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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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    [col. writ. 12/5/12] © ’12 Mumia Abu-Jamal
    Friends, comrades, Brothas & Sistas—
    We are at a new phase of this struggle; due to your work, I am no longer on Death Row; I am on ‘slow death row.’
    A new place, yes – but, more importantly, a new phase of the struggle for freedom.
    The challenge before us is not to say that which is easy to say; it is to build the Movement that makes freedom not only possible – but inevitable.
    This, I am convinced, we can do.
    We have more than enough tools to reach and touch others; more than enough to build this Movement; more than enough to break free from the shackles and chains of legalized bondage.
    Let us do so!
    Join us!  Build a Movement that shakes the earth!
    Think about this.  What the system has done isn’t about me.
    It’s about you!
    They want to destroy, weaken or scare you off.  They want to stop you, from organizing, from building, from being.
    That’s because you are all examples of Resistance.
    You are all examples of the simple power of people saying, “No!”
    Never underestimate that power!
    So, say “no!” to the Death Penalty!
    Say “No!” to Slow Death Row!
    Say “No!” to the Prison Industrial Complex!
    Back in September, I told you all that We Are the People!
    We are the People that can roll back mass incarceration!
    We are the people that can roll back the growth –and abolish—solitary confinement!
    We are the People that can change the world as it is; to the world that we need to come into being!
    Join us!
    Build the Movement!
    Ona Move!  Long Live John Africa!
    Long Live the Struggle to Bring Change!
    Your brotha,
    --© ’12 maj

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    Yes, we must back up the pigs from killing us. We must also stop us from killing us!--Marvin X
    Angela Davis at Justice for Alan Blueford Rally 
    Tues. Dec. 18- Laney College Theater
    Justice for Alan Blueford Rally 12-18 at 7pm Laney College Theater
    Speakers include:
    • Alan's parents, Jeralynn and Adam Blueford, and family members of other young men murdered by police.
    • Rev. C.D. Witherspoon, Pres., Baltimore Southern Christian Leadership Conference and activist in the struggle against police terror in Maryland.
    • Fred Hampton, Jr., son of Chicago Black Panther leader murdered by Chicago police and FBI.
    • Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10, which organized a large rally and port shutdown for Oscar Grant.
    • Timothy Killings, Laney Black Student Union.

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    Champion Swimmer Piankhi Gibson Had His Start at DeFremery Pool

     Piankhi (inset right) has goals of becoming the best swimmer he can be.

    Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps (right) encouraged young swimmer Piankhi Gibson (left) at the Diversity Select Camp in Colorado Springs where the Olympian spoke to a group of young swimmers. Photos by Gibson family.

    Gibson’s mother, HuNia Bradley (inset left), says she is very proud of her son,
    By Ashley
    Champion swimmer Piankhi Gibson, 20, could achieve the almost impossible mission of succeeding Michael Phelps, as the next Olympic Butterfly-Stroke gold medalist.

    He is the only male swimmer to win the 100-yard butterfly as a freshman in the North Coast championship. He holds 11 medals, including four first place finishes from his high school career.

    Piankhi met Phelps and received words of encouragement. He knows that with continuous practice, an Olympic future is not far from his reach.

    Raised in West Oakland, Gibson graduated from Acalanes High School in Lafayette and is now a sophomore at Auburn University in Alabama.

    Gibson first learned to swim as an 8-year-old with the local recreational swim team at DeFremery Pool in West Oakland. He then swam with the Oakland Undercurrents based at Laney College, the national swim team Concord Terrapins and the Crow Canyon Sharks.

    He earned nationwide success in the Junior Olympics and Far Western championships. He had continued success throughout high school, winning the 200-medley relay as a sophomore and finishing third place in the 50 freestyle in his junior year.
    n his senior year, Gibson won the 50-freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, breaking another barrier as the first to win both races.

    Gibson says Dominic Cathey who swam for UC Berkeley, the Oakland Undercurrents and is now a coach for the team inspired him.
    Gibson also had a chance meeting with Olympic gold medalist Phelps when he attended the Diversity Select Camp in Colorado Springs as an eighth grader, where the Olympian spoke to young aspiring swimmers.

    Majoring in business marketing at Auburn University, he is motivated to make swimming a popular sport and to encourage other young people.

    “There’s this fear of water and swimming. If more kids learn how to swim when they are young, they’ll be more interested,” he said.

    As a result of his swimming, Gibson received a partial swimming scholarship to Auburn. But even with the scholarship, Gibson’s family cannot afford all tuition fees.
    “I want to get to a place where I’m not worrying about if I can pay, so I can put in the work to be the best swimmer I can be,” he said.

    Now completing his third semester at Auburn, Gibson is hoping to receive donations to help him pay $2,500 for tuition this semester.

    “We want people around the Bay Area to give,” said Paul Cobb, Post publisher. The Post News Group is donating $100 to Gibson’s tuition fund. “If 25 people give $100, we can help Piankhi swim to glory.”

    Gibson’s mother HuNia Bradley says she is very proud of her son and grateful for the donation of The Oakland Post in supporting her son’s education.
    Inspired by Gibson’s story, Pastor Brondon Reems of Center of Hope Community Church responded to Cobb’s request and said, “I’m giving $100 personally, and the church will give $100 for Mr. Gibson; and we want to have [Gibson] at the Center of Hope as a motivational speaker to speak to our youth.”

    Writer Marvin X, Pastor Ken Chambers, Sr. of West Side Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor Phyliss Scott, Tree of Life Empowerment Ministries also donated.   Cobb, Reems, and Chambers plan to contact ministers, community leaders and individuals who may want to contribute to Gibson’s  tuition.
    To donate, call (510) 228-7596 or email


    And they asked Plato Negro about the good children. Why doesn't he write something about them, a young man asked at his open-air classroom? So he replied that he had done so in his manual How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy. In chapter five, we admit to the God within and without the exact nature of our wrongs.

    Oh, Higher Power, please forgive me for I knew not what I was doing on so many occasions in my life, and then I ask forgiveness for the times when I knew exactly what I was doing but proceeded as if there were no consequences, but surely for every action in the universe there is an equal and corresponding reaction.
    ...Forgive me Higher Power, Jesus, Allah, Mother Goddess, Jah, Damballah, Ancestors, when I did not feed the hungry child, clothe the naked child, abused and abandoned the child by not calling and visiting, yet claimed I loved the child....

    I apologize to all the good children of the world who do the right things, struggle against all odds, overcome obstacles to arrive at the door of success, who avoid criminal behavior, teenage pregnancy, to graduate high school and college, and strive to stay on the right path, to believe in the Higher Power within themselves and without.

    We salute and encourage them to reach out to their brothers and sisters in the hood who are without hope, inspiration and direction, and be their mentors and guides, to hug them, yes, hug the thugs, with unconditional love and understanding that they too can put on the armor of God and walk in the light for eternity.
    I apologize....
    --Marvin X

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    West Coast Blues Hall of Fame

    Toney Thibodeauax
    Kele Nitoto

    Very Special Guest

    Stand-up Comedian
    Emmy-Award Winning Producer

    7th Annual San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration
    Commemorating 150th Anniversary for the Emancipation Proclamation


    December 31, 2012

    1712 Filmore Street
    @ Post Street
    San Francisco, CA

    Adrian Williams
    Executive Director
    The Village Project
    2097 Turk Street
    San Francisco, CA  94115

    Augusta Lee Collins

    Anita Woodley

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    In The Crazy House Called America, essays


    …People who know Marvin X already know him as a peripatetic, outspoken, irreverent, poetic “crazy nigger,” whose pen is continually and forever out-of-control. As a professional psychologist, I hasten to invoke the disclaimer that that is in no way a diagnosis or clinical impression of mine. I have never actually subjected this brother to serious psychoanalytical scrutiny and have no wish to place him on the couch, if only because I know of no existing psycho-diagnostic instrumentality of pathology of normalcy that could properly evaluate Marvin completely.
    Dr. Nathan Hare, Black Think Tank, San Francisco

    Oppression produces a ruling class of sick souls addicted to domination, i.e., White Supremacy Type I, and an under class of sick souls who suffer White Supremacy Type II. Our concern is with the latter class of individuals who also practice denial which is a classic feature of the addictive process. 

