Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin

The Progressive Plantation: racism inside white radical social change groups

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A short book discussing racism and anti-working class attitudes in radical groups, and how to fight it

Black bus workers fight "plantation" conditions - Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin

An article by Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin about discrimination in the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority. Originally appeared in the Industrial Worker #1589 (March 1996)

Speaking of anarchism, racism and black liberation - Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin

Originally titled “Anarchism and Racism,” this editorial was written in the early 1990s around the creation of a new publication focused on Black autonomist politics.

Back from hell: Black power and treason to whiteness inside prison walls

Prison cell

A personal account by Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin of a cross-race alliance of prisoners against conditions at a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana in the early 1970s.

Refusing the syndicalist v. primitivist debate

Ex-Black Panther and ex-political prisoner Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin on being a Black Autonomist, and uninterested in the syndicalist v. primitivist debate.

The need for a black labour federation

Protest against unemployment in black communities.

Ex-Black Panther and ex-political prisoner Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin writes in his Anarchism and the Black Revolution about the need for a Black Labor Federation.

Black autonomy: civil rights, the Panthers and today - Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin and JoNina Abron

 Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin and JoNina Abron

Interview with two anarchist ex-Black Panthers about their involvement in the civil rights movement, the Panthers and the relevance of anarchism to black struggle.

Interview with Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin from 1995

Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin interview
(originally published in Black Flag #206, Autumn 1995)

The Ballot or The Bullet?

There are no fair elections in America, certainly when the questions of race and political power are evident. It's interesting therefore to look at the presidential election of the year 2000. Many things have not been widely reported, which shows that this electoral race has come so close to political violence, if not outright fascism. The right-wing, including paramilitary militias in Florida and other states, have been planning for a civil war for quite some time. Now they have a genuine "excuse" for political violence.