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New Black Panther Party For Self- Defense Of Tampa Bay
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NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY FOR SELF DEFENSE OF  TAMPA BAY

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UPCOMING EVENTS TAMPA BAY

Remebering the Honorable
Chairman
Hashim Akhenaten Nzinga

With great sadness, we announce the loss of Chairman Hashim Nzinga, the National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Brother Hashim Nzinga, our beloved Five-star General, joined the ancestors’ early morning Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Hashim transitioned at his home surrounded by his loving family. Hashim battled Stage 4 colon cancer and was given six months to live. Being the warrior and soldier that he was, Hashim fought to the end and never complained. Hashim Nzinga was born in Midland, Texas on July 24, 1962.

In 1994 Hashim became the Chief of Staff for Minister Khallid Muhammad, the controversial and popular former Nation of Islam Spokesman for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and later, the New Black Panther Party Chairman until February 17, 2001. Minister Hashim then served as the NBPP National Chief of Staff from 2001 until 2013 under the leadership of NBPP Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz. During this span Hashim served on the frontlines of many campaigns of justice for Blacks including the 1998 Million Youth March in New York; the 2005 Millions More Movement effort; the 2006 Duke University Lacrosse team alleged rape incident; the 2007 West Virginia Megan Williams rape and torture case. Hashim Nzinga has represented and aided such music stars as Lil’ Boosie and Webbie; Pimp C and Bun B of UGK; Erykah Badu and others.

Since assuming the leadership over the New Black Panther Party, Hashim provided a steady hand of guidance in times of racial unrest in America. The New Black Panther Party, under his leadership, has been in the trenches in the fight against police brutality and efforts to arm Blacks for self-defense across America. From Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, Baltimore in 2015, and everywhere in between up until the George Floyd unrest, the New Black Panthers under his leadership have been deeply involved in this fight.

Minister Hashim Nzinga was a loving father and leaves behind seven beautiful children to carry on his legacy. Hashim is beloved all throughout the Black nation by scores of activists and scholars who were touched by his warm and genuine personality as well as his principled convictions.

Panther Comrades, the Chairman always said, “Hold the Line,” and now more than ever we have to band together and “Hold the Line” and send our beloved Chairman to his final rest with the utmost respect.

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We, the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense Tampa | St. Petersburg local chapter, representing the National New Black Panther Party, are currently organizing for the benefit of our people in this city, region, nation, and all over the earth. To this end we scientifically and consistently organize to redeem our people and ourselves. We recognize the necessity for Ujima (Collective work and responsibility). We strive to develop a Black Power Movement in the local area to develop complete constructive change amongst our people and to defend our rights.
 
We as a local and national party strive for Black Unity (Umoja) and Black Solidarity with other Black organizations worldwide. We shall build alliances with organizations, leaders, Churches, Mosques and like. When necessary we must deal firmly and appropriately with "Black" leadership who betray the interests of the Black community or Black Nation.
 
We recognize our Divine destiny and the need for Divine guidance in our movement. We are not a religion, however all faiths and spiritual practices are respected and studied from a Black liberation perspective. We support Black liberation and salvation theology as a necessary weapon to redeem ourselves after our enemy has destroyed us. We affirm our Imani (Faith) in the victory of our just cause.
 
"One God, One Aim, One Destiny..." The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey

LOCAL CENTRAL COMMITTE


"Serving The People of Tampa Bay"


ALI ABDUL MUHAMMAD- CHAIRMAN


 -  CHIEF OF STAFF


  - MINISTER OF DEFENSE


MINISTER OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS


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MINISTER OF INFORMATION


FIELD MARSHALL

- DEPUTY FIELD MARSHALL


 - MINISTER OF POLITICS


MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND LAW


- YOUTH MINISTER

DEPUTY YOUTH MINISTER


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 LIEUTENANT(S)

- MINISTER OF CULTURE


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MINISTER OF FINANCE


150 Attend the ‪#‎StoptheKillingTour‬ in Tampa, Florida Keynote Speaker Hashim Nzinga was a Success!

On, October 6, 1989 the Honorable Louis Farrakhan, an advocate of black pride and self-sufficiency, addressed a gathering of 900 Los Angeles street gang leaders part of "stop the killing" day of peace organized by Los Angeles community leaders in an effort to combat violence that has overtaken sections of the city.


The message the Minister give was a black economic independence blueprint to the gang leaders by introducing them to a "financial freedom" plan that would give them the chance to do something positive for themselves and their communities instead of destroying them with drugs and violence.