    The ruling class addiction is most often full blown since they suffer and enjoy white privilege to an extent it is a severe pathological state. Only long term recovery will possibly bring them back from the brink of hitting rock bottom or self destruction, but the danger here is they may take the oppressed class down with them, only because the oppressed is connected to the placenta  of the master class. The oppressed man and woman must of necessity cut the umbilical cord and become self sufficient in every manner, educationally, spiritually, economically, and politically. Otherwise he plays the role of a clown, buffoon, a running dog for the master class. He imitates the imitator and thus reveals the severity of his pathological condition as well. 

    --Marvin X

    Parable of the Heart

    There was a man who loved God. He went to churches, mosques, temples in his search for God. He married, had children, a good job, yet still didn't feel he knew God. He prayed day and night until his knee caps had sores. He called out for God to make Himself known in his life. Hearing nothing from God, he balled his fists at God, in anger and frustration. Why won't God talk to me, he wondered?

    He loved his family and they loved him. He gave them all the material comforts, yet he was angry because he felt God was hiding from him, and he wanted God to be real in his life. He tried over and over attending churches, mosques, temples. He studied all the religions, isms, schisms, sects, cults. He almost had a breakdown because he believed God was playing tricks with him.

    Finally God spoke to him. He said, look, man, you have everything any man could want: a beautiful family, good job, a sincere heart. Why do you keep calling me. Do you think I am deaf?

    I've done all I can do for you. You have everything. Get off your knees, there is no need to pray to me. Why are you praying when I've already answered? Are you an ungrateful wretch? Don't you know I have plenty of work to do with all these wretched beings causing hell on earth? Why do you want me to waste time with you when I made you perfect, without defect?

    Your search for me is in vain because I have been with you all the time. Every time your heart beats, that is me moving inside you. Now what else do you need to know?

    And so the man came to know God as his heart beating in the day and in the night. He came to believe and know the religion of the heart. He no longer searched for God in buildings, churches, mosques, temples, but instead listened to his heart beat, the rhythm of his soul. He looked to the God within and without, since God also told him He was everywhere in all things, that there was nothing and nowhere He was absent. He was in the trees, rivers, oceans, fish, cows, horses, mountains, old people, poor, rich, youth, hungry, sick, dope fiend, alcoholic, sinner. All is in God and God is in all. He is in the fly, bees, birds, ants, mosquitoes, rats, snakes.

    His family was so happy he had found God in his heart. They wondered why it took so long for him to see the light. His wife told him she saw God in his face the day they met. And she still sees that glow around him. That's why she married him--the only reason!
    --Marvin X

    from the Wisdom of Plato Negro, parables/fables, Marvin X, Black Bird Press, 2012.

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    Fresno, California produced two of Black America's greatest authors, Sherley Ann Williams and Marvin X. They attended elementary school together and were high school lovers. Both graduated with honors from Edison High School. Sherley became a poet, playwright, novelist, critic and professor, while Marvin X because a poet/social activist, a co-founder of the Black Arts Movement and now considered the father of Muslim American literature.

    Sherley Anne Williams

    Biography / Criticism

    I am the women I speak of in my stories, my poems. The fact that I am a single mother sometimes makes it hard to bring this forth to embody it in the world, but it is precisely because I am a single mother of an only son that I try hard to do this. Women must leave a record for their men; otherwise how will they know us?
              — Sherley Anne Williams

    Born August 25, 1944, in Bakersfield, California, to Lena-Leila Marie Siler and Jesse Winson Williams, Sherley Anne Williams is the third of four daughters. -- She, her parents, and her three sisters, Ruby, Jesmarie, and Lois, fought the constant despair of life in the housing projects in Fresno, California. Her family earned their living by picking fruit and cotton. Williams's father died of tuberculosis when she was eight years old, and her mother died when Williams was 16. An older sister, whom she credits with being a major influence in her life, reared her after the mother's death. During her early years, Williams found herself associating with people whom she said could be termed "juvenile delinquents"(Draper 1950). However, she was able to separate herself from those influences through her love of history and biography. Along with encouragement from her science teacher, she was also influenced by books such as Richard Wright's Black Boy and Eartha Kitt's Thursday's Child. Williams has been quoted as saying, "It was largely through these autobiographies I was able to take heart in my life"(CLC 318). Other writers such as Amiri Baraka, Sterling Brown, Langston Hughes, and poet Philip Levine, her professor at Fresno State University, also greatly influenced Williams.
    She was educated at Fresno State College (known today as California State University) and received her bachelor's in English in 1966. Williams also studied on the graduate level at Howard University and received her master's in English from Brown University in 1972. She began writing in 1966 and literally wrote for the remainder of her life. Supporting herself with her writings and by teaching, Williams in 1973 became the first African American literature professor at the University of California at San Diego. She constantly worked toward diversification of, not only the faculty and students, but also the canon. On the cover of her children's book Girls Together, Williams states that teaching satisfied her desire "to help students see relationships and make connections between some of what has gone before and what is going on now and what may come later. "
    Although Williams contributed greatly through her teaching, her writing career is even more impressive. Her first short story, "Tell Martha not to Moan,"was published in 1967, and in 1972 her first book, a literary criticism called Give Birth to Brightness, followed. Mel Watkins notes that this book examines black fiction from the nineteenth century to the present with particular focus on contemporary works which Williams labels as "neo-black writing"(Draper 1951). "The Peacock Poems, Williams's second book, was published in 1975. Highly influenced by blues music, these poems focus on Wiliams's life as a single mother as well as on her young son, Malcolm. The book also includes poems that relate to her early life with her family and the work they did in the fields. A second volume of poetry entitled Some One Sweet Angel Chile followed in 1982. The poems in this book are sectioned into three parts. The first part addresses a free black woman in the 1860's who travels south to teach slaves. The second part focuses on the blues and Bessie Smith with the final section focusing on the author's youth. In addition, in 1982, Williams produced Letters from a New England Negro, a full-length, one-woman drama that is an excerpt from Some One Sweet Angel Chile.

