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Neighbor Program News Service November 5, 2021
Table of Contents
Local Events & Updates - 3 Poetry - 4 Artist Profile - 5 The Golden State Has Iron Bars - 5 Winter in Washtenaw - 6 What does liberation mean to the New Afrikan - 7 Letter To My People - 8 Spirit of Mandela Press Release - 9 Q Speaks - 10 NP 10 Point Platform & Program & Ancestor Acknowledgement - 11
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Neighbor Program Updates October was a busy month for us! We were able to host a community learning event in Oak Park to honor the Black Panthers 55th Year, we were able to visit River City HS twice to hold guest lectures and was able to help It's About Time BPP ALumni & Legacy organize the Black Panther Party's 55th Year Celebration in Oakland October 21st-24th. We were able to document the celebration as well which is an important aspect to keep track of and tell our history as Africans. Neighbor Program will be expanded our grocery program as well in the coming months. November 12-14 we will be hosting community learning to honor and celebrate the Black Panther Party at The Brickhouse Art Gallery. We are also getting ready to re-launch our book club and we are looking for people who are interested in growing their political development and willing to commit to the study necessary to facilitate our liberation efforts. If you are interested in joining the book program please register at https://tinyurl.com/mxspeaks.
POETRY A Poem For Pops... 13 Years Later
I never dreamed you leave Truth be told I always envisioned you there with me
But how could I possibly ignore all that was in my face? Love blinded me to the reality that you would soon leave this physical space
You said you would see me in the morning but I was naive You were preparing to dance in the divinity
Arguing with the Ancestors, proud & defiant in defense of what you loved Ready to continue to serve your term until we hugged
I spoke sobbing words of assurance if your life’s work & I found myself forced to lead with no time to process this hurt
But daddy I pray that you are proud I’m Black & I’m Proud still singin out loud
Still Phins boy but a man, the one you built by hand Stand ten toes down, never fold, never ran
I never dreamed you leave in summer Winter spring or fall time Bcuz legends never die & they called tou the greatest of all time
But I know I will see you in the morn O Happy Day when the world is reborn
I long for the day when liberation will run out the earth & every one will walk in freedom Full of radical love for all of the children of The Creators Kingdom
our Peoples’s victory will be complete - FREE THE PEOPLE FREE THE LAND We will celebrate the Ancestors righteous struggle & God’s perfect plan
Freedom Wish Adiyah Obolu
I wish Black people could have roots and plant seeds Could push for Revolution but also learn how to breathe I think we need more love But there’s so much I haven’t mastered the courage to love yet What if they take our safe space away from us? To love, to know, push for Justice or just growth I hope one day I’ll plant some type of seed Even if I never learned how to garden Or act as a tree, teach people how to breath Even if I don’t understand leaves And sometimes I leave it for fall Sorrow, borrow Blessings, waves I was never a big fan of science But I hope the sun will shine on you and you master the resistance of joy But also know practice Blasfimous, how much my mind has began to normalize Feelin stuck in every situation Pickin battles in my education I have to work, but can’t just be complacent I don’t dream a lot lately But my wish is that you’ll try to dream a little more often Dream of what it will all look like when we get there Post-emancipation, sometimes you have to go through the storm to even fathom the destination I never really learned how to plant seeds, not a lot I remember from biology, and I’m still reintroducing myself on how to dream But beam with your light, Kendrick said we gon be alright, and in the silence My faith in the world only gets louder It’s almost as if they’re screaming Black power
17 Years Later Malik Saunders
17 years later…. They said I wouldn't make it this far ..10 central lines, 10 infections, 3Exes, 2 books, and 4 grandkids later, still I Rise. Today is my anniversary kinda like a rebirthday of some kind. After the friends & family visits stop, after the phone calls stop, there is still the survivor. Family and friends will forget what you have been through, nevertheless, you must keep fighting, you must keep pushing forward no matter what. And to the survivors don't take it personally most people are only in your life for seasons. Learn what you can and when they part ways don't be bitter they were not meant to stay in your life. Now the ones that stay embrace them with love every chance you get.