In the year of 1989, after J Edger Hoover attempted to dismantle all black political organization and progressive movements and the rise of a black messiah, the African American communities around the United States in the Urban communities witness a high up-rising in Black violence, which included robberies, open gun war, and senseless homicides which was systemically designed to do with it has been for so many years to come.


More than 150 youth, residents and community activists assemble Saturday, May 28, 2016 for the National Movement to Combat Black Violence part of the National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party Minister Hashim Nzinga “Stop the Killing Tour 2016”.


Despite the many attempts to sabotage the event by higher forces who didn’t want to see the event take place, it was a day filled with great entertainment from the Dancing Shooting Starlets, to the Conscious revolution rap from local Artist Devb (‪#‎theLifeee‬), and powerful poetry from our Brother J.L. Alexander the Poet and local speakers (activists), to our keynote speaker the Minister Hashim Nzinga who gave the prescription to “Stop the Killing”.


The first speaker Mr. Andrew Joseph Jr. outreached to the youth and the parents the importance of the need to boycott the Florida State Fair which is responsible for his son tragic death in 2014 when the State fair ejected over 200 African American youth, his son the late Andrew Joseph III was killed crossing the I-4 interstate. In closing he called on all the Adults in the Building to be an Advocate for your children, protect them and always know where they’re at... make sure they are safe.


Robin Wynn local member of the New Black Panther Party of St. Petersburg/ Tampa chapter and also motivational speaker spoke on the importance of policing the police and establish a need to adopt a few city blocks to combat violence, giving emphasizing on when her parents (whom her mother was present at the event) was a part of her St. Petersburg community Crime Watch association. “They (association members) use to walk the neighborhood at nights, to help keep the peace and adopt high crime spots to ministry at, which Ms. Robin still accustom to today.


Mothers of Murdered Son's and Daughter' Ms. La-Tre'cia Arnold whose son Derrick Arnold was killed by a caucasian jealous friend who poisoned him, through her touching emotional speech she told the youth “Be careful for the ones who you call your friend, my son was murdered by his so called friend who was jealous because of his employment.


Connie Burton a local Freedom Fighter addressed the packed venue with “We must fight back, we must understand that Black is Beautiful, and that we don’t need that other stuff. We will have to move with our own conviction and courage to save our own kids, before they hit the school- prison pipeline.


The comrades of the Building Your Community founded by Bro. Jihad Amos Muhammad which is a non-for profit movement in Tampa to help brothers rebuild the community they had part tearing apart representative Bro. Jihad Faison Muhammad gave a powerful speech “Address the Real Issue… It’s easy to stab and shoot somebody, but to deliberately mis-educate our children, to discourage our children… to crush the dreams and desires of our children, to lie, and to use our children as personal property instead of property of God is only driven.


Li fe Malcolm local activist also spoke at the event stating “It’s our responsibility to take care of self, and love and respect each other.” Li Fe Malcolm lost his son the first death of 2015 in his front yard, Lyfe Coleman was ambushed and his killer still runs free today… “we have to trust ourselves before we trust some else, we are experts to understand the problem, we have to be about the business of ourselves.”


As the tone was getting higher in the building before we brought on our keynote speaker we had the opportunity to have Bro. Chad Muhammad (Student Coordinator) representing the Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan speak who expressed the words of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan “the youth today are a Fearless generation, that just need guidance, We must stop the killing, before the healing… we must respect ourselves before you can respect others.”


As the guest was waiting eagerly for the Keynote Speaker Minister Hashim Nzinga National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party, gave a powerful speech on how to Combat Black Violence which will begin when we know how Important we are, the price that was paid to get here where we are today and the story we must leave behind to tell. Minister Nzinga said “the reason our kids are killing each other is because they forgot our great history makers who changed the course of the world we live in… the inventors, the historians, the freedom fighters who never stopped being fighters for they had courage to see our people free, to see our people loving and caring for each other.” If the kids don’t know how important our ancestors were they will forget how important we are and how far we came as a people… their work has been done, the only thing left is to keep making history and it starts only by educating our kids on the progress we made and the progress to come, it start's in our living room educating our kids about our story!

NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY HONOR GUARD AT
 CHRIS HOUSTON HOMEGOING

Trayvon Martin Foundation 
4th Annual Remembrance Weekend

Several activists, local leaders and the Tampa Chapter of the New Black Panther Party came together for a walk to remember in honor of Trayvon Martin.


Saturday morning's walk was part of the Trayvon Martin Foundation's fourth annual Weekend of Remembrance and was led by his parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.


The event aimed to bridge the gap between police and community and help end violence. "The walk is [intended] to remind our youth that they have a right to walk in peace without being followed, chased, pursued or murdered," said Fulton.