    Williams published her first novel, Dessa Rose, in 1986. This novel describes the fictional relationship between a pregnant young slave woman and a white woman who has been abandoned by her slaveowner husband in Alabama. Dessa Rose is based on two true incidents, one involving a pregnant black woman who helps lead a slave uprising in Kentucky in 1829, and the other involving a white woman living on a farm in North Carolina in 1830 who gave refuge to runaway slaves. Williams, having read of these two accounts, expressed in the novel's introduction, her sadness that the two women never met. Dessa Rose reflects Williams's interest in history, biography, and women and race issues. In 1992, Williams's children's book Working Cotton was published. This autobiographical work records a day in the life of a young girl working with her farmhand parents in the cotton fields of California. Williams's experiences as a child picking fruit and cotton are described vividly in this award-winning book. In 1999, her second children's book, Girls Together, was published. It is the happy story of the strong friendships that develops between five girls growing up in the projects in poverty.
    Williams has been nominated for and has received several awards and honors for her work as both a writer and professor.The Peacock Poems, her collection of autobiographical poems, drew a National book Award nomination in 1976 and was nominated for a Pulitzer. In the collection, Williams uses blues poetry to express herself. She won an Emmy for the television performance of Some One Sweet Angel Chile, and this book of poetry was also nominated for a National Book Award. In 1984, she had the honor of serving as a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Ghana. Her drama, Letters from a New England Negro, was the feature play at the 1991 Black Theater Festival and the Chicago International Festival in 1992. Williams also won a Caldecott Award and the Coretta Scott King Book Award for Working Cotton. In 1998 at the UCSD conference celebrating "Black Women Writers and the High Art of Afro-American Letters," Williams was the guest of honor. The mayor of San Diego, Susan Goding, officially proclaimed May 15, 1998 "Sherley Anne Williams Day. " In the same year, Williams was also awarded the AALCS's Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature and Poetry.
    On July 6, 1999, at the age of 54, Sherley Anne Williams, one of the great talents of the literary world, succumbed to cancer. Her son Malcolm, a sister, three nieces, and three grandchildren survive her. At the time of her death, she was working on a sequel to Dessa Rose. Williams identified with the struggles of lower income black women, and through her work, she continues to allow the rest of us to identify with them as well.

    Selected Bibliography

    Works by the Author


    • Dessa Rose (1986)
    • Working Cotton (1992)
    • Girls Together (1999)


    • The Peacock Poems (1975)


    • Giving Birth to Brightness: A Thematic Study in Neo-Black Literature (1972)

    Works about the Author

    • Beaulieu, Elizabeth Ann. Black Women Writers and the American Neo-Slave Narrative. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1999.
    • Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 89. Detroit: Gale Research, 1989. 318-358.
    • Davis, Mary Kemp. "Everybody Knows Her Name: The Recovery of the Past in Sherley Anne Williams's Dessa Rose. " Callaloo 12.3 (Summer 1989): 544-558.
    • Draper, James P. "Sherley Anne Williams. " Black Literature Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Most Significant Works of Black Authors Over the Past 200 Years. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale Research, 1992. 1950-1961.
    • Magill, Frank N. Masterpieces of African-American Literature. New York: Harper Collins, 1992.
    • Magill, Frank N. , ed. Masterplots II: African American Literature Series I. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1994. 357-361.
    • Metzger, Linda et al. Black Writers: A Selection of Sketches from Contemporary Authors. Detroit: Gale Research, 1989. 602-604.
    • Nagel, Carol De Kane. "Sherley Anne Williams. "African American Biography. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994. 787-789.
    • Wiloch, Thomas.Contemporary Authors. Vol. 25. Detroit: Gale Research, 1989. 492-497

    Related Links

    Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site: Working Cotton
    Hurst offers a brief review of Working Cotton and notes that the book can be enjoyed by children young and old.
    Furious Flower - African American Poetry, 1960-1995, Sherley Anne Williams
    This site provides a bibliography of Williams' works, discussion questions, and a brief biography of Williams. The California Newsreel provides information on educational videos for and about African American life and history. 
    University of California : In Memorium, 2000 Sherely Anne Williams, Literature: San Diego
    This site provide information from Williams' colleagues at University of California.
    Report a dead link or suggest a new one by emailing


    This photo of Marvin X, 1969, when he lectured in Black Studies at Fresno State University but was removed from campus on the orders of Gov. Ronald Reagan, 1969, who demanded the State College     Board of Trustees, "Get him off campus by any means necessary." He lectured at UC Berkeley, 1972,San Francisco State University, 1974, UC San Diego, 1975, University of Nevada, Reno, 1979.

    Marvin X
    (b. 1944)


    (b. 1944), poet, playwright, essayist, director, and lecturer.
    Marvin Ellis Jackmon was born on 29 May 1944 in Fowler, California. He attended high school in Fresno and received a BA and MA inEnglish from San Francisco State College (now San Francisco State University). The mid-1960s were formative years for Jackmon. He became involved in theater, founded his own press, published several plays and volumes of poetry, and became increasingly alienated because of racism and the Vietnam War. Under the influence of Elijah Muhammad, he became a Black Muslim and has published since then under the names El Muhajir and Marvin X. He has also used the name Nazzam al Fitnah Muhajir.
    Marvin X and Ed Bullins founded the Black Arts/West Theatre in San Francisco in 1966, and several of his plays were staged during that period in San Francisco, Oakland, New York, and by local companies across the United States. His one-act play Flowers for the Trashman was staged in San Francisco in 1965 and was included in the anthology Black Fire (1968); a musical version, Take Care of Business, was produced in 1971. The play presents the confrontation between two cellmates in a jail—one a young African American college student, the other a middle-aged white man. Another one-act play, The Black Bird, a Black Muslim allegory in which a young man offers lessons in life awareness to two small girls, appeared in 1969 and was included in New Plays from the Black Theatre that year. Several other plays, including The Trial, Resurrection of the Dead, and In the Name of Love, have been successfully staged, and Marvin X has remained an important advocate of African American theater.
    In 1967, Marvin X was convicted, during the Vietnam War, for refusing induction and fled to Canada; eventually he was arrested in Honduras, was returned to the United States, and was sentenced to five months in prison. In his statement on being sentenced—later reprinted in Black Scholar (1971) and also in Clyde Taylor's anthology, Vietnam and Black America (1973)—he argues 
    Any judge, any jury, is guilty of insanity that would have the nerve to judge and convict and imprison a black man because he did not appear in a courtroom on a charge of refusing to commit crimes against humanity, crimes against his own brothers and sisters, the peace-loving people of Vietnam.
    Marvin X founded El Kitab Sudan publishing house in 1967; several of his books of poetry and proverbs have been published there. Much of Marvin X's poetry is militant in its anger at American racism and injustice. For example, in “Did You Vote Nigger?” he uses rough dialect and directs his irony at African Americans who believe in the government but are actually its pawns. Many of the proverbs in The Son of Man (1969) express alienation from white America. However, many of Marvin X's proverbs and poems express more concern with what African Americans can do positively for themselves, without being paralyzed by hatred. He insists that the answer is to concentrate on establishing a racial identity and to “understand that art is celebration of Allah.” The poems in Fly to Allah, Black Man Listen (1969), and other volumes from his El Kitab Sudan press are characterized by their intensity and their message of racial unity under a spiritual banner. His archives were acquired by the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. He just completed a
    three month national book tour, promoting his Wisdom of Plato Negro, parables/fables, Black Bird Press, Berkeley, 2012.

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    Young people come to me asking if I have ever heard of this book or document. I laugh silently because it was a classic  document of the 1960s. It was a bible of sorts, but for sure we knew this document had within it all the charges needed to indict America for her sins against North American Africans and other indigenous peoples, especially Native Americans.

    We are trying to consider what might be the consequences for the sins of America as we enter 2013. We know that we are not guilty of her sins against humanity, so we ask what shall be our price for anything we may have enjoyed as a participant in her sins?

    For sure, we cannot and shall not feel guilty about the theft of land, the mass murder of millions throughout the Americas, for we were merely slaves and wage slaves in this process. The Indigenous peoples know we were among them before the Europeans arrived; we lived among them and shared our myths and rituals in peace with them.

    For sure we did not rape them, rob them or enslave them. We did not spread diseases among them that destroyed millions of them, alas, the European diseases were worse than the guns they shot us down with, see E. Franklin Frazier's book Race and Color Contacts in the Modern World.

    But we must now get to the endgame, for all things come to an end and we must be astute enough to realize empires come and go and so shall the American Empire. Its run of 400 years was enough for our needs, for sure, we suffered more than enough of chattel slavery and wage slavery, thus we cry for mercy and justice at this hour.

