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!

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!

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.

 

Keep the Pressure, Save Our Black Males!

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Well, as it turns out – I am as guilty as many people are regarding continuing the fight for justice. I am equally mortified at myself along with those who have systematically continued to wrongly take the lives of black men all around the country. Why? Because when the television cameras went off and the glorified coverage ceased after the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases, I (as well as many of you) went back to our lives as usual. I neglected my blog post regarding events around the world that were affecting black communities. I stopped researching accounts of police brutality (which by the way continued even after the media coverage ceased). Regrettably; when the media decided everything was fine, when they sucked all the sensationalism that they could out of these tragic events and implemented “the spin” that everything was back to normal in the world, I fell in line, followed suit and quieted down.

“The protesting pressure”, as I affectionately call it, stopped. The marching stopped, the organization of leaders disappeared once again to their ivory towers. Holding conferences on how we can get through the turmoil (together) stopped. For all intents and purposes everything was ok in the black community. We went back to life as usual – with the sad assumption or disbelief that we had achieved our goal of equal rights, civil rights, and justice for those wrongfully murdered.  Sadly, there was no justice achieved and in both cases the individuals were not even charged.

Now fast forward to April 12th, 2015. Another young black male murdered.  He was not gunned down nor was he choked to death, but young Freddy Gray suffered a torturous death that no doubt was long and painful.  To sever someones spine in multiple places as well as crush someones larynx, is definitely not a quick suffering. Now we’re back to square one in the city of Baltimore, MA.

Commentator, Ed Gordon made a comment on a radio program (Steve Harvey Morning Show) which struck me as bothersome. He called for the individuals in Baltimore to stop rioting, take a minute and be silent. Isn’t that what we have been doing? Haven’t we been silent for the past 30 years? Sitting in this pseudo comfort, afraid to make waves for fear that we will be seen as agitators, trouble makers and in turn be on the end of a retaliation of some kind that may result our own brutal murder or but possible police harassment.

Although the systematic devouring of our black males in no way began just a few years ago, we just recently began our public outrage in standing up and saying “no more”. We began our outrage in Ferguson over nine months ago, with a mayhem that may not have lead to the arrest of the perpertrators i the Michael Brown or Eric Garner cases, but clearer had an impact on getting some changes made in the law enforcement positions and security amongst a police department that proved to have obvious racial problems for many years. As a people and as a community, we united as one with fostered momentum in the eyes of evil and danger. We stood collectively shouting from the highest pitches of our voices “Black Lives Matter!” and we did this day after day, week after week, month after month. Untiring and uncompromising we held vigil after vigil, rally after rally and march after march. We cross state lines to come together at the nation’s capital gathering at a moment’s notice and insisted on change.

But at some point we failed ourselves and neglected to keep the pressure strong.  This fight will not end in a week, a month or a year.  This fight for racial equality will take years of pressure, years of continuously keeping the issue in the fore front of the media and keeping the pressure for “the wrong type of law enforcement officers” to be held accountable for their actions.

The media coverage should not be a gauge for call to action, our desire to fight for the black and brown communities, our brothers, our uncles and our sons should stay constant!

BLACK LIVES MATTER!

The Struggle is Real and Continues!

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As we await the grand jury decision in the unlawful chokehold and murder of 43 year old, Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY as well as the decision to formally charge the officer who shot and killed 18 year old, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, we must remain vigilant in standing up and speaking out for justice.  The stall tactics in both these cases are fueled by a desire to calm the masses and lessen the outrage of these horrendous crimes.  Please understand that the struggle is real and it continues.  Let’s not become weary nor complacent. These black men and so many others should not die in vain!