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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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    BLACK HISTORY-- OAKLAND’S SHAME

    Part One





































    The purpose of history is to give people a memory of their past in order that they may endure the present and propel themselves into the future. When they are disconnected from their myths and history, the present can be chaotic and the future problematic. Such is the present condition of Oakland’s citizens: they have allowed their grass roots heroes and sheroes to languish in obscurity and infamy. Oakland heroes from the 1960s, namely radicals such as the Black Panthers have no streets named after them for their valiant struggle against oppression. There are no statues or other monuments to the Black Panther leadership or the thousands of rank and file grass roots people who sacrificed their sweat and blood to make Oakland and America a better place. There’s a Federal building named after Ron Dellums, a state building named after Elihu Harris, a psychiatric hospital named after John George, but nothing to honor the common people who fought in the streets of Oakland and across America to make this nation live up to the Constitution, by creating a society of, for and by the people.

    There are no statues of Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Hutton, Panther leaders who have joined the ancestors. What is the excuse for not officially naming Defermery Park after Little Bobby Hutton, the 16 year old youth murdered by the Oakland Police in a shootout after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Little Bobby was the third member of the BPP and its secretary. Today he should be an example much needed by youth to show them the path to freedom rather than the rode to self destruction they are presently following. After three black mayors, there is yet no official name change of the West Oakland park where so many Panthers and other radicals grew up on the basketball courts and picnic grounds.

    As one who grew up in West Oakland and familiar with Oakland’s radical tradition, I am embarrassed when people ask me where are the monuments to the great radicals Oakland produced, especially during the 60s. People from out of town who visit Oakland are dumbfounded that they cannot visit any sites where Black Panthers and other radicals are honored.

    Oakland’s old Merritt College on Grove or MLK street, was the hotbed of radical Oakland during the early 60s. It is where I attended college and obtained my radical education, not in the classroom, but on the steps at the main entrance, listening to young radicals such as Bobby Seale, Huey Newton, Richard Thorne, Ernie Allen, Isaac Moore, Ann Williams, Ken and Carol Freedom, Donald Warden, Maurice Dawson. With all due respect to Martin Luther King, the site should not have been named in honor of MLK but to those Oakland radicals who helped change America and the world from the hallowed steps at the front of the college. The world should know that Oakland’s 60s revolution was spearheaded by students who would extend their struggle for freedom to UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University, which had the longest and most violent student strike in American history. And many of the students at SFSU had transferred from Merritt College, taking their desire for equal education, including black studies, across the bay and eventually across America when the call for black studies became a priority of the freedom struggle. Well, Merritt College, now located up in the Oakland hills, far from the flatlands and the population who made the college historic, has belatedly named a room after its most controversial students, Dr. Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.

    But the real significance of the BPP is that they gave a voice to the voiceless masses of youth and adults suffering oppression in Oakland, the US and the world. And these brothers and sisters must be honored for their sweat, blood and tears on the streets of this city. The tragic shame is that today’s youth have little or no knowledge of what happened in Oakland, for there are no monuments at 14th and  Broadway or anywhere to remind them of their roots, of the struggle and sacrifice  of their parents and grandparents.

    Part Two

    We call upon Mayor Ron Dellums, himself a part of Oakland’s radical history, to make it a priority of his tenure to establish monuments to Oakland’s Black Radical Past. If streets can be named after African and European radicals, how long will local heroes be neglected, especially when youth need knowledge and symbols of progressive social activists so they can see there are alternative lifestyles other than the self destructive American gansta genre of psycho-social pathology.

    And more important than symbolic gestures, we call upon the mayor and city  council, in coordination with other Bay Area governments, to establish a special fund to award and reward the still surviving freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives, educations, jobs, and families to make a better world for Bay Area citizens in particular and Americans in general. After all, these liberation fighters in the Panther Party, the Nation of Islam, Black Student Unions and other social activist organizations, suffered the blows of fascist America. These valiant men and women endured police surveillance, family intimidation, jail, prison, torture, murder, exile, black listing and other forms of obstruction in the battles they waged to make things better for all Americans. They are thus entitled to just compensation as are veterans from any war,  for their battle was in fact the Second Civil War, far more important than the racist war in Vietnam and the present unprovoked war in Iraq.

    One result of the Black Panther Party was the US government’s adoption of their free breakfast program for all children. Black Student Union members fought for diversity in education, and with the establishment of Black Studies, it was soon followed by Asian Studies, Native American Studies, Chicano Studies, Gender Studies, and American academia was forever changed for the better, for the racist Eurocentric education suffered a death blow.

    Let us not fail to acknowledge and reward the cultural workers who established the West coast arm of the Black Arts Movement or BAM, which revolutionized the esthetics of the arts, replacing the art for art sake of the European paradigm with a functional approach that stated art is indeed didactic, i.e., for education and elevation of consciousness, not merely for entertainment. Cultural workers such as Ed Bullins, Marvin X, Danny Glover, Jimmy Garrett, Vonetta McGee, Sarah Webster Fabio, Adam David Miller, Ntozake Shange, Reginald Lockett, Avotjca, and others, raised the standard of the black arts that had been initiated by the Harlem Renaissance, but BAM was more political and directed to the masses rather than to the whites seeking exotica and erotica. It was a revolutionary artistic movement, working in tandem with the political liberation movement. Not only was BAM the sister of the Black Power movement, but in a very real since, it was the mother since many of the politicos were nurtured in the womb of BAM, then advanced to the political revolution. We think of Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Huey Newton, Benny Stewart, George Murray, Emory Douglass, Samuel Napier and others who came through BAM.

    And finally, BAM, by the very nature of the literature, forced inclusion of its material in academia, thus upsetting the status quo, altering  it forever when ethnic literature was forced into the Eurocentric curriculum. Other ethnic groups followed suit with demands their literature become part of the general curriculum. The Asian poet Janice Mirikini (wife of Rev. Cecil Williams of Glide Church) will tell people, “It was the poetry of Marvin X that awakened me to my ethnicity.” So yes, BAM awakened other ethnic groups to the power of their indigenous literature and artistic expression, freeing them of Eurocentric domination or white supremacy/lunacy.

    Unfortunately, opportunists took advantage of the situation created by the liberation fighters to simply obtain tenure, thus the original mission was aborted with the resultant disintegration of community. If black consciousness had been properly spread to the community, there would be children today carrying on the tradition rather than engaged in self destructive behavior. The present situation is indeed a shame, but perhaps if the veteran liberation fighters are honored, it will inspire the children of today to engage in the protracted struggle to liberate themselves from the last vestiges of white supremacy/lunacy.

    --Dr. M
    1/30/08

    Marvin X. Jackmon (Dr. M) grew up in West Oakland on Seventh and Campbell, the son of a florist who hadpublished the first black newspaper in the central valley, The Fresno Voice. Dr. M’s first writings were published in the children’s section of the Oakland Tribune. 


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  • 12/03/14--23:21: Marvin X in Anthologies






  • Stand Our Ground: New Global Poetry Anthology Raising Funds for Justice!

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    Title: Stand Our Ground:Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander

    Publisher: FreedomSeed Press (Philadelphia, PA)
    Paperback, 272 pages
    Publication Date: April 22, 2013 

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    $25.00
    All proceeds will be shared with the families of Martin and Alexander to aid in their respective pursuits of justice.
    READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK!
    For more information on the book: StandOurGroundBook.com.

    In Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander 65 poets from all over the world join together in one voice for justice, freedom and peace. Stand Our Ground is the definitive testament of a revolutionary generation. In this historic collection Black Arts Movement legends Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Haki R. Madhubuti, Marvin X and Askia M. Toure’ are joined by poets of all ages from across the United States and around the world representing countries in Africa, Asia, Europe as well as North and South America and the islands of the Caribbean.
    The cases of Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander expose the duplicity of an American justice system that remains rooted in racism and sexism. Stand Our Ground is an effort to raise funds for both families to aid in their pursuit of justice even as it raises the consciousness of a generation toward the pursuit of a movement of justice for all!