    We are in harmony with our ancestors who cry for reparations in the form of land and financial reparations. Four or five states of the United Snakes of America would be sufficient! Free the Land!
    There is no reparations without land and sovereignty, e.g., self determination, independence and total freedom!

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    I want to go there where people asked me not to go, i.e., tell me what happened on your book tour. First of all, I want to tell you the strategy: I not only had to get in many cities but I had to get out of them in one piece. So this is a most serious matter, though it may not be serious to you, but to me it was most serious, no matter what city I was in, whether Newark, NJ, Beaufort, SC, Houston, TX, Pilly, Pa, etc.

    In South Carolina they told me to say nothing, to shut the fuck up and say nothing. They were my advisors and they said shut the fuck up, don't have no books signing or nothing else, just shut the fuck up and enjoy yourself. I did as they told me except when I went to the African Village, where I enjoyed myself.

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    Belgium to probe murder of African hero Lumumba

    PHOTO/FILE  Patrice Lumumba was assassinated in January 1961.
    PHOTO/FILE Patrice Lumumba was assassinated in January 1961. 
    By AFP
    Posted  Thursday, December 13  2012 at  04:43
    • Lumumba was deposed in a coup barely 12 weeks after his June 1960 election
    More than 50 years after the assassination of Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, a court in the former colonial power Wednesday gave the go-ahead to a long-awaited judicial probe into his death.
    At stake is the role of a dozen Belgians in the January 17, 1961 assassination of Lumumba, the first lawfully elected premier of the Congo who is viewed as a hero across Africa for his role in the continent's struggle for independence.
    Lumumba was deposed in a coup barely 12 weeks after his June 1960 election, and subsequently arrested and executed by firing squad in a murky Cold War era episode said to have involved the CIA.
    A year ago his sons filed a war crimes complaint in Belgium against 12 Belgians they suspect of involvement in their father's death.
    "It is a father I am looking for, a father whom I still love, and I want to know why he was killed," his youngest son, Guy Lumumba, said at the time.
    "We are targeting the assassins. In Belgium, there are 12 of them. They are alive and we want them to answer for their ignoble acts before justice," he said.
    Ruling on the complaint Wednesday, a Brussels court linked to Belgium's appeals tribunal found that the prosecutor's office could go ahead with a probe to establish whether those named were involved in his death.
    The court was asked to decide whether the complaint met unique Belgian legislation allowing for the prosecution of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide on condition the plaintiffs or accused had an established link to Belgium.
    The identities of the accused Belgians had not been released but Belga news agency said eight were still alive, one a businessman who at the time was a young diplomat working with secessionists in mineral-rich Katanga.
    Westerners during the colonial period acquired stakes in the Congo's huge mineral wealth, including uranium used to manufacture the first atomic weapons.
    Lumumba was murdered when not yet 40-years-old by Katanga officials after Joseph-Desire Mobutu took power in a coup.
    The country, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, was renamed Zaire by Mobutu.
    Another of his sons said in 2010 that "clarification" of the circumstances of his father's death was needed to boost ties with former colonial ruler Belgium.
    "We are convinced that in order to achieve that, the circumstance of the assassination of our leader must be clarified, on the basis of transparent justice," Francois Lumumba said.
    A Belgian parliamentary inquiry concluded in 2001 that Belgium had a "moral responsibility" in Lumumba's assassination and the government apologised to its former colony but no legal action was taken.

    Lumumba: A Film by Raoul Peck
    Reviewed By Marvin X

    Note: We send out this review on the 50th anniversary of independence in the Congo. Lumumba said he was fifty years ahead of his time, and so it is. But even fifty years later the same problems of poverty, ignorance, and disease remain. The Europeans are still there stealing the wealth, although the Chinese have entered the drama. Hopefully, with the Chinese, in exchange for precious minerals, there shall be construction and reconstruction, although we don't understand with a population of seventy million mostly unemployed why Chinese laborers are needed. There seems little jubilation among the population. One Congolese said, "After fifty years of independence, happiness has come to the man in charge and those around him—they eat well and are well paid."—mx
    My African consciousness began with the murder of Patrice Lumumba. After high school graduation, I enrolled at Oakland's Merritt College and found myself in the midst of the black revolutionary student movement. Students Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Richard Thorne, Maurice Dawson, Kenny Freeman, Ernie Allen, Ann Williams, Carol Freeman and others were rapping daily on the steps at the front door of Merritt College. Some of them wore sweatshirts with Jomo Kenyatta's picture, sold by Donald Warden's African American Association, which held meetings on campus, and sometimes Donald Warden, renamed Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al Mansour, rapped. The theme was often the African independence struggle, especially the Mau Mau's in Kenya.

    But a frequent topic was the 1961 brutal murder of the democratically elected Congolese Prime Minister,  Patrice Lumumba. The brothers were well read and in their raps they documented the facts and figures of the African liberation struggle. They gave reference to such books as Kwame Nkrumah's Neo-Colonialism: the last stage of imperialism, where he documented the riches of Africa, especially the Congo, that the West coveted and committed mass murder to maintain. Patrice Lumumba was the first African leader I'd known about who was assassinated, and the brutal way he was eliminated helped expedite my African consciousness, especially learning how his so-called comrades betrayed him to continue the Western world's plunder of the Congo's vast mineral riches.

    On one level, it was hard to believe, since I was attempting to get blackenized and didn't want to face the reality of black treachery. As students, most of us were Black nationalists, not yet the revolutionary black nationalists we would soon become, that allowed some of us to employ a class or Marxist analysis to the Pan African struggle, which Nkrumah's writings brought to the table.

    The brothers leaning in the Marxist direction were Ken Freeman, Ernie Allen, and maybe Bobby Seale, all of whom were associated with SoulBook magazine, a revolutionary black nationalist publication featuring the writings of LeRoi Jones, James Boggs, Max Stanford, Robert F. Williams, Sonia Sanchez, Askia M. Touré, myself and others, although I was a budding writer, just out of high school and knew nothing about Marxism.

    If I had, it would have helped me understand the class nature of Lumumba's final days. I couldn't comprehend how Mobutu, Kasavubu, and Tshombe could be so wicked to conspire with the white man to kill their brother. It would take the black hands of Malcolm's murderers for me to begin to understand.

    Actually, I wouldn't fully understand until years later after reading a monograph by Dr. Walter Rodney, himself the victim of assassination in Guyana, South America, entitled West Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade, in which he carefully deconstructed African social classes and their role in the slave trade, detailing how the political, military, judicial, and even religious institutions became corrupt and expedited our removal from the Motherland.

    Amiri Baraka  sings to us:
    My brother the king
    Sold me to the ghost
    When you put your hand on your sister and made her a slave
    When you put your hand on your brother and made him a slave
    Watch out for the ghost
    The ghost go get you Africa
    At the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean
    Is a railroad of human bones
    the king sold the farmer to the ghost. . . .

    It is hard to believe it has been forty years since the death of Lumumba, maybe because in the interim we've had innumerable cases in Africa and even in America of similar acts of treachery. Supposedly black ministers were involved in the death of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Black elected politicians have been selling out the black community for at least the past thirty years, especially since the 1972 Gary Convention of the Congress of African People. We have no choice but to see our struggle as class struggle, race being incidental.

    We cannot have any illusions that a black face will save us, only black hearts. Those who study the Bible and Qur'an know the history of all men is the story of treachery, deceit, lust, greed, jealousy, envy and murder—but the glass can be seen as half full: the history of man is also about good transcending evil, liberation defeating oppression, ascension after crucifixion, joy after sorrow, victory over defeat. Yet, how many prophets survived? How many righteous people survived and continued in their righteousness, rather than succumb to iniquities?

