MoCADA News June 2020

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Rise Up! MoCADA News June 2020

TABLE OF CONTENTS page 2 ................................. Letter to Reader page 4 ......................................... Horoscopes page 7 ............................................. Editorials page 8 .................................... Coloring Page page 9 ..................................... Listening List page 10 ......................... Spotlighted Videos page 11 ............................... Digital Galleries page 13 .............. Information for Protester page 19 .................... Information for Allies page 25 ............................. Where to Donate page 29 ..............Whats Next: The Cookout

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HOROSCOPES by Natalie Peart

* These horoscopes were written before the uprisings. Sending you all lots of love and energy for strategizing now and always (this work is never really done, at least in our lifetimes).


y original post was going to be about June heralding summer’s bounty even while masked and socially distanced. I wanted to write about cookouts, long walks, summer reading, encouraged laziness due to the heat, and lots of music --loudly played --from open car windows and sound systems. Instead, uprisings, collective grief and outrage at the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Tony McDade demand our attention. We, as Black people, have also emanated sighs and fatigue induced by the Amy Coopers of the world. Black people, and our allies, continue to tell the state what has never been acceptable: the disregard of our lives. It sounds ridiculous to remind you that if you are gathering to protest, remain masked and mindful. Amidst murky soft reopening of cities, poor state response, conspiracy theories, and all of the question marks still surrounding the 'Rona, Black people --who have had higher death rates due to the virus--need to be vigilant about their health. We need you all around for organizing, for strategizing. I had been contemplating freedom during the initial quarantine mandate; the forced freedoms that Corona had wrought on our lives whether being let go from our jobs (like I was) or liberation from our bodies as friends, loved ones and acquaintances left this earthly plane. Like many Americans, I am precariously middle class yet privileged enough to think of my job loss as a blessing. I know many Black and Brown people did not have that luxury as they continued to work through the pandemic. In the wake of these murders, the state wants us to believe that we are not free. We are free and we have a long lineage of our ancestor’s resistance to reference and innovate. Ancestors like Ona Judge who took her freedom. Baynard Rustin, a key engineer in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Marsha P. Johnson who fought for queer, trans lives of color. I think of Juneteenth when the last of our enslaved ancestors learned that they no longer had to toil for white masters. I think about us and what we want to have happen after we come in from the streets? What is our long-game strategy as Black people? As a practitioner of the esoteric arts, I think about the spiritual developments taking place both personally and collectively. My gaze is often turned heavenward and the planets this month, like much of us, are going through it. Before I get into the astrology of June, I do want to write a little about the Great Conjunction Theory introduced by the Persians. The theory is that when Saturn and Jupiter meet in the sky important cultural and social transformations take place. Jupiter and Saturn will meet in December 2020 of this year. Events taking place now, may be a harbinger of what is to come. It may an opportunity to move from our personal and collective status quo. In June, a handful of planets appear to be moving backwards in the sky (they’re not). The illusion of their backward movement is known as a retrograde. Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are all retrograde asking us to pause, review and re imagine. Whether it’s thinking about the governing and authoritative structures of our lives (Saturn) and the necessity of the breakdown so our structures can become something else (Pluto). Retrogrades usually get a bad wrap, but I tend to be a glass-is-brimming type of woman and view retrogrades as a time to take a second look. Venus went retrograde on May 13th in Gemini and will be retrograde until June 25th. Mercury will go retrograde in Cancer on June 18 until July 12th. Jupiter went retrograde on May 14th in Capricorn and will remain in retrograde until September 13th, Saturn went retrograde in Aquarius on May 11th and will remain there until September 29th, Pluto went retrograde in Capricorn on April 25th until October 4, 2020. The full moon lunar eclipse in Sagittarius on June 5th opens up eclipse season followed by a new moon lunar eclipse in Cancer on June 21st. I believe all that is taking place is moving us towards something better. Are we tuned in? How are we responding to the messages?

