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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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  • 04/26/17--06:18: Poems by Patrick Howell
  • Image result for malik seneferu painting of the spirit
    Aesthetic Ascension series by Malik Seneferu,


    we are
    cosmic earthlings asleep
    at this epoch of our collective being
    awakened only when our chakras
    banging at the lowest infinitesimal monotone metronome frequency
    Boom.  Boom. Ka-bang.
    are disrupted by  the wicked doings and the impositions
    of our souls by them evil ones.
    Then, sleeping giants tremble terrible awakened,
    marching with the authority of elephant herds
    in the long rhythmic strides of gazelles across the plain lands
    roaring in the chorus of the lion’s prides
    with the organization and immediacy of the flock heading
    for its true north, after our longest winter.
    A lost tribe -
    Intergalactic, our reach is from the earth to the heavens,
    the majestic wing expanse of eagles,  
    the grace, precision and beauty of humming birds,
    the electricity and power of the mighty ocean,
    and the magic of mystery,
    the majesty of gods.

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    Patrick A. Howell photographed at UC Santa Barbara Black Student Union
    Photo and Artwork by Malik Seneferu

    And then, well, the vibe is alive
    and we have the love of God, a Spirit Force
    where there is nothing that we cannot affect
    for we have done it all before
    as Olmec, Pharaohs, Moors
    Kush, Mesopotamian, Stars
    Black lives have always mattered most in  
    the cosmos, Electric church, blue notes
    and the most high heavenly frequencies.
    Psychosomatic cosmic dust -
    We are-
    the dreams of ancient eternals and ancestors
    whose towering visions
    are matched only by our grind
    hustle and grit.  We channel the earth,
    our bodies with our bodies.

    Yes, yes.  Yes, to thyselves let us be truly

    awakened NOW
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    FREDRICK DOUGLASS by Jules Arthur,

    These Griots

    Magnificent energies fleshed,
    low baritone is humming-
    resonating truths, meting out justices…
    just by simple being.
    Soiled mahogany dripping.
    Magnificent like empires,
    cosmic metaphors
    come from the eternal fires
    of original creation
    outside the space that created time.

    These griots – they be taking thrones
    Wherever they sit.  As they be.
    Wisdom of ages, their minds are tomes
    where there was once marvel,
    re-imagining worlds from with-
    in -  magical beings.
    See them, amongst us
    manifesting.  Call ‘em old
    their soul eternal, priceless treasures
    platinum, silvers, gold.

    Dark matter of consciousness
    Transformed into epochs, new ages,
    new ways of being
    from the darkened nebuli
    of the inner mind, rooted in cosmic
    re-imagines herself  and her relationship
    the sun burns a little rosier upon the
    the griots crown – time having tinged
    the widows peak silver.

    Be careful !
    These Griots- they wit sharp like acid
    gone is they id,
    call you stupid, make you it.
    Yes – I said it – Griots stand/sit
    and the cosmos alter.
    It’s not so hard to explain with these Griots-
    They are made of the immortal
    and their imaginations soiled fertile with living
    realities.  These Griots manifest by but….

    These Griots.
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    Painting by Jules Arthur,

    King Toure’ Art Man
    1. Art Man. Hear history. Art Askia Touré. Hear now? You listen to Askia Muhammad Touré and you will hear history. You will hear the tears, brimming. You will hear the joy swimming. Hoarse laughter circling. You will hear the pride, unmasked. Yes, a distinct color timbre of glee that is in that voice that is history as it keeps time with staccatoed alliteration and a vibrato that hums. A sweet soul. Magnificent soul of the Kora humming is his S’s. See history is made of men and women who did the work, made the time. Their time is history whose hearts sing as they walked the streets. To Harlem in the 1960s from Songhai in the 1400s, history is paved with blood sweat and tears. Hear? Bone crushing rhythms? Yes - it is loud, undeniable. And definite percussion. Authority. Animal skin on Djembe drum rapping. It is our voices emerge from the dark into the light of day. It is the sound of elections. It is the sounds of revolutions. Resistance. Soulutions. The earth’s heart beating is earthquakes and them- they voices. It is the beat of a man’s heart covered over in voice. And these hearts in unison, a great spirit force immortal. Risen. Now, history sits at a room in Boston and composes lines to not only record the record but carry the spirit forward. The voice carries on from the mouth of a svelte sage into the ears of youngs. Hear it now? Yes. It’s the voice of Askia Muhammad Touré. Black. Arts. Movement. It’s poetic dialect. Didactic. Red heart, earth center. Talk slowly beat. We are born again again and again. This fire rages. Calmed only by breezes.   Spread like wild fire by breezes.
    2. But let’s ground these words to earth and bring the high talk to the earth’s granular vibrations. I’ve said it before - What a blessing it is to converse with the elders; to glean their wisdom with simple truths, simple talk. Their words are like a benediction. They are sonar bridges throughout the ages. Are we listening to our elders? What Askia Muhammad Touré embodies is the beauty of our elders. What Malaika Adero built is the libraries.   What Chestor Higgins, eye of Horus, sees is creation as the sun.  What Marvin X. Jackmon embodies is the power of our spirits.   What Abiodun Oyewole is the keeps the rap rooted.  Who Marie Dutton Brown listens to is the orders of ancestors.   And we are a wealthy people. Billions is a meager number when compared to the riches of our soul, of our legacy. Our elders are rich with time, cosmic beings who know no limits. These are the shoulders upon which we stand upon. And this is the measure by which our children will look to us, their forebearers, a new power generation.

