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A journal dedicated to truth, freedom of speech and radical spiritual consciousness. Our mission is the liberation of men and women from oppression, violence and abuse of any kind, interpersonal, political, religious, economic, psychosexual. We believe as Fidel Castro said, "The weapon of today is not guns but consciousness."

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    Posts Tagged Black Panther Party

    Black Panther Party: Community School Speaker Series: Merritt College, April 8, 22, 24, 29

    7 April 2014
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    You are welcome to join the open classroom series on the Black Panther Party’s Oakland Community School (OCS) at Merritt College in room A218, 11am – 12:30 pm on April 8, 22, 24 and 29. Speakers: Ericka Huggins and Teresa Williams.

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    The PEN Oakland Literary Awards will honor Black Arts Movement West Coast co-founder Marvin X, and the brilliant, talented Avotcja with Lifetime Achievement Awards on Saturday, December 6, 2015 at the Oakland Main Library
    . Be there or be square!




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    Check out this video:

    5 Stabbed On California College Campus, Suspect Shot And Killed
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    A male student at University of California, Merced, stabbed four people on campus as classes began Wednesday morning and was later fatally shot by campus police, a school spokesman said. Two of those stabbed were transported for treatment via helicopter, the school said on Twitter, while the two others were treated on campus."All conscious," the university tweeted about the victims.No details were immediately available on what relationship, if any, existed between the assailant and the victims, said James Leonard, a school spokesman.The school initially reported five people were stabbed, but later said the figure was four, said Lorena Anderson, a school spokeswoman.School officials weren't releasing additional information on the attacker, Leonard said."I'm sure more information will come out on the student shortly," Leonard said of the assailant.The student was shot by police and later died, the UC Merced Police Department said.

    The victims were attacked in front of the Classroom and Office Building, the school said in a statement. The school initially reported that all of the victims were students, but later said that not all of them were students.

    "The situation is under control," the school said Wednesday morning.
    "Campus is locked down. Do not come to campus. If you're on campus, stay where you are," the school said. "Though there is no active danger, getting on and off campus is difficult."
    The campus has been closed, and classes were canceled, according to the university.
    The stabbing occurred about 8 a.m. as morning classes were beginning. About 15 minutes later, the student was subdued, the university said.

     Marvin X often lectures in UC Merced's Theatre and Social Activism class taught by Proferssor Kim McMillan. 


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    Thank you Mr President for recognizing our great efforts in the City of Newark. We love you and stand with you. --Mayor Ras Baraka, Newark NJ



    BAM founders Ancestor Amiri Baraka, Father of Newark NJ Mayor, Ras Baraka, and Marvin X. AB and MX enjoyed a 47 year friendship in the Black Arts Movement. Marvin observed Ras growing up in the artistic and politically charged atmosphere of the Baraka house.


    Amina and Amiri Baraka, parents of Mayor Ras Baraka


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    One of the ways to investigate the Black Liberation Movement is to focus
    on a key individual. A key person can connect us to organizations,
    campaigns, class struggles and ideological development. Basically it is
    a way to read our history, always keeping in mind that this would be
    merely one of our many, and would need to be repeated over and over
    again across genders, generations, geography and groups.

    Today we are launching a new website in our series on Black Liberation
    and Social Revolution featuring the experience of Saladin Muhammad.
    http://theblm.net/saladin/

    We began this journey with our page on Malcolm X. We last created an
    extensive directory of several hundred Black Liberation Theoreticians.
    We place special emphasis on the fact that this directory has a 50-50
    gender split, and spans the generations, geography, and groups.
    http://www.brothermalcolm.net/.

    Mao wrote important words that speak to the heart of this new project:
    "The struggle of the Black people in the United States is bound to merge
    with the American workers movement, and this will eventually end the
    criminal rule of the US monopoly capitalist class." (1968)

    Now we have a new project being launched today that helps us understand
    how this is happening. It is built around an autobiographical video
    interview of Saladin Muhammad (b. Philip White) but also contains the
    following pages of information:

    Introduction
    Autobiographical Video
    Writings
    Video speeches and interviews
    Photos
    Organizational links
    Background
    General link
    eBlack Studies

    Join us in this project - check our work and hit back with comments. We
    need your criticism to improve our work. We need your applause to know
    you love us.

