December 22, 2016 marks The Burning Spear newspaper’s 47th Anniversary! That’s 47 years of revolutionary struggle reflected on the pages of our newspaper! In 1968 Chairman Omali Yeshitela, because the Revolution demanded it, defied all the odds and founded, out of the most adverse circumstances, our news organ, The Burning Spear newspaper.
Since our very beginning, The Spear has given our people the proper tools and information on how to get organized and how to win against colonialism and parasitic capitalism!
Our newspaper has been the foremost voice of political and material support for the world’s oppressed and exploited: Viet Nam, Iran, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Occupied Palestine, Zimbabwe, Occupied Azania (South Africa), Cuba, Venezuela, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Congo, Walter Rodney’s Guyana, and wherever else the people are struggling against colonialism and tyranny.
The Burning Spear newspaper has certainly been the glue most responsible for holding the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) together as the revolutionary vanguard, black worker’s Party.
It has been the lifeline of our Party and has kept the struggles of Africans colonized within U.S. borders before the world, even in the era of Barack Hussein Obama.
From the movements to Free Joe Waller (Chairman Omali), Connie Tucker, and Pitts and Lee in Florida to the movements and struggles to Free Dessie Woods and to abolish the Death Penalty, the fighting history, spirit, and fortitude of the African People’s Socialist Party is recorded in the pages of The Spear.
The movements to Free African Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War that resulted in the building of the African National Prison Organization. And the building of the African National Reparations Organization, and the subsequent twelve consecutive World Tribunals that put the U.S. Government on trial for its crimes against African people were all recorded, promoted and gave definition through the pages of OUR SPEAR.
The great struggles for land reform with Measure O in Oakland, The Tampa 4, and the militant resistance movement to defeat the counter insurgency in St. Petersburg, Florida following the murder of TyRon Lewis can be found in print in pages in The Burning Spear newspaper and the list goes on and on.
The Burning Spear is OURS! 6 Ways to Keep The Spear burning!
The Spear is the revolutionary journal of the African working class. Unlike other newspapers of colonial media, The Spear belongs to us! Help us celebrate our milestone by keeping The Spear burning!
- Read The Spear
Read The Burning Spear newspaper! And read TheBurningSpear.com!
- Purchase a monthly subscription
- Sponsor a prisoner subscription
Contribute to the Prisoner Fund so that our brothers and sisters locked down can stay connected to our freedom struggle by receiving complimentary issues of the paper.
- Purchase a distributors bundle of 15 or more Spears!
Sell The Spear in your community and workplace
Become a monthly sustainer or give a one-time donation.
- Join the Spear team
Become a writer, graphic designer, photographer, proofreader, etc., for The Spear!
The Burning Spear newspaper and TheBurningSpear.com serves the Revolution. They belong to you. They are the best weapons we’ve got in our contest of ideas with the ideas of the enemies of our people and of all humanity.
A revolutionary organization can be judged by its commitment to print and publish its newspaper or journal on a consistent and timely basis. This commitment to print, however, is only part of the equation. Why this commitment is made is the other part of the equation.
We print because it is absolutely necessary for a common denominator whose trajectory is forwarding and making the African Revolution to have the ability to bind us together in practice, in ideology, and in organization.
We print because we are absolutely convinced, without a shadow of a doubt, that we are the voice of the oppressed, the advanced detachment of the international African working class. Without The Burning Spear that voice is muted.
The Burning Spear is ours! Facebook is not ours; Twitter is not ours; nor is the New York Times. All of these things belong to the white bourgeoisie. Why would we love and promote them more than we love The Burning Spear which belongs to us?
In fact, why would we love them at all?
The Burning Spear is a mighty weapon in the hands of the oppressed. These other media are mighty weapons in the hands of the oppressor. We use them to forward the revolution. Not at the expense of or a substitute for revolutionary practice, communication and journalism.
The Burning Spear newspaper is our weapon to promote cohesiveness, camaraderie, sameness, unity, and African Revolution; and above all selling The Burning Spear is the basic, day to day work of the Party cadre and membership.
Let’s get organized and put The Spear in the hands of the people.
Build The Spear!
Sell The Spear!
Long Live The Burning Spear!