COINTELPRO: WHAT HAPPENED AND LESSONS FOR TODAY
Testimony of Nkechi Taifa, Esq. before May 10th Congressional Forum
On May 10, 2021 three members of the House of Representatives hosted a Congressional Forum, COINTELPRO: WHAT HAPPENED AND LESSONS FOR TODAY. The Forum’s stated purpose was to explore J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), the contemporary impacts, and policy changes made in response to the revelations of the abuses of COINTELPRO, and the work that remains. The Forum was chaired by Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN); Congressman Bobby Rush (D-ILL); and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D — CA). …
By Nkechi Taifa
To say I was an “interesting” teenager is an understatement. Once upon a revolutionary time, I was a Black Power teen who lived in the once Chocolate City but went to an all-white, all girl high school. I hung out, however, with Black Panthers and brothers from the Nam, recited poetry, attended organizing meetings for the first U.S.-based African Liberation Day, and celebrated Kwanzaa. And upon my high school graduation, I couldn’t wait to join my parents’ alma mater, Howard University. …
by Nkechi Taifa, Esq.
WASHINGTON — If acknowledgement is the first step toward acceptance, reparations for Black people in America has taken a major step forward. The Feb. 17th House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Reparations is one case in point. Then you add the recent Harvard study from Harvard Medical School and the Lancet Commission on Reparations and Redistributive Justice that shows, as Kamm Howard from the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) testified, America would have gotten a 100 to 200 percent return if it had instituted reparations in the past.
On This Stormy MLK Day, There’s No Better Time to Call for Reparatory Justice!
By Nkechi Taifa, Esq.
The terror Blacks feel is in our bones. For me, it began when white storm clouds of terror hung over the home of Mose Wright late one August night in 1955, when white, armed terrorists demanded his great-nephew, 14-year-old Emmett Till, be handed over to them. I was scarcely eight months old. …
By Nkechi Taifa, Esq.
WASHINGTON — I am at Ground Zero. My law degree cannot protect me. My fancy address cannot protect me. My radio appearances and Zoom book tour cannot protect me. I check with, and for, my daughter against this madness as we all should the way the Black Power Movement taught me.
On the 24-hour cable television there are many references to how the situation is comparable to the burning down of the White House during the War of 1812. …
By Nkechi Taifa
As a lifelong D.C. resident, I’ve learned not to put too much faith in the White House, the House of Representatives, the Senate and the U.S. Supreme Court. But I have worked as part of the grassroots as well as the grasstops, so I know that change is possible. President Biden’s first 100 days are approaching and Black pundits and activists, including this writer, will have a lot to say in a virtual national Report Card forum on April 29.
Happily, however, there are current, direct black linings in the white, nebulous clouds surrounding both chambers of…
This is an important chance to take advantage of the popular culture to talk about America’s naked attempt to destroy Black movements
by Nkechi Taifa
First he was the Black man who had to overcome the sexual kryptonite of the white woman in “Get Out.” Then he became T’Challa’s frienemy, W’Kabi, in Marvel’s “Black Panther.” And now his topnotch portrayal of Fred Hampton, the Chicago Black Panther Party leader slain in bed, has led Daniel Kaluuya to the Oscars for a second time. …
WASHINGTON — At the COVID-shrunken Thanksgiving table with many of us Thursday is the ever-present historic tension about how best to reconcile the genocide of Indigenous nations and the enslavement of Black folk, with the largess that whites accumulated and enjoy from the double genocide of two peoples.
Genocidal conditions have been with Blacks and Indigenous people now officially for 400 years, as this country this month celebrated the landing of the Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock. (Was is not the comedian George Carlin who said something about American double-standards?)
As She Muses About Alicia Garza’s The Purpose of Power
by Nkechi Taifa
Time can be both friend and enemy, although it teaches us so much in either identity. I was in my first year of evening law school when Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, was born. Ronald Reagan was president and I was working fulltime during the day for an anti-apartheid organization under the tutelage of Dr. Jean Sindab, a badass, brilliant Black woman — one of those activists that this age has forgotten. She was the director of the Washington Office on Africa, a…
March 25, 2017
Justice Roundtable Convener Nkechi Taifa congratulates Vanita Gupta on appointment as CEO & President of the Leadership Conference
As founder and convener of the Justice Roundtable, I am thrilled with the announcement of Vanita Gupta as President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund. I smile when I think of Vanita as a new young lawyer at the very first meeting of the Justice Roundtable coalition in October 2002. …