Friday, July 14, 2017

look for me vin the whirlwind, black panther 21

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$26.95   |  648 Pages
ISBN: 9781629633893
Look for Me in the Whirlwind  
  From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century Revolutions

Contributions from Sekou Odinga, Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Jamal Joseph, and the New York Panther 21.

Edited by déqui kioni-sadiki and Matt Meyer, with a foreword from Imam Jamil Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown) and afterword by Mumia Abu-Jamal.   

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Amid music festivals and moon landings, the tumultuous year of
1969 included an infamous case in the annals of criminal justice and Black
liberation: the New York City Black Panther 21. Though some among the
group had hardly even met one another, the 21 were rounded up by the
FBI and New York Police Department in an attempt to disrupt and destroy
the organization that was attracting young people around the world.
Involving charges of conspiracy to commit violent acts, the Panther 21
trial----the longest and most expensive in New York history----revealed the
illegal government activities which led to exile, imprisonment on false
charges, and assassination of Black liberation leaders. Solidarity for the 21
also extended well beyond "movement" circles and included mainstream
publication of their collective autobiography, Look for Me in the Whirlwind,
which is reprinted here for the first time.
Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century
Revolutions contains the entire original manuscript, and includes new
commentary from surviving members of the 21: Sekou Odinga, Dhoruba
Bin Wahad, Jamal Joseph, and Shaba Om. Still-imprisoned Sundiata Acoli,
Imam Jamil Al-Amin, and Mumia Abu-Jamal contribute new essays. Never
or rarely seen poetry and prose from Afeni Shakur, Kuwasi Balagoon, Ali
Bey Hassan, and Michael "Cetewayo" Tabor is included. Early Panther
leader and jazz master Bilal Sunni-Ali adds a historical essay and lyrics
from his composition "Look for Me in the Whirlwind," and coeditors
kioni-sadiki, Meyer, and Panther rank-and-file member Cyril "Bullwhip"
Innis Jr. help bring the story up to date.
At a moment when the Movement for Black Lives recites the affirmation
that "it is our duty to win," penned by Black Liberation Army (BLA) militant
Assata Shakur, those who made up the BLA and worked alongside of
Assata are largely unknown. This book----with archival photos from David
Fenton, Stephen Shames, and the private collections of the authors----provides essential parts of a hidden and missing-in-action history.
"Listen to these voices of young men and women
who poured their insights, courage, and creative energy into New York City's fledgling Black Panther Party.
This edition allows a new generation to hear these amazing stories, and additionally, to read the authors' reflections and insights for today."
----Kathleen Cleaver, Black Panther Party communications secretary, 1967-1971; senior lecturer, Emory University School of Law
"This release of Look for Me in the Whirlwind challenges
all of us----those who are active, and those who have yet
to become activated----to step into our sacred duty to fight for our freedom and win."
----Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter leadership team; chair, California State University, Los Angeles, Department of Pan-African Studies
Dhoruba Bin Wahad was a member of the Panther 21. Arrested in June 1971, he was framed as part of the illegal FBI Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) and subjected to unfair treatment and torture during his nineteen years in prison. During Dhoruba's incarceration, litigation on his behalf produced over 300,000 pages of COINTELPRO documentation, and upon release in 1990 he was able to bring a successful lawsuit against the New York Department of Corrections for their criminal activities. 
Sekou Odinga was a member of Malcolm X's Organization of Afro-American Unity and was a member of the Panther 21. A citizen of the Republic of New Afrika and combatant of the Black Liberation Army, Sekou was captured in October 1981, mercilessly tortured, and spent the following thirty-three years behind bars. Since his release in November 2014, he has remained a stalwart fighter for justice and for the release of all political prisoners.
Jamal Joseph was a member of the Panther 21 and the Black Liberation Army. Joseph earned his BA from the University of Kansas while imprisoned at Leavenworth. He is a full professor and former chair of Columbia University's Graduate Film Division and the artistic director of the New Heritage Theatre Group in Harlem. He is the author of a biography on Tupac Shakur, Tupac Shakur Legacy, and his own autobiography, Panther Baby.
déqui kioni-sadiki is the chair of the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee and was a leader of the Sekou Odinga Defense Committee, which waged a successful campaign for the release of her husband. A tireless organizer, déqui is a radio producer of the weekly show "Where We Live" on WBAI Radio, an educator with the NYC Department of Education, and a member of the Jericho Movement to Free All Political Prisoners.
Matt Meyer is a New York City-based educator, organizer, and author who serves as War Resisters International Africa Support Network Coordinator, and who represents the International Peace Research Association at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Meyer's extensive human rights work has included support for all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, solidarity with Puerto Rico and the Black Liberation Movement, and board membership on the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute.

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