Aug 262014
 

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SATURDAY AUGUST 30TH

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement Presents the Black August Film Festival and the Black August Art Exhibit on 8/30/14 at the National Black Theatre in Harlem.

Located at 2031 5th Avenue, NY, NY 10035 / $10 / 3PM to 10PM.

FILMS:

Free Angela by Shola Lynch

Afraid of Dark by Mya B

Herman’s House by Angad Singh Bhalla

Hip Hop is Bigger Than the Occupation by Nana Dankwa & Existence is Resistance

MIND Up by Kevin Lopez

And More.

ART BY:

Shabaam Sahdeeq

Elton Leonard

Marthalicia Matarrita

Austin Green

Monifa Skerritt-Perry

And More.

Live Music by DJ Johnnito Cienfuegos

Aug 262014
 

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By Hasan Salaam

Blaming Hip-Hop for the problems in and out of our community is some real Stockholm Syndrome shit.

We are not to blame for the systematic attacks on our people. Long before Kool Herc spun at a party or the world heard Rappers Delight the police were killing us in cold blood. From Camden to Watts and Chicago to New Orleans there have been countless cases of police terrorism and lynchings in this country over the past 500 years.

Wearing a SnapBack doesn’t give the police a right to harass and beat you, same as Trayvon wearing a hoodie shouldn’t give predators like Zimmerman a pass to kill a child.

The true problem is that this country built itself and still feeds itself off of Black Death. Hip-Hop music was not there when slaves attempting to escape were tied to horses and quartered in front of the entire plantation to strike fear in men, women and children. The music was not there when Emmett Till was snatched from his bed or when the freedom riders were attacked by the side of the road.

Rap music didn’t assassinate our leaders based on COINTELPRO documents and the eradication of a possible Black Messiah, the FBI did that. Hip-Hop didn’t create crack cocaine and flood it into Black & Brown neighborhoods, the CIA did that.

Blaming our music ignores the fact that this is nothing new, it has been updated to suit the times but it’s nothing but Jim Crow 2.0.

Hip-Hop is not the problem, in fact it has been a powerful tool to spread the truth about the injustices committed against us here in America since it’s inception. The system attempts to co-opt it based on the power it has. Hip-Hop is has spread all over the world and appealed to all as a music of the counter culture, a buck back at the system and a rise against oppression.

The spirit of our culture is as brave as the Spirituals we sung on the plantation laden with hidden messages leading us from bondage.

It’s as genius as Jazz and the flatted 5th’s we played from memory and improvisation while the society that danced to it wouldn’t allow itself to believe we had the mental capacity to compose it.

Rock & Roll, Doo-Wop, Soul, R&B, House, Go-Go, Hip-Hop and every other musical form we have created in America has been a powerful tool in our fight for Freedom, Justice and Equality.

Use it.

Aug 262014
 

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Show your support and attend this event in NYC tomorrow at B.B. King.

From Rebel Diaz:

With all thats going on in Ferguson, MO and even here in NYC we thought it was the right move to make to support a Freedom Ride: NYC to Ferguson Caravan!!!

Our goal is still to ‪#‎packoutbbkings‬ but this time for a cause we hold close to our hearts. Ferguson, MO needs all the solidarity it can get at this moment….

Join Us! Wednesday August 27th as we #PackOutBBKings ‪#‎TimesSquareTakeover‬

GET ON THE BUS!!!!

Interested in going to Ferguson?

We will have an info booth and will be signing people up…..

You do not want to miss this show!!!

Its gonna be super dope.

Same amazing line up plus probably some super dope guests….

Performing Live!!!

Rebel Diaz
w/ Dirty Delorean
The ReMINDers
YC The Cynic
Hosted by Flaco Navaja
Opening DJ set by: DJ Charlie Hustle

We got pre sale tickets at $1O and we can go and meet you or you can come and pick them up in The South Bronx……

You can also go on the website and get them at:

http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=4348

Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1548461635372703/?ref=22

Aug 242014
 

As many of you know, I have been spending the past month or so in and out of the hospitals in Jerusalem and Nablus where many wounded Palestinians are being brought for medical care during the brutal Israeli attack on Gaza. In between these visits I have been attending various demonstrations which always end with the Israeli Occupying Forces shooting live ammunition at everyone. In one demo which I wrote about in an earlier post over 281 people were shot including many of my friends which meant more hospitals….in the most recent demo 72 people were shot including two journalists. I can not explain the feeling of hopelessness I feel witnessing all of this. Then of course,, I feel bad complaining because I have the luxury of leaving any time.

A couple of days ago I came back to my home in Haifa to be with my family and of course to try and put together all these thoughts and feelings so that I can write about it with a clear mind. I am not a professional writer and for some reason I just can not collect myself in the way that I want, in order for me to be able to fully relay everything I am seeing.

I still have not and cannot process it all. For the past two days I have sat down with all my notes and all these pictures and tried to put it together but every single time I try it means I have to remember what personally happened to each of the people I visited as well as their pain….whether they showed it to me through smiles, laughs or tears, I saw it and it is past painful. It’s so painful, you become somewhat numb. Most of them don’t cry when they tell me about what they saw or about their loved ones being blown to pieces in front of them so I follow suit and swallow the hurt and anger and tears away. Now that I am alone, I don’t have their strength so I just switch off.

There are many people I want to tell you about and we still need donations to get the wounded and their families whatever they need while they are stuck in the hospitals with only the clothes on their back they left with….so here are a few of the most recent people I have been visiting frequently.