Trayvon was shot and killed by George Zimmerman while walking home from a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26, 2012. He would have turned 21 on Friday.


Participants started at Carol City Park and walked one mile to the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex for a peace rally. "The police was able to get a chance to talk to the community and let them know their side of the story, let them know that they're not here to harm, that they're here to help," said Tracy.


The fourth Weekend of Remembrance is taking place amid some sobering statistics. In 2015, 79 Miami-Dade County public school students were shot, and out of those students, 19 were killed. Northwestern High School suffered the highest losses with five students from that school killed last year because of gun violence.


These numbers have prompted many in the community to call for a stop to gun violence. "You don't have to be afraid to come out and be vocal in the community," said Tracy. "Its time for us to stop the violence, put the guns down and just start getting along with each other."


It's a message that Fulton hopes rings loud, so that another young life full of possibilities is not silenced. "We want our young people to grow up and be productive, and we want them to stop the violence," she said. "We want the other people to stop shooting and killing them, but we also want them to stop shooting and killing each other."

BLACK EMPOWERMENT & UNITY ASSEMBLY

YOUNG MEN MENTORING PROGRAM

International Free And Accepted Modern Masons & the Order of the Eastern Stars 


PRESENTED BY THE

TAMPA CITY JOINT COUNCIL


ONE DAY

YOUNG MEN MENTORING PROGRAM


SALUTE SPEAKERS:  (L-R)

MR. AL RICHARDSON (DOC)

MR. TRACY MARTIN 

(TRAYVON MARTIN FOUNDATION)

STEVE X 

(MEN OF VISION & DEPUTY YOUTH MINISTER OF NBPP)

DJ HYPNOTIC (CLEARWATER PD)

ERIC JOHNSON (TAMPA CITY JOINT COUNCIL & EVET ORGANIZER)

BRO. KEITH SIMMIONS

MINISTER ALI ABDUL MUHAMMAD 

(NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY TAMPA CHAIRMAN)

EVENT HELD JANUARY 30, 2016

TAMPA COMRADES AT CITY HALL TAMPA

CHAIR COUNCILMAN FRANK REDDICK DISTRICT 5 & TAMPA COMRADES
JANUARY 20, 2016

Developing & Defending Black Political Power:

- Forced To Pay Taxes- Proper use of our communities tax dollars
- Active Affairs Of Politics.
- Back strong black Candidates
- UNCLE TOMS MUST BE DEALTH WITH!
- 100% Opposed to Gentrification or White takeover of the inner city
- Provisional Government
- Political alliances with other Black organizations
- Organize with other people of Color.

A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF

“Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere”

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


The 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Parade took place in Tampa on Monday, January 18, 2016, As the aroma of barbecue wafted from nearby neighborhoods, Tampa's MLK Parade made its way through thousands of spectators, who watched and waved at brightly colored floats, bead-tossing float riders and marching bands playing music to strut by the thumping of bass drums kept those along the parade route, from 15th Street, east on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and north 22nd Street, shaking hips, tapping feet and pumping arms in the air. 


Children scurried for errant beads tossed behind the parade goers, who stood four and five deep from the side of the road. Marching bands from several schools filled in the gaps, delivering commanding bass drum beats and brass harmonies.


Vintage cars, fire trucks and floats rumbled by on the narrow westbound lane of the divided highway. 


One young marcher, about 10, held up a sign that said: “I have a dream ... I am the dream. 


“The New Black Panther Party made a big presence in the parade handing out beads and pamphlets to the parade goers. 


“It was a joyous day to be amongst our people on a Grand occasion to Celebrate the life of a Dreamer, the Late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” said Ali Muhammad local Chairman. 


The Tampa chapter hosted St. Petersburg/ Clearwater an a mini-Leadership conference and Defense maneuver in the City of St. Petersburg at the National Drum Major for Justice MLK Family Reunion providing the people with nformation on the chapter with the Help of our Lieutenants from Pinellas County.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

1. To unite and rally Black/Afrikan people into one national front of the basis of Black Nationalism.

2. To fight for the overthrow of White racism, Black inferiority, criminal settler colonialism, imperialism, and domination. To fight for the establishment, maintenance, and right to self-determination of Black/Afrikan people; in the United States and abroad.

3. To work and struggle for the establishment and maintenance of a Black/Afrikan United Front.

4. To support and disseminate the educational, cultural and economic advancement of Black/Afrikan people.

5. To propagate and promote the impress and ideology of Revolutionary Black Nationalism/Pan Africanism by promoting unity among the peoples of Africa and African descent through the usage of Proper Propaganda.


