of Organization and campaigns: Mouhamadou Diagne 2019 Summary

This year I moved from Western Massachusetts to Atlanta to build the Black Hammer Organization. Despite losing the vast majority of my possessions in the move, a heart wrenching break up, and sleeping on a comrades couch for most of the year, building this organization has been the most rewarding experience. I can honestly say that working to serve my people pushed me to struggle with myself to be the best revolutionary I can possibly be. I do this work for my people, for them, I have the deepest love I can give. It is this love that pushed me to struggle so fiercely this year.

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Chapter 2: Tell Me Tommorow

TAP TAP TAP!

“Amani!” Damu shouts at me outside my room door.

I don’t respond.

The taps quickly turn into a loud banging.

BANG BANG!

“Amani!”

I’m gonna kill this bitch I think angrily as I massage my temples. My eyes snap open as I stare up at the ceiling. What time is it anyway? I turn my head to look at the clock on my nightstand. 9:30. AM! Oh yea, this bitch is tripping for real!

Before Damu can start banging on my door again, I reach over the edge of my bed to grab a shoe and throw it at the door with a loud THUD! Continue reading “Chapter 2: Tell Me Tommorow”

Chief of Agitation and Propaganda: Robert Quińones 2019 Summary

Understanding the rage a colonized person feels under the boot of colonialism, you can imagine how it felt to have all that revolutionary energy wasted by channeling it into a cult.  When I severed ties with the past org, all the emotions of seeing my people go through genocide remained dormant in me. Stagnant, just eating away at me.

One day I got a message from comrade Gazi checking in, it was nice to talk to someone that actually went through what I went through. He let me know of an event he was organizing, some grand unveiling of sorts.  I wanted to see some of the people from old org, to get some closure and put an end to that chapter of our lives. I traveled to ATL and got my first impromptu assignment as AgitProp, be the cameraman for the event. That day we slammed the door on the past, we severed the chain that held us back with the Black Hammer.  

Since that day i aint look back.  I learned organization and that i been missing it my whole life.  In a span of a couple of months, I became responsible for a bunch of shit i ain’t never done before, making flyers, choppin videos up, setting up audio and visuals so we can have meetings.  In the process I have seen myself change, I now value hard work and discipline. I organized a food drive in the most distraught hood in my city, the people FLOCKED to us. Being there feeding the people meant the world to me because they need an organized apparatus that acts in their interest. I knew my brothers and sisters needed Black Hammer.

Now doing outreach, whether in ATL or Orlando there ain’t no hesitation to step right up to a stranger and tell em about my org and all the awesome things we do, I have full confidence in doing so because I helped get it all done.  I hated being on camera ever since I was little, now, im on camera twice a week providing political education and combine my two loves Politics and Anime. All I want to do is build Black Hammer because all I want to do is help liberate colonized people.