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November 24, 2014

Members Of New Black Panther Party Arrested On Weapons Charges

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Olajuwon Ali, Chairman of the New Black Panther Party’s St. Louis Chapter

Update — 9/3/15: Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin were each sentenced in a federal court to seven years in prison.

Update — 6/2/15: Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin each pleaded guilty to four explosives and gun charges that will carry seven-year prison terms when they are sentenced Aug. 31.

Update — 4/2/15: Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin were indicted on additional charges involving the conspiracy to use bombs to commit “violent acts”  and the illegal purchase of firearms.

Two members of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist Black militant group in America, were arrested in Missouri on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses.

Olajuwon Ali, Chairman of the NBPP St. Louis Chapter, and Brandon Baldwin, were indicted on federal weapons violations for allegedly making straw purchases of two .45 caliber handguns at a sporting goods store in Hazelwood, Missouri. Authorities say that the two men claimed the guns were for Baldwin but that the weapons were actually intended for someone else.

After executing search warrants, prosecutors are reportedly considering additional charges against the two for attempting to purchase pipe bombs with intent to cause damage to buildings and landmarks in the St. Louis area.

A statement posted by Ali on his apparent Facebook page suggests that he may have anticipated his arrest on Friday. On November 19, Ali posted, “Family and Friends, everyday I got Caucasians following me in SUV trucks. Please be advised that if you show any signs of noncompliance with this Devil they will try to assassinate you. Lord smite my enemies and anyone who intends to bring me harm. Ashe! In the spirit of Ogun! Protect me. Ashe!”

In another post, Ali described St. Louis as a “Slave Capital in a Slave State!” and the iconic Arch as “the Shackle of Oppression” and a “Symbol of Our destruction and demise.”

Ali is also an actor and rapper; he posted images of himself in a new music video called “Right To Resist” on the day of his arrest. Ali apparently converted to Islam in college, according to a YouTube video he posted in October 2012, although it is unclear if he still considers himself a Muslim. In August, Ali and other members of the NBPP were present in Ferguson during the protests followed the shooting of Michael Brown. It is unclear when Ali, who has a back tattoo of a black panther attacking a bald eagle, joined the NBPP.

In addition to his connection to the NBPP, Ali is also involved with another extremist movement, the “Moorish” movement, an offshoot of the anti-government sovereign citizen movement, which he joined in early 2013.  This involvement resulted in his arrest by St. Louis police in June 2013, when Ali, according to his own account of the incident, was charged with trespassing, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest after attempting to use a Moorish identification card to make a “tax free” purchase at a convenience store.

Source: Facebook

Source: Facebook

Ali, who was tased during the encounter, described himself as a “victim of police brutality” and referred to police as “outlaws” and “mercenaries for hire.”  Ali claims to have reached out for help to other “aboriginal indigenous” people (i.e., other Moorish sovereign citizens), but to have received only advice and good wishes.

Brandon Muhammad has a less extensive online footprint. On his apparent Facebook page, he made cryptic comments on November 17 such as “For every action there is a reaction…brother I can elaborate on that trust me.” Many of his “likes” consist of various pages related to Islam, the Nation of Islam, the New Black Panther Party, the Black Riders Liberation Party, the African-American Defense League, and other Black nationalist individuals, causes, and groups.

The NBPP issued a statement on its blog on Friday describing the allegations against Ali and Baldwin as “a complete BOLF FACED LIE and FRAME UP attempt of the local St. Louis organization and membership, in an effort to stop the organizing capability of the local party.”

The NBPP often attracts attention for its threats against police, which the NBPP views as culpable for Black suffering in the U.S. In August, ADL expressed concern over the group’s efforts to portray itself as helping to keep the peace between protesters and law enforcement in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The group made several threats against local law enforcement in response to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

ADL’s comprehensive report on New Black Panther Party is available on the ADL website at: New Black Panther Party for Self Defense

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October 2, 2014

GoFundMe Removes New Black Panther Party Page From Its Website

GoFundMe, an online crowd-sourcing platform that allows individuals and groups to raise money for a variety of causes, today removed the New Black Panther Party’s (NBPP) GoFundMe page. ADL contacted the company yesterday, informing them that the NBPP’s use of the site appeared to violate their terms of service (TOS).gofundme-black-panther

The NBPP, the most prominent organized anti-Semitic and racist black militant group in America, was using GoFundMe to solicit donations to support the group’s activities despite the fact that GoFundMe’s Terms of Service explicitly prohibit using the site for promoting “hate, violence, racial intolerance…” and“content associated with hate groups.”