    https://urbanintellectuals.comAskia Mohammad I-Meme
    1. See now? Askia Muhammad Toure’ is the spirit unrivalled in living and the spirit fleshed from ancient ruler to ruling griot, the times were not lost on him but made by him, enhanced by him, made whole by metaphysical knowings. How are we born? How will we die? Askia Toure is not concerned with that. The charlatans flee his presence. He knows the secrets and it is within how we live, enhanced by an eternal fire with no end, lighting days and ending nights. Black Pride! Fire that crushes the narcissism, barbarism and nihilism of capitalism. From the Niles to the Kilimanjaro, he carries within a barrel chest broad, the beat for generations- from Black Power Movement to Millennials carrying forth the fight for black liberation, from the pride of ancients, his is the voice carrying instruction. Black Panthers strut tall and long. From the tall grass of the Sahara to the Oakland, Chicago, Detroit and NYC urbans. From the Pyramids to the Streets of Harlem, his is instruction that will born Hip Hop, make the world spin like on boogie. Instruction that will born the new era hereto un-named. Instruction that will cleanse itself and renew the contract for our beautiful women, through whom travel the unborn, the unknown, the new heroes. King griot Askia Muhammad Toure’ - He is ours, a smile as broad as the heavens, dimples deep as waterfalls cascading. Our living, breathing liberation. No cheap commercial, this the real thang, a cosmic heart beating. His is the divine masculine, percolating territories from ancient kingdoms to afro- futuristic landscapes. In his palms, the palm lines are oceans and mountains, hereto un-named. Futures unfurling with great African names.
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    A mystic preacher, metaphysical in form, his is the wisdom of the ages, the metaphysics of the sages, raging fierce for the divine feminine, every syllable uttered, a sly tryst increasing the entwinement betwix his masculine and her feminine. Oh, how Askia Muhammad Toure’ loves his woman. He loves his women as only black man with a black soul could. He would kill for his women but so much more powerful is his towering vulnerability and gentle soul, he will live for his black woman, and passage of time will not still this beautiful will. His is the terrible fire sweeping through towering myriad conscience, keeping us straight woke! His is the spirits and souls and tribal edicts of technologies that are coals waiting to be be lit by new soul, new knows, new millennials. Askia Muhammad Toure’s is the immortal soul of our beloved ancestor resurrected. A mythic figure beyond time.

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     Academy of da Corner Lakeshore   District

    Academy of da Corner, Berkeley (ASHBY BART STATION)

    Marvin X, "the USA's Rumi" (Bob Holman), "Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland" (Ishmael Reed), was discovered today by the Lakeshore District's  crowd. In truth, the peripatetic, indefatigable poet, playwright, essayist, philosopher, activist and co-founder of the Black Arts Movement and Oakland's recently declared Black Arts Movement Business District, often sets up his Academy of da Corner on Lakeshore, especially as an adjunct space to his "official" space in the BAMBD at 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland, and at the Berkeley Flea Market.

    Today he was discovered by a Peet's Coffee bar tender, Haley, after she overheard his three hour interview with Mills College graduate student, Jasmeen doing her thesis on the Black Arts Movement, the most radical literary and artistic movement in American history. At the end of his interview, he told the grad student he knew people were "ear hustling" their conversation, but he didn't know the bar tender was observing his every move and those he interacted with, including Black Panther member Erica Huggins and later in the afternoon, novelist Cecil Brown, with whom Marvin X invited outside to his stand. Filled with curiosity, on her break, the bar tender came up to the poet's "Academy of da Corner, Lakeshore" and told him, "You must be a very important person, I observed your interview with the Mills College graduate student. I saw Erika Huggins come over to you and I watched you interact with Cecil Brown. I want to know who you are because I know you are somebody important, " said the curious, young white woman. The poet let her check out his book of parables and fables. He directed her to his parable Woman in the Box, then Parable of the Heart. Haley was impressed and excited to obtain her autographed book by the living legend, whose comrades have included, Danny Glover, Ed Bullins, Hurriyah Asar,  Amiri Baraka, Eldridge Cleaver, Angela Davis, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Sun Ra, Askia Toure, Huey Newton Bobby Seale, et al.

    Cecil Brown informed the poet that he will assign his Stanford University students to interview the poet ASAP.