    We encourage you to share this with all your contacts.

    abdul alkalimat

    Introduction

    saladin
    Autobiography

    fist10 Key questions


    This website is built around a video autobiography of Saladin Muhammad.  Saladin is a veteran revolutionary militant in the Black Liberation Movement and the workers movement.  In eight videos he tells his life story; in ten more he explains his life outlook.  You can also find here documents from organizations he has helped lead, more of Saladin’s writings, videos of him speaking in different contexts, and other informative links. It can be read on multiple levels:
    1. About an individual: Saladin Muhammad (born Philip White)
    2. About a generation: the 1960’s awakening
    3. About movement: trade unions and the workers movement
    4. About movement: Black liberation movement
    5. About revolution: revolutionary theory and cadre development
    Our movements for social transformation have often fallen victim to the tendency to over simplify the struggle.  Moreover there is far too little self-criticism to learn from our “right” and “left” errors.  This is particularly dangerous as we are at the beginning of a new generational awakening.  We need to think about the past few decades of struggle by listening to those who have marched on and maintained a revolutionary perspective.  We have a long history of struggle and we submit this website as a door way into the development of a revolutionary perspective from a path out of the Black community into the Black workers struggle in the Black belt south.

    We hope this can be a model for many more projects to dig deep into the lives of veteran movement activists so that future generations can see them, hear their voices, and learn from their victories and defeats.  We produced a survey to begin this process:  Theoreticians of the Black Liberation Movement (http://brothermalcolm.net/SOLDIERS/).  This website digs deep on one individual.  Our previous work has been on Harold Washington (http://eblackchicago.org/) , St. Claire Drake (http://www.stclairdrake.net/) , and of course Malcolm X (http://www.brothermalcolm.net/) .  There is much more work to be done.

    There are many theoretical and practical issues involved in the experiences covered by the life of Saladin Muhammad and his experiences in struggle.  Saladin is a proletarian cadre of the revolutionary movement.  He did not graduate from high school, but got his education in the movement.  He considers himself a communist of the African American nation fighting to end capitalist rule in the US.  He thinks global and fights local.  He served as chairperson of the Black Workers for Justice for over 20 years.  While being retired from full time union organizing he remains active on many battle fronts including the Southern Workers Assembly.

    We are not presenting this website as the revealed truth to be followed in a dogmatic fashion as Saladin has often stated about his life.  We are hoping that people learn from this because it represents actual important experience from a particular point of view.  We invite people who shared these experiences to contribute their point of view, and on a more general level we invite people to discuss these issues from other theoretical points of view.  We oppose dogmatism as if there is a pure truth to be believed, but we welcome struggle to clarify and learn from summing up the diverse and vast experiences of our many movements.

    Here are some of the outstanding issues to be studied in this website:
    1. What are the paths out of the working class into revolutionary movements for social transformation? What is the role of family, childhood friends, cultural practices, and neighborhood political culture?
    2.  
    3. How does Black resistance become a conscious part of the Black liberation movement? What is the role of a progressive Black nationalism, and how can it link to working class issues?
    4. How has the struggle in the African Diaspora for national liberation from colonialism and imperialism impacted the Black liberation movement in the US? After post-independence reversal into neo-colonialism, especially in South Africa, what can be the relationship between the Black Liberation movement in the US and the fight for social transformation and social justice in Africa?
    5.  
    6. What are the prospects for the fight of Black workers? What is the role of the Black workers struggle within the general workers movement?
    7.  
    8. What is the necessary connection between the fight for Black liberation and the fight for socialism?
    written by Abdul Alkalimat

    Photos from the autobiographical interview recorded in Urbana, Illinois at the home of Abdul Alkalimat.  The video and the website has been developed by Chrisp Media, LLC.
    We welcome your comments to any and all of the material presented on this website.
    Please contact us.

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    STREET HIEROGLYPHIC & GRAFFITI ARTIST ALERT: 
    The Legendary Artist's Emory Douglas & Richard Bell In NYC TODAY For "Free" Event!

    Emory Douglas - Creator of
     
    Emory Douglas (born May 24, 1943) worked as the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the Party disbanded in the 1980s. His graphic art was featured in most issues of the newspaper The Black Panther (which had a peak circulation of 139,000 per week in 1970).[1] As the art director, designer, and main illustrator for The Black Panther newspaper, Douglas created images that became icons, representing Black American struggles during the 1960s and 1970s.

    Confessions of an art judge: I Richard Bell (born 1953 in Charleville, Queensland into the Kamilaroi tribe) is an Australian artist and political activist. He is one of the founders of proppaNOW, a Brisbane-based aboriginal art collective.[1] He lives in Brisbane, Queensland-Australia 


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    Lynette:
    We elect public officials to advocate and provide leadership Witness Barbara Lee's stalwart positions on "Ban The Box"! She didn't call for every formerly incarcerated person to fly to Washington,D.C.
     

    We have presented many articles about jobs and workforce training and numerous residents, unemployed persons and community-based non-profits have come to the council yet you have called for more community outpouring. Is there a magic number.?
     

    Sometimes, like in the example of Ms. Brooks's Department of Race and Equity, a public official can lift up an issue and it will draw and/or garner community support later. Every issue doesn't firstly require poll-testing and agonizing community demand sessions as a fig leaf justifying action.
     