NEW BLACK PANTHERS ELDERLY TAMPA BAY CAN FOOD DRIVE SUCCESS

UPCOMING COMMUNITY PATROL:

**THESE'S ARE PLANNED EVENTS COMMUNITIES MAY CHANGE BASED ON URGENCY**

JANUARY 2021: SULPHUR SPRINGS COMMUNITY

ST. PETERSBURG- CHILDS PARK COMMUNITY

FEBRUARY 2021: EAST TAMPA COMMUNITY

ST. PETERSBURG- BETHEL HEIGHTS

MARCH 2021: WEST TAMPA COMMUNITY

ST. PETERSBURG- JORDAN PARK

APRIL 2021: UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY

CLEARWATER- LAKESIDE TERRACE

#STOPTHEVIOLENCETAMPABAY
& #STOPTHEVIOLENCE813 MARCH

MAY 2021: HIGHLAND PINES COMMUNITY

ST. PETERSBURG-  

DISSTON PLACE APARTMENTS

LARGO- RAINBOW VILLAGE

JUNE 2021: GRANT PARK COMMUNITY

ST. PETERSBURG- GATEWAY PLACE APARTMENTS

CLEARWATER- NORTON APARTMENTS

JULY 2021: NUCCIO COMMUNITY

ST. PETERSBURG-  

ROMAYNE APARTMENTS

AUGUST 2021: GREEN RIDGE | PALM RIVER | SAMPSON PARK COMMUNITY 
 
SEPTEMBER 2021: CITY WIDE STOP THE VIOLENCE CONCERT

OCTOBER 2021: CITY WIDE PEACE WALK FOR AN END TO GUN VIOLENCE

NOVEMBER 2021: (GIVE- BACK EVENT)

DECEMBER 2021:  (TRAINING & MEETING)

MEMBERSHIP Any Afrikan who accepts the principles, program and discipline of the NBPP shall be eligible for               membership, provided that:

                     -he/she is than 18 years of age; or has written expressed consent by Parent/legal guardian
                     -he/she is not a member of any organization whose policies are inconsistent with that of the
-In a case where there is doubt whether a particular applicant for membership is eligible, such an application shall be forwarded by the receiving contact, together with reasons for doubt, before the application is accepted or rejected.
Once the NBPP requirements are satisfied of said applicant, upon payment of the prescribed enrollment fee, a membership card thereafter shall be granted which the applicant shall be regarded as a member of the NBPP.
Applicant for membership shall be supplied with membership card.

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The SOLE PURPOSE of a Panther

The SOLE PURPOSE of a Panther

The SOLE PURPOSE of a Panther is to be a REVOLUTIONARY in the Black/Afrikan People’s

liberation struggle, and to mobilize the masses towards self determination. A Panther

MUST be a vanguard example at ALL TIMES. In order to accomplish this great

and divine mission, she/he must be:


1. Spiritually, culturally, and politically conscious.


2. Respectful and courteous to all people and demand the same in return.


3. Militant - Always engaged in war for the minds and hearts of black people, while carrying

one’s self in an organized and orderly fashion.


4. Humble - Willing to release any arrogant attitudes or superior ideas of one’s self.


5. Disciplined - Willing to sacrifice your lower or personal desires for the greater good of

the mission.


Economic Civil Disobedience

“….We demand the dignity to do for ourselves what we have begged the enemy to do for us”

- #2 of NBPP 10 point program


“It Takes a Black Dollar to get Some Black Power


This is a CALL for ALL People to SPEND YOUR DOLLAR$ with “Black-Owned” Businesses ONLY, PARTICULARLY those that have CHOSEN to JOIN in the Fight against POLICE BRUTALITY, ECONOMIC INEQUALITY, AND THE “COLORABLE” PRACTICES OF THE U.S., STATE, CITY, and MUNICIPAL COURT SYSTEM. WE MUST LEARN, PROCLAIM, and INVOKE our Divine Inalienable Indigenous Rights AND enforce the ORGANIC U.S. CONSTITUTION and INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS & INDIGENOUS RIGHTS Declarations ADOPTED in the YEAR 1948. (See: U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide).


In ORDER for the People to be SUCCESSFUL in UPLIFTING and BREAKING OUT the ECONOMIC choke-hold of Capitalism, living pay-check too pay-check, WE must DIRECT our DOLLARS towards BUSINESSES and ORGANIZATIONS whose VISION and MISSION are ALIGNED with the the Needs, and the Will Of The People. Re-SEARCH local “Black” owned businesses near YOU and ENCOURAGE ALL others to EXERCISE their

SPENDING POWER by SHOPPING at STORES that RESPECT and SUPPORT the PEOPLE who FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THEM.


