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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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    Mayor Baraka with two daughters

    I was never moved by the singing of the national anthem until today when Alana Smith, a very young female, blasted into the mike outside Newark's Performing Arts Center during the inauguration of Ras J. Baraka as the new mayor. Yes, I was moved to tears, but tears of joy at the child and the event of a young man I've known since he was a child, Ras J. Baraka, son of my recently departed friend of 47 years, poet Amiri Baraka and his beautiful wife, Amina.

    After Ras was administered the oath of office, he proceeded with the inaugural address. After giving the eulogy at his father's funeral in January, we knew his speech would be powerful, for he is a poet in his own right, although he revealed he is as much a preacher as poet with his call and response cadences. He began with the mantra of his campaign, WE ARE MAYOR, and went on to delineate the social economic issues facing the city of his birth. He listed economic disparity, educational inequities, violence and incarceration as issues he must address. Mayor Baraka repeatedly called upon God to help him and the people of Newark, but declared he was a fearless radical who will call a spade a spade.

    He told how he was in his mother's womb when Martin Luther King, Jr. dropped by their house. He was three years old when the Newark rebellion took place: his father was beaten bloody and mother terrorized. This was his socialization, his rites of passage into the political world of Newark--and America. His mother, poet Amina Baraka, grandmother and three daughters sat behind him on stage, along with former elected officials, including Governor Richard J. Codey, New York Mayor David Dinkins and Newark Mayor Sharp James.

    Embattled Temple University Professor, Dr. Tony Montiero at the event. "I don't think much of political statements. We'll wait to see how events play out on the ground."
    photo Marvin X

    Newark's perennial  radical Baba Zayid 
    photo Marvin X

    Philadelphia's Harriet Tubman, Pam Africa
    photo Marvin X

    Radicals present included poets Sonia Sanchez, Haki Madhubuti, Marvin X, Dr. Tony Montiero of Temple University, Philadelphia; Pam Africa of the Committee to Save Mumia Abu Jamal, New York senior Black producer, Woody King and Baba Zayid of the New Black Panther Party.

    The following notes from the Mayor were printed in the official inaugural program:
    ...Today, we take our oaths of office and our greatest duty will be to serve each and every one of you with professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness. We are committed to listening and leading, to answering and acting and to be compassionate and caring.

    ...We seek a Newark of safe streets, strong schools, a clean environment and abundant prosperity. We are proud of how our City stands at the center of our regional economy, a focus for development and increasingly, a destination for entertainment and the arts....

    We have families to support, children to teach, homes to build, neighborhoods to strengthen and jobs to create. Together we will do so. Together we will overcome all challenges and adversities. Together we will build Newark's greatest days.

    And so it is, on a hot day in Newark, the child of radical parents took the reins of power. In an act of political self diminishment and people's empowerment, he said repeatedly, We are the Mayor!

     Art by Emory

    Da Mayor and poet Marvin X

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     FYI, Amiri Baraka, Jr. is the man behind the man. He is the thinker and planner, i.e., strategist of Team Baraka.

     Holy Mother Amina Baraka

     We are the Mayor!

     Mayor David Dinkins, Mayor Sharp James, Cory Booker, now Senator

     I always said this guy is a preacher. He called on God throughout his message at swearing in.

     Watch those daughters! 

     Mary J in da house!

    My friend AB would have loved to see this day. We know he was there, in the air, in the sun, in the breeze! You did this AB, you set this ship in the ocean. Better ax somebody!

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    Felipe Luciano and Marvin X have been friends since the Black Arts Movement in Harlem, NY., 1968.

    Marvin X escaped Newark NJ just in time before the coming hurricane. Every time I come to the East coast, shit happens: 9/11, Sandy, Ice storm, etc. Even then, the plane spent two hours on the runway during the rain, thunder and lightning on Wednesday afternoon. 

    He returns home to take up Paul Cobb's (publisher of the Oakland Post News Group) offer to help him produce the Black Arts Movement festival in Oakland. In Newark, Dr. Tony Montiero and Pam Africa urged him to set up a BAM headquarters in Philly. They vowed to help him with the Philly leg of the 27 City Tour of the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra. Now we know the Mayor of 
    Newark, Ras Baraka, will bring the tour to his city, In sha Allah!

    Marvin X will be in Seattle WA. next Saturday, July 12, 3pm, reading and signing books at the Life Enrichment Bookstore 5023 Rainer Ave. S., hosted by Hakeem Trotter.

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    Many Blacks in my home town of Fresno are more concerned with my use of the N word than police killing Blacks. See my Juneteenth speech in Fresno:

    Marvin X: The subject is Dante

    Marvin X spoke in Fresno for Black History Month, he returned for Juneteenth

    Marvin X at Fresno CA Juneteenth: Dante is my subject today

    After opening remarks, Marvin X declared his subject today is Dante. We want to talk about Dante. The whole world is concerned about Dante. President Obama has a program for Dante. The schools and prisons are having a time with Dante. The community is in terror of Dante. Dante has many issues: he wants to wear his pants hanging off his behind. Now who wants to see his funky ass, who wants to see his dirty drawers, he told the audience in his hometown in the central valley that gathered to celebrate Juneteenth. And you OGs are afraid of Dante, afraid to say a word to him. Marvin declared 99% of time he tells Dante to pull his pants up, he does so, sometimes with a smile, sometimes with a laugh. Sometimes Dante will walk pass and he will read my mind and pull up his pants, without me saying a word, eye contact worked.

    They say Dante is ignut, mentally retarded, suffers attention deficient disorder, to say nothing of his full blown addiction to white supremacy. Yet Dante is a genius, he can rap for hours without missing a line, but the schools can't get him to read and write, yet he can rap endlessly.

    They (and who is the mythical they?) say Dante is useless and shiftless, yet he has created hip hop culture emulated and imitated around the world. Although there are those who denounce the word Nigguh, Dante has made Nigguh a multimillion dollar word, and every body in the world, those in youth culture, call themselves Nigguh, Mexicans, Chinese, Japanese, Africans, Arabs. Everybody wants to be a Nigguh except certain Nigguhs. Marvin X was informed after his speech that some in the audience departed because of his usage of the N word. In Marvin's world, he isn't being effective if some in the audience are not provoked to leave, sometimes screaming, hollering and tearing off their clothes! Such was the reaction to his recovery classic One Day in the Life.

    He said Dante is valuable commodity who is now traded on the stock exchange, similar to oil, hogs, beef and corn. He is worth $60,000 per year per inmate incarcerated. Marvin said why not send them to Harvard, it has free admission for the poor. If they go to Harvard, they can learn how be real criminals, thieves, robbers and pimps. Harvard will make them global bandits, like President Obama, who walks about checking off his kill list weekly. But Dante wants to be a petty killer, a petty pimp, who terrorizes the hood but won't cross the line to kill white people. He will beat his woman have to death because he thinks he owns her body, especially her pussy that he claims is his, but he doesn't have a pussy, Dante doesn't bleed five days a month.

    Dante wants to pimp his woman, even his sister and first cousin, even his moma, yeah, he pimps on a bicycle while living at his mama's house! Dante, please go to Harvard so you can learn how to pimp like the big boys!

    Nigguh wanna pimp
    can you pimp a Jew
    can you pimp Arabia
    Africa, Latin America
    can you pimp teachers
    preachers politicians judges
    nigguh wanna pimp
    nigguh please....
    can you pimp the father, son and holy ghost
    nigguh wanna pimp, yeah....