Artwork on left: Blue Note by Natalie Peart

AQUARIUS A new approach to creative projects, your children or sex and pleasure may require your attention. Perhaps you integrate these themes into your life so that they take a more central role? Are you bringing new knowledge and experience to these topics so that they have the potential to grow and evolve like you do? Taking care to prioritize these themes will benefit not only you but also those around you. PISCES Are home and work doing an interesting two step for you, Pisces? Structures only matter if we believe in them. Information regarding these matters may come to a head. Sit with it before you act. You may need to do some releasing in order to refashion. Get creative --you’ve got extra activation this month --and devise something divine. ARIES Communication around home and family (chosen or blood) seem to be important themes for you this month. You may be in talks with siblings or cousins around a family home, land or a trip. Masculine energy or figures may prove to be useful to you during this time. What is your relationship with authority? Where can you revise and free yourself from the notion that you know everything? TAURUS Are you going back to the drawing board about how to support yourself? You could be turning over financial and material resources and how you obtain or work with them. How do you communicate your needs to others? Is it effective? Themes regarding death, inheritance or money from institutions may have come to completion or had more light shed upon them. Think about how you approach and talk about these subjects with those close to you. GEMINI How do you advocate for yourself, Gemini? Do you? Do you tend to think about yourself to the detriment of those important to you? At the top of the month, your needs and concerns are at the fore. Partnerships are also on your mind. A long-distance romance or relation or an international interest may be under revision. CANCER Lots of life can be lived inside our shells and as June begins you may feel like taking it easy, being hermetic. Give yourself plenty of rest and keep a journal or pad of paper near your bed. Your dreams are potent now. The full moon may have seen a completion with a work project or some daily task or health matter that required a lot of your attention. It may be worth your time to think about spiritual rejuvenation. Cancer, I’m not going to ask you any questions because you need to rest.

LEO Leos can be particular about their spotlights. June has you thinking about your image, but less about how you look and more about what you have to say to your friends and your wider community. A creative project may be winding down and thinking about how you can balance your creative endeavors with taking it easy may be important to you at this time. You may be craving more rest and quiet and more time with your interior world. Are you okay with hanging the “Do not disturb” sign on your doorknob to get closer to your desires and truths? VIRGO Career and your public image may have your attention this month. Former offers may come back around for you to consider again. You may be meeting (virtually) with a larger volume of people this month or preparing yourself to relay missives to the world. Matters regarding family life, your roots or your home may have come with some answers that have made you ask more questions. What is the purpose and what are the intentions behind your questions? LIBRA How creative can you get with how you travel or seek out knowledge? Feminine figures or energy may be helpful to you this month especially when it comes to your career and public image. Take some time to think about what you want to say and how you want to say it? What would help create clarity? If you have been thinking about embarking on a new work project (your own work or work for someone else) take some time to review it. SCORPIO What conversations are you having about secrets and joint resources? Are you taking an expansive view on what could be touchy and difficult topics? When things are out in the open, it’s almost always better as they can now be faced and addressed, hopefully. With Venus in retrograde, approach these topics with heart at the center. Maybe seek a third party or counsel. SAGITTARIUS Your partnerships are under review. Are they beneficial for all parties involved? When you are thinking about working together or joining together are all of you getting equal air time? Money or other material resources owed to you may be stalled (temporarily) at this time. This is good as you now have more time to prepare for their arrival. CAPRICORN How do you want to spend your days, Capricorn? Is there room to let love lead the way regarding work, your health, your day to day? We are in a great time of change and tweaking life to fit your needs may be more accessible to you now, but make sure to leave room for others. Be mindful of how you approach your relationships. Revisit what it means to be vulnerable.