    The book’s editor, Ewuare X. Osayande, is a poet, educator and activist. The author of several books including Blood Luxury with an introduction by Amiri Baraka (Africa World Press) and Whose America?: New and Selected Poems with an introduction by Haki R. Madhubuti (Black Proletariat Press). He is an adjunct professor of African American Studies at Rutgers University.

    In the introduction for Stand Our Ground Osayande writes, “This book has been a labor of love. My love for my people. My love for humanity. I acted because I knew it was not enough for me to just march, or write an editorial or to just allow myself to sit and simmer in the face of wrong. I acted because I knew that there were others like me. I knew that if I acted, others would join with me, and, together, we could create a work that would simultaneously raise collective support for these two families and raise the collective consciousness of our generation. So in the Summer of 2012 the call went out and this is the result. A collection of poems. But not just any collection of poems. Herein are contained –
    Death-defying poems
    Injustice-decrying poems
    Poems that speak truth to power
    Poems that break chains in freedom’s name
    Poems that confront abuse
    and provide sanctuary for the bruised
    Poems that escape from cells
    Poems that provide a pathway back from hell
    Poems that refuse to be silent
    Poems more just than the judge’s gavel
    Poems that have tasted cop’s mace
    stared down the barrel of a gun in defiance
    Shackled poems trying to break free
    Poems picking the locks on our minds
    Poems that transcend place and time
    that tell the histories and herstories
    that have been banned from the textbooks
    Poems that refuse to look the other way
    Poems that say what needs to be said
    Poems that resurrect the dead
    Poems that refuse to sell their souls
    Poems that revolt and rebel
    that holler, scream and yell
    Poems that leave us speechless
    that tell us truths we don’t want to hear
    Poems that leave the status quo
    quivering in fear
    Poems that know that justice is like rain
    to the seeds of peace
    Poems that move us to act
    like you know
    Marching poems
    Chanting poems
    Ranting poems
    Poems sick and tired of being sick and tired poems
    Poems that inoculate us against ignorance
    Poems that make us think
    Poems on the brink
    Poems that challenge us to see
    the world as it could be
    as it should be
    Poems in love with freedom
    Poems that resist
    that resist
    that resist
    that resist racism and sexism
    that refuse to be conned
    Poems for a mother named Marissa
    and a young brother named Trayvon.”

    Available for purchase exclusively at http://standourgroundbook.com/.






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    1. Check out these flix from last Thurs.Dec4th "International Revolutionary Day" in West Oakland..45yrs since the assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton Sr. & Def.Capt. Mark Clark we commemorated the yearly "IRD" event here in Oakland in conjunction with the official POCC/BPPC "IRD45" events in Chiraq 12/4/14! We had a film screening, community dialogue, positive performances and open mic cypher at this special last 2014 / IRD edition of our monthly Zulu Nation Thursdays-OAKLAND gathering! Revolutionary Love & Solidarity with every1 who came out!!!--Ras Ceylon
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    photos by Daniela Kantorova'

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    December Events at The Flight Deck

    Performances
    December 4-13, 2014
    Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Saturday 12/13 at 2 pm
    Gritty City Repertory Youth Theatre presents FUGEE by Abi Morgan
    Directed by Lindsay Krumbein


    When 14-year-old Kojo arrives in London from the Cote d'Ivoire with no papers, no family, and no words in English, he is housed in a refuge for under-age asylum seekers. The system breaks down. Kojo finds himself tangled in a web of memories and nightmares, and must struggle for identity in a world where he is alone. As the United Nations reports that more unaccompanied children sought asylum last year than ever before in history, playwright Abi Morgan's controversial work is more relevant than ever. Appropriate for ages 10 and up; show runs approximately two hours

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    December 26, 2014- January 3, 2015
    7 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays
    The Lower Bottom Playaz Present Jitney by August Wilson (Number 8 in the Century Cycle)
    Directed by Ayodele Nzinga
    Student/Senior $15, General admssion $25, VIP (includes early seating; complimentary beverage, fruit and cheese; closing reception; and cast/director meet and greet) $45
    Jitney

    Events

    Wednesday December 10, 7 pm
    Graham Hackett presents CIVILIAN
    tickets $10

    CIVILIAN presents a quantum stride forward in the field of edu-tainment by combining fine art techniques with the principles of citizens’ journalism to create an informative TED-style presentation on creative cultural development, spliced with dynamic poetry performances.

    At the cutting edge of the emerging Artivist movement, this unique project engages audiences with visceral aesthetics while addressing critical issues of classism, race, women’s rights, juvenile justice and living in a wartime era. CIVILIAN seeks to inform, uplift and inspire audiences to proactively engage social justice efforts, while celebrating the vibrant diversity of our culture.

    In the Gallery
    Red. Ragged. Rising. The art of Ragged Wing Ensemble and REDWOLF.
    Gallery is open Saturdays 2-6 pm and at other times by appointment: (510)858-7383

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    Poet Askia Toure, BAM Producer Kim McMillan and Marvin X. Toure addressed students in Kim's class at University of California, Merced. He received lifetime achievement award from PEN Oakland.Toure mentored LeRoi Jones, aka Amiri Baraka. He guided Marvin X on his first visit to Harlem, NY, 1968

    Professor and poet Askia M. Touré was born on October 13, 1938, in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Clifford Roland Snellings, Jr. and Nannie Lynette Bullock. Growing up, Touré attended Willard and Wogaman elementary schools. In 1952, Touré won a Motion Poetry Association Award while attending Roosevelt High School. Two years later, he participated in a successful sit-in at Roosevelt. Touré graduated from high school in 1956, and joined the United States Air Force. While serving alongside Robert Green of the Flamingos and Little Willie John, Touré wrote a letter to Congressman Adam Clayton Powell that resulted in a government investigation of racism at Wordsmith Air Force Base in Michigan.

    After being discharged in 1959, Touré took art classes at the Dayton Art Institute. He then moved to New York City and joined the Art Student League and the Umbra Poets. He and his associates Tom Feelings, Tom Dent, David Henderson, and Calvin Herndon were mentored by Langston Hughes. Touré participated in the Fulton (Street) Art Fair in Brooklyn in 1961 and 1962, and the Black Arts Academy. Influenced by artists and writers such as Ernest Crichlow, Jacob Lawrence, Leo Carty, Elombe Brathe, Ronnie Braithwaite, Bob and Jean Gumbs, and Rose Nelmes of the Grandessa Models, Touré became a poet who championed a black aesthetic.

    In 1961, Touré joined Max Roach, Abby Lincoln, Alex Prempe, May Mallory, and Maya Angelou at the United Nations to protest the assassination of Congo’s Patrice Lumumba in 1961. In 1962, Touré became an illustrator for Umbra magazine, a staff member with The Liberator magazine, and a contributor to Freedomways. Touré was a part of the Atlanta staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and joined the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM) in Mississippi in the Spring of 1964. In 1965, Touré founded Afro World and organized the Harlem Uptown Youth Conference. Touré also participated in the rise of the Black Panther Party and co-wrote SNCC’s 1966 “Black Power Position Paper.” 

    In 1967, Touré joined the staff of Nathan Hare at San Francisco State University and taught African history in the first Africana Studies Program. Touré organized the 1984 Nile Valley Conference in Atlanta and co-founded the Atlanta chapter of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) in 1986. Touré authored multiple books and received the 1989 American Book Award for Literature (From the Pyramids to the Projects) and the 2000 Stephen E. Henderson Poetry Award (Dawnsong); other works include films and plays. In 1996, Touré was honored with the Gwendolyn Brooks Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gwendolyn Brooks Institute in Chicago, Illinois.
