    When I was on the school board I raised issues of equity, Fairness and inclusion for minorities, whether there was a public outpouring or not. The people have put you in a leadership position "for such a time as this" when our needs are so great. To be risk adverse, by resorting to defensive explanations about the strictures of process and calling for help from the gallery, about jobs, Black Arts District, foreclosures, affordable housing and such issues means that your governing principle is predicated on bringing some noise and/or stacking the chambers to either leverage your colleagues or hide behind the masses as an excuse for action. The people you require to give you support as a condition of your vote will also show up to bless you if you take some initiative of your own on their behalf, whether your colleagues approved or not. .
     

    And speaking of decibel levels, you could have pre-empted the need for public demonstrations
    of discontent by quietly and adroitly providing leadership to alert the Mayor about city staff placing fines on churches. At some point we must all step out on faith and act on our beliefs. If you believe a Black Arts District, jobs,  minority equity and the first amendment rights of faith-based institutions needs your attention and concerted leadership,  then you would know that your community has your back. When one cares and loves their people one acts and even dares to stand alone for what one believes is right. Love is belief put to work.
     

    Leadership doesn't require crowd-sourced advocacy, sometimes like the biblical Daniel, our leaders must dare to stand alone for what is right, because if you require community-based massive outpourings of citizens demanding action as a predicate for your decision-making, then you should convene a weekly delegate assembly of all the citizens of your district to go over each item on the agenda to give you directions as to how to vote on their concerns such as Issues relating to Jobs, affordable housing, protecting faith and houses of worship, banning the box, hiring youth and the formerly incarcerated ought to be genuflectional.  That is why you are there. Leadership is serving the needs of the people.
     

    Your district and your people need you to act with alacrity, not timidity. To paraphrase James Baldwin's letter to his nephew in "The Fire Next Time", to act is to be committed. To be committed is to be in danger. But not to act can also put a leader in danger of being considered irrelevant.
     

    Do you need a crowd to come to the chamber to deliver  that message? I look forward to your remarks Saturday at the Joyful Noise celebration because many of the clergy and community residents who will be there will also be demanding your leadership on future votes regarding the Black Arts District,  jobs, housing, police/community relations as well. I will see you at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where we can have a quiet "come to Jesus meeting".
     

    Thank you,
    Paul





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    Berkley

    SF GATE —About 2,000 Berkeley High School students walked out of class Thursday morning and took to the streets to protest a racist message left on a computer screen a day earlier.
    The message, which school officials found at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, referred to the KKK, used derogatory language related to African Americans and threatened a “public lynching” on Dec. 9.

    “This is a hate crime and messages such as this one will not stand in our community,” said Principal Sam Pasarow in an e-mail to the school community late Wednesday. “I assure you that we are giving this investigation the utmost attention, as well as involving the Berkeley Police Department.”

    District officials estimated that about 2,000 of the school’s 3,000 students had left school grounds to participate in the march, which had moved to UC Berkeley late in the morning. Administrators and Berkeley Police officers were with the students, said district spokesman Marc Coplan.

    “We really understand the students pain, their anguish and their fear and are doing everything we can to work with Berkeley police and other agencies to figure out what happened,” Coplan said. “Our students are hurting tremendously. They're weeping. They're crying.”

    The students voiced their outrage over the offensive message that, according to district officials, appeared to be a modified screen shot of the school’s library web page, left on one computer in the library. It did not appear that the system had been hacked and the web site altered.
    Chanting "we got that unity!" and "say it loud, I'm black and I'm proud!" hundreds of the student marched from the school to the UC Berkeley campus, where they gathered on the steps of the Sproul Hall administration building.

    Marshatta Porter, a Berkeley High 11th grader, stood on the steps listening intently to fellow black student made calls for progress.

    "I think it's really dehumanizing how they targeted one race," Porter said. "It's 2015. It's ridiculous."
    Lauren Moore, another Berkeley high school student, marched down Telegraph Avenue with her friend, holding a brown Black Lives Matter sign she got from a Berkeley High School math teacher.
    “It's important to me,” said Moore. "As an African American student I felt in danger."

    Students from the school’s Black Student Union responded to the incident in a widely distributed statement, calling it an act of terrorism.

    “The perpetrator sympathizes with the racist cause of the KKK and makes a clear threat to lynch Black students this December 9th. The terrorists call for the death of Black people in the message. ,” according to the statement. “The terrorists call for the death of Black people in the message.”
    During the rally, broadcast live through various social media channels, students raised their fists and chanted, “Black lives matter!”

    They called on the administration to take the threat seriously.

    The threat was the third racist incident at the school in the last year.

    In December, over winter break, a noose made from string was found hanging from a tree on the campus and then in the spring, the yearbook was altered just prior to printing, identifying an academy within the high school that serves primarily students of color as “trash collectors of tomorrow.”
    Officials were requesting that other law enforcement agencies be brought in to investigate the most recent incident, Coplan said.