    Marvin X told of speaking with youth at the Riker's Island youth prison in New York. He asked the youth how much it cost to keep them in prison for a year. One said ten thousand, another said twenty thousand, but a guard said $60,000. And the boot camp cost more, but if one graduated, he was provided a free college education. Think Dante took advantage of it, of course not, once Dante was back in the hood with the hood rats.

    As we said, Dante is really a genius, a very smart guy, so smart he outsmarts himself. Then he wants to write Marvin X for books, free of course, but Dante adds his commissary lists. Marvin X said he doesn't mind sending books but he ain't filling out no commissary requests.

    He asked the audience who visits Dante, who puts money on his books? His mama and his girl, rarely does his father visit him. Actually, she mother is mother and father. Marvin X said it was so in his case growing up, but he managed to come out all right, the author of thirty books. For sure, he said, this society does not want Dante to be another Marvin X or Malcolm X, or George Jackson or Tookie Williams. Any potential persons of this type are tracked from childhood like prison prophet Mumia Abu Jamal who was tracked from the age of 14. As was noted at his 60th birthday celebration in Philly, Mumia is free (he who is free in mind is free indeed--he just needs to be released).

    Marvin's talk was interrupted with music, signaling his time was up, even though he was the featured speaker and rappers had been on stage talking loud but saying nothing for an extensive amount of time. He ended by noting that there had be 28 shootings in 30 days in Fresno, but not one white man had been killed. He was later informed the people at the police booth were disturbed. There were those who went to his defense. NAACP President Pamela Young said, "We know how Marvin is, Marvin was just Marvin." A Mexican lady came to his booth afterwards to tell him how much she appreciated his remarks and that youth need to hear him but she only objected to his use of the N word. And so it is.

    Let's see what happens Sunday at Berkeley's Juneteenth. Marvin X will kickoff the event at 12 noon with a reading. Berkeley Juneteenth is at Adeline and Alcatraz, south of the ASHBY BART station.

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    "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro"

    Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men, too Ñ great enough to give frame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of truly great men. The point from which I am compelled to view them is not, certainly, the most favorable; and yet I cannot contemplate their great deeds with less than admiration. They were statesmen, patriots and heroes, and for the good they did, and the principles they contended for, I will unite with you to honor their memory....

    ...Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? and am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?

    Would to God, both for your sakes and ours, that an affirmative answer could be truthfully returned to these questions! Then would my task be light, and my burden easy and delightful. For who is there so cold, that a nation's sympathy could not warm him? Who so obdurate and dead to the claims of gratitude, that would not thankfully acknowledge such priceless benefits? Who so stolid and selfish, that would not give his voice to swell the hallelujahs of a nation's jubilee, when the chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs? I am not that man. In a case like that, the dumb might eloquently speak, and the "lame man leap as an hart."

    But such is not the state of the case. I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common.ÑThe rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn you that it is dangerous to copy the example of a nation whose crimes, towering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrevocable ruin! I can to-day take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people!

    "By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yea! we wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there, they that carried us away captive, required of us a song; and they who wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How can we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? If I forget thee, 0 Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth."

    Fellow-citizens, above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, to-day, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, "may my right hand forget her cunning, and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth!" To forget them, to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime in with the popular theme, would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and the world. My subject, then, fellow-citizens, is American slavery. I shall see this day and its popular characteristics from the slave's point of view. Standing there identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine, I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this 4th of July! Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the constitution and the Bible which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery Ñ the great sin and shame of America! "I will not equivocate; I will not excuse"; I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgment is not blinded by prejudice, or who is not at heart a slaveholder, shall not confess to be right and just.

    But I fancy I hear some one of my audience say, "It is just in this circumstance that you and your brother abolitionists fail to make a favorable impression on the public mind. Would you argue more, an denounce less; would you persuade more, and rebuke less; your cause would be much more likely to succeed." But, I submit, where all is plain there is nothing to be argued. What point in the anti-slavery creed would you have me argue? On what branch of the subject do the people of this country need light? Must I undertake to prove that the slave is a man? That point is conceded already. Nobody doubts it. The slaveholders themselves acknowledge it in the enactment of laws for their government. They acknowledge it when they punish disobedience on the part of the slave. There are seventy-two crimes in the State of Virginia which, if committed by a black man (no matter how ignorant he be), subject him to the punishment of death; while only two of the same crimes will subject a white man to the like punishment. What is this but the acknowledgment that the slave is a moral, intellectual, and responsible being? The manhood of the slave is conceded. It is admitted in the fact that Southern statute books are covered with enactments forbidding, under severe fines and penalties, the teaching of the slave to read or to write. When you can point to any such laws in reference to the beasts of the field, then I may consent to argue the manhood of the slave. When the dogs in your streets, when the fowls of the air, when the cattle on your hills, when the fish of the sea, and the reptiles that crawl, shall be unable to distinguish the slave from a brute, then will I argue with you that the slave is a man!

    For the present, it is enough to affirm the equal manhood of the Negro race. Is it not astonishing that, while we are ploughing, planting, and reaping, using all kinds of mechanical tools, erecting houses, constructing bridges, building ships, working in metals of brass, iron, copper, silver and gold; that, while we are reading, writing and ciphering, acting as clerks, merchants and secretaries, having among us lawyers, doctors, ministers, poets, authors, editors, orators and teachers; that, while we are engaged in all manner of enterprises common to other men, digging gold in California, capturing the whale in the Pacific, feeding sheep and cattle on the hill-side, living, moving, acting, thinking, planning, living in families as husbands, wives and children, and, above all, confessing and worshipping the Christian's God, and looking hopefully for life and immortality beyond the grave, we are called upon to prove that we are men!

    Would you have me argue that man is entitled to liberty? that he is the rightful owner of his own body? You have already declared it. Must I argue the wrongfulness of slavery? Is that a question for Republicans? Is it to be settled by the rules of logic and argumentation, as a matter beset with great difficulty, involving a doubtful application of the principle of justice, hard to be understood? How should I look to-day, in the presence of Amercans, dividing, and subdividing a discourse, to show that men have a natural right to freedom? speaking of it relatively and positively, negatively and affirmatively. To do so, would be to make myself ridiculous, and to offer an insult to your understanding. There is not a man beneath the canopy of heaven that does not know that slavery is wrong for him.

    What, am I to argue that it is wrong to make men brutes, to rob them of their liberty, to work them without wages, to keep them ignorant of their relations to their fellow men, to beat them with sticks, to flay their flesh with the lash, to load their limbs with irons, to hunt them with dogs, to sell them at auction, to sunder their families, to knock out their teeth, to burn their flesh, to starve them into obedience and submission to their mastcrs? Must I argue that a system thus marked with blood, and stained with pollution, is wrong? No! I will not. I have better employment for my time and strength than such arguments would imply.

    What, then, remains to be argued? Is it that slavery is not divine; that God did not establish it; that our doctors of divinity are mistaken? There is blasphemy in the thought. That which is inhuman, cannot be divine! Who can reason on such a proposition? They that can, may; I cannot. The time for such argument is passed.

    At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. O! had I the ability, and could reach the nation's ear, I would, to-day, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.

    What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy -- a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.

    Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival....