    Ishmael Reed, founder of PEN Oakland
     Daughters of Yam, devorah major and Opal Palmer Adisa with harpist Destiny Muhammad
    photo Marvin X

    Askia Toure and Opal Palmer Adisa


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  • 12/09/14--07:32: Nuyorican Poetry Legends

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    Black History Is World History


    By

    Marvin X



    Before the Earth was
    I was
    Before time was
    I was
    you found me not long ago
    and called me Lucy
    I was four million years old
    I had my tools beside me
    I am the first man
    call me Adam
    I walked the Nile from Congo to Delta
    a 4,000 mile jog
    BLACK HISTORY IS WORLD HISTORY
    I lived in the land of Canaan
    before Abraham, before Hebrew was born
    I am Canaan, son of Ham
    I laugh at Arabs and Jews
    fighting over my land
    I lived in Saba, Southern Arabia
    I played in the Red Sea
    dwelled on the Persian Gulf
    I left my mark from Babylon to Timbuktu
    When Babylon acted a fool, that was me
    I was the fool
    When Babylon fell, that was me
    I fell
    BLACK HISTORY IS WORLD HISTORY
    I was the first European
    call me Negrito and Grimaldi
    I walked along the Mediterranean from Spain to Greece
    Oh, Greece!Why did you kill Socrates?
    Why did you give him the poison hemlock?
    Who were the gods he introduced
    corrupting the youth of Athens?
    They were my gods, black gods from Africa
    Oh, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle
    Whose philosophy did you teach
    that was Greek to the Greeks?
    Pythagoras, where did you learn geometry?
    Democritus, where did you study astronomy?
    Solon and Lycurgus, where did you study law?
    In Egypt, and Egypt is Africa
    and Africa is me
    I am the burnt face, the blameless Ethiopian
    Homer told you about in the Iliad
    Homer told you about Ulysses, too,
    a story he got from me.
    BLACK HISTORY IS WORLD HISTORY
    I am the first Chinese
    China has my eyes
    I am the Aboriginal Asian
    Look for me in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand
    I am there, even today, black and beautiful
    BLACK HISTORY IS WORLD HISTORY
    I used to travel to America
    long before Columbus
    came to me asking for directions
    Americo Vespucci
    on his voyage to America
    saw me in the Atlantic
    returning to Africa
    America was my home
    Before Aztec, Maya, Toltec, Inca & Olmec
    I was hereI came to Peru 20,000 years ago
    I founded Mexico City
    See my pyramids, see my cabeza colosal
    in Vera Cruz and Yucatan
    that's me
    I am the Mexican
    for I am mixed with all men
    and all men are mixed with me
    I am the most just of men
    I am the most peaceful
    who loves peace day and night
    Sometimes I let tyrants devour me
    sometimes people falsely accuse me
    sometimes people crucify me
    but I am ever returning I am eternal, I am universal
    Africa is my home
    Asia is my home
    Americas is my home
    BLACK HISTORY IS WORLD HISTORY

    This poem was written circa 1982 while Marvin X taught English at Kings River College, his last teaching gig.

    Suggested reading list

    The complete works of J.A. Rogers
    The World and Africa, W.E.B. DuBois
    Stolen Legacy, George M. James
    The African Origin of the Major Religions, Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan
    Message to the Black Man, Elijah Muhammad
    They Came before Columbus, Ivan Van Sertima
    "African Explorers in the New World, " Harold Lawrence,
    Crisis, June-July, 1962. Heritage Program Reprint, p. 10
    The Destruction of African Civilization, Chancellor Williams.
    The Cultural Unity of Africa, Cheikh Anta Diop.
    Man, God and Civilization, John G. Jackson

    Marvin X is now available for speaking engagements readings/performance
    Call 510 200 4164
    send letter of invitation to
    jmarvinx@yahoo.com









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    RACE IN AMERICA: The Grand Denial
    By Dr. Marvin X





    Tuesday, September 16, 2009







    Denial is quite simply the evasion of reality. Denial can be personal or communal, for sometimes an entire nation can be in denial about its abominations, for they are too painful to make adjustments in the collective psyche and the personal reality, for to do so would incriminate the mythology and ritual of said society, and thus the normal daily round would be disrupted and dysfunctional, for painful adjustments would be in order, and as long as we can avoid the painful the better, after all, the status quo can be maintained.
     
    America has lived in grand denial. In the words of Baldwin , white supremacy has caused this nation to believe in rationalizations so fantastic it approaches the pathological. Racism has survived among slaves and masters and the descendants of slaves and masters far too long without any meaningful degree of reconciliation or compensation, even apology is long overdue. Other colonial societies such as the French and Australia recently apologized for colonialism, but not America , the chief colonizer of the modern world.

    She is mainly guilty of domestic colonialism, having enslaved the Native Americans, and then kidnapped millions of Africans who were brought to these shores for eternal servitude. After emancipation, America promised the freed Africans a few acres and a mule, but never delivered. She promised freedom after her slaves provided 200,000 troops who were decisive in the Civil War, but disarmed them and returned them to virtual slavery called Reconstruction, which was short-lived and essentially put the freed slaves in neo-servitude, at the whim of terrorists known as Klu Klux Klan.


    White America benefited from four centuries of slavery and neo-slavery. The neo slaves fought in her imperial wars against fascism abroad but were subjected to fascism upon returning home. A few slaves benefited from slavery, even having slaves themselves, yet in the end found themselves facing the glass ceiling, especially when they refused to be running dogs for imperialism now called globalism.


    General Colin Powell is the most recent example. America duped him and made a fool of him before the world when he gave his fabricated United Nation’s speech to justify the invasion of Iraq . He was replaced with a more pliant Negress in the person of Condi Rice. We are urged to recognize racial progress in her shameful role as Secretary of State. We have achieved equality, for have we not placed ourselves (African Americans) in the position to be charged with war crimes, having justified the slaughter of a million Iraqi men, women and children in the unprovoked occupation and destruction of the jewel of Arabic culture and civilization?


    But in our grand denial, blacks as well as whites will attempt to convince the world this point of view is left wing poppycock, the thoughts of a disgruntled segment of the black Americans who have failed to enjoy the benefits of capitalism, now globalism--no matter the disparities in birth and death, education, wage parity,incarceration, housing, health care, homicide and suicide, in every aspect of Americana.


    To mention race is to open a can of worms best left unopened because it makes Americans nervous, uneasy, and disturbed mentally if not physically. White Americans are made to feel guilty, thus etiquette demands no mention of race in civil discourse or casual conversation because we are all too sensitive and the endgame might be violence of the worse kind.


    And so we are mostly silent on the subject until this ugly monster of ours its head as it inevitably does from time to time, then after the most brief discussion, all sides are urged to sweep it under the carpet until the next round. Thus this racial drama continues ad infinitum without any real resolution and certainly no reconciliation. We may have a plethora of interracial marriages with the resultant biracial children, yet nothing has been solved except for a kind of don’t ask don’t talk racial harmony, along with the children growing up in racial confusion called the tragic mulatto syndrome, whereby they try as best they can to choose sides in this racial drama without end.


    Clearly, Barak Obama is caught between the racism of his preacher and white grandmother. His endgame will be of great interest to the world at large, and even if he doesn’t become president of the US , he will have a role to play in racial politics globally. Obviously, his persona is bigger than America , having an African father and a Muslim middle name (Hussein) than has endeared him to the Islamic world, no matter the outcome of the presidential election.


    With his now classic speech on race, putting himself in league with Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Compromise and Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream, Obama, much to his dismay, has now become a Race Man, in the classic sense of that term whose definition escapes all but those of historical consciousness, which is most of us, black and white—except that we must now realize there is only the human race, except for those in league with me who claim membership in the Divine Race.