Explorations | Imagining the Other Side of COVD-19 by Khethiwe Mnganga Can you im agine the ot her side of the COVID-19 cr isis as it relate s to the Sou thern African De velopment Community (SADC)? Wha t can be read from the strategi chosen to co es mbat the vi rus? What does th e fate of Bl ack Southern Af ricans look like after COVID19? Khethiw e Mnganga ce nters the le gacy of the Blac k experien ce in her explor ation of th e pandemic’s impact on historical ly vulnerab le SADC countr ies.

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EDITORIALS This is a theoretical dissertation that seeks to explore the implications of using an Africana agrarian development philosophy to examine the historical evolution of African-American communities and social movements in the United States.

Romare Bearden 1979

Dissertation | Patchin: Towards a theory and political history of Africana Agrarianism by Kwasi Densu

SCOPE OF WORK (SOW)’s Drawing Bored Coloring Book Scope Of Work (SOW) commissioned 20 SOW Members to create a digital coloring book to both motivate and inspire as society re imagines new systems of support, new methods of problem-solving, and new ways to care for one another. It’s time to go back to the drawing board. Drawing Bored was designed by SOW Member, Rey Carlson.

Art Credit: Julian Alexander IG: @snakebone_


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Photo Credit: Terrence Jennings


FOR PROTESTERS A collection of resources from our online community to help protesters prepare for activism in the streets, plus tips for self-care.

Revolutionary /,reve’looSHe,nerē/ e


"The revolutionary wants to change the nature of society in a way to promote a world where the needs and interests of the people are responded to. A revolutionary realizes, however, that in order to create a world where human beings can live and love and be healthy and create, you have to completely revolutionize the entire fabric of society. You have to overturn the economic structure where you have a few individuals who are in possession of the vast majority of the wealth in this country, which has been produced by the majority of the people. And you have to destroy the political apparatus, which under the guise of revolutionary government perpetrates the most incredible misery on the mass of the people."

Image from @daylaborernetwork


Artists: @unityandshrug and @comiteboricua

- Angela Davis, educator, author and activist


• Legal Rights Center: 612-337-0030 • National Lawyers Guild: 612-444-2654 • Goodcall Arrest Support Hotline: 1(833)346-632 • The Fair Law Firm (Atlanta): (404)947-6755 • Neighborhood Defender: 212-876-5500

Artwork from M. Tony Peralta / Peralta Project

Artwork from @mikaylaboorany

Resource: @terisasiagatonu

Graphic: @buildingmovementproject



Artist: @radicalroadmaps

Invitation from @girltrek

Image from @crazyheadcomics

Image from @calirock

Required Reading (for protesters)

“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heros, if they know that knowledge will help set you free� - Assata Shakur

[ ] I Write What I Like by Steve Biko [ ] Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois [ ] Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes [ ] The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander [ ] Black Insider by Dambudzo Marechera [ ] What is Slavery to Me? by Pumla Gqola [ ] Black Looks by Bell Hooks [ ] Beyond the Masks; Race, Gender and Subjectivity by Amina Mama [ ] The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon [ ] Magical Negro by Morgan Parker [ ] Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust: Slavery and the Rise of European Capitalism by John Henrik Clarke [ ] Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi [ ] The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri [ ] Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga [ ] The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double-Consciousness by Paul Gilroy [ ] Homegirls and Handgrenades by Sonia Sanchez [ ] The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley [ ] Precolonial Black Africa: A Comparative Study of the Political and Social Systems of Europe and Black Africa, from Antiquity to the Formation of Modern States by Cheikh Anta Diop [ ] The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson [ ] Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior by Marimba Ani [ ] Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates [ ] If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance by Angela Y. Davis, Ruchell Magee, the Soledad Brothers and other political prisoners [ ] Black Rage by Price M. Cobbs and William H. Grier [ ] How We Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon

To honor our ancestors and to lay a path to freedom for future generations, The Movement for Black Lives is calling for the SIX NINETEEN mobilization on Juneteenth weekend, June 19–21, 2020. They invite you to join in by taking action from home, in your community, or in Washington, D.C.