     Marvin X at Oscar Grant Plaza, across from his Academy of da Corner, 14th and Broadway

    photo Pendarvis Harshaw

    Marvin X, publisher of The Movement Newspaper, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and associate editor, Prosperity Carter

    Marvin X at his Academy of da Corner, BAMBD, 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland
    photo Adam Turner

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    Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra Rock Oakland’s Malcolm X Jazz Festival

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    posted by Robert J. Carmack    a   re-post from Black Bird Press News
    This past weekend I missed what I used to make every year when I lived in East Bay-Oakland area. The Malcom X Jazz Festival in San Antonio Park, Oakland California. this event is always produced by the Eastbay Arts Alliance  Celebrating Malcom X birthday.
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    Marvin X Poet & Bin Hassan-original Last Poets

    The performances of Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir & Arkestra  Featuring
    Don Murray &
    Marvin X poet & living legend Don Murray saxes
    Living legends poet Marvin X,  sax man David Murray and trumpet master Earle Davis 
    Mechelle La'Chaux
    L-R Tarika Lewis Violin & Mechelle La’chaux vocals
    This was hardly a one man show. Other performers included Choreographer Linda Johnson and her dancers–Linda opened the show and stole the show with the beauty of her movement. There was harpist and vocalist Destiny Muhammad; violinist Tarika Lewis with her young students (awesome); vocalist Mechelle LaChaux, actress/poet Ayodele Nzinga; poets Genny Lim, Toreada Mikell, Pa
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    Culture Pimps and Ho's in the BAMBD
    by Marvin X

    Culture Pimps and Ho's in the BAMBD

    My chief adviser, Rt. Col. Conway Jones, Jr., said to me from the beginning of our symbiotic relationship, i.e., how does a decorated USA military man and a revolutionary Black Nationalist join hands for the betterment of their people in particular and the American people in general?

    Nevertheless, these two dirty old men came together in one of America's most radical cities, Oakland, California to advance the cultural revolution of America. Rt. Air Force Col. Jones told the revolutionary poet on the 50h Anniversary of the Black Arts Movement, "Marvin, your production of this event is the biggest thing to happen in Oakland in the last fifty years. This is your time and I support your effort. Just know this: the arts is the most dangerous game in town!"

    "More dangerous than politics, economics, religion?"
    He replied, "Yes, more dangerous than all those institutions because the arts provide the mythology and propaganda of those institutions. And there is steep competition among artists for the meager resources society provides for struggling artists, no matter what color or class."

    So, does this turn artists into pimps and ho's?

    "You said it, I didn't! Just know this, whatever you do, you must do it alone because nobody is with you, you are by yourself."

    The colonel was not telling me anything new. I recited him my poem entitled I'll Walk Alone."

    To myself, I recalled when San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown invited my theatre group to San Francisco after sending his man to view my play One Day in the Life at Oakland's Uhuru House. San Francisco artists objected to our coming into their city, even though my artistic career began at San Francisco State University and the founding of Black Arts West Theatre in the Fillmore. 

    But more recently in Oakland, a foundation told me if I wanted a grant I had to partner with a local group that refused to meet with me since they wanted a monopoly on any grant funds coming into the hood. Even after blocking me from getting the grant funds, these rats appeared along side me to receive a commendation from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

    Of course, artists are known to steal ideas from their socalled comrades. When you establish an original institution, soon come the pseudo artists with their Miller Lite version of such, and of course their Miller Lite version is more acceptable to the establishment and the authentic institution never receives the proper foundation and corporate funding as the pseudo organization with their Miller Lite aesthetics and fake radical ideology, including their multi-cultural, post racial mission of authenticity.

    The people have begged me to make such information known to them so they can distinguish the fake from the real, but in the effort to establish a unified front, we have said nothing until now. And even now we say, unity, criticism, unity. Further, lakum dinukum waliya din (Arabic: to you your way and to me mine!).

    But the hour is late so we say what we know, especially since it is in harmony with the instructions of my adviser, Col. Conway Jones, Jr. Of course, people ask me why am I associated with a US military man? I say this, "I'd rather be with a true trooper, mass killer, than with a punk bitch ass pseudo revolutionary artist, fake pimp/ho cultural worker, a sycophant of the reactionary political order that will sell out the people for bullshit political correctness, no matter if the people are forced to live in tents under overpasses. It doesn't matter to the artists and politicians allied in a most pitiful association that puts party above the people they claim to represent.

    Even though the Col. is a Republican, he sought to bring funds to Oakland from the Trump administration for low-income housing. But he found no takers in the Democratic sycophants of Oakland, including the religious order, political establishment, developers and corporations. He made an appointment for me as co-founder of the Black Arts Movement Business District, to meet with the Trump Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson, But no developer was interested in funds for low-income housing from the Trump administration, so the tent cities continue to grow in Oakland. And the political establishment is just fine with this emergency situation.