    ...Allow me to say, in conclusion, notwithstanding the dark picture I have this day presented, of the state of the nation, I do not despair of this country. There are forces in operation which must inevitably work the downfall of slavery. "The arm of the Lord is not shortened," and the doom of slavery is certain. I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope. While drawing encouragement from "the Declaration of Independence," the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions, my spirit is also cheered by the obvious tendencies of the age. Nations do not now stand in the same relation to each other that they did ages ago. No nation can now shut itself up from the surrounding world and trot round in the same old path of its fathers without interference. The time was when such could be done. Long established customs of hurtful character could formerly fence themselves in, and do their evil work with social impunity. Knowledge was then confined and enjoyed by the privileged few, and the multitude walked on in mental darkness. But a change has now come over the affairs of mankind. Walled cities and empires have become unfashionable. The arm of commerce has borne away the gates of the strong city. Intelligence is penetrating the darkest corners of the globe. It makes its pathway over and under the sea, as well as on the earth. Wind, steam, and lightning are its chartered agents. Oceans no longer divide, but link nations together. From Boston to London is now a holiday excursion. Space is comparatively annihilated. -- Thoughts expressed on one side of the Atlantic are distinctly heard on the other.

    The far off and almost fabulous Pacific rolls in grandeur at our feet. The Celestial Empire, the mystery of ages, is being solved. The fiat of the Almighty, "Let there be Light," has not yet spent its force. No abuse, no outrage whether in taste, sport or avarice, can now hide itself from the all-pervading light. The iron shoe, and crippled foot of China must be seen in contrast with nature. Africa must rise and put on her yet unwoven garment. 'Ethiopia, shall, stretch. out her hand unto Ood." In the fervent aspirations of William Lloyd Garrison, I say, and let every heart join in saying it:

    God speed the year of jubilee
    The wide world o'er!
    When from their galling chains set free,
    Th' oppress'd shall vilely bend the knee,
    And wear the yoke of tyranny
    Like brutes no more.
    That year will come, and freedom's reign,
    To man his plundered rights again

    God speed the day when human blood
    Shall cease to flow!
    In every clime be understood,
    The claims of human brotherhood,
    And each return for evil, good,
    Not blow for blow;
    That day will come all feuds to end,
    And change into a faithful friend
    Each foe.

    God speed the hour, the glorious hour,
    When none on earth
    Shall exercise a lordly power,
    Nor in a tyrant's presence cower;
    But to all manhood's stature tower,
    By equal birth!
    That hour will come, to each, to all,
    And from his Prison-house, to thrall
    Go forth.

    Until that year, day, hour, arrive,
    With head, and heart, and hand I'll strive,
    To break the rod, and rend the gyve,
    The spoiler of his prey deprive --
    So witness Heaven!
    And never from my chosen post,
    Whate'er the peril or the cost,
    Be driven.

    The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, Volume II
    Pre-Civil War Decade 1850-1860
    Philip S. Foner
    International Publishers Co., Inc., New York, 1950

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    Federal Jury Denies Damages For Oscar Grant’s Incarcerated FatherFather of Oscar Grant Jr was denied damages by a federal jury on Thursday. www.blacklikemoi.comReported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger

    Oscar Grant Jr., father of the man who was shot and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer in the first hours of New Years Day 2009 in Oakland, Calif., was denied damages by a federal jury on Thursday.
    The jury found that the father—who had been in prison all of his son’s life—failed to show he had a close familial relationship with his son and failed to prove the officer intentionally harmed his son for reasons “unrelated to legitimate law-enforcement objectives,” according to recent reports.
    Grant III was shοt in the back and killed, while laying on the ground in a crowded BART station, by transit police officer Johannes Mehserle. The final day of Grant III’s life was portrayed in the independent, award-winning film Fruitvale Station.
    The incident was captured on numerous cellphone video cameras by other train passengers, prompting protests and riots and outraging much of the nation.
    Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a 2010 criminal trial, and was released from a Los Angeles County jail in June 2011 after receiving credit for time served.
    A year after the incident, BART reached a civil settlement with those closely connected to Grant III and the incident. Grant III’s young daughter, Tatiana, received $1.5 millon and his mother Wanda another $1.3 million in settlements. BART also awarded $175,000 to each of Grant III’s five friends who were with Grant when he was shot. BART did not settle with Grant Jr., whose case went to trial in June.
    “The man was killed in cold blood: No ifs, ands or buts about it,”  Grant Jr., said during his testimony, according to the Oakland Tribune. “I don’t care how they say it, it was not an accident.
    “They took the most precious thing in the world to me—my only child,” said Grant Jr., 50.
    The jury was aware that Grant Jr. was serving time in Solano state prison, but was not told any details of his criminal record—nor the details of Grant III’s own arrests and convictions before his death, according to published reports.
    As described by the local newspaper’s coverage of the story, the spectators in the courtroom could hear Grant Jr.’s leg shackles as he walked to and from the witness stand dressed in a gray suit, blue shirt, and multicolored tie.
    Grant Jr. told the jury he filed the lawsuit out of a respect for his son. He said he wants to help take care of his granddaughter Tatiana and he wants the chance to pay restitution for his own crimes.
    “I’ve already paid for my crime, I’d like to give back to the community,” said Grant Jr., who according to a trial brief filed by his lawyer expects to be paroled in the next couple years after four prior denials by the state parole board.
    During cross examination about the depth of his relationship with his son, Grant Jr. grew combative, according to the Tribune. Grant Jr. could not answer questions about whether his son played high school sports, whether he knew his granddaughter’s birthday, his son’s friends’ names, or whether Grant III had a job.
    “What does my prison record have to do with your officer killing my son, shooting my son in the back?” Grant Jr. said during the trial.
    Grant Jr. said Grant III last visited him in prison in 2002, and he last spoke to his son three days before his Jan. 1, 2009 death.
    The jury deliberated a day before choosing to deny Grant Jr.’s claim that Mehserle’s intentional shooting of his son deprived him of a previous existing relationship that involved deep attachments and commitments to one another, and the sharing of special community of thoughts, experiences and beliefs, according to published reports.

    Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.comand can be followed

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    Imam Jamil Al Amin (H. Rap Brown)

    Zoharah, I talked with Karima last night and she did not hear from
    Jamil on any of designated times for him to call last week. We are
    praying he will call today, one of designated days.  His attorneys are
    working on a habeas corpus case to have him brought back to Georgia,
    and am hoping Ramsey Clark can reach Holder, but holiday is barring
    much progress.  Will keep you posted.  Connie

    On 7/3/2014 11:03 PM, Simmons,Gwendolyn Delores wrote:

    Dear colleagues,

    Connie can you let us know if Karima heard from Jamil on Thursday,
    Saturday of last week, or Tuesday  or Thursday of this week? Can she
    call him? Who are his lawyers? Can't they call and get an update on
    his health. Is it unusual for Karima not to get calls at least once a

    I like all of us am worried that the prison officials may know that he
    is very ill and do not want us to know. Of course it could even be

    If Bennie is not able to get an update on his health quickly, I feel
    we need to do a full court press. This should include getting info to
    Amy Goodman at Democracy Now, to Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Tavis
    Smiley, the Red Cross, Amnesty International among others.

    It seems that in view of Jamil's "silence," he might be seriously ill.
    Perhaps a barrage of calls to the Prison and the Justice Department
    would be a good thing to do. For everyone's information, Jimmy found
    the numbers for the  Federal Bureau of Prisons and Attorney General
    Holders's numbers, which I am including, which I am including here:

    1). Federal Bureau of Prisons  - (202) 353-1555

    2). U.S. Justice Dept/ Attorney Holder - (202) 514-2001.

    The address for Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin is  Reg. No.

    I look,forward to hearing any updates of what we know about Jamil's status.