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    Colleagues in Education for Mumia Abu-Jamal (EMAJ) –
     
    Yes, this is a plea for donations, and I think it is an easy pitch to make. I invite you to make a donation to a very exciting conference that EMAJ and others have planned in Philadelphia.
     
    Indeed, I am delighted to announce that the Black Radical Tradition conference, which long has been percolating in our minds, is now up and alive – building to its actual conference date of January 8-10, 2016 at Temple University. It is entitled Reclaiming Our Future: The Black Radical Tradition in Our Time.  It will feature critical dialogue in our current political moment between those of earlier and recent generations who identify with the black radical tradition.

    Anthony Monteiro, Johanna Fernandez (also a Coordinator of EMAJ and of the Bring Mumia Home Campaign) and myself have been plugging away since May - meeting, talking, ruminating, struggling for speakers and a venue at Temple University – in order to get this meeting up and off the ground. Angela Y. Davis and Robin D. G. Kelley first indicated they’d speak. We also got a big boost when Cornel West decided to come forward.
     
    Now younger organizers, such as Charlene Carruthers of Black Youth Project 100, Alicia Garza of #Blacklivesmatter have agreed to join us, as well as Steven Salaita of the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign campus. Mumia Abu-Jamal will no doubt phone-in, and he has already made some savvy suggestions for the event.
    Temple University’s Intellectual Heritage Program, with Political Scientist Dr. Joseph Schwartz’s sponsorship, helped us land a major auditorium right on the main campus of Temple.
     
    Now, after some very strategic meetings this Fall a Conference Web Siteis now open online. You will find all necessary information available there. See especially "The Call to Action" at the site.
     
    Now, we are hoping that EMAJ members might support this event with some strategic contributions to allay financial costs. As you can imagine this is a major and costly venture. We need your support. If you can give – really, any amount at all- this would help the conference success a great deal. Also, it enables EMAJ to back its organizational work on this conference with its financial support as well.
    Please give directly at the DONATIONS page of the conference. Your contribution is tax deductible.
     
    Also, when you make your donation, please drop an email to me, thus letting EMAJ know that our members are making a contribution. SEND NOTICE OF THE AMOUNT OF YOUR DONATION to me at mark.taylor@ptsem.edu. This will allow EMAJ to know how much it is giving, and enable it to be listed as a financial co-sponsor, in addition to our role as planners and conveners of the conference. 
     
    Thanks,
    Mark Lewis Taylor, EMAJ

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    File:Book cover, Soledad Brother by George Jackson.jpg
    October 28, 2015

    The response to ‘George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine’

    “This is an important event for the Palestinian prisoner.”– Dr. Sari Nussibeh
    “We have to reinforce solidarity with freedom-minded people all around the world.” – Issa Qaraka
    “The Abu Jihad center does solidarity work movements for liberation.” – Dr. Fayed Abu Al-Hajj
    The Abu Jihad museum at Al Quds University is hosting an international exhibition titled “George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine,” which opened Oct. 20, 2015. It is the first international exhibit of this center for prisoner movement affairs located in the Abu Dis village of Jerusalem. The exhibition links the Palestinian prisoner struggle with the struggles of other political prisoners around the world. It aims to raise international awareness about the reality of prisoners in general and what the Israeli Occupation State is doing to harass Palestinian prisoners in particular.
    The ceremonial opening of the exhibition was preceded by a symposium focused on George Jackson, the Black revolutionary prisoner of North America, and his connection to Palestinian struggles, Palestinian writers and Palestinian prisoners. His belief in the Palestinian right to self-determination, a strong belief shared by his comrades, was a central topic of discussion.
    Speakers included Dr. Fayed Abu Al-Hajj, the head of the Abu Jihad center, and Dr. Issa Qaraka, the head of the Committee of Prisoner Affairs. Also speaking were Sahar Francis, the director of Addameer (Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association), and Greg Thomas, a political activist and university professor visiting Palestine from the United States.
    The launch was attended by ex-prisoners themselves, as well as Dr. Sari Nussibeh, a member of the Al Quds University Board of Trustees; Dr. Imad Abu-Kishki, the current president of the University; and Radi Al-Jarai, the deputy minister of the Ministry of Prisoners and a lecturer at Al Quds University, not to mention a range of political activists and representatives from human rights organizations and prisoner organizations. Many media outlets were on hand to cover both the opening and the symposium.

    The Abu Jihad museum at Al Quds University is hosting an international exhibition titled “George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine,” which opened Oct. 20, 2015.

