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. 

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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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.            

Chief Of Membership Coordination Nyah Akerele: 2019 Summary

Almost a year ago, I left what I thought maybe  the closest thing to a revolutionary organization. I had only been a member of this organization for about 10 months and there were several red flags that let me know that sometimes just wasn’t right. Don’t get me wrong, I met a lot of awesome Comrades while in the movement, but there were egregious contradictions that I couldn’t ignore. When I did finally leave, I felt a way, because I wanted to be instrumental in acquiring the freedom of African and colonized people, but I had just learned that the Uhuru Movement wasn’t where it was at. 

The sheer audacity to exploit the very people that it claims to want to liberate—I was livid. I left Uhuru determined that I would find some way to contribute to the movement, but it would be in time. I remained in contact with Gazi Kodzo, even prior to officially leaving Uhuru. We talked and I decided to attend the launch of the Black Hammer organization February 4, 2019. I had no intention of joining at that moment. I decided that I would just be a supporter and help when I could. I felt that after the bullshit with the last movement, I needed to take some time. That was the opposite of what happened!

Less than a month after the launch of the event, I had been asked to fulfill the role as the Chief of Membership and the forces present in Atlanta were already planning a protest in the city. On the day of the Lil C Note protest, we met up at Cumberland Mall, in bourgeois white Smyrna. There were many Africans in the mall that day, however. I’ll never forget when Gazi leaped (yes leaped) up on that table while I recorded him shouting into the megaphone at the masses of people staring back at him of why this child had been brutalized by the Cobb County police. I thought for sure that I would be arrested along with all the other Comrades there that day. Before we could get out of the parking garage, the pigs cornered us, but we refused to speak with them. I thought for sure that they would detain us until we at least provided our names. The lady pig asked me if my son was my son and I refused to answer. After our Comrade that we united could speak with the pigs recited their law back to them, they told us we could go, but not to return. A few months later, we learned that we had been instrumental in getting the charges completely dropped against Lil C Note. 

Here it is, December 2019 going into a new decade. I will say that Black Hammer has taught me an abundance of revolutionary discipline and patience. I am almost 36 and not particularly young, but I am young in organizing and coming down this political path. I have learned (not mastered) endurance. I have learned more about how to take and digest criticism. I’ve had to revisit organization and planning. I’m struggling with things too, though, like trust, settling appropriate boundaries, confidence, and leadership. When we were at the Atlanta Black Pride Event in August, I believe I spoke briefly before more people than I ever had in my life and I hadn’t even prepared a speech! I’ve never been a great public speaker, to be honest, but that is something else that Black Hammer has nudged me to become more comfortable with—engaging the people. 

For the first time ever, I organized a local food drive to feed the homeless. I’ve participated in food drives and soup kitchens, but never orchestrated an event. There is something intoxicating about that. Self-determination comes to mind when I think of it because we raised that money. We cooked and prepared that food. We met up and handled it out to the people. We came together and united that we would feed the people every month! We the people!

Black Hammer has and is teaching me that there is nothing the people cannot do for ourselves. We can house ourselves, trade with ourselves, educate ourselves, produce our own food, care for our own health. Why should we shrive to thrive in a system that is literally killing us? As the Chief of Membership, I can gladly and proudly report that the membership has quadrupled since its launch in February of 2019. In 2020, I want to see that number double! I could just see Black Hammer making the capacity to get our brothers and sisters out of jail with a phone call or having the capacity to teach self-defense to our brothers and sisters in their own neighborhoods. I could see us forming food and good coops to barter with one another. I imagine childcare coops ran by us, the people. Education coops, health clinics, and facilities, libraries full of literature and information about our history and our veterans. Our community will be one where we as Colonized people thrive and not merely survive. To do that, Black Hammer must and will grow. We will recruit engineers, attorneys, mechanics, farmers, doctors, and teachers. We will also recruit those who truly have the heart of the people and will protect and serve. 

We won’t stop recruiting until the membership virtually recruits itself—until there is a chapter in every major U.S. city, and it percolates into every neighboring rural town. 

We will not stop until there are chapters replicated in every Colonized nation and every nation that has Colonized people. If we proclaim that we want freedom, we must be willing to take freedom and we do that by bringing in the masses. The political education we give, the outreach activities, the propaganda and news we bring to the masses, the money that the people donate is all for the purpose of building a nation where we can truly experience and live within freedom. Black Hammer has made me define what freedom truly is in that before that, I/ we used the word so much, we almost don’t know how to define it. To me to be free means to be unrestricted to any domineering power from the resources of this world put here to help us live a comfortable and prosperous life. That all starts with the hearts and minds who decide to join the Revolution by joining Black Hammer. In 2020, not only will we not give up, we will push through imperialism and show them who the fuck we are. We aim for imperialism to meet its end and the power to do that resides within the people. 