     In our beloved city of San Francisco, we have been informed homeless shelters are filled with North American Africans, yes, until they are forced into the central valley towns so the gentrifiers can replace them in the cities, especially areas like Hunters Point, Fillmore and across the Bay in West Oakland (Former Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, now Governor, said, "West Oakland is closer to San Francisco than San Francisco, meaning the West Oakland BART can get riders to San Francisco's financial district in five minutes, so they can maintain their pitiful lives of nothingness and dread, their world of make believe and conspicuous consumption.

    The artists are quickly bought off with kibbles and bits of benefits so they will not oppose the mass displacement of the masses whom they falsely claim to be the artistic and cultural representatives. But they are pimps and ho's representing themselves only and in no way can claim to be artistic freedom fighters in the tradition of ancestor Paul Robeson.

    --Marvin X

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    Nefertitti Jackmon
    Six Square

    Nefertitti Jackson
    Nefertitti Jackmon is the executive Director for Six Square and has 
    worked for more than 20 years to build the cultural capacity of African 
    American communities and organizations. Nefertitti was born in Fresno,
    California but moved to Houston in 1995. She began her career 
    working for various non-profits and started searching for opportunities 
    outside of Houston. She then landed a dream opportunity with Six 
    Square in Austin. As the executive director of Six Square, she works 
    to preserve and celebrate the historic legacy of the African American 
    community that lived and thrived in Central East Austin. They 
    accomplish this by offering tours of the district so that visitors 
    can learn of the history of the people, places and stories that 
    have contributed to the cultural diversity of Austin. They also 
    produce events and exhibits that celebrate the various genres 
    of African American culture: visual arts, music, food, spoken word 
    and much more. She loves engaging in work that she’s most 
    passionate about. Her background in African American studies 
    was the tool that helped her finally decide what type of nonprofit 
    organization she desired to work with.
    “I firmly believe that as people learn their roots and dig deeper 
    into understanding where they came from, they have a greater 
    capacity to stand tall, to have pride, to love themselves and to 
    find purpose and meaning in their lives. That is what I’m here to
     do, and the story of Black Austin, is the story of Black America. 
    To help unearth that powerful story of resilience is a powerful honor 
    that I will never consider work. I have been energized by Austin and 
    the great opportunities that exist to show the world how we can learn 
    from our past mistakes and build better futures for our children. The 
    systems responsible for creating the area that we now refer to as Six 
    Square, must be completely, and permanently destroyed. There are 
    intelligent, passionate people in Austin who are leading the 
    conversations and the actions needed to create better futures, 
    and my hope is more equitable opportunities for all citizens. 
    That’s what’s most inspiring about Austin.”
    Photographed at Downs Field.

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    When Marvin X called mental health healing a priority at the founding of Oakland's Black Arts Movement Business District, he was laughed at and derided. Today, BAMBD co-founder Paul Cobb suggested BAMBD's headquarters should be at Oakland's John George Psychiatric Hospital. When Marvin was asked what should be done with the Technical Assistance grant from Carmel Developers, again he was laughed at when he suggested the TA grant should be for mental health treatment. He was told the TA grant should be for infrastructure development.

    Oakland's "Plato, Rumi, Hafeez, Saadi" replied, "The BAMBD people, i.e., youth, adults, businesspersons, developers, all need the mental infrastructure to make any positive contribution in the district, otherwise it shall slowly morph into the Miller Lite cultural districts that proliferate America, perpetuating the world of make believe and conspicuous consumption (Dr. E. Franklin Frazier, Black Bourgeoisie), with the added menace of gentrification or ethnic cleansing in the sick name of modernization, i.e., displacement. The "moderns" think buildings are the bedrock of culture when it is the minds and hearts and creativity of the people that propel culture into the now and future.
    For sure, Oakland BAMBD will not get off the ground until sound minds can meet and agree to disagree on certain points of concern. When those of the radical Black Arts Movement can meet with the conservative political, business and artistic community, there shall be the grand possibility of progress.

    We, Black Arts Movement radical artists, must realize a cultural district is a communal endeavor, not the vision of any well meaning visionary, until then the district will be in contention with many forces that are symbiotic and must therefore be synchronized for the better good.

    At this hour, the pressing need is for all those contending forces to meet so they can, in the words of Prophet Isaiah, "reason together...." After all, Oakland is a model city of radicalism and if such model will survive the present era, all conscious people must form the united front Ancestor Amiri Baraka called for in his last days.

    To date, the BAMBD has received nothing but crumbs, no operating budget, no general fund, not one dollar to its BAMBD Billion Dollar Fund. But BAMBD associates have received kibbles and bits from side deals made with developers and others with an interest in controlling and dominating the district.