    Sent from my iPad

    On Jul 3, 2014, at 12:15 PM, "Constance"<> wrote:

    Really appreciate everyone's response to this situation.  Am
    suggesting we wait to hear from Bennie Thompson on Jamil's condition
    and latest info on move before we mount our campaign which at some
    point will also be to get him back to Ga. correction facilit. from
    whence he was lifted by night seven years ago an taken to federal
    underground in Florence, Colorado.  Thanks, Connie

    On 7/3/2014 11:50 AM, James Garrett wrote:

    Fannie and Zoharah:
    I thank all of you who have and are now taking up the banner
    to move Jamil to a safe medical facility.
    I have shared with Barbara Lee's local office the scan received from Gwen.
    If it is ok I will also push the text of Fannie Rushing's letter.

    Finally, I suggest that a media platform may be available via Karen Finley
    the MSNBC commentator who co-hosted the Dinner with Danny Glover..
    If someone has contact Ms. Finley may be a useful pursuit to get Gwen or even
    one of the Congress people on a larger platform.

    Be Well, all
    jimmy garrett

    > Subject: RE: update
    > Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 15:05:24 +0000
    > Dear Connie and Zoharah,
    > Connie, I just want to reaffirm what Zoharah has said. We all owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude for your selfless commitment to this issue. It is one that SNCC and others have lagged and drug their collective feet about. Zoharah, thank you for picking this up and getting us in movement. I know how busy and tired you are from all the work you have been engaged in during the past few months.
    > I added Dorothy Dewberry to the email list. I am thinking it might be helpful to make little reports on what we are doing so that we do not duplicate and dissipate our energy.
    > I have emailed Bobby Rush and will send him a copy of the signed letter. I will follow up with phone calls. If I do not hear back from him, I will find him this weekend while he is at home.
    > I have contacted a friend who is the editor of "The Chicago Reporter". She called the prison and got a nonsense bill of goods. I explained that it was all nonsense and will send her the signed letter.
    > I have sent the following to friends, Educators for Liberation, Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Educators for Social Justice and Portside Monitor. Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, once known as H. Rap Brown, was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960s and a advocate and fighter against injustice and for liberation.As part of this fight and a shooting incident with police in 2000, he was imprisoned in a maximum security prison in Georgia. In spite of this in 2007, he was transferred, in the middle of the night, to another maximum security prison in Colorado further from family and friends. All of this time, he has been held in solitary confinement and for the last seven years, confined in a underground facility in the prison. Iman Al-Amin has not received proper medical care . As a result, he has lost teeth, developed an infection, lost weight, has body bloating and respiratory problems. His treatment is an example of cruel and unusual punishment and an act of inhumanity in violation of the principles of the Geneva Conventions and the laws of humanity. This is not an appeal regarding the merits of his case. It is an appeal to express the same concern for undocumented immigrants, prisoners at Guantanamo and people in countless countries around the world engaged in human rights violations of this type. Please,Call, not write your congress people, media and friends. This is a matter of life or death. Ask for : immediate medical attention for inmate Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (Reg.# 99974-555); his transfer to a different facility where his medical needs are more assured of being met, such as the prison medical facility located in Butner, North Carolina. Make CALLS TO:Charles E. Samuels Jr. the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons 202-307-3198 #9 for Press Office.(DIRECT LINE: 202-307-3250) and to Lisa Gregory, Director of Health Services, North Central Region - 913-621-3939 .
    > A Luta Continua, The Struggle is at home as well as abroad,
    > Fannie Theresa Rushing
    > I will continue to pursue Rush, Jessie Jackson and several local radio stations. I believe we should appeal to the United Nations and Amnesty International What do you al think? Do you think we should give ourselves a name so it does not seem as if we are just individuals?
    > Fannie
    > ________________________________________
    > From: Simmons,Gwendolyn Delores []
    > Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2014 8:24 AM
    > To: Constance
    > Cc: Rushing, Fannie;; dan harmeling; Kathy Sarachild; Simmons,Gwendolyn Delores
    > Subject: Re: update
    > Dear Connie,
    > Thank You! You have never forgotten Jamil; we owe you for reminding us of what is being done to him. Dan Harmeling and Kathy Sarachild helped me get the packet out.
    > I will mail both packets to you today.
    > I will call about other ideas later today.
    > I also got your phone message.
    > Talk to you soon! Take good care and be well!

    On Jul 3, 2014, at 9:10 AM, "Constance"<> wrote:

    Zohorah, please forgive silence yesterday--phone problems--land and cell lines. You all are just unbelievable. Please send materials to me at 930 Myrtle Street, NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30309--you can send Karima's to me as well. No word on his health but Bennie Thompson working on getting a report. Will keep you up to date. love and gratitude, Connie


    End the persecution of Imam Jamil Al-Amin
    By Askia Muhammad
    Senior Correspondent
    Updated Aug 14, 2007 - 10:51:00 AM

    Imam Jamil Al-Amin
    Photo: Getty Images

    ?What?s needed is more public awareness of the fact that he?s an innocent man. He?s a political prisoner who is serving time for a crime that he did not do. If he?s guilty, he?s guilty of fighting for the rights of African Americans and, fighting for the rights of Muslims. And trying to make America the democracy that it claims to be. Yeah, he?s guilty of that.?
    -Hodari Abdul-Ali
    Executive Director, The Imam Jamil Action Network