    America's Grand Denial can only be overcome by recovery from our racist white supremacy heritage, beginning by accepting the scientific definition of the human race (or Divine, if you agree with my spiritual notion), then entering a program of detoxification, recovery and discovery.


    Detoxification includes deprogramming our white supremacy values of domination and exploitation, including patriarchal authority and capitalist greed that has lead us to the present economy is nothing more than pimping by gunboat diplomacy. You sell me your labor and natural resources at the cheapest price or I will take them at gunpoint, under the guise of bringing you democracy” an advance from the naked colonial era of spreading Christianity.


    Recovery is discarding the Grand Denial that there is a problem or that the problem has been remedied, therefore stop making whites the villain and blacks the victim, in fact, forget the entire matter—although blacks already suffer acute amnesia to the degree that they are a danger to themselves and others.


    And who would tell a Jew to forget the Holocaust? And does not the Jew remind the world at every turn what the Germans did to them? We have a thousand times more right to tell the world what happened to us than any Jew, for our suffering lasted four centuries, not four or five years. For their four or five years (1939-1945) the Jews were given a state while we have not acquired one acre for four centuries (1619-2008) of slave labor and government sanctioned terror that even Hitler emulated with his destruction of the Jews.


    In order to recover from the addiction to white supremacy, America must make a searching and fearless moral inventory; she must admit to God the exact nature of her wrongs; be ready to have God remove her defects of character (being saved by the grace of Jesus Christ has not and will not solve America’s white supremacy addiction—the white Christian mythology allowed us to be burned on the cross or lynching tree—yes, strangely similar to Jesus). Rev. James Cone suggests America can only recover from the addiction to white supremacy by coming to an understanding of the relationship of the cross and the lynching tree. Listen to Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit and ponder the life of Jesus Christ.


    You have had Jesus in your midst for over four hundred years and crucified him on a daily basis, even unto this present hour. America must examine her census, her graveyards in the south and north, the bills of sale, the prison inmates, the mental hospital patients gone mad as a result of white supremacy addiction—then make a list of all the Africans harmed, the Native Americans, the poor whites treated worse than you treated niggers—then make amends to such people, including reparations in the form of land and sovereignty. Discovery for America in general will be when she accepts the radicalization of her culture to bring it in harmony with the global village, which involves the dismantling of institutions that perpetuate domination and exploitation of her citizens and other peace loving peoples throughout the world. If America persists in her Grand Denial, then she must prepare for her self destruction, for it shall come at the hands of the man in the mirror, not from any external forces. --Dr. M

    Dr. M is the author of How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, A Pan African 13 Step Model, Black Bird Press, 1222 Dwight Way, Berkeley CA , $19.95.


    How To Stop The Killing in the Pan African Hood

    By Marvin X



    "The reactionaries will never put down their butcher knives, they will never turn into Buddha heads."—Mao

    We are talking about a condition in the hearts of men, an evil sore festering and stinking like rotten meat, to use that Langston Hughes metaphor. It is a spiritual disease more prevalent than HIV, for it consumes whole countries, not only Pan Africa, but it may be said to originate in Europe because lying and murder is the great theme of this culture, and Africa and Africans throughout the Diaspora are victimized and suffer this malady equally with their colonial Mother. See how Europe butchered the butcher's sons in Iraq, or is this the democratic way of life she is bringing to the sand nigguhs?

    The problem is how to throw off the vestiges of colonialism to become the New Man and New Woman. Of course, we must first recognize how sick colonialism has made us throughout Pan Africa. Somehow we must bow down and ask forgiveness of our Higher Power, the ancestors, the living and the yet unborn. There must be a cleansing ritual performed until the mud and slime of Western culture is purged from our minds, bodies and souls. The Western gods must be destroyed, crushed to the earth and stomped into eternity, for they have blessed us with ignorance, superstition, greed, lust and pure evil, allowing us to become worse than beasts in the field, committing the worse atrocities, yea, even worse than all the teaching of our colonial masters.

    No doubt Africa is paying for the great sin of sending her sons and daughters into slavery. Has Africa asked forgiveness of herself, yet she wails for apology from the slave master's children. Has she given reparations to her descendants lost in the wilderness of North America? Has she ever sent a symbolic ship or plane to bring them home? So Pan Africa lives a slow death because she allows corrupt, boastful, arrogant leaders to control her nations, her leaders shelter each other, covering their multiple sins, protecting themselves from people's justice that would rightfully hang them like Mussolini and his wife.

    Like jack in the box, Pan Africa must jump out of her iniquities, she must call forth the divine energy within the bowels of her soul and step into the New Day of light, breath and health. She cannot allow her children to devour her from coast to coast, sea to sea, from America to Africa, but children only mock the behavior of adults, so we cannot blame them, children are children, so adults must step to the front of the line, no matter how busy they are doing nothing, for they are surely doing nothing if the village is in chaos, security being the top priority of civilization.

    Everyone must become the central command, every man and woman must be about the business of teaching new values, new ways of thinking and acting that are not harmful to the human soul and the human condition. The world is so full of wisdom it escapes us because our quest is for the trivial, the low things of life, not the things in the upper room, but those in the basement, in the gutter of our minds and hearts, that is where we dwell, that is our focus and this is why we suffer.

    Kobe gives his wife a four million dollar rock, but will it placate her soul, will material things correct a spiritual problem of faith and trust? The West has a sordid history buying people as Pan Africa can attest, but everyone is not for sale, those of integrity will jump ship, will eat the whip and the gun, for persecution is worse than slaughter, the Qur'an teaches. No, physical weapons cannot solve the problem. Look at Israel, she has the all the modern weapons but she cannot defeat the spirit of a people determined to be free. So Pan Africa's children can and must be armed with a new consciousness. Even Fidel Castro has said the new weapon is consciousness!

    Like Johnny Appleseed, we must go about spreading consciousness, teaching unconditional love and forgiveness, sharing knowledge and wealth with the poor and ignorant, the brokenhearted and oppressed. I am not trying to be sentimental, but we can and must flip the script as they say in the hood. Again, like Jack, we must jump out the box of mental and physical oppression by taking a new look at reality, by stopping a moment to wonder at the pleasure in the sun, the trees, the sea and mountains, the glory of being alive each moment to share human love, being grateful we have a moment on this earth to whisper truth to children that they may rise and be a pleasure to the ancestors watching everywhere.

    Yes, we must transcend block man and block woman, the block within ourselves even, and reach forth into the realm of new possibilities, not allowing evil and her brothers and sisters to control the air and sun that comes each day blessing us with another moment to walk in the light, escaping the darkness of ignorance, greed, lust and violence.

    Black men, go into the hood and take the guns from your sons, yes the sons you abandoned, neglected and rejected, the sons who look like you although you deny this, the sons who walk with sad hearts, hardened because they long for you, for your love and guidance, for your wisdom and strength, after all, Mama did all she could to raise her manchild in the promised land. * * * * *


    A Response to "Killing in the Pan Africa Hood"














    By Rudolph Lewis

    Marvin, there is great wisdom that should be heeded in your essay "How To Stop the Killing in the Pan African Hood." I am aware that a new set of values (though possessed by our enslaved ancestors but now abandoned under the "new world order") and a new perspective of our place in the world, of our past and future are earnestly needed in these dire times. The most important of these new perspectives is couched in your paragraph that reads as follows: Has Africa asked forgiveness of herself, yet she wails for apology from the slave masters' children. Has she given reparations to her descendants lost in the wilderness of North America? Has she ever sent a symbolic ship or plane to bring them home? So Pan Africa lives a slow death because she allows corrupt, boastful, arrogant leaders to control her nations, her leaders shelter each other, covering their multiple sins, protecting themselves from people's justice that would rightfully hang them like Mussolini and his wife.

