The New Black Panther Party’s Newark chapter plans to kick off the new year with a slew of events. The chapter plans to meet at the REFAL Center, formerly known as Waset Kommuniversity, at 271 S.9th Street, between S. Orange and 13th Avenues from 6:30 to 8:30pm every Tuesday evening. The REFAL Center had been closed for renovation for three years and reopened late September.

“The old axiom that says ‘There is no place like home’ is correct,” says Baba Zayid Muhammad, the Party’s national minister of culture. “Looking forward to the homecoming”.

Other events include:

  1. Tuesday, January 7th: ‘Welcome Back’ reception to reacquaint supporters with the work of the Party and the building’s host organization REFAL.
  2. Saturday, January 18th: The New Black Panther Party will join the Irvington Branch of the NAACP, the People’s Organization for Progress and the Newark AntiViolence Coalition in a march beginning at 12 noon in front of Irvington Town Hall, Civic Square, Irvington against police brutality to protest the November police killing of Abdul Kamal. Kamal was an unarmed 30-year-old Irvington resident who was shot by Irvington police officers outside his home on November 11. Fifteen shots were fired at Kamal, ten struck and killed him.
  3. Saturday, January 25th: The first of six monthly showings of a Black Power Film Series with a special showing of the film ‘MOVE:Confrontation in Philadelphia,’ which captures the story of the 1978 police onslaught of the MOVE Organization and family. The screenings will all be at the REFAL Center. Doors open at 5:30pm and the event is free. The film begin promptly at 6pm. Area MOVE spokesman Orie Lumumba will be a special guest at the Jan. 25 showing.

For more information about the New Black Panther Party in Newark call 973-202-0745.