    WASHINGTON ( - From his jail cell on K-Block in the state prison at Reidsville, Ga., to his supporters all over the country—an unambiguous demand is being sounded for prison authorities and for the legal system itself, to end the unjust persecution of Imam Jamil Al-Amin.“My husband says he feels he has been sentenced two times. He has been sentenced for a crime, number one, that he did not commit and that someone has confessed to it, and confessed shortly after the incident. And he’s been sentenced by the Department of Corrections,” Karimah Al-Amin, wife of Imam Al-Amin, told The Final Call.
    In March 2002, Imam Al-Amin was convicted of murdering a Fulton County, Georgia Sheriff’s Deputy and wounding another in an incident March 16, 2000. Mr. Al-Amin steadfastly maintains his innocence. His supporters insist that he was convicted not based on the evidence, but because he is a Muslim, because of his militant past and his former association with the Black Panther Party.
    There is a consensus among Imam Al-Amin’s supporters that he was convicted long before the jury announced its verdict and that prosecutors intentionally ignored the truth in order to punish someone with whom Atlanta authorities have had a long-running feud.
    Law enforcement officials “know they’ve got the wrong people, but as long as they can do it in the darkness, or as long as there’s no mass protest, then they can just say, ‘Hey. We got another leader off the streets. So what if he didn’t do it. We’ve been after him since the ’60s’ COINTELPRO,’” complained Hodari Abdul-Ali, executive director of the Imam Jamil Action Network.
    “What’s needed is more public awareness of the fact that he’s an innocent man. He’s a political prisoner who is serving time for a crime that he did not do. If he’s guilty, he’s guilty of fighting for the rights of African Americans and, fighting for the rights of Muslims. And trying to make America the democracy that it claims to be. Yeah, he’s guilty of that,” said Mr. Abdul-Ali.
    Imam Al-Amin’s second unjust sentence, his supporters insist, is his treatment in the Georgia prison system where he has been on 23-hour lock-down since 2002, despite many public complaints, even petitions from among the Muslim population at Reidsville that he join them for Jumu’ah prayers as their Imam.
    He gets one hour out of the cell to shower and also to walk around, what is considered a ‘Dog Pen’ for exercises, according to Mrs. Al-Amin. Authorities even tried recently to humiliate him by passing his meals to him through a slot on the floor, his supporters pointed out. That practice was ended after many vocal complaints.
    “The [Prison] Commissioner, when questioned on the phone [recently] by [Imam Al-Amin’s] brother Ed Brown, said, ‘We’ll consider [modifying his conditions] once the situation changes.’” said Sister Al-Amin. “He was asked, ‘What is the situation?’ He could not come up with anything. He doesn’t have any infractions against him. He would be considered a model prisoner anywhere else.”
    And there is the fundamental injustice of his conviction, insists Imam Al-Amin’s wife. The Imam has been a target of government harassment since the 1960s when he was the leader of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). At that time he was known as H. Rap Brown and was known for militant civil rights rhetoric.
    The fiery civil rights leader was singled out individually, by name, as a threat by FBI Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) agents. “Spiro Agnew, who was then governor of Maryland said: ‘Throw Brown in the jail and throw away the key,’” Nkechi Taifa, then Director of the Equal Justice Program at Howard University School of Law told The Final Call at the time of Imam Al-Amin’s trial in January 2002.
    The facts in the case also strongly support Imam Al-Amin’s claims of innocence.
    There was testimony during the trial that within minutes of the shootout March 16, 2000, in which deputy Ricky Kinchen died, a caller to Atlanta’s 911 Emergency Telephone line reported seeing a bleeding man a few blocks from the scene of the confrontation, begging motorists for a ride. That fact is important because both Deputy Kinchen and his partner, Aldranon English, claimed to have wounded their assailant.
    There was also testimony of a trail of fresh blood leading from the scene to an abandoned house, which was not investigated by the police, according to Sister Al-Amin, and “the Imam’s fingerprints were not found on any firearm associated with the crime,” she wrote in The Weekly Mirror. When Imam Al-Amin was arrested three days after the shooting in White Hall, Alabama, after a massive manhunt, authorities were shocked that he had no injuries.
    Prosecutors managed to stack the jury, said Mrs. Al-Amin, excluding Muslims, Black women who might be old enough to recall COINTELPRO involvement in civil rights and campus rights activities.
    Another puzzling development is the recent appearance of an un-dated and unsigned letter, purportedly written by a Mr. Otis Jackson who in the typewritten letter identifies himself as Mr. Bey. In his confession letter, Mr. Bey writes: “I pulled out and opened fire with my 9 mm hand gun. I then went to my car and got my M-14 and fired off some rounds. Deputy Kinchen shot me two times in the arm so I shot him. I shot Deputy English as well. I remember standing over him and him telling me about his family, but I was upset and hurt and I hate cops so I shot him anyway.
    “I got in my car, went to the home of [redacted] She along with [redacted] removed the bullet. One went in and came out. The one that was in there, they got it out. I went home, on the 17th or 18th I found out that they were looking for Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. So I called my parole officer and told her what I had done,” the confession letter continues. “I was sent back to Vegas. I had to beg the FBI to investigate and I was told that I was not the one that they wanted. I was told that I should be honored that I had gotten away with killing a police.”
    With such potentially convincing evidence available for his legal team, why is he still behind bars?
    “That’s what we’re dealing with right now,” said Sister Al-Amin. “We’ve been in court in the county where he’s being held with a habeas corpus (petition). We have two new attorneys, not the original trial attorneys. We raised 14 grounds for reversal and for him to have a new trial,” she continued.
    The plight of Imam Jamil Al-Amin is not new in the persecution of freedom fighters. We must not forget, and continue to organize and mobilize our community to support, defend, and with God’s help, gain the release of our Brother, another political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has been on death row in a Philadelphia, Pa. prison for the past 25 years.
    Like the case of Imam Al-Amin, wicked forces do not desire to look at the truth of the evidence in his case that would free him.
    The Final Call will continue to monitor, investigate and report on the legal proceedings of both cases involving Imam Jamil Al-Amin and Mumia Abu-Jamal.

    H. Rap Brown (Man with Match)
    H. Rap Brown (Man with Match)
    17.00 in HIGH x 22.00 in WIDE
    (43.18 cm HIGH x 55.88 cm WIDE)
    All Of Us Or None Archive. Fractional and promised gift of The Rossman Family.

    Lower right corner of drawing has: "Emory". Verso upper left corner has handwritten: "New Day 12/82" and "to Rlebleck".

    Poster is printed in black ink on white paper. Poster has a drawing of H. Rap Brown figure, shown from the shoulders up he is wearing black sunglasses and has a mustache. Brown is looking at a lit match he is holding between the finger and thumb of his left hand. H. Rap Brown (later known as Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin) was a civil rights activist associated with the rallying call "Burn, Baby, Burn." [LMC]
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    URGENT CALL TO ACTION ****** MEDICAL UPDATE July 4, 2014 Imam Jamil Al-Amin Formerly H. Rap Brown

    Medical Update And Urgent Call To Action
    July 4, 2014 11:50 pm

    Imam Jamil Al-Amin would like for all of his supporters to know that so far, test results show that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma - cancer of the plasma cells. He still has to have a bone marrow biopsy, which can determine the stage.

    He would like to thank everyone who has assisted in making phone calls, writing letters and sending e-mails and is requesting that we all continue.

    Please e-mail the following right now and request that he is moved to the best federal medical facility that can give him the best attention for this particular rare cancer.

    Include his name and ID#: 
               Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin #99974-555

    It is important to say, I am writing to request that Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin #99974-555 is moved from ADMAX, USP to the best federal medical facility that can give him the best attention for this particular rare cancer. 
    •  E-mail:E-Mail BOP - Click here   Choose Florence ADMAX USP, in the next blank, include your e-mail address so that you receive a copy. Voice your request to move him to the best federal medical facility. Verify the symbols and then click submit. 

    Please Call the following and request that he is moved to the best federal medical facility to receive comprehensive medical treatment: It is important to say, hello I am calling to request that Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin #99974-555 is moved from ADMAX, USP to the best federal medical facility that can give him the best attention for this particular rare cancer. 
    • Federal Bureau of Prisons (202) 307-3198 Press #3 for Office of General Counsel and request that he is moved. You will be transferred to an individual to document the call. Pressing #7 and then #6 for Medical Services simply gives other recordings and was not as effective.
    • Lisa Gregory, Director of Health Services for The North Central Region of the Federal Bureau of Prisons – telephone number - 913-621-3939. Press 0 (Zero) for the operator. Leave a message if necessary. 
    • Please also Write:
      Director Charles Samuels
      Federal Bureau of Prisons
      320 First Street, NW
      Washington, DC 20534

    URGENT: Call To Action

    Please Continue With The Campaign To Request Moving 
    The Imam To The Best Federal Medical Facility

    Please contact the individuals below and request that Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin #99974-555
    is moved to the best federal medical facility to receive comprehensive medical treatment. Please do not inquire about his health as that information cannot be provided to us. When contacting by phone, fax, or e-mail please use the following name and ID #:
    Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin #99974-555. Please choose at least two of the methods below. I've completed all contacts. Be polite!!

    • Federal Bureau of Prisons (202) 307-3198 Press #3 for Office of General Counsel and request that he is moved. They will transfer you to an individual to document the call. Pressing #7 for Medical Services simply gives other recordings.

    • Lisa Gregory, Director of Health Services for The North Central Region of the Federal Bureau of Prisons – telephone number - 913-621-3939. Press 0 (Zero) for the operator. Leave a message if necessary.

    • ( )Choose Florence ADMAX USP, in the next blank, include your e-mail address so that you receive a copy. Voice your concerns is the last box, please request that Jamil Al-Amin is moved in this box. Verify the symbols and then click submit.

