Monthly Archives: December 2014

break the laws/break the chains: political reflections on Mike Brown and White Supremacy from Oakland CA

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To be free is to break the law

“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.”

-assata shakur

 I write to you from a humbled place. Striving to be a warrior for my people; looking and listening. This is an attempt to share some political reflections as a Black womyn in the struggle since I left the womb. The last two days Turtle Island (united states) has been on fire in solidarity with Mike Brown’s family and Ferguson, Missouri to protest the murder of Mike Brown by pig Darren Wilson, who continues to live freely with no charges filed against him. Mike Brown, like many of my brothers and sisters before me, was murdered for being a Black man in the White mans system. A system built out of the genocide of…

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A Call to Arms: Organic Hit Squads to Kujichagulia Villages

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I am a man obsessed — with food.  I think of food as solution to so many problems that are crippling our progress: health; economics; employment; community development; family; education; leisure time; elders support; as well as a sense of well-being with regard to progress of the group.

Several years ago I floated the idea of Gardening Hit Squads that could hit a backyard and in one day install a wonderful raised bed square-foot garden capable of feeding a family of four with organic produce.  It was such a good idea that one companygroOrganic.com has put it into effect.

I have assembled a collection of images of beautiful gardens, organic farms and  agri-tourism facilities as models of the type of work that we could be deploying with our own efforts wherever we can find land for development.  I think that these images  are quite inspiring to our creative and productive imagination…

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What’s your view on the world?

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When you wake up in the morning, what’s your outlook on life and the society we live in? Do you optimistically decide to view the world in positiveness or do you choose to see society as it is, a serious work-in-progress?

Before a person can answer this question, they must first settle on how exactly do they individually view the world. Is your view of the world based on the small world you live in? You see, in today’s society, I refuse to believe that people are ignorant of what’s going on and that certain “coincidences” are, in fact, deliberate executions by the minority (the people in “power”) in order to maintain their stranglehold on progress. We know…we are well aware. The problem is that some, maybe even most, are too scared to upset the “natural order of things” because they still believe that the impossible, the American Dream, is actually possible for them…

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Grada Kilomba on racism in Europe

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Grada Kilomba is a Portuguese psychiatrist, writer and scholar with roots in São Tomé and Príncipe in West Africa. She teaches at the Free University in Berlin. In her book “Plantation Memories” (2008) she wrote about stories of everyday racism – like about hair or the n-word – from a psychoanalytical point of view. A kind of latter-day Frantz Fanon.

Kilomba says that race is political, not biological, that it comes from a time when blacks were slaves and colonial subjects of whites:

White is not a color. White is a political definition, which represents historical, political and social privileges of a certain group that has access to dominant structures and institutions of society. Whiteness represents the reality and history of a certain group. When we talk about what it means to be white, then we talk about politics and certainly not about biology. Just like the term black is…

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Review: ‘Selma’ Is A Shocking Trip Back In Time That Seems Like A Walk In The Present (Video)

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Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing an early screening on the film ‘Selma.’

Directed by Ava DuVarney and written by Paul Webb, the movie takes a graphic look at the steps Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others took to get the voters act of 1965 signed.

Starring David Oyelowo as Dr. King Jr and Carmen Ejogo as his wife Coretta Scott-King, you get a peek into a dangerous yet important time in American History.

The film starts off with Dr. King preparing to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his civil rights work. At the same time, you see four Black girls, being children, discussing how Coretta Scott-King’s hair is naturally straight and other child thoughts when an explosion rips through the church killing the girls and others in Alabama.

At that moment, the battle ground is set and Dr. King knows that the next…

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Press Release: After historic win for the BDS movement, Concordia undergraduates invite all students to action

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Montreal, December 8, 2014

Students voted ‘Yes’ to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel’s occupation and segregation of Palestinians

BDS-demoConcordia undergraduate students voted ‘Yes’ to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian people and land, and now invite fellow students to participate in the BDS committee. “By joining this grassroots global movement for Palestinian human rights, students are highlighting the commitment of our campus to social justice and collective moral responsibility,” said Javier Hoyos, Chairperson of the Yes to BDS Committee.

“We thank students for their depth of character and their courage to contest our university’s complicity with violations of international human rights,” added Hoyos. “We’re glad that students were given the opportunity to read the information accompanying the altered question at the voting booth, as this allowed them to make an informed decision in spite…

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