    The exhibition generated a tremendously positive reaction, collectively confirming the importance of continuing to link people and activists who call for freedom and liberation on a worldwide level.
    Dr. Sari Nussibeh expressed his appreciation for the Abu Jihad center’s enormous efforts in bringing this exhibition to fruition. He pointed out that Al Quds University, from its initial decision to house the Abu Jihad center on campus, always wanted to make it an active organization in terms of forging international connections with political and human rights movements enacting human liberation.
    Nussibeh explained that enabling Palestinians to experience an exhibit on the life of a prison activist incarcerated in America is very important for the Palestinian prisoner as well as American public opinion on the matter of prisoners and imprisonment, and asserted that he will be happy to see such activity continue.
    In his turn, Dr. Fayed Abu Al-Hajj expressed his sincere happiness about being able to mount such an exhibition, saying: “We, as the Abu Jihad center and the Al Quds University family, consider the hosting of this event to be like a Palestinian wedding. It is a coming together for the Palestinian people, the female prisoners as well as the male prisoners – not only the Palestinians and the Arabs, but also for prisoners all around the world.
    “We are honored to host this historic exhibition that bears the name of one of the great Black freedom fighters in America, to honor his legacy as he spent his life defending the ethics of liberty and being active against oppression, injustice and exploitation.
    “This exhibition will be a cornerstone of the Abu Jihad center as we practice the vision of Dr. Nussibeh. He is the one who made it possible for us to reach this stage of the center’s work, a stage in which we are able to communicate with the rest of the world, support them in their causes, and win them over to stand up for our cause.”
    He pointed out that the Palestinian people know the scale of the injustice and racism befalling Black brothers and sisters in the United States. “In this regard we remind the people of the whole world, including the people of the United States, that our people are facing racism, injustice and abuse in all its forms at the hands of the Israeli occupation state. And we demand that people stand firm in the face of continued occupation and apply pressure on their government to end their support for the occupation state.”

    “We are honored to host this historic exhibition that bears the name of one of the great Black freedom fighters in America, to honor his legacy as he spent his life defending the ethics of liberty and being active against oppression, injustice and exploitation.”

    Abu Al-Hajj also elaborated on the fighting life of George Jackson, saying that Jackson was just like a thousand Palestinian political prisoners. “He taught himself from within his prison cell. He joined the Black Panthers, which was active in confronting racism in the United States. And we have occasion to remember their struggle, especially when we feel the racism, oppression and abuse has reached a peak.”
    He also highlighted the importance of practicing solidarity between popular struggles, as this provides moral support for Palestinian prisoners who are caged in Israeli dungeons. “And let’s remember the moment after Jackson’s assassination, when the prison guards told his mother, ‘We killed one of your sons last year, and we killed yet another one of your sons today. Pretty soon you’ll have no more sons left.’ She replied, ‘I have sons all over the world wherever people are fighting for freedom.’ It is amazing how many Palestinian mothers have repeated these very words, especially when their loved ones fall into the clutches of the Israeli prisons.”
    On another note, Abu Al-Hajj remarked that the Abu Jihad center is very active in networking with the international liberation movements, including those in South Africa, reporting that when the vice president of South Africa visited the center, he was astonished by the quantity of materials in the museum and the cultural and literary reservoir of the Palestinian political prisoners.

    The voice of freedom is one

    On behalf of Al Quds University, Dr. Imad Abu Kishek congratulated the Abu Jihad center on this great achievement, affirming that Al Quds prioritizes the issues of prisoners because they relate to such a broad swath of Palestinian society. He added further that the existence of the center’s exhibition featuring Jackson’s political struggle is also beneficial to a wide range of students and activists.
    “It moves us to look at the prisoners from a wider lens and to relate our struggles to the struggles of other people who also suffer injustice and discrimination.” He hopes that Abu Jihad center will continue to host exhibitions hailing from different areas that support the Palestinian cause.
    Dr. Issa Qaraka thanked the center and the university for their efforts in hosting the exhibition and the opening symposium, “especially at this time when our sons are rising up in the face of Israeli state oppression, racism and injustice.” In this regard, he pointed out that the face of oppression and injustice is one and the voice of freedom is also one, “internationally, everywhere.” “This is what unites strugglers all around the world.”
    He added that Jackson was killed in prison, just like the Palestinian Abrahim Al-Raii was killed in his Israeli prison cell. “The cell in which Jackson lived under so much oppression and injustice is the same cell in which thousands of male and female Palestinian prisoners are suffering. They are suffering from injustice, the denial of rights and attempted murder.
    “Just as Jackson was offered bad food on a daily basis, thousands of Palestinian prisoners are offered bad food. Just as Jackson was forbidden books and such, our female and male Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli dungeons are daily denied literature, letters and educational materials.

    “The cell in which Jackson lived under so much oppression and injustice is the same cell in which thousands of male and female Palestinian prisoners are suffering. They are suffering from injustice, the denial of rights and attempted murder.”