    • You may also write the Federal Bureau Of Prisons:
      Mr. Charles E. Samuels, Jr. 
      Federal Bureau of Prisons
      320 First Street, NW
      Washington, DC 20534

    Correction: Assist Imam Al-Amin in getting moved to the best medical center available within the federal system.

    This Is A Summary of visit by Imam Khalil with Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin

    The following was submitted as:  Summation of Recent Visit With Imam Jamil Al-Amin by Imam Khalil

    Update: Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Imam Jamil sends his greetings to all Muslims and to those who do good, to those he knows, and to those he does not know. 

    He expresses his thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation to everyone whose efforts have contributed to raising awareness to his declining health, and for the concern shown by the massive call in campaign.
    His spiritual state is good, at an all-time high, and so is his mental state; it is a sharp as a tack.

    However, his physical condition is steadily declining. He has lost as much as 30 pounds. His feet are still swollen, top and bottom, and painful. He is having difficulty walking and sleeping; he is weak, and he wakes up tired. He is still not available to exercise. He just sits and lays down, day in and day out. He has not seen an MD, nor an orthodontist; only a dentist, which is a general practioner, and an MDs assistant. He asks that everyone continue their humanitarian efforts to demand that he gets urgent and accurate medical treatment and to be transferred to a more suitable medical facility."

     The Struggle Continues.  Thank you. Imam Khalil

    Mumia Abu-Jamal's Radio Essays: Imam Jamil Ailing

    Mumia Abu-Jamal's Radio Essays: Imam Jamil Ailing

    Update: June 23, 2014 7:15pm 
         I have been advised that Imam Jamil Al-Amin has had blood tests as well as, other medical tests completed. As of June 20, 2014 the results of those tests had not been received. 
         The Imam's current illness is a result of an untreated abscess (Gum Infection) which has poisoned his system. Please request that Jamil Al-Amin#99974-555 is moved To Butner Medical Center in North Carolina, where comprehensive medical treatment is available. 
        Do not inquire about his health as that information cannot be provided to us. When contacting by phone, fax, or e-mail please use the following name and ID #: Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin #99974-555.
         Be polite!! We do not want the prison to mistreat him because we have been rude. 
    •  Lisa Gregory, Director of Health Services for The North Central Region of the Federal Bureau of Prisons – telephone number - 913-621-3939. Press 0 (Zero) for the operator. Leave a message if necessary.
    •  Call the Warden At ADMAX – 719-784-9464 – Leave a message if necessary.
    Use the following link for Inmate Concerns    

    1. Choose Florence ADMAX USP
    2. In the Second Space, Include Your E-mail Address
    3. Voice Your Concerns and request that Jamil Al-Amin is Moved To Butner Medical Center in North Carolina

            You may also call and write the Federal             Bureau Of Prisons at:
             Federal Bureau of Prisons 
             320 First Street, 
             NW Washington, DC 20534 
             Phone: (202) 307-3198 

     Thank You. Nancy Lockhart, M.J.

    Update 6/18/2014: Imam Jamil Al-Amin - H. Rap Brown

    It has been brought to my attention that Imam Jamil Al-Amin has received medical tests on Thursday June 12, 2014 however; no information on whether or not he has seen a doctor as of yet.

    Please continue to call, fax, e-mail and write

    • Call and leave a message requesting a comprehensive medical exam -  for Jamil Al-Amin #99974-555          (719) 784-9464
    •  E-mail a request to: FLM/ 
    • Write And Fax The Warden – Include inmate name and ID number: Jamil Al-Amin #99974-555 - P.O. Box 8500 Florence, Colorado 81226
    •  Fax (719) 784-5290

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    Marvin X, aka,The Human Earthquake, will visit Seattle WA for a reading/booksigning at the Life Enrichment Bookstore, Saturday, July 12, 3pm. Marvin X has fond memories of the few months he lived in Seattle while working on his autobiography Somethin' Proper, Black Bird Press, 1998.

    I was treated royally by the Seattle people, Black and White. I made a lot of money hustling Seattle's Homeless paper, $400.00 per day @ $20.00 per paper. I wish I could show the homeless brothers and sisters how to hustle in a big way. I don't make that much now selling my books. Maybe I should go back to selling the homeless paper.

    For the Women
    For the women
    Who bear children and nurture them with truth
    Who cook and clean behind thankless men
    For the women
    Who love so hard so true so pure
    For the women
    With faith in God and men
    For the women
    Alone with beer and rum
    Searching for a man
    At the club college church party
    For the women
    Independent of men
    Searching their souls
    Who smoke crack and freak
    Who love only women
    Who play and run and never show
    Who rise in revolt in hand with men
    Who say never never, never again
    For the women who suffer abuse and cry for justice
    For the women happy and free of maternal madness
    For the women who study and write
    For the women who sell their love to starving men
    For the women who love to make love and be loved by men
    For the women of Afrika who work so hard
    For the women of American who suffer the master
    For the women who turn to God in prayer and patience
    For the women who are mothers of children and mothers of men
    For the women who suffer inflation recession abortion recession
    For the women who understand the rituals of men and women
    For the women who share
    For the women who are greedy
    For the women with power
    For the women with nothing
    For the women locked down
    For the women down town
    For the women who break horses
    For the women in the fields
    For the women who rob banks
    For the women who kill
    For the women of history
    For the women of now
    I salute you. A MAN.
    --Marvin X
    Circa 1980
    When White women read my poster poem For the Women, they weeped on the street. Their reaction to my poem humbled me because it revealed the power of words, how words can move the heart. They wanted to know how a man was able to write such a poem. I told them many women had to suffer my physical, emotional and verbal abuse, especially the mothers of my children. Then too, my attitude changed when my three daughters grew into womanhood. I certainly would not allow any man to abuse them. And I saw my intellectual and spiritual consciousness expressed in my daughters as well as my sons, so I had to throw that patriarchal mentality into the dustbin of history, the notion that sons are more important than daughters. My daughters are the intellectual and spiritual match of any man! Of course, I give all praise to their mothers.

    Amira, Nefertiti, Muhammida and Marvin X

    We thank Seattle Wa for the invitation, especially Hakeem Trotter and the folks at Life Enrichment Bookstore, located at 5023 Rainer Ave. S, Seattle WA., 3pm.

    Marvin X is still working on the 27 City Tour of the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra.
    For booking, please call 510-200-4164.

    Marvin X, Human Earthquake

    Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra, at Black Arts Movement Conference, University of California, Merced, Jan-March, 2014. A Kim McMillan/Marvin X production.

    Marvin X, Human Earthquake, and the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra

    Malcolm X Jazz/Arts Festival, Oakland, May 17, 2014. Left Marvin X, center David Murray, right Earl Davis of BAW and Sun Ra's Arkestra. 

    Killer Quake on July 12th?

    Will a large earthquake take place in the United States on July 12, 2014? More specifically, will a quake that will be big enough to kill someone occur between 4:45 am – 7:55 am, or 4:45 pm – 7:55 pm, on the West Coast, in southern California, this coming Saturday?

    Earthquake predictor David Nabhan thinks so. In his book, Earthquake Prediction: Answers in Plain Sight: Times and Dates When the Next Great Tremor Might Strike, Nabhan set down the date in print (along with September 9, 2014, as well).