Image: @mvmnt4blklives


A collection of resources from our online community to start you on your journey to becoming an ideal ally.


Non-Optical Allyship /nän • ’äptk(v)l • ‘alī • SHip/ e

Thread: @mireillecharper

It is an allyship that only serves at the surface level to platform the “ally”, it makes a statement but doesn’t go beneath the surface and is not aimed at breaking away from the systems of power that op press - Latham Thomas


• 1619 • About Race • Code Switch • Pod Save the People • Seeing White • Intersectionality Matters! • Pod For The Cause • Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast Photo: @theveryblackproject


Photo: @theveryblackproject


TIPS Thread: @gisellebuchanan


• @nowhitesaviours • @laylafsaad • @rachel.cargle • @ckyourprivilege • @iamrachelricketts • @thegreatunlearn • @renieddolodge • @ibramxk

Artist: @crazyheadcomics

Thread: @grieftips


Required Reading (for allies) “Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have” - James Baldwin

[ ] Me & White Supremacy by Layla Saad [ ] How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi [ ] The End of Policing by Alex Vitale [ ] Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Y. Davis [ ] Abolition Now! Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex by The CR10 Publications Collective [ ] Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America by Kristian Williams [ ] The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander [ ] Police Unbound: Corruption, Abuse, and Heroism by the Boys in Blue by Anthony V. Bouza [ ] The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson [ ] Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston [ ] This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga [ ] When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson [ ] White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

Image: @mvmnt4blklives


- Black Voters Matter Fund:

- Color of Change:

- Campaign Zero:

- The Bail Project:

- Act Blue Bail:

- Black Lives Matter:

- Pull Up or Shut Up:

- National Police Accountability Project:

- Transgender Law Center:

- NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund:

- Black Aids Institute:

- The Marshall Project:

- Black Emotional and Mental Health:

- National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

- National Black Disability Coalition

- WOC Reproductive Justice Collective

- Movement for Black Lives

- Dream Defenders

- Unicorn Riot

- Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund


- MN Freedom Fund:

- Black Table Arts:

- Black Visions Collective:

- Communities United Against Police Reform:


- Brooklyn Bail Fund:

- Brooklyn Rent Relief Fund

- Black Feminist Project

- Communities United For Police Reform:

- Release Aging People in Prison:

- Black Trans Travel Fund:

- The Audre Lorde Project:

- COVID Bail Out:


- Homeless Black Trans Women Fund:


- My Block My Hood My City:


- Restoring Justice:


- Equal Justice Initiative:

NORTH CAROLINA - Ida B Wells Society:


- Black Earth Farms Food Delivery:

INTERNATIONAL - The Conscious Kid:

- Mirabel Centre (Nigeria):

- S.T.E.R. Initiative (Nigeria):

- WELA Nigeria:

- Women Advocates (Nigeria):

- POWA (Johannesburg):

INDIVIDUALS - I Run With Maud:

- Memorial for Tony Mcdade:

- Memorial for David McAtee:

- Justice for Breonna Taylor:

- Gianna Floyd Fund:

- Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery: wI0KH0ZsOS28FT9tH-BRviA-VUB_Cf-tZg/viewform

*Think critically about institutions, publications, and community : • Are they funding Black artists, Are they discussing issues of the Black community objectively or subjective to Western ideas race, class, creativity? Consider donating to Black Museums & Schools that are working to educate, preserve, and challenge the lack of literature/history from primary to college. • How are you making a long-term impact or affecting change? Can you mentor a young person? Can you become a trustee for an organization that supports the Black community? Could you offer your time to volunteer? Make the effort to do something valuable over a long-term period.

For more funds, visit our Instagram page for up to date resources and information

Systemic Racism /se’stemik • ‘rā,sizem/ e


"The predication of decisions and policies on considerations of race for the purpose of subordinating a racial group and maintaining control of that group." - Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)