Drop Charges Against Rakem Balogun!
FBI Targets Black Activists
Capping more than two years of surveillance, heavily armed FBI agents invaded the Dallas, Texas, apartment of Rakem Balogun in the early morning hours of December 12. Separated from his 15-year-old son, Balogun was then forced to stand outside in his underwear while the Feds ransacked his home. An activist against rampant cop terror and a co-founder of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club and other groups devoted to black armed self-defense, Balogun (previously known as Christopher Daniels) was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a pistol and assault rifle were seized. With prosecutors invoking Micah Johnson’s shooting of five Dallas cops in 2016, the judge denied Balogun bail for being a “threat to the community,” although he had no connection to Johnson, and the FBI conceded at the bail hearing that he had made no threats against the cops.
A statement by the Rakem Balogun Defense Committee described him as “a Marine Corps veteran guided by the spirit of freedom, justice and equality to defend those that have none of those things.” Balogun’s trial is set to begin on March 26, and he faces up to ten years in prison. It is of vital importance for opponents of racist cop terror, advocates of black gun rights and defenders of the right to assemble and protest to defend Balogun. His arrest is the first of a black activist known to be branded a “Black Identity Extremist” (BIE) by the FBI.
Concocted as part of a racist blowback against Black Lives Matter, this designation is a “domestic terrorist” smear that draws a bright neon target on anyone with dark skin who questions the authority of the cops to stop, frisk, taser, choke and shoot black people and Latinos. Activist/attorney Kamau Franklin pointed to the gravity of Balogun’s prosecution: “This is obviously the first of what will be several attempts to begin to criminalize black organizing, militant black organizing in particular, and work their way down to other types of organizing.” Free Rakem Balogun! Drop the charges! (Read Full Article Here...)