    Nabhan's book notes that every earthquake that was powerful enough to be a killer within a 70 mile radius of Los Angeles' city center (between 1933 and 1994) struck within a tight 3 hour window at dawn or a corresponding time interval at dusk. Furthermore, 66% of these events took place within 36 hours of the precise instant of a new or full moon. Other regional examples followed this same pattern.
    The Great San Francisco Earthquake (1906) clocked in at 5:12 AM; Loma Prieta (1989) struck almost precisely 12 hours later: 5:04 PM.
    Anchorage was destroyed on Good Friday, 1964 at 5:36 PM--47 minutes away from the exact moment when the Moon entered the greatest extent of it's fullness.
    The last Big One on the Southern San Andreas (1857) hit Fort Tejon in the early morning.
    The May 2, 1996 magnitude 5.4 Seattle earthquake, the largest in that city’s history since 1965, rocked the Puget Sound area no more than 9 minutes outside the time and date forecasted in David Nabhan’s first book....Nabhan suggests there is fairly solid evidence to support the hypothesis that solar and lunar tides working in tandem might actually have a hand in at least helping to trigger tremors on the West Coast. Source.
    Needless to say, Nabhan gives himself only a 24 hour range, instead of a 36 hour one, if he predicts for exactly July 12th. But I guess one has to begin somewhere.

    The Super Moon of July 12 (which happens to be my birthday) appears to be a powerful one, so perhaps those earthquake preparedness kits would be a good idea for California and Alaska residents. Shop today for water, canned goods, batteries, and first aid equipment. Be careful. Be aware.

    I am skeptically open-minded about such predictions, having even written a tribute to Iben Browning upon his death, and a more recent posting on Browning's forecasting.  Of course, debunkers are dubious of such predictions. So, a doubting individual who works in the field of geophysics and I have a bit of a wage in play. 

    I don't gamble, but Tim Bergmann (PhD, Dr. sc. ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, birthday July 13th) wrote me: "My offer: if there will be an earthquake with a Magnitude more than... let's say 5+... during July 12th, I'll give you 500 US$.... if there is no earthquake of that Magnitude (or higher), you'll give me just 1 US$. Deal?"

    So, the understanding is as follows: Any magnitude 5 or above earthquake anywhere in the USA during the 29 hour period (taking into account all four times zones on the mainland and the two in Alaska and Hawaii) of July 12, 2014 -> $500 from Dr. Tim Bergmann to Loren Coleman. No earthquakes of 5 or above on July 12th, Coleman gives Bergmann a dollar plus, I will throw in an autographed book.

    Actually, I don't wish a large earthquake on any region of the USA, and especially the populated areas of southern California. The "Big One" in Los Angeles could kill hundreds. As it is, my sister Susan lives in southern California, so I hope I will be sending Bergmann his dollar and a book.

    But earthquakes, like death and taxes, happen. And I could use $500, in support of Nabhan's insights and for my health-related expenses of late. In the end, too, I think we have to begin to predict earthquakes so people will pay attention.

    The Super Moon of July 12th probably will cause some sizable seismic activity, whether it's on the 12th, 13th, or 14th, and whether it is in California, Alaska, Mexico, or Greece.

    Be prepared, my friends.

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    Dr. Muhammad Ahmad, aka, Max Stanford, Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM) 

    From: Muhammad Ahmad <>
    Date: Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 8:27 PM
    Subject: Letter to the Friends of Muhammad Ahmad

    Dear Friend,
    Your assistance is urgently needed to assist in the struggle for
    social and economic justice for a activist/scholar who has spent over
    50 years on the frontlines of the Black freedom struggle. On January
    6, 2014, History Professor Dr. Muhammad Ahmad received a letter from
    the Dean of Temple University's College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Teresa S.
    Soufas, stating that his contract would not be renewed at the end of
    the Spring 2014 semester. This action has effectively terminated his
    employment, along with that of colleague Dr. Anthony Monteiro -- a
    fellow activist/scholar known for his activist stance and deep
    commitment to the struggle for Black freedom. While no valid reason
    was given for Temple University's action. Dr. Ahmad responded by
    requesting that Temple University do him the courtesy of granting him
    a one year sabbatical. This would allow him to formally retain his
    position while maintaining access to the health care plan provided for
    by his contract. This would also allow him to secure tuition remission
    for his daughter, a Temple University student scheduled to graduate in
    Spring 2015. Dr. Soufas formally rejected the request for sabbatical
    in a letter dated June 18, 2014.

    The Friends of Muhammad Ahmad is an organization of supporters
    committed to taking action to defend the rights of Dr. Muhammad Ahmad
    from this unjust and arbitrary firing. The first step for all those
    willing to express their support is to send letters to the Temple
    University Board of Trustees and the President of Temple University
    demanding that Dr. Muhammad Ahmad be granted a one year sabbatical --
    a reasonable request for a professor who has given over 8 years of
    service to the University's African American Studies Department.

    Furthermore, Friends of Muhammad Ahmad is calling on all those who are
    able to make financial contributions to Dr. Ahmad to help cushion the
    devastating financial blow this firing will direct toward this
    activist who has always placed the people's struggle for freedom and
    justice ahead of his own financial gain. Please send money orders
    payable to Muhammad Ahmad to the following address (Please do not send

    Muhammad Ahmad
    P.O. Box 34463
    Philadelphia, PA 19101

    Friends of Muhammad Ahmad

    Stanford, Maxwell Curtis, Jr. (aka Muhammad Ahmad, 1941 - )

    Image Courtesy of
    Dr.Muhammad Ahmad (Maxwell C. Stanford Jr.)
    Maxwell Curtis Stanford, Jr., known since 1970 as Muhammad Ahmad, is a civil rights activist and was a founder of the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM), a black power organization active during the 1960s. Born on July 31, 1941 in Philadelphia, he graduated from West Philadelphia High School and attended Central State College in Wilberforce, Ohio from 1960 to 1962. Stanford left college after founding RAM in the summer of 1962.

    RAM was a black nationalist student group with a philosophy inspired by the self-defense doctrines of former National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) leader Robert F. Williams. Williams, a former head of the Monroe, North Carolina NAACP, espoused fighting the Ku Klux Klan directly, "meeting violence with violence.” Inspired by Williams’s actions, a group of college students in Wilberforce created an organization they dubbed “Challenge.” The group’s leader, Donald Freeman, hoped to create a force with the nationalist sentiment of the Nation of Islam and the direct tactics of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In the spring of 1962, members elected to dissolve Challenge, and Freeman, Stanford, and Wanda Marshall established RAM.

    Marshall and Stanford met Malcolm X in Harlem in November 1962, and Malcolm would join the organization before embarking on his trip to Mecca in 1964. RAM's philosophy combined elements of black nationalism, Marxism, and Third World internationalism. With RAM, Stanford began promoting selective patronage to force businesses to employ more black workers. In 1963, Stanford was arrested while part of a group protesting the construction of the Strawberry Mansion Junior High School in Philadelphia.  RAM charged that black construction workers were not allowed jobs on the project despite its location in an African American community.

    Between 1964 and 1968, RAM's attempt to politicize black Philadelphia drew the attention of the FBI.  In 1966 Stanford and fifteen other RAM members were arrested in New York on charges of conspiring to assassinate NAACP leader Roy Wilkins and the Urban League’s Whitney Young.  Stanford was acquitted on the charges and he promptly returned to Philadelphia to establish the Black Guard, a youth and self-defense wing of RAM.  In 1967 Philadelphia police and the FBI began a campaign of surveillance of RAM. Claiming an informant had told them the group intended to start a riot, police arrested Stanford on July 26, 1967, and 35 more RAM activists over the next month. In 1968, Stanford dissolved RAM, and by 1969 its members joined other organizations.