TO PATIENTS IN HOSPITALS ACROSS THE WORLD KEEP FIGHTING. DO NOT GIVE UP. If you are a believer the Bible says (Peter 4:12) Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange was happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the suffering of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. #SurvivorStrong
Excerpt - The Golden Gate Has Iron Bars Part III Broderick Dunlap (@bigbdoe)
Artist Profile: Mojo Be The Truest Hip-Hop was birthed out of the need for the voiceless to be heard, it is with this understanding that it is fitting that Moses Kimball, known creatively as Mojo Be The Truest, finds himself on a journey to tell his story over beats. Mojo doesn’t try to fit into the typical boxes given to artists; he isn’t about celebrating the kkkapitalist values that have co-opted, taken over, and immersed themselves deep within HipHop and its culture. Mojo holds true to his story, to his people, and his vision. Mojo is a marathon runner, dedicated to uplifting his listeners and supporters through encouraging words in his bars and committed to growing and evolving as a man. “I wanna make music for real people to listen to that they can relate to.” Mojo’s journey has been anything but typical; really beginning his career in middle school as a result of an ultimatum from his pops after getting into some trouble. “It was either write an album or get my ass whooped, so I wrote the album.” Mojo’s journey was filled with all the typical obstacles of life inside San Francisco’s Hunters Point community; poverty, gun violence, and all the trappings of Black life inside the amerikkkan empire. Despite his father’s nudging and push into music Mojo found little support at first and eventually turned away from music for over 7 years. During that time period, Mojo could tell his life was missing something but couldn’t put his finger on it until a long-time friend encouraged him to get back in the studio. “He just kept calling and bugging me… come to the studio, come to the studio, just come listen to what I’m working on”, soon Mojo found himself back in love with creating music but he didn’t want to make music to be popular; instead he wanted to encourage others to follow their dreams, to find true love and overcome any challenge in front of them. Mojo was then forced to practice exactly what he preached, recently Mojo found himself captured and incarcerated in the racist California prison system; something that he has reflected on in his music. Mojo holds true that he is here for a bigger purpose and that the real will always prevail. Upon his release, Mojo has hit the ground running in pursuit of his dreams, to encourage his followers and show the world that indeed MOJO BE THE TRUEST. Mojo’s latest project “Growth” is the soundtrack to Mojo’s beliefs and comes across as a personal diary of a young Black man finding his way despite all the challenges presented. Mojo’s mission “to free the youth” is presented in his songs, whether he is rapping about his love for his wife, combatting the intercommunal violence that plagues our community, or overcoming obstacles. As Mojo continues to grow as a man, he continues to grow as an artist; forever pushing his mission to free his people’s minds, and holding true to his name and Hip-Hop’s truest ethos.
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What started out as an attempt to stamp out political dissent has now spiraled out of control. In its wake, new problems like mass incarceration are disproportionately affecting communities that were already struggling. The Anti-Drug Abuse Act and the 1994 Crime Bill have devastated Black communities all over the country and there are now more Black people incarcerated than there were slaves at the end of the Civil War. Despite being heralded as one of the most progressive presidents in our country’s history, Barack Obama deported over two million people during his presidency. This country is built on racism, and California is no different. Since 1980 California has built 22 new prisons and only one new university campus, and the number of people incarcerated has increased by 500 percent—from 25,000 to 133,000 — from 1980 to 2004. Now California has a new innovative force in criminalizing the poor, with Kamala Harris, in 2011, she pushed for legislation that gave district attorney’s the power to charge parents with a misdemeanor when their student misses more than 10 percent of the school year with unexcused absences. Instead of critically examining why a student would miss such a large portion of the school year, (for example: poor public transportation, lack of stable housing, undiagnosed disabilities) Harris decided to criminalize their parents.The VP has used her identity to portray herself as progressive but her history says otherwise and she often sided with the police during her time as a District Attorney. If the state is progressive in anything it is in finding new ways to discriminate and criminalize non-white people; because the state has such a diverse population these same ideals of racism and disdain for the working-class have had to adjust to the population. Over the last few years the same communities that the government has been trying to neutralize for decades, have started new movements highlighting the same issues that the BPP and Brown Berets brought to the forefront. The renewal of mass movements focused on the