    In short, you suggest our critical sword should have a double edge—that is, the slave trade involved African nations and European nations collaborating for the purposes of wealth and power. They got rid of their "niggertrash." Many of those descendants of the tribal kings and chiefs who sold millions of slaves still play significant roles in the politics of today's African nations. And they will sell us again and their people again in the 21st century, if the World Bank and other internationalist (globalist), corporatist agencies offer the right price. (Check out Paul Kingsnorth's essay on South Africa and the ANCA Shattered Dream.)

    In the contest for wealth and power, "black" and "white," however, are not real distinctions but illusions, a means for escapism or sidetracking those who wish to do the "good." I know "evil" has become a popular theme in the discussion of international politics and the resistance to corporate imperialism, especially from the bully pulpit of the presidency. So-called righteous men love to stand behind such symbolic bulwarks. I hope we do not become agents of such trite rhetoric—it indeed will lead us astray. It is necessary that we keep on the straight and narrow and keep both edges of our sword whetted sharp. At no time must we sink back into mythologizing the world for the sake of political convenience, to hear merely the rhythm of our own voices.

    Beneath most Pan-African rhetoric (from the 19th century to the present), there is this underlying notion of Africa as paradise into which Satan (the white man) introduced evil. I recommend strongly that all Pan-Africanists and sympathizers and all other petty-bourgeois, pseudo-revolutionaries read the Malian Yambo Olouloguem's novel Bound to Violence. Or any non-romantic account of Africa before European trade began. Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart will provide some evidence even in the "wholeness" of tribal life, all was not well.



    Even though there was a sense of justice, and right and wrong. There were some practices or acts that were just horrid, unnecessary, and "evil." If true be told, there was more evil in Africa than one could shake a stick at. The process of empire building in Africa by Africans themselves and the perennial struggles for power and the retention of power included the wholesale slaughter of tribes (genocide), butchery, debauchery of every sort (religious, political and social), cannibalism, incest, and so on—all these acts of evil existed before modern Europe stepped onto the soil of Africa or worked out its first deal for a cargo of slaves. The emperors, kings and queens, and chiefs—to whom we have become so inured (and want to imitate by dress, manners, and religion)—did not achieve those aristocratic titles by their sweetness and benevolence but by the same means we are familiar with today in those who strive to rule and conquer. That is, they did it the old-fashioned way—by violence, exploitation, and oppression.. The aberrations we see in Africa and at home are not new. This violence for wealth and power is just as old as the first time one brother killed another for his wife or his ass. This contest for dominance has always been bloody and this violence and evil were not invented by Europe or whites. We must do away with this myth—the white man alone as incarnate Devil. Otherwise, in a perverse way, we make Africans less than human—we make them into externally corrupted angels. There is no sanctity in having a black skin or in Africanity.



    This type of mythologizing gives our leaders too much credit and too much room for collaboration with corporate power and a means of duping the masses of the poor and the black working classes. It is no longer sustainable that we ask or recommend that the masses of "Pan-Africa" live vicariously by distant observation and/or proximity to power and wealth. That an elite should live in comfort and security while the great masses attend them hand and foot with all their hearts and souls is no longer acceptable if we truly have egalitarian goals for our society.

    That kind of barbaric nobility is no longer proper in a civilized world in which democracy and human rights have been given revitalized meanings in which every man is a king and queen, or at least be acknowledged with that kind of respect, integrity, and dignity. Our critical sword should not only land on the heads of the great aberrations of society—the likes of a Idi Amin, a Mobutu, a Bokassa, or a Sgt. Doe or a Charles Taylor, but also those respectable heads of state like Mbeki, Obasanjo, and the other African leaders who smilingly welcomed Bush to Africa and are ever-ready to make their deals with globalization.

    Such African leaders with such narrow interests sold our ancestors into the Americas. And not only those African leaders there, but also here at home, we should do some swinging at our black elected and appointed officials (city councilmen, legislators, cabinet secretaries), yes and also corporate and ecclesiastical functionaries, and other notable heads, such as the leaders of civil rights organizations like the NACCP, whose board is ruled by corporate executives or such flunkies and running dogs. They too must be made to pay for their sins of neglect and moral blindness. If we lapse into the anti-white, anti-American, anti-Western rhetoric, we will sorely miss the point and provide more fuel for these black elites to further misdirect the energies of the masses of Pan-Africa along lines of escapism and support for the status quo.

    If we are to make real changes within our communities some of our petty bourgeois aspirations must be abandoned. We can no longer naively defend black middle-class sellout politicians and preachers. We must recognize a real change in the face, rhetorical aspirations, and the present corporate ties that our leaders have established. It is fine to cite Walter Rodney's How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, as some Pan-Africanist Marxists tend to do. That is well indeed. I am far from a white apologist—a corner in which some may want to paint me. But I do not want to be a black apologist, either -- I was not taught that way. The NAACP is headquartered here in Baltimore and they just had a conference and they had nothing to say about the 40% unemployment rate here among black males (18-35); the high murder rate (about 300 a year, mostly young black males); a 50% drop-out rate from high school; neighborhoods in which only 25% of adults have a high school diploma. Brothers and sisters are paraded to jails like our ancestors to Goree Island!!! Whatever the justification for their apprehension is inadequate and should cause some shame to those who run this city and those who support the powers to be—which here in a majority black city, means a black middle class and those who work government jobs or receive money from corporate elites

    Damn, brother, we have grown ass men on the corner selling single cigarettes for 35 cents a piece. What kind of enterprise is that? And it is not just a few. Is that any way to gain a livelihood? And our shit-head leaders are worrying about whether Bush or democratic presidential candidates come to their meeting. Ain't that a matter to be indignant and upset about? But it seems we are so spiritually sick we take it as a norm the misery and the downtrodden state of the poor (black and white). That the oppressed are overlooked and allowed to continue to sink into the abyss is a grand betrayal by our leaders. Murder and mayhem is not just coming from the bottom dregs of society. We have a general slavery and devastation in which silence and passivity is imposed by poverty, the gun, and prisons?
     
    With these reservations, I support heartily the sentiments contained in your plea for earnest black work, black renewal, and black progress. http://www.nathanielturner.com/

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    On Saturday PEN Oakland’s 24th annual book awards honored eight writers for their literary excellence. The annual awards ceremony recognizes authors from across the country for their books published during the previous year. The ceremony was held at the Oakland Public Library’s Rockridge branch and drew several dozen members of the public. In addition to acceptance speeches, authors read excerpts of their work and signed books for fans.

    “Our mission is to promote works of high quality literature written by writers of all races, nationalities, classes, marginalized people and points of view that don’t get recognized by the mainstream,” said John Curl, Chairman of PEN Oakland, a nonprofit organization that’s been supporting and recognizing writers since 1989. PEN Oakland – which stands for poets, essayists and novelists – is an offshoot of the larger and older PEN USA, which supports mainstream writers, many in the entertainment industry.

    Oakland resident Nina Serrano received an award for her book Heart Strong, a collection of poems that chronicle her life from 2000 through 2012. “It was my experience of the 21st Century,” she said during a book signing reception after receiving her award. “A 20th Century person, essentially, born in 1934, experiencing the 21st Century.” The poems are about everything from war and urban life to relationships and heartbreaks, and they accompany paintings and photographs by Serrano’s artist friends.

    In accepting her speech, Serrano read one of her book’s poems, “Black Lives Matter.” It’s a reflection on the many protests she’s witnessed while living in the Bay Area. “Black lives matter. It’s ridiculous to have to state. It’s so obvious because all life matters and is sacred,” she recited.
    Serrano isn’t the only author whose work addressed social issues like racial tensions. Los Angeles native Akinyele Umoja, a professor of African American studies at Georgia State University, was honored for his book We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement. The book is a historical narrative about southern blacks in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, using armed defense to challenge racism, terrorism and segregation and acquire legal rights and political power.
    In it, he tells the story of an 86-year old grandmother who offered her farm as an organizing base for young southern blacks fighting to vote. One day, a group of these young people were prevented from registering to vote at the county courthouse by white supremacists who terrorized and followed them all the way back to the farm. “But this elder came up with a plan,” said Umoja. The grandmother, he said, supplied the young organizers with shotguns and rifles to defend themselves.