Truly The People Perish Due To Lack of Knowledge


Also We MUST Study our RIGHTS, in particular our INDIGENOUS RIGHTS (International LAW), as it is a means of Self-Defense in fighting “White Supremacy/European (U.S.) Colonization.” In order to acquire OUR JUST and FAIR COMPENSATION (Reparations) and ENFORCE our Allodial/De Jure/Divine Claim to (and Control of) the Lands, and Resources that we once traditionally owned, occupied, and other wise acquired we MUST first let the WORLD know we are INDIGENOUS to the Americas and World and INVOKE our Indigenous Rights. 

(Article 26, Article 28 of Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples)*


BE INFORMED OR BE HARMED


*STATES MUST AID IN THE FULFILLMENT OF THESE ARTICLES AND THE FULL RECOGNITION AND ENJOYMENT OF THESE RIGHTS, IF YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A “BLACK” AFRICAN ABORIGINAL PLEASE STUDY AND RE-SEARCH THE FULL VERSIONS OF THE AFOREMENTIONED DECLARATIONS AND BEGIN TO PROCLAIM, INVOKE, AND EXERCISE YOUR INALIENABLE RIGHTS.

THE CODE OF THUG LIFE- TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR & DR. MUTULU SHAKUR

Black Panther Battles Violence, 
Works to Make Tampa Safer


By Anastasia Dawson | Tribune Staff
Published: May 3, 2015   |   Updated: May 3, 2015 at 12:51 PM 


TAMPA — Amid a barrage of violence in Tampa’s inner-city, grieving families in poor neighborhoods have found an unlikely ally in their fight for peace — a 26-year-old DJ who heads the Tampa chapter of the New Black Panther Party.


Clarence Jones grew up in Tampa’s now-demolished Central Park Village housing project, and in recent months he has become an ardent, highly visible spokesman for Tampa’s hardest-hit, low-income neighborhoods. He’s spearheaded multiple “Stop the Violence Tampa Bay” rallies, protests and fundraisers. He organized an anti-violence news conference in front of the Tampa Police Department this year and persuaded Police Chief Jane Castor to lend her voice to the cause.


On Saturday, his solidarity rally to show support for protests in Baltimore, which disrupted the mayor’s annual “Mac and Cheese Throwdown” at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, drew support from the Tampa Dream Defenders and the Bay Area Activists Coalition. Yet all of Jones’ efforts are also done under the name of the New Black Panther Party, which has a controversial reputation in Tampa and across the country. The group has been labeled by some as a racist and violence-promoting organization, and Tampa’s previous leader of the New Black Panther Party was widely criticized in 2012 after unleashing a racial rant in which she called white people honkies, crackers and pigs.


When Jones is in the party’s black uniform, he’s known as President Ali Abdul Muhammad.

Jones, 26, said his title as leader of the New Black Panther Party has made him a target for angry calls and emails, and threats from members of the Klu Klux Klan.


Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has known Jones and his family for years. He said Jones’ efforts in the community are “a force for good.”

“I judge people based on what they do now and the contributions they make now. I’m not concerned with what an organization did 50 years ago,” Buckhorn said. “We’re all in this together regardless of where we started.”

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Jones has become more active in his efforts to curtail violence in the city as the violence has increased.

Tampa police have been called to 48 shootings since the beginning of the year, and 18 people have been arrested for shootings where victims survived, according to records. At least 16 people have died this year in shootings.


Most of those targeted by the violence, and suspected to be behind it, are “just kids killing kids,” Jones said.


The string of aimless violence will only increase when kids start their summer vacation from school and find themselves without a job and without community activities to keep them busy, Jones said. Similar circumstances, he said, are what drove him to join the New Black Panther Party of Tampa about four years ago, he said.


“They keep promising a better future, and the residents need better,” Jones said. “You can’t just do something once a year, you can’t just do something to make your organization or your name look good and you can’t sit down and hope the problem will solve itself.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the New Black Panther Party a “virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers.” The group was founded in 1989 as an offshoot of the Civil Rights-era Black Panther Party. The Black Panther Party has deemed the faction a “black racist hate group.”

But the Tampa New Black Panthers are moving away from their radical roots, Jones said.


“I don’t hate white people. I hate oppression and I hate the situation we’ve put ourselves in,” Jones said. “It’s not up to the government or the police to save us; it’s up to ourselves as a community to come out of this predicament.”