    Let it be known the BAMBD radical fringe is open to working with liberals and conservatives within the district, whether artists, businesspersons, workers, toward the long-term existence of said district, i.e., for the next 25 to 50 years as envisioned in the City of Oakland's Downtown Plan. 
    --Marvin X

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    3rd Street Poles Get Red, Black and Green Stripes In Honor Of Bayview's Black Heritage

    This morning, SF Public Works began a Baybeautification initiative, painting the poles along the Third Street commercial corridor (from Evans to Jamestown avenues) with red, black and green stripes to celebrate the neighborhood's African-American heritage.
    The project was spearheaded by District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, who issued a statement explaining the reasoning behind the painting:
    “The intention of painting the flagpoles is to create a unifying cultural marker for the Bayview, in the same vein as the Italian flags painted on poles in North Beach, the designation of Calle 24 in the Mission and the bilingual street signs and gates upon entering Chinatown.
    This is about branding the Bayview neighborhood to honor and pay respect to the decades of contributions that African-Americans have made to the southeast neighborhood and to the city. It’s also beautification for the streetscape.”
    With Black History Month around the corner, many neighbors were pleased to see the tribute to African-Americans' community legacy. Several early risers in the community took photos of the poles being painted, expressing their gratitude.

    Tyson of SF Public Works paints a pole. | Photo: Barbara Gratta/Gratta Wines

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  • 05/15/17--10:28: Palestianian Nakba, 69 years
  • PALESTINE by Marvin X (Imam Maalik 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.
    © 2000 by Marvin X (Imam Maalik El Muhajir)

    On Monday, May 15, 2017, 4:15:04 AM PDT, Genny Lim wrote:

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Palestinian BDS National Committee<>
    Date: Mon, May 15, 2017 at 3:00 AM
    Subject: Today Marks 69th Anniversary of Palestinian Nakba

    Dear BDS movement supporter,
    Today, on the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the BNC released the statement below. You can also view it on our website here.
    Thank you for your continuing solidarity,
    Guman Mussa
    Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
    The Palestinian Nakba, 1948

    BDS: Upholding our Rights, Resisting the Ongoing Nakba

    The BNC Commemorates the 69th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba

    It is possible…
    It is possible at least sometimes…
    It is possible especially now
    To ride a horse
    Inside a prison cell
    And run away…
    It is possible for prison walls
    To disappear.
    For the cell to become a distant land
    Without frontiers

    May 15, 2017, Occupied Palestine  – Today marks the 69th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, the mass expulsion of Palestinians from our homeland. Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist paramilitaries, and subsequently Israeli forces, made 750,000 to one million indigenous Palestinians into refugees to establish a Jewish-majority state in Palestine.

    The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) calls on people of conscience the world over to further intensify BDS campaigns to end academic, cultural, sports, military and economic links of complicity with Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. This is the most effective means of standing with the Palestinian people in pursuing our inherent and UN-stipulated rights, and nonviolently resisting the ongoing, intensifying Nakba.
    The Israeli regime today is ruthlessly pursuing the one constant strategy of its settler-colonial project —the simultaneous pillage and colonization of as much Palestinian land as possible and the gradual ethnic cleansing of as many Palestinians as practical without evoking international sanctions.
    Following in the footsteps of all previous Israeli governments, the current far-right government, the most openly racist in Israel’s history, is heeding the words of the Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky who wrote in 1923:
    "Every native population in the world resists colonists as long as it has the slightest hope of being able to rid itself of the danger of being colonised. [...] Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population—behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach."
    Sixty-nine years after the systematic, premeditated uprooting and dispossession of most of the indigenous Palestinian Arabs from the land of Palestine at the hands of Zionist gangs and later the state of Israel, the Nakba is not over. Israel is intent on building its “iron wall” in Palestinian minds, not just our lands, through its sprawling illegal settlements and concrete walls in the occupied Palestinian territory, its genocidal siege of over  2 million Palestinians in Gaza, its denial of the Palestinian refugee’s right to return, its racist laws and policies against Palestinians inside Israel, and its escalating, violent ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and the Naqab (Negev). It is sparing no brutality in its relentless, desperate attempts to sear into our consciousness the futility of resistance and the vainness of hope.
    The present mass hunger strike by over one thousand Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and the grassroots support that it has triggered give us hope.
    The growing support for BDS among international trade unions, including the most recent adoption by the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO)–  representing over 910,000 workers –  of an “international economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel” to achieve comprehensive Palestinian rights, gives us hope.
    The fact the none of the 26 Oscar nominees offered a free, $55,000-valued trip by the Israeli government accepted the propaganda gift and that six out of eleven National Football League players turned down a similar Israeli junket gives us hope.
    The BDS movement has succeeded in sharply raising the price of corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people. It has compelled companies of the size of Orange and Veolia to end their complicity and pushed global giant G4S to begin exiting the Israeli market. Churches, city councils and thousands around the world have pledged to boycott Hewlett Packard (HP) for its deep complicity in Israel’s occupation and apartheid. This gives us and many human rights campaigns around the world great hope.
    The Barcelona municipality’s decision to end complicity with Israel’s occupation, coming on the heels of tens of local councils in the Spanish state declaring themselves “Israeli apartheid free zones,” give us hope.
    The divestment by some of the largest mainline churches in the US, including the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA and the United Church of Christ, from Israeli banks or complicit international corporations gives us hope.
    The spread of remarkably effective BDS campaigns from South Africa to South Korea, from Egypt to Chile, and from the UK to the US gives us real hope.
    The growing intersectional coalitions that are emerging in many countries, organically re-connecting the struggle for Palestinian rights with the diverse international struggles for racial, economic, gender, climate and indigenous justice give us unlimited hope.
    In 1968, twenty years after the Nakba but unrelated to it, Dr. Martin Luther King said, “There can be no justice without peace and there can be no peace without justice.” For seven decades, and against all odds, Palestinians have continued to assert our inalienable right to self-determination and to genuine peace, which can only stem from freedom, justice and equality.
    But to reach that just peace we realize that we must nourish our hope for a dignified life with our boundless commitment to resist injustice, resist apathy and, crucially, resist their “iron walls” of despair.
    In this context, the Palestinian-led, global BDS movement with its impressive growth and unquestionable impact is today an indispensable component of our popular resistance and the most promising form of international solidarity with our struggle for rights.
    No iron wall of theirs can suppress or overshadow the rising sun of our emancipation.