same problems from fifty years ago only reinforces the idea that California is not a progressive state. The Movement for Black Lives gained national attention after several police officers were left unpunished for killing Black youth. Instead of addressing the issue, Obama endorsed the “Blue Alert” law, legislation that would protect police officers even more and strip them of any accountability during incidents of police brutality. Obama is also responsible for setting up the infrastructure that has given new agencies like the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) their power. During the last presidential election Donald Trump ran his entire platform on fear-mongering and said that in many cases Mexican immigrants were “drug dealers, criminals and rapists.” As a result of this violent cycle, communities of color face more obstacles than they did during the civil rights era. Not only do the same problems of poor housing, education, and police brutality still exist, they have been exacerbated by decades of over-policing, and now this criminal association 𑁋to an extent𑁋serves to justify the government’s indifferent attitude towards these communities. Activists can now face longer prison time than violent offenders, and Donald Trump has refused to discourage or condemn racist attacks on communities of color. Radical organizations like the Brown Berets and Black Panthers will become the norm if the problems they were pointing out continue to be ignored. As radical as these groups might have seemed to the public, they were simply demanding the dignity of basic human rights. It is imperative that these basic human rights be given to the communities who are demanding them. Radical organizations will continue to form in California as a result of the material conditions there. In 2013, the popular Black Lives Matter Movement was founded in Los Angeles in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman after he murdered a 17 year old child Trayvon Martin. The founders, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi were motivated to found the network because cases like Trayvon Martin happen all the time in California. The Los Angeles Police Department regularly has the highest number of police killings in the country. California’s role in this process of criminalization and over-policing of working-class communities of color should not be ignored. Instead, this diverse, and supposedly politically-progressive place should be seen as a site where the process of criminalization was developed and shaped. *This excerpt is from a 3-part series from Broderick on California's racist history. Stay tuned for a special issue containing the entire series.
Winter in Washtenaw (message to the Black colony ) Shane Williams (Free People's Programs) Free People’s Programs is an independent, socialist, community organization serving the People of so called Washtenaw County, Michigan. Our first survival program, which revolves around distributing essential resources to our houseless neighbors, is shifting with the season, now concerned with collecting winter survival gear. We are preoccupied with combatting the conditions that force our neighbors to endure Michigan’s cruel and worsening winters, without secure housing, food, or medical attention. As winter is on the horizon, immediate action is needed by the community to rally around our neighbors as they are left, as always, to fend for themselves. Assist us in collecting winter gear, warm clothing, blankets, tents, and items from our resource list to serve our neighbors at their doors, shelters, or encampments. Free People’s Programs is working to destroy the conditions that perpetuate this suffering, and build institutions ran by the community that address the issue at its root. Your revolutionary duty, as a member of this community, is not one of romantic adventurism, but of daily action rooted in genuine sacrifice and love. This love must be materialized in concrete avenues toward liberation. Individuals, as long as they adhere to revolutionary ideology, play a crucial role in mobilizing the elements within their reach toward building our new beginnings. More importantly, these individuals must organize themselves into strong, dedicated formations that embody the people’s political, social, and economic interest. For our oppression has never been on an individual basis, by outliers from the white community, but the total white communities’ institutionalization of their barbaric methods of profit extraction, which are maintained and justified by racist terrorism and deep rooted assumptions of Black inferiority. The conditions of the Black community are spiraling to new lows as we wait for careerist politicians to draw up more legislation. Nationally, Black people are still at the bottom of most demographic statistics that measure how well a community is doing. The general absence of political or economic control, lack of healthcare, inadequate or no housing, incredibly disproportionate conviction and incarceration rates, high infant mortality rate, comparatively low life expectancy, and little to no quality education resources are just a few examples which highlight the genocidal nature of America’s institutional functioning and expose the urgent need for the community to engage in the revolutionary act of building their own systems of sustainability. People’s medical