Tampa’s New Black Panther Party only has around a dozen official members but is among the most organized and visible, generating interest from other branches on the East Coast looking to model after its success, Jones said. The Tampa panthers were thrust into the national spotlight when the Republican National Convention came to town in 2012 and the group’s chief of staff, Michelle Williams, told local media, “Republicans hate black people.”


Williams also attracted notoriety in 2012 after she announced a $10,000 bounty on the life of George Zimmerman, who fatally shot black teenager Trayvon Martin.


Williams has since backed off from her Black Panther duties. Now Jones, a Hillsborough Community College student and Blake High School graduate, is working to reshape the group’s public reputation with community fish fries, anti-violence rallies and fundraising for the funerals of children killed in shootings.


Jones’ “Stop the Violence Tampa Bay” Twitter page has more than 820 followers. His “Stop The Gun Violence Tampa Bay” Facebook page has 1,147 likes.

“I’ve known Ali for a while, and everything I have seen him involved in has been focused on trying to keep our communities safe,” said Castor. “Any group that has a goal of keeping our communities safe and sound is a good thing for the city.”

While the department is cognizant of the New Black Panthers’ reputation and doesn’t want to condone “any group expressing discrimination or bias,” Jones’ efforts seem to be genuine and have improved the police department’s relationships with the community, police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor said.

The New Black Panthers have been known in Tampa for many years but don’t seem to have a huge following, said Bennie Small, president of the Hillsborough County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Still, Jones’ “Stop the Violence” moniker has caught on, and that exposure has been a good thing for the community, Small said.


“I don’t discourage groups like that from forming in this area,” Small said. “I don’t think they contribute to the problem. I think they help bring more issues to the table.”


Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick, who represents the Sulphur Springs area, said community leaders are hoping to form a united effort with the many different organizations attempting to help these communities. The network of help available is “not very strong,” he said.


Jerronda Carson, 37, isn’t an official Black Panther, but she’s appreciative of the work Jones has done in the community and helps whenever she can. With a 15-year-old son who lives with his father in Dade City and a 12-year-old son living with her in North Boulevard Homes, the violence hits close to her heart, she said. Her 12-year-old was playing in the front yard of Brianna Anderson’s East Tampa home when the pregnant woman was shot and killed from the road in 2013.

For a long time, her son was afraid of going outside, Carson said.


Jones’ neighborhood rallies are safe places for her son to play with other kids growing up under the same circumstances and also provide positive interactions with police he already thinks “won’t keep him safe,” Carson said.


“I hate feeling like I’m punishing him because of what happens in the community, but he knows that at night I need you in the house, not because I don’t trust you but we just don’t know when the neighborhood will blow up,” Carson said.

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For Jones, the impact of violence in the community is personal.


In 2003, his uncle, James Bass, was gunned down in Ybor City at the age of 26. In 2007, his friend Torrie McDuffie, 16, was shot and killed over spring break. His best friend, Levi Dixon Jr., was killed in the summer of 2008 in West Tampa. His 19-year-old cousin, Sheldon Underwood, was shot and killed the following January as he stood on his apartment balcony in East Tampa.


“Growing up as a black male, you hear sayings in school like you’re lucky to make it to be 21 and get out of the hood,’’ Jones said. “Then, if you live to see it, those sayings started to come true.”


When Jones was in first grade, he said, he was identified as “emotionally handicapped” and placed in an alternative education classroom like many of the children in his neighborhood. The classes were full and mostly black, Jones said.


He stayed in one classroom the entire school day until he reached the 10th grade and was allowed to join regular classes at Blake High School. He became a senior advisor for student government and a student mentor for other struggling boys.


Jones said while other students were learning about the college admissions process, many of the kids he grew up with were being told to make sure they were on a government-subsidized housing list by the time they turned 18.


Jones’ subsidized apartment that he signed up for in high school just came through last year, he said, and he often spends nights sleeping on his couch like he had grown accustomed to at various friends’ and family members’ houses.


“We weren’t really bad students or bad kids, but we got labeled like that so we rose to the expectation,” Jones said. “I think that’s a big factor in why these young kids are going crazy.”


Jones said he has not always made good decisions, but he’s stayed away from gangs.


He has been arrested 10 times, mostly on charges like possession of marijuana and trespassing, yet he also has lots of city leaders’ phone numbers and “out of this world” relationships with former Mayor Pam Iorio, Castor, who retires Friday, and Buckhorn, all of whom he describes as humble, caring leaders.


He has a strong faith in God and a strong conviction to mentor neighborhood “gangs” that he says are “just groups of lost men that are lacking opportunity.”


He wasn’t always a spokesperson for reform. Growing up, he would hide in his apartment, taking apart computers and putting them back together to pass the time and stay out of community violence.


