Jan 162015


From the video description:

“On a historic trip to Palestine, freedom fighters from Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, New York, Ferguson, and Atlanta were able to witness firsthand the effects of Israeli apartheid and occupation, and to learn from the people who are actively resisting on the front lines.

In Nazareth, the delegates decided to do a solidarity demonstration as a call for support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that was called for by Palestinian civil society in 2005.

This demonstration was coordinated by Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, and features “Ella’s Song” by Sweet Honey in the Rock, sung by Charlene Carruthers, National Director of the Black Youth Project 100 and Dream Defenders’ Executive Director Phillip Agnew; poet, artist, and New York Justice League member, Aja Monet; rapper and Ferguson/Hands Up United organizer Tef Poe, and Ferguson/ Hands Up United organizer, Tara Thompson. Dream Defenders Ciara Taylor, Steven Pargett, Sherika Shaw, and Ahmad Abuznaid, journalist Marc Lamont Hill, New York Justice League organizers Cherrell Brown and Carmen Perez, and Maytha Alhassen, a University of Southern California Doctoral Candidate, are seen preforming the debke, a traditional Palestinian folk dance.

Don’t forget to check out #DDPalestine on Twitter and our Instagram accounts for pictures, videos, and reflection from this trip.

Filming and Editing by Thorstein Thielow”

Aug 182014


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:





Jul 302014

Rosa Clemente

Estoy recibiendo mensajes de amigos preocupados, sobre mi postura acerca a Israel. Déjame ser clara, eh estado peleando sionistas desde mis días en SUNY- Albany, cuando estaba en Albany State University Black Alliance (Alianza de los Negros en la Universidad del Estado de Albany,) cuando fui presidenta de ASUBA y cuando fui directora de los asuntos multicultural por el gobierno estudiantil.

En mi último rol de liderazgo, expulse los Sionistas Religiosos de América (RZA,) fuera de la oficina de MCA y por eso, el presidente del gobierno estudiantil trato de retirarme.

Mira, fui tan dichosa de haber sido orientada por Kwame Toure y el All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP). Aprendí como debatir los peores de ellos. Fui casi expulsada por traer a Kwame Toure a nuestro campus contra los deseos de nuestro presidente negro (en esa época,) H. Patrick Swygert

Muchos en ASUBA fueron amenazados con ser suspendidos y pusieron la misma organización en libertad condicional. Pero mira, eran los años 90’s y estudiantes de color (población afro americano, y latino), los cuales no soportan un carajo. Especialmente de los sionistas. Por ahí, éramos la minoría en números, pero nosotros mandamos en ese campus. O sea, una vez hubo un enfrentamiento físico, en frente de nuestro centró de campus, donde está la infame fuente de agua. Ellos lo empezaron. Nosotros hicimos lo correcto.

Así qué nunca voy a tener miedo a los sionistas, nunca me voy a capitular, y esto para mi es muy fácil de hacer. Porque diferente a los personas en Gaza, lo único que puedo perder es… nada, nada que significa algo en un contexto más amplio.

El pueblo de Gaza, pagara con sus vidas, y los que pagan con sus mentes, y los que son niños que pagan con su inocencia, y los ancianos que solamente conocen esta vida.

Así qué hablare, y es lo menos que puedo hacer, por lo menos. #freepalestine

Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, independent journalist and hip-hop activist. She was the vice presidential running mate of 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election.

Translated from English version by Gabriela Lazaro.

May 222014


Singer John Legend gave a commencement speech to students graduating at the University of Pennsylvania. Legend himself is a graduate of the university. In his powerful speech he talks about love and the need for us to humanize each other around the world from Trayvon Martin to Iraqis to Palestinians to the kidnapped Nigerian school girls.

Below is an excerpt as well as the full video of his speech:

“Now, I’ve already talked about the power of love in your work and your personal lives. But I also want to talk about how love changes the world. There are 7 billion other people out there. 7 billion strangers. I want you to consider what it means to love them too. What does it mean to love people we don’t know, to see the value in every single person’s life?

Think about that. It’s a pretty radical notion. It means your daughter or son, your neighbor’s daughter or son and the daughters and sons of people who live thousands of miles away, all deserve the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It means we let go of fear and see each other’s humanity. It means we don’t see Trayvon Martin as a walking stereotype, a weaponized human. We see him as a boy who deserves the chance to grow into a man, even if he makes boyish mistakes along the way.