    In 1970, Stanford converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ahmad. He returned to college, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1976, and a Master of Arts from Atlanta University in 1986. His Master's thesis was "The Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM): A Case Study of an Urban Revolutionary Movement in Western Capitalist Society." Ahmad gained his Ph.D. from Union Institute and University in 1992, with a dissertation titled "The Black Liberation Movement: Then and Now, Case Studies of the Class Composition and Attitudes of a Social Movement in a Western Capitalist Society." Stanford currently teaches in the department of African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia.

    Matthew Countryman, Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006); John H. Bracey and Sharon Harley, The Black Power Movement: Part 3: Papers of the Revolutionary Action Movement (LexisNexis: Bethesda, Maryland); Robin D.G. Kelley, “Stormy Weather: Reconstructing Black (Inter)Nationalism in the Cold War Era,” in Eddie S. Glaude (ed), Is It Nation Time?: Contemporary Essays On Black Power and Black Nationalism (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2002).
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    Calamity in Gaza and West Bank: Jessie Duarte, ANC



    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)
    Palestine appeared in Black Scholar Magazine. 

    Few had not anticipated that the discovery that the kidnapped Israeli youth had been killed inside Palestinian territories would lead a terrible collective punishment of Palestinian civilians. The death of the two kidnapped young people is a sad and frightening reality of the injustice of a war forced upon the people of Israel and Palestine to serve but one objective; the continued illegal occupation of Palestinian land. While we acknowledge that many Israeli families have lost lives, it has however become a pattern that the state of Israel reacts with all its crude force against 1.5 million Palestinians caged in ever shrinking territories to even the smallest incident. Since 2000, thousands of Palestinians have perished as a result and many more have been traumatised and displaced.
    When the Israeli airforce bombarded the besieged Gaza Strip for the first time in the nights of 8-9 July 2014, 27 civilians including children, women and the elderly perished and over 200 were injured. When the UN Secretary General and the UN Security Council finally started issuing statements of concern about the atrocities being visited on Palestinians, the body count had increased fast to exceed 70. The question is what has led to this level of barbarism, what is being done and what should peace-loving peoples of the world do?
    The bombing of the Gaza Strip and West Bank is not an isolated and inexplicable explosion of madness, but it is very much part of a culture of hate and paranoia that the occupation has engendered. The recent turn of events are shaped by Israeli interests threatened by the recent consolidation of Palestinian unity. What are Israel's interests? Besides the well-known interest in creating a Jewish state and annexing the Palestinian land for that, we have come to know now that the deadly Israeli ground incursion on Gaza in 2000 was actually a war of conquest driven by the intention on the party of the ruling elite in Israel to access and control Gaza's offshore gas fields. Israel's own media uncovered in 2006-7 a plot to have Palestinian gas transmitted to Israel via undersea pipelines and thus transfer control over the sale of Palestinian gas to Israel. When this exposé happened elements in the Israeli political class justified this clandestine plan as a way to ensure that proceeds from gas did not land in the hands of “terrorists”, meaning the Hamas organisation whose election into government Israel sought to rubbish.
    While Israel says it fights Hamas because it is a terror organisation that does not recognise its existence as a Jewish state, it unleashes the same violence on virtually any Palestinian. It practices ruthless collective punishment. It opposes unity among Palestinians ostensibly because this includes Hamas, but it acts just as harshly against other political movements in the Palestinian territory. The latest escalation of violence against Palestinians comes just over a month since they established a unity government, which was then recognised by many world governments to the chagrin of the state of Israel. Hamas has become a convenient explanation for indiscriminate violence visited on Palestinians before unity efforts.
    Israel responds either through violence or further annexation of territory in order to destroy the possibility of a contiguous Palestinian territory. Again, it responded to the unity government by approving the building of 1500 new Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. A more sinister aim was later revealed when members of the Israeli government vowed that they would do anything to break up this unity government. So, the current spate of violence is not just against Hamas, but a unified Palestinian state. A massive propaganda campaign branding the unity government as cohabitation with terror having failed as its own allies recognised the new government, Israel has resorted to violence to bring down a government. This is deeply anti-democratic and illegal, being a violation of international law
    Israel refuses to recognise the barbarity of its violence against civilians because it does not see those it kills as humans worth of human dignity. But it sees them as Hamas' human shields and thus legitimate collateral damage. According to international statistics, over 1400 Palestinian children under the age of 10 have died due to Israeli military campaigns since 2000. The figures continue to grow. Israel blames these kids, women and the elderly for their own death. This is callous attitude to murder on a grand scale is shocking, to say the least. It is inhumane.
    Some 80 rockets have been fired into southern Israel from Gaza as bombings grew and the world watched. But most of these were intercepted successfully by Israel's advanced missile defence systems. As a result, there has not been any recorded injury, loss of life or destruction of property on the Israeli side. Israel calls this a war, but only one side has casualties. Only one side has declared a military operation, showing through cameras mounted on its warplanes the impact of its huge bombing capacity.
    Further, Israel uses the intercepted rockets to justify ruthless bombing of civilian areas including family homes in the evenings. It is also preparing to send ground troops to kill and maim before the world wakes up to the injustice taking place.
    Why has the international community remained mute? As the situation worsened, the silent UN Secretary General issued soft statements calling for restraint from both sides, even though evidence clearly shows Israel's disproportionate use of crude force. Palestine has no serious army, no airforce, and no serious weapons of war. Rockets that land on the Israeli territory cannot be compared to heavy war technology that Israel deploys with impunity on residential areas that have become legitimate military targets in the eyes of the Israeli military authorities. The international community is shocked to inaction.
    After persuasion by a group of Arab ambassadors shaken by TV pictures of bloodletting in Gaza, the Security Council agreed to hold an emergency meeting. We must hope that common sense will prevail. The UN Charter's injunction against violation of human and state rights, and its fundamentally anti-war spirit would be used to stop this reign of terror. We trust that strong measures will be taken to impose a ceasefire, create conducive climate for resumption of peace negotiations towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the frame of the two-state solution with a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders. The quartet has a moral and political duty to use its mandate to bring an end to this orgy of violence.
    To this end, Israel must cease occupation of Palestinian territories and stop annexing further land through new settlements. We call upon the international community as whole to unite behind efforts to defuse the situation and restart peace negotiations. We call upon peace movements and people of conscience through out the world including within the state of Israel to support the right of Palestinians to self-determination and their struggle against ruthlessness that they live under on a daily basis. Progressive formations must work together for the realisation of a proper state of Palestine co-existing peacefully with the state of Israel.

    Jessie Duarte is the Deputy Secretary General of the African National Congress
    SOURCE: [ANC Today] ANC Today, 11 July 2014‏

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    Black Bird Press News & Review: Poems for Palestine, Egypt, Syria by Marvin X and Mohja Kahf

    Few had not anticipated that the discovery that the kidnapped Israeli youth had been killed inside Palestinian territories would lead a terrible collective punishment of Palestinian civilians. The death of the two kidnapped young people is a sad and frightening reality of the injustice of a war forced upon the people of Israel and Palestine to serve but one objective; the continued illegal occupation of Palestinian land. While we acknowledge that many Israeli families have lost lives, it has however become a pattern that the state of Israel reacts with all its crude force against 1.5 million Palestinians caged in ever shrinking territories to even the smallest incident. Since 2000, thousands of Palestinians have perished as a result and many more have been traumatised and displaced.

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