His father was in and out of prison, and his mother “had her own issues,” Jones said. A portrait of his grandmother in her prison uniform hangs above his living room window, though Jones has photo-shopped clouds around her to diminish the prison background.

“I decided I was tired of the killing and tired of feeling like my voice didn’t mean nothing,” Jones said. “If I wasn’t in the Panther Party, I would still be doing the same thing, trying to be a voice for the voiceless.”

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TAMPA — 

The words rang loudly through Rechi Butler's bullhorn.

“Stop the violence, East Tampa!” called Butler, a motivational speaker who founded the local Get It Straight Foundation for at-risk youth.


Behind him, more than 300 people loudly repeated his call.


At 3 p.m. Sunday, a large crowd gathered at Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center for the walk up North 22nd to Belmont Heights Little League Field. Many demonstrators wore white “Stop the Violence” T-shirts, and many appeared to be teenagers, just the demographic organizers had targeted.


Longtime community leader Dianne Hart said several young people in the area came to her several months ago, seeking help in promoting the event.


“It's the first of more demonstrations like this,” Hart said. “We want to move it around to other areas of the city.”

She credited the younger crowd for effectively spreading word through Facebook, Twitter and other social media.


As she waited for the walk to begin, Kenya Robinson dried her eyes.

Her son, Nico Crawford, 22, was shot to death on Easter Sunday alongside Zedmon Culpepper, 17, after a fight at Al Barnes Park on 32nd Street North. An Easter egg hunt was being held at the park when the bullet that killed her son was fired.


“Nico touched a lot of people. He was loved everywhere,” Robinson said. “It takes us to try to make a movement.

“That bullet wasn't meant for him, but there's no reason to bring a gun to an Easter egg hunt,” she said.

Otis House said he used to counsel Nico Crawford. House said he has worked with youth in the community for about 16 years, but gun violence over the last year “has gotten crazy.”


House blamed “conflict in the community” for the shootings, but said he didn't believe the strife was drug-related.


Ali Muhammad, chairman of the New Black Panthers in Tampa, helped organize the event.

Muhammad, 26, said he was raised in nearby Central Park Village. When he was a teenager, he said the neighborhood was relatively calm. Today, high unemployment has led to more crime, he said.

“There's hatred, but no respect,” Muhammad said. “No neighborhood respect, no unity. Hopefully, this will help bring in some positive energy.”


Before the walk began, State Rep. Janet Cruz, a Tampa Democrat, said she is working to get additional funding that could go toward reducing recidivism rates and “increasing opportunities for youth” in the community.

At the Little League field, demonstrators were offered information about obtaining GEDs and job leads.

Tampa Police Officer Jarda Bradford has done crime prevention work in the community over the past year.

“We do special events and workshops to empower young people,” she said. “We do workshops against bullying, gun violence and gang activity, even pedestrian and bike safety. We teach respect.”

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said violent crime in the area has gone down overall, but there has been an “uptick” in shootings.


“There's an incident, then there's retaliation,” Castor said. “Our obligation is to try to prevent the violence. In viewing the dispute, we try and find the warring parties, and meet with individuals who could be the next victims.

“If they won't speak with us, we go to their family members to let them know: 'Yours could be next.'”

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BLACK CHILD’S PLEDGE

I pledge allegiance to my Black People.

I pledge to develop my mind and body to the greatest extent possible.

I will learn all that I can in order to give my best to my People in their struggle for liberation.

I will keep myself physically fit, building a strong body free from drugs and other substances which weaken me and make me less capable of protecting myself, my family and my Black brothers and sisters.

I will unselfishly share my knowledge and understanding with them in order to bring about change more quickly.

I will discipline myself to direct my energies thoughtfully and constructively rather than wasting them in idle hatred.

I will train myself never to hurt or allow others to harm my Black brothers and sisters for I recognize that we need every Black Man, Woman, and Child to be physically, mentally and psychologically strong.

These principles I pledge to practice daily and to teach them to others in order to unite my People.

"NOW IT IS TIME TO STAND UP AND FIGHT BACK.… THERE ARE NO GOOD CRACKERS, AND IF YOU FIND ONE, KILL HIM BEFORE HE CHANGES."

