Justice or Else: Black Out Black Friday

Count down to Black Friday. What’s more important to you? Buying gifts or uniting for justice and equality. Stand for something! If 1 million of us don’t shop on Black Friday, on that day alone, we can control well over 500 million dollars in this country. What can we do with the money? We can put that back into our communities, start rebuilding, start implementing social and educational programs in or community. Take control of the economic system in this country and utilize it to gain equality for black and brown people in America.
Alternatives:
1. If you feel compelled to shop at least support small black and brown businesses, discontinue giving money to large corporations that don’t have our best interest in mind.
2. If you feel compelled to shop at least cutdown on the amount you purchase, let’s get back to understanding that there is no need to purchase thousands of dollars worth of merchandise for this one day. Purchase one meaningful gift for children, let’s go back to teaching them to be grateful for what they have received and start rebuilding strong characters agains.
As the Football team at the University of Missouri showed, the power is in the dollar. Justice Or Else! Not a Moment a Movement!

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Black Out Black Friday: Take a Stand!

Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Leader, Nation of Islam

Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Leader, Nation of Islam

Approximately three weeks ago, after great anticipation from many and some apprehension from others, the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March was held in Washington, D.C., on October 10, 2015. This event, ominously coined the “Justice or Else Rally“,  centered around seeking justice for the many underprivileged, oppressed and disenfranchised ethnic groups across the United States.

In the months preceding the rally, the world waited as individuals planned their travels, then made their journeys arriving in Washington, D.C. to be a part of the largest gathering, for a cause of this magnitude, since its predecessor twenty years ago.

Crowds in attendance and those virtually, listened vehemently to the words of every speaker awaiting the big reveal of the looming question: “What is the or else?”.  Many were convinced that the answers provided and the guidance received  would inevitably put to rest and diminish the feelings of helplessness  that previously occupied the hearts and resonated in the recesses of many minds for the past two years as a slow annihilation of individuals of the black and brown communities ensued. Many hoped the rally would evoke a unity among these neglected groups across the United States, a unity that was currently absent.

Yet others awaited the detailed plans to an organized threat, “or else”, that in their eyes could be the only plausable direction in the light of recent events. Sure there’ve been riots, protests and marches as a display of outrage, sadness, frustration and even contempt for the way men and women of color have been systematically degraded, abused and murdered [in some cases by those that are in the position to protect them]. Many have stood by and watched a society condemn violence projected “by” one group in response to violence inflicted “on” them, yet condone that same violence as a means of control against them. However, one’s guilt in regards to this double standard does not directly dictate the direction of the other’s actions.

Though a gathering to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March,the expectation for this rally was different.  A stronger sense of unity, organization and intellectually geared planning was anticipated as the dark nations were summoned to take a stand and begin to make changes within their communities. An expectation for unification as one family, with a common goal in this struggle and a common fight against injustice.  Louis Farrakhan spoke eloquently and the call was made for ten thousand soldiers to individually make a commitment and collectively begin to make changes in the education of their people, to gain knowledge of one’s history and to understand and strategically act on their control of the economic status in this country.

Louis Farrahkan provided truth to all that listened. He sought out those who were ready, motivated and committed to bettering the lives of their people and possessed a willingness to put in the hard work to obtain justice.  The feeling of self respect, importance of education and criticality of prioritizing one’s goals rang like a thousand pound cast iron bell across the crowd. The call for “soldiers” in this war against inhumanity provided hope to individuals who, intrinsically, made a commitment to participate and vowed to initiate setting up plans to better themselves, their communities and to spread the word.

As the countdown to Black Friday and the Holiday shopping season officially gets underway, Louis Farrakhan has alluded to the fact that it’s important to focus on what it will take to shake up the country and force the issues that need resolution. With a projected trillion dollar buying power capacity for 2015, collectively a leverage of power can be accomplished and the goals to adversely affect the economic structure of this country by severing participation during this potential million dollar holiday season is attainable. The controlled buying power can be used as a first step in demanding justice, equality and regaining dignity and respect for black and brown people in this country. You can be a viable part of accomplishing that goal.

To get more information and become a part of the solution visit:

Website: Justice Or Else | Twitter: @justiceorelse

CAN’T SLEEP!

I’m exhausted but I “Can’t Sleep”.  There’s too much work to be done in our communities, we are on the brink of annihilation if we don’t band together, come together and stand up for our rights as a black community – as human beings.

Stay tuned….coming soon the debut of Can’t Sleep by Assata Afua

Excerpt:

Can’t sleep
Cause I’m longing for a collective agency
For a black revolution
An active movement
A charge
A call to arms
To action
Let’s sit in
…stand up
…stand tall
…shout loud
…push back
…fight back
Revolt for what’s right
Against this constant struggle
For equality and justice
Or there will be no peace!!….

The New Black Movement!

Bree Newsome: Not Afraid to Stand for What’s Right!

Stand Together with Bree Newsome.

Subject: RE: #FreeBree

Dear Friends,
I just signed this petition join me: http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/DropTheFlagDropTheCharges/?sp_ref=131497719.176.14427.e.59021.2&referring_akid=.1989829.CGyiRx&source=em_sp

 

Early Saturday morning, a multiracial group of Carolinians took down the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds — within an hour the state had raised the hateful banner once again in time for an 11 A.M. white supremacist rally.