    Umoja related the past struggles he writes about in his book to the ongoing racial tensions happening now in Ferguson, Missouri and other cities over police violence against young African American men. “We’re at the beginning of a new movement,” he said, calling the protests over the Michael Brown shooting a creative use of nonviolent direct action. “We must assert our right to defend ourselves,” said Umoja.

    PEN Oakland’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to Askia M. Toure, a prominent poet and political editor. Toure was leader of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s that encouraged African Americans to launch publishing houses, publish magazines, and open art institutions, and resulted in many African American Studies programs at universities. At this year’s ceremony, Toure was honored for his contributions to the Black Arts Movement’s community and literature. “It was an honor and as a writer and activist, it definitely was a crown jewel of my career,” he said, referring to the PEN award. In addition to writing for several publications, Toure was editor of the Journal of Black Poetry and Black Dialogue and in 1965 he founded Afro World. In 1967, Toure joined the staff of San Francisco State Univerisity where he taught African American studies. He is currently working on a film about the Black Arts Movement.

    Other works honored at the ceremony include Hotel Juarez: Stories, Loops and Rooms by Daniel Chacon. Chacon’s book is a collection of short stories and flash fiction – very brief narratives, usually only a few hundred words – ­and deals with issues of identity and human interaction. Claudia Moreno Pisano was honored for her book, Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn: The Collected Letters, a compilation of personal letters written between avant-garde poets Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn, who had an interracial friendship during the Civil Rights Movement era.

    In all, eight writers were honored at the annual ceremony, but not all of them were present to accept their awards. Curl said that as long as unconventional views and ideas are ignored by the mainstream media, PEN Oakland will continue to celebrate diversity. “We’ve been doing this for 25 years and the mainstream certainly hasn’t budged,” said Curl. “We’ve become a significant force in terms of writers who are really important but are not recognized by the mainstream.”
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    2014 PEN Oakland Literary Awards
    PEN Oakland

    Dubbed by The New York Times as “The Blue-Collar PEN,” the board of PEN Oakland has announced the 2014 winners of the Josephine Miles Literary Awards. The event will take place on Saturday, December 6th, 2014, at the Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch, from 1 to 5 PM. The ceremony is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception and book signings.
    THE 2014 PEN OAKLAND-JOSEPHINE MILES
    LITERARY AWARD WINNERS

    "King Me" by Roger Reeves (Copper Canyon Press)
    "Heart Strong" by Nina Serrano (Estuary Press)
    "We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement"
    by Akinyele Omowale Umoja (NYU Press)
    "Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn: The Collected Letters" edited by Claudia Moreno Pisano (University of New Mexico Press)
    "Hotel Juarez: Stories, Loops and Rooms" by Daniel Chacón (Arte Publico Press)
    "Claire of the Sea Light" by Edwidge Danticat (Knopf Doubleday)
    CENSORSHIP & LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
    Abraham Bolden is the winner of the 2014 Censorship Award.
    Askia M. Toure will receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.
    For further information, please contact Kim McMillon at kimmac@pacbell.net.
    Saturday, December 6th
    1:00 PM-5:00 PM
    Saturday Oakland Public Library — Rockridge Branch
    5366 College Avenue
    Oakland, CA 94618
    Copyright © 2014, Tony R. Rodriguez, Examiner.com

     



     

     Akinyele Umoja accepts a PEN Oakland Award.




    Askia Toure accepts the PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award.

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    It is fine to dream
    fantastical notions
    freedom dreams
    alone in a room
    but what pleasure
    blessing
    burden lifted
    when there are those who share the dream
    it is wonderful to know
    it is my time
    only because it is our time
    to dance
    fly
    fling our arms wide
    Langston said
    til night day is done
    but knowing the communal dream
    what wonder is this
    fantastical
    burden shared
    I am not alone
    they are ready to help
    my dream is their dream
    their dream is my dream
    no confusion here
    no debate
    work out the details
    the deal is done
    the die was set in the seed of a seed of a seed of the first seed
    the seed was a dream
    we sat in a circle by the village fire
    the Kora sound is kicking our heart strings
    we dance
    naked now
    there is no shame
    only beauty and truth
    the sun rises and the dream is hatched
    the egg shells split our minds
    cracking brain cells
    we smell the dream
    we are humbled
    knowing we know
    knowing we are the action
    we are the will the way
    the sun rises we rise
    flowing with the flow
    they are coming
    coming to dance the dream.
    let them dance the holy dance
    let them strut like peacocks
    stand like one legged flamingos
    tall and still at attention
    there is motion and sounds
    sounds behind the sounds.
    it is the drum the drummers
    life is complete now
    it is morning the rain has stopped
    see the rainbow
    what a wonderful sign
    someone has heard the dream
    they come running
    hands full of dreams
    babies with dreams
    old men old women with dreams
    workers youth students with dreams
    preachers and teachers dreaming
    dreaming new preachings and teachings
    lovers dream new dreams of love
    beyond flesh and climax
    Phavia said, "If you think I am just a physical thing
    wait til you see the spiritual power I bring...."
    so dream lovers
    you haters dream too
    beyond your ignut haters dream
    beyond that mini mind dream
    youth dream beyond your sagging pants dream
    your mind is sagging
    pull up your mind your ass will follow. dream.
    --Marvin X
    12/11/14

    Marvin X and the Poet's Choir & Arkestra will perform at the opening gala of the Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary, Laney College Art Gallery, February 7, 2015. For more information: 510-200-4164. jmarvinx@yahoo.com









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    Oakland City Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Black Arts Movement co-founder Marvin X at Geoffery's Inner Circle to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Oakland Post News Group. They briefly discussed the declaration of 14th Street as the Black Arts Movement District. Councilwoman McElhaney who represents West Oakland, including the 14th Street corridor or Gateway into downtown Oakland from the 880 and 580 freeways, will introduce legislation before the City Council in January to establish the Black Arts Movement District, a North American African cultural and business district. Mayor Elect Libby Shaaf and East Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks support the BAM cultural and business district.
    photo Conway Jones, Jr.

     Paul Cobb, Publisher of the Post News Group
    photo Marvin X

    Publisher Paul Cobb of the Post News Group at Geoffery's Inner Circle, celebrating the 10th anniversary of his ten newspapers. Paul Cobb is in partnership with Marvin X to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Black Arts Movement. Paul and Marvin have established the BAM/Post Isaiah 61 Project to bring literature and literacy to the incarcerated. Paul says, "Crack a book before you are booked for Crack!"

    He is working on expanding the San Quentin newspaper for distribution throughout the California Department of Corrections, the Post Newspaper as well. He's calling on religious institutions to provide subscriptions to inmates. Books will also be distributed to inmates, especially titles from Dr. Nathan Hare's Black Think Tank Books and Marvin X's Black Bird Press. Authors and publishers are invited to make their titles available for distribution to inmates. Mayor elect Libby Shaaf says "I agree with Post Publisher Paul Cobb that the BAM 50th Anniversary celebration should encompass all cultural genres: visual, literary, and performance.  Age-appropriate books for African American students about the Black Arts Movement will literally bring the lesson home for families to share and aspire to.”









    Marvin X says Oakland has 1st Fridays downtown, so why not Black Friday and/or Last Friday in the Black Arts Movement District on 14th Street?


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    Join us for our annual Holiday Art & Book Sale!
    Saturday, December 13th    11-5pm   Free

    This year it will be in two spaces at EastSide:
    2277 and 2289 International Blvd.  Support local artisans, vendors performers and dj's.  Delicious beverages and snacks. Come by and pick up our new posters "Black Power Matters"& "Black Resistance Matters".  