    “It is not even so strange to find a poem in Jackson’s cell that was written by the Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim, titled ‘Enemy of the Sun.’ That poem united freedom-minded people of the world. All the systematic killing and oppression carried out by the Israeli government are just manifestations of other systems that were used against many other oppressed peoples.
    “This is what guides us and strengthens our solidarity with all the freedom-minded people of the world and with the struggles of those who are on the road to freedom and justice. We consider the USA to be the father of all the oppression and injustice that befalls our people, as the USA fertilizes and bolsters the Israeli occupation state.”
    Qaraka also pointed out that “Israel” is considered an Apartheid state by all the world’s experts on the subject. “Look at what’s happening now in the city of Jerusalem and what happened earlier with the building the Apartheid separation wall. Look at the ideology of racism that is constantly fed to the Israeli youth.
    “Look at the legal decisions of the Israeli courts. The settlers commit crimes against Palestinian families with impunity, while our sons are being sentenced to tens of years in prison for any reaction to the violence of the Israeli army and the settlers.”
    “Let us not forget the denial of our most basic rights in these courts. On this matter, Jackson had ‘put his finger on the wound,’ the Palestinian wound that continues to bleed. It is important to recognize that what makes his experience so exemplary is that he politically educated and re-socialized himself in the prison, taking inspiration from the steadfastness of Palestinian prisoners like Samih al-Qasim.
    “And I believe the real reason for killing him was that he drank from the ethics of liberation and the defense of human rights.” He concluded, “We as Palestinian people bring to life the legacy of all the freedom fighters of the world through this display of Jackson’s life.”

    “We as Palestinian people bring to life the legacy of all the freedom fighters of the world through this display of Jackson’s life.”

    Sahar Francis was also thankful that Abu Jihad has organized this exhibit, stating that it is very important to deepen and empower the relationship between the Palestinian revolution and freedom fighters internationally. She focused on solidarity that has already been forged between many organizations, especially those that challenge prisons, policies against political activists, and the many companies that facilitate and profit from the “security” complex of the U.S. and Israeli prison systems.
    Most notable here is “G4S,” the British multinational “security” company that is the world’s largest such company. “We recently learned that Bill Gates was supporting them and is investing in them. In response, we activists applied abundant pressure on him to withdraw his investment. And we succeeded.”
    She added that this is proof that we can do much more when we work in partnership with international organizations. “It is necessary to network with other struggles. Then we will bring to justice all the companies that violate international law.”
    Francis observed that the Israeli occupation state is benefiting from every method of oppression and exploitation that has been practiced by other governments in their attempts to destroy Palestinian society. “As we see in multiple situations and scenarios, arrest or detention is an aim in and of itself for the Israeli occupation state, which operates in exactly the same manner in the United States of America.
    “An example of this is in the schools – whenever a Black student violates any kind of rule, he or she will be subjected to the worst punishment, which may entail actual imprisonment, which may then lead to denial of social services, which may further lead to denial of employment or work. This is exactly what Israel is doing by targeting school kids.
    “Another example is what recently passed in the Israeli Parliament, a law that allows the force-feeding of prisoners, as practiced by the United States government in Guantanamo. All of this compels us to continue cooperation with the freedom-minded people of the world.”
    The U.S.-based scholar and activist Greg Thomas presented his sincere thanks to Abu Jihad center, represented by the director, Dr. Fayed Abu Al-Hajj, whose full support led to the successful hosting of this exhibition. Thomas emphasized that the center powerfully represents the ongoing and historical struggles of the Palestinian people.
    Thomas explained that many international activists regularly celebrate the legacy of George Jackson, and that Abu Jihad center, as an institution that genuinely appreciates the role of prisoners as thinkers and militants, is perhaps the best place to host an exhibition on this great revolutionary fighter for freedom.
    He added that Jackson was an enemy of colonialism, racism and capitalism. He said Jackson became a legend inside the prisons and outside of them. A revolutionary role model for his fellow inmates, he completed two books in prison, one of which was published after prison guards assassinated him, on Aug. 21, 1971, when he was only 29 years old.
    The French writer Jean Genet, a supporter of the Palestinian struggle, wrote the introduction for Jackson’s first book, “Soledad Brother,” describing it as “a striking poem of love and combat.” The manuscript for Jackson’s second book, “Blood in My Eye,” was smuggled out of the prison shortly before the state assassinated him.
    Thomas maintained that Jackson is still alive and present in the souls of world revolutionaries against oppression. And he lives on in the nightmares of oppressive systems – a symbol of uncompromising freedom.
    From prison, Jackson would join the Black Panther Party, a legendary organ for Black power in the United States and a party that supported the Palestinian struggle. This led to the establishment of a Palestinian group under the same name in the 1980s. Palestinian revolutionaries inspired Jackson and his Black Panthers, while Jackson is himself considered to be the architect of the modern anti-prison movement in the U.S.
    Finally, Radi Al-Jarai agreed that this type of exhibition is very helpful for the Palestinian prisoners’ cause, since it connects this liberation struggle to those of freedom-minded people around the world. It also reminds us of the extent to which the Palestinian struggle has inspired other movements for justice, as well as other poets and writers, across the world.
    But perhaps most importantly it increases the level of historical awareness among Palestinian youth of the history of oppression of Blacks in the United States, the ways they maintain opposition against it and the heavy price to be paid for freedom in the struggle for liberation.
    This story was translated by Mahmoud Muna.