services, waste manangement, food supply and distribution, media outlets, political apparatuses, child care centers, community defense councils, and natural disaster rescue and search parties are but a few of the projects the People have constructed without governmental support or subsidy, once properly organized and committed to struggle. Locally, we find ourselves trapped in the same game. It would be almost unfathomable to imagine that descendants of Africa, around the world, find themselves confronted with essentially identical impediments to their survival, if we didn’t have mountains of evidence to suggest otherwise. We feel it is necessary to briefly present some of the conditions faced in our own backyard.The Black community, which exist as a colony within Washtenaw County and the nation at large, has been subjected not only to substandard living conditions, segregation, and police occupation, but faces incredibly violent rates of eviction, as opposed to their white counterparts. The most recent comprehensive data highlights : Washtenaw County ranks 81 out of 83 counties in Michigan with regards to (racial income equality). Washtenaw County is the 8th most economically segregated area in the nation. At least 17% of households in Washtenaw County households suffer from one of the four following problems : overcrowding, unaffordable housing cost, lack of kitchen appliances, or lack of plumbing facilities. Ypsilanti is home to most of the counties “affordable housing” units, 95% of which are located south of Michigan avenue ( Southside ). In 2018, there were 6,252 eviction cases filed in Washtenaw County. In 2018, 1 in every 9 rental units in Washtenaw County were filed for eviction. Ann Arbor’s eviction filing rate was 2.2%, the City of Ypsilanti’s was 20.8%, and Ypsilanti Township’s was 33.6%. Washtenaw’s 2020 Oppurtunity Index showed the inevitable reality that COVID exacerbated the already existing contradictions of capitalism here in Southeastern Michigan. While these statistics may come to shock some, the masses of Black and poor people concentrated into these colonies know the terrain all too well. It must also be said that government statistics tend to severely undercount the actual number of people living in poverty, as there is a variety of arbitrary qualifications and paperwork the county requires people to fill out, before the county will even classify one as in poverty, let alone provide service to those in need. The local government, who is merely following the ideological tendencies of the larger state and federal apparatuses, isn’t necessarily interested, incentivized, or in power to inact any meaningful change. The county, like any effective neoliberal regime, releases the statistics revealing it’s racist and colonial nature, but is only able or allowed to offer abstract solutions pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion with vague notions of providing “opportunity”. Another tactic to avoid accountability is to hand us self-defeating strategies and curating controlled opposition, such as a web of government funded projects to “fight poverty” , some of which are even equipped with newly approved revolutionary rhetoric. Many resumes have been polished and many stipends cashed, with little to no material progress to account for. FPP stands that we have no interest in diversifying a capitalist system, as that will only serve to blur our people’s analysis of its racist and exploitive nature and reinforce neocolonial tendencies. In the words of Fannie Lou Hamer regarding equality, “What would I look like fighting for equality with the white man? I don’t want to go down that low.” Being included or merely represented in mainstream politics, media, or discourse has never materially benefited the Black community as a whole. Only a very few Black people, who were already in a certain class status or had no interest in being in Black communities anyways, were able to accumulate the crumbs rewarded to them by assimilating into jingonistic, racist, white society and its profiteering institutions. The only solutions lie in the masses of everyday people, who are organized along strong ideological lines and dedicated to a long, protracted, struggle against oppression, exploitation, and domination. The local, state, and federal governments have made it abundantly clear that our community is not going to get any of the necessary material resources to positively shift our political, social, or economic standing within the capitalist system. It is in our best interest, not to justify the system by participating, but to completely dissolve it, and build a society that is the antithesis of Europe and it’s decadent values. They are committed to imperialist genocide in exchange for the spoils of capital. We must commit to a revolutionary nationalist movement which aligns itself with the global socialist revolution. The neglected nation of Africans in America, by international law, are entitled to self determination. Wherever the obstacles to our freedom exist, they must be ruthlessly struggled against. Not as heroic individuals, but as communal organizations with uncompromising ideological principles, ascetic discipline, and an undying love for the People. Listen and move on George Jackson’s warning, “Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half lives if you fail to act”. Free the Land. Free the People.
