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Assata Shakur: The making of a revolutionary woman

Assata Shakur: The making of a revolutionary woman

In commemorating Black August, we commemorate the struggle of those who have fought before us and faced violent repercussions from the state. We uplift the revolutionary history of the Black working class and its fundamental position in forging and leading the...

Williana Burroughs: Communist housing organizer

Williana Burroughs: Communist housing organizer

Williana Burroughs was a dynamic and dedicated communist in Depression-era Harlem. Bringing her radical politics into the struggles Black Harlemites faced, and vice versa, Burroughs helped establish trust between the Communist Party and the community. And she fought...

Nadezhda Krupskaya: Revolutionary woman and educator

Nadezhda Krupskaya: Revolutionary woman and educator

­­­Nadezhda Krupskaya was a Russian Bolshevik revolutionary. A feminist who contributed to the women's question, Krupskaya was also involved in establishing International Women’s Day. Her contributions to educational policy and theory were so immense that the Soviet...

Claudia Jones: revolutionary feminist and fighter

Claudia Jones: revolutionary feminist and fighter

Claudia Jones was a revolutionary communist and anti-colonial activist. Born Claudia Vera Cumberbatch on Feb. 21, 1915, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Jones spent her life fighting for the liberation of the workers of the world. She was outspoken on issues of race and...

Honoring Juana Ramirez “La Avanzadora”

Honoring Juana Ramirez “La Avanzadora”

“The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” –Malcolm X I am an Afro-Dominican woman from the Bronx, New York and...

Assata Shakur, woman warrior

Assata Shakur, woman warrior

Understanding the FBI's recent attacks On May 2, the Federal Bureau of Investigation suddenly announced that they had placed Assata Shakur on its “Most Wanted Terrorists” list, making her the first woman to be so designated. The state of New Jersey also raised the...

Lolita Lebron: ‘I am a Revolutionary’

Lolita Lebron: ‘I am a Revolutionary’

Lolita Lebron, Puerto Rican nationalist leader and revered icon of independence, died on August 1, 2010 at age 90. She suffered from a cardiopulmonary condition. Amidst a sea of Nationalist and Puerto Rican flags, hundreds of people showed up to pay their respects to...

Vilma Espin: A revolutionary life

Vilma Espin: A revolutionary life

June 20, 2007 Dear people of Cuba: It was with profound sorrow that we learned of the death of beloved comrade Vilma Espín, who was an exemplary revolutionary not only for Cuba but for the world. Her actions, from an early age, in the clandestine struggle against the...

Gabriela Silang: Anti-colonial fighter in the Philippines

Gabriela Silang: Anti-colonial fighter in the Philippines

María Josefa Gabriela Cariño Silang, born March 19, 1731, and known as Gabriela Silang, is remembered as a fearless warrior and a great leader of the people of the Philippines. She was a military general in the resistance to Spanish colonialism and led the longest...