    The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Visit and follow @BDSmovement

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  • 05/16/17--10:50: Sista Gwen Patton, Presente'
  • Veteran Alabama Freedom Fighter, Dr Gwen Patton has joined the Ancestors. She was a key SNCC Organizer and Leader who was instrumental in bringing Malcolm X  down to Alabama to speak to young people in 1965... just days before his assassination. Sister Gwen was also in the forefront of fighting for equity between Sisters & Brothers in and out of the Movement. She was also a key organizer against the Draft and the War in Vietnam helping to organize a National Black Antiwar AntiDraft Union (NBWADU) during the late 1960s and 70s. Sister Gwen went on to become an activist educator and Movement archivist. While in SNCC, she survived two suspicious car accidents with leg injuries (often, SNCC workers would be harrassed by racists on the remote back roads of southern states). Look here for more biographical info of Sister Dr Gwen Patton.... --SEA
    Dr. Gwendolyn M. Patton has been a freedom fighter since birth.  In her own words:  "I was a Movement child and conscious since I was nine years old, in 1952, when I had my first conscious protest in Montgomery, Alabama. My grandmother’s rental property was the Freedom House for SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) organizers. In 1960, when I was 16, I wanted to go to Raleigh, North Carolina for the historic sit-ins, but I couldn’t. When I went to Tuskegee in 1961 as a student, the sit-ins occurred and SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) became a natural organization for me to join — unlike the preacher-dominated and male-controlled SCLC. In SNCC it was a natural peer relationship.

    I was Student Body President at Tuskegee and helped establish a strong community relationship. We raised the term 'relevance' in terms of education and inquiry."

    from Scott Douglass in Birmingham:
    Reception in Honor of Freedom Fighter Dr. Gwen Patton
    Trenholm State College Library
    3086 Mobile Hwy
    Montgomery, AL 36108
    Thursday, May 18, 2017
    5:30pm -  6:30pm
    Delta Sigma Theta
    Montgomery Alumnae 
    Omega Omega Service
    Ross-Clayton Funeral Home
    1412 Adams Ave.
    Montgomery, AL 36104
    Friday, May 19, 2017
    Hutchinson Missionary Baptist Church
    860 Grove Street
    Montgomery, AL 36104
    Saturday, May 20, 2017
    Faith Holsaert
    2109 Sprunt
    Durham, NC 27705

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    Caribbean countries laud themselves on offering idyllic settings where sandy beaches, calming calypso and a laid-back lifestyle beckon.

    But behind the happy-go-lucky image, the region also harbors a darker side: violent crime and a tolerance for domestic violence.

    According to a new study, “Restoring Paradise in the Caribbean: Combatting Violence with Numbers,” the region has some of the lowest victimization by property crime in the world but one of the world’s highest violent crime rates. Nearly 1 in 3 citizens has lost someone to violence, and individuals are more likely to be a victim of assault or a threat than anywhere else in the hemisphere.

    “Tourists, who are not targets of this violent crime in the Caribbean, may be completely unaware that Caribbean citizens are becoming increasingly concerned, and for valid reasons, about violence,” said Heather Sutton, the lead researcher behind the Inter-American Development Bank study based on victimization surveys and released Tuesday during an Inter-American Dialogue panel discussion in Washington, D.C. “Caribbean governments are making significant efforts and spending robust amounts of their budgets trying to solve this problem.”

    The study focuses on five Caribbean countries — the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname. Some 3,000 individuals living in each country’s capital were surveyed. Rather than rely solely on police homicide reports, researchers questioned the victims of crime, 47 percent of whom don’t report incidents to law enforcement.

    Rising crime rates, especially soaring homicide rates in a country like Jamaica, have long been a leading concern in the region and remain a persistent challenge. Another Inter-American Development Bank study, for example, found that one in four Bahamian businesses had been victimized by crime in 2013-14 and crime was a major concern for Bahamians, who last week kicked out the ruling government of the past five years in a general election and ushered in the opposition.

