Kuwasi Balagoon

Kuwasi Balagoon


Kuwasi Balagoon was a defendant in the Panther 21 case in 1969 and a member of the Black Liberation Army. Captured and convicted of various crimes against the state, he spent much of the 1970s in prison, escaping twice. After each escape, he went underground and resumed BLA activity. He was captured for the last time in December 1981, charged with participating in an armored truck expropriation in West Nyack, New York, on October 21 of that year, an action in which two police officers and a money courier were killed. Convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, he died of an AIDS-related illness on December 13, 1986.



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A Soldier’s Story: Revolutionary Writings by a New Afrikan Anarchist, Third Edition

A Soldier’s Story: Revolutionary Writings by a New Afrikan Anarchist, Third Edition

SKU: 9781629633770
Author: Kuwasi Balagoon • Edited by Matt Meyer and Karl Kersplebedeb
Publisher: PM Press/ Kersplebedeb
ISBN: 9781629633770
Published: 3/2019
Format: Paperback, ePub, mobi, PDF
Size: 9 x 6
Page count: 272
Subjects: Politics

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“The success of the Movement for Black Lives over the last three years has demonstrated the power inherent in a challenge to white supremacy that is at once radical, nonhierarchical, intersectional, and queer-centered. But for many in today’s political world, this constellation of commitments pops out of nowhere, with little articulate history. And that is a shame, because there is always a history, and to understand where we came from tells us a great deal about where we are. A conversation with our elders—whether departed or not—always deepens our understanding. This important, often-brilliant, and little-known collection from a Black anarchist political prisoner, whose struggle moves from the early ’60s Panthers to the early years of the AIDS epidemic, deserves wide discussion. The words in these papers and letters speak important truths to our current situation and will provoke heated debate on both theory and practice, as we move into a new and dangerous era, ever rekindling the hope of radical transformation.”
—Mark Lance, professor of philosophy, Program on Justice and Peace, Georgetown University 

“We have to get our jewels where we can, for this is how we carry on from one generation to the next—it’s revolutionary cross-pollination. To paraphrase Che, we need one, two, three, many more Kuwasi Balagoons in order to get free of the chains that bind us.”
—Sanyika Shakur, author of Stand Up, Struggle Forward



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