    Men of Lumumba's character are rare upon the stage of history, men dedicated to the liberation of their people, men who are confident that no matter how great the odds, freedom will come soon one morning.

    Raoul Peck's film was depressing because it showed a leader in an Indiana Jones snake pit full of vipers and cobras of the worse sort, snakes who danced to the rhythm of Western drums, not those of the mighty Congo, for Lumumba's mission appeared doomed from the start, he said himself that he was fifty years ahead of his time. This may have been the truest statement of the movie, for only ten years remain before the half-century mark in the modern history of the Congo or Zaire. Maybe in the last ten years of his prophecy, the people of Zaire will become truly free.

    What the movie failed to give us were the deep structure motivations for the behavior of men like KasavubuTshombe, and Mobutu. Yes, the Europeans were there, had been there stealing the wealth, especially of Katanga Province which held 70% of the nation's riches, but we needed to see the very beginning with Belgium King Leopold's butchery, including his role in the European carving up of Africa at the 1890s Berlin Conference. We need to know the custom of chopping off limbs so in vogue today with diamond seeking armies in Zaire, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and elsewhere originated with King Leopold. Only then can the unaware and unread understand what demonic forces created such inhuman beings as the three main characters that surrounded Lumumba and ultimately brought about his downfall. From the movie we are tempted to say his own people did him in, but we know better, we must know better—think of diamonds, chrome, uranium, plutonium, cobalt, zinc, and other minerals.
    Look at Zaire today with several competing armies from neighboring countries (Rwanda, Uganda, Angola, et al) warring over the same minerals for the same European masters who instigated the treacherous actions of Kasavubu, Tshombe and Mobutu. Their names have a poetic ring that we should remember forever as the sound of death in a people, the sound of condensation and the lowest rats in creation, but understand they represent class interests and their class mates are visible throughout Africa and the world, even in the American political landscape: we have Clarence Thomas, Ward Connelly, and Colin Powell—new world rats, but rats none the less, who are every bit the measure of the Congo Three.

    And let us not forget the reactionary behavior in the black liberation movement, the murder by incineration of Samuel Napier in the Black Panther fratricide, the assassination of Bunchy Carter and John Huggins by the US organization in the BSU meeting room on the campus of UCLA, the Muslims setting a prostitute on fire in San Francisco and other terrorists actions such as the Zebra killings.
    Even the Black Arts Movement had its psychopathic shootouts with the wounding of Larry Neal and other acts we need not list. Shall we neglect to mention the hip hop generation also has its catalogue of madness such as the east coast/west coast killing of rap giants Tupac and Biggie Smalls. Let Lumumba be a lesson for us all. Let's learn from it and move to higher ground. Some of our madness is simply that—we cannot attribute all evil acts of man to white oppression, although white oppression is inexcusable. We must take responsibility for Black Madness.

    We are happy the director created a screen version of this historic drama. The actors made us feel the good in Lumumba and the evil in his associates, black and white, for the whites performed their usual roles as arrogant, paternalistic colonial masters whose aim was to hold power until the last second as we saw when they released Lumumba from prison to attend independence talks in Belgium. We saw the stark contrast of character in the speeches of Lumumba as prime minister and Kasavubu as president. Lumumba was strong, Kassavubu capitulating even on the eve of freedom, signaling his intent to remain a colonial puppet.

    For those who came away like myself, and one could sense the sad silence in the audience as they departed the theatre, a friend remarked that we must not give up hope because the enemy will never tell you when you are winning.
    © 2002 by Marvin X

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    PO BOX 380-122
    “We have a common oppressor, a common exploiter, and a common discriminator…Once we all realize that we have a common enemy, 
    then we unite, on the basis of what we have in common…"
    Malcolm X—Message to the Grass Roots
    November 30, 2012

    On Saturday, January 19th, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee and the 1199 SEIU activists will host its 17th annual dinner tribute to our political prisoners and their families!
              This highly anticipated and moving event will take place at the Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center, 1199 Union Headquarters, 310 West 43rd Street, (near 8th Avenue), in Manhattan.
              The event will be from 3-7pm with dinner served promptly at 4pm. Donations for this now time-honored event are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Proceeds from this gathering go to the commissary of the political prisoners who are represented at the dinner by their families.
              The theme for this year’s dinner is “Transforming Solidarity: Working Together To End Political Imprisonment and Mass Incarceration.”
              “We chose this theme because it’s time to critically look at what we’re doing and how we’re doing it,” Dequi Kioni-Sadiki, co-chair of the Committee and co-chair of WBAI’s ‘Where We Live.’
              “At some point it becomes important to recognize that it is not enough to say ‘I am doing something.’ At some point, we have to figure out just what must be done to get results,” she finished emphatically.
              Special guests presenters for this year are Johanna Fernandez, producer of the critically acclaimed film ‘Justice On Trial,’ about Mumia Abu-Jamal, Malik Rhasaan of Occupy The ‘Hood and people’s hip hop artist Jasiri X!
              This year’s dinner comes on the heels of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death sentence being tossed and on the heels of political prisoners like Jalil Muntaqim being denied parole again. Muntaqim has been in prison since 1973.
              The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee was launched in 1993 with former political prisoner Herman Ferguson serving as chairman. Ferguson, now 91, was also a founding member of the Organization of AfroAmerican Unity with Malcolm X and was with him up until that fateful day February 21, 1965, when Malcolm was tragically assassinated.
              In addition to combatting misinformation surrounding the legacy of Malcolm X and multiplying the presence of the community for the very moving annual pilgrimage to Malcolm’s gravesite on his birthday, the Committee also initiated this dinner 17 years ago to bring the community together to build greater support for Black and New Afrikan political prisoners and to instill greater appreciation for their humanity and for what their families have to endure in the face of their wrongful incarceration.
              The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee has always said that Black and New Afrikan political prisoners, who were young men who were directly inspired by Malcolm to join the Black Liberation Movement, make up “the hidden legacy” of Malcolm X. Many were viciously targeted by the government’s COINTELPRO operations of the late 60s early 70s. Those operations assassinated activists, framed activists, fostered violence between activists and the police and even fostered violence between activists themselves. To this date, there are dozens of political prisoners and prisoners of war who are still in prison from frameups dating back to the 60s in most cases!
              For more reservations and more information, please call 718-512-5008. ‘Like’ us on Facebook at X Commemoration Committee…

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  • 12/19/12--13:49: Libertad Cuba y Puerto Rico
  • The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign


    Saturday January 5, 2013 @
    6pm (Reception) 7pm (Cultural program and dance party)

    Venue to be announced...

    Dos Alas 2013
    A cultural/political evening of celebration and solidarity presented by The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign andCasa de las Americas! Dedicated to the FREEDOM OF THE CUBAN 5 AND THE PUERTO RICAN POLITICAL PRISONERS!  

    Join us as we celebrate the 54th anniversary of the Cuban revolution anniversary and the 70th Birthday of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera! 

    Music by DJ Carlito and DJ Che
    The BEST in all kinds of Latin Music, Hip Hop & more!

    Boleros by
    Abram Alberto

    Poetry by
    Bobby Gonzalez
    Rafael Landron and

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    Dr. Nathan Hare and Marvin X are two of the Bay Area's foremost Revolutionary Black Nationalists. Dr. Hare is the father of Black Studies in America. Marvin X is one of the founders of the Black Arts Movement and considered the father of Muslim American literature. Dr. Hare and Marvin produced the  Black Men's Conference in Oakland, 1980, under the direction of the Honorable John Douimbia, fifteen years before the Million Man March. John D had long called for a secular organization of Black Men. A former associate of Malcolm X, he told Malcolm X that we needed a secular organization. Malcolm followed his suggestion with the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Dr. Nathan Hare and Marvin continue their mental health work with  Hare's Black Think Tank and Marvin X's Academy of da Corner and the Pan African Mental Health Peer Group based on Dr. M's manual How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, foreword by Dr. Nathan Hare.