 

ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE! BLACK POWER!!

 

Chief Of Political Education and Culture Diakiesse Lungisani: 2019 Summary

Finding Joy in the Struggle

Leaving a cult that I had no idea I was even apart of left me exposed to the question of whether I wanted to continue this revolutionary struggle. There was no security of waking up to do the same mundane tasks that at that point had been defined as my “revolutionary” work.  I had no way of defining who I was as a Revolutionary. It was starting back at square one.

2019 was the year I began to internalize that in fact, the hardest struggle that you have as a revolutionary is the struggle you have within yourself; the struggle to overturn and root out ALL the ideals and attitudes imposed upon us by imperialism, colonialism, and capitalism.  It was being able to not only internalize this, but forcing myself to find solace in the fact that in this continuous struggle, these contradictions are not reflective of who I am as a human being, but a fallacy compiled of everything that has been imparted into African and Colonized peoples through our oppression for the past 600+ years. It was the struggles with my fellow Chiefs that exposed things within myself that I had no idea was there.

This realization made it possible for me to take myself seriously as a liberation fighter. I was forced to define who I was as a leader, as a revolutionary. It deepened my understanding that revolution is not something to be carried out overnight, that revolution is a process; a process that makes plain the work we do as freedom fighters is not only to organize our sisters and brothers but to organize ourselves as well.

When Gazi asked me to leave St. Petersburg, FL and start an organization, I had no idea of what that would entail. All I knew was that I believed in his work and I believed in the struggle to build towards the liberation of the Colonized peoples all around the world. 2019 was the year I began to put that belief in myself.

2020 is will most definitely be comprised of more struggles but I am now equipped with the skills to pick them apart, find the basis, and overturn them. I am a co-founder of an organization that has  created a space for budding comrades to not only express themselves as revolutionaries but a space formed on the basis that we are human, that we come into this work as products of our oppression, judging us not by our contradictions but how we overturn them. 

Also, BITCH I WAS ON BEYONCE’S IG STORY! 

 

Chief General Secretary Gigi Lopez : 2019 Summary

Black Power Comrades,

I want to start by appreciating Chief Gazi for nominating me this year for the Black Hammer Secretary General Position. At the beginning, I was extremely excited about it and I almost couldn’t believe it myself; but then I remember for being a revolutionary for such a short period of time, I did find myself dedicated to the revolution, to the people, to this org.

I do consider myself an organized person in colonial work life, not necessarily in my personal spaces but ever since starting this position, I feel like all aspects of my life has become more organized. Self-reflecting, I do want to be self-critical for not actively working on my duties as General Secretary but joining all committees and feeling completely overworked; so much so that I failed to put some things of higher priority first—things that pertain to the role I had united on. 

My role is to work closely with Chief Gazi, but I struggled a lot with subjectivism and liberalism; both things I didn’t truly understand by just reading them through Political Education, but by living them through different struggles within our cadre committee and especially within myself. I want to thank each one of my cadre leadership for teaching a skill that I had never learned before. 

Gazi: thank you for teaching me how to speak up. Nyah: thank you for teaching me that no matter how much work I think we have, there’s always more and to always be so kind and available. I truly look up to you. Dia: thank you for teaching me this year to be more lively on camera. I don’t like being on video and the first time I hosted a meeting by myself, which you pushed me to do, I appreciate you for pushing me to my full potential. Mouhamadou: you are such a dope writer, political educator I want to thank you for being on the streets of ATL and teaching me how to connect with the masses of the people, how to engage with them, and how conversate with them. You’re truly the best at doing outreach. Rob: thank you for teaching me endless P.E and documentaries, for believing in me and constantly letting me know how proud you are of me, but also with struggling with me the most—for the endless back and forth that made me a stronger revolutionary.

Organizing the Orlando Homeless Food Drive was very eye-opening and the responses of the masses who wanted to support us was one of the best feelings. Being able to inspire other chapters like the East Coast chapter and supporting them with the knowledge I was able to obtain through my leadership was one of my favorite things of 2019. 

It was a fun, challenging, rewarding year, but I do know I could’ve given more of me. I could have organized and worked more closely with Chief Gazi, who has a lot of experience and years of organizing. And, instead of spending so much time trying to prove why I felt I was correct in all situations, I could have fell back and listened to someone else’s perspective.