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    Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 863.9977www.freedomarchives.org

    PALESTINE by Marvin X (El Muhajir)

    I am not an Arab, I am not a Jew
    Abraham is not my father, Palestine is not my home
    But I would fight any man
    Who kicked me out of my house
    To dwell in a tent
    I would fight
    To the ends of the earth
    Someone who said to me
    I want your house
    Because my father lived here
    Two thousand years ago
    I want your land

    Because my father lived here
    Two thousand years ago.
    Jets would not stop me
    From returning to my home
    Uncle toms would not stop me
    Cluster bombs would not stop me
    Bullets I would defy.
    No man can take the house of another
    And expect to live in peace
    There is no peace for thieves
    There is no peace for those who murder
    For myths and ancient rituals
    Wail at the wall

    Settle in "Judea" and "Samaria"
    But fate awaits you
    You will never sleep with peace

    You will never walk without listening.
    I shall cross the River Jordan
    With Justice in my hand
    I shall return to Jerusalem
    And establish my house of peace,
    Thus said the Lord.
     
     
    © 1972 by Marvin X, Black Scholar Magazine, circa 1970 
    Marvin X and Nubian at Academy of da Corner, BAM District, Oakland CA

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    Iranian leader: 'Death to America' refers to policies, not the nation

    Iran's Supreme Leader slams 'arrogant' U.S.

    Iran's Supreme Leader slams 'arrogant' U.S.01:24

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    (CNN)"Death to America" just isn't what it used to be.
    On Tuesday, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made a speech to university students, to which they responded with shouts of "Death to America!"
    That's nothing new in Iran, particularly if the Ayatollah is speaking.
    But it's not a common way to refer to a country with which you have just concluded a deal to get international sanctions lifted, perhaps. 

    And what really was new was the convoluted statement the leader made attempting to redefine the meaning of the slogan.

    Slogan 'backed by reason and wisdom'

    Going back through more than half a century of U.S.-Iranian history, the leader said the slogan was justified and would stay.
    But he added this, according to PressTV, the official Iranian broadcaster:

    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has a new take on "Death to America."
    "The slogan 'death to America' is backed by reason and wisdom; and it goes without saying that the slogan does not mean death to the American nation; this slogan means death to the U.S.'s policies, death to arrogance."

    In his tour of history, Khamenei included an American-backed coup in Iran in 1953 and the spying he said was done from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, which Iranian students and radicals took over in 1979. They held dozens of American Embassy workers hostage for more than a year.
    Having completed his explanation, Khamenei announced, according to his official website, that he had proved his point.

    "This slogan means death to the policies of the U.S. and arrogant powers," he said, "and this logic is accepted by every nation when explained in clear terms."
    Khamenei's comments came on the eve of the 36-year anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy.

    National day against 'Global Arrogance'

    Iran's state-run news agency IRNA reported that demonstrators in Tehran marked the anniversary Wednesday by burning U.S. flags and making a statement declaring that the United States was Satan.
    "We consider U.S. as Great Satan and we believe that fighting the arrogant powers is logical," it quoted the statement as reading.

    The U.S. Embassy was known as the "Den of Espionage," IRNA reported.
    A day earlier, the news agency reported that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had told the Cultural Revolution Supreme Council that the embassy takeover was considered Iran's second revolution.
    "The U.S. embassy takeover formed the pillars of the country's independence and fighting against the arrogant power by the Islamic Revolution in Iran," it quoted him as saying.

    The November 4 anniversary was referred to as the national day against the "Global Arrogance,'" it said.

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    The Black Arts Movement Poet's Choir and Arkestra at the University of California, Merced 
    BAM Conference, 2014
    A Kim McMillan/Marvin X Production


    Marvin X is calling all members of the Black Arts Movement Poet's Choir and Arkestra to join him at the Silence the Noise Rally, 12th and Adeline, West Oakland, Saturday, November 8, 2015, 10AM

    Marvin X will perform at the Silence the Noise rally on Saturday at the church, 12th and Adeline, West Oakland. The BAM Choir and Arkestra should arrive by 10AM and plan to perform ASAP. We should also help spread the word about the establishment of the Black Arts Movement Cultural and Economic District, along the 14th Street corridor, downtown Oakland.

    If you haven't, please sign the online petition.

    All conscious artists should be present, especially those who consider themselves in the tradition of Ancestor Paul Roberson, the Artistic Freedom Fighter!

    In honor of Paul, we are artistic freedom fighters as well! We dedicate our art to the freedom of our people! We are not artists for arts sake in the White Supremacy tradition of Europe, but we are artists who function in harmony with our people who are oppressed and thus our primary and essential duty is to join with them in struggle for freedom, justice and equality. Somebody say Ache!

