Ashanti Omowali Alston is an anarchist activist, speaker, and writer, and former member of the Black Panther Party. Even though the party no longer exists, Alston continues refers to himself as a Black Panther, and as “the @narchist Panther”, a term he coined in his popular @narchist Panther Zine series. He was also member of the Black Liberation Army, and spent more than 11 years in prison after government forces captured him and the court system convicted him of “bank robbery” (more that 14 years total). Ashanti, like most anarchist freedom fighters, disputes the moral issues of property and terms his activity in the B.L.A. as “bank expropriation”. Alston was the former northeast coordinator for Critical Resistance (anti-prison industrial complex and abolitionist organization) and is a former board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies. He is currently a Steering Committee member of the National Jericho Movement (to free U.S. political prisoners), a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. Ashanti draws on decades of experience as a human being struggling for justice and uniquely connects various struggles—from black internationalism to the Zapatista movement, to anarchism, to prison abolition, to queer liberation, to radical feminism, to people of color struggles, to earth liberation—with critical insight and humility.
Ashanti Alston at Hampshire College, 10/26/2011Posted: October 30, 2011 by trggradio in Activism, Anarchist Panther, Ashanti Alston, Black Panther Party, Hampshire College