    How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy

    By Dr. Nathan Hare

    Call him Dr. M, as I do, though I’ve known him by other names in other places and, like Diogenes, who went around holding up a lantern to the faces of the people he would meet in the streets of ancient Athens looking for an honest man, I have come to the realization that we as a people have been waiting and looking for somebody like Dr. M to come along for more than half a century, ever since  America was stunned by The Mark of Oppression (the Jim Crow era book by two white liberal psychiatrists whose findings had brought them to the heartfelt conclusion that the race of people called “Negroes”  was “crushed.”

    In only four years after their epitaph was written, Negroes (now called “blacks,” “Blacks,” “Afro-Americans,” “African-Americans,” or as Dr. M sometimes calls them “American Africans”) had exploded in Montgomery with passive resistance.  In four more years the “sit-in movement” broke out among the youth, followed like a one-two punch by the so-called “freedom riders” (roving bands of individuals who boarded and defied the segregation of interstate vehicles and included a future student of mine on spring break from Howard University by the name of Stokely Carmichael).  Then came “Black Power,” in the context of which I first heard of a man who had metamorphosed from the slave-name Marvin Jackmon into a prominent “North American African poet” who went by the name of Marvin X (the X connoting “the unknown”).

    While, despite the fact that I have known him through the intervening years, I cannot unravel every single quality of the brother, I can testify that Dr. M is a brand new Marvin, a Dr. Marvin, a social doctor, if you will, with a gift and a mission for a new black movement. I know this to be true because, aside from my Ph.D. and years of experience in the practice of clinical psychology, I specialized in the study of social movements for a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Chicago.  But more than that, I have watched a dedicated Dr. M, up close and clinically, going about his fearless work in the mean streets of San Francisco.  

    Over a period of many months, on many a dark and dreary sometimes rainy Wednesday night, I served as a consultant in clinical psychology to Dr. M’s “Black Reconstruction Group” (the pilot to his twelve-step model now unveiled in this important book on “How to Recover from Addiction to White Supremacy.” In the Recovery Theatre’s pilot groups, I sat with diverse and ad hoc coteries of men and women gathered impromptu in the austere basement of a Catholic church, St. Boniface, located in the heart of The Tenderloin, the highest crime district in San Francisco, just down a few blocks from the famous Glide Memorial Methodist Church.  Many a night I marveled at the ease with which Dr. M and his talented co-facilitator, Suzette Celeste brought out trickles of lost and unleashed hope and inspiration in the minds of destitute and degraded street people as well as in the confused and empty psyches of invited members of the black bourgeoisie who, still trying to be unbroken, had come where not many “bourgies” would dare to tread.

    On many an appointed night I stood by silently looking on while Dr. M and his collaborators sauntered out into the shadowy mysteries of dilapidated streets to solicit and harness hapless homeless men and a woman or two and bring them in to meet as equals with the anxious representatives of the black bourgeoisie who had dared to cross momentarily back over their tentative territorial and social boundaries.  This of course is not recommended for the feeble or the fainthearted; because, until the revolution comes, or the proletariat triumphs, there will be difficulties and perils in chance encounters of the social classes.  So I must hasten to explain that a security conscious Dr. M was operating within a safety net of collaborators competent in the martial arts; like Geoffrey Grier, who has been an international martial arts competitor and is a son of a black psychiatrist, Dr. William Grier, coauthor with Dr. Price Cobb of the late 1960s blockbuster, Black Rage.

    At the moment when the oppressed have had enough, their rage will explode --  Fanon had warned us in The Wretched of the Earth -- and it is at that moment, at the very point of mental and spiritual coagulation and defeat, when they will come together and rise.  Frantz Fanon went on to tell of a category of reconstruction groups called “’djemaas’ (village assemblies) of northern Africa or in the meetings of western Africa, tradition demands that the quarrels which occur in a village should be settled in public. It is communal self-criticism, of course, and with a note of humor, because everybody is relaxed, and because in the last resort we all want the same things. But the more the intellectual imbibes the atmosphere of the people, the more completely he abandons the habits of calculation, of unwonted silence, of mental reservations, and shakes the spirit of concealment. And it is true that already at that level we can say that it spreads its own light and its own reason.”

    However, psychiatric authority for a self-help peer group focus on individual feelings (or addiction) in relation to white supremacy became available anew in the late 1960s, when Jeffrey Grier’s father, Dr. William H. Grier, and his collaborator, Dr. Price M. Cobbs, published Black Rage.   Dr. Grier has also consulted with Dr. M and his Recovery Theatre around the time of the pilot trial run of the first “Black Reconstruction Groups.”  According to Grier and Cobbs, in the “Introduction to the Paperback Edition” of Black Rage, “The most important aspect of therapy with blacks, we are convinced, is that racist mistreatment must be echoed and underlined as a fact, an unfortunate fact, but a most important fact – a part of reality. Dissatisfaction with such mistreatment is to be expected, and one’s resentment should be of appropriate dimensions” among black warriors who would exact retribution.  “Psychiatry for such warriors,” Grier and Cobbs went on to explain, should aim to “keep them fit for the duty at hand and healthy enough to enjoy the victories” that are likely to emerge.

    Fitness for duty is a pleasant but likely side effect of Dr. M’s “Black Reconstruction Groups” working to free the minds of persons addicted to white supremacy.  This no doubt is no doubt why they do not limit themselves in their group sessions to expressions of resentment of racist mistreatment and dissatisfaction but also calmly allow its hidden effects, which often remain unconscious in the way in which the relentless karate chops of white supremacy have killed our dreams on a daily basis and shattered our ability to love, to feel loved, to love ourselves and therefore one another. I listened with much satisfaction as Dr. M and his assemblies delved into the depths of fractured feelings and emotions of the brokenhearted in order to help them come to terms with betrayal, jealousy and rage, in their moving endeavors to learn to love again.

    And so it is that you will find many a reference to love in How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy. This includes, for instance, “Women Who Love” and the motivations of the men who love them. 

    Dr. M’s own fitness for duty is complex, unique and variegated.  According to James W. Sweeney, "Marvin  walked through the muck and mire of hell and came out clean as white fish and black as coal." Marvin can boast of “a Ph.D. in Negrology,” as he puts it,” the study of nigguhs” issued by the University of Hardknocks’s College of Hell), based on twelve years of research , independent study , and practicum in San Francisco's Tenderloin and other unlettered social laboratories throughout the United States.  

    There may still be hope, if it pleases  you, for Dr. M to join the white man’s system of miseducation and mental health care, when we consider that psychologists, including one of my mentors, the late Dr. Carlton Goodlett, at first were “grandfathered” in when the licensure of psychologists was started in the state of California.  Later came the oral exam (conversational, not dental), followed in time by an essay exam, before the boom in “standardized “ multiple choice tests for which workshops were offered to prepare you for a fee, causing excellent practitioners, especially black ones, to be blocked from licensure until they found out and forked over whopping workshop fees . 