    DONATE TO EASTSIDE ARTS ALLIANCE & CULTURAL CENTER!  CLICK HERE TO BECOME AN EASTSIDE ROOTS SUPPORTER TODAY!


    As one of the only grassroots cultural institutions owned and operated by artists and activists of color, EastSide Cultural Center presents and hosts hundreds of events yearlyhouses ongoing youth arts workshops, and is a vital center for political artwork and expression in the Bay Area and beyond.  
    We need your support to keep our voices strong.

     
     
    Our programs and events have become an important cultural voice for many of the strong but politically neglected communities that make up our Oakland neighborhood
    We need your support to keep our voices strong!  




     
     
    To learn more about EastSide Cultural Center, please visit us at:
     
     
    EastSide Arts Alliance and Cultural Center
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    Revolution Against Fear












    "The only thing to fear is fear itself."--President Roosevelt




    No human progress is possible while people are paralyzed by fear. Fear is the great monster of the mind that prevents people from standing against oppression. Once the great monster fear is cut off, we see people can stand tall in the face of any challenge, whether from the guns of state terror, the tanks, police, jails, prisons and ultimately death. Overcoming the fear of death is the ultimate challenge of man. Once a man or woman accepts that his/her life and death are all for God, transcending the self, fear is discarded into the dustbin of history.

    We see this occurring in North Africa and the Middle East at this hour. The people have cast off the illusion of fear and are standing tall against oppression from regimes long supported by American Imperialism. America has been the major arms supplier, the guns, bullets, poison gas, equipment for torture chambers and dungeons that were established to allow the most wicked and repressive regimes to flourish for the last forty years.

    Let us be clear that America has a history of oppressing its own citizens, of filling their bodies and minds with fear, of reducing them from Kunta Kinte to Toby en mass. We have yet to learn the true story of resistance to the American slave system by North American Africans, who mastered fear during three centuries of chattel enslavement, not recognized as humans or citizens. And yet from within the slave system, North American African resisted by any means necessary, ultimately taking up arms in the Civil War, only to be betrayed by those who won the war and those who were defeated, especially when the 200,000 African soldiers were disarmed.

    It is this disarming that allowed fear to return in the from of state terror in the guise of the KKK, the lynchings, virtual slave labor and disenfranchisement during the short lived Reconstruction.

    Imagine, for a time the people who were banned from learning to read and write, upon emancipation exercised a thirst for learning so great the children had to be beaten out of the classroom and made to go home. Today we have flipped the script, the children must be beaten or taken to juvenile hall for refusing to attend school. School districts have gone broke because their daily attendance was so low they could not qualify to fund their budgets.

    How did the fear of knowledge become pervasive? How did it become a hip fad to be ignut? We need only examine the lives of men who read books and not only transformed their lives but the lives of their people, e.g., Fredrick Douglass, Malcolm X, George Jackson, Eldridge Cleaver. These men cast aside their fears, stood up and made their people stand. Imagine the eternal words of Harriet Tubman, "I could have freed more slaves if they had known they were slaves."

    We see here the need for the slave system, today the neo-slave system, to keep people in ignorance and fear. The slave system rules through ignorance and fear. The Civil Rights movement was on the road to success once the people in the South cast off their fears, especially the fear of death, the fear of jail, prison and retaliation.

    The 2.4 million people in US jails and prisons are special examples of the fearless. Most people who commit crimes are somewhat fearless, otherwise they would not take penitentiary chances, as they say. Those addicted to fear may be those who decide to hold down a job, to never consider economic independence, until of late when it is crystal clear the job for life is a myth.

    We see a college education is no guarantee of a job. Our children will thus need to cast away their fears to configure a fair market system of economic justice. Free market capitalism is exhausted, surely America and her gang of global bandits are in their last days before being rounded up and divested of their ill gotten gains.

    By what right should 400 people possess the wealth equal to 150 million? There must be a redistribution of the wealth stolen from the deaf, dumb and blind, yes, those robbed and left half dead on the roadside, those who are victims of American capital accumulation since the beginning of the slave system, i.e., the founding of this nation.

    And yet the greatest robbery is not what occurred yesterday, but the robbery of the present global finance bandits who have ripped off the people with their pyramid schemes and sub prime loan scams that stole trillions from people and nations, since the blood suckers of the poor care nothing about people or nations.

    The jobless and homeless of today will not rise from this condition until they cast away all fears and seize the means of production and the housing they need. Every human being needs a job and a dwelling. There is no mystery about the human right to a job and a place to stay.

    Every human being should have a home with a life estate. This is the true and final solution to homelessness. The home with a life estate cannot be sold or transferred, thus a person will become free of the anxiety of homelessness. And then we consider the reality that all persons need a way to earn money to survive and thrive.

    A society that cannot provide its people with economic security shall have no national security, for it is a failed society, a society in chaos, such as we see in America today. There are almost three million people in prison, mostly due to economic crimes, crimes of necessity.

    And yet many of these criminals are fearless, some have the very creative minds we need to address the issues of society. And yet they are locked down, many for the most trivial offences, 80% were drug addicted at the time of their arrests and perhaps 50% have severe mental health issues, so what we have in American prisons and jails are drug addicts and the mentally ill or the dual diagnosed.

    Still, we have seen that some of our greatest minds came from prison, recall Malcolm, George Jackson, Eldridge, Tookie. Even today we have millions of fearless minds locked down, e.g. Ruchell McGee, and so many other men and women, not to mention our greatest mind on death row, Mumia Abu Jamal. If a man can be productive as Mumia has been on death row, what excuse do we have out here on the big yard?

    As Amiri Baraka asked, "Is it difficult for you?" And so I ask, is it difficult for you out here on the big yard? I especially ask the people of the Bay Area who have the legacy of the Black Panther Party who taught one essential lesson which was to discard our fears and stand tall in the face of oppression, is it difficult for you? I say smash your fear of the police, politicians, blood sucking merchants who refuse to hire you yet you do not protest. Challenge the oil and gasoline bandits who reap quarterly profits in the billions by manipulating the markets. But no, you won't dare confront Shell, Mobil, Exxon, Chevron, but you want to kill a brother who jumps ahead of you in the line at the gas station.

    It is time to be informed and fearless. Use your cell phone to be informed, Google words you don't understand rather than spend the entire day asking your mate, "Where you at?" Ask yourself where your mind is at, where is your heart and soul at? Where is the fearlessness of your ancestors at?

    --Marvin X

    5/5/11
    Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement Poet's Choir & Arkestra will celebrate the 50th anniversary of BAM at Laney College Art Gallery, Feb 7, 2015. Tentatively, Marvin X and BAM will perform at Merritt College for the Black Caucus of California Community Colleges Conference, Feb. 12, 13, 14, 2015.

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    At the benefit for Marcus Books, Saturday, Marvin X took the opportunity to recruit people for his dream team to participate in the Bay Area celebration of the Black Arts Movement's 50th Anniversary.
     The event featured performances by actors Delroy Lindo, Danny Glover and Shabaka Henley. Attorney John Burris participated in the panel discussion on the Black Man.

    Marvin X and Danny Glover attended San Francisco State University where Marvin's first play Flowers for the Trashman was produced by the drama department. Danny performed at Marvin's Black Arts West Theatre, San Francisco, 1966, in the Fillmore District. While Danny was part of the student strike at SFSU, 1968, a few months later, 1969, Marvin X was fighting to teach at Fresno State University but was removed on orders from Gov. Ronald Reagan. Gov. Reagan also removed Angela Davis from teaching at UCLA the same year, 1969.