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What does liberation mean to the New Afrikan? Oluwasegun Owoyele (People’s Liberation Program)
That might be the most buzzword-filled question I’ve asked myself in the last month. I mean the mountain-sized implications behind the words “liberation” and “New Afrikan” can’t possibly be answered in a few well-written paragraphs. But imma try that shit though. Let’s start with the subject of that sentence, “New Afrikan”, which comes from New Afrika. New Afrika is the product of a declaration made by five hundred brave souls in March 1968, where they declared that the destiny of our ‘captive black nation’ will be determined by that same black nation (Onaci). The understanding that our people will and should exercise their human right to govern themselves and the land they live on. Serving as reparations for the ongoing genocide inflicted upon black, brown, and indigenous people worldwide. Reparations that will not be given to us by the state but reparations that are taken by the people, a people engaged in armed struggle. Reparations through Liberation. That goes without saying, revolution is a process. Our sovereignty and self-determination will not be actualized in a day or in a single event but through the building of decolonization programs to expand the Front for The Liberation of the New Afrikan Nation. To me, being New Afrikan is working towards those goals. Accepting the New Afrikan identity is a process, almost a process within a process, realizing that for liberation to actually be achieved, oppressed Afrikans living in Amerikkka need one political identity and an ideology that ensures that all black lives matter. While understanding that choosing that identity, comes with a lifestyle that is the “everyday lived enactment of political ideology” (Onaci). You must organize. I can’t read all these books by these great theoreticians and not put theory into practice. Being New Afrikan is understanding that you can not just be an encyclopedia on the trauma of our people because of your political education. It is using political education to understand the historical realities of our people and use that full understanding in liberating our people. That is New Afrika. New Afrika is the lived everyday experiences of committed Afrikan women fighting for the human rights of oppressed people all around the world. The human right to be unequivocally removed from the domination of western imperialism and racial capitalism. New Afrika lives in the political prisoners still locked up because the government is too afraid they gon’ bring us together and mobilize the people against the government. Free Mutulu Shakur, Free All Political Prisoners. New Afrika lives in our schools in the fresh minds of our young ones that are not yet well versed in the trauma of Afrikan people. Our young ones, who haven’t realized the atrocities around them in full-scope but still are the future of New Afrika. Two months have passed since the formation of the People’s Liberation Program (PLP), a cadre of New Afrikans with the aims of building a decolonization program in the Rochester, NY area. It Started in Black August and in the most organic of ways. Indy Maring (Chair of the Core Team) and Asia Barry (Head of Political Education), inspired by the neighbor programs’ grocery program and the work of the People’s Program in Oakland, California, mobilized to start something similar in Rochester, NY. After a couple of months and in the summer of 2021, Indy reached out to me to be a part of the core team. By the way, my name is Oluwasegun Owoyele, people call me Olu. I am the head of propaganda at PLP. As it just being three people who gave a fuck and it also being Black August we decided to start the People’s Liberation Program. It would also be very remiss of me to not also mention Jalil Muntaqim for not only sitting down and giving us guidance but also in writing the ideological text that our organization’s programs and practices are based upon, We Are Our Own Liberators. I can only speak for myself when I say what in a sense “radicalized” me even though the co-optation of that word has made it so cringe to say. My first inclination is to say it was the Hella Black Pod because those were the first niggas I heard say “Fuck Obama” and have intelligent non-qanon sounding reasons as to why. But looking at my life experiences through dialectics and in understanding that all things are the result of change and all things do change, likewise, it was the changes in my life that had led me to give a fuck, for lack of a better word. It is growing up thinking Obama is the prime example of what a black man working hard looks like, to making a commitment to myself at 16 that anything I do to progress in my life, my community must progress with me. That little nigga did not know the gravity in which that meant where the school system sends you off either to prison, to die, or to get debt and exploitation when you graduate from a “higher-level education”. He just wanted to live in a world like, the poet Tammaka Staley said, “a world that treat my mama good”. At 16 I formed the basis of what liberation meant to me and in a sense started that process of me finding the Black Radical Tradition. Keeping dialectics in mind, it is the positives and negatives of my life that shape who I am or at least who I am trying to be today. Being a liberator requires the constant raising of the positive parts in the lives of people to achieve material change. Liberation, in that sense, is the total understanding and the result of your life experiences, good or bad, and how that will shape you and with that the revolution. As Edward Onaci Writes in Free the Land, “ ‘the personal is political’ ”. Decolonization Programs not only decolonizes the people and our land but it starts the process of decolonization within those who dare say something about the system of exploitation killing us. But I am only a 21-year-old New Afrikan Cis-Heterosexual Man. My answers on liberation would be oxymoronic in that of itself. What does liberation mean if it doesn’t carry the full will and intentions of the people? I can only hope to wonder what that ‘will’ might be in my quest to decolonize. But I do wonder, what does liberation mean to you? Bibliography Onaci, Edward. Free the Land : The Republic of New Afrika and the Pursuit of a Black Nation-State. Chapel Hill, The University Of North Carolina Press, 2020.