    There is also a burgeoning market opening up in “clinical sociology” and “sociological practice” still cutting out its slice of the marketplace and finding its way in matters of licensure and credentialing in the field of sociology. But here it may be important to say that the self-help peer group does not require a sociological or a mental health professional, any more than the primordial AA groups from which the mental health profession has profited and learned. Dr. M is a social “doctor” (which etymologically means “teacher”) grappling with a social problem, white supremacy and its punishing residue in the minds of oppressed black individuals and white oppressors who have chosen to reject and come to places where their fathers lied. Oppressors pure and simple, who accept white supremacy, must be dealt with in a later context, as you will not very well be able to keep them in a Black Reconstruction or White Supremacy Destruction Group (or White Supremacy Deconstruction, if you will).

    Much in the manner of Hegel in his essay on “Master and Slave,” Marvin senses that the oppressor distorts his own mind as well as the mind of the oppressed. Hence Type I and Type II White Supremacy Addiction. White sociologists and the late black psychologist, Bobby Wright, converged in their findings of pathological personality traits (“the authoritarian personality” and “the racial psychopathic personality,” as Bobby put it). 

    But if Hegel was correct in his notion that the oppressor cannot free the slave, that the slave must force the oppressor’s hand, then it is Type II White Supremacy Addiction which if not more resistant to cure, must occupy our primary focus. Type II White Supremacy may be seen as a kind of “niggeritis” or “Negrofication” growing out of an over-identification with the master, who is white. As in any disorder severity of symptoms may vary from mild to moderate or severe.  

    As Frantz Fanon put it when he spoke for the brother with jungle fever in Black Skin, White Mask: “I wish to be regarded as white. If I can be loved by the white woman who is loved by the white man, then I am white like the white man; I am a full human being.” In the twisted mental convolution of a brother in black skin behind a white mask, Fanon observed a “Negro dependency complex” independently chronicled in my own Black Anglo Saxons (black individuals with white minds in black bodies). They struggle to look, think, talk and walk white by day, then go to sleep at night and dream that they will wake up white. They refuse to realize that no matter what they may ever do they will never get out of the black race alive.

    On the other hand, you are going to be seeing “nouveau blacks” and lesser Afrocentrics -- who faithfully and unquestionably follow twelve-month years and endeavor even to blackenize the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ -- jumping up to question Dr. M’s re-africanization of the “Twelve Steps” model for “using the Eurocentric twelve steps,” but they forget  that the very effort to be practical and collective is the original African way.  In any event, we must build on whites as whites have built on us, taking the best of the West and leaving the rest alone.  But Dr. M has expressly and creatively added a thirteenth step; for his goal is not just recovery but discovery, his goal is not just to change the individual but to change the individual to get ready to change the world.

    Meanwhile there is one thing on which we can all agree:  in any serious attempt to solve the bitter mental ravages of white supremacy, we must face the unadulterated fact that we are limited when we look to the institutionalized “profession” and their professional “providers.”  This of course is not to say that the institutionalized professionals cannot be helpful. Dr. M is quick to point out that a self-help peer group cannot cure all the diverse neuroses and psychoses that afflict us. Indeed he goes so far as to suggest that some of us “may need to be committed.”

    The late Queen Mother Moore (who loved to boast that she had “gone as far as the fourth grade, and stayed in school too long to learn anything”) delighted in going around deconstructing our “slave mentalities” and saying somebody needs to “do some surgery on these Negro minds” – in which Queen Mother had diagnosed a chronic condition she called “oppression psychoneurosis.” Queen Mother Moore was basically joking, that is, laughing to keep from crying, but it is no joke that mental health professionals, operating under the medical model, think nothing of seeing a person suffering from a psychosocial problem and not only treating the victim instead of the problem but – much in the manner of any addict or drug pusher– use or apply chemicals and sometimes chemical abuse to deal with the inability of the “patient” to feel good in a bad place and thrive, to try to  “have heart” in a heartless world. Many people are unaware to this very day that the practice once was rampant for psychiatrists to treat a person with chronic mental maladies by subjecting them to lobotomies cutting off a portion of their brains. Shock treatment was another method – you’re shocked by life, let’s shock your brain, Senator Eagleton (who later ran for the vice-presidency in the 1970s on the ticket with George McGovern).

    It should never have been any surprise that the mental health profession would be of only partial help in reconstructing the psychic consequences of centuries of prolonged brainwashing and subjugation (this is not to mention “Sicko” and what we know of the crippling new effects of “managed care” on the medical profession). Many mental health experts, the overwhelming majority of them white, have long suggested that the “medical model” may be inappropriate in the treatment of the psychological, not to mention, sociological components of mental illness. 

    But you don’t have to be a mental health professional or a sociologist to know that we can no longer restrict our search for healing to professional shrinks, raring back in executive chairs and carpeted suites stocked with “psychometric instruments” standardized on the white middle class, far removed from the realities of the concrete social milieu of afflicted and homeless black “subjects” living lives of hardship and subjugation, with no assurance of available treatment.

    Even when they are “insured they are limited to the care and treatment some insurance clerk is willing to “authorize.”  In matters of mental health, this typically will include a few sessions of “fifty minute hours” of “talk therapy” before leaving with a prescription or chemical palliative to dull agony and the pain but not the punishment of life on the skids in a sick society.

    The hour is up and time is running out, black people, but white supremacy is not. We are living now in the final and highest stage of racism and white supremacy.  We’ve let our struggle slip back while sitting in classrooms and conferences crooning about “afrocentricity” and ancient African glories that have gone forever.

    We have come now to a crossroads. We have lost control of our children’s minds, our future.  We have lost their respect, and appear to be on a collision course to a war of words between the black generations, in which hip-hop youth disparage and mock our language, our music and our humanity with a creativity and a rime and a rhythm we can’t fathom, let alone equal in our pitifully fruitless endeavors to eliminate the “n-word” and box with the black-on-black random violence of dissocialized youth who have concluded that adults and their leaders cannot or will not fight the power.  Who knows but it may be that Dr. M’s movement of recovery from addiction to and from white supremacy is offering us a final and effective chance to begin to “sit down together,” to get together and get our heads together.    

    You can hold a Pan African Mental Health Peer Group in your home. Dr. M's manual tells you how to facilitate the peer group session, based on the AA Model. 

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    As per guns, we think all guns should be banned or there must be a level playing field--everybody must pack! We must be able to defend ourselves and our families from White boys gone mad or black boys gone mad!

    But America is the world's number one gun seller, after all, mass murder is big business for these global terrorists and their permanent wars with over a thousand military bases around the world. Now the chickens are coming home to roost, so just be prepared, the Tea Party ain't started yet!
    --Marvin X

    Tea Party News


    With President Barack Obama endorsing sweeping gun restrictions in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, prices for handgun magazines are surging on EBay (EBAY) and semi-automatic rifles are sold out at many Wal-Mart ... (more)

    45 Gun Fax 
    You will not take our   guns!

    It has officially begun...


    Get ready. They’re coming for your guns. We knew it would happen and the time is here. The scourge on gun owners has begun. Right now government gun grabbing plans are being covertly organized.
    It is the truth and the Tea Party is hearing the battle cry of U.S. Citizens:
    "Do NOT let the government take our guns!' 

    This insane attempt to gun grab is being fueled by the U.N., the Obama Regime, Global Communists and The New Socialist Party - of which, I might add, Barack Obama is still an active card carrying member.

    Our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is in grave jeopardy. That profound and inalienable right is being shoved aside as our Constitution gets trampled and Old Glory is turned into a laughing stock, a mockery of America.

    You better believe it when I tell you that Barack Obama and his commie buddies are hell-bent on seizing, not just America’s guns...but our will to resist.

    You see, the Global Communists’ dream is to disarm America so WE THE PEOPLE can’t fight back when they finish annihilating our rights. Gun ownership is in perilous danger of extinction. Obama is getting worried that he can’t deliver on his global communist promises to his liberal progressive masters regarding the disarmament of America - and his desperation is mounting.