    The Black Arts Movement Poet's Choir and Arkestra at the Malcolm X Jazz/Art Festival, Oakland, 2014, under the direction of Marvin X



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    Hello Marvin X,
    You are invited to the following event:
    Black Arts & Culture District - Planning Session
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    Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
    Monday, November 16, 2015 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (PST)
    City Hall
    1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
    Hearing Room 3
    Oakland, CA 94612

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    Event registration is by invitation only. Register with your email address to attend this event.
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    Council President McElhaney is bringing together a group of African American artists, culture keepers and downtown business owners to help craft a vision of a downtown that honors and lifts up our unique heritage and history as a center of black arts and culture.



    We hope you can make it!

    Cheers,
    Erika Broyard, Assistant to Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney

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    Suggested Elements of the Black Arts Movement Cultural and Economic District for downtown Oakland

    The following are some of my thoughts toward the establishment of a comprehensive plan for the BAM District, downtown Oakland. Please let me know your thoughts. This project is bigger than any one person. Indeed, it must be a communal plan for the next fifty to one hundred years. 
    --Marvin X, Planner, BAM District, Oakland

    1. Property in the BAM District placed in land trust to ensure longevity of district, thus not subject to developers and gentrification. District placed under immediate rent control.


    2. Special residents in the BAM District housing receive life estate, e.g., chronic homeless, mentally ill, addicts in recovery, artists, senior citizens, recently released from incarceration and others with special needs.


    3. Artists, business persons, vendors, meet to agree on principles of understanding for those in the district, e.g., a positive attitude must prevail at all times. Keep negativity to a minimum.

    4. All persons in BAM District must attend peer group mental health sessions to recover from the addiction to white supremacy Type I and II.

    5. Saturday African Market Day, including Farmer's Market and Arts & Crafts vendors. Street vendors during the week as well, as in San Francisco, Berkeley and elsewhere to enable economic stability for BAM artists and craft persons, entrepreneurs and youth to acquire business acumen.

    6. Banners up immediately after declaration of BAM District, e.g., flag, icons of BAM and political heroes/sheroes, local, national and international, i.e., Pan African champions of freedom and justice.

    7. A children's village at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza.

    8. Educational tour of district for all Oakland students to learn the North American African contribution to Oakland and the world.

    9. Budget for planning and operating district for five to ten years.

    10. Immediate pilot project between Clay and Franklin along 14th to test project virtues and flaws of business persons, vendors, artists, educators, street mental health workers, security persons.

    11. Tour guides.

    12. Board of Directors and bylaws for operating district.

    13. Establish BAM District as tourist site.

    14. Music and art display and performance along the corridor.

    15. Free speech area at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza and/or Lake Merritt amphitheatre.

    16. In honor of Marvin X (Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland--Ishmael Reed) establish a permanent structure for Academy of da Corner at 14th and Broadway, Legba Square. Establish endowment fund so Marvin X can continue his mission of educating, inspiring and motivating Oakland youth and adults.

    17. Every adult member of the BAM District must mentor at least one youth so the baton can be passed to them ASAP.

    18. The BAM District should acquire and maintain a fresh spirit of radical consciousness, not one steeped in reactionary and/or conservative notions from the past. For sure, the elders should dispense their wisdom freely so youth are aware of our traditions and how to expand on it as we pass the baton to them. BAM Master Sun Ra said, "The children are the elders." Indeed, at two years old, my grandson said to me as we walked to Lake Merritt from Academy of da Corner, "Grandpa, you can't save the world, but I can!" At the Laney College BAM 50th Celebration this year, my daughter's comments went viral during the panel Black Arts/Black Power Babies, an inter-generational dialogue.
    "We're ready and able, so pass the baton, Dad!"

     Nefertiti, Marvin X's oldest of three daughters, jammed him at Laney College BAM 50th Celebration, "Dad, you say pass the baton but you won't pass it. We're qualified and ready, so pass the baton!"
    photo Kenny Johnson


    Kujichagulia said, "Yes, I brainwashed my children to prevent them from acquiring the addiction to white supremacy Type II. Her daughter Taiwo speaks on BAM/Black Power Babies panel. Mother Kujichagulia is so proud!
    photo Kenny Johnson


    Hello Marvin X,
    You are invited to the following event:
    Black Arts  Culture and Business District - Planning Session
    divider
    Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
    Monday, November 16, 2015 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (PST)
    City Hall
    1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
    Hearing Room 3
    Oakland, CA 94612

    View Map

    divider
    Event registration is by invitation only. Register with your email address to attend this event.
    divider
    Council President McElhaney is bringing together a group of African American artists, culture keepers and downtown business owners to help craft a vision of a downtown that honors and lifts up our unique heritage and history as a center of black arts and culture.



    We hope you can make it!

    Cheers,
    Erika Broyard, Assistant to Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney

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