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MXGM members in Havana Cuba, Black August 2017: Baba Makungu Akinyela, Taliba Obuya, Ifetayo Flannery & Omar Hunter. During our time with Mama Nehanda, she spoke about the impact of being in political exile. As a revolutionary, she expected to sacrifice for the people’s struggle and did not regret her decisions. However, as a community member, a mother, a sister, a comrade to many, being in exile was a challenging and isolating experience. She told us stories of the proud memories of her life in community with other New Afrikans and how she missed everyone so much. She spoke of the sorrow in hearing about folks who had transitioned over the years and the tax of not being with community to show or receive intimate support during those times. She advised that to better care for New Afrikans in exile, MXGM members could do more to aid the material needs of people like herself. She reported facing periodic deficits of basic items like food, clothes, cigarettes, feminine products, or toothpaste. But mostly, she spoke of what she felt was critically important for us to remember before we sojourned home. It was critical for Mama Nehanda to remain strict with us during our stay and engage in revolutionary discipline. All of our meeting times and locations were to be closely adhered to, because she never considered us to be completely safe. In one instance, many of us were five to ten minutes late in meeting at the car after doing some market shopping. She sharply reprimanded us and said that being late was never acceptable, because for her, any number of scenarios could have occurred. In the moment we were a bit alarmed by her treatment of the situation, but on the ride home she enforced her position by recounting her experience of a bank operation gone wrong. In that situation, being one minute late cost a comrade their life. We felt the weight of history on us. We sat in silence riding through the rainy streets of Havana. I will always remember the lesson that a revolutionary plan is only as good as being prepared to carry it out. In our last talks, I thanked Mama Nehanda for her commitment and asked how she saw herself as a leader in our revolutionary struggle. She replied that she never saw herself as a leader. She said she was simply doing what she expected anyone of us to be able to do. This was my last memory with Mama Nehanda. Long live the revolutionary Spirit of Mama Nehanda. Free The Land!

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By Any Means Necessary  

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