Come Meet Us at the Left Forum

Come and meet scholars, activists and writers fighting to free the Omaha Two at this year’s Left Forum (March 14-16) to discuss the history of the case and the way forward toward liberation!

Panelists:

Dr. Tekla Ali Johnson (Salem College)

Tariq Al-Amin (Nebraskans for Justice)

Trish Kahle (International Socialist Organization)

Michael Richardson (Journalist)

Reynaldo Anderson (Harris-Stowe State University)

 

Reclaiming our Comrades: The Omaha Two

A local Chapter of the Black Panther Party formed in Omaha, Nebraska in 1967. By 1968 the Party’s left wing leadership, Ed Poindexter and David Rice (AKA Mondo we Langa) of the National Committee to Combat Fascism, marked out a zone of defense for the African American Community from the oppressive habits of the local police force and larger white community. The NCCF and Black Panther Party asserted their political presence in the segregated community of North Omaha and boldly condemned the racism and the corruption of the local and national government, issuing a call to arms to the proletariat. All but decimated three years later, scholars and activists offer a critical analysis of the conspiracy by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Intelligence Unit of the Omaha Police Department to repress and in prison the local Party’s leadership. Today, more than forty years later, Mondo and Ed are two of the longest held political prisoners in the United States.

Poem for Mondo

Capoeira * For Mondo
We watched you
Recoil
As we entered the lion’s den
A cobra
Poised…though snared
Educating the incoming
And waiting to be liberated by the people
–who seem to have forgotten
Feigning Sleep
I laughed out loud, anyhow
To show
I was not afraid
-in spite of your familiarity with my weakness-
Kazimba **
We come to battle
In open and in secret
The sights of their weapons
See flying feet of prey, but
Deftly our fighting style
Becomes sacred.
—Agbala 1-21-12
(* Afro Brazilian martial arts codified in dance/dance with defensive moves;** Nubian warrior’s fighting dance)

(c) Agbala 2011