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Letter To My People Jordan McGowan I write this to yall as an open letter, a conversation about the state of our people and how we can get ever closer in our pursuit for freedom. Freedom has eluded our people since europeans left their shores and began their genocidal war against Africa and Africans. When I name this european war against Africans as genocide I say so out of the scientific evidence that proves my indictment as facts. I say so based on the Spirit of Mandela’s International Tribunal held in New York in October which found the so-called United States guilty on all five charges of genocide, I say so based on the terror and violence I see inflicted upon my people every day at the hands of this decadent amerikkkan society, I say so as a kidnapped and physically colonized African inside the amerikkkan empire. So where do we go from here? How do we press forward in our pursuit of our liberation? Malik El-Hajj Shabazz (Malcolm X) told us, “I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.” If Black People studied Malcolm as much as we love to put his image next to Obama then we might be able to mature politically to develop programs to meet our people’s needs. In order to take the necessary steps to throw off our chains, we must evolve past the illusion that freedom can come within the empire. No genocide has ever subsided because the oppressors and perpetrators of the violence have decided to grant reprieve; no - righteous struggle must be waged against those at war with us. This war must be fought on all fronts to counter the psychological warfare the empire has engaged in to quell our resistance. Part of this psychological warfare is rooted in assimilation and it is perpetuated through “the exceptional negro”; it has been a tactic the oppressors have used since they arrived on The Continent. This is most commonly seen today through neokkkolonial agents such as Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, and other Black politicians and celebrities within the amerikkkan empire. These “Black Elite” have sold us a freedom dream rooted in kkkapitalism, where wealth equates to freedom, meanwhile the masses of our people suffer at the hands of kkkapitalist exploitation, sometimes from these very same people proclaiming Black excellence. Without understanding social and economic class dynamics and how the Black Elite are used as pawns and foot soldiers in the imperialists’ war against Africans, we can get swept up in cultural representation instead of revolution. This is because the ruling class has perverted popular thinking to see everything through their lens, which creates an individualist mindset where our personal feelings and comfortability get placed before the masses of our people and their needs. This manifests itself in many ways that are detrimental to the people and our struggle for freedom. We have those who hold tightly onto european thought patterns, even unconsciously, where we do not even see how much of a grip our subjugation has under-developed our thoughts and actions. This is what is called Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome. We have even allowed for these european thought patterns to divide us among ourselves; from movements like ADOS that seek to divorce Africans in amerikkka from Africans on The Continent to the complete rejection of religious Africans based on the european perversions of spiritual practices and teachings. But in order for us to take a collective step towards self-determination; we must define ourselves, our religious/spiritual/cultural practice, and our needs ourselves; not with any outside influence. This calls us to immerse ourselves in studying who we are as Africans and our collective history. It would be foolish to think that wholesale rejection of religion will be a successful tactic in organizing the masses of African people; history indicates that our people have always been religious or spiritual people. The history of the Black church inside the kkkolony is full of liberation efforts; from Nat Turner’s rebellion to the various churches the Black Panther Party used to run their programs out of, the material needs of the people must be met and religious institutions within our community that adhere to serving the people can and must be utilized to further our liberation efforts regardless of personal feelings. The ability to galvanize church folx into joining the liberation struggle is a necessary step and is rooted in Pan-African principles of unity and solidarity with all Africans. While this step is necessary it does not imply that we must all adhere to the same religion, on the contrary, it means we must utilize our commonality (being African) as a basis for working together with others seeking to improve our people’s conditions. “We are Africans first and last. And as Africans, our best interests can only be served by uniting within an African Community” Kwame Nkrumah We must unite