    After listening to pianist Muziki Roberson accompany Shabaka's reading, Marvin asked him to perform with the BAM Arkestra and Poet's Choir. He accepted. Other musicians who have singed on to the BAM celebration include John Santos, David Murray, Destiny Muhammad, Mechelle LaChaux, Tarika Lewis, Tacuma King, Paul Smith, Augusta Collins, Zena Allen, Elliott Bey, Earl Davis, Val Serrant, et al.

    Marvin X and "Speedy", long time political organizer.

    The audience asked many questions, among them what should a Black man do when stopped by the police. The answers were various but Marvin X has often talked about the tone test when stopped by the police. One of three things can happen when stopped by the police, depending on one's tone of voice: one can be killed, arrested or released.

    The Black Man panelist: John Burris, Shabaka Henley, Danny Glover, Delroy Lindo

    Marvin X and Attorney Aubrey LaBrie, both were San Francisco State University students and founding members of the BSU, also members of the Black Dialogue Magazine editorial staff, one of the critical journals of the Black Arts Movement.

    Actor Delroy Lindo agreed to participate in the Bay Area Black Arts 50th Anniversary celebration being organized by Marvin X.

    Marvin and Rev. Andriette Earl, who participated in The Kings and Queens of Black Consciousness, produced by Marvin X at San Francisco State University, April 1, 2001. The benefit for Marcus Books  was at her church: Heart and Soul Center of Light, Oakland.



     Former Black Panther Party Chairwoman Elaine Brown (Left), Marvin X, and Mama Ayanna of the Malcolm X Grass Roots Organization. Both women agreed to assist Marvin X with the Bay Area Black Arts Movement celebration, scheduled to open February 7, at the Laney College Art Gallery. As part of the BAM/Post News Group Isaiah 61 Project, the art of San Quentin inmates will be exhibited. At Oakland's Merritt College (Huey Newton, Bobby Seale and Marvin X were students at Merritt) the following week, February 11,12, 13, Marvin X and the Poet's Choir and Arkestra will perform at the Black Caucus of California Community Colleges Conference, under the leadership of Marlene C. Hurd. Call 510-200-4164 for more information.

     

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     Dear Friends and Supporters,
    Here’s an update for you from the ‘Black Arts Movement 27 City National Tour’ team:
    For your donation of $500.00 or more, a five book collection of writings by Black Arts Movement co-founder Marvin X


    Marvin X worked with Sun Ra and his Myth-Science Arkestra coast to coast.


    The Black Dialogue Magazine Brothers: Aubrey, Marvin X, Abdul Sabry, Al Young, Arthur Sheridan, Duke Williams

    Bay Area Authors celebrate the life of slain Oakland Post Editor, Chauncey Bailey.
    Pic was taken at the Joyce Gordon Gallery which is part of the Black Arts Movement District along 14th Street, downtown Oakland
    photo Gene Hazzard/Adam Turner

    Dr. Cornel West has agreed to participate in the Black Arts Movement 27 City Tour
    photo Gene Hazzad

    Marvin X in conversation with BAM godfather, Ancestor Amiri Baraka, Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Lannan Foundation.
     photo Don Usner

    Visual artists Dewey Crumpler and Arthur Monroe; poets Ishmael Reed, Conyus,
    Marvin X, Al Young
    photo Tennessee Reed

    Marvin X, David Murray and Earl Davis, part of the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra
    The group performed at the Malcolm X Jazz/Art Festival, May 17, 2014, produced by Eastside Arts Alliance, Oakland.
    photo Gene Hazzard

    The BAM Poet's Choir & Arkestra at the Black Arts Movement Conference, University of California, Merced, Feb. 2014


    Angela Davis, Marvin X, Sonia Sanchez


    Dr. Molefe Asante, Mrs. Amina Baraka, Marvin X, Amiri Baraka, Jr., Kenny Gamble at the Black Power Babies Conversation, Philadelphia, produced by Muhammida El Muhajir (daughter of Marvin X)




    Eldridge Cleaver and Marvin X. Marvin X introduced EC to the Black Panther Party
    photo Charles  Muhammad Kareem

    Marvin X with his adopted aunt and uncle, Drs Julia and Nathan Hare; also Attorney Amira Jackmon (daughter of Marvin X)



    BAM godfather Askia Toure

    Amiri Baraka and Marvin X enjoyed a 47 year friendship



     The Writings of Marvin X

    "He's the USA's Rumi! The wisdom of Saadi, the ecstasy of Hafiz."--Bob Holman.
    "He is Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland."--Ishmael Reed
    "One of the founders and innovators of the revolutionary school of African writing."--Amiri Baraka
    "One of the best story tellers in America. I'd put him ahead of Mark Twain!"--Rudolph Lewis








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    Protesters chain themselves to Oakland police HQ; 25 arrested


    Protesters arrested after chaining themselves to police headquarters
    Protesters block Oakland police headquarters
    Twenty-five protesters were arrested Monday after they chained themselves to doors and a flagpole at the Oakland Police Department headquarters.
    The demonstrators were protesting killings by police in New York and Missouri, including the slayings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

    A live-stream video via Blackout Collective shows demonstrators blocking a doorway outside the headquarters and singing, “Calling out the violence of the racist police” as they were taken into custody by officers.
    Oakland police said Monday afternoon that 25 people had been arrested on suspicion of obstructing and blocking a public safety building and delaying a police officer.
    One protester climbed a flagpole and raised a banner, which protesters said commemorated men and women killed by police. Protesters chained shut four of the building's entrances and then chained themselves to the doors.

    "Three of these doors are our main ingress and egress for the public and Oakland Police Department personnel," police said in a statement. "As a result, the public could not access important police services, such as reporting crimes, obtaining public records, accessing necessary paperwork for vehicle impound releases and property releases."

    Using a pair of cutters, officers cut chains from the protesters and removed them from the front doors of the police headquarters, which had been sealed shut.


    A woman filming the demonstrations said on live video that 100 protesters had been marching through the rain-soaked streets of Oakland since 7:30 a.m. She tweeted, "I repeat OPD is shut down!!!"

    Elsewhere, Oakland police said a dozen protesters were chained to one another and were blocking the intersection of Broadway and 7th Street. Protesters also were chained together on the northbound Interstate 880 at Broadway, closing access to the freeway ramp.
    The Oakland police's hostage negotiating team was on hand to deal with  protesters.

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     Laney College President Dr. Elnora T. Webb and BAM producer Marvin X

    Marvin X secured a partnership agreement with  President Elnora T. Webb, Ph.D., of Oakland's Laney College to produce the opening leg of the 27 City Tour of the Black Arts Movement's 50th Anniversary. The gala opening will be Saturday, February 7, 2015, featuring an exhibit of art by San Quentin Prison inmates, in partnership with BAM and the Post News Group's Isaiah 61 Project. The Laney College event will include a performance by the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra, with special guests from the Black Arts Movement. There will also be a book fair with local authors associated with the Black Arts Movement. The  event will include a panel discussion with BAM babies and parents. For more information, please call  Marvin X 510-200-4164, jmarvinx@yahoo.com.






















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  • 12/17/14--09:35: Cuban 5 free
  • THE CUBAN FIVE
    ARE FREE!!!
    This morning, breaking news on all news agencies says that our three brothers, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, and Antonio Guerrero are free!!! According to the news, Alan Gross is flying back to the United States now, and President Obama will be speaking at about noon today, Eastern time, to announce that and further developments.

    INCREDIBLE NEWS! This is a very short notice, just to let everyone know of this GREAT GREAT VICTORY! 
    Stay tuned for more details! 

    This victory is possible because of the years of struggle of the strength and determination of our brothers Gerardo, Antonio, Ramon, Fernando and Rene, and all the Cuban people, the struggle of people in the United States and around the world, of all the efforts to demand justice and freedom for the Cuban FIVE! The National Committee to Free the Cuban Five congratulates our brothers and the Cuban people in their victory! 16 Years of imprisonment could not break their spirit!


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