    This week, the chamber of commerce president in Clarendon, Jamaica, complained that an increase in reports of murders, robberies, extortion, and other unlawful activities in the parish were scaring off investors. The parish was cited earlier this month by Jamaica’s National Security Minister Robert Montague as one of the places where fear of victimization remained high despite a 2016 Jamaican crime survey showing victimization levels declining nationally.

    Members of the Mobile Reserve, an arm of the national police, patrol the neighborhood of Dunkirk in Kingston, Jamaica, June 6, 2013.

    Dr. David Allen, a psychiatrist who studies crime in the Bahamas and examines the stories behind the incidents, said the findings of the Caribbean Crime Victimization Survey correspond to what he’s uncovered during his decade of research. Allen has blamed the island-nation’s increase in violence on the Bahamas’s crack cocaine crisis of the 1980s and the country’s economic downturn. It has led, he said, to a breakdown of family values and the formation of youth gangs.

    “Crime is a public health problem,” he said. “Public health means it cannot be solved just by law enforcement.”

    Allen says what is needed, not only in the Bahamas but throughout the Caribbean, is an anti-crime or citizens’ protection council, where victims and even perpetrators of crime join with clergy, businesses owners, government ministers, police and other law enforcement personnel to study the problem and come up with solutions. One place where they can start is with the victims, he said, who are often forgotten. The victims, in turn, victimize others because of their anger resulting from their trauma.

    “There is a high traumatization rate,” Allen said. “If a person is traumatized, particularly a child, they will go into more violence.”

    Sutton said researchers not only found that revenge attacks were a common motivation behind homicides in the Bahamas, but children who are either victims of violence or witnessed violence in their homes risk becoming perpetrators of violence.
    “This is a red flag and this is one of the drivers of the high levels of crime we are seeing — exposure to violence,” she said.

    The Caribbean, she noted, has a high level of tolerance for violence in the home, violence against women and physical discipline. For example, a majority, 66 percent, of Caribbean respondents supported physically disciplining a child who misbehaved, while one in three Caribbean adults — more so than those in Latin America or the United States — had no issues with wife-beating if a woman is unfaithful.

    But while rising crime threatens to taint the Caribbean’s image , Sutton noted that the crime is not everywhere and is often far from the luxurious, tourists resorts that the region has become dependent on. Still, crime is costly, with the survey estimating that it costs the Caribbean 3 percent of Gross Domestic Product, with Barbados being the country least affected and the Bahamas most affected.

    Meanwhile, the region’s crime victims are often concentrated in poorer communities where graffiti, trash and abandoned buildings are the norm, trust among neighbors is low and gangs are aplenty.

    “Overall, most violent crimes were committed in victims’ neighborhoods or homes,” the study found. “Residents are more likely to be attacked or threatened by someone they know than to be robbed by a stranger.”

    The survey found that in Port of Spain, Trinidad, for example, crime is also highly concentrated in certain street segments within neighborhoods.
    “Three percent of street segments concentrated 50 percent of all crimes,” the study found.
    Though their prevalence and power vary from country to country, gangs are responsible for most of the crime and violence in the Caribbean, according to the study.

    Some 28 percent of the Caribbean Crime Victimization Survey respondents reported a gang presence in their neighborhood. Gang presence was highest in the capital areas of the countries with the highest rates of homicide, assault and threat: Port of Spain (49 percent), New Providence (39 percent), and Kingston (32 percent). Among respondents with gangs in their neighborhood, more than half said that gangs interfere with everyday activities.
    “We’ve got kids having to go through different turfs owned by different gangs to go to school,” said Allen, the psychiatrist.

    “Life has become cheap,” Allen added. “Before we had to bring in killers to do the dirty work. Now we have local killers. Before they killed in the dark, now they kill in the daylight and they kill anywhere.”

    And they are doing it with guns in the Bahamas, where the survey found that firearms are involved in 82 percent of the homicides, compared to 73 percent in Jamaica and 73 percent in Trinidad and Tobago.

    “Greater use of firearms in assaults and robberies leadsto a higher rate of homicides levels,” said Sutton, noting that Barbados and Suriname had relatively low homicide rates compared to the other countries and half of the violent crimes were committed with knives.

    Sutton said the hope is that the study will help Caribbean governments, which now spend more on policing than justice, to better use their limited resources to fight violent crime. Among some of the initiatives already taking place is “hot spot” policing in Trinidad and Tobago. Using data, police have figured out what hours of the day and what streets a crime is likely to take place and as a result, increase patrols in those areas.
    “They found in fact a 44 percent reduction in crime in those neighborhoods where they are doing increased patrolling,” Sutton said.

    But she cautioned that policing is not the only solution to this problem.

    “You really need need to have stronger prevention initiatives,” she said.