throughout the diaspora, inside the kkkolony especially, we must connect with The Continent, our collective freedom will only come through uniting with other Africans to build a liberated world. We must not allow anyone or any feelings to push us away from building this African unity. Within the amerikkkan empire, it is imperative that we work to build a New-Afrikan identity and character that can replace the fractured identity of “African-American”. This New-Afrikan character must be influenced by a strong historical understanding of our past, a total commitment to African liberation, and a heart for the people. As the Black Panther Party said we must “serve the people - body and soul”, and given the current terrain of the kkkolony we must expand this saying to “serve the people - mind, body, and soul” seeing as our minds have been continuously kkkolonized. Our people MUST begin to reverse the kkkolonization of our minds; as Minister Malcolm said “if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program”, and it is clear that many of our people suffer from a form of Stockholm syndrome more accurately described as kkkolonial psychosis. This psychosis has pushed us away from building our own institutions and rather encouraged us to integrate and assimilate into the empire; but as Dr. King told us he had “come to believe we're integrating into a burning house” and so if we are to take steps towards freedom it must be divorced from amerikkka. It must be divorced of the world we have come to understand in order to survive, we must do what is necessary to ensure our people’s collective ability to live. “Self-defense is providing healthcare if it does not exist… self-defense is feeding babies in the morning … and having food to give away to thousands of people… self-defense is providing education if there isnt education of quality” Ericka Huggins No doubt our fight will be in the streets against the fascist pigs that occupy this land, but our fight will also be how we educate our children against the amerikkkan propaganda machine that is the public school system, how we feed our people inside of communities ravaged by food apartheid, how we heal our people given the history and kkkapitalist nature of the healthcare system; our program must put the people and their material needs before our comfort. Our talents and gifts must be utilized in accordance with our liberation efforts. If we are to carry on towards true freedom we must acknowledge that our programs and efforts must be unapologetically aligned with changing the conditions Africans face throughout the world; freedom will only arrive after we have run the fascist imperialist pigs off our land and we have the ability to determine our own destiny. No matter what they tell us, we will win; it is already written, keep the faith & fight on!
Free The People Free The Land All Power To The People
GUILTY on ALL Counts!
After hearing from over 30 witnesses and receiving hundreds of documents, the Panel of Jurists found the US government and its subdivisions GUILTY of Genocide and Gross Human Rights Violations. The Executive Summary Verdict which follows is their preliminary report, with a detailed and cited ruling to appear in the near future. International Tribunal on Human Rights Abuses Against Black, Brown, and Indigenous Peoples October 23-25, 2021 New York, NY, Turtle Island, Lenape land, USA
Judgement Despite the need for further deliberation on the extensive submissions and documents from varied expert witnesses, a deep analysis from the Jurists found that the process did sufficiently cover the scope and elements of all five counts in the indictment as having legal standing and hence legitimacy. The Jurists further establish that the grounds for each of the five counts in the indictment presented the basis for successful intervention due to the extensive testimonies of both witnesses and expert witnesses. A full and detailed judgement will follow regarding our findings on these counts. Any minority position of the Jurists will be developed, with collective consensus on each count asserted to further advance our recommendations for remediation, reparations, and future actions. After having heard the testimony of numerous victims of Police Racism, Mass Incarceration, Environmental Racism, Public Health Inequities and of Political 5 Prisoners/Prisoners of War, together with the expert testimonies and graphic presentations, as well as the copious documentation submitted and admitted in the record, the Panel of Jurists find the US and its subdivisions GUILTY of all five counts. We find grounds that Acts of Genocide have been committed. Signed, 25 October 2021, Panel of Jurists Church Center of the United Nations
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Q Speaks You don't "read" text ... nor do you "finish" it ... You live with it. The ideas of our people grow if you're truly comprehending the material
the ink may dry but that does not mean the ideas are then "complete".
