Out and about

A few Slugger regulars are intending to go along to a public meeting with anarchist and former Black Panther Ashanti Aliston in an Culturlann on Tues at 7pm.

Want to join us? Drop me a mail or just turn up.

Former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member Ashanti Alston is to speak in the Culturlann next week as part of a speaking tour of Ireland.

Ashanti known as the ‘anarchist panther’ was a member of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and the early 1970s. As a political prisoner Ashanti spent over a decade in US prisons and since became an anarchist while still drawing on many of his experiences and ideas that spurred him on as a Black Panther activist.

Ashanti remains a community activist in New Jersey and in recent years has spoke in several cities across the United States said:
“I am delighted to be embarking on this tour across Ireland ending in Liberty Hall on March 7 for the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair, especially whenever everyone is suffering from Obamamania at the moment.

I have always wanted to visit Belfast as I was influenced by the struggle here particularly during the civil rights era and hope to share my experiences in the struggle for social change.”

WSM spokesperson Michael McGovern added: “We are delighted to be hosting this talk as we have a lot to learn from the Black Panthers in terms of their successful community programmes. In times of growing inequality, unemployment and bankers being bailed out the need for a revolutionary transformation of society is as relevant as it was in the 1960s.”

The upcoming talk, which is free, takes place on Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm at the Culturlann Gallery room), 216 Falls Road, West Belfast.

Also live interview with Belfast radio show The Fourth World War, Feile FM on Monday, March 3 at 6.30pm.
Féile FM 103.2 or on line at www.feilefm.com

  • Harry Flashman

    A “political prisoner” eh?

    Interesting, so he was imprisoned for his political viewpoints? Well, kinda sorta, you see his political viewpoints were that it was acceptable for him to walk into a bank with a gun and steal their money.

    Bless him.

    I wonder when they’re going to have a conference with former members of North Dublin drug gangs, East Belfast sectarian throat cutters or South Africans whose political viewpoint was that it is perfectly acceptable to string up black people from a tree?

    The looney far Left, the gift for satirists that just keeps on giving.

  • jackdutch

    black panthers nowadays are sooooooo like the provos: bought into and co-opted by the system they once sought to destroy, ties and suits replacing berets and AK-47’S. black kittens, more like it.

  • Harry Flashman

    I return to this topic because I have just come from the Rose Dugdale thread both started by Mark and both of which involve similar types of people that Mark seems rather disturbingly to admire.

    This Ashanti character and Dugdale have something very much in common, quite apart from their attachment to the grisly hard left of the 1970’s, they both are absolute losers who weren’t so much as a flea bite on the arse of a flea bite when it came to challenging “the establishment”.

    Yet they both were very happy to use violence against harmless, unarmed, innocent civilians in pursuit of their political ideals. Dugdale bound and beat up a couple of frail pensioners in order to make a botched robbery. Ashanti presumably threatened and terrorised workers at a bank by sticking a gun in their faces and making them fear for their very lives if they didn’t obey him.

    That is the sum total of their achievements, they brought no governments down, they promoted no lasting political solutions, no they simply terrorised people weaker than themselves for their own vain and selfish reasons. They are gangsters, bullies, criminal psychotics, violent thugs, nothing more.

    But strangely this appeals to Mark, there is presumably some facet of Mark’s personality where he gets satisfaction from hearing about how armed criminals brutalise innocent civilians.

    I must say I find that rather sinister, it tells me a lot about Mark which I think is surprising as he normally comes across as rather an intelligent young man.

  • KieranJ

    Mark is what we folks in the States call a wigger. You get the idea.

  • Kunte Kinte

    Hey! His name is Ashanti Alston get his right whitey!

  • fin

    Ashanti Alston is\was an anarchist, anarchists oppose the existance of the state, robbing banks is part of that, there are governments today who distroy countries or prop up dictatorships to rob entire countries of their mineral and oil wealth, whats that called?

    Harry Flashman perhaps should read some of Harold Pinters writings………

    ” Pinter said Britain’s leaders had been engaging in despicable hypocrisy, and he contrasted Tony Blair’s calling the nail bombing of a bar in Old Compton Street, Soho, “barbaric”, with his defending the cluster bombs dropped on Yugoslavia as “civilization against barbarism”. These clusterbombs cut children to pieces and this is an act which takes place 15,000ft ‘under ‘those brave bombers. An act which Mr Blair, with his moralistic Christianity applauds,”

  • 6cp

    Birds of a feather, and all that…

  • William

    A despicable scumbag, now masquerading as a ‘community activist’, similar to the Provos who now control the community sector in Republican / Nationalist areas of Londonderry, Belfast and various other areas of Northern Ireland. It is even more disgusting that this terrorist rogue is appearing in what was once a Presbyterian Church. Sick Provos inviting sick Black Panthers….I wouldn’t waste my evening going to hear this nonentity. He shouldn’t be allowed into the country….we have enough home grown terrorists here already, some of them now in our Government.

  • so we can at least all agree this is something that might be interesting to go to….

  • William,

    He was invited by anarchists, not the Provos. Does that change your rant much?

  • ArchiePurple

    Garibaldi…..Whats the difference….both try and have tried to destroy society…and it’s being held in once of the Provo owned haunts, a building where once the word of God was heard….now thanks to the Provos ethnically cleansing the area of Protestants, they preach scumbag politics.

  • If you think the two are the same, you are only displaying your own ignorance. Do the Provos own the cultúrlann? Not to my knowledge.

  • FallsRoadFrancie

    It is owned by one of the many Provo Sinn Fein fronted community organisations.

  • Greg

    “It is owned by one of the many Provo Sinn Fein fronted community organisations.”

    It will be the only thing they don’t control if it isn’t. I like the Culturlann, the people are nice.

    I love the place. Even the shinners are nice to me and I’m nice back. There is a lack of tension to the place.

    It is still like a church. Of course one or two of the folks there are dear friends. I have only pleasant memories of it