Before it was taken down, the NBPP’s GoFundMe page showed that the group had raised $700 on the site from 19 people. The NBPP’s stated goal was to raise a total of $20,000.

By taking on racially-charged issues under the guise of championing civil rights, the NBPP has received national media attention for its efforts, garnered some support from prominent members of the African-American community, and attracted followers. The group’s demonstrations, conferences, and other events often blend inflammatory bigotry with calls for violence, tarnishing its efforts to promote black pride and consciousness.

The NBPP has a long history of promoting racism and anti-Semitism and has been especially active in recent months, enflaming the already tense situation in Ferguson, Missouri.

ADL applauds GoFundMe for enforcing its TOS and not allowing hate groups like the NBPP to exploit the site to raise funds that will be used to promote racist, anti-Semitic, and hateful messages.

ADL is a leader in combating the spread of hate online. Last month, ADL announced the release of a series of Best Practices for Responding to Cyberhate,  created with contributions from a working group of top industry leaders, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and others. ADL also empowers internet users themselves to flag hateful content through ADL’s Cyber-Safety Action Guide, which enables the community to register concerns with Internet service providers when they encounter hateful con­tent.

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September 16, 2014

New Black Panther Party Advisor Calls For Killing In Ferguson Aftermath

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Screenshot of AADL’s Facebook page

Mauricelm-Lei Millere, an advisor to the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), is using social media to call for the death of the police officer who shot Michael Brown and for violence against white people in general, inflaming the already tense situation in Ferguson, Missouri.

On September 15, Millere, who is currently in Ferguson, posted an image of Officer Darren Wilson on Facebook and wrote, “When you find Darren Wilson you know what to do! Whoever finds him knows what must be done! Take everything that he took from Mike Brown.”

The day before, Millere posted on Facebook that Wilson is “wanted Dead or Alive!” echoing calls made by the NBPP, the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist Black militant group in the country, for the “dead or alive” capture of George Zimmerman, the man who, in February 2012, shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

Millere also called for violence against Martin Baker, an African-American congressional candidate who publicly supported due process for Darren Wilson. On September 11, Millere wrote that Baker “must be caught, beat, drug, and whipped to the point of seeing the light for supporting white racist murderer Darren Wilson…We must physically beat this jiggaboo…” Later that day, Millere commented on his post, which included a photo of Baker: “Get a good look at this a**h**e. Find him, detain him, beat him, and await further instructions.”

In these Facebook posts, Millere lists his affiliation as being with the African American Defense League (AADL), an organization Millere started on September 10, which unabashedly promotes violence against white people.

On September 11, Millere wrote via the AADL’s Facebook profile, “The whiteman wants your blood! How many of us has he killed and enslaved? Trillions!…We need the action that makes them pay attention. An eye for an eye philosophy! Arm yourself in Ferguson, Missouri and across America! A life for a life!” He continued, “Also, we must go to their comfortable neighborhoods and raid those stores. It is time to LOOT & BURN those stores…” The post’s image depicts a man holding a rifle.

Millere changed the AADL’s Facebook profile picture to a photo of a handgun on September 10 and wrote “Shoot 1st.” Millere subsequently updated the AADL’s cover photo to a gun, and commented on the photo that, “There comes a time when one must do what is necessary beyond cost. Dr. Mauricelm-Lei Millere.”

Additionally,Malik Zulu Shabazz, the former NBPP leader and current leader of the Black Lawyers for Justice who has a long history of anti-Semitism and racism, appears to be involved with the AADL. On September 13, Millere posted that Shabazz is a board member of AADL and Shabazz responded positively, saying that the he came up with the name and concept behind AADL but that he gave it to Millere. On September 14, Shabazz posted the following on AADL’s Facebook page: “Much success to the African American Defense League—The AADL. We need a broad based organization that will organize to defend our hunan [sic] rights.”

While media reports sometimes call Millere an NBPP “leader” and Millere describes himself as a “Lead Advisor at Black Riders Liberation Party, Lead Advisor and Liason [sic] at Black Panther Party and Lead Advisor and Liason [sic] at New Black Panther Party,” it is not clear exactly what role he plays with the NBPP. In September 2011, Millere and Shabazz appeared together at an event in Columbus, Ohio, and in October 2010, Millere appears to have organized an event for the “Arkansas New Black Panther Party” in Little Rock.

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