Bree, the Black woman who climbed the pole and cut down the flag, was arrested and taken into custody by Capitol Police. She should be promptly released from jail, any charges should be dropped, and the legislature should immediately vote to permanently remove the flag.

http://www.colorofchange.org

 

 

Dark Nation Rising: #RiseUpOctober

 

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Coming in October 2015, the dark nation will rise in the form of a national march focused on shining the light on the oppressions of black and brown people in NYC and across the country – with a demand to end the systematic annihilation of a people. The endeavor will be a collaboration of organizations, businesses, groups and individuals from all over the country; of every race, social, economic and religious background who are fed up with the constant occurrence of oppression manifested as unjust killings and systematic brutality aimed against black and brown individuals. The “Which Side Are you On?” March, set for October 24, 2015 in NYC will be the first of its kind. The focus will be to immerse the city with people from all over the country with like minds and kindred souls that are tired of the current status within this society. The founders of the march are imploring the country to take a stand and join the movement through the #RiseUpOctober campaign, which will build over the next 3 ½ months leading up to the historical march.

In the “Rise Up October” preliminary meeting on Tuesday June 30th, crowds slowly congregated at approximately 6:30 pm, by following a maze of make shift signs leading to the basement hall of the Unitarian Church of All Souls, located in Manhattan at Lexington Ave and 80th street. Speakers Dr. Cornel West and Mr. Carl Dix spoke to a packed crowd with a focus on lending their expertise, ideas, insight and passion to ensure that the march moved forward successfully and on a grand scale.

Mr. Dix talked in general about the tragic acts of excessive force, police brutality and murder that have plagued the black and brown communities with increased frequency over the past few years. However, the main topic of discussion was led by the recent tragedy in Charleston, SC where a self-proclaimed white supremacist took 9 innocent black lives during a bible study session at the historical Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. This tragic event, unfortunately, is not an isolate incident, and more and more frequently there are increased murders, not only as a result of police brutality, but also by civilian attackers with pure hate pumping through their hearts.

During the meeting, Mr. Dix spoke eloquently about the antiquated ideology of forgiving those that are acting against you simply based on the color of your skin. He iterated: “Being forgiving is what the ruling class wants and you can’t end oppression by forgiving your oppressors.” Mr. Dix went on to say “Together we need to draw a line and ask each individual, “What Side Are You On?” Mr. Dix also talked about the need to stop responding to each individual outrage as a separate, isolate event in this country. When a person is killed or brutalized, we march, protest and then activities die down, then silence until the next tragic even occurs and then we begin the process over again. There needs to be a constant push and a constant rise that only ends when we have reached our goal.

“It’s going to take a revolution to stop the horrors of this society!” Mr. Dix exclaimed.

The next speaker, Dr. Cornel West, electrified the crowd with a distinction only known to him. His insightful and dynamic way of expression not only motivates, but keeps the crowd thinking beyond the current events but to a deeper more spiritual existence which is needed in today’s society. Dr. West, spoke (as notably prone to do) quoting the prolificacy of musicians, he spoke about being “everyday people”, as Sly and the Family Stone sang about in the 70s. He reminded the captivated audience that this march is a call for everyone to “straightened up their backs to ensure that no one can ride your back”. Dr. West also ensure the crowd that he “Came into this world swinging, is still swinging and will go down swinging” and encouraged the members, organizers and participates of the Rise Up movement to “emerge as a fighter and emerge swinging” when it comes to fighting for justice and equality. There was one important point that Dr. West stressed and that was the need of new leaders, younger leaders to head the fight. You spoke about an awareness and understanding that is needed today, an understanding that all organizations nor will all groups agree on religion, on ideological views or even the status of our society in their eyes, but one thing they have to agree on is that there needs to be an end to all the hate in the country today and with bolstering enthusiasm he proclaimed “Count Me in Against Hate!”

The #RiseUpOctober Movement and “What Side Are You On?” March is in direct response to the constant injustices and the constant crimes against black and brown people not only by police but by the white supremacist extremist that are as prevalent in today’s society as they were 40 & 50 years ago.

This march will definitely prove to be an historical event of magnanimous proportions. Anyone seeking to assist in getting the word out, volunteering their time or need further information please contact me through www.blackawarenessforum.com or www.stopmassincareration.net.

Show your support, passion and your intended participation in the march by spreading the word using: #RiseUpOctober via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and all personal websites and social media forums and make sure you are a part of the movement this October.

 

Continued Heartache in the Black Community

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Candlelight Vigil held at Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY Photo by Stephanie Strickland

When will the heartache subside?  Will my people ever be safe? Year after year, month after month and minute after minute these senseless killings of members of the black community continue.

A week ago another senseless killing occurred in Charleston, South Carolina. The killing of 9 black members of the Emanuel AME African Methodist Episcopal Church. In an almost eery resemblance of times past, this historic structure continues to be engulfed by racism, bigotry and hate dating back hundreds of years.  In the late 1700s Emanuel AME  church was started by blacks and slaves. Denmark Vesey organized and stood for the right for blacks to not only organize but congregate together for pray, only for racist bigotry to burn the church down and execute many members including Vesey. Today the challenges and plight of black people has not progressed as much as we would hope.

This is evident with the murder of 9 innocent people of the black community at the hands of a white racist.  Race crimes are on the rise in recent years and with the influx of police brutality targeted towards the black community you have to ask yourself, how far have we actually come and where do we go from here? Rev. Clementa Pinckney and the other 8 members suffered the same fate as Vesey and the 34 that were executed at Emanuel AME so many years ago.  History is coming full circle for the black community. And the question remains – where do we go from here?

No one seems to have any answers on how to keep the members of  black communities safe from systematic annihilation. No one seems to have the pulse on a community that is running around in circles, continually protesting, continually marching, continually praying, continually mourning, continually burying loved ones and as we have for hundreds and hundreds of years – continually live in fear for our lives as blacks and fear for the lives of our loved ones – sadly with no reprieve in sight.

The weight of the black community is heavy right now and I am not sure who can carry that burden on their shoulders. One thing is clear – we can’t go much longer the way things are.

Black Lives Matter!