COINTELPRO

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Advocacy Groups Push FBI, DHS to Release Full Info on Its Surveillance of Black Activists

“Black communities know all too well how poisonous this kind of surveillance and intimidation is for social justice movements.”

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READ: How Hoover's FBI Targeted Black-Owned Bookstores

In his drive to crush advocacy in the Black community, J. Edgar Hoover, surveilled Black bookstores across the country.

What Does the FBI's New 'Black Identity Extremist' Label Really Mean to Black Organizing?

“Acting with great principle in this time is not just a matter of moral high ground but also a matter of personal safety,” says surveillance reform expert Malkia Cyril. “What we need to not do is be paranoid. What overcomes paranoia is principles.”

The 16 Black Panthers Still Behind Bars

Black Panther alumni celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Party in 2016. In this informal census we present the names of those who are still in prison, who were recently released and who died while incarcerated.