Thank you to everyone and the people for believing in me and inspiring me daily. My goal for 2020 is to fight liberalism, subjectivism and to build confidence, and as we promised the people in our first 2020 meeting: to NEVER give up and push through!

Black Power.

-Gigi Lopez

Is a Woman’s Body Her Own?

By: Kimya Banks Chief of Economic Development 

This year, there have been many news stories that have dealt with women and their bodies. One of the biggest has been the abortion debate. Now trending is the story about T.I. attending his 18-year-old daughter Deyjah’s hymen at her annual well women’s exam.

The underlying issue in all these stories is whether a woman has agency and bodily autonomy. Is a woman’s body her own?

Many people’s ideas on sex, gender and gender roles are based upon 19th century Western European biomedical practices and ideas, such as:

  • Sex is pre-determined in the womb;
  • Sex is defined by anatomy which in turn determines sexual identity and desire;
  • Differences are all connected to reproductive functions;
  • Identities are immutable; and that
  • Deviations from dominant ideas of male/female must be “unnatural.”

In African and colonized communities, the strict adherence to these Western European practices and ideas and firm control on women, from appearance to behavior, began as a way to combat the stereotypical, hypersexualized image held of women of color used to justify abuse at the hands of the colonizer. Continuing to the present day, these unfair and destructive stereotypical misrepresentations contribute to crimes against African and colonized women.

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Trap or Die: We choose Freedom!

By: Diakiesse Lungunissani Chief of Political Education & Culture 

Ask anybody and they mama what a trap house is today? They’d be able to tell you in a heartbeat!

Sh*t, depending on who you ask, they’d prolly tell you where it’s at and what you could cop there. The term is fairly new tho; if you was to ask the OG’s or elders of our communities, they’d plainly tell yo a*s the trap house is nothing but a “made up” way of saying crack house. Period. 

The problem is there’s no discussion of its origins. We know this is a contradiction; if we don’t know it’s origins then there’s no place to begin to fight! This contradiction was deepened for me when visiting TI’s Trap Museum here in ATL. You pay $10 to enter this building where the replicas of a living room and kitchen used in a “trap house” is so realistic, all I could say to myself was what the fu*k?  Scales here, pounds and pounds of weed there. Sheets covering what would be windows, roaches, overturned liquor bottles and empty beer cans. PACKS OF ODDLES & NOODLES MY NIGGA! And of course, crack, crack, and more CRACK.

The initial shock of realness fades as you walk throughout this display that represents so much pain and hurt within our communities. That shock is replaced with anger as you read descriptors that can define what a trap house is but not WHY and HOW they got here. Empty ass declarations of how tragic it is for this to be our reality but that’s just the way it is, that this is what our brothers and sisters have to do to survive.

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So What Had Happened Was…

 

By: Chief Gazi Kodzo

(Before I start any juicy story I always begin with that line. It feels like the ghetto oath of honesty)

This article will accomplish two things. First, give y’all a behind the scenes play by play of what happened. Secondly, give a summation of the reaction that I received from the people.

A few weeks ago, I went on The Jesse Peterson Show. Jesse Peterson is a vile neocolonial sellout that has received his claim to fame by relentlessly making unprincipled attacks on African and other colonized people. All while clamping his lips to the ass of white nationalist straight cis males.

Jesse is a Black man in his 70’s with a career based on being an online troll. Like Kanye West, he believes he is doing something so much greater, unique, and radical than any other Black person. Instead of acknowledging that oppressed people must have an oppressor, they are ignoring that material fact and holding onto the metaphysical belief that we, Black people, are oppressing ourselves. Also, he believes that we are in this situation because we just ain’t being ‘proper humans’. When I say ‘proper humans’ I mean white people. We are not being as ‘white’ as we can be therefore we are faced with the vast contradictions of colonialism. However, this is not how oppression works.

White people live a life better than African and other colonized people because white people live at the expense of African and colonized people. No matter how many degrees we have, how much money we save, how we dress, how eloquently we talk, or even if we become better Christians than white folks, we will still be the host and they will always be the parasite. The Haitians, The Chinese, The Cubans, and etc. did not claim their liberation through becoming better white people, but from tearing the parasite of white people off of their backs!

Image of Jesse Lee Peterson on The Steve Malzberg Show 

Jesse Lee Peterson is neither nuanced or groundbreaking. He loves to talk about the Africans that sold other Africans into slavery. Well yes, a minority of Africans were sellouts. Jesse Lee Peterson is a modern-day continuation of that sellout traitor.

So why did I decide to do the interview?

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