those words were once thoughts housed inside the flesh, which was/is constantly changing. the word does the same. to assume the intellectual production of our giants would remain static is a european concept of thought.
the word is subject to an eternal evolution corresponding the material reality we are captive in.
re-read. re-read. again and again and again and again.
We don't die. They do. "mass incarceration" - beyond the obvious profit incentive for big business, is also a mechanism for the european to remove the lumpen & economically desperate (susceptible to radicalization) from our communities.
it is a mechanism for extradition of the warrior class, poor, sympathetic (once politically active, now houseless) elders, the downtrodden so called "criminals", disabled and desperate for answers/societal change.
For decades they have been they have been curating a society that has aimed to reshape our psychology - from an ever questioning, inquisitive, righteously angry one... to a depressed, politically infantile, hyper-consumerist, shallow, object seeking psychology... aka a European psychology.
why murder all the Africans when I can simply remove the stubborn dissidents and those susceptible to radicalization... only to remake them in my image with an onslaught of propanda, representation & false sovereignty? the european thinks they are god.
we are victims of menticide
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european publications will report in great detail what Julian Assange ate for breakfast but wont speak a word on the multiple African, Brown & Indigenous revolutionaries being choked out by the state inside the country their ancestors stole ....... it;s almost like deprioritizing the overthrow of the settler colonialism and the euro-imperial world system is the ultimate unifying character of the european ... "left" or right be damned.
it's just us. Africans must close ranks in our locales. fight our intra-wars; ideological & physical. clarify our roles. then open the door for cooperation with other colonized peoples who've done the same. the few europeans who hear the cries of John Brown will subordinate themselves when the time comes. But fuck all this rainbow coalition shit. that's not a reality when anti-Africanity and self hate hasn't even been purged from OUR OWN COMMUNITIES AND PSYCHES YET.
We can't invite guests in our home when we don't even have a home yet. against all odds we will achieve everything we need,
it's in us, not something bestowed upon us.
listen to the winds - truly listen ... and your instructions will be revealed
not everybody will fill the same role and that is clarity of struggle.
still we persist.
I swear we will defy everything conjured for our destruction.
they speak of fire and brimstone but shun the fury we inflict for our salvation, so maybe we are the divinity they fear and this is simply the most vile projection of this insecurity.
against all odds there is no other option.
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Ancestor Acknowledgement By Mason Forbes
We take this moment to honor and acknowledge our Ancestors, as we understand that we are one with them and their spirits live on through us. We ask that they hear and accept our praise and reverence as we seek their continued guidance and heed their direction, trusting that with the wisdom and clarity they provide no feat is insurmountable. We are washed and made anew in waters of their blessing, rising cleansed of all impurities, all blockages that might prevent us from fulfilling our purpose in this lifetime swept away. We recognize their sacrifices and take refuge in the protection offered by the spiritual fortress they have built around us on a foundation of revolutionary love. We ask them to grant us strength and good fortune, blessing our swords, shields, and hearts as we struggle for the right to determine our own destinies and that of our communities, striking down any enemies that may stand in our path. We ask that they connect us with those who wish to join our cause and unify us as we channel our collective energies towards our major political objective, to build a new world where radical love for human beings is found. Neighbor Power to the Neighbors & Divine Love to All
Acknowledgments Mason Forbes, Malik Saunders, Adiyah Obolu, Mojo Be The Truest, Shane Williams & Free People's Programs, Olu Owoyele & People's Liberation Program, my Brotha Q, Africa & Africans & most importantly the People. Peace, Love, Freedom, All Power To The People & Neighbor Power To The Neighbors!