14 year old Mohammed Amin Siyam from Rafah stole my heart. While I was checking in on other kids I had been visiting for a few weeks, I noticed Mohammed was new in their room. He was in extreme pain and every time he would scream or attempt to cry I would look up and he would see me and stop. As if he didn’t want to cry in front of me. I walked over and told him its ok to cry if he is in pain. His grandfather who was the only guardian with him looked up at me, smiled and teared up. I had to leave for a minute so I could go slap myself in the bathroom to fight back my tears and returned to hear his story.

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Mohammed was wounded when the house next door to his home was rocketed by an Israeli F16. The first rocket hit and the windows in his home shattered. The second, third and fourth rockets hit  and Mohammed lost his leg. The doctors saved his right arm but the nerves are all damaged which means he cannot move that arm from the shoulder down.

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Mohammeds grandfather told me there has never been any presence of resistance fighters in their area. Mohammed asked me for a Dishdasha and to make sure it was long so it would cover his missing leg. The next day I went with a friend Alaa from Ramallah, picked out the best dishdasha and brought it for him from the kind donations everyone has been making.

10 month old Ahmad AbedJawad Abutala is from Rafah. His mother was breastfeeding him when 5 rockets within minutes of each other hit their home. His mother who is still in Gaza lost her legs and her arms and chest were burnt so his grandmother accompanied him to Jerusalem.

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Ahmad lost his right eye, has shrapnel in his head, broken leg and arm and shrapnel in his other leg.

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Youseff Astal, 16 years old. He told me how his father had been murdered by Israel a couple of days before his injuries. Youseffs father had been targeted by an F16 whilst he was in the back yard of his brothers home. Youseff found him. A few days later Youseff was filling water from a barrel when Israel rocketed him too. He said the only thing that saved him was the barrel. He sustained injuries to his arms and face as well as shrapnel in his stomach. Youseff also lost a kidney which was torn to shreds by the shrapnel.

 

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Youseff asked me for a cell phone which we brought him also from the donations people have been making.

There are so many more stories and pictures I want to share with you and I will. Inshallah in the coming days.

In one week I will return to the hospitals and spend another three weeks with the wounded. We truly hope that people will continue to donate as new injuries are being brought in daily. No matter how small or large your donation, it all makes a difference. Please donate directly via paypal to Questions@Existenceisresistance.org or email us if you want to send a check at the same email address.

Thank you for all the support everyone has been sending. It’s not over until its over.

Aug 182014
 

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The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home
& The International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

A Message of Solidarity

From Ferguson to Gaza We Charge Genocide

Those standing up against police brutality and state repression in Ferguson, Missouri are leading one of the most important human right struggles of our time.

In the context of the history of Sundown Towns in that region, which legislated that people of color had to leave white towns by sundown, the imposition of a curfew and deployment of the National Guard by the governor represents a racist suppression of the right to self-defense and a gross violation of the freedom of assembly. Its message is clear: the people most likely to rebel against injustice have to be controlled, their right to protest quashed, and the absolute power of the police state restored.

The militarized repression on display in Ferguson is a reflection of a world in crisis. Although separated by thousands of miles, the plight of the people of Ferguson and the Gaza Strip share too much in common for people of conscience to ignore. Michael Brown, an African American youth, could just have easily been a Palestinian youth mercilessly shot by an Israeli soldier.

We understand that in both cases a long history of colonialism and racism justified land dispossession in Palestine and slavery in the US. That history is alive today with the continued gross economic deprivation of these communities and their isolation through universally enforced discrimination in housing. This pattern of ghettoization has been inflicted on both of these communities since the founding of the US and Israel. The systematic exploitation, repression and targeting of these populations by the state has led and continues to lead to genocide. According to a 2012 study, a black person is killed every 28 hours by the police, other security agency, or individuals acting as the police. In Gaza, as of today, there have been more than 2,000 civilians killed from recent Israeli bombing attacks. If we take Gaza’s small population into account this killing is proportional to double the entire population of Providence, Rhode Island.

The same U.S. government policies that arm the State of Israel have also turned police departments across the nation into localized military garrisons armed with sophisticated weapons aimed at citizens. As one Palestinian youth tweeted recently, “Made in USA teargas canister was shot at us a few days ago in #Palestine by Israel, now they are used in #Ferguson.”

This police onslaught in Ferguson is reminiscent of what occurred in Philadelphia in 1985 when the police dropped a military grade, fire-bomb from a helicopter on the MOVE house. That police attack of black people killed 11 MOVE members, including 5 children and burned down 61 homes, destroying an entire African American neighborhood.

Political Prisoner and black journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal is imprisoned today because during his youth he exposed this kind of systematic police terror against the black community. He stands in solidarity with Ferguson and Palestine and we call for his immediate release.

At a moment’s notice any of us could face the terror experienced in Ferguson or Palestine. A people subjugated by racist oppression have a moral right to resist.

In solidarity with the people of Ferguson, We Call For:

1. The Immediate Arrest of Officer Darren Wilson and an Investigation for Justice with Full Community Oversight

2. Just Reparation for the Brown Family

3. The Withdrawal of the National Guard, the Removal of the Curfew and No Fly Zones and Full Media Access to the Area

4. The Disbanding of Ferguson’s Racist Police Department and the Re-Appropriation of Police Funds for a Massive Jobs, Housing, & Schools Program for the Residents of Ferguson

In Solidarity with the people of Palestine, We Call For:

1. The Right of Return, the Right to Self Determination, and the Right to Self Defense

2. A Free and Independent Palestine

3. A Re-Appropriation of US Supplied Israeli Military Funds for an Economic Reparations Program for Palestine

Join us:

@bringmumiahome

www.bringmumiahome.com

https://www.facebook.com/cbmhome

bringmumiahome@gmail.com