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The People’s War – Episode 38: FBI war on today’s black activists

On December 4th, Grand Master Jay was arrested at his home in Ohio on a federal charge of pointing a rifle towards federally deputized task force officers perched on a rooftop during a rally in Louisville, Kentucky two months earlier.

57-year-old John “Jay” Johnson is leader of the Not F’in Around Coalition (NFAC), an armed black security force formed this summer. Over 500 NFAC members from across the U.S. marched in Louisville for justice for Breonna Taylor. If convicted Grand Master Jay faces 20 years in prison.

rakem.jpgWe talk with Rakem Balogun, leader of the Dallas-based group Guerilla MainFrame and co-founder of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club.

In 2017 Raken was arrested and imprisoned under an FBI program targeting what they classified as “Black Identity Extremists”.  We discuss:

  • Attacks on the constitutional rights of African people in the U.S. to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and to keep and bear arms.
  • History of the U.S. government’s COINTELPRO counterinsurgency program that militarily defeated the black revolutionary movement of the 1960s.

The People’s War radio show is produced by WBPU 96.3 FM “Black Power 96” in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is hosted by Dr. Matsemela Odom and Muambi Tangu, bringing an African Internationalist perspective to the important issues of our world.

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