Local Chairman| Ali Muhammad 

Ali Muhammad, Local Chairman of the St. Petersburg/ Tampa New Black Panther Party for Self Defense was birth and raised in Tampa, FL. Graduating From Howard W. Blake High School, Tampa, FL. Class of 2007, Mr. Muhammad became involved in community activist after being a victim of police brulait seeing the resident's of his former community was mistreated due to urban renewal, with the relocation and redevolpment of the Central Park Village public housing which was located in Tampa first once Black Business District, now slated for a mixed-used devolpment tagged "Encore Tampa". After graduating in 2007, Mr. Muhammad also becamed a known area Disc Jockey, creating the Tampa Encore Exclusive Entertainment, which was a promotional & entertainment company exposing local artists in the underground music industry in Tampa, Help Exposing many artists such as G.I. of Tampa, Young A.J., Tom G., Lil B., Lil Brus, D Smooth, Trab, Vmoe, and many more.... Successfully in founding the DJ Association of Tampa Bay, Inc., which partnered with local DJ's and Artist to Expose the Music Industry here in Tampa, Sponsoring Promotional events, Conferences, Summits, Forums, And Social event to..."Exposing the Unheard In Tampa, Getting The Heard Exposed!"- DJATB 2009


He founded the local Tampa chapter of the New Black Panther Party in 2008, bringing much need change to the area (NBPP) has stood on the forefront of many occasion for the black unheard in Tampa Bay area. In 2018, the Honorable Late Chairman Hashim Nzinga reappointed local Tampa chairman back on post after reopening the chapter fully back to Tampa after a brief closure. In 2021, Chairman Ali is moving the chapter again to be a voice and defense for Our Afro Tampa residents and throughout the region. 

BLACK POWER TAMPA BAY 2021

National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party

Remembering the Honorable
National Chairman Hashim Akhenaten Nzinga
July 24, 1962  -  September 9, 2020  

With great sadness, we announce the loss of Chairman Hashim Nzinga, the National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Brother Hashim Nzinga, our beloved Five-star General, joined the ancestors’ early morning Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Hashim transitioned at his home surrounded by his loving family. Hashim battled Stage 4 colon cancer and was given six months to live. Being the warrior and soldier that he was, Hashim fought to the end and never complained. Hashim Nzinga was born in Midland, Texas on July 24, 1962.

In 1994 Hashim became the Chief of Staff for Minister Khallid Muhammad, the controversial and popular former Nation of Islam Spokesman for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and later, the New Black Panther Party Chairman until February 17, 2001. Minister Hashim then served as the NBPP National Chief of Staff from 2001 until 2013 under the leadership of NBPP Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz. During this span Hashim served on the frontlines of many campaigns of justice for Blacks including the 1998 Million Youth March in New York; the 2005 Millions More Movement effort; the 2006 Duke University Lacrosse team alleged rape incident; the 2007 West Virginia Megan Williams rape and torture case. Hashim Nzinga has represented and aided such music stars as Lil’ Boosie and Webbie; Pimp C and Bun B of UGK; Erykah Badu and others.

Since assuming the leadership over the New Black Panther Party, Hashim provided a steady hand of guidance in times of racial unrest in America. The New Black Panther Party, under his leadership, has been in the trenches in the fight against police brutality and efforts to arm Blacks for self-defense across America. From Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, Baltimore in 2015, and everywhere in between up until the George Floyd unrest, the New Black Panthers under his leadership have been deeply involved in this fight.

Minister Hashim Nzinga was a loving father and leaves behind seven beautiful children to carry on his legacy. Hashim is beloved all throughout the Black nation by scores of activists and scholars who were touched by his warm and genuine personality as well as his principled convictions.

Panther Comrades, the Chairman always said, “Hold the Line,” and now more than ever we have to band together and “Hold the Line” and send our beloved Chairman to his final rest with the utmost respect.

Remembering the Honorable
National Chairman Khallid Abdul Muhammad

Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammad 

January 12, 1948 – February 17, 2001

Today we gather to celebrate the courageous life, and fighting spirit of a true soldier and warrior. Minister Khallid Abdul Muhammad was a general, a mentor, a teacher, and a strong Black man who epitomized the tenacity of our liberation struggle. Minister Khallid Abdul Muhammad represented to many of us as a father, brother, comrade, trainer and uncompromising leader who lived and gave his life for the liberation of African people all over the world. He stands in the great revolutionary line of divine with courageous African Ancestors like Nat Turner, Sojourner Truth, Denmark Vessel, Kwame Nkrumah, Queen Nzingha, Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Huey P. Newton, Kwame Toure', Louis Farrakhan and many others who organized to free our people from a wicked and cruel enemy. He was proud, strong, dignified, and a man of great character, with a beautiful heart. He loved his people and fought day and night to move us closer to victory over our enemies. He will be remembered as a great field marshall, captain, trainer of men, and one who would not turn heels and run from our enemy- even when under fire.

 

LONG LIVE OUR PAN-AFRICANIST GENERAL KHALLID ABDUL MUHAMMAD