    It is time to stand up and say:


    We need to stand together to protect our

    Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

    Now that Obama has been elected for a second term he’s going to turn up the heat.

    Here’s what he’ll do... Incrementally, he will attempt to grab our gun rights.

    • a ban on a select type of weapon.

    • Then it will be a ban on the manufacturing of certain types of bullets.

    • Then it will be severe limitations on the amount of ammo you can buy.

    It will go on like this - he will eat out the heart of the Second Amendment unless we stop him and his minions!

    But, I will tell you right here and right now: We’ll be damned if we will let him get away with it. WE stand with them and WE will not be bullied out of gun ownership or our right to bear arms. Obama will try an end-run around the Constitution within the next few weeks, but we’ll be waiting for him.
    "Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading."–Thomas Jefferson

    Of all the half-assed notions spewed from the vile recesses of liberal sink-tanks comes the unfounded idiotic notion that the Second Amendment CAN be infringed upon by the limitation of States rights - or by denial of Second Amendment rights to our citizens and our military men and women!

    Obama’s toxic rhetoric is not only unconstitutional, but outright unfounded. Not only is there nocase law to establish such outlandish and off-base claims, but it is an insult to anyone who can read the Constitution.

    As usual he’s making this sh*t up to serve his own world commie agenda.


    WE MUST ACT NOW TO FIGHT BACK says, "We are proud to stand with Second Amendment organizations and gun owners across America. Together we shall prevail!'
    WARNING: the anti-gun coalitions, Communist Party, Neo-Nazis, Washington liberals, politically diseased politicians and the anti- freedom freaks with their feverish lust to remove our fundamental rights will stop at NOTHING.

    We cannot sit by and wait or watch idly while they pursue their disgusting agenda. And do NOT, I repeat, do NOT underestimate what they will do.

    • Condemning military heroes as unfit gun owners

    • Using tragic events to peddle their anti-freedom wares.

    • Forcing child indoctrination against gun ownership

    • Fueling foreign disasters to invoke public sympathy against the Second Amendment

    • Employing media broadcasts to infuse guilt and shame, targeting firearms owners

    • Perverting the meaning of the Second Amendment by politically diseased politicians

    • Persuading dirty judges to rule in a jaded manner on gun critical cases

    • Vilifying gun shows as unsafe, illegal, dangerous and illicit.


    ...but we’re bigger and more powerful!

    The United Nations agenda is pushing to disarm all Americans. Think about it: why would they do that? For POWER over the people. To make American citizens defenseless so when they put their commie conversion plans into action, we have no way to defend ourselves or to fight back!
    BUT HOW?

    I know this is not an easy topic and the thought of gun grabbing should scare the bejezus out of you. It does me. I assure you that there is help - a way to fight back hard and win! The Tea Party is committed to preserving the Second Amendment right of the people to keep and bear arms.Every time socialism and vile One-Worldism rears its ugly head we must slap it down. Body-slam the anti-freedom idea to the mat! It is time to take-off the gloves. WE THE PEOPLE must send Washington a message they will never forget. They need to hear us loud and clear. I told you moments ago the Tea Party is committed to your constitutional right to keep and bear arms and we are doing something about it.
    Our Tea Party Combat Conservatives have created a powerful fax blast that will shake Washington to the core!

    We named this fax blast after the noble 45 caliber.
    We call it the "45-GUN FAX."
    That’s right. This new fax blast will knock your socks off and theirs, too. Well, actually it is going to knock the notion of gun grabbing and Second Amendment annihilation right out of their beady little heads.

    Yep, it’s HOT! Searing and blistering hot. And, we’re going to send it to all 100 Senators and 435 Members of the House of Representatives

    "45-GUN FAX' 

    Send it to all 100 Senators and all 435 Congressmen for a total of 535 faxes to the Washington establishment!

    GunOwnership1 45 Gun FaxI want to tell you that for some of our other Fax Blast Washington programs we receive a $57.00 donation, but because we’re SO PISSED OFF we want to send 535 faxes in your name for only: $45.00. That’s it! You save $12! All I can say is WOW!

    That $45.00 represents the Second Amendment, gun owners and gun owner and activist groups all over the USA. What a way to honor our gun friends than with a fax named after the .45 caliber!

    '45-GUN FAX'

    READ THIS: The "45-Gun Fax' is waiting for your approval! If you like what you see, then lets blister Washington and let them know we are going to stand our ground. NO ONE and we mean NO ONE messes with our gun rights. WE THE PEOPLE RULE.

    "I am deeply concerned Washington thinks they are in charge. We must remind them they are our day laborers and they do our bidding" Steve Eichler – CEO/Tea Party

    You, my friend and fellow Patriot, have seen for yourself the threat that is now at the door.

    • Gun shows are in jeopardy...

    • Gun ownership is on the brink of collapsing...

    • Gun ownership databases are being prepared for installation...

    To make matters worse, the president is siding with the U.N. and their anti-gun and anti-freedom agenda!

    What more do you need?

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  • 12/20/12--10:13: Parable of the City of God
  • Parable of the City of God

    You have destroyed the City of God, turned it into a hell hole wherein brother is against brother and sister against sister. The City of God has become the habitation of devils who kill at will the children of God who are slain in the streets while no action is taken against them and the so-called good people are silent in the night, hiding in their mansions in fear and terror, knowing for a certainty the devils shall invade their homes, it is only a matter of time, simply because they have done nothing to reach out to the devils in their midst. 

    Alas, the devils are their children who have gone astray and no one will lay hands on them in fear the children will tear their limbs like hungry beasts. But these beasts are hungry for love, yet no one will reach out to them, no one will lay hands on them except other devils such as robbers, thieves and murderers. 

    No one will guide the young devils so they behave like Yacoub’s children of old, playing with steel, such as cars and guns, for these are symbols of power. And in their hunger and thirst for love, they seek satisfaction in steel since the human touch is absent their lives. If only someone would speak with them, tell them a kind word, guide them on the right path, but no, the elders are in fear of the monsters they created by being silent, neglectful and abusive. 

    No matter how hard they try, the elders in the City of God cannot get out of their responsibility to teach truth to their weary children gone mad from lack of love and direction. The schools have made them ignorant, the church doors are closed to them, thus they are hungry and homeless causing them to make terror in the streets. 

    If only someone would lay hands on them with kindness and love that is expected in the City of God, the so-called devil children, the children of Yacoub who love playing with steel, would put down their guns and stop using their cars as weapons of mass destruction. They would stop filling their young bodies with drugs and disease from unprotected sex. Why will not those in the City of God step to the front of the line and represent Divinity?

    How can they tarry in Jerusalem doing nothing while the house of God is defiled and becomes an abomination.

    You who are holy, take off your holy rags and confess naked before your God that you have neglected to clean his temple, that you have destroyed his children, turning them into beasts of the jungle or even worse, for they lack the love of beasts, for they are ready to kill for the slightest reason, without thinking of the consequences, the pain and suffering they cause families, friends and community.

    Why will you not teach them legal trade and commerce. No, you allow the dope man to teach them and love them while you party in the night, wink and blink at concerts wearing your rocks, stones and animal skins.

    Continue doing nothing and see if things get better or worse, but you live in the City of God and He expects you to exercise the reins of power, not cower in the corner afraid of that which your hands have created, for that which your hands have created shall seek you out in the night and in the day, but if you are without the armor of God, that which your hands have created shall slay you and the City of God shall be no more.

    --Marvin X
    from the Wisdom of Plato Negro, parables/fables, BPP, Berkeley, 2012.

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