It means American lives don’t count more than Iraqi lives.

It means we see a young Palestinian kid not as a future security threat or demographic challenge, but as a future father, mother and lover.

It means that the nearly 300 kidnapped girls in Nigeria aren’t just their problem. They’re “our” girls too. It’s actually quite a challenge to love humankind in this way.”

Jun 272013


Dear Alicia Keys and Rihanna, Paz.

I am writing to you because I am sincerely baffled by your choice to perform in Israel. I want to share with you that your choice has made many of your fans re-evaluate their loyalty to you. Your message to the people of Palestine and their global allies, which are also your fans, unfortunately is not a positive one. It basically looks like you can care less about their ongoing deep and horrific battle against genocide, or as some call it, ethnic cleansing.

I am an Afro-Rican woman who has witnessed and experienced life in colonized Palestine and “Israel”. I understand colonialism and it’s treacherous fangs because my island of Puerto Rico is also a colony and has been raped by U.S. greed and imperialism for over 115 years. Our women have been sterilized for the purpose of population control, we import more than we export, our fathers and sons were sent to the military to fight wars and we can’t even vote for the President of the United States, just to name a few.

I hope that you have taken it upon yourself to carefully research and learn about the critical situation of the people of Palestine and the oppression that they have had to endure by the Zionist movement, the Israeli State. The Zionists created Israel within Palestine BY FORCE. You are pretty much co-signing and agreeing to this outrageous land grab and murder of women, children and men. Yeah ladies, there is no way to sugar coat that.

When I visited the West Bank, Palestine in 2011, I saw the little girls and boys singing and dancing to your songs. I heard your songs in the hookah cafes, clubs, stores and blasting out of cars. It was amazing to see how much music inspires their lives. Music is their escape from the open air prison that they live in.

Ladies… the Palestinians, your fans, live in an open air prison. They can’t come out to Israel to see you perform because they are not allowed to by Israel. In order to come to Israel from the West Bank they would have to ask Israel for permission and get a permit. It is almost impossible to get a permit to cross the border into Israel from Palestine. The sick have died waiting for permits to go to specialized hospitals in Israel. Women have given birth at checkpoints. Goodness! The Insanity!

“The Israeli state practices, and arguably perfects, a logic of territorial and population control and monitoring. One form is high-tech: unmanned aerial drones, X-ray machines, remote-controlled cameras, radars, and surveillance techniques that instill fear and awe; another form is physically and geographically violent: walls, fences, check-points, turnstiles, settlements, bypass roads, fighter jets, bulldozers, and machine guns.”[Tawil-Souri.(n.d) Politics and Materiality of ID Cards in Palestine/Israel. Retrieved from http://academia.edu/661856/Colored_Identity_The_Politics_and_Materiality_of_ID_Cards_in_Palestine_Israel] They have hundreds of roadblocks and checkpoints to obstruct Palestinian movement, even within the Palestinian Territory. I can tell you now that they are not going to give them a permit to come see you rock out. Nope!

So yeah, I’m hoping that you just had no clue about the truth. But maybe you know all of this and are not moved, touched and inspired to make a stand for human rights. Well, and if you do choose to rock, know that genocide is happening while you are performing on that stage. While you are singing your heart out, someones home is being bulldozed or a family is loosing a male figure in their household because an Israeli soldier felt like taking someones life away by imprisoning them or killing them.

The point I would like to drive into your soul is that by making the choice to perform in Israel you have also chosen to disregard a whole population of your fans who are touched by your music. You have a fan base in Palestine that will not be able to attend your concert, not because they don’t want to, but because they can’t.

Question: Are you also going to do a concert in Palestine? Is that in the plans? If you are going to really perform in Israel then I encourage you to do a FREE concert in Palestine.

I sincerely hope that you ladies think this one through for the sake of humanity and for our precious children who hum you tunes.

Sisters, I pray that you find the strength and the courage to stand up for what is right. Human Rights! We are women, we are women of color and we must protect our children!

I humbly ask you to rethink this one.

Luz Y Paz,
Lah Tere