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    Apertura, 4:00 PM, Viernes 21 de Julio 
    Conversatorio, 11:00 AM, SÁBADO 22 JULIO 
    Calle San Rafael, Entre Zulueta y Monserrate 
    La Habana, Cuba  
    Trayvon Martin Papel de Pared - Instalación, 2017 (detail) 

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  • 05/18/17--14:27: oakland snake pit

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    The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a Smithsonian Institution museum established in December 2003.

    From Marvin X's personal archives

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    The Reluctant Revolutionary

    Marvin X
    photo Kamau Amen-Ra (RIP)

    I am contradiction
    just to confound you
    transcend your myth of me
    submit to your rituals
    I defy you to be me
    not some pure spirit
    righteous holy man
    for your Crucifixion
    I am the meta man
    on the other side of time Sun Ra said
    catch me on the other side if you can
    I am not your leader
    lead yourself
    no more battles I don't need to fight
    don't waste my time
    I go to bed early
    get up
    write after midnight
    as the wicked sleep in their sloth
    dream of passivity
    I am not your leader
    lead yourself
    you know everything
    I can tell you nothing
    you don't know
    and you will do nothing I say anyway
    hard to lead in the right direction, Elijah said
    easy to lead in the wrong direction
    dwell on my contradictions
    not your own
    I admit my sins
    alcohol drugs beautiful women
    yet I am productive on my agenda not yours
    have you written 30 books
    do you stand on the blood of ancestors
    why you coat tailing me
    use the mind God gave you
    Mama told me
    so I do
    what yo mama tell you
    follow me I will set you free?
    follow me and I will confound you
    from river to sea
    just to be me not your myth
    let me think outside the box of your dreams schemes iszms schisms
    sects cults dogmatic ideological fantasies
    I am not your Jesus, Buddha Muhammad
    I am me fat and happy
    naked unashamed
    drunk high longing for hot wet pussy
    come down Mother Theresa
    from your Mother Hubbard no giving up pussy ass
    we would slap yo square ass in the Crack house
    then you would suck every dick in sight
    even the dog's
    and you would not call it rape
    your square ass would be uncovered for the freak you are
    and there would be no shame no guilt
    you just needed encouragement to unveil your freaky ass
    after the nut then what?
    revolution in the name of love
    return of sanity through struggle like fanon said
    let there be movement
    a bowel movement at least
    movement like a negro moving off zero into one
    sun moving to moon
    hate moving to love
    sloth moving to action
    unconscious to consciousness
    even I must move when the people whip me into leadership
    reluctantly I go into the dreadful night of political engagement
    against will desire against joy and happiness to the ugliness
    of political combat
    in the ring with snakes rats liars thieves of the hearts and souls of men women children.
    Must I go there so gently into that night of nothingness and dread
    stressing my soul mind heart
    tarring me apart from the writer I love
    the joy of solitude naked into the night
    full of Henny and dope
    on the other side of time
    I do not care if you are with me there
    in the zone where wise men fear to tread
    I live there love there let me be
    I am not your leader
    lead yourself
    stand for self and kind
    stand sly stone said stand
    no more battles I don't need to fight
    call me if you need me and I will do what I can
    not what you want of me
    how you want me to be
    when you ain't you
    fake as you can be
    fake love in my face
    fake hair fake eyes lips ass breasts
    fake men fake minds
    Chris Rock said everything about you is a lie!
    man woman lie
    only truth about you is you don't know the truth about you
    denial is the clothing you wear
    afraid to be naked truthful
    ashamed of your vital organs
    life giving yet your fear shame guilt abounds
    consumes your being
    you tremble at the nakedness of truth
    you deny the undeniable in your fear and trembling
    just tell the truth snaggle tooth
    Rev. Cecil Williams said, "You want me to do everything, Marvin?"
    People, you want me to do everything
    as you consume your sloth and niggardliness
    let me rest in my drunkenness sex
    don't call me to repeat the days of yore
    battles already won yet misunderstood
    there is no need to fight when the victory is won
    devils shall be devils
    let the second line begin
    let the celebration conquer death
    devils shall kill our children
    that is their job
    murder under the color of law
    police ain't the only killers
    murder in the schools universities
    murder in the food water
    organic toxicity
    murder in the air
    murder in religious myth rituals
    murder in wage slavery indirect welfare handout jobs for life
    murder in the loving family full of hate jealousy envy
    murder murder murder
    murder in the mind
    murder in the heart
    murder in the love bed
    let Shaitan kill love
    let Shaitan kill two souls joined for life
    let Shaitan kill husband kill wife kill children
    hail to Shaitan devil within without
    listen to the whispering devil who whispers into the hearts of men and women.
    who dwells in the Silent Night song for all souls
    let the revolutionary stand
    transcend solitude for the communal
    it is painful for the Shaman to leave his nest on the other side of time
    but sometimes he must
    rise above imagination into pure action for the better good
    stop being the child in toy r us
    be about revolution in his father's house
    revolution in the upper room
    revolution in the dungeon
    revolution in the hearts minds souls of men women children.
    --Marvin X

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